No other town can beat the Bavarian town of Leavenworth, WA when it comes to fall attractions. A bumper crop of seasonal produce is ready for the picking. The outdoors beckon with biking, hiking, and camping opportunities. Nature wears its most dazzling colors. The morning air is fresh and crisp. German food abounds.
Here’s a list of the many things to look forward to in Leavenworth at this time of the year.
- Authentic German eats
Enjoy bratwurst, sauerkraut and schnitzel. Cover a yummy pretzel with Bavarian mustard. Taste the goodness of German potato salad paired with apple cider kraut. You can also go beer garden hopping on weekends or after a stressful day.
- The Community Farmers Market
This celebration of local farmers’ produce and native artisans’ creations gathers families, neighbors and the whole community to 330 Evans Street Thursday evenings up to October 13. Products range from plump pears to juicy apples to giant pumpkins.
- Discover wine country up north
Leavenworth Valley Wine Country is among the best in the Northwest. The terrain is conducive to wine growth. Take a tour of the many wineries and tasting rooms. The sparkling wine comes from the best vineyards in Washington. A guided limo wine tour is available.
- Find sweeping views of trees in fall colors
Trees burst in vibrant yellows, oranges and reds. They’re not only Instagram worthy, they’re also the best places to relax and admire the beauty of the season. Drive along Icicle Road or go to Waterfront Park for a sweeping view of Mother Nature. Head to Lake Wenatchee and gaze at the reflection of amazing autumn colors on the water. Spot a myriad dazzling leaves at Turnwater Canyon.
- Hike and bike along pine-scented paths
Keep fit and channel that extra energy in hiking and biking areas suitable for every skill level. Family hikes beckon at Hidden Lake, where the terrain is easy and filled with scented ponderosa pines. In search of more challenging hikes? Try Spider Meadows, Freund Canyon and Devil’s Gulch. Bike rentals are available.
- Zipline in the crisp autumn air
Try rock climbing, or rush past forest trees as you go ziplining 200 feet above the ground. Experienced staff help you rock climb and make sure you’re properly outfitted for ziplining. Those who go for ground activities can explore the forest trail on horseback, or hop on a horse carriage around Leavenworth.
The traditional festivities set on October 7-8 and October14-15, 2022, will be held in downtown Leavenworth. The celebration is extensive, with activities at Festhalle, Front Street Park and other areas downtown. Beer gardens will showcase local brews and traditional German beers. Family-friendly events, like a Kinderplatz with a root beer garden, bouncy house and clown, are in store.
- Village Art in the Park
This lively, colorful, weekend outdoor art market in the downtown area is ongoing until mid-October. Check out the work of professional and upcoming artists. Photographs, jewelry, and metalwork are everywhere.
If you want to savor the Bavarian-inspired village of Leavenworth, WA year-round, consider settling here permanently. Tap the local experts at Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate to help you find the kind of home you want. We have operated in Leavenworth and Wenatchee, WA for more than 40 years. Call us today at 509.888.8887 or connect with us here to get started.