Leavenworth, WA

Discussion in 'Arts, Literature & Photography' started by churchilllafemme, May 25, 2017.

  1. churchilllafemme

    churchilllafemme Forum GOD!

    Burien, WA
    My wife and I went for a brief trip to Leavenworth, a Bavarian-themed town in the North Cascades mountains, the "Alps of the U.S." Leavenworth is a center for skiing and other winter sports, as well as for river rafting and hiking, but it primarily is a tourist town, with excellent restaurants and lots of gift and art shops. It's a beautiful area, recovered well from a big fire a few years ago, and this year the Wenatchee river and its tributaries are high because of a very wet winter.

    We enjoyed hikes and drives around the surrounding forest and valleys, and we stayed in a very luxurious B&B. This was the view from our deck. While we were sitting out there on a swing, several Canadian geese flew low overhead and landed on the river.

    We had a great time, but it's good to be home again.
  2. Missoni

    Missoni Fellow Traveller

    Lots of Places
    ...looks stunning...very lucky...
  3. halvor

    halvor a most elusive fish

    Looks like a nice place. Thanks for sharing, John.

    So why was it built Swiss style - because of the backgrounds of those who settled or was it with commercial purposes in mind?
  4. churchilllafemme

    churchilllafemme Forum GOD!

    Burien, WA
    It was a struggling logging town, pretty much stagnant after relocation of a railroad elsewhere in the 1920s, In the 1960s a couple businessmen formed a committee to come up with strategies to revitalize the area, and they decided on a Bavarian theme to attract tourists. It's been quite successful.
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