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Lucky you! You’re charging your electric car at Twisp, WA’s EV charging station at TwispWorks and now you are in possession of two unscheduled hours in which to explore this eclectic town at the base of the North Cascades. So what are you going to do with these footloose hours?
Well, first of all rest assured that you can indeed get everywhere you need to go in Twisp on foot—no Uber required (nor is there one available anyway)! Twisp’s centralized downtown corridor makes it easy to walk around to a variety of locales. What’s more, when you’re on foot you’ll notice things you didn’t expect to encounter: a free little library from Methow Arts, a new exhibit at an art gallery, and even some aerial trapeze classes. (Did someone say “aerial trapeze classes”? In Twisp? Yup. Are you starting to think about Twisp a little differently now?)
But first things first—plug in your car. Now, time to begin your 2-hour Twisp adventure.
You’re right on the TwispWorks campus, so allow 15-20 minutes to wander through the various artist studios that line the grounds of this former Forest Service complex. You’ll find everything from species-specific bird nesting boxes made of reclaimed wood to a print arts studio to a blacksmithing shop to a glassblowing operation.
If you’re hungry, grab lunch or a snack at one of several recommended restaurants in Twisp, then treat yourself to some time at one of Twisp’s free art galleries, such as Confluence Gallery, 24-Hr Mart, or Keyser Studios, all conveniently located within a block of each other.
If outdoor public art is more to your taste, use Methow Arts’public art map to guide you to different locations around town where you’ll find mosaics, murals, steel sculptures, and cast aluminum pieces.
Maybe you don’t have the luxury of simply wandering—you have errands to accomplish. No problem! Twisp is the central hub for Methow Valley services ranging from a pharmacy to a butcher shop to a gourmet grocery market. Gifts galore can be acquired atUlrich’s, PIC, Glover Street Market, and Confluence Gallery’s gift shop. Need a haircut? We have 3 or 4 salons right in town. Heck, you could even get a massage or acupuncture while you wait for your car to charge!
You might rather just curl up with a good book and read for a couple of hours. No problem; our local library welcomes visitors and has a relaxed atmosphere for reading, as well as a great selection of periodicals and some downright friendly librarians.
If you’re ambitious and time things right, you could drop into a yoga or pilates class and still have time (and justification) for a cookie or eponymous pastry at the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery afterwards. Grab a coffee at the bakery, or walk to the east end of town to get your java at the Blue Star Coffee Roasters café and roasting plant, which you can view from the café through glass windows.
If we can’t tempt you into spending the night in Twisp tonight, we hope you’ll come back and visit us in the spring or summer—we’ll have a whole different list of seasonal ways for you to experience Twisp.
Posted 24th January 2018 by Twisp Washington