Longing for some Bavarian food, drink and entertainment, but can't make it all the way to Germany? Head to Leavenworth, Washington, instead.
Leavenworth is a city known for its downtown area that is designed like a Bavarian village in southern Germany. Stroll down the streets bordered by wooden beam-framed buildings with frescoes painted on the side just like you might see in an authentic Germany village.
Leavenworth has restaurants serving up Bavarian cuisine such as schnitzel and German beer. Traditional German folk entertainment that incorporates music and dance can also often be found along the streets of Leavenworth. Check before you choose your dates for visiting if there will be a festival or performance while you're there so you don't miss out on this fun form of entertainment.
Wine tasting is also a popular past time in Leavenworth. The city is home to several tasting rooms serving up vintages from the wineries and vineyards of the nearby Leavenworth Valley Wine Country. You can do tasting tours in the city or ones that will drive you around to the different wineries in the valley.
Leavenworth is located in central Washington, about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle and is easily accessible by car. Accommodations range from motor home parks to B&Bs to luxury resorts.