In the calm waters around the grassy shores of Waterfront Park and Blackbird Island, people glide on standup paddleboards as experienced staff guides their paddles and trajectory, and help them balance. Elsewhere on the river, groups float by in durable tubes outfitted with hammock seats and backrests, or churn the river currents in inflatable kayaks. Tube Leavenworth's staffers oversee all of these excursions on a shallow stretch of the Wenatchee River. Guides also direct many of their customers to the warm interiors of Der Hinterhof, where local and traveling artists fill the courtyard with live music. At the Gypsy Café, casual fare mingles with craft draughts, and representatives from Washington breweries often visit to explain the secrets of their craft and debunk anti-beer propaganda spread by martini lobbyists.
Though it has winter in its name and boasts lessons in both nordic and downhill skiing, Leavenworth Winter Sports Club gives outdoor sports enthusiasts a reason to explore its sprawling grounds throughout the year. Called a “sportsmen’s mecca” by Club's President of the Board of Directors, Damian Browne, the trails date back to 1928, when people would flock to the club's ski-jumping hill to watch skiers soar through the air and high-five bald eagles as they began their descent. Visitors can strap on snowshoes to navigate the Waterfront Park path or lace up a pair of skates and pirouette across the Leavenworth Ice Rink. The area's ski trails double as hiking and biking trails during the summer months, and a golf course invites guests to work on their short game once the snows melt to reveal manicured greens.
[[m:####Adventure Aviation Trike Flights The duo of Robe “Bedo” Lyons and John “Wink” Winkenwader founded Adventure Aviation Trike Flights in 2007 to share their love of small-scale aviation with first-time fliers and those looking to get certified. The piloting pals take to the skies in light sport-weight trikes, which are open-air vehicles with glider wings that can make safe takeoffs and landings on three wheels or on pontoons. Instructional discovery flights take visitors up for jaunts over Lake Chelan, where they can take in scenic vistas and verify the cotton count of passing clouds. Those wishing to take on a solo career can opt for complete flight-certification courses, including expert ground-school and one-on-one flight instruction.:m]]
The Wenatchee River winds along 85-year-old Leavenworth Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 71 course, which features a sculpted landscape of arboreal alleyways and a backdrop of mountain peaks. The river runs the length of holes 6 and 11, forcing golf balls to choose between finishing at the hole or fulfilling dreams of becoming fishing bobbers. Two ponds come into play on five other holes, and stately pines line most of the course’s emerald fairways.
Golfers looking to improve their swing mechanics can enroll in lessons with a PGA professional or PGA and LPGA assistant professionals. Before jump-starting their day on the course, club guests can fuel up with a hearty country-style meal at The Wild Huckleberry.
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Celebrated country artist Toby Keith circles the wagons, accompanied by a posse of melodic outlaws and dazzling pyrotechnics during Toby Keith’s Locked & Loaded Tour Presented by Ford F-Series. Toby’s three-fisted lyricism, irresistible hooks, and physics-defying aerodynamics have made him a human cannonball in the canon of country music, and the tour celebrates his new album, Bullets in the Gun, with ballistic flamboyance. Audiences will goggle as 1,000 square feet of video screens, a giant T-shaped ramp party pit, and a dazzling display of explosives form a proscenium framing Toby’s arsenal of straight-shooting hits. Riding sidesaddle on the tour, rowdy troubadour Eric Church deputizes audiences with hits from his No. 1 album Chief, and songsmith JT Hodges belts out ditties about sustaining romance when forced to bake soufflés in zero gravity.