5 reasons to visit Leavenworth this winter
SPONSORED — They say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but come January, well, the sky’s the limit. Embrace the snow in the area’s most accessible winter wonderland! Leavenworth, the charming, Bavarian-style village tucked in the Cascade mountains, offers activities and attractions to keep you entertained all winter long.
Ski … then stay a while
There’s nothing quite like a black diamond to take your mind off the winter blues. At Steven’s Pass, you’ll find 52 major runs on 1,125 acres of skiable terrain. Spend a sunny winter day on the hill or experience the thrill of a night run up to five nights per week. When a full day in the snow calls for a long winter’s nap, the Leavenworth Ski & Stay program has you covered. Starting in January, you can score half-priced lift tickets and 25 percent off midweek lodging. Plus, each package includes a VIP card offering dining, shopping and activity discounts. Live it up in a luxe hotel suite, or enjoy the rustic ambiance of a lodge or cabin with a cozy fireplace. Not keen to drive in the snow? Shuttles from Leavenworth to Steven’s Pass are available every day.
Light it up
The holidays are over, but Leavenworth is still lit up. Pay a visit anytime from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day and you’ll be in for a special, twinkling treat. During the winter season, the beautiful town is decked out in more than half a million dazzling lights. Set against the snow-blanketed Cascade mountains, Leavenworth’s lights are something special to behold. Whether you’re walking, shopping, sledding or taking a nostalgic ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, the Village of Lights is the perfect winter backdrop.
Get on the ‘ice’ list
A quick trip to the mountains is the perfect way to spend a holiday weekend. Over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, you can help Washingtonians (and everyone else) celebrate the year’s coldest season with fun and games — on ice. The Bavarian Ice Fest runs Jan. 13-14 and includes fun for the entire family. Participate in unique winter games like Frisbee Sweep, Ice Cube Scramble and Smooshing, check out artisan snow sculptures and ice carvings or take part in a snowmobile sled pull. Top off your flurry of fun with a dazzling fireworks show Sunday night.
Winter hibernation? No, thanks. With cold-weather activities in abundance in Leavenworth, there’s no reason to spend this season snoozing. The town and surrounding areas offer outdoor activities for novices and professionals alike, including more than 60 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails. If you’d rather ride than glide, a horse-drawn sleigh is the perfect place to spend a cozy (albeit crisp) afternoon. If a downhill rush is your thing, check out Leavenworth’s Ski Hill – the quintessential tube hill (complete with a lift). And no trip to Leavenworth is complete without an adrenaline-fueled snowmobile session. Guides are available all season long.
Score some loot
If you happen to be more the indoorsy type, Leavenworth still has you covered (literally). Enjoy staying warm and dry as you discover the unique, one-of-a-kind products Leavenworth offers. From handmade clothing, soaps and candles to specialty chocolates, and locally made cheeses, meats and sweets, there’s something for everyone tucked inside one of Leavenworth’s numerous shops. And, of course, gear for the outdoor enthusiast is readily available, so there’s no need to over pack.
|January 13-14||Bavarian Icefest||Learn More|
|April 7-8||Taste Leavenworth||Learn More|
|April 13-14||Leavenworth Film Festival||Learn More|
|April 20-22||Alefest||Learn More|
|May 11-13||Maifest 2018||Learn More|
|May 17-20||Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest||Learn More|