What’s Next in February in the Methow Valley

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There is plenty to do this mid-February holiday weekend in the Valley — both on the trails and off! So take a break from looking for real estate here in the Methow and get some time outside! Spend a little time with your Valentine too!

Holiday Weekend Happenings

The trails have been surprisingly fast these past few days! Spring like conditions for the holiday events. Grab Fido, don your best costume and join in for the Annual Doggie Dash on Sunday February 16. Sign up begins in the morning at the Winthrop Town Trailhead. Parade of costumes begins before the races. All dogs must be on a leash and all humans must ski! It’s a hoot. I hope to see you there!

If you left Fido at home or aren’t up for the ski race, Winthrop is also host to the Annual Snowshoe Softball tournament this weekend. Check it out on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 & 16 at the softball fields across from Methow Cycle & Sport.

The Annual Doggie Dash at the Winthrop Trailhead

Things to do when you’re not on the trails

Be sure and check out all the other activities here in the Valley this weekend from art exhibits to great dining. Tappi in Twisp has a great special this weekend! Mussels to share with your sweetheart or keep them all for yourself. Enjoy the holiday weekend here in the Methow Valley.

Tappi, home of Italian Wines & Wood fired foods in Twisp.

Happy New Year from the Methow Valley!

New Year Greetings from the beautiful Methow Valley!

Snow is falling but the sun is peaking out as the Methow Valley welcomes 2020! Therefore I’d like to take just a bit of time to share a few selections on the past year.

During the past holiday week, I ran into a friend at Barnyard Cinema. She had been trying explain to her two young boys the world wide belief that computers would crash during Y2K. As a result, we had a good laugh at the ideas we all had 20 years ago. I’d like to think we’ve come a long way after that.

Reflections on 2019 as I head into the New Year…

As I look back on the past year, I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with family and friends. As a result, I enjoyed the beauty of the Valley and also got to take a few amazing trips out of the Methow. As a result of traveling, I’m always reminded of how lucky we are to live here!

For instance, 2019 started with a quick trip with a good friend to see Lady Gaga in Las Vegas. My sister-in-law and cousin happened to be there for the same show! The four of us had a memorable time. The rest of the winter was spent skiing on our beautiful trails. Once again, I enjoyed group ski classes with Kevin Van Bueren and the team at Methow Valley Nordic.

Brian and I took a relaxing vacation to Hawaii in March. The chance to stay in Waikiki for a few days provides the chance to enjoy the pied-a-terre offerings. In addition to Oauhu, we stayed on Maui at Mama’s Fish House, too. But when we returned to the Methow Valley, we got in more skiing!

Travel and Discovery

Further into spring, I connected with 3 childhood friends in Napa Valley. It had been 5 years since we seen each other as a result we spent the entire weekend laughing and reminiscing.

Fall wrapped up with a trip to New York City. A trip filled with culture, good food, tons of art, Broadway shows, and walking until our legs ached. Our return home reminded me how lucky we are to live in the Methow Valley. The noise of New York City got to be too much!

After all the travel, Brian and I spent the holidays relaxing at home. During this quiet time, Brian has had time back in his art studio and I’ve had time to unwind from the amazing year I spent with so many of you!

Meanwhile, I got to help folks like you!

Throughout the year I had the chance to help people. I love getting to know so many people and their families and friends. It’s an absolute thrill to help you find or sell your property. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives!

May the New Year bring you and yours much happiness and good health! Hope our paths cross soon!

Twisp Mistletoe Madness & More!

Mistletoe Madness December 5

Join the holiday fun in Twisp starting this Thursday December 5 with Mistletoe Madness. It’s a great opportunity to support local businesses and artists and crafts people. There’s a plethora of gift items for loved ones and you’re sure to pick up a few goodies for yourself. The new Jewelry Collective opens on the Twisworks campus. It’s a lovely new space for those super talented jewelry making folks! Great time to stock up on Eqpd bags, snag a gift or three at Foxtail Pottery, grab a beer at OSB Taproom and then head to Glover Street. You can catch a ride in a horse drawn sleigh or walk the few blocks to Confluence Gallery, D*Signs and see what the crew is cooking up at Glover Street Market, Thrifty Fox and Adam’s new restaurant!

1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest

Don’t forget your ugly Christmas sweater! After Mistletoe Madness, Confluence Gallery is hosting the first annual Ugly Christmas Sweater contest and after party at the Fish Bank building. There’s live music and a cash bar. $5 cover so don’t forget to stash little cash for the after party. Brian and I picked up some pretty darn ugly sweaters on the west side over Thanksgiving. Plus I’m dusting off my old gold leggings from Trashion Show a few years back. I’ll see you there!

Thursday night too much for you?

You can get your holiday shopping on at the 2nd round of the Methow Holiday Bazaar Saturday December 7 at the Methow Valley Community Center. Starts around 9 am and ends at 3. I recommend showing up a tad later than 9 am to miss the inevitable crowds. There’s something for everyone and if you missed Mistletoe Madness, you’ll find just about everything at the bazaar you may have missed Thursday night.

Winthrop’s Christmas at the End of the Road

Join me for the annual Winthrop celebration, Christmas at the End of the Road! November 29 – 30, 2019 along Riverside Ave in Winthrop!

Morning Glory Balloons present balloon glow on Riverside Ave in Winthrop Friday 5-6 pm Cath live music at Old Schoolhouse Brewery afterward!

I’ll be watching the fireworks from Copper Glance directly across the street from our office in Winthrop. Let’s grab a drink early, show starts at 6 pm on Saturday! There’s tons to do in town before hand. Do a bit of shopping, skate, warm up at the camp fires along Riverside Ave.

If you haven’t been to Winthrop during Thanksgiving weekend, it’s a must. Kids will enjoy the first sighting of the man in the red suit plus story time with Grandma Winthrop at Trail’s End Bookstore. We have had our first dusting of snow but the End of the Road Fun Run is on! Saturday morning at 10 am, dress warm! Santa arrives Saturday around noon and there are afternoon activities for kids at the Winthrop Red Barn. Warm up by the camp fires that line Riverside Avenue starting later in the afternoon. The town lights up at 5pm and fireworks start at 6 pm. I highly recommend making dinner reservations if you plan to eat at Arrowleaf Bistro but you can grab dinner in the several eateries around town, just be prepared to wait! It’s a fun-filled and busy weekend. You can also catch live music at Sun Mountain Lodge and the Ciderhouse Saturday night! Hope to see you on the Winthrop boardwalk!

July 4th in the Methow Valley

4th of July Parade in Twisp

Another Glover Street 4th of July parade begins at 11 am. It’s your chance to stand on the sidelines or join in! That’s me promoting recycling & the Annual Trashion Show!

Never experienced 4th of July in the Methow Valley? You’re in for a treat! Your love of a good old fashioned parade is irrelevant. Trust me, the July 4th Parade in Twisp is over in a blink! Most Methow Valley residents and visitors congregate on Glover Street in Twisp to catch up and make plans to meet at Arts Fest after the 4th of July Parade. Plan to have a bag or picnic basket for the kids to get lots of candy! There’s tons thrown out during the Independence Day Parade. Even dogs love July 4th in the Methow Valley — there are no fireworks!

Arts Fest at Twisp Park

Immediately following the 4th of July Parade is ArtsFest. Entertainment, hands-on art making booths, food & drink. Sign up for the pie eating contest and so much more!

Methow Arts Alliance has been bringing ArtsFest to the Valley on July 4th for nearly 35 years. It’s where I started volunteering when we first began visiting here and a place where I began many friendships. It’s a great spot to bring the family with plenty of shade, food offerings, and hands on art making booth for kids of all ages. Our friends at Old Schoolhouse Brewing set up a beer garden. Fork Food Truck and other local restaurants provide some great food options too. The festivities end at 4 pm so if you have plans later, don’t sweat it, you’ll make it there too!

June is busting out all over!

June has arrived! And in the Methow Valley that means sunshine, strawberries, music, mountain biking and a beer festival! Plan a bit ahead and get tickets to the events!

The Methow Chamber Music Festival begins June 20. If you’ve never attended and think it’s not for you-don’t be fooled! From the incredible location at Signal Hill Ranch to the enchanting music, it’s a truly unique experience. Pack a picnic and go!

The 2nd Annual Methow ValleySingle Track Celebration & Brewfest happens June 22. Beerfest takes place at the Big Red Barn in Winthrop. Our friends at OSB partner with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to bring us single track riding & brews! There’s a shuttle for riders at the Chickadee Trail head to Thompson Pass. What more could you ask for? You’ll see me there!

Of course you can always skip the weekend activities and look for property! Contact me for the latest market update and to set up an appointment.

Memorial Day in the Valley

The Big Shabang @ Twispworks

Take in the activities at Twispworks on Saturday May 25 — after you visit the Farmers Market!

Stop by Fork!

Fork has the best food in Twisp! Stop by for lunch Weds – Sat at Twispworks. Plus Fork is a great business opportunity with unlimited earning potential. Contact me for details!

  • There are so many things to do in the Valley this weekend! From the big Shabang at Twispworks to the Rodeo at Moccasin Lake Ranch.
  • Want more inside time? Check out the artwork at Confluence Gallery & Art Center in Twisp and the Winthrop Gallery.
  • Catch a movie at Barnyard Cinema. Grab a seat in one of the captain chairs, a cold brew and take in a carefully curated film!
  • Hit the trails and maybe we’ll run into each other!

Happy May Day!

May is finally here and with it she brings a little wind, hopefully rain and lots of sunshine in the forecast. As the real estate season begins to pick up steam, I am reminded of just how much there is to do in this Valley.

People often ask if there is anything to do here. I try not to laugh too hard and gently tell them that you could keep yourself busy every day if you wanted to. This weekend brings the annual Sunflower Relay. Brought to you by our friends that bring us all season fun on the beautiful trail system throughout the Valley. For information on the race and other offerings visit Methow Trails!

Feel like staying inside? Come get your socks blown off by the creative designs at the Confluence Gallery Trashion Show. Local designers turn every day trash into flash! Proceeds support art camps for kids throughout Okanogan County.

Valerie Kardonsky


141 Riverside Avenue

Winthrop, WA 98862