Looking for a day or overnight getaway in the Pacific Northwest area? Try Leavenworth, Washington. It is just on the east slope of the Cascade Range. From the Seattle area, take I-90 east and then east over Blewitt Pass, or venture on the slower paced Highway 2 over Steven’s Pass. From eastern Washington, it’s a short drive west out from Wenatchee. Fall is a fantastic time to travel as the leaves begin to turn the beautiful fall colors over the Cascade Range.
Leavenworth is like stepping into a Bavarian Town in the Alps. You can listen to live Bavarian music played by a live band while strolling the streets and enjoying the scenery of the mountains, and the flowers in all the hanging baskets, all the while stepping in and out of a myriad of Scandinavian shops. This is where you are easily tempted to be sure to fill yourself full of bratwurst, sauerkraut and a locally brewed beer. There seems to be such a cheerfulness on the streets as you watch the children enjoying peering at the items in the store windows and pressing their noses against the bakery windows. The smell of waffle cones seems to be everywhere.
The hotels are charming and there are many to choose from. In December, the Christmas Lighting Ceremony is a big draw, so if you plan to go then, you will want to book your room as soon as possible.
For winter, if you are a skier, Mission Ridge and Steven’s Pass are both nearby. The rest of the year, hiking, rafting, fishing, biking….. the activities in the area are endless.
Check out the official Leavenworth web page