Methow Riverfront Ranch With A Welcoming Ranch House, Horse And Child Friendly
Rich or Linda Davis
About Rich or Linda Davis
After a life of building homes, commercial fishing in Alaska and archaeology in Arizona, we chose the Methow Valley as the ideal place to put our skills to work. Here we live in the outdoors with our goat and horse finding far too little time for all the wonderful projects we love to participate in.
Why Rich or Linda Davis chose Twisp
When we fell in love with the Methow Valley and its namesake river, shared it with family and friends and saw its affect on them, we felt blessed to be offered the opportunity to purchase and refurbish the Benson Creek Crossing Ranch. Our intent is to preserve the land and riverfront as a wildlife refuge and place for like minded people to appreciate nature through outdoor activities. We want to share this historic and unique place without destroying the reasons we love it.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We cherish everything about the natural world. Our river is a living entity, filled with anadramous fish that travel over many dams to reach this perfect spawning stream. Here, watching eagles, osprey and waterfowl is a daily event. Wildlife abounds, although patience is often required, yet wild turkey and deer are common. Sitting on the ranch house porch in the shade of original homestead trees, listening to birds and squirrels, and being treated to a wild mountain view with the sounds of the river, an occasional raven and the nicker of a horse is about all some of us need to recharge our batteries. Fresh fruit from our trees or the local farmers market, meat from our amazing custom butcher and a bottle of award winning local ciders and wines tops it all off. Ending the day in anticipation of another in a place where every kid would love to grow up, what else is there. We have found that for a small community, almost isolated in the depths of winter there are amazing choices for entertainment, Frequent music and entertainment events, lectures and plays are part of everyday all year life here. There exists a vibrant art community, craftspeople of all types selling at markets. Outdoor activities draw most people to the Methow Valley. Year around there is plenty to do. Groomed cross country ski trails , a downhill ski area 20 minutes away from the ranch, unlimited snowshoeing and an ice skating arena in nearby Winthrop compete with ice fishing on nearby lakes. Spring brings river and stream fishing and begins the mountain biking season, due to the endless trails and forest roads set aside for this kind of activity. There is hiking for all levels of endurance along with marathons and trail racing. Beautiful mountain lakes offer more fishing and photo opportunities. Rock climbers love the North Cascades and peaks of nearby mountains. The river provides rafting, fly fishing and swimming or just soaking up the rays on shore.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Homey and well-appointed, in a beautiful setting
We arrived at Benson Creek Crossing and we’re pleased to find it clean, accommodating, and fully outfitted with kitchen, bath and bedroom necessities. The owners have furnished the house with personal items, giving it a homey and cozy feel. Everything worked as it should, and we fully enjoyed our stay in this historic house. The river is a short walk away, though not visible from the house. We found it to be a great place to visit at day’s end to enjoy an afternoon glass of wine. WiFi worked great, but we didn’t use the TV.
The only downside to this cozy spot was its proximity to the main highway- it was a tad noisy. Overall, we were very pleased with Benson Creek Crossing.
Great attention to details in making your stay more than comfortable!
From every kitchen utensil and appliance you could want to luxurious sheets and towels, our hosts made our stay more than comfortable. We were only 4 people but you could easily accommodate more with a large upstairs room. So many thoughtful touches, lawn chairs, table linens, information on local attractions all made our stay very enjoyable.
This is a lot nicer than home.
This is a beautiful place. The Methow River runs through the back yard. Deer graze in the pasture in the morning. Best of all is Sparkle, the black and white cow who stands in the pasture and never moves because she doesn't want to scare the deer.
The best restaurants in Twisp are Local Blend and La Fonda Lopez. An outstanding market is Hank's Harvest Foods, just past the bridge on the south end of Twisp. For a real culinary treat visit the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery and get one of their Cinnamon Twisps. Yum.
Nature-lovers hidden heaven-on-earth
When my son told me that he did not want to attend his graduation commencement, I was a little disappointed. However, when he added that he wanted to spend quality time with our family instead, I was excited to start looking for a place between the University of Washington in Seattle, from which he and his girlfriend graduated, and the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, where his brother and his girlfriend are studying. I found this nature-lovers hidden heaven-on-earth to spend time together.
While approaching the property, we noticed a life-sized artwork of a cow in the meadow and knew that the owners had class and style. We only had to open the door and enter the arctic entrance to feel that there was a welcoming atmosphere surrounding us. Once in the kitchen/family room area, we discovered more classy art such as a wine-cork board on which instructions and emergency notices were posted. The ceramics artworks, Native American art, and Wild Western items in the living and dining room added to the feeling that the owners trusted their tenants to carefully handle their artistic investments.
The view from the kitchen, family room, and adjacent covered patio is stunning with spectacular river and mountain views (and of course... Mrs. Milk in the Meadow inviting us for a walk along the river...)
Those looking close enough at the paintings around this welcoming vacation home will discover the owner's signature. This feature added to the value of this property not just being a rental, but a home that the homeowners are willing to share.
We found the extra bonus of a private sandy beach by the river. It was a good choice to bring the floating devices and go with the flow of the Methow river.
Our graduate's pick of the weekend hike became the Lookout Mountain Trail. Not that far in distance but challenging in hiking uphill. However, the wildflowers and amazing views from the top were worth the challenge.
As parents of two tween-boys with tween-girlfriends, it was a relief to see three queen beds, all in separate bedrooms. All three couples had their privacy and had a good night rest.
We enjoyed our two nights and three days of enjoying nature in Methow Valley and all six of us decided that we want to go back there.
To conclude, lovely vacation get-away!
Nice Rural Cabin
Nicely appointed cabin with the Methow river across the pasture.
Sweet and comfortable spot to stay, though right on the highway. Very nice owners.
The area features over 200 miles of groomed cross country ski trails which later in the season become part of the Methow Valley Trail System for bicyclers. Downhill skiing is only twenty minutes from the ranch. Although not allowed on the ranch, snowmobiling opportunities are only a short drive away and draw people from all over the state..
There are countless trails for hiking and horseback riding following every imaginable type of terrain. Public land surrounds the valley in every direction. Mountains, shrubbe steppe, valley floor and backcountry wilderness offer almost any kind of getaway imaginable.
Numerous accessible fishing lakes, plus mountain lakes galore. A scenic paradise for photographers of all interests.
Serenity can be the biggest attraction to be found in the Methow Valley. Wildlife and bird watching enhanced by local experts offering identification field trips.
Trail running and cross-country running events, hiking for all levels of fitness and lots of massage therapists to loosen those tired muscles. Music festivals and entertainment of all kinds provide year around opportunities for all tastes. Art exhibitors and galleries work together to provide workshops and demonstrations. Twispworks is the newest event center where artists, exhibitors and entertainers combine to define the cultural character of the area.
Fishing lakes and streams provide excellent opportunities for both table fare and trophy trout and steelhead catch and release. The nearby Columbia River contains trophy triploid trout, steelhead, salmon and walleye during designated seasons.
Golfing opportunities are available at Bear Creek golf course and Alta Lake.
Guided river raft trips and guided fishing are available as well as self guided float trips. Our beach is a perfect launching or take out site for inner tubes and fishing rafts. Swimming can be done in lakes, rivers and the local pool, but the beach at the ranch is private, safe and our favorite spot to find serenity, read a book or just enjoy the natural world unscathed by development.
We are members of and promoters of the Methow Valley Interpretive Center where history, native American culture and the natural history of the area is told by displays, exhibits and speakers. An award winning garden area of local plants is both beautiful and educational. The Schaeffer Museum in Winthrop features the valley's history of mining and pioneer life.
While you are in the western themed town of Winthrop, don't miss Sherri's Sweet Shoppe. World class chocolate made on site along with ice cream and baked goods attract the biggest crowds in town.
The Methow Valley, still an active ranching area, attracts horse lovers from all over the northwest. Trail riding, numerous outfitters and guides, rodeos, rendezvous and trails into the backcountry provide opportunities for every level of horseback riding. The Benson Creek Crossing Ranch caters to those who wish to bring their ponies. We provide generous sized stalls, wide trailer turnaround and parking and onsite riding opportunities along with an adjacent tack and feed storage room. A nearby veterinarian and tack and feed store can fill your emergency needs.
For those who wish to walk or ride onsite, there is an easy trail along the river on the edge of a sunny pasture looking down over clear tumbling waters and hidden places to sit and enjoy.
The ranch is meant to be a family place where barbecues, picnics and indoor/ outdoor living combine to bring an atmosphere where sharing the days adventures together in your own safe space creates lifetime memories.