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Winthrop makes for a great weekend away. It is about a three and a half hour drive from Seattle. (Photo by Jenny Kuglin / Seattle Refined)

Old West charm: A weekend away in Winthrop, WA

Earlier this summer, wildfires raged in the scenic area between Winthrop and Twisp, destroying forests, homes, and fruit crops. Then, to make matters even worse, flash floods hit the Methow Valley last month.
But now, the flames are gone, the weather is improving (fingers crossed), and the beautiful Old West town of Winthrop still makes for a wonderful weekend away. Depending on traffic and the route you take, the drive takes about three and a half to four hours from Seattle.

There are countless outdoor activities to do in the Methow Valley, including hiking, camping, and skiing. But if you want to just hang out in Winthrop, here are five of my favorite places to visit in the tiny town that transports you back in time.

Shafer Historical Museum. The Shafer Historical Museum has been in Winthrop since 1943, keeping track of the small town's turbulent history. The building where it resides was once owned by Guy Waring, a man who ended up at one point owning every building on Winthrop's main street. The museum features a lot of artifacts from when Winthrop was a thriving mining and farm community and contains history of the original families that settled in the area.

Shafer Historical Museum
285 Castle Ave
Winthrop, WA 98862

Sheri's Sweet Shop. Tucked in the middle of downtown, Sheri's Sweet Shop is the perfect place to take a seat and indulge in a sugary treat. Whether you're an ice cream fan, or a pastry connoisseur, Sheri's has a little something for everyone. There are plenty of tables, shady trees, and the people watching is great.

Sheri's Sweet Shop
207 Riverside Ave
Winthrop, WA 98862

Sun Mountain Stables. As a native Montanan, I always love a chance to get out of the city and go horseback riding. Sun Mountain Stables has plenty of options, ranging from short rides for beginners, to longer rides for horseback aficionados. Sun Mountain Stables is also a resort with a restaurant, so you can stay the night for a real Old West adventure.

Sun Mountain Lodge and Stables
604 Patterson Lake RD
Winthrop, WA 98862

Duck Brand Hotel and Cantina. If you plan on doing a lot of outdoor activities in the Methow Valley, you're going to need to fill up your belly at the end of a long day. Duck Brand Hotel and Cantina has some shockingly excellent Mexican food that fits the bill. I recommend the enchilada with carnitas and a nice, cold Michelada.

Duck Brand Hotel and Cantina
248 Riverside Ave
Winthrop, WA 98862

Three Fingered Jack's Saloon. If you're going to visit an Old West town, it seems fitting that you'd belly up to the bar at a saloon, right? Known to the locals as Jack's, this saloon is open almost every day year round and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (There's a family side of the restaurant if you have kids.) Jack's claims to be the oldest legal saloon in the state of Washington and has adapted well with the times, adding vegetarian and gluten-free menu items.

Three Fingered Jack's Saloon
176 Riverside Ave
Winthrop, WA 98862