2016-10-04t15-01-31-336It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Leavenworth and this is the first time I’ve seen it so quiet. Usually it is bustling with people. But then we were there on Wednesday and Thursday. October Fest started Friday night, so a lull before the storm.

On the way over we took a detour over to Cashmere. Again it had been a number of years since the last visit and Karen hadn’t been to the Aplet Cotlet factory or to the museum. Both a must see.

In 1881 Alexander Brender, a German immigrant arrived at what was a Catholic mission. In a few years a post office was started and in the ensuing years the town of Mission, later changed to Cashmere, was established.

2016-10-12t14-01-43-823The pioneer village at the museum is a collection of 2016-10-04t15-01-30-30920 original pioneer buildings that were found in the area and moved and reconstructed. They are filled with authentic period furniture and tools. It’s like stepping back into time.

After eating a terrific lunch and wandering around we headed off for Leavenworth and the Bavarian Ritz. Yep that’s the name, and while it isn’t the Ritz, it is comfortable with an old century ambience and charm you don’t find in newer lodging. Of course being old, none of the front street lodgings have elevators. Our room was at the back facing the mountains, and on the 2nd floor.   Second floor you say isn’t all that bad, well get a look at the stairs. 2016-10-04t15-01-30-331

Thank heavens we packed light. And another plus to the Bavarian Ritz is it has a big parking lot right across Front street that made coming back with packages easy to put in the car instead of carrying up to the room.

 We may just stay at the same place next year. If we can still make it up the stairs. 🙂

 After checking in and a short nap. Hey we needed it after the stairs. We went out to explore the town. The flowers are unbelievable, the bakeries and food delicious. We found a cellar type restaurant and had dinner. We ate too much for dessert so the next day we ate a later lunch and had dessert for dinner. I had authentic apple strudel and Karen had black forest cake. Hey it worked for us.

Leaving late Friday morning we stopped at this huge fruit stand. It’s been there for decades. It’s grown over the years, but they still bring apples out of the orchard and without polishing or washing put them in big bins you can pick from.


As if we hadn’t gotten in enough shopping we stopped in North Bend at the outlet stores and I bought my first ever leggings. Oh my gosh, I love these things and I’m practically living in them.   As we drew closer to home I felt extremely satisfied. A perfect few days with a perfect friend, it doesn’t get much better then that.




8 responses to “Leavenworth

  1. Sounds like a great trip, and those stairs to your room would certainly help work off the desserts! We visited Leavenworth while on a visit with Canadian friends over thirty years ago. I remember buying a lovely carved wooden clock and some really delicious fresh fruit. Wonder if it was at that same fruit stall? After Leavenworth, we travelled to Twisp and stayed at the Idle-a-While motel. Happy days!

    Enjoy the leggings – I’m a fan too 🙂

    • I now have 4 pairs of leggings. Two corduroy that are great for winter. I wish I would have tried them before. I would bet the fruit stand is the same but it has really grown over the years. The last picture is taken at it.

      Yes those stairs did help work off the desserts, still I would prefer an elevator. Alas, it’s either the ambience or modern amenities in Leavenworth. Those building on Front street are old.

  2. What an awesome break from the norm for you. I love Leavenworth. Would love to see the Christmas tree lighting or spend Oktoberfest there, but I hear it gets pretty crowded. As for those stairs, they look worse than the ones at Manresa Castle in Port Townsend. But, like Manresa, they were worth it, right? 🙂

    • We have enjoyed quite a few day and mini vacations this year and I love them. Leavenworth was wonderful and the fall colors were out over the passes. The stairs were more of a challenge then Manresa Castle but we took our time and amazingly it wasn’t as bad as it looks.

  3. Sounds fun! Barb and I need to do a visit and then go to Leavenworth. Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a lovely trip. Sounds an incredible place to visit but think I would certainly have trouble with those stairs. Lovely photos! 🙂

    • Yeah, the stairs was a challenge but not worth giving up the location and ambience. Besides I felt such a feeling of accomplishment when we got to the top with our suitcases. 🙂

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