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Feb 23, 2004 08:22 PM

Mazama & Winthrop

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Any must eats, or great cafe's in this area?

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  1. In my opinion, the best place in the area is The Fiddlehead in Twisp. Check ahead for hours, though. They might not be open everyday this year. In Winthrop I like the brewery at the end of the street. Can't think of the name of it. A very special place to eat in the area is at Sun Mountain Lodge, but I actually prefer The Fiddlehead. I think the only place in Mazama open this time of year is at the Freestone. I have heard it is good, but I have never eaten there.

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    1. re: Jane

      A group of us stayed at Freestone last year and most everyone enjoyed the meal at the lodge. I was a little disappointed with the execution as it didn't quite acheive the level they aspired to, however I'm picky :) I'd still recommend it though.

      1. re: Naes

        Definitely the Fiddlehead Bistro in "downtown" Twisp. A wonderful meal every time I've been there. It's also nice because lots of locals go there as well as tourists. They often have live music, including some excellent local jazz musicians.

        Another good place, for a much simpler meal, is the Twisp River Pub with its own microbrewery.

      2. re: Jane

        The brewery in Winthrop is the Winthrop Brewery. Damned good beer, and pretty tasty and hearty food, too.

      3. Sun Mountain is fun if for nothing else but the view. Their breakfasts are large and good, though service was really slow last time I was there. I haven't had dinner there in 10 years so I won't comment on that.
        Most places in Winthrop are really bad-they're there just for tourists. The Duck Brand Inn is wildly popular though I don't understand why.
        I hear the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery in Twisp is good for baked goods, sandwiches, etc., but I haven't been there.

        1. I had the best soup of my life (I actually had two bowls) at the Mazama gas station/cafe/general store. Maybe it was so good because I had just skiied up from Winthrop, but it was one of the best soups I've ever had. This was a few years ago, so I don't know if it's under the same management.

          Sun Mountain Lodge was nice but pricey.

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          1. re: chococat

            I go to Mazama every year and the soup and the Country store is one of the things I look forward to the most, it is the best soup I have ever had in my life. They also have very good drinks and snack type foods compared to many other places. I also enjoyed their community feel and quick service. It was a nice destination for a ski because we could also buy any supplies we needed for home at the same time as having great food!

            1. re: Skibunny08

              Hanks grocery in Twisp has expanded, providing more of the selection that you would find in a QFC suburban store. They still sell their own smoked meats.

          2. you should check out the BBQ place next to the Mazama Country Inn. it's tiny, very cute, with great service and decent BBQ. it's also moving sometime soon and will probably be in a bigger, less homey location.

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            1. re: SnackCakes

              Sadly, the Fiddlehead is long gone. The Twisp Brewery is super tasty though.

              Twisp rules.