The Bavarian Lodge offers a little taste of the Alps amid the towering, snow-capped mountains of Washington state. You’ll be greeted by traditional Bavarian architecture and a roaring fire in the lobby, where leather couches and plush club chairs may make you feel at home. From your spacious room, you can enjoy views of Leavenworth’s quaint village center or the distant mountains. These details earned the property the top spot on Evening Magazine’s 2014 list of the Best Hotels in the Northwest, as well as a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Once a busy logging town, the village of Leavenworth fell upon hard times when the Great Northern Railway Company rerouted its trains in the 1920s. More than 40 years later, locals banded together and hatched an unusual scheme to save the town: they would turn Leavenworth into a Bavarian-themed tourist destination. Taking advantage of its Cascade Range setting, the entire town was rebuilt in the style of an alpine village.
The makeover transformed every aspect of the settlement, from store signs—now hand-carved wooden posts—to the exteriors of every building in town, including local fast-food restaurants. As the area’s center for all things Bavarian, Leavenworth is now home to German-style bakeries, bars with beer gardens, and several restaurants where you can try kielbasa, bratwurst, ciderkraut, and specialty mustards.
Located about a two-hour drive east of Seattle, Leavenworth draws visitors all year long with an abundance of outdoor activities. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at nearby Stevens Pass; hiking and rafting take over in the spring, summer, and fall. About 700 miles of trails surround the town, meandering through the Cascade Range and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The Icicle and Wenatchee Rivers run through the area as well, attracting rafters with Class II and III rapids.
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