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.

Leavenworth sits on the flanks of the North Cascades; the town was remodeled in the 1960s and 1970s with a Bavarian theme.
Leavenworth hosts frequent festivals -- music, food and dancing. And costumes! And bounce houses.Â
These guys know how to play a mean horn.
I picked up gingerbread with espresso frosting here at The Gingerbread Factory. Yum.
And sometimes you experience cognitive dissonance. Â Â Â Â Â Das Bling Shop?
We visited this adorable farm with the kids. It's right outside Leavenworth.
The farm's windmill.
The farm's playground.
The farm's finger-eating goats.
Yes, you should do this.

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.

Lora Shinn writes about family travel, Pacific NW travel, grown-up travel...and travel in general. Her travel-related articles and essays have appeared in Family Fun, Parenting, AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, AAA magazines and Redbook, among others.


  • Sarah V.

    I love the line about picking up real estate fliers. I’ve done the same thing a few times, most recently in Maui. Needless to say, we will not be purchasing a house there anytime soon!

    Thanks for recommending Hipstamatic…I’ll have to check it out.

  • Shannon

    Ooh yes, I loooove the hipstamatic! It’s totally addicting and they just put out an update that let’s you zoom in on the pix you’ve taken to see them more clearly. I’ll be interested to see what you found in Leavenworth. I’ve been a few times and found it too twee. Always open to more info though.

  • Lora

    Hey Shannon. Yeah, there are a few new, hip restaurants and some awesome activities for families in Leavenworth and nearby. I checked out several hotels while in town (truly, I show up with a notepad and say, “Show me your rooms!”).