Located 4 hours outside Seattle, Winthrop is like stepping back in time – literally. Modeled after an old western town, the sidewalks are laid with creaky old wooden slates while the buildings resemble the same esthetic. It’s truly hard to describe unless you are there to experience the uniqueness of Winthrop.
Depending on which season you decided to go, there are countless activities for you to enjoy – hiking, horseback riding, river rafting, cross country skiing, indulging in one of the many delicious restaurants, sipping wine by the fire or on a patio with the sun beating down on your bare shoulders.
If it’s summer, I recommend hiking to Blue Lake, 4.4 miles round trip with a low elevation gain, it’s not to be missed. As you walk along with trail, towering granite peaks will greet you along with beautiful wild flowers. Hot? Ample shade protects you from the sweltering rays. At the end, a pristine mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches the sky is a worthwhile reward.
Replenish yourself at Arrow Leaf Bistro and dig into a late breakfast of locally foraged chanterelle mushrooms and caramelized onion omelet. Served with the sweetest roasted baby potatoes you have ever tasted. If the beignets are available, don’t hesitate to put in an order. Fluffy as a cloud, they melt in your mouth.
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Hike, Horseback riding, bicycle riding and relax!