Winthrop Mountain Getaway Starting At $68 A Night!

Winthrop Mountain Getaway

Winthrop Mountain Getaway

Looking for a nice getaway deal? Check this out! Amazon Local is offering Winthrop Mountain Getaway for as low as $68 per night! That is a 40% savings from the normal price.


  • From $68 ($114 value) per night, enjoy a Queen Riverview room for two
  • From $78 ($124 value) per night, enjoy a Two-Queen Riverview room for four
  • From $78 ($124 value) per night, enjoy a King Riverview room for two
  • From $89 ($139 value) per night, enjoy a King Deluxe Riverview with sofa sleeper room for four


  • Rooms feature local art and handcrafted wooden furniture
  • Soak in the hot tub
  • Enjoy scenic views from around the property

What to Do in Winthrop:

  • Take a walk on the Main Street boardwalk
  • Go for a drive on the North Cascades Scenic Byway
  • Skate at the Winthrop Ice Rink

You might also want to check out the review we did on Winthrop here.

More Ways to Save at Amazon:

  • Find more Amazon deals on Thrifty NW Mom
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Pacific Northwest Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches – Western Washington 2014

Pacific Northwest Fall Festivals

It’s that time of year for our big Pacific Northwest fall festivals and pumpkin patches list we compile for you! As in the past, we’ve teamed up with Angela from Frugal Living NW and Karrie from Happy Moneysaver to bring you a roundup of fall festivals, pumpkin patches and cider squeezes around the Northwest!

If you see an event that we missed, leave a comment & I’ll add it to the post! Let us know what your favorites are, too, and what you like about them!

Make sure to check out our list of the best places to check the autumn leaves around the Northwest, too !

Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Thrifty NW Mom – Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches around Western Washington (from Whatcom County to Centralia/Chehalis Area)
  • Frugal Living NW - Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches around Western Oregon and Southwest Washington
  • Happy Moneysaver – Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches for Eastern Washington and  Oregon

Don’t forget that you’ll find the best free or frugal ($5 or less) family events & activities going on around the Northwest, as well as national events, each Thursday evening! 

Cider Squeezes:

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Museum Of Flight – Half Off Tickets!

Groupon is offering Half Off Tickets to the Museum of Flight. Ticket prices are normally $19 for adults & $11 for kids, so that would be just $9.50 for adults or $5.50 for kids. {They do also offer FREE admission on the first Thursday of the month, but if you can’t make that, this is a great option!}

If you have not been, the Museum of Flight is a fun interactive museum, great for all ages.  We went a few years ago to take my husband for his birthday and my girls had a blast (along with my husband of course!) – they have a nice Kids Flight Zone area where kids can sit in the cockpit of a helicopter, send a hot air balloon up to the ceiling, & learn to use the controls to fly a plane. They also really liked the Air Traffic Control Tower, where you got a great view of planes flying into Boeing Field & learned what it is like to be up in a real tower.

Fine Print:

  • Expires Dec 31st, 2014.
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts.
  • Valid only for option purchased.
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit.

While you’re there, you could also consider checking out the area of Georgetown – see our review of Georgetown fun with kids! 



Skagit Valley Festival of Farms Review – First Weekend in October!


Skagit Valley Farm Tours

We will be featuring a series of pumpkin patch & fall farm activity reviews with you this month from readers & from us.  If you’d like to share your favorite park, submit a pumpkin patch review through our form and if we use your review, we will send you a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

We would also love to hear your thoughts and opinions on these pumpkin patches & farms. Please comment below with your review, additional tips, or anything else you want to add.

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms

The Skagit Valley is located one hour north of Seattle & south of Vancouver, B.C. The Skagit Valley Festival of Family farms tour begins in the Burlington/Mt. Vernon area and is located all up and down the Skagit Valley, from the salt water off Chuckanut Drive to the foothills of Concrete, WA and all in between.

The farm tours take place the first weekend in October – this year it will be on Saturday October 4th (10am – 4pm) & Sunday October 5th (10am – 4pm). It takes both days to visit all of the farms or you can pick & choose the farms you want to see. It is a leisurely tour that you can customize to your own tastes. 

What ages are recommended for this pumpkin patch/farm?

From 5 to 105. There’s something for EVERYONE!


Skagit Valley Festival of Farms

Everything including Pumpkin Patches, Orchard Tours, Free Samples, Kids games, Farm animal petting, hay rides, wine tasting, Crab racing!, corn & hay mazes, farm stands, and lots of opportunities for learning about how your food is grown/sourced. There are thirteen farms on the tour. Our favorites are the Taylor Shellfish Farm and Samish River Dairy.

Review :

Skagit Valley Farm Tour Watching Cows

We have been attending this free farm(s) tour in Skagit County every 1st Saturday in October for years…and we’re not even from Skagit County! It has such variety and there is something for everyone, kids and adults. Everything including Pumpkin Patches, Orchard Tours, Free Samples, Kids activities, Farm animal petting, hay rides, wine tasting, Crab racing!, farm markets, and lots of opportunities for learning about how your food is grown/sourced. Truly entertaining. Everyone we bring with us gladly returns the following year. It begins in the Burlington/Mt. Vernon area. The website for the tour is It’s happening NEXT WEEK and our family is so excited!!!! This is our main Fall Family Tradition now. We never miss it.

Anything else we should know about this Pumpkin Patch or Farm?

Many of the farms have little farm stores where you can buy things from the farm, such as Cheese Curds and fruit. The Cascadian Farm has an Ice Cream & Espresso Stand and wonderful views of the Skagit River. People who choose to be a Festival VIP and donate on the website get free discounts & free giveaways. We always donate & head up to the famous Cascadian Farm to pick our free pumpkins out. There are many farms with picnic areas set aside, and some with food vendors. We always find something yummy to eat at one of the farms.

You can also find a BIG list of Northwest Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches to use as a resource for finding a fun family outing for the fall near you.  If you’re on the hunt to check out the beautiful changing of the leaves, here are a few of the best places to view the autumn colors around the Northwest.

Here are more reviews of pumpkin patches for you to check out:

Thanks to Lisa for this great review of the Skagit Valley Festival of Farms Tour! Let us know if you’ve been to this farm tour & what you think!

Lisa, Stay at Home Mom, Thrifty Family of Three

Cabin in Leavenworth for $69/nt! (Sleeps 5)

Leavenworth cabin rental

Here is a fun deal for those of you interested in visiting the Leavenworth area (it is beautiful in the Fall)! For just $69 you can rent a cabin (that will sleep 5) in the Leavenworht RV Campground! There are some excluded dates so be sure to read the fine print. Also, this is somewhat like camping. You will need to bring your own linens (or pay to rent them), but it looks like a great price for that area. We love to go up in the fall and watch the salmon run, and enjoy the beautiful drive up this time of the year. (note, it looks like the Leavenworth campground sits 17 miles outside of downtown Leavenworth, so it will be a brief drive into town).

Be sure to check out our review on Leavenworth on our Cheap NW Trip Ideas page here, for more details about this German town nestled in the mountains!

What You Get

  • For $69 ($110 value), enjoy a one-night stay in a TT Cabin for up to five
  • For $129 ($220 value), enjoy a two-night stay in a TT Cabin for up to five
  • For $165 ($330 value), enjoy a three-night stay in a TT Cabin for up to five

What to Expect at Leavenworth RV Campground

  • Beautiful cedar cabins feature one bunk-bed-style double bed (on the bottom), one single bed (on the top), and one futon in a single large living area
  • Cabins boast kitchens with dinnerware, a slow cooker, and pots and pans, a full bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi, microwaves, full-size refrigerators, satellite TV, and more
  • Activities center, children’s playground, arts and crafts

What You Need to Know:

  • Sold by Equity Lifestyle Properties
  • In order to receive the full value, travel must be booked by January 30, 2015, and completed before March 14, 2015. If you book after January 30, 2015, or travel after March 14, 2015, you will only be entitled to the paid value of $69, $129 or $165 (depending on option purchased) to spend toward a stay at Leavenworth RV Campground; the paid value does not expire
  • 2% tax on paid value plus $3-per-night resort fee are not included and will be collected by Leavenworth RV Campground at time of reservation; amounts subject to change. Credit card required
  • Linens are not included but are available for rent for $12 for queen beds and $8 for twin beds
  • Kitchens are not equipped with ovens
  • Limit 3 vouchers per purchaser per option; send as many as you like as gifts
  • Vouchers may be combined for an extended stay
  • Voucher not valid for stays on the following dates: October 3–5, 2014; November 24–30, 2014; December 5–7 and 12–14, 2014; and December 23, 2014–January 3, 2015
  • Valid for up to 5 people in a TT Cabin
  • Pets are allowed in one of the units for a fee of $10 per night, per pet. Maximum of 2 pets allowed
  • Customers will be asked for a credit card at check-in to cover incidentals
  • Entire value of each voucher must be redeemed in a single reservation
  • Reservations are required and subject to availability; nights must be used consecutively
  • Merchant cancellation/rescheduling policy of 48 hours applies; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • Not valid toward group or existing reservations
  • Customers must be 21+ to check in
  • Reservations can be made immediately after purchase
  • If you request, Amazon Local will refund your unredeemed voucher anytime within 30 days of purchase. However, once you book your reservation, your voucher has been redeemed and you may no longer refund your voucher

Submit a Review of your Favorite Pumpkin Patch or Farm

Submit a Review of your Favorite Northwest Pumpkin Patch

Fall season is upon us which means it’s time to check out the local pumpkin patches & participate in other fun fall activities. We would love to hear what are your favorite pumpkin patches or places around the NW with great fall activities (farms for apple picking, cider squeezes, and more).   We are looking for Pumpkin Patches specifically around Washington, Oregon, but we’d also be interested in locations in Idaho & western British Columbia, too.

If we publish your Pumpkin Patch or Farm Review, we will email you a $10 Amazon Gift Card within 2 weeks. There is no limit on how many reviews you can submit, so it might be a nice way to earn some Amazon Gift Cards! We know you all love Amazon! :)  We can’t wait to hear about your favorite places to explore in the fall!

Here are some other locations we are also accepting reviews for:

Here are some park reviews you can look at for ideas of what we’re looking for. If you have an idea for a different kind of review of a Northwest location you’d like to share, just send us a quick email with your idea – thriftynorthwestmom (at) gmail (dot) com.

Submit a Review of Your Favorite Pumpkin Patch or Farm in the Northwest

We'd love to hear about your favorite pumpkin patch or farm to visit in the fall in the Northwest! If we use your review, we'll send you a $10 Amazon Gift Card by email.
  • Please state the city & state where the pumpkin patch or farm is located & a website link if available. If there is no website with address or directions to the patch/farm, then please share the address and/or brief directions.
  • In your opinion, what ages are best for this pumpkin patch/farm? It could be all ages or you might feel it's better suited for toddlers/preschoolers, older kids, etc.
  • What type of activities do they have at the pumpkin patch or farm? What do you like best about the patch/farm?
  • Tell us why you love this pumpkin patch or farm - we'd love to hear at least 2 paragraphs about what it is that you love most about this place and anything else you think families should know about this pumpkin patch. Feel free to also share any concerns you have for people to be aware of as well (such as limited parking - where to park; if there are bathrooms, etc)
  • Let us know any other details such as prices for activities, if there are food vendors or areas to picnic, etc.
  • We'd love to see your personal photos of the pumpkin patch or farm (no stock photos please). We ask that you include at least 1 picture of the pumpkin patch without close-ups of people or family members to use as our main picture for the Pumpkin Patch - as much as you can show about the patch, the better. Other pictures can include your family members at the Pumpkin Patch; we just ask that you not include close-up pictures of people if you do not have permission to use their picture (far away pictures are ok)
  • Only your first name will be mentioned in the post
  • Please submit your email so we can contact you if we have any questions and to let you know we will use the review . Also, if we use your review on Thrifty NW Mom, we will send you a $10 Amazon Gift Card by email. (This will not be shown on the site)
  • If you have a blog or website, we will link back to your blog as a thank you for sharing your review.
  • This is optional, if you'd like to include a short 2-3 sentence bio about yourself for us to include at the end.

Keep in Mind:

  • Please do not copy/paste any info from the pumpkin patch or farm’s website, but share the information about the location in your own words. The more details, the better so that we can all learn more about it.
  • We need at least 2 good quality pictures, but if you have more pictures, the better! We’d love to have good, quality pictures that give readers an idea of what the location is like.
  • Pictures need to be taken by you or a friend/family member (with their permission) & not taken from other websites.
  • We ask that the main image of the pumpkin patch or farm  not include any close-ups of people or family members if possible.
  • Other pictures can include your family members if needed; we just ask that you not include close-up pictures of people if you do not have permission to use their picture (far away pictures are ok).
  • We will not be able to use every review submitted, but if we do use your review, we will email you a $10 Amazon Gift Card within 2 weeks.
  • We reserve the right to make changes to the review and bio as necessary to shorten, add / take out information, etc.
  • Once you submit the form, you are giving your consent for all the information & pictures you submit to belong to Thrifty Northwest Mom to be used on our website & social media sites.


Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Tickets for Adventure Park – BOGO Admission

ski bowl ticketsThis weekend, Mt Hood Ski Bowl – Adventure Park is offering a special deal for their last weekend of the Adventure Park. You can get Buy One Admission Get the 2nd Admission FREE. This only applies to the All-Day Adventure pass, a $39 savings. 

Tickets must be purchased online 24 hours in advance – this deal will not be available onsite. Valid only Sat 9/27 & Sunday 9/28.

Sia’s family went and had a blast last summer (see lots of pictures and her review of the Mt Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park here)!  Plus find more ideas for family friendly activities around Mt Hood during the summer.

Make sure to check out our Travel page for more great Northwest adventures & nearby activities in Portland & more.

The pass includes:

  • 18-Hole Disc Golf
  • 32-Foot Rock Wall
  • 9-Hole Mini Golf
  • Alpine Slide
  • Aqua Rollers
  • Badminton
  • Batting Cages
  • Horseshoes
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Kid’s Super Play Zone
  • Kiddy Bouldering Wall
  • Kiddy Bounce House
  • Kiddy Canoes
  • Kiddy Carousel
  • Kiddy Karts
  • Mountain Bike Freeride Park
  • Mountain Bike Lift Access
  • Mountain Bike Park
  • Mountain Bike Skills Park
  • Pony Rides
  • Quad Bungee Trampoline
  • Ratskeller Arcade (2 Tokens)
  • Scenic Sky Chairs
  • Summer Tube Hill
  • Tight Rope Walks
  • Volleyball

Fun & Frugal Family Events – 9/25- 10/02; Oktoberfests, Harvest Festivals, Free Museum Days & more!

Here is this week’s list of family-friendly free or frugal events for around the Northwest, as well as some events going on around  the country. 

Don’t forget to check out Goldstar for Discount Tickets on many local activities and events, if you are looking for a specific event and want to save some money!

If you see a fun, frugal event that’s not listed, feel free to leave a comment so we can add that event to our list.


Friday, 9/26:  

*Schack-toberfest – Everett; 9/25 – 9/28Art and harvest themed festival benefiting the Schack Art Center.  Events include glass-blowing demonstrations, kids’ activities and “Make It Now” glass pumpkin classes in the hot shop.

*Bite of Broadview – Seattle; 9/26 – 9/28; Food and craft vendors, carnival games and rides (fee), live music kids’ activities and more.

*Kirkland Oktoberfest – Kirkland; 9/26 – 9/28; The Kirkland Oktoberfest Village is free and open to all ages, and includes entertainment, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest and wiener dog races.

*Samamish Valley Harvest Celebration at Dr Maze’s Farm – Redmond;  9/26 – 9/28; Pumpkin patch opens, and so does the Sunflower and Maze. Pumpkin Patch visit and Farmstand and Botanicals Shopping are all free activities (and tot farm on Friday) Farmyard entrance, including a Hayride and the big Sunflower/Cornfield Maze: $9 Hayride $2

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Free Red Robin Tavern Double Burger and Fries Promotion – Good Today!!

 Free Red Robin Tavern Double Burger and Fries

Update: The Seahawks scored a touchdown in the Red Zone during last week’s game, which means the Red Robin Tavern Double promo is on for today!!


Get a FREE Red Robin Tavern Double Burger and Fries at Red Robin, when you purchase any burger, entree salad or entree + 2 beverages at Red Robin participating NW restaurants, each Tuesday if the Seahawks score a touchdown inside the Redzone in that weeks game! They ran this promotion last year and it was very popular. Just mention Tavern Double Tuesday to your server, on the Tuesday following any game that the Seahawks score a touchdown from the red zone to get this offer!

This special Red Robin & Seahawks promotion will be going on the entire 2014 Seahawks season for participating WA, and OR restaurants.

red robin tavern double burger

We headed into Red Robin last week and my husband tried out the Tavern Double burger & he most definitely approved! It is slightly smaller than the rest of their signature burgers, but with the bottomless fries, too, it’s a nice size so that you don’t feel like you’re overeating as I can often feel like after finishing one of the larger burgers.

Make sure to sign up for the Red Robin Royalty Club to find out about awesome discounts like this in your area. And check out our list of restaurant deals and discounts available right now for more ways to save when dining out.

Have you tried the Red’s Tavern Double Burger – what do you think of it? 

Discount Movie Tickets – As low as $13 for 2 Tickets, Popcorn & 2 Sodas

Discount Movie Tickets

Discount Movie Tickets –

As low as $13 for 2 Tickets, Popcorn & 2 Sodas

*We have found this same deal on Groupon for the discount movie tickets starting at $13 (they sold out of the $13 tickets from Living Social, but have them available right now through Groupon)!


Living Social has a deal available right now for discount movie tickets for various locations around the Puget Sound. These are for smaller theaters where you may not find as many discounts, so I’m excited to see this offer. There are a number of theaters included for those of you in the Puget Sound region – from Bremerton, Anacortes, Ocean Shores & more locations! If you’re headed to any of these areas for vacation, this is something else to consider (like Ocean Shores for the beach – take in a movie while you’re there!)

Here are the offers:

Admiral Theater in Seattle: $13 ($27 value) for 2 tickets, 1 medium popcorn & 2 small sodas (no longer available from Living Social – only Groupon)
Stanwood Cinemas or Ocean Shores Cinemas: $16 ($32 value) for 2 tickets, 1 medium popcorn & 2 small sodas
Olympic Cinemas (Bainbridge), Anacortes Cinemas, Bainbridge Cinemas, Oak Harbor Cinemas or Lynnwood Theater:  $17 ($35 value) for 2 tickets, 1 medium popcorn & 2 small sodas

Fine Print:

  • Limit 1 per customer, up to 1 additional as a gift
  • Valid only at location selected at time of purchase
  • Valid only for regularly-scheduled movies
  • Excludes Sony movies, special one-night events, Fathom events, and special engagements
  • Entire value must be used in a single visit; must redeem both tickets at once