A Bavarian-style village that serves huge beers, tons of bratwurst with sauerkraut, and is surrounded by mountains, rivers and forests – Leavenworth is a little slice of heaven. We had such great time there with the family, we explored, ate, drank, and were merry – Jay even snuck in a mountain bike ride! Below is the view from our hotel room at the Icicle Resort – waking up to that every day made me smile.
The village itself was basically adorable. Everything is Bavarian styled – even Starbucks and McDonalds looked like quaint German shops! We went for the last weekend of Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, which is celebrated for a month. While the town itself is a fun place to walk around and shop in, there are some great outdoor activities as well. The Waterfront Park is beautiful, especially now with all the leaves changing colours on the trees. There’s nice open trails to walk along the river and let the kids play!
Chanel found some wicked ‘Minecraft’-style glasses (I have the game on every piece of technology I own, and I still don’t get it!) and wore them for the rest of the trip, while wreaking havoc on her scooter throughout town. There was a ton of live entertainment on the streets, in the festival hall, and in most of the restaurants.
We ate at some delicious restaurants as well. The first night we stumbled upon Idlewild Pizza, upon Chanel’s request for pizza – and it turned out to be this super hip wood-fired pizza place that was so yummy. Another night we decided we were overloaded with German sausage so we went to South, a Latin food eatery. Great tacos, great carnitas plate, and a delicious serve-yourself salsa bar!
Other notables: Icicle Brewing Company was a great relaxed little place, Munchen Haus was a perfect place to sit outdoors and eat awesome pretzels with cheese dip and sausage, and Sausage Garten by Cured was also a cute outdoor spot with their own made sausages.
I took one last look at the view out the window, said Auf Wiedersehen to our hotel room and to Oktoberfest in Leavenworth, and we took off on a long drive home. We went a different way this time, essentially making a loop and travelling through a part of Washington and British Columbia that neither of us had before. It added about 3 hours to our drive but it was worth it!
Leavenworth was a great place to go with the family, and I think that I would go again for their Christmas Lighting Festival, because it looks so gorgeous. We were super lucky with the beautiful, sunny weather and our great kids who had an awesome trip!