Eight Reasons to Visit the North Cascades in Spring | Sun Mountain Lodge


Winthrop, Washington, is a charming destination year-round, but spring adds a special touch to its incredible appeal.

Here are eight reasons why you should consider visiting the Methow Valley in the spring.


1 | Wonderous Winthrop Wildflowers

Spring brings a burst of color to Winthrop’s landscapes as bright yellow arrow-leaf balsam root, and purple lupine carpet the meadows and hillsides. In late May dinner guests will see broad patches of yellow covering whole sections of the hillsides across the valley. Take a hike or drive through the Methow Valley to witness this natural spectacle.

2 | Milder Spring Air

Spring in Winthrop offers pleasantly mild temperatures, making it ideal for outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, and exploring the area without the heat of summer or the chill of winter.

Many wide open hillside hikes like the Meadowlark Area are best experienced in spring before the harsh sun leaves hikers exposed.

Spring is the best time to see Pipestone Canyon for yourself, before the rattlesnakes wakes up as the summer sun warms the canyon.

3 | Outdoor Adventures

With the snow melting away, spring opens up opportunities for various outdoor adventures such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and horseback riding. The Methow Valley boasts an extensive trail network suitable for all skill levels.

The Sunflower Marathon takes place each spring during the peek of wildflower season. Be sure to sign up early before it sells out.

4 | Birdwatching

Spring is the season of bird migration, and Sun Mountain Lodge is a haven for birdwatchers with thousands of acres to explore. Grab your binoculars and head to nearby birding hotspots like Patterson Lake or Big Valley for a chance to spot a diverse range of avian species.

5 | Festivals & Events

Sun Mountain Lodge hosts several wine dinners, concerts, and events in the spring, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the local culture and cuisine.

Keep an eye out for other local events like the Winthrop Balloon Festival or the Winthrop ’49er Days Celebration, which typically take place during this time.

6 | Scenic Drives

Spring is an excellent time to embark on scenic drives around Winthrop and the Methow Valley. Cruise along the North Cascades Scenic Byway or the Cascade Loop Highway to admire breathtaking mountain vistas, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant spring foliage.


Our favorite local loop from downtown Winthrop, around Pearrygin Lake State Park and back to town by way of Bear Creek Golf Course. You’ll see stunning snow capped mountains over fields of spring time life with a few surprises along the way.

7 | Delicious Cuisine

Indulge in the flavors of spring by dining at at the Wolf Creek Bar and Grill or the Dining Room at Sun Mountain Lodge both of which emphasize seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms and producers. Savor farm-to-table cuisine, artisanal cheeses, and locally crafted beer and cider at the Lodge.  Dine in in Winthrop while soaking in the town’s rustic ambiance.

8 | Relaxation & Rejuvenation

Spring offers a quieter and more laid-back atmosphere compared to the bustling summer months, making it an ideal time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Book at massage in the Spa. Unwind at a cozy Patterson Lake Cabin, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the hillside, or simply bask in the tranquility of Winthrop’s natural surroundings.

Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, cultural experiences, or simply a peaceful retreat amidst scenic beauty, Sun Mountain Lodge in the spring has something to offer for every traveler.


Find lodging specials during this slower time of year.

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