Leavenworth, Washington is a quaint Bavarian themed city nestled in the Eastern Foothills of the Cascade Mountains just off of Highway 2. It is famous for such events as their authentic Oktoberfest and the ever popular Christmas Lighting Ceremony during the holiday season. With their Alpine backdrop, Leavenworth is a gorgeous place to visit year around. For a relaxing end of summer weekend get-away, check out these Leavenworth stops:
This lodge won a Travelers’ Choice 2010 award for Top 10 Family Hotels in the United States from tripadvisor.com. Its guests have raved about the Lodge’s pleasant hospitality and comfortable digs, even Leavenworth locals like to stay for a home away from home experience. It is the perfect place to begin your relaxing weekend.
A modern, fresco themed, Latin food restaurant in the heart of Leavenworth is the perfect stop for a delicious lunch or dinner; they even offer a vegetarian menu. Try their Hand-cut Sweet Potato Fries as an appetizer, then the Carnitas Plate as a main course and top it off with a Blood Orange Margarita and you will be in mouth watering foody heaven.
If you’re not into Mexican and you want something more traditionally Bavarian to eat, then you have to stop by Munchen Haus, a Leavenworth mainstay. Whether it is summer or winter, Munchen Haus has the best Bavarian sausages and Beer Garden in town. In the summer they have misters to keep you cool while you enjoy your Bratwurst with their famous Apple-Cider Sauer Kraut and ice cold beer.
This specialty foods’ stop is best enjoyed during the summer and fall months. There are stations for specialty mustard’s, jellies, relish, olives, honey, and the list goes on. If you find something so tasty you can’t live without, feel free to shop their store online. Smallwood’s also boasts a farm park for the kiddies and other activities, as well as overnight lodging during your visit.
Village Art in the Park
Set up in white canopied tents near the town gazebo, Village Art in the Park is the Pacific Northwest’s longest continually running outdoor art show. Tourists can enjoy local artists’ paintings and even hand-made jewelry; perfect for doing some early Christmas shopping. This attraction starts in May and open every weekend till mid-October.
To cool your taste buds after a day of shopping and walking around in the heat, stop in at Viadolce Gelato to enjoy a tasty treat. This Gelateria offers a surprisingly authentic taste of Italy; try the Strawberry or Pomegranate flavors for a fresh fruity experience.
Whether it is summer or winter, Leavenworth, Washington is a get-away destination that can be fun and relaxing for any time of the year.