Twisp, Winthrop and the Methow Valley offer a wide variety of activities year round.
We love Twisp and the Methow Valley. We live, work and play here and truly want you to experience the best the area has to offer during your stay. We hope you will call upon our experience to help you plan your stay, whether you are new to the area or have been coming here for years.
Twisp and the Methow Valley offer a wide variety of activities year around. In addition to world class recreation opportunities, we have a vibrant art community, great music and dining options, and many fun festivals, markets and community events.
The Methow Valley is nestled between two of the largest Wilderness areas in the country – the Sawtooth and the Paysayten. This makes Twisp a great home base for your next big adventure. Whatever your recreation speed may be, the Methow Valley will not disappoint as each season offers an abundance of thrilling or relaxing outdoor fun. Winter options include cross country and downhill skiing, heli skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snow biking, ice skating and snowmobiling. In the summer, create your own hiking or biking adventure, paddleboard in an alpine lake, float the river, or simply swing in a hamock with a book. You may also opt for one of the valley's spectacular outfitter guides to take you out on horseback or for a wonderful hiking, fishing, rafting or hunting experience.
- Morning Glory Balloon Tours
- Bear Creek Golf Course
- Early Winters Outfitting, horseback riding
- Winthrop Ice Skating Rink
Cross Country and Downhill Skiing
We boast one of the largest groomed cross country ski trail systems in the country. With over 200km of trails, Nordic skiing doesn’t get any better than this. There are plenty of trails to suit any skill level from first-time skiers to Olympic athletes. If you are looking for a bit more speed, consider downhill skiing or snowboarding at the beloved Loup Loup Ski Bowl. "The Loup" provides 1,240 vertical feet and 10 cut runs for those wanting to get their adrenaline flowing.
Bike Riding & Hiking
Do you long for fast rides on scenic country roads? This is a road biking paradise with dozens of routes to test your legs and sooth your mind. Big perks are beautiful views and very few cars! Looking for something more rugged? Explore the 200km of trails that are open to mountain biking Spring through Fall ranging from smooth dirt tracks to high alpine trails. These same scenic trails offer top-notch hiking adventures with breathtaking panoramic views. From flat and casual to extreme elevation gain, we have it all!
The Methow and Twisp Rivers are fast becoming some of the region's favorite wild rivers for fly fishing. Spend your day on the bank of the river or hire a guide to show you our best kept secrets. Either way, you’ll find the thrill of fighting a steelhead or trout on the end of your line.
The valley's rivers and lakes provide excellent entertainment beyond fishing. Take a dip in a lake, raft through class III-IV rapids, float in a tube under the hot summer sun, paddle a canoe across calm waters - and the choices continue!
Art and Shopping
We are a community of about 2,500 people . . . and about half are professional artists (or at least sometimes it seems so). We love our artists and celebrate them and their work in several galleries and unique boutiques in town. Organized studio tours can be arranged. Take advantage of the beauty of the Methow Valley and attend a workshop to inspire the artist in you, or take home a piece of the Methow Valley by supporting our artists through your purchase of a special piece to mark your visit.
- Confluence Gallery & Art Center
- Merc Playhouse
- Methow Arts Alliance
- Trick Pony Boutique
- Poppie Joe's Galleria
- Glover Street Market
- Idea Collective Gallery
Twisp is home to restaurants that will tantalize your palate. Many eateries' major focus is supporting local agriculture by using Methow-grown products.
- Blue Star Coffee Roaster
- Cinnamon Twisp Bakery
- Glover Street Market
- La Fonda Lopez
- Tappi Twisp
- Hometown Pizza
- Hanks Deli
- El Sabor Nortena
With all the area has to offer, many organized events and celebrations take place year-round. The towns of Twisp and Winthrop as well as the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association have a full calendar of events on their web sites to help you plan your vacation to the Methow.