Visitors should reserve well ahead for summer weekends. Many of these lodging places are just southeast of Winthrop  along the Methow River. If you plan to stay at one of the cross-country ski lodges over the hectic Christmas–New Year’s holiday, you’ll find some places full six months in advance.
Contact Methow Valley Central Reservations (509/996-2148 or 800/422-3048, www.centralreservations.net , 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.) for reservations at most hotels and vacation rental cabins, guesthouses, and apartments.