ROAD TRIP | METHOW VALLEY

We set off from Bellingham in search of snow. Six hours later, after a quick leg-stretching and sausage-eating stop in Leavenworth, we arrived in the snowy wonderland of Winthrop.

Al fresco German style sausages and beer at Munchen Haus in Leavenworth. The perfect midway point between Bellingham and the Methow. 

 

This was our third family trip to the Methow Valley and our second during the winter months. We became instantly smitten with the area after our first visit last year and loved how somewhere so close to home could be so different and feel so far away. In the summer it is hot and dry and sunny and in the winter it is snowy and bright and cold. Any time of year, the Methow Valley is a tranquil, secluded destination filled with natural beauty - perfect for a quick, rejuvenating weekend trip.

                                  

During our first two visits we stayed at hotels. This time we chose to rent a cozy little cabin with a kitchen to prepare our own meals and spare ourselves the expense and hassle of eating out for every meal. It’s a lifesaver to have the ‘dine-in’ option when travelling with kiddos – especially those who spent all day frolicking in the snow and are suddenly on the verge of meltdown and need food IMMEDIATELY.

 

During our first two visits we stayed at hotels. This time we chose to rent a cozy little cabin with a kitchen to prepare our own meals and spare ourselves the expense and hassle of eating out for every meal. It’s a lifesaver to have the ‘dine-in’ option when travelling with kiddos – especially those who spent all day frolicking in the snow and are suddenly on the verge of meltdown and need food IMMEDIATELY.

 

 

No spatula in our "fully equipped" kitchen! Cheese grater to the rescue.

 

With a kitchen, albeit a small one, at our disposal, we were able to enjoy some of the local products we picked up around town. A stop at the Crown S Ranch Farm Store yielded us bacon and eggs for a hearty breakfast one morning paired with Breadfarm Bread and V Smiley Preserves we brought from home.

 

 

To take full advantage of all the snow right outside our door, we made snow ice cream one day! After picking up the necessary ingredients at Glover St Market, my little assistant harvested some fresh snow and we mixed everything together. This was super easy and pretty delicious. Etta thought it was ‘so awesome’ that we could turn snow into ice cream just by stirring in two ingredients.

 

                 

                               

SNOW ICE CREAM

8 cups fresh snow

1 can organic sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

Mix everything together and serve!

 

WHERE TO GO + WHAT TO EAT

For a pit stop pull off Highway 2 at Leavenworth for a grilled sausage in Munchen Haus’s outdoor Beer Garden. On the way out of town stop off at Anjou Bakery for a Caffe Vita Americano or Latte and a pastry.

IN TWISP
Pick up local and organic groceries at Glover Street Market. Don’t miss the wine cellar!

Get a Cinnamon Twisp pastry or breakfast sandwich at Cinnamon Twisp Bakery.

WINTHROP
Pop into the Crown S  Ranch Farm Store for local, pasture raised and grass fed meats, farm fresh eggs, handmade tamales and loads of other products.

Grab breakfast and good coffee at Rocking Horse Bakery.

Fill your growler or grab lunch or dinner at Old Schoolhouse Brewery.

Sample some wines at the Lost River Winery Tasting Room.

For a fancier dinner, reserve a table at Arrow Leaf Bistro.

MAZAMA
Browse The Mazama Store for local goods, handmade sandwiches, great bread, beer and wine and lots of local flavor. 

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