Last month Drew and I had no plans going into the weekend but were really up for anything. For those who know us, we tend to be planners, so having a weekend with a blank slate was something we were looking forward to. When we woke up Saturday is was SUNNY!! Sipping our morning coffee we searched for things to do in the mountains and the thought of Leavenworth came to mind. Only 2 hours away from Seattle, Leavenworth is known to be a great day trip or weekend getaway. So off to the mountains we went, embracing our inner tourist-selves.
Things to know about Leavenworth
- This is a Bavarian town that was re-designed to attract tourists back in the 1960s
- It is built on tourism, so you have to be ready to embrace the tourist-y spirit inside you.
- The locals are some of the best I’ve met. Kind and helpful, all the places we stopped at were recommended by them.
The drive to Leavenworth is quite spectacular. Winding mountain roads that lead up and over the mountains through Steven’s pass make the drive seem much quicker than 2 hours. When we first arrived, Drew and I had already eaten through all of our snacks and our stomachs reminded us it was lunchtime. We found ourselves in Tumbleweed where the locals told us their favorite lunch spots. After making a list of all the recs, we wandered up the street to Andres Keller where we ordered the sausage sampler and pretended we knew the difference in sausages and how they are made.
All the lunch/dinner recommendations
- Cured– fresh made sausages with a store front and also an outdoor covered restaurant. It looked super hip!
- Sulla Vita
- Bavarian Bar and Bistro
- Munchen Haus– everyone said this place was amazing but it is currently being renovated
After lunch, we strolled down Front Street and ate cheese samples at Cheesemongers, swooned over Copper Creek merchandise, and then of course made a pit stop to get gelato at Viadolce. Next we headed down to Black Bird Island where there is a trail along the river with Pinterest-worthy cabins.
We headed back up towards the main street but I got sidetracked because I saw a store that looked so homemade and unique I basically sprinted in. Posy Handpicked was hands-down my favorite store in Leavenworth. With a beautiful view from the store and the cutest little treasures, this place is a must. And then it just got even better because a local recommended we go next door to The Hunters Wife. And guess what?! It was the most wonderful locally-sourced juice store I have even been to. The staff was so kind and intentional with listening and asking questions-which is hard to come by these days. Also fun fact they named their store “The Hunters Wife” to go along with the hunter-gatherer theme. My kind of people.
After those two marvelous next-door-neighbor stores, Drew found a coffee shop that roasts their own beans called J5. Mmhmm is all I have to say about this place. With floor to ceiling shelves and all the hip coffee gear you could imagine, I recommended adding this to your own list of to-do’s.
Before heading home, 5 locals told us we must get two things before we go: fancy chocolates and a homemade pretzel. We weren’t complaining because if a recommendations has to do with food we are totally there. So off we went to Schocolat where we got free samples (!!!) and the cutest, tastiest fancy chocolates. From there we made our final stop at The Danish Bakery were we ate a homemade pretzel that was the size of my head.
So what are the takeaways about this trip? Everyone who lives in or around Seattle should totally go. It was so fun to escape the city for the day and embrace our tourist-selves in a town that has so much history. From eating sausages to finding the coolest of stores, this little town has adventure day written all over it.