Twisp: The heart of the Methow Valley
by Kori Rowell Burwell
Springtime arrives in the Methow Valley with a dazzling display of golden balsamroot blanketing its rolling hills, beckoning nature
lovers, artists and outdoor enthusiasts to come experience the beginning
of “Sunflower Season”. Nestled in the heart of the Valley, just off
highway 20, at the confluence of the Twisp and Methow Rivers, is the
small yet mighty town of Twisp (whose name is a Native American
onomatopoeia for the sound yellow jackets make).
Inhabited by an eclectic mix of farmers, artists, business owners and folks fleeing the hustle and bustle of the big city, there is a Lake Wobegon quality to this town where main street boasts a smattering of colorful galleries, restaurants, chic boutiques, a community theater and an all-natural grocer. This town is so full of heart, you’ll realize instantly why it’s the Methow Valley’s best-kept secret. twispinfo.com
A typical day in Twisp might be spent strolling down Glover Street, popping into galleries, grabbing a Cinnamon Twisp at the aptly named bakery, and exploring the dynamic campus of TwispWorks."
Quirky outdoor sculptures, pie eating contests and musical guests like The Paperboys at the Methow Arts Festival are all part of the Methow Magic!
Saturdays in Twisp...
Saturdays, check out the iconic Methow Valley Farmers Market where local farmers and artisans tout gorgeous produce and crafts. Afterwards, take a stroll along highway 20 to Blue Star Coffee Roasters for a formidable brew! Later, hit up the delightful Glover Street Market for wine tasting and nibbles and make a dinner reservation at the famous Tappi. The pillow bread will transport you to the streets of Italy. Prefer to to eat in? Get your supplies at Hanks Harvest Foods and Thomson’s Meats.
Twisp’s central location makes it a perfect starting and staying point for a variety of outdoor activities. Mere minutes from downtown, adventure awaits! Hike the Sawtooths, bike off-the-grid trails, or float, kayak or fish the river. The friendly locals will be happy to point you in the right direction. If you prefer to stay in town, bring a picnic lunch to the Twisp River Park (and public swimming pool) or walk ¼ mile up Twisp River Road to the Twisp Ponds outdoor art garden and salmon hatchery. twispinfo.com
Twisp River Suites: A Home Away from Home
“I was struck by the magic of Twisp the very first time I visited”, says Joe Marver, owner of the amazing Twisp River Suites Hotel. “I knew I needed to create a place that would help share that magic with others”. Marver’s 16-room riverfront luxury hotel opened in 2012 and prides itself on a unique brand of down-home, personalized hospitality. Joe and his staff work tirelessly to care for their guests, offering up spacious and comfortable suites that are more like high-end condos. Included in the price is an opulent homemade breakfast served with local coffee and a smile. In the evening, sit on the river front deck with a “Twisp Plate” and a glass of wine while listening to Joe sing the oldies with local musicians. If you like to travel with your dog, book a pet-friendly room at Paws Awhile Pet Suites, a new addition to the hotel in 2013 that has pet-owners raving. “The best part of my job is getting to know my guests and hearing their stories”, says Marver. “They are what keep me going.”
The Twisp River Suites will envelope you in an experience you didn’t know existed and will have you booking your return without hesitation. www.twispriversuites.com