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Do you and your friends feel like outlaws donning masks to run errands around town? You’d fit right in here.
While many counties in the state of Washington enter phase 2 of the Safe Start COVID order, Okanogan County is still in Phase 1. The county is asking those with the itch to travel to stay close to home.
Our state and national parks are open for day use, but not for overnight camping. The visitor information centers will remain closed until phase 3 of the state reopening.
For those who find themselves in our community, we are grateful for so many who are helping protect our vulnerable population by following medical advice. We are a mask wearing community- we welcome outlaws.
Take in a deep breath of fresh mountain air, grab a glass of wine and stroll along the boardwalk of our western themed town for some window shopping. See if there’s anything you or one or your loved ones might need.
More of our local shops are adding online stores each day. Check back for more.
In the meantime, check out these other local retailers in the Methow Valley!
Thank you for supporting small businesses in our window shopping gallery!
The cute little Western town of Winthrop WA is a fantastic vacation destination that you’ll definitely want to check off your bucket list! Winthrop is on the edge of the national forest and state land; a recipe for fabulous outdoor adventure . Unfortunately, we can’t visit the town right night, but we can certainly get a taste of some of the delicious meals we would eat if we could visit.
Sun Mountain Lodge‘s Chicken Curry Soup Recipe:
Sun Mountain Lodge is nestled on a hilltop with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains. The lodge offers horseback riding, sleigh rides, access to year round trails, pools, wine tasting, and so much more.
I don’t know if you’ve ever had this soup, but if you haven’t, you’ve been missing out. A Winthrop local positively *begged* for this recipe years ago and the restaurant (rightfully) declined. In light of this pandemic, Sun Mountain Lodge is offering you this amazing opportunity to try the soup as a *teaser* of what else you could enjoy in Winthrop, WA once the hotels are able to open again.
Sun Mountain Lodge as well as their kitchen is currently closed, but is looking forward to reopening as soon as safely possible.
Old Schoolhouse Brewery‘s Chocolate Stout Cake Recipe:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery started in 2008 along the downtown boardwalk of Winthrop, WA. The tiny storefront (which resembles an old schoolhouse) expands to the back of the building to a large riverfront patio where diners can relax and unwind, and often enjoy live music. The award winning beer in cans and bottles is available across the state. Check the website for availability.
This recipe has never been shared before, so get ready for something delicious! This simple recipe with relatively few ingredients can work with any stout recipe including OSB’s award winning Hooligan Stout, Melipona Stout (an artisan vanilla stout), or even Imperial Stout.
Old Schoolhouse Brewery is currently open several days a week and offering take out, including some terrific deals on delicious to-go beer in bottles, crowlers, and cans.
Find more places to dine and drink in Winthrop:
Nestled in the downtown strip of Twisp, WA is a bright little ray of sunshine during these dark times. The Cove is our food bank. With so many businesses laying off workers and the back log of unemployment, many more families are relying on The Cove than ever before.
Thankfully, restaurants saw the massive need for more resources and made significant and generous contributions to The Cove. It’s certainly tough times for restaurants, as well, giving further meaning to their generosity. Some researchers are saying that around 40% of restaurants will never open again, so the sacrifice being made by our local restaurants is more heroic than ever. These business owners are opening their hearts and wallets because that’s what we do here in the Methow Valley. We are care about each other and we’re all in this together.
We salute the following businesses for your heroic efforts! Please consider purchasing take out and/or gift cards from these businesses.
Food Bank Donation Participants
Methow Valley Ciderhouse | Donated food despite the fact that they are closed and not bringing in any restaurant income!
East 20 Pizza | Ran a donation drive for take and bake pizzas in addition to ordering food from their wholesale vendor for the purpose of donating to The Cove!
Brix Wine Bar and Bottle Shop | Ordered food from their wholesale vendor for the purpose of donating to The Cove!
Old Schoolhouse Brewery | Donated multiple loads of food!
Blue Star Coffee Roasters | Has donated food to The Cove for years and continues to do so!
*At the time of writing this, several other restaurants expressed interest in donating food to The Cove. Please check back for updates, as this is an ongoing effort.