If you haven’t been to Leavenworth, here is a little history. Leavenworth is a very small town that almost didn’t make it when the Great Northern Railway Company moved out of town in the 1930’s. After losing the railway company, the small town spent another 30 years trying not to become a ghost town. In the early 1960’s Bob Rodgers and Ted Price decided to purchase the Coles Corner Café near Leavenworth, changed the name to The Squirrel Tree, and remodeled the café with a Bavarian theme. With the success of the restaurant, they built The Squirrel Tree Chalet Motel. About four years after the Motel was built the entire community started transforming Leavenworth into an old Bavarian village.
Today, Leavenworth is visited by approximately 2 million tourists each year. The attractions are endless. With yearly festivals (The Autumn Leaf Festival, Maifest, Christmas Lighting Ceremony, and Oktoberfest to name a few), you can also enjoy the great outdoors with endless hike and bike trails, skiing, golf, and mountain climbing. The Wenatchee River runs next to the town where you can also canoe, kayak, paddle board or just relax and watch the salmon make their run up the river. If the outdoors isn’t for you there are plenty of shops and a Brewery where you can put your feet up and sample the local brew. If you ever get a chance, take the drive to this wonderful little Bavarian oasis in the mountains.