All Aboard! Take the Amtrak Train from Seattle to Leavenworth
First, the bad news: There’s only one Amtrak train per day from Seattle to Leavenworth (and vice versa). The Empire Builder train leaves downtown Seattle (SEA) at 4:55 and arrives at 8:17. On the return, the Amtrak leaves Leavenworth Icicle Station (LWA) at 7:23 a.m. and arrives in Seattle at 11:29 a.m.,and takes about 4 hours. The train’s schedule makes it impossible to go on a day trip. Visiting really requires two full overnights, particularly if you stay at a place like Sleeping Lady Resort or even if you stay downtown. Also, the train is plagued by performance; only 48% of passengers on the Empire Builder train arrived on time…
Sleeping Lady Resort: Enchantment for All Ages
I’m not quite sure what I expected when I planned a stay at Sleeping Lady. But I figured I would be close to Leavenworth (one of my favorite little Washington towns), and I’d heard good things about the Central Washington resort — although mostly from adults. But I had no idea that Sleeping Lady was such an enchanting and magical place. On the 67-acre grounds (which also host a local radio station), quiet pathways weave between native trees, plants — and art. The outdoor Art Walk takes visitors past quirky works sure to delight children, such as a salmon catching a human (â€œShaman Salmonâ€), the nine-foot tall â€œChichuly Iciclesâ€ and…
Fur Kinder (Kids): Leavenworth, Washington State
Letâ€™s get your assumptions out of the way. You might think Leavenworth is cheesy. Itâ€™s fake Bavaria. Leavenworthâ€™s foodâ€¦well, maybe your great-grandma would like it. Leavenworth is for unsavvy tourists. OK, some of that is a little true. It was certainly the impression I had after making short visits in the past (an hour or two) without any sense of direction. But after spending three days in Leavenworth, I have a different take. I looked a little harder, asked a few more questions and found the best spots for a family-friendly vacation. Yes, the Washington State townâ€™s Bavarian-style building fronts were manufactured during the 1960s and 70s. But the finished…
Leavenworth: Washington’s Bavaria
Recently, I went on an article-scouting trip to Leavenworth, Washington with the family. We had a wonderful time. So wonderful that by Saturday evening, I began picking up real estate fliers. Here’s a (very brief!) introduction to the little town, located about two hours northeast of Seattle. I’ll write up a guide to Leavenworth with kids soon, I promise. I took all of these photos with the Hipstamatic App for the iPhone. I recommend it! To see more photos of family travel, check out DeliciousBaby’s Photo Friday.