Beer… sausage… schnitzel… stunning mountain views. That was my small, but important checklist for a recent weekend getaway to Leavenworth, WA, a little Bavarian-style town in the Cascade foothills. I was so excited for this trip for two reasons: 1) I love me some German food! My hometown, Gaylord, Michigan, is a carbon copy of Leavenworth. It’s a mock Bavarian town, so I grew up eating sauerkraut, sausage and german potato salad at every festival and family party. It was a little taste of home! And 2) It was my first time traveling through the Cascade Mountains to the east side of the state. There were so many incredible views to absorb that the 2 hour drive was like a mini-vacation on its own!
We came ready to fill our plates… here’s a little snapshot of our adventure:
Our first stop was our cozy home away from home… The Obertal Inn.
It was such a cute boutique motel. I felt like we were whisked away to the Alps every time I opened the door. I was also impressed by how pet-friendly our hosts were. ***Very important for pet parents****
Right off the bat, they offered our bulldog, Rosie, a huge bone as a treat. It made us feel like Rosie was just as valued as we were. So often, hotels refuse to take dogs or feel bothered by them, but the Obertal’s welcome made us feel so much better about leaving Rosie in the room while we set out to explore.
On that note, Leavenworth, in general, is a pet-friendly town. We saw dogs EVERYWHERE. On the street, in stores, at restaurants. The city even boasts about how much it loves dogs on it’s Facebook page! So don’t feel like you have to keep your babies at home!
Car… unloaded. Time to hit the town! The best part… our motel was right behind the main strip, so we never had to move our car during our visit.
A big brewery was literally right behind our room, The Icicle Brewing Company. Very convenient if we had to stumble home after trying out their home-brewed beer sampler! My favorite was the Porter, a big surprise me because I rarely enjoy dark beers! We started and ended our day at The Icicle on the patio. You can’t beat drinking an ice cold pitcher of beer while sitting next to a crackling fire pit!
When it came to chowing down, the biggest problem we had was… oh wait… we had absolutely no problem with that! We made a b-line to the Leavenworth Sausage Garten. It’s nothing fancy, but it had Bratwurst, Kielbasa, and Hefeweizen on the menu. Not to mention a do-it-yourself table of 20 mustards and a pot of sauerkraut. Yes, please!
If you’re not a beer drinker, you won’t feel left out! The wine tasting rooms are endless. It seemed like every other doorway in town was an entrance to a wino paradise. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to stop at any of the tasting rooms this time around, but we did buy a bottle of specialty olive oil from an oil and vinegar tasting room. Have I mentioned I love this town!
Back to the beer, y’all! I would be a big, fat, blog failure if I forgot to tell you where the best beer of the trip was hiding.
The Hefeweizen at Cafe Christa… IS THE SHIZZZ! It was so rich and tangy. Incredible! The food was pretty amazing too. We shared a Jager Schnitzel with mushroom sauce. Amazing!
Beer… sausage… schnitzel… and stunning mountain views. Check… check… check… and check. I call that a vacation success! Here are a few more pictures of our trip. Willkommen!