River Run Inn: Scenic and Serene Accommodations in Winthrop, Washington

River Run Inn is a mile outside of the small town of Winthrop, Washington, and tucked along the Methow River. I’ve wanted to stay at River Run Inn for years, and when my sister and cousin visited, it provided the perfect opportunity. On the first leg of our journey, we went on the Diablo Lake Boat Tour and then drove over the North Cascade Mountains to spend the night in the Old West-themed town of Winthrop.

Our stay at River Run Inn did not disappoint. It has an ideal location next to the river, and you are close to downtown but far enough away that it feels like you are on a Methow Valley retreat. Its amenities, such as a large grassy yard with games, hammocks, fire pits, and an indoor pool and hot tub, encourage fun and relaxation. And, if you want to get out on the river, there is an onsite river company for tubing or kayaking. Another travel-friendly feature that makes it the perfect getaway is the choice of room styles that include rooms for couples, families, cabins, and a house that sleeps up to 13 people.

River Run Inn in Winthrop, Washington.

The River Run Inn offers its guests:

  • Guest rooms and cabins with views of the river
  • Guest rooms and cabins with patios or balconies
  • A six-bedroom house for a large group
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Soda and water available for purchase on-site
  • DVD and board games
  • Free Wifi
  • Pet-friendly rooms ($35 per night)
  • On-site kayak and tubing rental company
  • One mile from shopping and dining in Winthrop
  • Walking distance to Lost River Winery and Methow Valley Cider House

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The Methow River is right next to the River Run Inn in Winthrop, Washington.

River Run Inn: Scenic Riverfront Lodging in Winthrop, Washington

Breathtaking Scenery at the River Run Inn

One of my favorite features of the inn is its location right along the Methow River. When you pull up to the inn, its proximity to the river is not apparent. But, as soon as you enter the lobby, and see the view through the sliding glass doors of the large grassy yard with the river on the other side, it becomes obvious.

After we arrived, I took a tour of the property, noting the sights and sounds, and amenities like a handful of large hammocks for lounging, fire pits for those starry nights, a volleyball court and swing sets for kids and teens.

Even though we only spent one day at River Run Inn, being surrounded by so much natural beauty really made for a relaxing experience. We saw deer, eagles, and my cousin heard an owl hooting at night.

A deer along the Methow River in Washington State.

Spacious Cabins Along the Methow River

Since there were three of us, we chose to stay in a cabin which gave us a little more room to spread out. The cabins are staggered which provides more privacy between the cabins. If you are on the porch, there is additional greenery and trees between the cabins to give an extra layer.

The four cabins at the River Run Inn in Winthrop, Washington.

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There are a total of four cabins with three one bedroom cabins and a two bedroom cabin. Our cabin featured a bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a living room with a futon sofa, dining area with table and chairs, a porch with a grill and outdoor seating, a gas fireplace, and a full kitchen with pots, pans, and dishware.

The decor is lodge style with high wood ceilings, hand-hewn log furniture, and photos highlighting the area and artwork.

More Options – Guest Rooms and a Rental House

If a cabin is not what you had in mind, there are plenty of other options. In the lodge are standard rooms, suites, and kitchenette rooms. All have views of the river and a patio or balcony. Some of the rooms are pet-friendly (one dog only), and the fee is $35 per night. For large groups there, is a six bedroom house that sleeps up to 13 and has a full kitchen, direct access to the pool, a deck with a gas grill, and its own group picnic tables and fire pit.

Amenities You’ll Love at the River Run Inn

Indoor Pool With a River View

Probably the most popular amenity at River Run Inn, especially if you are traveling with kids, is the year-round heated indoor pool and hot tub. The pool area features vaulted ceilings strung with lights, skylights for more natural light, and plenty of chairs for seating inside, and outside on the deck is more seating and river views. Unfortunately, we forgot to bring our bathing suits and didn’t get to take a dip. Next time, I will remember!

The pool at River Run Inn in Winthrop, Washington.

River Run Inn tip: The rental house has direct access to the pool area.

Complimentary Cruiser Bicycles for a Quick Ride to Town

River Run Inn is a fifteen-minute walk to downtown Winthrop, and a seven-minute walk to Lost River Winery, Methow Valley Cider House, and Methow Cycle & Sport which rents mountain bikes, SUPs, river tubes, fat bikes, skis, and snowshoes.

If walking isn’t your thing, the drive to town is quick, or you can hop on one of their complimentary cruisers.

Complimentary bicycles at River Run Inn in Winthrop, Washington.

The Large Green Yard with Hammocks, Firepits, and Games

Other great features include a handful of oversized hammocks, communal fire pits, a horseshoe pit, a swingset, volleyball court, croquet, and a variety of toys and games for guest use. Inside the lobby are board games, puzzles, and a selection of drinks available for purchase (sodas only cost a $1 each!)

Onsite Raft and Kayak Company

If part of your getaway includes getting out on the Methow River you are in luck, for Methow River Raft + Kayak is right next to the River Run Inn!

Methow River Raft + Kayak in Winthrop, Washington.

Final Thoughts

Would I stay at River Run Inn again? YES! As soon as we left, I was thinking of ways I could return with the hubs and our blue heeler Hazel. Both of them would love it. Along with comfortable rooms that all face the river, its natural setting is the highlight and made it feel more like camping than staying at a hotel.

The morning before we left we spent time on the porch enjoying a beverage, listening to the river and watching eagles soar in the skies. The only thing I would have to quibble about is the futon sofa was firm and not that comfortable. The owner did tell me she was considering alternatives. I did like the cabin-style decor of the guest rooms, particularly the patchwork quilts.

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Where else have I stayed in the Methow Valley? Read about Pine Near R.V. Park and Twisp River Suites.

Washington Pass along State Route 20 in the North Cascades.

If you are driving on State Route 20 through the North Cascades, I highly recommend stopping at the Washington Pass Overlook.

Winthrop Travel Tips

Drive times: Its a 3-hour drive from Seattle, a 4-hour drive from Sea-Tac International Airport, a 6.2-hour drive from Portland International Airport, a 3.5-hour drive from Vancouver International Airport, and a 4-hour drive from Vancouver, B.C.

Scenic drives: State Route 20 in the North Cascades is a stunning scenic drive. You won’t be disappointed if you choose this route. Be sure you have plenty of gas. If you need to fill up, Marblemount is the last stop for services before you enter from the west side and Mazama is the last stop on the east side. I suggest stopping at the Diablo Lake Overlook and Washington Pass Overlook (photo above).

Carless Options: While walking around Winthrop is easy to do without a car, to get there you will need a car.

Where to Dine, Where to Drink, and Things to Do

Dining: The Old Schoolhouse Brewery is one of our favorite places to eat. It has a riverside patio, and the Schoolhouse burger is really, really good. Other options I recommend are Copper Glance (creative lite fare and tapas style food) and Three Fingered Jack’s Saloon (pub food). Read more about where to eat in Winthrop.

Libations: If you are a wine lover, you’ll want to stop at Lost River Winery. Tastings are free, and you can buy a glass or a bottle to enjoy as well. One of my favorites is their Community Red, which you can only buy online or at this location. Next door is the Methow Valley Cider House which along with their ciders has pizza, salads, brats and grilled sandwiches. It is family friendly with games and a kids menu. In downtown, some of my favorites are the Old Schoolhouse Brewery for beer, Copper Glance for cocktails, and Three Fingered Jack’s Saloon (the oldest saloon in the state). Plus there are two new locations, Sixknot Organic Hard Cider (loved their cheery cider) and Brix Wine Bar & Bottle Shop. Read more about where to drink in Winthrop.

Activities: The Shafer Museum has several buildings that house historical items from the area. You can walk up to the museum via the staircase along the main road. Within walking distance of town are two suspension bridges, the Spring Creek Bridge, and the Sateekhwa Bridge, and walking trails. Read about more things to do in Winthrop.

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River Run Inn in Winthrop, Washington.

35 thoughts on “River Run Inn: Scenic and Serene Accommodations in Winthrop, Washington”

  1. How beautiful! This place is like a dream get away for me, I love the rustic look and feel of the cabins, and the fact that it’s still close enough to town for some shopping. I think the idea of the larger cabin is genius, that way for people like myself from much further away, we could go as an entire extended family and still be together.

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  2. What a great place to stay! I love the amentities and the overall rustic look of the lodge. Beautiful setting! Did Hazel get to go? 😉 By the way, will you share with me some time how you make your picture images that scroll? It looks so nice and neat.

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    • Melody, Hazel did not get to go on this trip and I so want to go back with her and the hubs as they’d both love it! Of course, I will share how I did the scroll if I can remember how I got that feature. I’ll look in my plugins.

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  3. Seems like an absolute perfect spot to relax! The nature is just so breathtaking and then that swimming pool, wow… You must have had an amazing time! Would love to pay a visit sometime.

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    • Joshua, Nice to meet a former Washingtonian! The Methow Valley is one of my favorite places. Love the scenery and vibe.

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  4. I’ve been to Winthrop! Loved it. We were in our motor home though, so a different kind of experience. This place looks wonderful with such a variety of accommodation and all the facilities. It seems to be well located also and complimentary bikes are a great idea.

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    • Jane, Winthrop is one of my favorite small towns in Washington. I agree a motorhome is a different experience, and Winthrop has some nice camping options for those that go that route.

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  5. The River Run Inn looks perfect for a quiet family getaway. I like the fact that the place is secluded and yet not too far from town and also has so many activities. The grassy yard with the Volleyball court looks really inviting. The indoor pool also looks really great, and something to head to with the kids.

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  6. What a beautiful place to stay amidst nature. And the complimentary bikes are a great idea. Would love to go there some day 🙂

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    • Roshni, I hope your travels take you there! Winthrop is a great town and the River Run Inn is in such a scenic locale!

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  7. Wow, the site is spacious and the sceneries of the riverfront are breathtaking. I am sure I will be able to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet while I am there. It’s nice to see some wild animals come to visit, too! 🙂 @ knycx.journeying

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  8. What a beautiful location for an inn! I don’t think I’ve ever been to a hotel by the river, but I have been camping, and loved falling asleep to the sounds of the river. Also, a visiting deer is always a bonus! 🙂

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    • Anja, There is something so soothing about falling asleep to the sound of water. I did open the window at night so I could hear it. 🙂

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  9. This sounds like the perfect, quaint little getaway. Loved your recommendations on the near by places to eat and drink, beautiful photos too. I can actually smell the nature here and the sound of the river running :).

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    • Greig, For a small town, Winthrop has so much going for it. Lots of great food choices, beautiful scenery with trails near town, and the fun “Old West” vibe of the town. The setting of the Inn lets you be close to all that, and still feel like you are a world away. Thanks so much for commenting!

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  10. The River Run Inn looks more like a retreat location. I could picture spending several days at the Inn enjoying walks or rides along the river, playing volleyball, and enjoying the fire pits. The cabins look sensational and add to the retreat atmosphere. It reminds me of my days as at summer camp, although we did not have such upgraded and enjoyable amenities, such as a heated pool and hot tub.

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    • Lance, I never went to summer camp, but it always sounded like fun to me. You’d love River Run Inn and enjoying Winthrop and the valley.

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  11. I am totally sold out for this stay in River Run Inn as it has a splendid view of the flowing river. This property is totally surrounded by beautiful nature and that too very untouched and less touristy. I think it is good for family get-togethers.

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  12. What a delightful looking place!!! It really reminds me of a place I stayed in in Pagosa Springs, CO one time, with the cabins on the river and cozy decor. I love places like this – rustic, but cozy chic. And in a beautiful setting!

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    • Maggie, I so love Pagosa Springs! I keep telling the hubs we need to go back! I totally agree, has a similar setting. 🙂

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