Der Ritterhof Motor Inn looks like a Swiss chalet in the middle of the Alps, down to the gingerbread trim on the lodge and snow-capped mountains in the distance. But it’s actually a roadside inn in Leavenworth, a Bavarian-themed hamlet nestled in the Cascade Mountains. Set along the town’s main drag, Front Street, the inn is only a five-minute walk from galleries, boutique gift shops, and cafés serving locally brewed beer.
Start off the morning with a free continental breakfast.
Play a game: The hotel has a sprawling front lawn where you can play croquet and badminton.
Take a dip in the outdoor pool (open seasonally) or relax in the hot tub.
Bring along Fido: Pet-friendly rooms are available for an additional fee.
Highlights of Leavenworth, Washington
Alpine immersion: Leavenworth’s mountainous surroundings and Bavarian-style architecture might make you feel like you’ve set foot in Europe.
German-style eateries: bars with beer gardens and restaurants where you can try kielbasa, bratwurst, ciderkraut, and specialty mustards
Whitewater rafting on Class II and III rapids in the Icicle and Wenatchee Rivers