Explore The Methow Valley While Staying At The Ranch

The Ranch The River Bank And Trees

The Ranch Wood Stove

Taking a road trip to a part of the northwest you haven’t been to before is a great way to set yourself up for a fabulous time. One area that is really worth exploring is the Methow Valley in North Central Washington.

The Methow Valley, home to the Methow River, is a beautiful rural area peppered with small towns and great scenery. If you love outdoor recreation, then this is the place for you. You’ll also be happy though just going on a scenic drive, visiting one of the many local communities, checking out some historical sites, or venturing off to capture some photos of some of the best scenery around.

One vacation property that really helps your time there be all that it can be is The Ranch.

The Ranch Bench

The Ranch features a welcoming and cozy decor, along with some great amenities. The kitchen is fully stocked which makes for some fun meals in your home away from home, and also helps save money rather than eating out too. If you travel with a pet, The Ranch features an outdoor enclosed pen that connects right up to the house. The wireless internet at The Ranch is a nice addition to the rural surroundings too. All of the furniture, from the living area to the bedrooms, is very comfortable too. If there is a chill in the air, the wood stove will be a nice feature that you can take advantage of too.

Outdoors, you’ll love your time at The Ranch. There are trails that head off in several directions, and some of them link up to other local trail systems. You’ll also have relatively easy access, via a trail down the bank, to the Methow River that runs right by your vacation home away from home. Kick back and enjoy the sound of the rushing water if you’d like. If you really want to, you can also splash around in the cold mountain water.

Venturing out from The Ranch will allow you to see things like the Old West town of Winthrop, the Columbia River community of Pateros, the high mountain beauty of Washington Pass and the North Cascades Highway, as well as attractions a little farther away like Grand Coulee Dam, Chief Joseph Dam, Lake Chelan, Rocky Reach Dam, and Wenatchee.

The Ranch The River Bank And Trees

If outdoor recreation is your thing, depending on what time of year you’re visiting, you’ll have choices like hiking, skiing, river rafting, water skiing, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, mountain biking, and more.

A visit to the Methow Valley can be a lot of fun and to make the most of it, you should look into staying at a great rural vacation home, The Ranch.

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The Ranch in the Methow Valley

The Hotel Rio Vista In Winthrop Makes For A Great Road Trip Stop

NWRoadtrips Hotel Rio Vista Riverfront

Winthrop on the Cascade Loop

One of the more unique and special towns in the Pacific Northwest is Winthrop, Washington. This little community is located up in the North Cascades, just east of Washington Pass, Mazama, and North Cascades National Park. It’s the perfect place to head to for a great getaway. If you’re wanting to take a road trip on the North Cascades Highway, it’s also a great place to stop along the way.

Winthrop has a very rural mountain feel to it. This is mainly due to the incredible scenery located all around it. it also doesn’t hurt that the town has an Old West theme that it adheres to from one end to the other. That’s right, all of the businesses in the downtown area and beyond feature Old West designs, architecture, and decor. This really does make it one of the more unique experiences you’re bound to visit in the Northwest.

NWRoadtrips Hotel Rio Vista Front

Staying in Winthrop is a lot of fun. One of the best places to stay when you go there is the Hotel Rio Vista. This elaborately decorated Old West hotel is located on the east end of town and is the perfect spot to headquarter your stay from.

The Hotel Rio Vista offers more than just decor and a cowboy theme though. It’s perched right on the shore of the river running in front of it. In fact, every room in the hotel features its very own private deck where you can venture out and enjoy a view of the river and the local scenery. You’ll also love the hot tub that overlooks the same view.

NWRoadtrips Hotel Rio Vista View

NWRoadtrips Hotel Rio Vista Riverfront

Being able to set out from the Hotel Rio Vista and easily walk to any of the local restaurants, bars, shops, the local museum, and the nearby pedestrian suspension bridge also shows just why so many like coming back there year after year.

Venturing out from Winthrop allows you to experience things like North Cascades National Park, Washington Pass, Diablo Lake, and the communities of Mazama, Twisp, and Pateros. Even Lake Chelan can be reached easily from Winthrop. And when you’re done experiencing that, you get to return “home” to the welcoming Hotel Rio Vista. It can’t get much better than that.

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Hotel Rio Vista

Winthrop on the Cascade Loop

Three Great Places To See Near Omak Lake

Omak Lake

Omak Lake

Omak Lake sits in North Central Washington, very near the communities of Omak and Okanogan. Getting out to the lake can be a lot of fun. Once there, you can go paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, swimming, fishing, and more there. There’s also a good amount of opportunity to explore the hillsides that surround the lake.

There’s more to the area than that though. Take a look at these three great places to see within an easy drive from Omak Lake.

Visit Conconully

Conconully is a tiny community, about 40 minutes west of Omak Lake, nestled between Conconully Lake and Conconully Reservoir. It’s home to Conconully State Park, a very popular location for camping enthusiasts. Conconully is also home to several private fishing and recreational getaways. When you visit Conconully, you really are getting away from it all.

Visit Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam is one of the more popular destinations in North Central Washington, attracting fans of engineering, history, and natural scenery. The dam is famous for its visitors center, laser light show, and as an engineering marvel. It also backs up water behind it in the form of Lake Roosevelt. Banks Lake is also located nearby. Grand Coulee Dam is just a little over an hour southeast from Omak Lake and it has been impressing and entertaining people for decades.

Visit the Cowboy Town of Winthrop

The small town of Winthrop sits on Highway 20, about an hour and 15 minutes west of Omak Lake. This little community is fun for everyone with its Old West decor and cowboy feel. The wooden plank sidewalks and great retail and dining options all have that same Old West theme. Kids and adults both love the time they spend in Winthrop. A short drive outside the town and you’re in the midst of some of the best scenery in the state.