Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Leavenworth Weekend

Leavenworth, WA is a neat little mountain town with a Bavarian theme that I have been dreaming to visit for years, especially during Christmastime. We still didn't make it over Christmas this year, but I was excited to hear that they leave all their lights and decorations up through Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, which is their annual Ice Festival. So we arranged for a neighbor to dog-sit the boys, piled the girls and all our snow gear into the car, and off we went on our new adventure!

That first day, the weather was poor and it was raining quite a bit, so we didn't get to try any of the outdoor activities like snowmobiling or dog sledding that we had planned. But we did enjoy a delicious brunch at a local lodge, explored the quaint little shops that lined the Main Street, and watched the fireworks later that night from our hotel window.

Even the Starbucks and McDonald's have a Bavarian vibe!
The view from our hotel window overlooking the Main Square—pretty sweet, eh?

The next morning, we awoke to the warm rays of sunshine and immediately headed over to the snowmobile tour company before it started raining again. It was the first time any of us had tried riding a snowmobile and it was a little scary for me, but so much fun! We rode for an hour through gorgeous private land in the mountains, with the sun streaming through the trees and no one else around. Next time, I'm letting someone else drive, so I can take more time enjoying the scenery and taking pictures! ;-D


One last quick 15-minute run through a few more shops, then we piled back into the car for the drive back home. We're already planning a few more day-trips back so we can try the dog sledding and then maybe some horseback riding in the summer. On the way out, we saw a lovely rainbow—the perfect way to say good-bye to such a charming place! *Ü*

2 comments:

  1. Super cute picture of your girls.

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  2. I have been here and I lived in Sumner, WA along with Port Townsend for awhile. I sure do miss this state! It is so beautiful and we were here on May Day! Quite different!
    Smiles, Cyndi

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