Winthrop Balloon Festival Rally

Thursday through Sunday, March 2-5, 2017

PineNear Campground
316 Castle Ave, Winthrop, WA 98862

Sites reserved: None – each person will reserve his own but the campground has set aside 11 spots for our group until Feb 1. If we need more, they will likely have more spots available. When you call, tell them you are part of the Oregon Airstream Club.

Cost: Sites are $35.50 per day plus tax. We will provide morning coffee at the bunkhouse daily for $5. Registration online will be for the $5 only and will serve to let us know you are coming.

Cancellation policy: Notify them 72 hours prior to the arrival date for a full refund less 10% administrative fee. They will retain a 50% deposit on cancellations less than 72 hours in advance.

Hosts: Officially, a no-host rally, Hal Hendrix and Terri Warren will serve as “hosts”

Contact: Terri Warren,

This rally has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Click here for our rally Q&A.

Hal and I have attended the Winthrop, WA balloon festival for the past four years.
Let’s be clear – this is not the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. There are usually about 22 balloons, and they don’t always fly Saturday and Sunday if the weather or winds are not appropriate. But you can get very close to the balloons, watch them get blown up and ready to go and even take a ride if you wish. There is usually snow on the ground and you’ll need your warmest clothes, but the mornings are crisp and usually clear and the intimacy of the experience is quite lovely. There is a little table where they have coffee and muffins for a pittance. When the weather prohibits flying, some of the balloons get inflated right in the middle of downtown for an “evening glow” which is also great.

The full hook up campground is about a two block walk from downtown Winthrop, a small and charming old west town with some good restaurants and fun shopping. Our campsites are all located close together for easy socializing. They dig out the sites if there has been a lot of snow. You can easily drive to Mazama or Twisp for more shopping or wandering around if you wish – both really cute small towns nearby with fun places for lunch. If you like winter sports, there is cross country skiing nearby and even ice skating at a very close rink.

There is a bunkhouse with a kitchen on site where we can have an assigned potluck one night. We were thinking one night we would travel to the Sun Mountain Lodge, weather permitting, and all have dinner together in their casual restaurant, each person picking up their own tab. Here is the link so you can look at their fixed price dinner menu as well as all day menu. The third night folks will be on their own for dinner.

We sometimes take two days to drive up though it can be done in a single day (check the mileage from your house). Leavenworth is a fun place to stop and since we are likely to be a small group, we can coordinate to stay some place together if you like. Some people worry about the snow on the roads (us too). With a three day notice cancellation policy, I think we can cancel in time if necessary by watching the weather reports and road conditions. We have never had a problem with the roads in the four years we’ve been going but I’m sure there is a first time!

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