Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Registration open for the Winthrop Antique Auto Rallye

Auto registration is now open for the 37th annual Winthrop Auto Rallye!  Have you got a historic car or truck you would like to enter into our parade, judging, poker run and grand event?  For 37 years Winthrop has been honored to have some of the most iconic cars join us for a weekend of fun. Registration forms are available here as well as registration forms for the automotive swap meet are available here. Spectators are of course more than welcome. You will not want to miss seeing these gorgeous cars positioned again the backdrop of our western town. Plus everyone will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite car in the "People's Choice" award division.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ride to Rendezvous - Horses and History

Register Early – Spaces Limited!!!

The 2012 Ride to Rendezvous will be held from May 7-11.  The ride will include horseback riders and teamsters.  You are welcome to bring your own horse or wagon, each teamster may bring either a teamster assistant or an outrider. You are invited to ride with the Washington Outfitters & Guides (WOGA) as they travel through the beautiful Methow Valley.

WOGA provides: A great experience! Nightly campfire entertainment, horse hay, as well as fantastic people food, starting with dinner on Monday evening, 3 meals a day ending with breakfast & lunch on Friday, 12 meals total.

Educational opportunities: In history, packing, camp cooking, driving a team and setting up an outfitter tent.

MEALS:  Meals will be provided from dinner on Monday through lunch on Friday!  We will provide hay for your horses.

RESERVATIONS:  Reservations must be made in advance and are based on availability of space.  Please register early as space is limited.  Registration and waiver forms may be found on our website or by calling the office.  Confirmation is made at the time your deposit or payment in full is received.

RENTAL HORSES:  Please contact the office for information and availability of rental horses.

DEPOSITS:  We require a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 per person when the reservation is made. Payment in full is requested by April 1.

CANCELLATIONS:  “The Ride” is a very unique event in that there is no chance of “drop in” guests; due to this we will retain $100.00 per reservation if a cancellation must be made.  Cancellations need to be made by April 1.  NO REFUNDS after that.

PAYMENT:  We accept payment by cash, U.S. personal check, cashier’s check or U.S. postal money orders made payable to Washington Outfitters and Guides Association (W.O.GA.).  VISA and Master credit cards are accepted.


1.      $400 …………… Teamster bringing your own team and wagon.  Teamster, please make arrangement                                         for either your own teamster assistant or outrider.
2.      $400 …………… Either Teamster assistant or outrider (limit one per wagon) must stay with wagon                                           and be able to control team in teamster’s absence.
3.      $600 …………… Rider bringing your own mount
4.      $600 …………… Passenger in W.O.G.A. provided wagon(limited number) please contact office
5.      $600 plus rent … Rider needing rental horse (limited number) please contact office  

Additional information will be sent to registered guests as it is available.  You may call the W.O.G.A. office at 509-997-1080 if you have questions or go to our website.

We look forward to riding with you!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It's going to be a great year!

Winthrop has a lot of really fun, unique events planned this year.
This is just a sampling of a few.
A week by week event listing can be found on our website

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The great skiing goes on and on

The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) will be will be grooming the cross-country ski trails through all of March! They will keep grooming the areas that will allow the best skiing through the month. As always, the MVSTA grooming report will provide the latest information! It just keeps snowing and snowing in Winthrop and the skiing is fantastic!  Don't miss this opportunity to ski this spring!  Many Winthrop hotels are running fantastic Spring specials. 

Video of the Winthrop Balloon Roundup Wedding

During the 15th Annual Winthrop Balloon Round-up a couple was married in one of the hot air balloons. Here is the video of the event.  The video was taken by flying drones that circled the balloon. Many times in the video you can see and hear the drones in the background.  Note that Morning Star Hot Air Balloon Company is taking reservations for next year. What a great way to get married!

Friday, March 9, 2012

When will the North Cascades Pass Open?

"When will the North Cascades Pass open?"  is the burning Methow Valley question in spring. 

The latest report from the Washington State Department of Transportation is,
"Crews found snow depths to be lower than last year. While we can't start work until the avalanche threat at Stevens Pass diminishes, we're tentatively planning to start the spring clearing the last week of March and are hopeful of opening the first week in May."

You can follow the DOT's progress via their website and sign up for their North Cascade Highway email update which are very entertaining and packed with great photos.

Here's to spring!


Another Fantastic Balloon Festival

The 15th Annual Winthrop Balloon Roundup was another smashing success. Great weather, a balloon wedding and flying drones made the sky candy even more memorable!  We can't wait for next year's balloon festival. Mark your calendars now for March 1-3, 2013 you won't want to miss it.