Hotel at a Glance: Alpen Rose Inn
Surrounded by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the majestic Cascade mountains, Alpen Rose Inn helps guests escape. The Bavarian-style lodge fits in perfectly with the rest of Leavenworth’s German flair, and lush gardens frame its inviting sun deck. A drive or a stroll down Route 2 brings visitors straight to the downtown area, where they can nibble pastries at German bakeries and sip brews in beer gardens.
- Stay in bed a little longer with hot coffee and tea delivery every morning.
- Complimentary hot breakfast: Options include yogurt parfaits, french toast, and hot sausages.
- Soak stress away in the hot tub or go for a swim in the outdoor pool.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth with complimentary candlelit dessert service.
- Tee off at Leavenworth Golf Club, just a nine-minute walk from the inn.
- Upgrade available: Guests who purchase a Groupon for a one-bedroom condo have the option to upgrade to a two-bedroom condo for an additional $75 per night. The two-bedroom condo has a maximum occupancy of 6 guests.
Leavenworth, Washington: Bavarian-Themed Town with Orchards and Whitewater Rafting
Located about a two-hour drive east of Seattle, Leavenworth draws visitors all year long with an abundance of outdoor activities. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at nearby Stevens Pass; hiking and rafting take over in the spring, summer, and fall. About 700 miles of trails surround the town, meandering through the Cascade Range and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The Icicle and Wenatchee Rivers run through the area as well, attracting rafters with Class II and III rapids.
As the area’s center for all things Bavarian, Leavenworth is home to German-style bakeries, bars with beer gardens, and several restaurants where you can try kielbasa, bratwurst, ciderkraut, and specialty mustards. The town’s annual Oktoberfest takes place over the course of three weekends, beginning with a Bavarian procession featuring villagers in traditional dirndls and lederhosen.
The warm weather and fertile soil also make the region perfect for growing pears and wine grapes. In the warmer months, fruit stands teem with locally grown cherries, peaches, and apricots. There are also about a dozen vineyards nearby where you can taste varietals from the Columbia Cascade region.