October 30, 2009
In the 5 years I’ve lived in Washington last weekend was my first trip to the Methow Valley. It was the perfect weekend to see all the Fall colors. The Methow Valley sits in North Central Washington about 3.5 – 4 hours drive from Seattle. Some friends told us about the Rolling Huts on a property outside of Winthrop, Washington. On old mobile home park stripped of all the homes and the land brought back to a natural state, save the new super cool rolling huts. There are only 6 of them; each come equipt with a bedroom, wood-burning fireplace, plenty of firewood, porch, mini kitchen (with coffee maker, thank goodness) and a great view. You can move the furniture by the fireplace together to make another bed.
Think camping, but without the pitching a tent, sleeping on the hard ground, no heat, no shower, no proper potty thing. You don’t have to worry about ending up running around the woods like you are in the Blair Witch project. Unlike a tent the huts have electricity and doors that lock in case you’ve watched too many scary movies as of late, like me. This will give you piece of mind. $80/night (winter rate) is a bargain. I love simple architecture that looks cool. These cabins are made with i-beam, plywood, cork floors, glass and whatever else holds it all together. I was so excited just to lounge around without a schedule. We brought books, a bunch of wine/beer, crackers/cheese and Scrabble (of course). My brother and sister-in-law came too and they brought their puppy. He was in heaven with all the room to run around on the property. It’s a short hike to the river from the huts.
Sun Mountain Lodge is about 15 minutes from the huts and a beautiful drive up the foothills. 1 word: horses. 2 words: amazing views. 2 more words: wine cellar and one more to sprinkle on top: spa. You get the idea. It’s a whole lot of fun up there. The rooms are much more expensive and fancy, but it’s a great place to go just for a horseback ride and some drinks/snacks. My horse’s name was Wigwam and of course he liked to stop and eat any chance he got, so I was way behind the others!
Let’s talk about the food. Most of the food we ate in Winthrop was fried, but there was one restaurant that was remarkable: Arrowleaf Bistro. They serve locally sourced seasonal cuisine. Sean had Elk Bourguignon and I had Chicken Fricassee, one of my favorite meals ever. It was so good. They also had L’ecole 41 Schoolhouse Red. My new favorite Fall wine from Walla Walla, Washington. Love it.
I haven’t been this relaxed in a long while. I can’t wait to go back. Next time, snowshoes!
hori hori dig dig!