When is the Best Time to Visit Leavenworth, WA?
No matter the time of year, Leavenworth always makes a beautiful visit, whether you stay the night or are just visiting for the day. At the base of the Cascade Mountains, this idyllic Germanic town will leave you feeling like you have traveled to another part of the world.
What makes Leavenworth so special?
Previously a railroad town(check), Leavenworth took inspiration from the surrounding mountains, transforming itself into the Bavarian town that we know it as today. When you visit downtown you will encounter facades delicately painted along with endless choices of German delicacies and music, complete with a riverwalk. While famously known for its fall and winter festivities, Leavenworth has much to offer year-round.
This European spa hotel quite frankly deserves a post all on its own, its reputation known far outside the boundaries of Washington state, drawing in visitors from all over the country. With six saunas and steam rooms, a cooling onyx mint room, cold plunges, and a wellness pool, it's easy to see what there is to love. And that's just the complimentary access that you get with your stay, along with a picture-worthy European breakfast and lunch. Did I mention there's a nap room? Throw in massages and facials and you'll be wishing you stayed for a whole week.
Can't make it to Germany? Come celebrate and enjoy the finest beers imported directly from Germany to Leavenworth for the three-weekend-long Oktoberfest, complete with polka dancing, a "Kinderplatz" for children, and live performances. (Note: as of 2022, Leavenworth's Oktoberfest has moved to Wenatachee, where there is more room for celebrating. Please visit their webite for the most up to date information).
Village of Lights
Arguable most famously known for this time of year, December in Leavenworth is downright magical. Horse drawn carriages, sledding, reindeer, and every inch covered in Christmas lights leaves much to draw the crowds in for the entire month. Make sure to reserve your stay in advance, as the hotels are well known to book out during the holiday season.
1. Ski Hill MTB Loop: Moderate
2. Icicle Gorge Trail: Easy
3. Sauer Mountain: Moderate
4. Colchuk Lake: Challenging
5. Snow Lakes: Challenging
Eagle Creek Winery: One of Leavenworth's oldest wineries
Boudreaux Cellars: New Orleans meets Washington state at this off grid winery
Icicle Ridge Winery: Come see the log cabin tasting room!
Silvara Cellars: Hilltop views surrounded by wildflowers