how to spend 2 days in leavenworth, washington
Being from Florida, I rarely hear about vacation spots in the Pacific Northwest, but thanks to TikTok I found out about this place! If you aren't familiar with Leavenworth already, it's a Bavarian village roughly 2 hours east of Seattle with shops, restaurants, vacation condos, etc. There's also beautiful wineries near, and plenty of hikes!
We arrived around 12pm and our hotel was ready early, so we checked in and got settled. We stayed at Mrs. Anderson's Lodging House and loved it. We had a balcony overlooking the mountains and our room was clean and cozy. I definitely recommend Mrs. Anderson's if you're looking for a quaint room in the heart of Leavenworth. After we were settled we made a bee line to München Haus. This place is incredible! We waited for seats in the Beirgarten, and ordered their famous pretzel with mustard and cheese sauce and one of their brats. There's almost always a long line for this place so be prepared to wait, it's worth it!
After lunch, we walked around the entire strip and picked up chocolates from Schocolat. They make their chocolates in small batches daily and let me tell you...they were pretty darn close to what I remember the chocolates in Belgium tasting like.
To wrap up your day, I recommend these restaurants for dinner:
Andreas Keller / German
Mozart's / Steak + European
Yodelin / Seafood
Sulla Vita / Italian
The first night we actually order in pizza which is super out of character, I'm actually not a fan of pizza, but it was my boyfriend's turn to decide and he found a local place that had great reviews. It's called Rudloof's Pizza Und Brats and let me tell you, it's some good pizza. If your party can't decide between pizza or brats...Rudloof's has got you covered. They even make a bratwurst pizza. I don't
know if that's a good or bad thing...but it's there!
We had a relaxing morning, and enjoyed coffee on our balcony, and headed down to the main strip. In terms of shopping, it's mostly wine shops, boutiques, etc. One shop you do not want to miss is Kris Kringl. No matter what time of year you find yourself in Leavenworth, this shop will surely get you in the christmas spirit. We spent a good half hour in Kris Kringl looking at all the ornaments and miniature cities set up.
After seeing all the wine tasting rooms, I knew I'd regret not stopping in for a flight. Kestrel had the best bang for your buck, and their wines were spectacular. I was so tempted to buy a bottle of their white...
If wine is your thing, definitely make sure you go to one of the tasting rooms. If you have an extra day in the area, head to the Lake Chelan area. There's tons of vineyards in that area with large patios and beautiful views to take in during your tasting.
After Kestrel, we headed to The Cheesemonger's Shop. You cannot miss this place if you're in the area! You will regret it. The shop is chalk full of English cheddars, dutch goudas, pâtés, Italian cold cuts, and plenty of beer and wine to pair it with. We got pâté, gouda and Italian sodas and enjoyed that on our balcony for lunch. Bonus tip: they let you sample everything, so don't be shy!
We finished our stay with the infamous Andreas Keller for dinner. Everyone recommended it, so we knew we had to go. We weren't that hungry, but that changed the minute we were seated. I recommend hitting this place on a Monday night if you can. If not, expect a 2+ hour wait. We waited till Monday and only waited 30 minutes!
I got the spätzle and my boyfriend got the Bavarian goulash. They were both solid meals that we thoroughly enjoyed. The real star of the show though: their Black Forest cake. Oh my gosh. You have to order it, trust me.
And there you have it: a 2 day list of how to eat and drink your way through Leavenworth! Might I suggest a one week diet before you come here...lol. Hope this post helped you narrow down your list of must-do's when you visit.
Till next time,