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Wind your way into Bavarian Leavenworth and the landscape shifts to an alpine village — imagine you are in the high peaks of Europe! Leavenworth delivers high-voltage Bavarian memories: yodeling, schnitzel, oom-pa-pa music, lederhosen and dirndls-a-plenty. It’s even home to one of the world’s largest nutcracker collections at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum! Intricately detailed Bavarian architecture houses an abundant and growing food scene, including international restaurants and handcrafted foods. Guests enjoy festive outdoor beer and brat gardens, wine-tasting rooms and hugely popular festivals such as Maifest, Oktoberfest, and Christmas Lighting. Flowers flow throughout town and can be enjoyed while taking in the shops on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Visitors choose from family-friendly hotels, upscale resorts, rustic cabins, vacation homes, and bed-and-breakfast inns. Recognized by the A&E Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and Good Morning America as a must-see in the winter, the New York Times wrote “It’s like living in a snow globe.” “The Today Show” and “Condé Nast Traveler” described Leavenworth as a top destination for unique fall foliage. 

With more than 800 miles of trails, Leavenworth offers amazing outdoor recreation! Mountain bike Freund Canyon, day hike the Alpine Lakes Wilderness or float the Wenatchee River with Outdoor Adventure Center. Rock climbing is also huge here. Rock and Ice Magazine named the Icicle climbing network in the neighboring Icicle River Valley among the top five in the nation. Want to try out new outdoor activities but don’t have the gear? Rent it at Leavenworth Mountain Sports! 

The arts and culture are also amazing here! Live music is often played from the gazebo on Front Street while Art in the Park can also be found on display. Take in eclectic live music, film and a colorful array of events at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts located next to award-winning, LEED-certified Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, home to expansive outdoor art installations and a stunning organic garden. Pay a visit to Leavenworth’s Upper Valley Museum to get a glance of this historic area’s amazing story of local people who took charge of the valley’s future, shaping it into the amazingly popular destination it is today.

Traveling east from Leavenworth, you follow the meandering Wenatchee River. Stop and shop at local fruit stands to keep your snack cache full! In small-town Cashmere, you’ll find a community with a whole lot of heart. Cashmere can only be described as All-American. The town takes its high school football seriously, the locals know their history and their neighbors, and they love to welcome visitors! Cashmere’s Cottage Avenue Historic District features early 1900s-era Craftsman bungalow homes lined with picket fences and mature trees. Learn about the region’s founding days at the hands-on Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village. 

Pay tribute to all who lost their lives and those who responded at the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial. Want to literally try a taste of Cashmere? Sample internationally-recognized confections created at the Aplets & Cotlets Candy Kitchen. Stop in for free samples and their factory tour. 

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The Wenatchi-P’squosa, Yakama and Kittitas tribes traveled seasonally here for fishing, gathering and hunting. Many descendants of these tribes are now part of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. 

The 1800s brought fur trappers and explorers followed by prospectors, miners and settlers. A small townsite at the mouth of Tumwater Canyon was originally settled in the 1890s and incorporated in 1906 by Captain Charles Leavenworth. The town boomed with the Great Northern Pacific Railway but suffered when the rail line and rail yard were relocated to Wenatchee in the 1920s. That, combined with the Great Depression, delivered a swift blow to the local economy. Local business leaders put their heads together in the 1960s and developed the concept of the Bavarian-themed village, and the Leavenworth we know today was reborn.

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Bavarian Icefest
Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival
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Leavenworth Film Festival
Eagles Preparing for Winter
Eagles can be found in every region of the Loop, and winter migration can bring hundreds of birds from Alaska to the local river valleys, like the Skagit, Methow, Wenatchee and Columbia. Depending on the year, migration usually begins in December, and the Skagit Valley Eagle Festival runs weekends in January. When snow begins to melt, most of the eagles head back north, but occasionally a pair will build a nest and set up residence – which can be a wonderful opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures. Read More >>>>
Local Color on The Loop Issue 4: Petra Kellie
Petra Kellie has always loved the valley. After working 4 years in various managerial positions at the Freestone Inn, Kellie is now its new general manager. While growing up in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Kellie has always maintained a strong connection to the Pacific Northwest. She studied political science and history at the University of Washington. As a child, Kellie spent part of her elementary school years in the Methow, enjoying the peace and quiet. “For me,” Kellie said, “Growing up internationally, I… Read More >>>>
Local Color on The Loop, Issue 1-Chef Tyler Krost
Local Color on The Loop is an ongoing, multi-issue installment featuring the colorful personalities one might just encounter while traveling the Cascade Loop. This installment features the talents of the Skagit Valley's own local photo journalistic celebrity, Ting-Li Wang. Ting-Li's previous experience includes The Wisconsin State Legislature, The New York Times, The Virginian-Pilot and The Hays Daily News 2018. Check out more of her work and follow her adventures on Instagram @tingliwangphoto. Read More >>>>
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