Wonderful Winthrop – A Town From Another Time

At the eastern entrance to the North Cascades National Park along Highway 20 is a town seemingly straight out of an old wild west movie. The town itself was founded by Guy Wareing in the 1880’s and stands on the Chewuch and Methow rivers.

In the early 1970’s when the town was being restored the local businesses agreed to maintain the old fashioned feel to the buildings and an archtiect was hired to create a atmosphere of authenticity. The idea was to attract visitors to stay in the town before venturing off into the North Cascades National Park.

There are bakeries, restaurants and boutique shops to explore. We really enjoyed breakfast at the Riverside Cafe and dinner at Three Finger Jacks – the steaks and meatloaf were to die for. There are also plenty of hotels, B&B’s and cabins to stay in both in and out of town.

The buildings are fascinating and each styled uniquely. The Leica X1 really excelled itslef in picking out the colours and grain to the wooden fronted buildings.

Another great place to eat is the Old Schoolhouse Brewery. Great food and beer but better still fantastic entertainment out back. We saw a jazz band there a year or so back. They were amazing – chilled and funky at the same time. It was a truly memorable experience. All in all small town well worth the effort to visit. Go there and be captured by it’s old world charm.

In case you were wondering which way to go for the North Cascades Highway a finger points the way!
All photographs taken with the the amazing Leica X1.


One response to “Wonderful Winthrop – A Town From Another Time

  1. A great place to visit and stay. If you are travelling with kids, they’ll love this Wild West themed town – there is nothing wild about this setting (unless you venture down under the Old School House for a bit of Jazz). Right on the edge of the Methow River and right at the gates of the North Cascades National Park – amazing opportunity for relaxation, leisure and photographs. So a hit with all the family – HonieLikes!

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