Washington December 05, 2020
Plan A Trip To Winthrop, One Of Washington’s Most Charming Historic Towns
Did you know a little bit of the Old West is still alive right here in Washington? The beloved town of Winthrop is adored by all who have visited, but remarkably, many Washingtonians don’t even know it exists. If you’ve never been (or if it’s been a while), plan a trip and prepare to fall in love.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
Winthrop is located in the stunning Methow Valley, a 60-mile long glacial valley in Okanogan County.
This will be a bit of a drive for most Washingtonians, but it's well worth it.
While the town itself is fantastic, the fact that it's bordered by the Okanogan National Forest makes it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts as well.
From snowshoeing and cross country skiing to hiking and backpacking, every outdoor pursuit you can imagine is available here.
Winthrop is an old mining town. Although its history goes back much further, it hit its first boom when gold was discovered here in 1883.
A devastating fire destroyed most of Winthrop (which is named after 19th-century author Theodore Winthrop) in 1893, but it was promptly rebuilt.
These days, the town still resembles an old Western gem from the 1800s -- and that's exactly how the locals like it.
And despite its small size, there's plenty to keep you occupied here, from charming shops at eateries to the allure of the Old Schoolhouse Brewery.
One spot that's a must-visit is Sheri's Sweet Shoppe, which sells the best ice cream in the valley.
This place is popular with visitors of all ages.
There truly is no best or worst time to visit Winthrop -- it's stunning in every season, and there are typically events happening all year long.
That being said, as you can imagine, it can be extremely difficult (or impossible) to visit during the winter. Double check the forecast before you plan a holiday trip.
Winthrop is a downright charming destination with something for everyone.
Come see why those who visit tend to come back again and again.
Have you ever been to Winthrop?
Address: Winthrop, WA 98862, USA