If you are a long-time Washington resident or a new visitor just passing through, you know the appeal of taking the time to spend a day in the mountains. Spring in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect time to get out and explore. Clean, crisp air and sunny mountaintops can be found in the town of Leavenworth.
Nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains in Central Washington, Leavenworth is a perfect spring destination for all. Located just two hours away from Seattle, the small town is known for its quaint Bavarian architecture and gorgeous views. The town is bursting with friendly people, great food, and experiences that will make Leavenworth your new favorite spring destination.
Whether you’re staying for just a few hours or a few days, the local Leavenworth cuisine is something that must be experienced. There are over 20 dining spots to choose from in the downtown area alone, and it can be a hard choice. From München Haus — an authentic Bavarian grill and beer garden — to Rudloof’s Pizza, there are plenty of options for everyone. Louie’s Cafe is a favorite among locals and tourists alike and serves breakfast and lunch from 8am to 3pm daily.
Along with the fine cuisine, stopping for a local brew is a must when in Leavenworth. Leavenworth is home to several local breweries and wineries, most of which have tasting rooms or restaurant locations in downtown. Icicle Ridge Winery, Blewett Brewing Company and Leavenworth Cider House are all great destinations for locally-made beverages. All of the local breweries and wineries also have a number of seasonal drinks. From spring IPAs to seasonal ciders, there is always plenty to try.
Alongside the many downtown restaurants, visitors will find local shops and boutiques lining the streets. From bookshops to bakeries, most of the stores located in Leavenworth are small independent businesses. You can find local artisan goods, trendy clothes, and fun souvenirs to remember your stay. Book lovers should check out A Book For All Seasons, a small bookshop located next to the gazebo downtown. The store offers a wide range of new and used books as well as many books on local history for those looking to know more about the unique town’s past.
For those looking to do more than explore local shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms there is plenty more to do in Leavenworth. With the winter snow melting, camping and hiking is a great option for those looking to explore the great outdoors. The Bygone Byways Trail (located 20 miles west of Leavenworth) is perfect for families and people looking for a leisurely 1-mile stroll. The trail follows the original route of the Great Northern Railway and is flat and well marked. Leashed dogs are permitted, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.
For those interested in a more challenging hike, there is Eightmile Lake. The hike itself is intermediate in difficulty with sections of uphill climbing, but the lake destination makes it worth the effort. Eightmile Lake is perfect for swimming, fishing, and picnicking in the late spring and summer months. Dogs are prohibited, and winter conditions may persist well into spring — making this trail inaccessible until late spring or early summer. Check with the Forest Service for current conditions.
Learn more about Leavenworth’s history and culture in our story, Growing up in Leavenworth, and Calling the Wenatchee Valley Home.