Just 2.5 hours east of Seattle, nestled into a narrow valley of the Cascade Mountains is the picturesque Bavarian themed village of Leavenworth. It is regularly ranked as one of the top Christmas towns in the US and hosts one of the best Oktoberfest in the country as well, but even if you can’t visit during one of these epic events, Leavenworth has plenty to offer for a quick day or even weekend getaway! We recently had the opportunity to take a day trip from Seattle to Leavenworth and want to share our experience with you!
*Be sure to check out our “Day Trip to Leavenworth, WA” travel vlog for a closer look at our time*
We started the day off with some much needed caffeine and a light breakfast at The Gingerbread Factory which was pleasant. It’s nothing fancy, but they had an assortment of pastries and a nice selection of hot and cold beverages. If you’re looking for a heartier breakfast, you may want to check out one of the other restaurants listed.
9:00 am: Coffee/Breakfast
The Gingerbread Factory (829 Front St)
Louie’s Cafe (820 Commercial St Ste A)
Parsley's Pantry (703 US-2)
After breakfast, it was time to explore the main street in Leavenworth, Front Street! There are dozens of boutiques, gift shops, bakeries, and more lining the street, so we recommend just taking some time to stroll up and down, popping in and out of all of the fun and unique offerings!
10:00 am: Explore Front Street
The Cheesemonger’s Cheese Shop
Fudge Hut & Garnishes Boutique
In order to stay on theme for the day, we decided to have lunch at one of the most popular Bavarian restaurants in town, Muenchen Haus! And it did not disappoint! Since we knew that we would be tasting our way around town most of the day, we decided to split their “Big "bob" Bratwurst” which is a 1/3 pound, all pork traditional wurst and we added stone ground mustard and curry ketchup. We also got a pretzel and German Potato Salad. Beyond the food, another thing we loved about München Haus was the fact that they have a nice selection of local beers, including some great options from Leavenworth’s own Icicle Brewing Company! Definitely worth checking out!