11 Extraordinary Things to Do
SPRING CREEK BRIDGE
From the resort, walk along the boardwalk to the south end of town to the cable-stayed Spring Creek Bridge. Fantastic place to watch the salmon spawning in the crystal clear waters of the Methow River. Look for the Bald Eagles in the trees lining the river. Walk over the bridge and on the other side is the Winthrop Ice Rink and Town Trailhead.
On the edge of downtown is another great suspension bridge over the Chewuch River to the Sateekwa Park. From the resort, go North, walk by the Professional Building, the bridge is just on the other side of the building. Cross the river, take a right onto the hiking trail that leads you along the river with some great interpretative signage. It’s a relaxing short hike/walk for all ages.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the finest western museums in North America. The Shafer Museum is a village of historic buildings which all display the history of days gone by. Most of the museum is outdoors and closed during the winter months and reopens in May. Don’t miss this true gem!
NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY
Just a 1/2 mile outside of Winthrop is the 42 acre hatchery that raises Spring Chinook, Steelhead and Coho Salmon. Visitors can take a guided or self-guided tour of this incredible fishy facility. It’s not just all fish, beavers ive here too in a unique beaver relocation project. See everything up close – kids love it!
The Methow Valley is considered the birthplace of smokejumping. Developed in the 1930’s as a means to quickly reach forest fires by having firefighters “jump” from a plane. Located 4 miles south of Winthrop with daily tours June – October.
FALLS CREEK WATERFALL
Located 12 miles from Winthrop on the West Chewuch Road, this 1/4 mile paved hike takes you to the base of a stunning waterfall. The drive there is gorgeous and there are a variety of other hiking trails nearby. The waterfall should not be missed and a great place for a picnic lunch.
PERARRYGIN LAKE STATE PARK
4 miles NW of Winthrop, Pearrygin Lake is one of the most popular state parks in Washington. You will find great fishing, , swimming and hiking for the whole family.
You have come to the best area to horseback ride. There are several professional outfitters that offer hour-long to week-long horseback riding options for abilities.
The Methow Valley Farmers Market is in Twisp Saturday 9am – 12Noon offering fresh produce, local art, music and more. Sundays, the Winthrop Market is 10am – 2pm located in the Winthrop Park, by the Red Barn.
SHERI’S SWEET SHOPPE
Don’t miss homemade ice cream, waffle cones and candy at this Winthrop institution located right in the middle of downtown. Opens early with a full expresso bar, fresh cinnamon rolls and offers lunch items from curly fries to peanut butter sandwiches. Check-lt the miniature golf court on the lower level. Fun for the whole family.
Walk to the Homestream Park from the resort. A piece of land has been dedicated to locals and visitors offering a beautiful space full of gorgeous artwork by Native American sculptor Smoker Marchand. Take a stroll around the grounds, sit along the riverside and listen to the water rushes under the bridge and beyond. Kids enjoy the large artwork of salmon, horses and more.
OR, DO NOTHING!
That’s the beauty of the Methow Valley. We embrace a very laid-back lifestyle. We call it “Methow Time.” Come Play, Relax, Soak in a Hot Tub & Stay at River’s Edge Resort – downtown Winthrop, WA.