Tuesday June 28, 2011
Summer Newsletter 2011
MAY: It was light at 4:45am this morning, 37 degrees and the Inn is filled to the brim with a Women’s Trail Runners Workshop; the kitchen is filled with smells of pecan ginger scones, coffee and cinnamon and I am sitting in my big chair realizing I have not taken a moment to get this Newsletter put together. We so love it when the ‘House’ is filled to capacity with groups of like-minded people who come to settle in for a few days. It continues to feel like one night, you just get here, by the second or third night you get a real feel for the Valley.
JUNE: The Valley is a bustle with planting. The Farmers Market two blocks from the Inn has its first greens and a lot of plant starts among other jewels (literally and figuratively). The deer keep jumping over our garden fence, no matter what we do! May is a great time to visit the Valley and the phone is waking up after a too long winter here. We have finally had some 80+ degree days and the hot weather vegetables are waking up.
We have updated our web site with activities we think our guests might enjoy while staying with us over the next few months:
- Garden Gallery at the Methow Valley Inn: 7 local metal, wood and glass artists have installed under the skillful eye of curator Theresa Miller, a lovely gallery ‘store’ in our side courtyard. All pieces are for sale. The show will be open until September 30th. The Twisp Art Walk is June 25th, which includes the Inn.
- Methow Valley Writers Reading in the Garden Courtyard Gallery: August 25th. Several local writers will be reading at 7pm. Boxed dinners will be served and refreshments available. To reserve a box dinner, call 509-997-2253.
- Canning Workshop at the Methow Valley Inn: September 8-11, Provided are canning supplies (jars, lids etc,) fruits/vegetables or bring your own, dryers for drying fruit and vegetables. Workshop led by Tess Hoke at Local 98856 in Twisp. 3 nights, all meals included, time for exploring the valley. See web site for pricing.
- Plein Air Weekend with Paul Christen, October 22-25. This is a workshop for any level, including beginners. You can be provided with all the tools or bring your own. Gourmet meals, a lovely fall fire in the living room and wonderful painting venues around the Valley.
- Yoga Retreat with Wendy Lippmann. October 8-11. This workshop is for any level and registration can be made through Wendy’s web site, Omtownyoga.com. This is the second year for this workshop. Last year was terrific!
- Thanksgiving: we are looking for an extended family or friend group to fill the Inn Wed through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. If we fill, we will provide a full Thanksgiving spread with all the trimmings!
Places to Eat in Twisp
More and more, The Inn has the access to an increasing variety of arts and culinary delights within walking (or biking) distance from the Inn. Relatively new food experiences includes the Orchid Thai restaurant for take out or eat in, Paco’s Tacos with gourmet Mexican fare for take out, and the Glover Street Organic Market breakfast and lunch counter for yummy healthy drinks, smoothies and full meals. Wine tasting at Glover Street (across the alley) from 2-6 every Saturday. These add to Tappi’s down the street for great Italian food and the ever popular Twisp Pub with live music most weekends (and great outdoor deck on the Twisp River).
Exercise your body and mind nearby!
There are two yoga studios within walking distance or the Inn and a massage therapist (for a massage there or on site at the Inn) across the street. This is, of course, in addition to the endless trails nearby (this year we have tear off maps) for running, hiking or biking. Also, we have a Masage Therapist (Jon Hanron) right across the street. His place or ours!
New Bike Shop with bike rentals on site at the Inn
In partnership with Methow Cycle and Sport, we have opened a small bike shop at the Inn for direct bike rentals and minor repairs/tire changes right out our back door. Much easier than lugging your bike here.
Methow Inn Monday Night Supper Club
Our final Supper Club was this week, “The Best of the Valley” and 36 guests dined on roasted lamb, farro, Sunny Pine goat cheese and nettle soup. The chef was Cameron Green. This is our first year of ‘Supper Club’, a concept we sort of made up to provide locals (and guests) with a fine meal out on a night of the week when other restaurants are closed. It is a fixed price dinner with 3-4 courses, starting with wine by the fire. Thanks to Jon Brown from Arrowlead Bistro in Winthrop, Sam Naney and Cammy Green, and support on the wine/beer front from Glover Street Market. We plan to resume again the first week of October and run every two weeks through April 2012. The topic and chef will be posted on our web site,