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Memories start with places, and the Methow Valley is an ideal place to ensure fond recollections of your wedding. It’s a special place to get married at any time of year, not only because of the stunning natural setting but also because most of your pre-ceremony, ceremony and post-ceremony needs can be met here: wedding venues, lodging, catering and baked goods, photography, invitations, flowers, music, tent and equipment rentals, unique gifts (including handcrafted jewelry) and more. The Valley Vows publication will acquaint you with what this place has to offer. The articles offer some practical things to consider and our advertisers will help you make the right personal choices. We appreciate their support, but more importantly, we think you will appreciate the wealth of helpful information they can provide. Of all the considerations that go into a wedding, “where” is among the most important. The Methow Valley is ready to help you create lifelong memories. Don Nelson
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Gifts from the heart NOTHING S AY S ‘M E T H O W W E D D I N G’ L I K E L O C A L P RO D U C T S B y A shle y L odat o
S the median age of marriage in the United States continues to rise, the median
number of household items owned collectively by the betrothed keeps pace. The need for traditional wedding gifts that once served the purpose of helping a new couple set up housekeeping together — such as linens, appliances, china and flatware — is, therefore, less acute. In the 21st century, wedding gifts are more an act of symbolic significance than they are a response to necessity which means that selecting a wedding gift can be both meaningful and fun. The concept of buying locally
is so in vogue these days that its original mission of supporting place-based economies is almost an afterthought, but in a small community like the Methow Valley, purchasing locally grown or handcrafted items is critical to the survival of local artisans, producers, makers, and growers. Buying local products also sends a meaningful message to a couple that has chosen to marry in the Methow Valley, reminding them of their connection to this special place. An information source for locally crafted goods, Methow
Made (www.MethowMade.com) features some of the valley’s finest artisans, growers and producers, and is a great place to begin your gift search. Ranging from pottery to botanicals to fruit to hot sauce, the products of Methow Made reflect the wide and varied talents of Methow producers. Look for the Methow Made magazine at locations around the valley. If you can take the time, stroll through the towns of Mazama, Winthrop and Twisp and see what catches your eye. It’s quite likely that as you shop, you’ll
not only find some way that the newlyweds can carry the Methow Valley with them as they embark on their journey into married life, but that you’ll also find something to enhance your own home or wardrobe.
VALLEY FL AVORS From Blue Star and Lariat coffee roasters, to Sixknot and Methow Valley Ciderhouse hard ciders, to Lost River wines, to Old Schoolhouse Brewery beers, to Bluebird Grain Farms’ artisan grains, to numerous honey producers, to custom meats, to a chocolatier, the Methow Valley is filled with local treats to sample and savor. A gift basket filled with drinks, condiments and organic grains will tickle the taste buds of the newlyweds and remind them of their Methow Valley wedding with every bite. The happy couple could also experience the valley’s flavors at their finest courtesy of your gift certificate to one of the upscale local dining establishments, such as Freestone Inn or Mazama Country Inn in Mazama, Arrowleaf Bistro in Winthrop, Sun Mountain Lodge, or Tappi in Twisp. Other eateries where the newlyweds could sample local flavors include the valley’s three bakeries (Mazama Store, Rocking Horse Bakery, and Cinnamon Twisp), East 20 Pizza, La Fonda Lopez, and Old Schoolhouse Brewery. NATURE’S BALMS The smells of the Methow Valley come to life through many of the herbal and botanical products made here. Look for handmade Molly’s Soaps or McCoy’s Traditional Soaps. Bee Happy Candle Co. products smell sweetly of honey, and Gardner Gardens beeswax skin cream soothes chapped hands with rich natural moisturizer and subtle scents.
birdhouses created from salvaged wood and funky hardware and they create a home for cavity nesting species on your property. What better way to celebrate the union of two people than through the symbolism of creating a home — a cozy nest. Another way to allow the newlyweds to celebrate the sounds of the Methow Valley is by giving them coveted tickets to the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. Held each summer on a hilltop overlooking the valley, the Chamber Music Festival is host to renowned musicians and captivates audiences night after summer night.
THE METHOW EXPERIENCE What outdoor equipment might lack in elegance is more than compensated for by the use your outdoorsy wedding couple will get out of it. If the betrothed are the active type, you’ll be able to find any number of useful gifts at Winthrop and Mazama’s outdoor stores: Winthrop Mountain Sports, Cascades Outdoor Store, Methow Cycle & Sport, Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies and the Outdoorsman. If the newlyweds are outdoor dabblers looking to ramp up their adventure resume, consider gifting them an experience in the North Cascades. The local guide shop, North Cascades Mountain Guides, offers many options for alpine adventures, led by guides who are intimately familiar with both the area and the sports. For water lovers, a rafting trip on the Methow River will give them a thrilling whitewater adventure.
Skiers will love one of the ski camps, classes or clinics offered through Methow Valley Nordic, or they might have fun test driving a fat bike that you can rent them from Methow Cycle & Sport. A “bouquet” of Green Trails maps covering local terrain would be a welcome gift for a couple that loves to hike. Accompany the selection of Green Trails maps with a list of your own favorite hikes or a hiking guidebook. Throw in a Forest Pass for parking at trailheads,
and the “hit-the-trail” package is complete. The Methow Valley’s latest entertainment hub, Barnyard Cinema, offers an unparalleled movie-watching experience. Give the newlyweds a gift card for a movie, popcorn and a beverage and let them savor the movie theater experience. A quintessential Methow winter evening is one spent around the warmth of an outdoor fire, and a Hot Spot Fire Pit is a beautiful way to feature the blaze. These durable, locally made fire pits
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METHOW SOUNDS When birds occupy your artisan bird box made by Nice Nests, their songs will keep you company. Nice Nests are functional, species-specific
NATIVE PL ANTS If the newlyweds are gardeners (or aspiring green thumbs), fun garden gifts and yard art can be found at Inside Out, Wild Hearts Nursery, or Yard Food. Sure, the wedding gifts will get scratched and dirty, but just think of the fun the recipients will have breaking them in. Methow Natives offers native plants, seeds, and restoration consultation. Should the new couple be settling (or already settled) in the Methow Valley, a consultation or plant package from Methow Natives would prove an enduring and meaningful gift. THE GIFT OF ART( ISAN ) If it’s the gift of art you seek, any one of the valley’s galleries and studios (Confluence, Winthrop Gallery, D*Sign Studios, TwispWorks) can answer your need. From paintings to sculpture to photography to fibers, Methow Valley artists create art both beautiful and functional. If the season is right, you can catch the Sunday market in the Winthrop Park or the Saturday market in Twisp and select something from one of the many artists showing at the venues. Or give the couple a gift certificate so they can choose their own art that will conjure up Methow Valley memories for them. Artisan pottery or glassware will provide the new couple with a lifetime of Methow
memories as they eat and drink and savor flavors from handcrafted bowls, plates, mugs, cups, and glasses. Emily Post, Foxtail Pottery, and Jim Neupert, as well as John and Agnes Almquist, make beautiful, functional, dishwasher-safe pottery. Using glassware created by Sam Carlin of Lucid Glassworks or Garth Mudge of Winthrop Glassworks is simply a delight, as is eating from one of Duane Kikendall’s silky wooden bowls.
THE GIFT OF READING After the honeymoon is over, the newlyweds may occasionally read in bed at night. Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop is well-stocked with books relevant to the Methow Valley, from field guides to guidebooks to poetry to history to memoir. Sally Portman’s “The Smiling Country” is a favorite, and Kit McLean and Karen West’s “Bound for the Methow” is a fascinating slice of history.
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are as attractive as they are functional. Complete the gift with a basket of s’mores fixings and a bottle of nice whiskey.
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T H E M E T H O W VA L L E Y O F F E R S V E N U E S F O R E V E RY S T Y L E A N D E V E RY S E A S O N B y J oa n na B a st i a n
H E Methow Valley has a little something for every wedding, of every size, in every season. Mountain ridges offer grandiose views, snow-laden forests provide a quiet intimacy. Bright and colorful aspens line rushing rivers in fall, while tree tops are reflected in still mountain lakes. Orchards and meadows
come to life in spring with flowers and birdsong. Picturesque lodges, secluded retreats, or public spaces full of character — the Methow Valley provides many unique locations that reflect your love story, and will thrill your guests. If your personal style is elegantly simple, rustic charm, or a grand celebration, our fullservice venues provide plenty of options to help you plan a memorable wedding for both you
and your guests. Use this guide as a resource to find the perfect location for your perfect day.
DISTINCTIVE LODGES Sun Mountain Lodge, www. sunmountainlodge.com Sun Mountain Lodge offers breathtaking outdoor wedding sites, such as the bluff overlooking snow-capped Mt. Gardner and the valley, or the cool and tranquil shores of Patterson
Lake. Elegant indoor facilities include a main lobby with massive stone fireplaces. Make lasting memories with the Cowboy Dinner Ride or a wine cellar dinner. The signature Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant at Sun Mountain Lodge provides elegant catered meals and intimate romantic dinners. Lodge rooms and lakeside cabins accommodate overnight guests, and the on-site gear rental shop provides bike, ski,
and snowshoe rentals for visitors to explore the Sun Mountain trail system in any season. Freestone Inn, www.freestoneinn.com The Freestone Inn has a reputation for excellence, earning the “Top 25 Lodges in America” award from Travel and Leisure magazine. Located on the historic Wilson Ranch, Freestone Inn sits along a private lake below the towering spires of the majestic North Cascades. An impressive stone fireplace greets guests underneath the timbers of the main lodge. The first-class dining room of the Sandy Butte Bistro and Bar offers views of the lake from every table. A renovated stock barn on site is a different option for signature events. Lodge rooms, cabins, and lakeside lodges provide a variety of accommodations for overnight guests. Jack’s Hut Pizza & Brews offers a dining alternative. Mazama Country Inn, www.mazamacountryinn.com The Mazama Country Inn offers year-round wedding planning, gorgeous scenery, and several different indoor/outdoor venues with performance stages. The Mazama Country Inn Restaurant caters delicious Northwest cuisine. The lodge has 18 rooms, 15 cabins, and the inn offers over 30 privately owned vacation homes for guests who enjoy a little more space.
PRIVATE RETREATS Skalitude Retreat, www.skalitude.com The rolling meadows of secluded Skalitude eco-retreat are embraced by peaceful mountaintops. The basic wedding package is affordable at under $4,000 and includes lodging for 18 people for up to three nights. Up to 100 guests can camp on the grounds. Perfect for intimate or large gatherings, a 2,000-square-foot Sky Lodge seats up to 150 people and is a breezy shaded option for rain or shine. Goat Wall View, www.goatwallview.com Goat Wall View near Mazama is located in a secluded meadow surrounded by woods and bordered by gardens that change
with the seasons. On-site restrooms, a full kitchen, gas grill, covered porches and plenty of parking make this scenic location very guest friendly for an intimate weekend gathering. On-site lodging includes a roomy three-level home and separate studio apartment. Additional lodging is just minutes away. Spring Creek Ranch, www.springcreekwinthrop.com Spring Creek Ranch, near Winthrop, is a quiet escape from the ordinary, with multiple options for different styles. Lush meadows, a creek, and a picturesque pond are surrounded by mountain views. Wintertime guests can ski out the front door onto the groomed cross-country ski trails of the scenic Methow Trails system. Wedding packages include a two-night stay for up to 13 people. Seven additional lodging options are within walking distance. Pipestone Canyon Ranch, www. pipestonecanyonranch.com Pipestone Canyon Ranch, located near the historic and breathtaking Pipestone Canyon, is a secluded paradise for any event. Backdrop options are varied, with wide ranging choices of rocky cliffs, lush pasture, meadows, and a cottonwood-lined creek. The Pipestone Canyon ranch is a working ranch, with alfalfa meadows and a rustic barn. The modern renovated barn is a warm and welcoming event center. Event bookings include the use of the kitchen and prep area, table settings and plenty of seating options. The barn can accommodate indoor seating for up to 200 guests, and the doors open to an expansive outdoor area with incredible views of the surrounding hills and farmlands. Methow Valley Inn, www.methowvalleyinn.com The Methow Valley Inn in Twisp is available as a group vacation rental. The spacious indoors open up to a beautifully landscaped courtyard and gardens. Brown’s Farm, methownet.com/brownsfarm Brown’s Farm, on Wolf Creek Road just off of Highway 20 west
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PUBLIC VENUES The Winthrop Barn, www.winthropbarn.com The Winthrop Barn is a popular wedding venue with a spacious hall, full kitchen, ample parking, and town park just outside its doors. The Barnyard Cinema, www.thebarnyardcinema.com The Barnyard Cinema in Winthrop offers elegant theater seating, with a majestic backdrop view of the mountains via the floor-to-ceiling picture window. The theater opens up to a fullservice bar. The Winthrop Rink, www.winthroprink.org The Winthrop Rink has a spacious and beautiful room with a view of the rink and is available year-round. Party packages for either winter ice skating or summer time roller skating are available. Bear Creek Golf Course, www.bearcreekgolfcourse.com The Eagles Nest at Bear Creek Golf Course is an indoor/outdoor facility overlooking the Sawtooth Mountains, and the scenic golf course. MV Community Center, www.methowcommunity.org The historic Methow Valley Community Center features a large gathering hall, and smaller intimate rooms. A unique setting in the heart of Twisp. Twisp Valley Grange, www.twispgrange.com
An intimate setting with both a stage and a kitchen. Confluence Gallery, www.confluencegallery.com The Confluence Gallery in Twisp offers an artful backdrop to any gathering. Rental includes tables and chairs. Additional services and features available upon request. The Plaza at TwispWorks, www.twispworks.org Located in the heart of Twisp, on the historic ranger station campus, plan your event on The Plaza at TwispWorks — where a 14,000-square-foot lawn is encircled by concrete bench seating, native plants and art. A splashpad offers fun for the kids, and artist studios, shops, tasting room, and a Native and Natural History museum offers on site fun for everyone. On site catering available from Kathy B’s Commercial Kitchen. Howards on the River, www.howardsontheriver.com Enjoy scenic views of Columbia River along the shorelines of Pateros City Park. Howards On the River offers a private event venue for weddings and private parties. The intimate space accommodates up to 100 people, and offers special event catering from Rivers Restaurant. Every room at the inn has a sunset view of the Columbia River. These are just a few highlights of all the locations the Methow Valley has to offer. You can be certain that whichever location you choose, the scenery will be just as memorable as the ceremony.
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H E source of many a bridal headache, catering and menus may make up a huge chunk of your wedding budget. Ask these questions to pull of a stunning smorgasboard while staying within your budget.
Check the directory of advertisers at the back of this magazine, or our online business directory (at methowvalleynews. com/business-directory), for local caterers.
ARE YOU LICENSED? This means your caterer hasn’t run afoul of your state’s department of health (not today, ptomaine) and also carries insurance. If the caterer is also providing bar service, make sure they’ve provided for your state and venue’s rules about alcohol. DO YOU HAVE REFERENCES? Talk to at least two references, preferably those that have had a similar style wedding or a
Forever As you plan for your lives together, know that we are protecting the natural beauty, working farmlands, and clean flowing rivers that have drawn you here. A wedding gift made in your honor to the Methow Conservancy or another local nonprofit organization is a special way to ensure that what you love about the Methow Valley endures.
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WHAT KINDS OF CUISINE DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN? It should go without saying, but don’t hire someone who is known for their traditional American fare to lay out a sushi spread. If you’ve always dreamed of having a certain
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IS THE MEAL FULL SERVICE? This means the caterer will attend to table settings, drinks and cleanup. If it’s not, be prepared to hire more staff and arrange for these things on your own.
CAN I SEE SERVEWARE, TABLE SET TINGS, LINENS, SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS, ETC.? If your caterer offers these services, make sure to lay eyes on them before the big day. That way you can be sure the plates and tongs are up to your standards. If the caterer doesn’t bring these things, you’ll need to know so you can leave room in the budget for rental, either from your venue or a separate company.
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O R as much planning as go into them, your actual wedding day will probably pass in a blur. So it’s important to choose the right photographer to preserve memories for you to look back on. Keep reading for tips on choosing just the right photographer to preserve your special day.
DO Ask for a portfolio. A photographer’s portfolio showcases their best work. Ask to see a complete wedding set to get a better idea of how the photographer operates. Look for uniform quality in the shots and see that the photographer’s style matches your own. Come armed with questions. Typical questions should include if the photographer shoots digitally or with film, if they charge extra for travel or parking, and if there will be a written agreement for your events. Hint: There should be.
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WEDDING VENUES Freestone Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Mazama Country Inn . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Pipestone Canyon Ranch . . . . . . . 11 Skalitude Retreat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Spring Creek Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sun Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Twisp River Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Winthrop Barn Auditorium . . . . 14
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