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Leavenworth - A Town For All Seasons

The Accidental Bavarians

By Scotte and Renae Meredith

We love Leavenworth because there are so many different things you can do throughout the year.

Because of its location and elevation, Leavenworth has four very different seasons. While located in the mountains, Leavenworth itself is only at 1200 feet elevation.

In the winter you get snow in town for the Christmas tree lighting, but not too much. In the surrounding mountains, however, there is plenty of snow for winter sports.

Leavenworth is on the leeside of the North Cascades, which means it doesn't get the rains of the west side, but is still in the mountains so you get all the beautiful lush greens of spring as winter sloughs off its icy coat.

In summer, Leavenworth is warm and sunny, but the mountains provide shade and cool breezes. The mountains nearby provide hiking, climbing, meadows and rafting or kayaking.

With fall's arrival the trees come alive with color and the fruit trees are heavy with their bounty. And as evening approaches you can feel the nip of impending frost in the air as the stars sparkle and shine.

Oh, and did I forget to mention shopping? Every season in Leavenworth is shopping season! From angels to pearls to a year-round Christmas store to fudge to nutcrackers. Leavenworth has it all.

Leavenworth is located at the confluence of the Wenatchee River and the mighty Icicle Creek. Just up the road the creek flows through one of the deepest canyons in the Cascade Range. It is more than a mile deep from the top of Icicle Ridge to the depths of Icicle Creek. Outdoor activities abound.

Everywhere around Leavenworth youíll find hiking trails, rivers, camping spots, and the wonder of Godís creation. You can use Leavenworth as a base camp to explore the beauty of the North Cascades.

On your way back to town, you can stop at the fish hatchery and see what next year's dinner looks like today. When you get tired of hiking with the kids, you can come back to town for putt-putt golf or play the world class putting course.

And don't forget to stop by the world famous Nutcracker Museum.

Activities By Season

Summer

  • Wine Tasting Festival
  • Hiking and camping
  • Golf
  • Fly fishing
  • Rafting
  • Leavenworth Summer Theater
  • Shopping!

Fall

  • Kayaking
  • Autumn Leaf Festival
  • Oktoberfest
  • Antiquing
  • Bike riding
  • Shopping!

Winter

  • Christkindlmarkt
  • Ice Festival
  • Nordic and downhill skiing
  • Snow shoeing
  • Ski jumping
  • Christmas Lighting Festival
  • Shopping!

Spring

  • Bird watching
  • Maifest
  • Rock climbing
  • Ale Fest
  • International Accordion Celebration
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Shopping!

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Contributors: Scotte and Renae are passionate bloggers with a love for all things Leavenworth. As frequent visitors to this small but well known Bavarian village in Washington, the two began their blog as a way to share their extensive knowledge and interest in local activities, events and history. They are chance visitors who stumbled upon their true home over multiple getaways to Leavenworth, and are now known as The Accidental Bavarians. Visit their website http://www.accidentalbavarian.com!

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