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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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