When planning a trip to the Old West themed small town of Winthrop, Washington I had a few requirements.
1) I wanted someplace close to town so we could easily walk everywhere because parking in downtown Winthrop can be a serious challenge.
2) I wanted to be in a campground atmosphere but didn’t want to bring all of our camping gear.
3) I wanted someplace that allowed dogs.
I found all that in Pine Near R.V. Park, a unique campground that is one block away and around a 5-minute walk from downtown Winthrop.
Pine Near R.V. Park ‒ A Cabin Stay Steps Away From Downtown Winthrop
The proprietors graciously hosted our two-night stay in one of their two cabins (more are in the works). There were no pictures of the inside of the cabins on the website so I wasn’t sure what to expect and how rustic it might be.
Both of us were pleasantly surprised by its simple yet modern comforts which included a plush queen bed (which we both slept great on), two nightstands, two cushy chairs, a long skinny table which was helpful to put your toiletries, keys, camera, etc., a couple of rugs, a small refrigerator, microwave and AC and heat. Outside included a large outdoor mat, two Adirondack chairs, a table, and a portable fire pit (kettle grill).
We really liked Cabin #1 as it had trees and grass on one side, which made it feel more secluded, and it had a peek-a-boo mountain view. If stargazing is your thing, Cabin #2 had a nice wide patch in front of it for viewing the night sky, but it did seem to get quite a bit of direct afternoon sun. Both of the cabins are on a slight hill behind the office and have a good view of the campground. At night, a lighted trail leads up to them. I was fine without a flashlight, but it is not very bright, so you might want to bring one or use your phone.
Parking for cabin guests is near the office, which means it’s a short walk up to the cabin to carry suitcases and gear. The staff is more than willing to help carry items up, and there is cart you can fill up and roll up to the site, which is what we did. I had originally thought I might be put-out by having to walk down to the bathrooms, but they are very close-by, and that’s how it would be at any campground.
There are two bathrooms and coin-operated showers on site, and both in the same room and spotless. When we were there, I never had to wait to use the bathroom, but that might be different when it is extremely busy. We didn’t use the showers so I cannot comment on how those worked. One of the niceties is the use of their towels for the shower, which guests put in a basket after they are used.
Hazel, our Blue Heeler puppy, loved the campground, which is very dog-friendly and does have a short hillside trail next to the tipis. As with any lodging, there are rules for dogs, like having them on a leash, picking up after them and stopping excessive barking, so be sure to read those rules if you bring a pet.
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Pine Near R.V. Park ‒ Campground and Amenities
The proprietors, who purchased the property in 2012, have been steadily improving the campground.
The property has:
- RV sites – 30 amp hookups $35.50 and 50 am hookup $38.50
- Tent camping sites (including motorcycle sites) – $20
- Tipis – $50
- Cabins – $59.50
- Bunkhouse (2 bedrooms, kitchen and living area) – $175
- Hoot Owl Cottage (1 bedroom with a small kitchen and living area) – $99.50
- Line Shack Suite (1 bedroom with a small kitchen and living area) – $99.50
- Ranch House (2 bedroom house with a kitchen and living area) – $175 (available around mid-July)
- On-site laundry room
- Showers and bathrooms
- Free Wi-Fi (It worked great while we were there.)
- Electric car charging station
- Pet fee – $15
Pine Near R.V. Park ‒ Cabin Pros and Cons
- Cabin price-$59.50!
- Very comfortable bed.
- Weekly rates, which are great if you plan to check out the area for several days.
- On-site laundry facilities.
- Clean coin-operated showers with the use of guest towels.
- Clean bathrooms.
- Firewood for sale.
- Friendly and helpful staff.
- They recycle!!!
- Short walk to shops, restaurants, trails and museum.
- Broom and dustpan in the cabin.
- If you need silverware to eat leftovers staff will scrounge some up for you. (A convenient store downtown has camping supplies, as well as, some groceries, snacks and ice cream.)
- Open year-round.
- A few more shelves in the cabin would have been handy for storage.
- We sleep with a sound machine, but for those that don’t you might be woken up by a neighboring rooster. (But, in a campground, there are always the sounds of morning activity.)
- No bathroom or water in the cabin. (Both are a short walk away, and it didn’t bother us.)
- No parking near the cabin and guests need to tote their belongings/gear to the site. (This didn’t bother us, but it might for some. Staff will help too.)
- No built-in fire pit/grill. (A portable one is on-site.)
Would I stay at Pine Near R.V. Park again? YES. Not only is a ideal for budget travel and dog-friendly, but the luxuries of the cabin made it feel more like glamping. Also, it’s in a prime location and so easy to get to and from town which has a selection of good restaurants. An,d if you have leftovers from meals, you can put them in the refrigerator and microwave them later.
Pine Near R.V. Travel Tips
Adress: 316 Castle Ave. Winthrop, Wa.
Drive Time from Major Nearby Airports: From Sea-Tac International Airport, it’s a 3.50-hour drive. From Vancouver International Airport (B.C), it’s 3.50-hour drive. From Bellingham International Airport, it’s a 3.5-hour drive.
Dining Travel Tip: I suggest Copper Glance, The Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Three Fingered Jacks Saloon, Rocking Horse Bakery, The Methow Valley Ciderhouse and Lost River Winery. All of these are within walking distance of the campground wit the ciderhouse and winery being the furthest away.
Activity Travel Tip: I suggest visiting the Shafer Historical Museum, which has several buildings that display historical items used in the area. The Shafter Museum also has stairs that lead to and from downtown which can be used to get to and from the campground. There are two suspension bridges in town, the Spring Creek Bridge, and Sateekhwa Bridge.