The 10 Best Things to Do in Winthrop, United States

August 20, 2017 Hector Krause

Winthrop is a town in Okanogan County, Washington, United States. It is east of Mazama and north of Twisp. The population was 349 at the 2000 census, and it increased to 394 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Winthrop

1. Methow Valley

Winthrop, WA
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 154 reviews

Methow Valley

Washington's premier cross-country ski area.

Reviewed By Jade M - Camas, Washington

Winthrop is a nostalgic old west town that still includes the wooden slats for the sidewalk, and all the historical original buildings with their nteresting history from when the Old west was still very much alive.
The town sits in the Beautiful Methow valley just east of North cascades national park.
There are lots of restaurant options and lots of stores to check out.
This is a great place to stop for exploring this area.
This area has a lot of hiking trails too.

2. Shafer Historical Museum

285 Castle Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862-9000 +1 509-996-2712
Excellent
77%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Shafer Historical Museum

Offers a recreated settlement of the 1920s.

Reviewed By PNWExplorer1 - Kirkland, Washington

My wife and I spent a lot of time here learning about the settlement of Winthrop and its environs, as well as the labors of the white inhabitants and the industries that sustained the early white residents. The artifacts and posted information were fascinating; however, there was no significant information about the indigenous people of the area prior to and during its settlement. No entrance fee, though a sign atop a payment box suggests that visitors make a donation of $3 per person. This should be a stop for all visitors to Winthrop, in spite of its shortcomings relative to Native Americans.

3. Lost River Winery

26 Wa-20, Winthrop, Wa, Mazama, WA 98833-9709 +1 509-996-2888
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Lost River Winery

Reviewed By chumsockeyesalmon - A small town in Northwest Washington

Solid reds and se whites. Nice tasting room as you enter Winthrop with a price point for many under or around $20. Knowledgable and good staff.
Disappointing part is their website. Once I heard about them- I went to the website and couldn't find directions. I found the address, but it was on the other side of town and not correct. I had to call to find out the location. When we were tasting- another group came in that went to there old location in Mazama because that's where map quest sent them. So not just me- call first- so you can find them.

4. North Cascade Smokejumper Base

23 Intercity Airport Rd, Winthrop, WA 98862-9744 +1 509-997-9750
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

North Cascade Smokejumper Base

Reviewed By freelancesteve - Bellevue, Washington

A most interesting place to visit, particularly since the valley was filled with smoke drifting down from Canadian forest fires.
The tours are most informal as you are guided by one of the smoke jumpers who are on site, on standby waiting to jump at a fire.
Our guide, Brian, was a fun guy who was happy to share stories of his training and the whole smoke jumping experience. We visited the parachute packing area, saw the racks with their jump uniforms and gear, saw the supply packs that were set up to drop with the jumpers into the fire area and received a tour of their plane, which was sitting nearby waiting for a fire call. There is even a short video about the history of the school and the jump experience itself.
It's worth a visit and kids above about five would appreciate it.

5. Black Pine Lake Campround

Black Pine Lake Campground, Twisp, WA 98856
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Black Pine Lake Campround

Reviewed By LisaCarlson - Moscow, Idaho

A windy wooded road leads you up to Black Pine Lake campground not far from Twisp, WA. It is truly a 'hidden gem.' The lake is easily walk-around-able, the mountain views are gorgeous, the fishing is fun, and the picnic/camp sites are well maintained and clean. We visited in June when the lupine and wildflowers were in full bloom. - Fabulous -
*You might want to take mosquito repellant though.

6. Pearrygin Lake State Park

Winthrop, WA
Excellent
45%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Pearrygin Lake State Park

This park is well-known for its beautiful scenery and recreational activities.

Reviewed By Andie N - Coulee Dam, Washington

This is a great place to go swimming (but the shore is very small rocks, and moderately small rocks so I recommend bringing swimming shoes or something similar). There a a few rough sand patches too, but not great for playing in. The water was the perfect temperature, not being too hot or too cold. There is a lot of space for swimming and floating. There is also a ton of space for water sports. Lost of grass (there is some kind of grass fly, but they don't bite. They were mostly close to the parking lot, and were all over the car, but again, they don't bite and will mostly fly away). I definitely want to go there again!

7. Methow River

Hwy 20, Winthrop, WA
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 48 reviews

Methow River

Reviewed By wecanoe - Wausau, Wisconsin

We paddled the 10-mile stretch of the Methow River between Winthrop and Twisp. We enjoyed the scenery as well as the swift current with some riffles and standing waves. There is a transit bus that runs between the two towns, so we were able to get a shuttle for $1.00! What a bargain!

8. Winthrop Twin Lakes Loop

Winthrop, WA
Excellent
43%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Winthrop Twin Lakes Loop

Lakes, hills, and an old-style boardwalk: 18.2 miles of fairly easy biking for the novice.

Reviewed By joel k - Tucson, Arizona

Lokely a great lodge in the past. The management haslost its spark. The staff does its best to be accomodating and professional. Having a good wine list doesn't excuse poor food. Perhaps new life will be put back in the future.

9. Falls Creek Falls Trail Head

E Chewuck Rd., Winthrop, WA 98610
Excellent
40%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Falls Creek Falls Trail Head

Reviewed By Andie N - Coulee Dam, Washington

To,find the trail, first find Falls Creek. There is a sign close to a camping site. When you see it, pull over and park right away. Then look for the trail. It may be covered with pine needles which can cause you to miss it like we did. But once you find it, it is,wonderful. The hike is on a little incline, but at the very top where the best few is, the climb is steeper. You can still get good pictures and a good view without doing the last tiny bit.

10. Winthrop National Fish Hatchery

453A Twin Lakes Road, Winthrop, WA +1 509-996-2424
Excellent
47%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Winthrop National Fish Hatchery

Reviewed By Kent K

I know that this facility is making a difference for the fish population but it's basically just a series of concrete ponds that are fenced off so you really cannot see much at all. There is one small viewing window where visitors can look at the mature fish spawning and it's cool but definitely not worth stopping in.

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