Mountainous adventure, near Winthrop, Washington.
Methow Valley by Balloon and Bike
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The remote, charming town of Winthrop is surrounded by high mountain terrain that’s perfect for leisurely exploring. Its Wild West heritage is apparent in its old-timey storefronts, making it a fun base for all sorts of active pursuits. To get a true sense of how isolated the area is and to see the apple orchards against the backdrop of mountains, take a hot-air balloon ride, or, if you’re up for it type, pedal your way.

Sun Mountain Lodge

Set on 3,000 acres, the hotel attracts active-minded guests and has 40 miles of trails best explored by guided horseback. The lodge staff can also arrange sporting activities from fly-fishing to snowshoeing. Room to Book: The Gardner rooms here have views of Mount Gardner form their private decks or patios.

Morning Glory Balloon Tours

Take flight with this outfitter to explore the Methow Valley’s mountains and meadows.

Arrowleaf Bistro

In a cute white house, Arrowleaf Bistro serves up simple dishes using local game and produce (try the homemade apple-and-herb-stuffed quail).