Property at a glance: Bavarian Ritz Leavenworth
Those visiting Leavenworth, Washington, typically come for the charming town’s Bavarian ambiance, manifested in cheery German restaurants, shops, and architecture. The Bavarian Ritz Leavenworth will not disappoint anyone looking for a taste of Deutschland, since it’s located right in the middle of the town’s tourist district. The hotel plays along with the town’s theme through Alps-centric murals and Bavarian art dispersed throughout the property.
- Unique accommodations: Each guest room is decorated differently, but all have free WiFi and a fireplace.
- Sleep like a king: Choose a Bavarian Royal King Suite for the most room. The suite comes with a four-poster king-sized bed, an overhead shower, and a whirlpool tub.
- Relax with a view: Sip on red wine while lounging on the second-floor sundeck, where views of the Wenatchee River and its surrounding mountains provide a scenic backdrop.
- Bring your pooch: Dogs can stay in your room for an extra $15 per night.
- Upcoming events: The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival runs from Sept. 17-19.
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.