If you want to get away from Seattle for a few days, the mountains are the perfect place to go in the winter. If you head east on US 2 for a few hours, you’ll eventually end up in the charming town of Leavenworth. With the snow falling everywhere, it’ll make you forget about the rainy winter weather in Seattle. Here are 10 reasons to visit Leavenworth in the winter!
Feel Like You’re in Bavaria
My favorite part about Leavenworth is how adorable all the buildings are. You’ll feel like you’re in the Bavarian area of Germany, from the decorations to the food. You can find everything from German beer to sausages when you’re here, so make sure to indulge.
It snows a ton here during the winter, so take advantage of sledding for free. There’s a small hill in town that kids like to go on, but adults can go too. Bring your own sleds or buy them from the stores in town.
Eat Danish Pastries
I dare you to walk into this bakery and try to not buy anything. Everything smells so good, especially in the morning when it’s freshly baked. I recommend one of the pastries or a giant pretzel.
See the Village Lit Up
The town of Leavenworth is so beautiful in the winter. Before Christmas, they have several lighting ceremonies, but you can see the lights at night throughout the winter. It makes the town feel even more magical.
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If you want to feel like you’re in a fairytale, visit the Gingerbread Factory. They have gingerbread houses and cookies galore. It’s hard not to stop here every day when you’re in town!
To get one of the most scenic views, head behind the town to Waterfront Park. It’s a beautiful place to walk around no matter what the weather is. No one else was here when I came by in the morning, which made it very peaceful.
You’ve never seen so many nutcrackers in your life until you visit the Nutcracker Museum. They have everything from antique nutcrackers to clown nutcrackers. Admission is $5, but it’s worth it if you like nutcrackers.
If you’re coming from Seattle, you’ll pass this store on your way into town. They have some of the freshest fudge and taffy I’ve ever had, so make sure to stock up. It’s also located by a beautiful river, which makes a good place to take pictures.
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Scenic Places to Pull Off
There are some gorgeous places to pull off on the way to Leavenworth if you want to take pictures. The river runs parallel to US 2, so there are plenty of pull-offs to safely stop at. This bridge was about 15 minutes west of Leavenworth. While the summer is gorgeous as well, the snow makes visiting Leavenworth in the winter even more beautiful!
Stevens Pass is about half an hour west of Leavenworth and a popular place to ski. However, many people might not know that there’s a ski hill in Leavenworth itself. While it’s not the most challenging, it’s a great place if you want to work on your skills or go somewhere that’s not so crowded.
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