Twisp: The heart of the Methow Valley
By Kori Rowell Burwell | Edited by Jamie Petitto via the Twisp Chamber of Commerce
Springtime arrives in the Methow Valley with a dazzling display of golden balsamroot blanketing its rolling hills, beckoning nature lovers, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts to come experience the beginning of “Sunflower Season.” Nestled in the heart of the valley, at the confluence of the Twisp and Methow Rivers, is the small but mighty town of Twisp (a name derived from the Native American onomatopoeia for the sound yellow jackets make).
Inhabited by an eclectic mix of quirky artists, small business owners, 5th-generation farmers and city folks who fled the hustle and bustle of the big city, there is a Lake Wobegon quality to this town. Its main street boasts a smattering of colorful galleries, friendly restaurants, chic boutiques, a community theater, and an all-natural grocer. This town is so full of heart, you’ll instantly feel right at home the moment you arrive.
A typical day in Twisp might be spent strolling down Glover Street, popping into galleries, grabbing a Cinnamon Twisp at the aptly named bakery, and exploring the dynamic campus of TwispWorks."
With numerous galleries, town-wide outdoor art sculptures and year-round arts events, Twisp is proudly recognized as the smallest creative district in Washington State. Gawk at glamorous repurposed-fashion on the runway during Confluence Gallery's Trashion Show, enjoy live music and art booths during Methow Art's July 4th Arts Fest, or take a stroll among dozens of local artists during the Twisp Chamber's May Spring Art Walk, September Fall Art Walk, and December Mistletoe Madness events.
A typical day in Twisp might be spent strolling down Glover Street, Twisp's main street, popping into art shops, grabbing a Cinnamon Twisp at the aptly named bakery, and exploring its much-loved thrift store. At the south end of Glover Street, you'll find TwispWorks, the dynamic 6.5-acre outdoor campus. Here, kids can play in the splash pad while parents sip locally-brewed beer at the OSB Taproom or grab a bite to eat at the Fork food truck. In addition to its live music pavilion and cozy lawn, TwispWorks has 35 retailers, artists, and producers who bring shopping local to life. It is a thrill to watch art in action while perusing anything from lifetime reusable bags to handcrafted jewelry to vibrant textiles to handmade pottery and beyond.
Saturdays in Twisp...
Saturdays, check out the iconic Methow Valley Farmers Market where local farmers and artisans tout gorgeous produce and crafts. Afterwards, take a stroll along Highway 20 to Blue Star Coffee Roasters for a quality cup of locally brewed joe. Later, hit up the delightful Glover Street Market for Saturday wine tasting and nibbles before walking in to dinner at the famous 1908 BBQ & Bourbon. Prefer to eat in? Get your supplies at Hanks Harvest Foods or order to-go from Linwood.
Twisp’s central location makes it a perfect starting and staying point for a variety of outdoor activities. Mere minutes from downtown, adventure awaits! Hike the Sawtooths, bike off-the-grid trails, or float, kayak, or fish the river. Friendly locals will be happy to point you in the right direction. If you prefer to stay in town, bring a picnic lunch to the Twisp River Park (and public swimming pool) or walk ¼ mile up Twisp River Road to the Twisp Discovery Ponds outdoor art garden and salmon hatchery.
Twisp River Suites: A Home Away from Home
“I was struck by the magic of Twisp the very first time I visited,” says Joe Marver, owner of the amazing Twisp River Suites. “I knew I needed to create a place that would help share that magic with others.” Marver’s riverfront luxury hotel opened in 2012 and prides itself on a unique brand of down-home, personalized hospitality. Joe and his staff work tirelessly to care for their guests, offering up spacious and comfortable suites that are more like high-end condos. Included in the price is an a bountiful homemade breakfast served with local coffee and a smile. In the evening, sit on the river front deck with a “Twisp Plate” and a glass of wine while listening to Joe sing the oldies with local musicians. If you like to travel with your dog, book a pet-friendly room at Paws Awhile Pet Suites, an addition to the hotel that ensures proper time with your furry friend. “The best part of my job is getting to know my guests and hearing their stories," says Marver. “They are what keep me going.”
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Twisp looks forward to your next visit to its fun, funky and friendly town!
Located in the heart of the Methow Valley, Twisp is a dynamic center for art, culture and adventure, with a down to earth atmosphere and friendly attitude! For more on Twisp Washington, visit www.twispwa.com.