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Winthrop is a small town located in Okanogan County in north-central Washington. As of the 2000 census, the population was 349 full-time residents. Winthrop is situated in the northern Methow Valley off the scenic North Cascades Highway. The town has the distinction of having recorded the coldest temperature ever in Washington state at -48 degrees F. on December 30, 1948. Winthrop is most well-known for its American Old West design of all the buildings in town, which makes it a popular tourist destination. The area is also popular with cross-country skiers, with over 100 miles of groomed trails in the region. Other recreational activities available in Winthrop include rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding, fishing and golf. Winthrop is home to the oldest legal saloon in Washington state. Native Americans first lived in the area, along the banks of the Methow, Twisp and Chewuch Rivers. The first white men to visit were trappers of the 1800s. In the spring of 1868, placer gold was discovered which brought the first permanent white settlers to Winthrop. Guy Waring is the acclaimed founding father of the town, but it is named after Theodore Winthrop, a Yale graduate, adventurer and 19th century author. Waring's original Duck Brand Saloon was built in 1891 and today serves as the Town Hall. Waring's college roommate, Owen Wister, wrote "The Virginian," considered America's first western novel, after honeymooning in the town of Winthrop.

Surrounding areas: Twisp, Washington (8.4 mi), Mazama, Washington (12.4 mi)

Winthrop Vacation Rentals

Winthrop Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Cascade InnWinthrop, WA (509) 996-3100
Brown's Farm InnWolf CRK RdWinthrop, WA (509) 996-2571
Chewuch Inn223 White AveWinthrop, WA (509) 996-3107
River Run Inn27 Rader RdWinthrop, WA (509) 996-2173
Sun Mountain LodgePatterson LK RdWinthrop, WA (509) 996-2211
Trails End Motel130 Riverside AveWinthrop, WA (509) 996-2303
Westar Retreat & LodgingWinthrop, WA (509) 996-2697
Winthrop MTN View ChaletsHwy 20 & Koa RdWinthrop, WA (509) 996-3113
Mazama Country Inn42 Lost River RdMazama, WA16.6 mi.(509) 996-2681
Conconully MotelConconully, WA20.7 mi.(509) 826-1610
Ponderosa Motor Lodge1034 2ND SOkanogan, WA28.5 mi.(509) 422-0400
Cedars InnOne ApplewayOkanogan, WA28.8 mi.(509) 422-6431

Winthrop Weather & Climate

Northeast Washington, near the Canadian border, generally has a humid continental climate. Cold air moving southward through Canada will occasionally cross the higher mountains into northern Washington. Although it receives a lot of rain, summers are quite dry. This region is occasionally subject to unusual and harsh weather due to an upper level trough that drives down cold Arctic air from the Canadian interior. This cold air mass can collide with a Gulf of Alaska cold front and create high winds, ice, snow, or heavy rains. Another weather phenomenon, known as the "Chinook wind," happens in the autumn and winter. Unusually warm and steady wind comes out of the south. It is essentially a reverse "Nor'Easter." A Chinook wind following a northeast wind can melt significant snow accumulations very quickly, pushing drainage systems to their limits.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 29°F 12°F 2.00 in. -
February 38°F 17°F 1.50 in. -
March 50°F 25°F 1.05 in. -
April 62°F 31°F 0.77 in. -
May 71°F 38°F 1.02 in. -
June 78°F 45°F 1.06 in. -
July 85°F 49°F 0.80 in. -
August 85°F 48°F 0.72 in. -
September 77°F 39°F 0.61 in. -
October 62°F 30°F 0.93 in. -
November 40°F 24°F 1.99 in. -
December 28°F 13°F 2.60 in. -

Winthrop Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Methow Valley State airport (S52) located about 4 miles south of Winthrop and the Pangborn Memorial airport (EAT) located approximately 74 miles south of Winthrop in Wenatchee, Washington.

Winthrop Attractions

Golf Courses
Bear Creek Golf CourseWinthropWA 
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA73.1 mi.
State Parks
Pearrygin Lake State ParkWA2.1 mi. 
Conconully State ParkWA20.5 mi. 
Alta Lake State ParkWA33.6 mi. 
Twenty-Five Mile Creek State ParkWA34.5 mi. 
Fort Okanogan State ParkWA35.8 mi. 
Chief Joseph State ParkWA36.5 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA116.0 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA116.0 mi.

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