Hotel at a Glance: Howard Johnson Inn - Leavenworth
This Howard Johnson Inn looks right at home in the foothills of the Cascade Range. The vaulted roof and dark wood accents on the exterior call to mind a secluded mountain chalet. From this jumping-off point, guests can explore hiking and mountain biking trails or head into the Bavarian-themed downtown to visit German bars and gourmet coffee shops.
- Fill up for the day with a complimentary expanded continental breakfast.
- Outdoor activities nearby: hiking, fishing, and golf
- Go swimming in the heated outdoor pool (open seasonally).
- Room with a view: Every room looks out on the mountains.
Leavenworth, Washington: Bavarian-Themed Town near Skiing 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; hikers and whitewater rafters 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.
Leavenworth is a center for all things Bavarian. You’ll find 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 procession of villagers sporting traditional dirndls and lederhosen.