Exploring Leavenworth Body and Mind and Palate

Three billion trees planted by three million men with minimal equipment. Impressive work? This was done in what some might consider ancient history, the 1930’s. The Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) workers did this work across the US and there was a local group based at Camp Icicle, just a short distance north of Leavenworth, Washington. The Camp Icicle workers did not plant the entire three billion trees but did plant some of them. And in their spare time they built the original ski lodge at Stevens Pass and the first ski lodge in Leavenworth. The picturesque Bavarian-styled town of Leavenworth is located on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains halfway between Seattle and Spokane Washington.

We visited what was Camp Icicle and found a beautiful lodge nestled within the Lodgepole Pines and mountains, Sleeping Lady. We had left Seattle area in the middle of the afternoon and with it now being dinner time we entered the Kingfisher Dining Lodge which is adjacent to the lodge. A quick look at the menu and it quickly became apparent that local and organic is the mantra of world renowned Chef Ken MacDonald.
(Photo: Major choices at this fresh salad bar at the Kingfisher Dining Lodge)

On this warm summer day we decided to start with the refreshing Chilled Heirloom Tomato/Vegetable Gazpacho Soup. Many of the ingredients were from Billy’s Garden, a certified organic farm in the small rural town of Tonasket. Then we strolled over to the monster salad bar. There was no shortage of fresh vegetables and fruits.

The fresh foods continued as Wild King Salmon from the Oregon Coast was served to me while my wife enjoyed the grass fed lamb chops. We topped of the meal with fresh berries and chocolate mousse. What a great dining experience.

Our next stop was the five minute drive to the Leavenworth Summer Theater. Under the stars we enjoyed the fun and light hearted Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. After the play we took the ten minute drive to our lovely condominium in downtown Leavenworth which offered great views of the Wenatchee River and the mountains.


(Photo: Colchuck Lake and view towards the Enchantment area)

The next day we took the short stroll for breakfast at the Enzian Inn. While eating the fresh omelets we listened to the smoothing sounds that came from the Alphorn performer who was standing on the balcony railing and entertaining everyone in town. The history of this horn goes back to mountain dwellers in Switzerland and was used for communications.

Thinking about communicating in the mountains made me want to take a hike in the mountains. The biggest challenge was which trail to take. There are close to 100 beautiful hikes in the area. I chose the Icicle Ridge trail which is just about two miles from Leavenworth. You will get a workout as this trail quickly goes uphill but the views out towards the Valley are worth it. You can hike just 2 miles or 6 miles. If you are really ambitious you can do an all day hike to Colchuck Lake which is located in the heart of the Cascades Mountains. Before you head out please get the latest maps and trail conditions.



(Photo: View from our condo in Leavenworth of the Wenatchee River)

After our invigorating hike we drove back to our condo, took a quick shower and then headed out for the five minute walk to Munchen Haus Grill. We had heard that a requirement in the Bavarian setting of Leavenworth is to eat fresh sausage and have German beer. We enjoyed the delicious fresh sausages and but chose a favorite local microbrew from the sister company of Icicle Brewing Company. We did not have time to visit the Icicle Brewing Company tasting room so that we could rest up for the tasting rooms of the local wineries the next day. Life is indeed good!

Sleeping Lady
7575 Icicle Road
Leavenworth, WA 98826
http://sleepinglady.com
509-548-6344

Leavenworth Summer Theater
Icicle Resort
565 Highway 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826
http://www.leavenworthsummertheater.org
509-548-2000

Destination Leavenworth
Leavenworth, WA 98826
http://www.destinationleavenworth.com/destinations/121
866-904-7368

Enzian Inn
590 Highway 2
Leavenworth, WA 98826
http://www.enzianinn.com
800-223-8511

Munchen Haus Grill
709 Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
http://munchenhaus.com
509-548-1158

Icicle Brewing Company
935 Front Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
http://iciclebrewing.com
509-548-2739

Sponsored by Leavenworth, Washington

Author: Michael Fagin is a freelance travel writer who has traveled over the last ten years across Canada and visited all the major Canadian wine regions. Mr. Fagin is currently touring the Pacific Northwest enjoying the wine country, dining, and hiking the region. While he is not writing Mr. Fagin is a meteorologist for West Coast Weather, LLC forecasting weather for the West Coast of the US as well as on an international basis.

Photos by Elizabeth Fagin.

Michael Fagin

Michael Fagin is a freelance travel writer who has traveled over the last ten years across Canada and visited all the major Canadian wine regions. Mr. Fagin is currently touring the Pacific Northwest enjoying the wine country, dining, and hiking the region. While he is not writing Mr. Fagin is a meteorologist for West Coast Weather, LLC forecasting weather for the West Coast of the US as well as on an international basis.

2 Comments
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  2. That’s a nice “best of” list for Leavenworth. Since we have so many festivals it’s not a bad idea to plan ahead so that you make sure to have somewhere to stay. During Christmas Lighting and Oktoberfest some rooms are reserved a year ahead of time.

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