SUMMER ROAD TRIP, DAY 43
How many times can you say that the minute you stepped into a town, it brought a smile to your face? I’m talking a grin from ear to ear at each new revelation as you walked down the street. For me, it’s only been a handful of times and one of them was entering the town of Leavenworth, Washington.
Capturing the Spirit of Old World Charm
Leavenworth is a quaint village cradled by the Cascade Mountain Range. It is located on the southern section of the Cascade Loop Scenic Byway in central Washington. The almost abandoned logging town was revitalized and redefined in the 1960’s to the Bavarian themed town it is today.
It is saturated with old world charm from the overflowing flower baskets to the darling alpine-influenced architecture. The town prides itself on a true Bavarian experience from culture to culinary treats. We took a walking tour of town then couldn’t wait to dig in to some traditional German fare.
First Taste of Germany at München Haus
It’s the beginning of three days here in Leavenworth so we decided to hit the ground running. Beer flows, sausages sizzle and mustard is the talk of the outdoor beer garden at München Haus. Pick up your naked brat and dress it up with whatever you please: relish, apple cider sauerkraut, one of the specialty mustards or all of the above. There are no rules. Why not try 10 different mustards on one sausage!
“Eating and drinking keeps body and soul together” ~an old Bavarian saying
We washed our brats and potato salad down with locally crafted beers from Icicle Brewing Company. The subtle and smooth Colchuck Raspberry Wheat is the perfect summer beer. Bootjack IPA, the gold medal winner at Washington Beer Awards last year, was another favorite.
Today was a great introduction to Leavenworth, but we can’t wait for our raft trip along the crystal clear Wenatchee River, the big birthday celebration in a few days and indulging in more local cuisine. Stay tuned.
Know Before You Go
- 709 Front Street, Leavenworth, WA
- 11am – 10pm
- Free Live Music, Thursday – Saturday, June – August, 6 – 9pm
- Bavarian Lodge
- Cascade Valley Inn
- Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
- Icicle Village Resort
- Enzian Inn
- Comfort Suites Wenatchee
- Leavenworth RV Campground
- January: Ice Fest
- February: Wine & Chocolate Festival
- April: Taste of Leavenworth
- May: Maifest & Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest
- June: Leavenworth Wine Walk & International Accordion Festival
- September: Leavenworth Wine Walk & WA State Autumn Leaf Festival
- October: Oktoberfest
- December: Christmas Lighting Festival
And so our epic 80 day summer road trip continues – 12 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province and 11 national parks. For the upcoming months, I will be sharing with you our highlights, lowlights, adventures, favorite spots, best tips and our thoughts on three months of road tripping and living in a pop up. I’ll try to answer any and all of your questions too! You can also follow our journey via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Miles Driven: 115
Total Road Trip Miles Driven: 6,920
Average Gas Price per Gallon: $2.67
All States Visited: Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, British Columbia & Alberta Provinces
If you would like to see our full itinerary, start at the beginning here. And Start at Day One here.
Thank you Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and its associates for hosting us at München Haus. All words and opinions, however, are my own.
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Thanks for following along! Have you been to a themed town like Leavenworth in the U.S. before? What was your experience like?
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I have heard about Leavenworth a few years back from a friend who’d visited and actually put a sticky note with an arrow pointing to it on my U.S. atlas (yes, I still love those big visuals) so I wouldn’t forget about it in future travels if I returned to Washington state again. Your pictures and cleverly written write-up have me revved up to experience it for myself…Hope so!
I hope you get to Leavenworth at some point. It is absolutely adorable especially in the summer with all the blooming flowers and lively entertainment. We have two more posts coming up about our time here.
I love that you went to Leavenworth! It’s one of our favorite towns to visit in summer or winter! Next time, you’ll need to venture to the underground and have an afternoon at the Cheese Monger… so stinky, so good.
I can only imagine a visit in the winter with festivals, lights and hot cider. It is probably so much fun! Adding it to our list of things to get back to. We did stop in the Cheese Monger! LOL so stinky, so good. We tried a few different stinky ones and browsed their selection of craft beer.
Great post! I have never heard of Leavenworth, Washington. How far is it from Seattle? I will be there in September. It looks a like a very interesting, quaint town.
It’s about 2 hours and 15 minutes west of Seattle. If you have extra time, I’d recommend it. It’s on the Cascade Loop Scenic Byway and there are many things to see along the way!
Headed that way in the Fall for the oktoberfest. Great post
Can’t wait to hear about your adventure. I’ve heard it is a busy time to visit, but outrageously fun!
Wow, a real true Oktober fest come to life. The town is beautiful! I cant wait to see the post about rafting.
Thanks William, the rafting post is coming out tonight!
This place looks so beautiful. I first though it is actually in Bavaria. Love all the colors and beautiful houses <3
The intricate and vibrant decor is delightful to stroll through!
Leavenworth in the summer sounds like a great day trip from Seattle! Especially since the surrounding area is so beautiful. A rafting trip down the Wenatchee River sounds great! I visited in winter and had a lovely time at the tree lighting ceremony while it was snowing.
It’s the perfect day or weekend getaway from Seattle for sure. The tree ceremony sounds wonderful! It is probably so pretty in the winter. Thanks for reading
One of my favorite places in WA! Beers and brats make the world go round.
Well, that looks like my type of town :). Love the photos and your story-telling. One thing’s for sure, I need to visit :).
Should definitely put it on your list!
Beth | Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere
Love this! I visited Leavenworth in April and thought it was the cutest little town. I missed out on the sausages and beer, though. Those sauces look amazing!
Looking at all that food and beer is really making me want to visit. And also hungry! Love your photos 😀
Thanks Cristal! Food, beer and wine galore!
An excellent look at a truly great little getaway spot. I haven’t stayed there in years but your photos make me want to go back!