The Methow Valley January 4, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of heading to the Methow Valley for a family reunion. This is a beautiful part of Washington State—an area so special it is what you envision when you read fairy tales about a princess coming from a land far, far away. It’s located in north-central Washington, over the North Cascades Highway. (The pass closes in the winter, so in the snowy months, you can reach the valley by going over Snoqualmie Pass on I-90 or Stevens Pass on Highway 2.)
When driving to the Methow on the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20), you can’t, shouldn’t—just don’t—make the mistake of missing the Cascadian Farm in Rockport. They have the best blueberry ice cream ever. Oh, and hit the fruit stand, too. I’m the biggest sucker for a fruit stand, and this is a good one.
The Methow Valley has five towns (Methow, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop, and Mazama), and each one has a distinct feel. Methow and Carlton are pretty small, residential places. Twisp has an unpretentious local flavor with a lot of shops and galleries and restaurants; Winthrop is an old-west, cowboy-themed town, and Mazama is an outdoorsman’s haven. The valley is a great place to visit year round. There’s usually a lot of snow in the winter, and they often get Indian summers, so a fall camping trip can be a great way to stretch out your short Seattle sunny season. Read Full Post