Wesola Polana – A Gastronomic Gem in the Upper Methow Valley

Wesola Polana Restaurant in Methow Vallley

Wesola Polana is an Upper Methow Favorite

Wesola Polana has become a local favorite for breakfast, lunch and light dinners in the upper Methow Valley. Located next to the Rolling Huts on Highway 20 between Mazama and Winthrop, this European feeling gastube delivers high quality food, a casual environment, an interesting selection of Polish beers and a wide range of fabulous tapas.  The owner is Polish and the general manager is from Mexico but spent five  years in Spain.

Our latest meal was on a Friday night in October, they were serving a special for Oktoberfest – Bratwurst, Hot German Potato Salad and Homemade Sauerkraut – and it was delicious. We enjoyed several tapas including the Brandada ( a wonderful spread painstakingly made of salted cod) and a grilled Romain Heart salad – a must eat.

One of the favorite activities is to meet at Wesola Polana in the morning – have breakfast and ski a long loop while coming back for lunch. My wife and I like to park on the Goat Creek Road for the suspension bridge, ski to Wesola for lunch and a beer then ski back.

We highly recommend a visit to Wesola Polana when in the Methow Valley. The website – wesolapolana.com – has specials including the schedule for Paella (yes!),  more photos, history and the menu. When you go, say hi to Pablo for us 🙂


Fishing the Methow River

The Methow River is one of the true gems of Eastern Washington. Flowing down from the headwaters in the North Cascades all the way down to draining into the Columbia River at Pateros, the Methow River holds some of the largest Cutthroat and Rainbow trout in the state. This river also has a returning run of Upper Columbia River summer steelhead for some fun fighting.

The best dry fly fishing is mid-July after the flows drop and stabilizes through the closing in late September.

October, November, mid to late February into March are the best steelhead fishing.

Fishing Season Calendar

Trout Fishing – June 1 through September 30th

Steelhead Fishing – Mid October through February or March depending on the ratio of hatchery to wild fish is correct

Fishing Resources

Methow Flow @ Winthrop (click for stats)

Methow Flow @ Pateros (click for stats)

A New Guide for the Methow Valley is Coming

Lake Louise Trail Bridge - Twisp  Washington

Scott, Lindsay and Lucy Heading up to Lake Louise

I am a lover and  part-time resident of the Methow Valley. I love the people, geography and seasons so wanted to create a site to share the visit opportunities. My wife and I will be working on the site over the coming months in hopes of having a resource that is inclusive and helpful for those visiting (or living in 🙂 ) the valley.