Methow Valley Ciderhouse - Steampunk Rendezvous

Methow Valley Ciderhouse

The home of the best cider in the Northwest, and the usual spot for the Friday Night Shindig – though in 2021 we are not sure about who will be doing live music and when, of course.

The Ciderhouse is very family-friendly and their backyard has fun things for “kids” like hula hoops. There’s plenty of room for dancing, running around, hanging out, finding a quiet corner, you name it.

Details: Dogs are welcome but they have their own doggie park area to be off-leash. Kid friendly except for the area right next to the bar itself.

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The Old Schoolhouse Brewery

The original plan was to have the Friday Night Shindig here in 2020, since the Cider House was booked for a wedding. However, plans have changed since COVID-19 entered the scene. It will likely not be the location for music, but it may be open in other ways when the time comes. If so, support local business and check out the place for yourself.

The Old Schoolhouse Brewery is right in the middle of Winthrop, so it’s in walking distance from just about every hotel and from the campgrounds. As small and quaint as it looks from the front, you may be surprised by the large patio in the back that overlooks the Chewuch River. The Log Jam stage houses music acts from around the region.

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Duck Brand Hotel and Restaurant - Steampunk Rendezvous - Winthrop

Duck Brand Hotel and Restaurant

This is a good, solid restaurant with a touch of Mexican flair and lots of room for groups to gather for a meal. They source their meat and many other products locally. You’re likely to find other steampunks here in the mornings for breakfast.

It’s just down the hill under the Shafer Museum, so if you don’t mind stairs, you can go straight up the hill and end up at the RV camp.

They also have rooms if you are looking for a hotel room close to the museum and and campground.

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Shafer Museum

This museum is a Wild-West/Steampunk heaven!

There are tons of old mining machinery and farming devices in an outdoor display; preserved and replicated buildings and rooms full of items from Winthrop’s Victorian days, from a doctor’s office to a fine parlor to the general store.

If you’ve seen the pictures from last year’s photoshoot, this is where most of it happened. Whether or not you take part in the photoshoot on Sunday, you should stop in and have a look around.

3 Fingered Jack's Saloon - Winthrop

Three Fingered Jack’s Saloon

The oldest legal saloon in Washington State, the drinks may not be fancy but it does have history.

There’s a family friendly dining side and the bar side with a fun old west atmosphere. Big screen TV, cocktails, 9 drafts, pool tables, breakfast, pizza, steaks, burgers and more.

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Winthrop Main Street

The main street of Winthrop is pretty much a real-life wild west set. Some of the buildings are original, some have been made to match. There are boardwalks and plenty of photo opportunities.

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Newhalem Steam Engine Train - Steampunk Rendezvous

The North Cascades Highway

This route on Highway 20 is considered one of the best scenic drives in the United States – in fact it was the first to be designated a National Scenic Highway!

Only open in the summer (people anxiously await news of the reopening each spring), it’s a drive that should not be missed, especially if you live in the Northwest.

Not only are the views spectacular, there is a remote town up high in the mountains called Newhalem that has a distinctly Steampunk vibe; it’s a company town owned by Seattle City Light and populated entirely by employees of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. So there’s an amazing dam and old-school powerhouse there, and a big steam engine right in the middle of it all.

Well worth getting on the road early on Friday and having a stop there.

The Methow Valley

A truly beautiful river valley with a lot of history – any excuse to spend time here is a good one. The views are gorgeous, the river goes right through Winthrop, and if you are into camping, climbing, fishing, hunting, hiking, snowshoeing, etc. this is a dream location. These days you can also get plenty of good food, wine tasting, and shopping too so it’s the best of both worlds.

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