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.
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.