5 Fun Things to do in Winthrop, WA

Spend a weekend enjoying all the fun things to do in Winthrop, WA and be transported back into history. Founded in 1891, it’s an old town, made new, to still look old. If you could imagine an old western scene from those cowboy shows your grandfather watched, that is Winthrop.

The only difference? Winthrop is cute! Winthrop has shopping, breweries, cider houses, and so many fun little places to explore. Located right in the middle of Washington State, this cute Western-themed town is the perfect weekend getaway from Spokane or Seattle.

While there are definitely more than five things to do in Winthrop, WA, I have compiled a list of my 5 favorite things to do in Winthrop for you right here.

5 Things to do in Winthrop, WA


1. Visit Sixknot Taphouse

Exterior of the old Western town-looking Sixknot Taphouse in Winthrop WA

One word here: Organic. The rest of the words here: Farm to table; Tree to tap; Local; Amazing. While Sixknot Cider is unassuming from the outside and maybe even a little hard to find, make sure you stop in for at least a cider, if not a snack.

I recommend the cider sampler where you pick and choose any 4 ciders on the list and have at em. Come hungry because their food is beyond fresh. My favorite part about their menu? When you order a sandwich, you get the choice of fresh fruit or salad. No fried food here, fresh is best!

Stop here if you enjoy fresh, local, organic, delicious cider and food; you will be so happy you did. And don’t forget to check out the patio in the back which overlooks the river and truly is the cherry on top.

2. Get schooled at The Old Schoolhouse Brewery

Glass of beer with the Old Schoolhouse Brewery logo on it

Schooled in Beer, that is. While Old Schoolhouse Brewery cannot confirm or deny if their building ever was truly a schoolhouse, they can confirm one thing; Beer Matters. What makes their beer so special? Old Schoolhouse brewery’s beer is brewed using the natural, unfiltered, North Cascades Water. If that doesn’t scream local, then I don’t know what does.

Along with the killer beer, the vibe is just as stellar. Plus, there’s a good-sized back patio if you’re searching for the sun.

Do you prefer wine over beer and cider? Take a look at this article on wine tasting in Walla Walla, WA


3. Relive history at The Shafer Museum

Hanging wooden sign all about the history of Winthrop WA

The history of Winthrop runs deep. The second you arrive in town, you feel transported back in time, so you know the history is truly there.

The Shafer museum includes everything you ever wanted to know and more about how the town of Winthrop came to be. Historical clothing, household items used by early Methow Valley pioneers, original mining equipment, and newspaper presses are just a few of the items on display at the Shafer Museum. Essentially the museum is free, but they run off a suggested donation of $3 per person, which is a steal if you ask me.

Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Thursday-Monday, 10AM-5PM. Limited Hours, Unlimited interesting stuff to look at and read about. Seriously, check this place out. 285 Castle Avenue, Winthrop, WA 98862

4. Take a drive to Diablo Lake

Aerial image of a beautiful blue lake surrounded by mountains and evergreen trees

While I know this isn’t technically a thing to do in Winthrop, it’s probably the thing I recommend doing most on this list. Hop in the car and head East on WA-20. After just an hours’ drive, you’ll find yourself at the most delightful sight possible: Diablo Lake.

Most of the pristine blue lakes like this in the Pacific Northwest are only accessible via long hikes. And while we all love a good hike every now and then, Diablo Lake leaves the work out of the reward. Just from the road, this beautiful, glacier blue lake is available to all who make the drive. Totally worth it.

If you’re looking for ideas for a romantic getaway in the Pacific Northwest check out this article on romantic destinations for wine and beer lovers! 


5. Shop along the boardwalk

Old-looking wooden boardwalk with shops in the town of Winthrop, WA

With over 20 shops, Winthrop has something for everyone. From bookstores to galleries, outdoor stores to home décor shops, Winthrop has more shops to peruse than you know what to do with.

Interested in clothes? Don’t forget to check out the hand-picked clothing and jewelry inside The French Quail. Pop a tire on your bike? Methow Cycle & Sport has you covered. Still searching for that perfect pair of Minnetonka Moccasins? The Iron Horse is the place to go.

Where to stay in Winthrop WA

With its Old West design, Winthrop WA is definitely a tourist destination meaning that there’s plenty of accommodations in and around town and the Methow Valley. Choose from lodges, inns, resorts, basic motels, and campgrounds. Here are a few good options:

Sun Mountain Lodge

Sun Mountain Lodge Winthrop WaPossibly the most popular spot to stay in Winthrop with rooms in the lodge as well as cabins 1 mile away on Patterson Lake. All rooms are decorated with hand-crafted wood furniture and local artwork and some have sweeping views, fireplaces, and jetted tubs. Amenities include a pool, hot tub, and spa.

Tip: Try out the fun, themed Cowboy Dinner during the summer months.

Check for availability and best prices below:

Methow River Lodge and Cabins

Methow River LodgeA new lodge just steps from downtown Winthrop but sitting right on the Methow River. Rooms in the lodge have private decks or balconies overlooking the river and the private cabins have river views, full kitchens and covered decks.

Check for availability and best prices below:



Have you been to Winthrop? I’d love to hear about your experience! Are you planning a trip to Winthrop this summer? I’d love to answer any questions you may have!

Author Bio: Fueled by tasty food and drinks, pushing past her limits to find the next best adventure in the Pacific Northwest, Tessa Pilz is the mastermind behind PNW Fulfilled. When she’s not eating, drinking, practicing yoga or exploring the greater Seattle area, you can find her traveling. She is always on a mission to find her next best meal, cup of coffee, glass of wine & adventure.


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