Fondest memory: When I was 17 years old my parents took us to Winthrop, a wild-western town in the Methow Valley. Everything was in country western theme. And while it sounds super cheesy, the gimmick actually works. Winthrop isn't really near any major tourist attraction, so those that end up here have to actually know about it to get here.
Fondest memory: I remember it being a warm summer evening and discovering the fields of wildflowers nextdoor to our hotel. It was gorgeous, as you can see from this picture! There's something about the smell of a field of wild flowers in the summer that makes me a very happy person!
Favorite thing: Take time to visit the shops along the main street. Most stores have the old-fashioned western false fronts, and the wooden boardwalk sidewalks. Most, if not all of the shops are local businesses - you won't find the Gap or Nike here, thankfully!
Fondest memory: I remember quite vividly the scenery around Winthrop. The town really consists of one major road, with a few side streets. The residential parts of the town are located in the surrounding areas. You could drive up tot he top of the nearby hills, and you'd have these wonderful panoramic views. The climate in this region is semi-arid - the perfect kind for a wild west town. It reminded me a lot of the Okanagan Valley in BC, which isn't surprising, as Winthrop is located a few hours south of the BC border.
Favorite thing: Winthrop likes to play up on its wild western theme, but it works! The sidewalks are old fashioned board walk, making it a pleasant stroll as you see what the town has to offer. Many of the stores sell old cowboy/western themed gifts, but it's not junky or tacky. I remember visiting a very classy hat store in which my sister just *had* to buy a cowboy hat. She looked marvelous in it!