Alive with Activity
No matter how you travel to Leavenworth, nestled in the Eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains of North Central Washington, your first view will be a surprise. Once a vibrant logging town, then teetering on extinction, and through perseverance, ingenuity and a lot of committed town people, Leavenworth has become the Bavarian Village, alive with activity year-round.
Envision a small village, somewhere in Germany, nestled in a narrow valley and surrounded by snow-covered mountains. Leavenworth, “Washington’s Bavarian Village”, could be that very place. Here is a storybook town inspired by its surrounding landscapes. Under the blue skies of spring, summer and fall it is lush with flowers. Bavarian costumes, snowfall, children sledding in the park and Old World architecture, appeal to winter visitors like the fantasies on holiday cards. All this just an easy 2 hour drive from Seattle.
Smile at the colorful alpine style buildings while you stroll the streets and visit the unique shops. Enjoy lunch in a beer garden or dinner in one of the many restaurants where you will find excellent authentic German cuisine and much more. Pause and listen to music in the downtown gazebo; visit the tents and displays of the talented “Art in the Park” artisans.
The Bavarian Lifestyle with its music, arts and festivals has been embraced by the local community. From Maifest celebrating spring with Bavarian music and dance to the Accordion Festival where “polka” is spoken fluently, to the Village of Lights all winter long with entertainment and magical lighting displays — Leavenworth is truly a festival-loving town! You can enjoy a festival on many weekends; however the shopping, dining, adventure, art and music will be here any time you visit. And the surrounding hillsides where you can hike, bike and climb in the spring, summer and autumn; you can ski and snowshoe in the winter when the snows fall.
Looking for adventure? It is always nearby and there is something for everybody. Some of the best river rafting in the Pacific Northwest is right here. There are many great trails for hikers of all levels of ability where they will be treated to mountain lakes and streams and lush meadows abundant with wildflowers.
Seasonally, you will find golfing, country roads for bicycling, and beautifully groomed trails for excellent cross-country and skate skiing — right in town. The vast area surrounding Leavenworth includes the world-famous Alpine Lakes Wilderness, which provides recreational enthusiasts with four seasons of activity and adventure. From snowmobiling, to backpacking or rock climbing — there’s always something to do and see. There are also two major ski resorts within 30 miles.
Enjoy the great outdoors during the day then the dining and entertainment that are Leavenworth in the evening. Accommodations range from campgrounds to luxury hotels and cozy bed and breakfasts. Some of their establishments astound visitors with old-world architecture and furnishings and yet provide all the modern amenities.
Bring your family! Leavenworth truly offers something for everyone with events and festivals and recreation. You will also find world-class art and cultural activities that include musical performances and plays throughout the year. The Leavenworth Summer Theater performs three musicals each summer always including “The Sound of Music”, performed outdoors.
Icicle Creek Music Center hums with year-round chamber music and events. Located just outside Leavenworth, the campus is steeped in natural beauty. Both setting and program offer a thoughtful, rejuvenating respite from a harried world. From classical to bluegrass, the Center offers a variety of performances and educational opportunities.
With spectacular scenery, exceptional old-world hospitality, and fun activities for all ages — everyone enjoys “Washington’s Bavarian Village” — Leavenworth.
For more information you can visit leavenworth.org.