Leavenworth is my go to town when I want to take a break from city life. Is it too touristy? Only if you think enjoying good food in a beautiful landscape is. People here are friendly and always helpful. When visiting In the winter time don’t forget to grab your snow sled and head down to Front Street Park (it the one that has a Gazebo and Maibaum) for some sledding. Its nothing crazy like going down a double black diamond run with a bota bag filled with schnapps crazy, but is great fun for kids and adults alike.
For lunch we headed upstairs to Café Christa for some hot German food and drinks. My personal favorite is their Jäger Schnitzel (Tender pork cutlet, breaded and pan-fried. Served with a hunter mushroom sauce, spätzle, and red cabbage). I am not much of a fan of pickled cabbage but their stuff is delicious. The service is great. Never interrupted our conversations with needless how everything going or is the food okay every 5 minutes like so many places I have been. The servers at Café Christa have a knack for timing and ask or even add to the conversation at the right moment. A must if you visit Leavenworth.
Next stop The Gingerbread Factory. This is our fist time we actually been inside. Every time we are up here they were closed, but not this time. Walking in, we were greeted by the friendly Baker slash Barista. The atmosphere was bright and fun. All the baked goods looked good and scrumptious. I picked out a Raspberry Scone with Raspberry Butter and a cup of Joe. Both were good, especially the Raspberry Scone. Next time in town I am definitely coming back for another.
A mentionable shop that we did not make it on this trip was The Cheesemonger’s Shop. The couple that owns and run the shop are friendly and very knowledgeable about cheese and wine. This is my go to shop to pick up some picnic good eats. Want to try something new? Ask them, they offer samples. They introduced me to Drunken Goat Cheese and was instantly added to my top five must have cheeses before you die list.
The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum was another place we didn’t have time to visit. I have never been there but heard that you should check out when you are in town. Maybe next time.
The Break Down
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. It is part of the Wenatchee–East Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,965 at the 2010 census. Wikipedia
Area: 1.3 sq miles (3.367 km²)
Population: 1,993 (2011)
Official City Site: http://www.cityofleavenworth.com/
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