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Leavenworth's Winter Wonderland

Leavenworth, Washington turns into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Don't miss your chance to make amazing memories with your family by spending your winter vacation in the charming town of Leavenworth. Experience the Leavenworth Snow Train and related holiday events! There are a number of professional vacation rental companies in Leavenworth that have an amazing selection of homes perfect for your cozy and festive winter stay in the mountains.

White Water Lodge for a Holiday Get Together

Click here White Water Lodge in Leavenworth is another great option for a large family. It sleeps 16 and is gorgeously designed so as to provide the comfort and relaxation you're looking for. Surprisingly spacious, the living area features a cathedral ceiling and full-view windows that seem to bring the snow covered mountains and icy river right indoors!

Leavenworth Snow Train

The snow train is a big one. Board the train in Seattle and settle into your seat for breakfast. As you travel through the snow covered mountains, carolers, magicians and Santa will be making rounds through the aisles. Before you know it, the snow train will arrive in Leavenworth to continue the celebration in the streets of the Bavarian village. The experience is truly magical, see the Christmas lights twinkle, purchase holiday treats from street vendors and admire the horse drawn carriages as they glide down the snow sprinkled roads. Space is limited and seats sell out quick so it's best to reserve the Leavenworth snow train as soon as possible.

Although the snow train in December is a big part of the winter spirit here, the fun starts in early November with Nutcracker Hunts at the famous Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth. Every November, the Nutcracker Museum puts on scavenger hunts where everyone from children to adults scour the museum for every last nutcracker hidden throughout. Hunters will be given a list of nutcrackers, a clipboard, and a pencil and are set loose to search.

Thanksgiving Cooking Classes

Graham cracker crusted coconut caramel pumpkin pie. Are you salivating yet? Prepare for the biggest feast of the year and learn how to make this amazing dish and more with Chef Colin at his Thanksgiving cooking class at Mana Mountain Click here. Come hungry and ready to learn how to balance flavors and textures to impress your dinner guests.

Cross Country Skiing

The best way to experience the beauty of the snow in Leavenworth is cross country skiing. Glide over open meadows and through forests. Embrace the natural beauty that surrounds you whether your an experienced or beginner skier.

Sleigh Rides

Feel the brisk air hit your face as you smoothly glide over snowy hills and through valleys. Listen to the pitter patter of the horse hooves as they carry you past rivers and into the woods.

Christmas Lighting Festival

Join the town of Leavenworth in celebration as the welcome Christmas at one of the best Leavenworth winter events. The celebration takes place for 3 days where these will be musical performances, a parade, roasted chestnuts, spiced wine, and even a visit from Santa! The event takes place early December.

Bavarian Ice Fest

The ice fest celebrates winter's bounty and beauty! There will be snow sculptures, ice carving, fireworks and more! January 13th and 14th 2018. There are still Leavenworth vacation rentals available for the winter season, but they're going fast! Book your stay now for the Leavenworth Snow Train and other can't miss winter events in Leavenworth.

One for the Birds

Ah, the blooming of wildflowers and the return of migratory birds: welcome to Spring! And welcome to Alpine paradise in Leavenworth! Here we celebrate Spring every year with a local festival called Bird Fest.

It's a remarkable little festival that offers something for everyone. Are you a casual bird observer who wants to get out with your kids? Come take advantage of the many free offerings on Family Day, Saturday May 20th. No advance registration is required for great low impact activities like the Family Nature and Bird Walk, as well as the hands-on science and art activities. Or you can expand your horizons and register for “Birding by Ear” to explore the art of identifying Flycatchers and Warblers by their songs.

And speaking of song, don't miss the Song Bird Concert at the Snowy Owl theater that same day, featuring local musical talent. (I know, because I found my son's name on the program while researching this piece. He's a high school senior and I guess didn't think he needed to tell his mom since he'll be flying the coop soon. Leaving the nest, so to speak. :-) Bad puns aside, I'm glad I found out because I never tire of hearing Jonah sing and play the piano and am confident you'll love him and all the others, too.)

If adventure is what you are after, Bird Fest offers activities that combine birdwatching with play. You can choose from river rafting, stand up paddle boarding, or kayaking, and a guide will take you down the river, helping you spot birds along the way. Mountain biking is another option, though I haven't been able to imagine looking through binoculars while navigating the twists and turns of downhill biking! Apparently it works because this is a popular event and has been part of Bird fest for many years.

Now for the serious birder hoping to make it a “Big Year,” or to anyone focused on identifying as many birds as possible. During last year's 4 day Bird Festival, there were 130 species of birds identified. These numbers can surely be attributed to the area's diversity. Whether your quest takes you to the mountains or the forests, to rivers or shrub steppes, or all of the above, you are sure to witness some winged friends thriving in this amazing area. Just think, after one weekend you could be nearly 1/5 the way to breaking a Big Year record!

Maybe your best bird watching will come from the deck of your local vacation rental. Bring a bit of bird seed along and treat your native guests right from your home away from home. Our family owned and operated business prides itself on providing the perfect accommodations for your special getaway. Whether you're coming with a crowd or as a romantic escape, we have lots of fabulous options. Click here . and don't forget to look for the coupon code under the “Specials” tab for Spring!

Mark your calendars for one of Leavenworth's favorite festivals, Bird Fest, May 18-21, 2017. For more information about Bird Fest or to register for events Click here .

Big Year Click here .

Hiking With Pigs...

As long as I can remember, Leavenworth has always been a summer destination, not just because my grandparents lived here, but because the outdoor activities called to my adventure loving family. Growing up in Hawaii, we were no strangers to beautiful mountains and endless water play, but the Cascades and the surrounding rivers never disappointed. We spent our summers camping under the stars, waking to the chill of the mountain air and the smell of fresh pines. The cold mornings would inevitably give way to hot afternoons when the Icicle and Wenatchee rivers would become our base camps for tubing, swimming, and fishing. Or we would tackle one of the many hiking trails and reward ourselves with a dip in a glacial lake.

Fast forward 30 years to when I was raising my own family in Hawaii. We took our first winter trip to Leavenworth in 2007 and it was magical! For the first time in my life, I considered that perhaps a beach bum from Hawaii could be happy all year long in the beautiful Bavarian village of Leavenworth. Although there were 3 feet of snow on the ground and the weather was 30 degrees, the air was still and the skies were blue. I felt like we were in a snow globe. We built snowmen, went snowshoeing along the river, and spent an evening in town enjoying all of the lights and sledding on the hill while Christmas music rang out from the gazebo. To say we were sold on this area is an understatement. By the next June, we had moved our family of 6 and were putting down roots in Leavenworth, Washington.

One of the best surprises after settling in Leavenworth was how much I loved the changing seasons and how invigorating these transitions were to my soul. Spring is a delight to me. The earth has been asleep, but starts to awaken. Subtle signs of life are evident in the tender buds on the trees, the singing of the newly returned birds, and the speckled fawns shyly following the mama does. And then at once, spring is in full bloom and the earth is alive in all her glory! Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the way hiking here in the spring is like a treasure hunt, with wildflowers and birds waiting to be identified. The Arrowleaf Balsamroot are prolific! For their short lives, it is as if they are the heart of this town. I walk in them daily on our hillside that stretches across about thirty acres, always with a handful of children, 3 dogs, and 2 pigs in tow. While I can't promise you the experience of hiking with pigs in Leavenworth, if you come in the spring, you are sure to witness the beauty and wonder of the wildflowers coloring the hills and mountains of this beautiful valley!

~Allison writes as one of the Destination Leavenworth staff members

For more info about Leavenworth's trails, visit the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce."

Plain Red Cabin Featured in NW Travel Advisor!

Plain Red Cabin , located in the Plain area - about 25 minutes from downtown Leavenworth and sleeping up to 5 people is the perfect "get away from it all" kind of place and Cary Ordway of Northwest Travel Advisor, says Plain Red Cabin "Takes you back to nature". Check out his article below:

The nice thing about vacation rentals is that, if you choose carefully, you can find well-designed lodgings that have all the advantages of owning your own vacation home, but without the monthly mortgage. It's fun to pretend this is your cabin, house or condo to enjoy whenever you like.

Okay, you do have to go home eventually, but the vacation home experience will be memorable and is likely to become a regular family getaway. If you don’t return to this particular place, there are many more to choose from -- all without a mortgage.

We've discovered several such vacation homes in North Central Washington, our favorite part of the state because of the forests and lakes and trails, and sunny year-round weather. The latest is a cabin near Plain, a small town tucked between Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee.

The Plain Red Cabin is what they call it. While not a cabin in the traditional sense -- i.e. log cabin -- the Plain Red Cabin has a great layout for a small family or maybe two couples (as we experienced it), with separate upstairs and downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. The living room and kitchen are located together in a kind of great room with a high ceiling and loft upstairs. It's a great gathering place for you and your guests, especially with the gas fireplace.

Out on the deck is a hot tub with views of the Wenatchee National Forest. This is not a wilderness kind of lodging because it is located in a residential area where other vacation homes have been built on large lots. But the Plain Red Cabin is hidden away behind the trees and, for all intents and purposes, feels like it's the only place around. It actually was even a little difficult to find when we first arrived.

The cabin is great but, as they say, it's location-location-location when discussing real estate, and that also holds true when discussing your vacation home rental. The Plain Red Cabin is located in an area that is rich in beauty and loaded with outdoor activities.

Lake Wenatchee is just a few miles away, and offers excellent fishing, boating and other water activities. Kahler Glen golf course is within seven miles. The town of Plain is small, but it's less than two miles from the cabin and has a market, some restaurant service and a hardware store for various needs that might arise during your vacation.

Also just a few miles away is Mountain Springs Resort with its zip line adventures, horseback riding and, in winter, snowmobile rides. Sprinkled throughout the area are all variation of trails that are perfect for family adventures.

The Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is about 25 minutes away and, when you get there, you'll have many restaurants to choose from, as well as several blocks of small shops. City parks and hiking trails are close at hand.

But if a quiet retreat in the woods is your top priority, you may just want to hole up in the Plain Red Cabin , a comfortable, relaxing place to forget about work and every-day hassles and get back to nature.

For more information on the Plain Red Cabin , please visit www.destinationleavenworth.com or phone 866-904-7368.

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts International Chamber Music Festival July 1-16, 2016

Looking for a way to relax and enjoy fabulous music this July while in Leavenworth, WA? Look no further than the 22nd Annual International Chamber Music Festival at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts from July 1-16, 2016. Festival Concerts take place at 7pm each Friday and Saturday with free Young Artist concerts at 1pm on each Sunday.

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts invites you to, "Come early, stay late, spend the weekend, and enjoy the unforgettable musical experiences and the breathtaking beauty of the Cascade Mountains. We invite you to join us for inspired works by the world’s most beloved composers, performed by world-class artists in an intimate, stunning, and acoustically perfect setting."

This is truly not to be missed! A gem of artistic excellence right here in Leavenworth. For a schedule of events and venues and to get tickets, Click Here .

Celebrate July 4th and Kinderfest in Leavenworth!

Leavenworth, Washington is the perfect location to celebrate 4th of July weekend with your friends and family!

Book your perfect getaway with Destination Leavenworth and come take in Kinderfest , a fantastically fun event for the whole family from 11am to 3pm on July 4th, 2016.

Kinderfest is free and features games with prizes, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, and free balloons, face painting and other crafts along with a bouncy house and much more!

Introducing Arrowhead Lodge!

Every once in awhile, we get pretty excited about a new vacation rental property that’s undeniably among “the very best of the best places EVER!” Without a doubt, the fantastic and spacious new Arrowhead Lodge is one of those almost-too-good-to-be-true places where vacation experiences will become something you’ll want to go back to again and again and again...

On the peaceful banks of the beautiful Wenatchee River, just outside the village of Plain, Arrowhead Lodge is a place of dreams where you can create amazing vacation getaways! Spacious and comfortable, this stunning log construction perfectly combines rugged outoor beauty with amazing comfort and elegance, spacious enough to comfortably accommodate up to 14.

Perfectly decorated in pine, slate and tile with accents of wrought iron, stone, and Tuscan stucco, this warmly inviting lodge commands relaxation from the moment you arrive.

Find more information on our website, scroll through the photos, check the Specials page for awesome deals, and book your next vacation at Arrowhead Lodge. After all, there are some things in life that are so perfect, they have to be seen in order to be believed!

Stay cool by the water with Destination Leavenworth!

Summer weather is here in Leavenworth and what could be nicer than relaxing by the water at one of our great riverside properties or by your own pool! We still have weekends and week days open for June at the properties below! Check the Specials Page for awesome last minute deals!

Leavenworth Retreat has it's very own pool to enjoy along with a comfortable 4 bedroom home also with a hot tub, that sleeps up to 12 people only 1 mile from downtown Leavenworth! This is the perfect place to gather with friends and family for poolside fun! 3 night minimum throughout the summer.

Edgewater Lodge is a grand 4 bedroom home that can sleep up to 10 right by the river. This is riverside relaxation at it's best as well as being conveniently located only 1 mile from downtown Leavenworth. With rooms partitioned into separate areas connected by breezeways, this is perfect for adults wanting to share a weekend together! 3 night minimum throughout the summer.

Arrowhead Lodge is brand new to DL and is a spectacular log home in the Plain area that can sleep up to 14 people with riverfront access right on the property as well as a river view from the hot tub! It doesn't get better than this!

Riverwood is also in the Plain area and is a great 4 bedroom home that can sleep 8 with a hot tub and access to a riverfront beach right on the property. Have more than 8 people? You can also book the neighboring Riverwood Cabin to double your fun!

Want to keep looking? Don't forget we have over 30 of the best vacation properties in the Leavenworth area to explore! Find yours!

Leavenworth Spring Wine Walk and The Bavarian Bike & Brew Happening June 4!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come to Leavenworth and check these two events out!

Event 1: Come experience the Leavenworth Spring Wine Walk June 4th, 2016 from 12pm to 5:30pm, where you can stroll, sip and savor at nineteen wineries and special tasting rooms in beautiful downtown Leavenworth. Enjoy your complimentary wine glass, bottle tote, prizes, specialty cheeses and live music. You can purchase tickets in advance by ordering HERE, or at the wine walk on June 4, 2016 at the gazebo downtown Leavenworth or the Visitor's Center at Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce on Highway 2.

Event 2: The Bavarian Bike & Brew Festival is unique in many ways. The IMBA sanctioned cross country mountain bike race features a spectacular, but rigorous 8.6 mile loop with 1800 ft elevation gain per lap. This is not a course for the timid soul, but will challenge all who commit. And did we mention the brew part?? Music?? Sunshine?? (for those living in less fortunate places....) Space fills up fast so Click Here to register.

Leavenworth Spring Birdfest 2016-It's all for the birds!

The Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest is a celebration of the natural world and all things "bird" and takes place this weekend, May 19-22, 2016 in spectacular Leavenworth, Washington with events and activities throughout the Wenatchee River valley for all ages- including fun FREE events for kids & their families.

As the Birdfest folks note: "The Leavenworth area features amazing habitats that are home to a wide array of resident and migratory bird species. It is also a popular tourist destination with a multitude of dining and shopping options, as well as easy access to world-class hiking, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. Attendees are invited to make the most of their Bird Fest experience by exploring everything the area has to offer."

Bird Fest Central is located at the Wenatchee River Institute @ Barn Beach Reserve, a 9-acre nature preserve on the banks of the Wenatchee River at 347 Division Street in Leavenworth, Washington. At Bird Fest Central, you can register and check-in for field trips, get a festival program, pick-up a birding checklist, and get your questions answered. You're also just steps away from the Family Discovery Center, Waterfront Park, and Blackbird Island - a popular stop on Audubon's Great Washington Birding Trail.

CLICK HERE to check out the full BirdFest schedule and how to register for events.

NW Fly Fishing Academy is "Best of Northwest"

Congratulations to our partner NW Fly Fishing Academy! They have been awarded the 2016 “Best of the Northwest” designation for the best fly-fishing operator in Washington by King 5’s Evening Magazine.

This award will be featured in Evening Magazine’s broadcast on King 5 TV Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 pm, if you want to tune in!.

We are offering an awesome special below with NW Fly Fishing Academy for May-June 2016!

Catch and release a beautiful rainbow trout in your first class!

Destination Leavenworth is very excited to be partnering with NW Fly Fishing Academy to bring you fantastic fly fishing opportunities this Spring! Fly Fishing is an art where you can unplug and celebrate the natural world- solo on the water or with family and friends. They offer small group classes, private instruction and guided fishing for every level and ability. Get ready to get out on the water with the special below!

Lodging:

Book 2 nights or more at any Destination Leavenworth property for stays in April 2016 - June 2016, and get 15% off your lodging when you also book a fishing trip with NW Fly Fishing Academy! A Wading Gear Package comes FREE for your group (a $25 value per person-limit 10 people) *

Use Promo Code: DL FISH when booking online to receive the Lodging discount.

Fishing:

You must call NW Fly Fishing Academy (206-605-6286) to book your fishing trip and you must mention Promo Code: DL FISH to request your FREE Wading Gear Package.

For pricing and details on fishing trips offered by NW Fly Fishing Academy, Click Here or call them at 206-605-6286.

*This offer can only be applied at time of booking to new reservations for lodging and fishing trip reservations taken from April 4th, 2016 for stays taking place in April 2016 to June 2016. It may not be combined with any other offer or discount.

Calling all hikers! Introducing Front Street Suites!

Calling all hikers! These very attractive and newly constructed Front Street Suites are conveniently located right in the heart of the newest and vibrant Festhalle section of downtown Leavenworth, WA. Owned by a local family, Front Street Suites are professionally managed by Destination Leavenworth. Together, we are proud to offer three comfortable and spacious condominium-style suites.

Valhalla is a cozy and highly attractive one-bedroom suite, named for the stunning glacial lake tucked under Lichetenbert Mountain and Mt.McCausland, north of Stevens Pass.

Annapurna, also a lovely and comfortable one-bedroom suite, takes its name from the breathtaking pyramidal peak in the south rim of the Enchantments, named for its resemblance in the Himalayas.

Perfect for two couples or a small family, the comfortable and attractive two bedroom Klonaqua Suite is named after a sparkling blue glacial lake north of Stevens Pass, where a gushing waterfall cascades from the upper lake and a stunning backdrop of Granite Mountain creates a setting that’s truly majestic.

Each of these units is equipped with a full kitchen, cable TV, WiFi and an very cozy gas fireplace. All the beds have a Memory Foam mattress, and each living space can accommodate extra guests with a very comfortable sleeper.

The suites are all located on the second floor, accessible only by stairs. There is one dedicated parking space for each unit at the rear of the building. Front Street Suites is a perfect place for the hiker, the recreationist, or the guest who is here to fully enjoy the town’s renowned festivals.

Spotlight on Leavenworth's Christmas Lighting Festival

The Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us in the first three weekends in December for the most wonderful time of the year, when our quaint Bavarian town becomes a Village of Lights (over half a million of them!) and holiday cheer abounds!

On Friday evenings, live musical performances of your favorite Christmas songs fill the streets, interrupted briefly at 4:30pm for the arrival of St. Nickolaus at the Front Street Gazebo, who welcomes children young and old with the story of his legacy and "gold" for the good boys and girls!

On Saturdays and Sundays, the festivities kick into full gear at 12:00pm with the Arrival of Santa and costumed holiday characters in a march from the Festhalle to the Gazebo!

Throughout the day you will find high-caliber performances in the Front Street Gazebo, including hand bell choirs, a top-ranking Army National Guard Dixie band, breakout solo artists, the best high school and professional choirs in the Pacific Northwest, and more!

You'll also find carolers strolling through town, the smell of roasted chestnuts filling the air, sledding in Front Street Park, a traditional Gluhwein Tent (selling hot spiced wine and cider), costumed Christmas characters (including Santa, Mrs., Claus, and Father Christmas), and more! On Sundays, kids can collect free cookies by following the "Cookie Crawl" map!

It all culminates each Saturday and Sunday with the Lighting Ceremony (time TBD; check back for details), when a bit of pomp and circumstance brings about the lighting of the village with over half a millions lights! The winter fun doesn’t stop there! Holiday concerts and productions, tubing, sleigh and doglsed rides, snomobiling, alpline skiing and snowboarding, nordic skiing and snowshoeing - we have plenty of ways for you to make the most of our winter wonderland!

For more information and a schedule of events, check out the full article go to www.leavenworth.org/event/4600

Sip into Summer with the Leavenworth Summer Wine Walk

Stroll and sip your way through Washington's Bavarian Village during the Leavenworth Summer Wine Walk, Saturday June 6, from 12pm to 6 pm. Your ticket* includes a delectable range of tasting opportunities from over twenty tasting rooms and special tasting sites as well as a souvenir wine glass, bottle tote and bottle opener. Enjoy complementary snacks of cheese and crackers around the walk and win prizes at the end of the day.

The Leavenworth Summer Wine Walk is a showcase for regional wines and tasting rooms and is a fundraising event for Cascade Farmlands. Cascade Farmlands grows and promotes culinary and Ag-Tourism in North Central Washington.

*Ticket prices range from $45 per person to $80 per couple. Click Here to purchase tickets in advance.

Celebrate the Joys of Spring and Mother's Day at Leavenworth's Maifest!

The sun is shining gloriously, the apple and pear trees are bearing their lacy blossoms, and the wildflowers are spreading their colorful tapestry on the hills! May is the month for Leavenworth's celebration of spring - Maifest, held May 8-10, 2015, a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day weekend!

There's fun for the whole family from Art in the Park, to fun crafts hosted by Icicle Arts, to the Tirolean Dancers around the Mai Pole (they even teach a traditional German Dance!) And don't forget to wear your best Bavarian trachten for the Bavaria's Best Dressed Contest! All this and more can be found on the schedule of events at the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce website at www.leavenworth.org or call 509-548-5807.

Destination Leavenworth Heads To VRMA Western Conference

Destination Leavenworth is headed to Portland, Oregon for the 2015 Vacation Rental Managers Association Western Seminar April 13-14. Dedicated to providing highly-focused and targeted education to front-line vacation rental management professionals, the VRMA Western Seminar is the perfect opportunity to network with some of the industry’s top leaders and acquire innovative practices. We can immediately implement the ideas we learn there to improve our business, provide better value to homeowners and boost guest satisfaction. We can’t wait to share all the great insight we gain there!

Organic local pears inspire the Taste of Leavenworth

Did you know that Leavenworth is one of the largest growers of organic pears in the U.S.? For the month of April, many of Leavenworth’s shops and restaurants celebrate the advent of Spring by featuring culinary treats with a pear-centric focus. Click here for a list of the events and promotions going on during the month.

April 11th-12th is the Taste Leavenworth- 'culinary tour' through a town bursting with flavor! A Taste Leavenworth Passport* contains over $100 of coupons redeemable for locally-made, locally-sourced, or pear-inspired items throughout Leavenworth, which could include:

-Pear Coffee Cake from Good Mood Food

-Sour Cream Pear Pie from JJ Hills Fresh Grill

-A Belgian Waffle with Pear Compote from Obertal Inn

-A Refreshing Pear Salad from The Oil & Vinegar Cellar

-Late Harvest Vinegar-Soaked Pear from Leavenworth

There will be live music in the Front Street Gazebo, featuring local bluegrass band Sweet Ike.

*Purchase a Taste Leavenworth Passport at Brown Paper Tickets,or by calling the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce at (509) 548-5807. Adult tickets are $25 pre-sale or $30 day-of, and kid's coupon books are $5 anytime.

Sophisticated sweet treats at Leavenworth's Wine & Chocolate Weekend!

Nothing is more tantalizing than chocolate. Pair that with wonderful local wines that make the flavors blossom and you have the perfect Valentine's Day weekend to share with your sweetheart or friends at Leavenworth's Wine & Chocolate Weekend.

Make your way through downtown Leavenworth on February 13-16th to sample delectable choices from participating wine tasting shops. Visitors can taste a wonderful selection of wines, paired with bites of chocolate. Selections can include such pairings as a Double Cabernet with cocoa pecans, or 2011 Cab Sauvignon or Montage with rich chocolate. Tasting price varies at each location.

Click here for details!

Leavenworth's Bavarian IceFest

Leavenworth just loves snow! We love it so much, we have the Bavarian IceFest on MLK (January 17th and 18th) weekend. IceFest is dedicated to events in great outdoors of our winter wonderland!

Bring the whole family and register to compete in the Snow Sculpture Contest or enter the Snowball Toss or Bavarian Mug Relay!

Take a dogsled ride through Blackbird Park or try the Rail Jam on Front Street with a live DJ hosted by Steven's Pass, then join the Chili Crawl through Leavenworth to taste the best beans out there and vote for your favorite!

All this fun and much more can be found at Leavenworth's Bavarian IceFest! Check out the events at Leavenworth's Official Bavarian IceFest Page

Leavenworth Featured in USA Today Article

Leavenworth Washington was featured in USA Today's December 18 article Celebrate Christmas year-round in these towns by Eric Grossman, Special for USA Today!

Here's what he said about our town: "Drive a little more than two hours east of Seattle and you might think you've teleported to Germany. This cozy, Bavarian-themed town is filled with German-style homes, shops, restaurants and hotels. The idyllic town center is an attraction in and of itself, and Leavenworth's annual calendar is dotted with lively festivals. Every December, visitors enjoy live entertainment, holiday sweets, and roasted chestnuts. More than half a million lights illuminate the town from October through February. Stores like Kris Kringl sell Christmas items year-round, as does the Nutcracker Museum and Nusskracker Haus, which offers one of the largest varieties of nutcrackers in the world."

Holiday Magic to be found in Leavenworth's Christkindlmarkt

Leavenworth Washington's Christkindlmarkt or Christmas Market is the perfect way to welcome the holiday season with your family! This special event is held on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving Day.

Echoing a long held tradition in German speaking countries, children can make beautifully decorated paper lanterns which they can carry lit up in a magical parade behind an old world Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to the "Christkind", symbolized by a girl dressed as a golden angel. Together everyone welcomes the arrival of the holiday season.

There are wonderful authentic Bavarian food booths and a variety of arts and crafts and other gift stalls that are the perfect start to your holiday, as local choirs and musicians serenade you with Christmas carols! Leavenworth's downtown shops and trees provide the perfect backdrop as they are hung with thousands of lights and ornaments. A sight not to be missed!

Check out information about Christkindlmarkt and the schedule of events by copying and pasting the link below into your browser at: www.christkindlmarktleavenworth.com

Northwest Travel Advisor features Edgewater Lodge

Edgewater Lodge - Leavenworth getaway ideal for holidays By CARY ORDWAY of Northwest Travel Advisor

The holidays are the perfect time to trek off to that cabin in the woods, start a fire in the fireplace and settle in for some quality time with the family, right? Only problem is there is something called “cabin fever” and, when you’re vacationing as a family, even the best of intentions can result in a mini-disaster.

So what to do when you have parents, grandparents and sane adults wanting to take it easy and watch the snow fall while you have everyone under the age of 39 clamoring to go “do something.” This cabin in the woods stuff, the kids will tell you, is just not all that it’s cracked up to be.

Solution: The Edgewater Lodge vacation rental in Leavenworth, the fun little town in North Central Washington that has been reborn as a Bavarian village like you would visit in the Austrian Alps. Whether you’re seeking that quiet cabin in the woods or a busy holiday filled with shopping and dining, the Edgewater will fill the bill.

The Edgewater is located on the edge of the Wenatchee River, directly across from Leavenworth’s Waterfront Park and, from this riverside location – believe it or not – it feels like you’re in the middle of the woods. This vacation home is set apart from its neighbors and right on the river. With its view of the Enchantment Mountains, it’s easy to pretend you’re spending your holiday in some far-off location away from people, and away from the everyday hustle and bustle of your job.

The “elders” in your family group will enjoy this private lodge and its gorgeous views and may well settle in for the duration. The lodge actually is three separate, but interconnected buildings. The middle building is the great room with a modern fully-equipped kitchen, a gas log stove and an open area for dining or playing games or just sitting and enjoying the view through the large windows. It’s also where you’ll gather as a family to watch TV.

Outside, a breezeway leads to a master 1bedroom suite on one side of the great room and, on the other side, a “bunkhouse” that has three separate river-view rooms and sleeping quarters, along with a full bathroom and kitchenette.

Altogether the Edgewater Lodge sleeps 10 although we were able to squeeze in our two daughters, our son-in-law and eight grandkids. The separate buildings were useful in allowing separate activities when different people wanted to do different things, but the great room was ideal for bringing everyone together.

The wildlife in the area was a big attraction as we watched birds and even an otter make their way along the riverbank. It snowed heavily while we were visiting, so it was fun to put on the boots and make our way through deep snow down to the riverbank. Snowballs were flying, spirits were soaring and one could just imagine Santa and his reindeer flying over the treetops and parking in what seemed like three feet of snow piled up high beside the lodge. Once we’d drenched shoes and clothing in the wet snow, it was time to warm up in the outdoor hot tub that is conveniently located on the Edgewater deck.

The kids really did enjoy playing on the large park-like property available for exploration and, in general, cabin fever didn’t set in for the younger set until sometime the second day. But, unlike a real cabin in the woods that requires a half-day’s hike to reach civilization, we just piled everyone in the car and went across the river to get our fix of the shopping, restaurants, events, music – and, of course the beer and brats – for which Leavenworth is so well known.

Cross-country skiing, inner-tubing and other winter activities were close by, so we had no shortage of options to fill our stay in the Leavenworth area. The Edgewater turned out to be a kind of cabin-in-the-woods with benefits – the kind of benefits that meant this particular holiday vacation really had something for everyone.

For more information on booking the Edgewater Lodge, contact Destination Leavenworth at 866-904-7368, or visit www.destinationleavenworth.com/edgewater-lodge.

Our Newest Cabin - "Weekend Getaway"

We're excited about introducing you to "Weekend Getaway," our newest vacation property - and it's a recreationist's dream!

Located only 20 minutes west of the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, “Weekend Getaway” is also a mere 20 minutes from Stevens Pass, and only ten minutes to beautiful Lake Wenatchee.

Just imagine the quick and easy access to downhill or cross-country skiing, hiking, fishing, golfing, boating, swimming, wind surfing, snowmobiling, tubing, river rafting, hayrides or sleighrides. (No, this isn't heaven. It's Leavenworth.)

Book "Weekend Getaway" today for your perfect outdoor adventure!

Introducing Cottonwood Shores!

Destination Leavenworth is excited to let you know about the newest of our vacation rental properties, Cottonwood Shores. Sitting majestically on the beautiful banks of the Wenatchee River in Peshastin, this beautiful lodge is only 5 easy miles from downtown Leavenworth.

Formerly a very successful B&B, this spacious lodge features five master bedrooms, each with a private bath. Easily accessible to the shops, restaurants and festivals of the Bavarian village, yet tucked away in a peaceful, highly restful setting, Cottonwood Shores has the best of everything. Comfortably accommodating up to 12, this stunning lodge is perfect for a family reunion, a getaway with a group of friends, or a corporate/leadership retreat.

Lovely full view windows along the prow of the main level provide an absolutely gorgeous view that follows a relaxing bend in the calmly flowing river. In the summer, river rafters drift lazily by, and from the huge deck you might spot kayaks in the water, as well as amazing wildlife including river otters, osprey and eagles.

The living room is beautifully appointed with leather, wood and natural themes, and features a propane river rock fireplace, as well as a unique wagon wheel light fixture that was once an original Roy Roger’s Restaurant highlight. The kitchen is large and fully equipped, perfect for meal preparation for your big group, with ample seating for dining, enhanced by the gorgeous river view.

The upper floor features 2 suites– the Aspen, and the Alder each having a large private bathroom with walk-in showers and gorgeous vaulted beamed ceilings. The Alder room is equipped with a Queen sofa hide-a-bed.

On the lowest level, there are three more suites– the Cedar, the Pine, and the Cottonwood rooms, each with private bath. The Cottonwood is especially large, with a mini-kitchen bar, and sliding glass door for private entrance. The Cottonwood Suite also features a large in-room jacuzzi two-person spa. The lowest level also features a cozy and extremely comfortable family room with an electric ambiance fireplace and a small kitchenette for snacks and drinks, as well as TV. The Alder, Pine and Cottonwood bedroom suites have private televisions as well.

A private hot tub (professionally maintained before and after guests arrival) is located on the large deck, overlooking the river– a perfect setting in which to relax! The driveway is heated in the winter, so there’s no worry over getting snowed in.

Cottonwood Shores is a very special place that we know will become very popular! We’re happy to announce it as our newest acquisition.

Introducing our very own app!

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These are exciting days for businesses like ours, when growing technology opens an ever-widening window filled with opportunities to find better, more efficient ways of communicating with the people we offer our services to.

Here at Destination Leavenworth, we’re enthusiastically jumping right into yet another great opportunity that we know will help you, our guests, to access all the information you need that will help create a fantastic vacation getaway that’s even more than ever before! This week, we have launched or very own DL App built by “Glad To Have You!”

With our new DL app, you can access directions to the vacation rental property you’ve booked with us, even as you are still on your way to it! With a simple touch, you can find your own personal access code, and any information that’s specific to the vacation home you’ve just arrived at.

Looking for activities in the surrounding area that will help maximize the enjoyment of your stay? How about some good recommendations for the best restaurants in the area? What about current festivals that are going on in Leavenworth during your stay? Where can you get information on the best river rafting, the best hiking trails? Where can you order tickets for a spectacular outdoor theater show? Find it all on your DL App!

Additional features include a selection of forms to further enhance your stay. Wondering where the best hiking trails are?, use our “Have a Question or Request?” form. If you have something that needs to be fixed, fill out and submit our “Maintenance & Repair” form and tell us instantly if you need help now or prefer us to take care of it after you leave. When you're ready to check out, use our “Mobile Check-out” form to let us know when we can send our cleaning crew to prepare for the next guest. Let us know what you loved about your stay and share fun photos, in our “Guest Book”. Just visiting and curious to learn more?, use our “Want More Information?” form to let us know.

Destination Leavenworth has always worked hard to assure that our staff is helpful and informed, eager to answer your questions and make your stay comfortable and fun– and we’ll continue to make that happen. But now, it’s even easier than you can imagine to get the information you’re looking for! You can find everything you need without making a phone call, without waiting, or without phones ringing in the background while you talk to the receptionist. And the best part? The information is available instantaneously! How great is that!?

Here at Destination Leavenworth, we’re always looking for bigger and better ways to make your stay a great one. Thanks to Glad To Have You, we’ve just come that much closer!

Our brand new website

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We're pleased to announce the arrival of our brand new website! To celebrate 2014, we've completely redesigned our site to offer a more powerful set of tools to book your perfect getaway.

Many of our customers prefer to book their vacation on their smartphones, so we've made sure to design the site to provide a great experience on mobile phones.

You can also use the new search bar to type in the name of your favorite destination and jump right to it. Or use the new destination guide to browse all of our great vacation spots and find the one that's perfect for you.

Our new destination pages also provide more information, such as availability, bedroom details and a mobile-optimized photo gallery.

We're excited! Please let us know if you have any questions or feature suggestions - and happy booking!

Introducing Edgewater Lodge!

Destination Leavenworth is pleased and excited to announce that the beautiful Edgewater Lodge is now available for booking! One of the loveliest and most attractive lodges that you will ever find for your special family getaway, Edgewater Lodge is located where the Icicle River converges with the Wenatchee.

This absolutely beautiful contemporary lodge is unique in its stunning design, constructed in three separate sections connected by outdoor covered walkways– the “great room,” featuring kitchen, living area, laundry, and bathroom in the middle unit; master bedroom, including private bath, on one side; and a third unit on the opposite side featuring three bedrooms, a kitchenette with small dining table, and a shared bath. The lodge sleeps 8 comfortably, with a total of 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

This outstanding location is perfect for tubing, kayaking, river rafting, hiking, or biking, and yet it’s close to the festivals, shops, restaurants, golf courses, and shows in town. With a majestic view of the gorgeous, rugged Enchantment Mountains, as well as the rushing river and the lovely village of Leavenworth beyond, Edgewater Lodge is a perfect “four-season” place to relax and enjoy the recreation.

Introducing Camas Meadows Cabin!

Just in time for Christmas, Destination Leavenworth is extremely pleased to introduce our newest vacation rental property– and this one promises to be the amazing, unique high-mountain wilderness experience you’ve only dreamed about till now! Can you imagine a cozy, beautiful cabin surrounded by ponderosa pine and fir, located in a remote setting that’s blissfully private... yet conveniently located only 12 miles from the restaurants, shops and festivals of town? Can you imagine a fully furnished and equipped vacation home with appliances, large TV with full Direct TV service, games, and a DVD player... yet it’s completely “off the grid,” totally battery powered and fully functional? With a truly spectacular view of the rugged and majestic Enchantment Mountains– and a huge wrap-around porch to savor it from–Camas Meadows Cabin is an amazing high-mountain setting for a vacation experience that’s like no other! And it’s available NOW for booking!

This Home Can Be Your Castle!

Europe is famously known for its Olde World charm and medieval castles– its knights in shining armor, fair maidens, and rugged beauty. And now, Destination Leavenworth is very pleased to announce that all of this can be yours when you step through the hefty wood and iron-hinged castle-like entrance of the newest addition to our vacation properties– Bavarian River House.

A lush green garden with splashing Olde World fountain will welcome you to a vacation experience that will carry your imagination to places long, long ago and far, far away. Located in downtown Leavenworth, this fun new vacation place is just far enough away from the town’s bustle to provide a peaceful, relaxing getaway– yet it’s easy walking distance to the Bavarian shops, fine restaurants, and Leavenworth’s many fun festivals.

Each morning, from the front balcony you can hear the deep, beautiful sounds of the alpenhorn just across the way, creating the sounds and feelings of a true European village setting. Bavarian River House features spacious medieval-styled decor in stone, brick, tile, and wood, with pewter accents and black iron in-wall cook stove. A hefty wooden dining table looks out through large, medieval styled windows to a wonderful spacious deck styled with rustic stone decor, and a beautiful view that overlooks the river.

Lovely, spacious rooms decorated in surprising medieval themes are aptly named after real European castles–the Schattenburg, the Hapsburg, the Rosenburg, and the Brandenburg. With three levels, you can book just one of the lower rooms individually (with private entrances from the lower patio overlooking the river), or book just the upper two floors as one unit. Optionally, you can book all of Bavarian River House for a great, sizable place that will accommodate the whole family!

Find out more, and check out our great introductory prices by clicking on the link for Bavarian River House– then book a vacation you'll always remember, where your "home really is your castle!"

Own a Leavenworth Vacation Home!

For years, you've enjoyed staying at the many great vacation rental properties that Destination Leavenworth has been providing for your special getaways... but have you ever thought about owning one?

Just imagine the reasonable possibility of owning a second home, or a favorite vacation property you can come back to again and again. A home that will be a solid retirement investment, or an inheritance investment. The reasons to own a second home are many!

There are currently several great possibilities in the Destination Leavenworth pool of homes for you to consider. Owning a rental property is a wise investment: the monthly rental income is a fantastic way to offset mortgage payments and help make owning your second home a reality!

Currently on the market is the following great vacation rental property: and, River Chalet.

Each of these lovely homes currently has a steady vacation rental income and are attractive and well maintained. Browse the properties here on our site, then give us a call. We'll be happy to get you in touch with the current owner of the property or a local agent who can help you. Make your dream a reality!

Majestic Pines Lodge featured in NW Travel Advisor

Looking for the perfect idyllic getaway? Majestic Pines Lodge is the place to go says Cary Ordway, writer for Northwest Travel Advisory, who featured the Lodge in his article entitled "Pristine".

Tucked in the forest yet a short walk to Lake Wenatchee,Majestic Pines"offers anything most vacationers would want in a modern vacation home. It's 4,000 square feet and accommodates up to 14 people – with its many bedrooms and separate areas we could imagine it would work well for large groups. The home is decorated in earth tones, wood and slate and just has the feel of a mountain lodge with large wooden beams and lots of sunlight coming through the mammoth windows. There is a gourmet kitchen and a hot tub, ever popular with the kids we brought along – as was the widescreen satellite TV and games." says Ordway.

Using Majestic Pines as the "base of operations" Ordway "explored trails, rivers, the big beach at Lake Wenatchee State Park and lots of back roads that take you even deeper into the gorgeous Lake Wenatchee wilderness...There are two different experiences for those visiting in summer and winter. In summer it's hiking, fishing and lots of water activities; in winter it's cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing (30 miles away) and just simply enjoying the snowy landscapes."

Majestic Pines Lodge is just one of almost 50 properties managed by Destination Leavenworth, that include a superior selection of cabins, homes, condos and lodges in Leavenworth, Plain, and Lake Wenatchee areas.

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