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5 senses of Leavenworth, WA
— A summer travel guide —

You might venture over to the eastern slope of the Cascades, expecting more of what you’ve already experienced (or expected to experience) of this region: the sight of some of the continent’s most dramatic peaks, the scent of evergreen forests blanketing the landscape, the rumble of whitewater through deep gorges. And you’ll find all of this in and around the mountain town of Leavenworth — but that’s only one part of the story.

Prepare yourself for a Technicolor awakening, or you might just succumb to sensory overload. In Bavarian-styled Leavenworth, you’ll be confronted with the smell and sizzle of grilled bratwurst, the sonorous harmony of alphorns, the feel of stucco-covered buildings as you run your hand along Front Street facades, the taste of sweet, spicy gingerbread and silky gelato. Here, it’s best to let your senses run wild. There’s no other way to experience Leavenworth.

This post is proudly presented in partnership with the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce.

Sight

Feast your eyes on Little Bavaria. Leavenworth — especially in summer — looks like a German fairytale. Until you look up, that is. Then you realize it’s a fairytale set in the beauty of Washington’s Cascades.

Art in the Park artists working at their craft

Most cities have art festivals and art galleries, but in Leavenworth…

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The mountain backdrop of the Summer Theatre

You’ll never want to catch a show in a dark, dank, crowded theatre ever again…

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A dazzling glass Chihuly sculpture sparkling under the stars

Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort may be a great place to set up…

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Vibrant fruits and veggies at the Leavenworth Farmers Market

Thursdays in summer and fall mean one thing…

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The abundance of flower baskets around town

Leavenworth has fallen straight out of Bavaria…

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Photos provided by: Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce

Sound

Sausages sizzling. Beer steins clinking. Water rushing through rock chutes. The sounds of a place — though often overlooked — tell a vivid story. Which ones catch your ears first?

Corks popping at local vintner spots

The sound of a fresh bottle of wine breathing in its first breath…

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Lively performances at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts

A “center” for the arts should be just that. At Icicle Creek…

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Children laughing during their nutcracker hunts

The kids will have plenty to rave about…

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Water splashing from your raft or paddleboard

What speed of water is right for you?

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Alphorn players transporting you to Germany

You’re not imagining things…

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Photos provided by: Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce

Taste

Taste is one of the most powerful means of experiencing a place. The local cuisine can tell you a lot about the history, the people, the land — bringing it all together in one delicious bite.

Tasty baked goods at the local Bavarian bakery

What kind of good Bavarian-themed town wouldn’t know its way around a dough hook?…

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Your first happy bite of Leavenworth chocolate

If you can only leave Leavenworth with one souvenir…

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Crisp and refreshing summer wines

Welcome to the family. At Icicle Ridge Winery…

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The farm-to-table experience

If you want to taste regional flavors in some of their finest incarnations…

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Cool and sweet ice cream and gelato

Fresh house-made gelato. Sorbetto from scratch…

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Juicy sausages with spicy mustard

You can’t leave Leavenworth until you’ve sat down to an authentic German meal…

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Photos provided by: Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Pretzels by Sabine Schulte. Mana by Dzhan Wiley

Smell

Stand still. What does your nose tell you? Take it in. Use it as a moment of reflection. Follow the scents of fresh dough, of roses, of just-roasted coffee. Funny how the best smells so easily lead to happiness.

The aroma of pine as you follow the trail to the top

Ponderosa pine…white pine…lodgepole pine…

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Locally made soaps and lotions

After all that time outside, you’re going to need to bubble up…

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Sweet and spicy gingerbread

This Old European treat is the perfect complement to Leavenworth’s more savory flavors…

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The fresh mountain air at Waterfront Park

A two-minute walk from Front Street…

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Fresh-roasted coffee

Go on, put your nose close. It’s allowed…

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Photos provided by: Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce

Touch

Touch. Of all the senses, this one might be most intimately connected to travel. After all, you can see a place, hear a place, even taste and smell a place without ever actually being in that place. But touch can’t be faked. For that, you need to book the ticket and go. Here’s how to get your hands (and feet, and the rest of it) on Leavenworth.

Sand in your toes at Lake Wenatchee

Lake Wenatchee — surrounded by mountains — is nearly four square miles…

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Warm air blowing across your face on the zipline

Mountains are pretty from below, sure…

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The feel of stucco-covered Bavarian-style buildings

You know those interactive touch museums they have for kids?…

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Your hands gripping the rock as you boulder

Rock-climbing in Washington State is primo right here. 50…

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Throwing a wild and crazy hat on your head

Does your hometown have a shop dedicated to awesome hats? Didn’t think so…

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Photos provided by: Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Lake Wenatchee by Steve Lodefink


This post is proudly presented in partnership with the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce.
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