Leavenworth is a small town that almost didn’t make it. Then, in the mid 1900’s community leaders decided to update the downtown area into a Bavarian theme. Brilliant! The little town now hosts over a million visitors every year.
Welcome to Leavenworth
A gal I’ve been friends with since junior high said her & her hubby were going to Leavenworth and wanted to know if we wanted to join them. Yes! Yes, we did! We skipped all our commitments that weekend and had a fabulous time in this faux German town.
Leavenworth is a long way from most anywhere. It took us a little over 6 hours to get there, which got us to our hotel around 9pm. The town was looking a bit quiet when we drove through. But, thankfully, München Haus was still open. It was freezing outside, but we still enjoyed our pretzels and sausages very much.
The lights were on in town creating a gorgeous Christmas atmosphere.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
The town is nestled among the Cascade Mountains enhancing the magical feeling.
As we were walking from our hotel to the main street we spotted two guys in lederhosen playing alphorns at the Enzian Inn.
I adored the small village:
I loved the architecture & decor. ♥
The signage was very old time Bavaria. ♥
There was a goat sculpture. ♥
There was a pretzel tree. ♥
Sparrows were enjoying the pretzels on the tree. ♥
I’m not much of a shopper, so it’s not my typical go-to while on vacation. But the little shops are one of the focal points of Leavenworth, so we spent time wandering through them.
One place we visited was The Oil & Vinegar Cellar. For a couple bucks you received a small portion of bread to try their various oils & balsamic vinegars. The couple bucks went towards a purchase, if you bought something – which, I did. My friend told me, though, that when she was there the day before, she didn’t have to pay the couple bucks. So, maybe that’s just a weekend thing.
We also went to the year ’round Christmas shop, Kris Kringl.
And, probably my favorite shop was The Cheesemonger’s Shop because… well… cheese. Samples of cheeses and meats were available. Yum! Farmer John & our Farm Girl picked out the Vampire Slayer type to bring home. It was garlicy goodness. I wish we would have bought more so I could try it in mac & cheese.
During our time in Leavenworth we stayed at Fairbridge Inn & Suites. The price was decent. The room was clean. And, there was a pretty good continental breakfast. I would stay there again.
Next to the hotel was a good pizza place, Rudloofs Pizza und Brats. We ate there twice. Once, for pizza. And, once for a pretzel & sausage snack.
Dinner in Leavenworth on a Saturday in December means long waits wherever you go. We ended up going to Kristall’s, which was near the hotel. I don’t recommend it.
Before leaving home, I put together a plastic wrap ball full of prizes. We had a blast playing the fast paced game during some down time at the hotel.
Another draw to Leavenworth in winter is the snow. It has been a fairly dry year in the Pacific Northwest, though, so Leavenworth hadn’t received much snow. When we got to Leavenworth the majority of previous snow had melted.
But then, Saturday night it snowed. ♥
Lots of people got out their sleds to go down the small hill right in the downtown area.
Sunday morning was beautiful with the freshly fallen snow.
The hotel was within walking distance to the entrance of Enchantment Park, so we headed there first thing Sunday morning. A few kids were sledding in the park. It looked amazing.
I was on a mission to find a geocache in the park. But… I got skunked. I tried to get to it from three different angles. But, it didn’t work out due to the snow. Eventually, I gave up and just enjoyed the peacefulness.
I spotted a Pileated Woodpecker in the trees.
I didn’t reach the geocache, but we did track down a letterbox.
Aplets & Cotlets
Not far from Leavenworth, in the town of Cashmere, is the Aplets & Cotlets Factory. Before heading home we stopped by to check it out. The store was open, but the factory wasn’t operating that day. We tried a few samples and bought a few goodies.
We found both a geocache & a letterbox near the factory.
It was a great weekend. I’m trying to decide the next time to go back – Winter because it was awesome, or Spring when the wildflowers would be blooming, or in Summer to watch a live performance of The Sound of Music, or during Oktoberfest.
Have you been to Leavenworth? What was your favorite thing to see or do?