Close-Up: Leavenworth, WA

Just two hours east of Seattle, Leavenworth provides its visitors with Bavarian charm and Northwestern hospitality.

Published: 7/01/2015

Situated near the eastern part of the Cascade Mountains with the Wenatchee River flowing through the center of town, Leavenworth is a fun-filled destination. In the early 1960s, Leavenworth adopted Bavarian culture, redesigning its architecture and creating a series of vibrant festivals. Today, Leavenworth is an ideal spot for those craving outdoor adventure, offering infinite recreational opportunities. From hiking, climbing, horseback riding, and rafting from spring through fall, or skiing, snowboarding, and sledding in winter, it provides four seasons of fun in the great outdoors. Leavenworth is also the host of frequent celebrations and events, all rich in Bavarian tradition. With so much to taste, see, and do, it comes as no surprise that Leavenworth is one of the most popular and unique travel destinations in Washington State.

In Leavenworth’s downtown Bavarian Village, an impressive 20 wine tasting rooms and many restaurants with inspired wine lists await. In the surrounding Cascade foothills and along the Wenatchee River’s scenic shores, there’s an abundance of vineyards and wineries. You'll find everything from hearty reds and refreshing whites to German-style Glühwein. Plus, Leavenworth’s craft beer and spirits scene is booming with intimate venues and family friendly breweries and distilleries to visit.

Did you know that Leavenworth is one of the largest exporters of organic pears in the nation? Many local restaurants are acclaimed for their farm-to-table menus inspired by ingredients plucked fresh from their own organic gardens. If you’re yearning for authentic German and continental cuisine, you’ve certainly come to the right place. But there’s also traditional Mexican, South American, and Italian food. Not to be missed are Leavenworth’s handmade to perfection breads and pastries.

Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains, an authentic, alpine lodge, or a cozy Bed & Breakfast walking distance from the Bavarian Village, there is something for everyone’s taste and budget. Outdoors lovers have a number of options for camping, and there are also cabins, vacation homes, and suites for rent. Fully immerse yourself in the joys of Leavenworth and plan to stay a while!

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As seen in the issue Pacific Northwest Summer/Fall 2015 of Touring & Tasting Magazine.

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Get the full taste of Leavenworth with guided limo tours and wine walks in June and September! As you plan your vacation, visit for details.