Welcome to Winthrop & Around
Winthrop is – along with Leavenworth – one of two themed towns on the popular Cascade Loop. Once a struggling mining community, it avoided 'ghost town' status in the 1960s when it was made over to look like a cowboy settlement out of the Wild West. Though on paper it sounds more Hollywood back lot than Gunfight at the OK Corral, the Gary Cooper touches are surprisingly authentic. Winthrop's High Noon shopfronts hide a genuine frontier spirit (the road ends in winter not far beyond here) and some fantastic eating places and accommodations.
Winthrop's renaissance coincided with the opening in 1972 of the North Cascades Hwy, which brought in a flood of new visitors. When the highway closes in winter, Winthrop becomes the Methow's cross-country-skiing HQ.