Remember my wonderful housemate Caitlin from three posts back? Well, in addition to being an expert on all things Forks, she has also spent substantially more time in Leavenworth than I have. I’ve asked her once again to be our virtual tour guide of this Bavarian-themed town, which National Geographic  named one of the 50 best places to live and play in the U.S. 




Caitlin’s Favorite …

Restaurant: King Ludwig’s. Voted Restaurant of the Year by Leavenworth’s Chamber of Commerce, this restaurant provides a full Bavarian experience. Servers are dressed in their finest Bavarian get-ups, and live accordion music plays in the background while you enjoy your meal. Come here with your family or a large group of friends, and try Caitlin’s favorite dish, King Ludwig’s family-style platter. This feast, made for four or six people, consists of Schweinshax’n (rotisseried broiled pork hock), half a rotisserie chicken, Schweine schnitzel (breaded, pan fried pork cutlet), sausages, Leberkäse (Bavarian meatloaf), and much, much more. The food may be foreign to most Americans, but Caitlin advises to not judge the food before you taste it.

Kris Kringl

Places to Shop: Downtown Leavenworth offers a myriad of fun places to shop. Kris Kringl sells hundreds of Christmas ornaments year-round. Caitlin says the Hat Shop is a great place for those with kids, or if you’re immature yourself. Here you can find pizza hats, Viking heads, and basically any other hat you can imagine. The Hat Shop is also connected to the Leavenworth Wood Shop, a toy store. Have a sweet tooth? Get a caramel apple at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. And while there, get your picture taken with the bear outside the store.

Christmas Lighting in downtown Leavenworth

Seasonal Activity: Leavenworth’s annual Christmas Lighting. This event actually consists of an entire weekend of events, but the highlight is when the downtown businesses’ Christmas lights are turned on at once. Caitlin says the town is already beautiful as it is, but the lights add another dimension of beauty. In 2007, reporters from Good Morning America visited Leavenworth to help light the town.

When I told my boss I was writing about Leavenworth, she told me about the following YouTube clip, created by the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. This music video takes an interesting twist on Bavarian life. Enjoy.

Quick Facts about Leavenworth:

Founded: 1890 (According to the City of Leavenworth web site)

Population: 2,347 (2009 U.S. Census estimate)

Name Origins: Leavenworth was named after Capt. Charles Leavenworth, president of Okanagan Investment Company, who helped found the town. (According to 11worth.com)

Driving distance from:

Ellensburg: 1 hour, 7 minutes

Yakima: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Seattle:  2 hours, 9 minutes

Spokane: 3 hours, 20 minutes






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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Suzy on January 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Another great post, Andrea! The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is SO delicious! Keep up the great work 🙂


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