Spacious Suites Centrally Located in Bavarian-Themed Village
The alpine village of Leavenworth in central Washington could easily pass for a hamlet in Bavaria. Half-timbered buildings fly German flags and old-fashioned street lamps line the pedestrian-friendly streets. Fittingly, there are plenty of German restaurants that serve sausages and local beer. You might even catch a sidewalk polka performance from your room at Adventure Inn in downtown Leavenworth. The hotel features ski-lodge-style suites that overlook the Wenatchee River and the snow-capped mountains of the Cascade Range.
Enjoy sweeping views of the riverfront park and woods from the living room and bedroom of a two-bedroom suite. The simple accommodations are furnished with vintage ski-resort posters and plenty of tabletop space for a full set of travel-size beer steins. Downstairs, the beer garden dishes out Bavarian-style bratwurst and pints of locally made brews. Live musicians often perform traditional tunes on Saturday nights.
Leavenworth, Washington: Alpine Village in the Cascades
Once a busy logging town, the village of Leavenworth fell upon hard times when the Great Northern Railway Company rerouted its trains in the 1920s. More than 40 years later, locals who were determined to save the town banded together and hatched an unusual scheme: they would turn Leavenworth into a Bavarian-themed tourist destination. Taking advantage of its Cascade Range setting, the entire town was rebuilt in the vein of an alpine village.
The makeover transformed every aspect of the settlement, from store signs—now hand-carved wooden posts—to the exteriors of every building in town, including local fast-food restaurants. Year-round festivals were planned, old-fashioned street lamps were erected, and restaurants imported German chefs and dressed serving staff in traditional Bavarian garb. Today, Leavenworth thrives as an homage to southeastern Germany, with handmade chocolate truffles and brat stands on every corner.
Leavenworth's main drag, Front Street, is lined with galleries, boutique gift shops, and cafés serving locally brewed beer. A three-minute walk from the inn, the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum houses thousands of nutcrackers ranging in style from the classic soldier to quirkier shapes such as wooden bears and crocodiles. Just outside the village, hiking and biking paths crisscross Waterfront Park, a public park that runs along the Wenatchee River. Further out, you can hit the slopes at Stevens Pass or Mission Ridge, both within an hour’s drive. Mission Ridge’s 36 ski runs encompass more than 2,000 acres and two terrain parks.
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