While last week’s destination was a fun new adventure, I must admit that I have a February favorite. The long network of trails, friendly locals, and awesome natural beauty of Mazama, Washington are sure to impress even the most avid outdoors person. My favorite winter activities? Nordic skiing, fat biking in the snow, and snowshoeing! Not to mention frequenting the local wineries and cider houses when I need a break to warm up.
There are several reasons why February is the perfect time to visit Mazama, WA:
- It’s quieter than the busy summer tourist season
- Perfect snow conditions in Eastern Washington
- 120 miles (!) of groomed trails. There are options for all skill levels and endurances and overnight stays in ski-in-only cabins. You can visit many times, exploring new trail networks each time!
And if you’re looking for a rest day, nursing an injury, or visiting with family members who are not endurance sports enthusiasts, the quaint downtown Winthrop has eclectic shops, wineries, bars, and an outdoor ice skating rink.
Gluten Free Goodies:
Between the local grocery stores, shops, and the special treats below, I never struggle to eat well while staying in the Mazama/Winthrop area:
You can buy bottles of cider in various shops around town, but why not take a trip to the Six Knot Taphouse on the main street of downtown Winthrop? They keep several flavors on tap and frequently have local live music. For ginger fanatics like me, try their cleverly named Gingerella!
If you are celiac this store is your local packaged treatery. Expect to find Kettle Chips (gluten free and based in Oregon), Taza Chocolate (you will not see other, “lesser” chocolates the same again), Cocomels (my new favorite candy), packaged cookies, fresh fruit, and more!
Celiacs cannot get gluten free goodies baked in house due to cross contamination, but other gluten free folks rejoice! The baked gluten free goodies look scrumptious (and I hear they taste amazing too). The country vibe and oversized treats are a delightful experience even if you can’t eat the food. This is also a great stop for that morning pre-adventure caffeine fix.
Interested in heading to Mazama/Winthrop and looking for a place to stay? Send me a personal message for recommendations for my favorite affordable lodges and airbnbs.