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Winthrop’s best attractions for appreciating local art, history, and culture

Winthrop, WA is an Old West-themed town located in the Methow Valley. Surrounded by lush mountain landscapes, flowing rivers, and sparkling lakes, this town is home to a community of artists and creative types who find inspiration from its tranquil vibe and pristine natural setting.

While Winthrop is a small town of 439 (based on 2017 estimates), it is never lacking for art and culture. Here are five local attractions to check out to discover more about the rich character of this town:

Shafer Museum
285 Castle Avenue, Winthrop, WA 98862

If you want to learn about Winthrop history, the Shafer Museum is a great place to start. Offering a “window into the past,” this village-sized living museum features an impressive selection of artifacts, as well as beautifully preserved, century-old buildings. Check out the town’s original school house, general store, print shop, mining display, and a log home known as “The Castle” that is now the centerpiece of this informative attraction.

Winthrop Gallery
237 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop, WA 98862

With many artists making the Methow Valley their home, you can expect that there is a place where all that local talent is showcased. The Winthrop Gallery is that place. Located in downtown Winthrop, this destination exhibits watercolor and oil paintings, hand-woven rugs, and classic photography. An outstanding display of local crafts like hand-built furniture, pottery, jewelry, clay sculptures, and hand-blown glass can also be seen here.

Glassworks of Winthrop
236 Riverside Avenue, Winthrop, WA 98862

If the artistic glassware from the Winthrop Gallery caught your attention, head over to Glassworks of Winthrop just across the street to see more masterpieces from local artisans. Not only can you view and buy a few pieces to bring home or give away as gifts, you can also watch studio owner Garth Mudge work his magic in a live glass-blowing demonstration.

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Blues Ranch, 19190 Washington State Route 20, Winthrop, WA 98862

A local tradition for more than 30 years, the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is held every July at the Blues Ranch. This three-day event is packed with performances from regional and national artists. You can also find art and craft vendors, food stalls, and a beer garden here.

On-site camping (with portable showers) is available throughout the festival dates. With its location along the banks of the Methow River, this festival has all the makings of an unforgettable weekend getaway.

Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival
Signal Hill Ranch, 115 Signal Hill Road, Twisp, WA 98856

Happening every summer, the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival is a great reason to visit the neighboring town of Twisp, WA. The program brings live chamber musicians from around the globe for five featured concerts.

On top of the incredible performances, this festival treats guests to the impeccable views of the rolling landscapes surrounding the 400-acre Signal Hill Ranch.

Do you want to stay close to all these exceptional cultural attractions? Why not look into Winthrop homes for sale and other outstanding real estate opportunities in the Methow Valley? Get in touch with Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty today. Call 509.996.2121 or email info(at)cbwinthrop(dotted)com to learn more.