Holiday Magic in Leavenworth

Imagine yourself hopping in the car and at the end of a short, scenic drive lies a wintertime retreat out of a storybook. Leavenworth, Washington boasts comfort, warmth, and unique opportunities to get lost in the magic of the holidays. The Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth hosts a number of special, locally-owned businesses that provide service and hospitality unmatched by large chains and retailers. Slow down for a little while and revel in the simplicity and charm of Leavenworth in December.

Begin your trip on a chilly Friday afternoon; pack your car with your comfiest overnight clothes and head south on I-5. Waiting for you just over Stevens Pass (Hwy 2) is the gorgeous, historic Mountain Springs Lodge. Suites and individual rooms average between $130-$200 per night; the price is well worth it for the special amenities available only at Mountain Springs Lodge. Visit their website to learn more and to book a reservation.

After getting settled, head over to J J Hills Fresh Grill Dinner House for dinner. The restaurant is named for J J Hills, the man who first brought the railroad through Leavenworth. They offer the largest selection of gluten-free options in all of Leavenworth and use only fresh, seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy your meal looking over the mountains while sitting on their heated outdoor balcony. Also, find their coupon online for a free kid's meal with the purchase of one adult entree!

Wake up on Saturday morning and visit the locally-owned The Danish Bakery and grab a hot drink and sweet, fresh pastry before hitting the scenic streets of Leavenworth. Treat yourself to a new book at A Book For All Seasons to read by the fire in the evening or taste local cheese at the Cascade Cheese Company before getting lost in the famous Nutcracker Museum.

Spend the afternoon at Icicle Brewing Company where they have been voted #1 for their Christmas decoration displays. Enjoy a sampling of their amazing craft beers and delicious pub fare before heading to the town square to enjoy the Christmas lighting ceremony at 4:30 PM

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Head back to Mountain Springs Lodge for a relaxing night of billiards and reading by the fire. 

On Sunday morning, be sure to rise early to catch breakfast in Mountain Springs Lodge's very own Blue Heron Dining Room, followed by a snowy horse-drawn sleigh ride at 9:00 AM.

After you have enjoyed a tour of the wintery countryside in the back of a sleigh, head back to the Lodge to pack and return to Bellingham with magical memories in tow.