As I briefly mentioned in my last Telegram post, I visited Leavenworth, Washington over the holidays. I had never heard of it before until my parents started going every Christmas over the past few years. Last year they brought my sister and her boyfriend, some years they’ve gone by themselves and this year it just worked out that I was able to go. I was the only one in the family who was able to attend this year, so it was really different going on a holiday, just by myself with my parents but it`s now a treasured memory.
We packed up early in the morning and begun our holiday road trip. The drive from Leavenworth from the Osoyoos border is about 3 hours.
When we finally entered into the town of Leavenworth I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was more magical than I could have expected! Every single building was decorated to the nines in a Bavarian theme, EVERY SINGLE BUILDING! I’m talking – The Starbucks was Bavarian, The Subway sandwich shop, even the local auto repair.
The town was absolutely packed with visitors! The downtown core was especially adorable.
We spent most of the afternoon just walking around the town and visiting the incredible shops. There are candy stores, Christmas decoration shops, bakeries, wine tastings, book stores and more. We went on with a carriage ride around the town on a decorated holiday horse and carriage.
We rode around the town in the carriage and everyone was waving and taking photos. It was really fun and such a nice way to get a little tour on the pretty downtown core of Leavenworth. If you ever visit Leavenworth, I would say the horse and carriage ride is a must do!
Leavenworth is a very popular place to visit during the holidays, however, the town has also done a great job of making it a popular tourist destination year round. There’s skiing at a nearby ski-hill and they put on a fantastic Oktober-Fest. There are a lot of outdoor pubs like the one pictured below.
We spent most of the day just walking around the town and visiting all the shops and enjoying the sites and smells. I would recommend dressing warmly if you visit over the Winter. I forgot my toque and gloves (that’s why I’m wearing a scarf on my head in most photos) but thankfully I brought my warm Ugg boots. It was a cold one!
Leavenworth is so beautiful by day, but by night is when it really comes alive! The town has the most stunning Christmas lights strung up absolutely everywhere.
We stayed in the nearby city of Wenatchee as most of the hotels in Leavenworth were booked up (it was that busy!). Also, my Mom had planned a day of antique shopping the next day, as she knows what I like!
We spent our next day antique shopping in a little nearby town of Cashmere. I have never in my life seen antique stores like they have in this town. There is what they call `Antique Mall`s` which are pretty much the biggest antique stores you will ever see. The biggest shop being Apple Annie`s which is the size of a hockey arena!!
If you`re looking for anything antique they have it! From clothing, to paintings, knick-knacks, furniture and more. I was there for a solid hour and a half and couldn’t even see everything. It was a antiquarian’s dream come true!
Also in the town of Cashmere, we visited the famous Aplets and Cotlets shop. They have been in business since 1918. They`re known for their fruit candies and you can tour the shop and watch them make it.
We headed for lunch back to Wenatchee to the new, Pybus Market. The Pybus Market just opened in Spring 2013. It is like a mini Pike Place Market in Seattle. It`s located on the water in Wentachee. It`s a great place to have lunch, pick up local produce, grab a gelato and check out the shops.
We had lunch in Pybus Market at a little restaurant called Fire. They are famous for their wood oven pizzas, fine cheese and meat plates and their wine menu.
I had the most delicious beet and arugula salad there. It was one of those meals you think about how good it was long after it`s gone. Yum!
After Pybus Marketing, my Mom and I shopped `till we dropped at all the big department stores in Wenatchee. In the evening we packed it up and headed back home to Canada.
The little holiday trip with my parents was simply lovely. I must admit it was kind of a strange feeling to be by myself without my siblings or boyfriend and just spend one one one time with my parents. It was actually really nice to spend so much time reconnecting with my family, after all isn’t that what the holidays are all about?