Leavenworth is located at the base of the Cascade Mountains near the western end of the Wenatchee Valley. A former logging and fruit packing center, community leaders decided to make the most of its scenic setting by reinventing Leavenworth as a tourist destination and it was remodeled to look like a Bavarian village.
As a year-round tourist destination, Leavenworth has a packed calendar of events. Winter brings the Christmas Lighting Festival, the Christkindlmart, and a host of festive activities. Leavenworth salutes its Bavarian heritage in mid-May with Maifest and birders gather, also in May, for the Spring Bird Fest. In the summer, the International Accordion Celebration and a Wine Tasting Festival attract visitors and of course, what’s a Bavarian village without Oktoberfest. These are just a few of the festivals held in Leavenworth. In addition, there are a host of outdoor activities to enjoy including horseback riding, kayaking, and white-water rafting.
Here are a few shots from our visit there last November:
|A little Lederhosen for the man in your life!|
|Kris Kringl, the Christmas store|
|The Nutcracker House (there is also a Nutcracker Museum)|