Exploring Washington’s Little Bavaria by Van

The third weekend in November, for many folks, is about staying inside, eating our weight in potatoes and turkey, and recovering from the Black Friday hangover. For us, it’s about taking the time to have an extended weekend getaway (after the aforementioned turkey and potato cramming with family, of course). This year, we went to Leavenworth, and it was a truly magical weekend! This adorable little town in full Bavarian style received a gorgeous dusting of snow while we were visiting, which made for some beautiful photos and excursions through the area.

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We took a hike at Icicle Ridge, which is a steady 2.5 mile trek up to– you guessed it– a ridge. The incline is moderate but consistent, with sweeping views of the town and surrounding mountains.

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One other key component to our Thanksgiving adventure: leftovers (thanks, families!).


Many of our weekend trips are fairly remote, so spending a few hours each day in town to read at a coffee shop or have some local brew was a nice treat. We also took some time to walk the waterfront trails, which were beautiful in the early evening light.

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Since we were jonesin’  for some good snowshoeing by Day 3, Shane and I took Vanna up to Stevens Pass on our route home and stopped to admire the view near the top of an abandoned ski lift. The snow pack has been pretty minimal so far this season– bad news for skiiers, but great news for those who like to snowshoe.


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