Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas in Leavenworth

Happy New Year with Five for Friday!
It was Christmas in Leavenworth this year!  No, not the federal prison, but this delightful, quaint town in Washington state, where I was fortunate enough to spend some quality time with my family.

Leavenworth was crowned the"Ultimate Holiday Town USA" by the Arts & Entertainment Network and this year
was on Impulcity’s list of The 19 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America. The Bavarian architecture, complete with frosty Cascade peaks in the backdrop, transport your soul across the pond and then some.

{1} Polar Express
I recommend taking the Amtrak in from Seattle and you will end up at this adorable, tiny train station.
You can dream that you are on the Polar Express if you go in the winter.

{2} Shopping 
If you love fabulous little boutiques and artsy shops full of local flare, then this place is for you. Twisted Couture and  Simply Found A Boutique were a couple of my favorites. We shopped till we dropped.

{3} Refueling

You can eat and drink your way through town. This is the very popular, Icycle Brewing Company.

{4} Lights

The lights were over the top.
My daughter (and my heater!)

{5} Hospitality in Abundance

Our hotel room came complete with a little Christmas tree and a tiny bag of decorations…so thoughtful of them. I put my nephew on decorating assignment!

Nephew #2's pet hedgehog, Teddy, greeted us for our family Christmas festivities.


  1. What a sweet destination. Love the christmas tree and bag of ornaments. That hedgie is the cutest!

    1. Thanks Sandy! As you can tell I recommend it for a Christmas adventure. Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year!

  2. That looks like such a fun trip. Love the "Polar Express"! Makes me wish we had some snow here for the holidays.


    1. Well, there wasn't a whole lot of snow for them, but more than where I live also! I hope that your holidays were special and best wishes for a fabulous 2015!

  3. Wow, what a great holiday vacay! Everything sounds wonderful. I gotta remember this spot.
    See you around! Kathleen
    Kidpeople Classroom

    1. Yes, it was Kathleen. I didn't know what to expect, so I pleasantly surprised and enjoyed every bit of it. I hear Octoberfest is fun there as well. Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year!

  4. Hi Bren,
    I love Leavenworth! I lived in Snohomish which is just on the other side of the mountains from Leavenworth. We used to go a lot. Looks like you had so much fun! I've never been at Christmas time though. My kids would love to take the train over. We will have to do that next year if we end up back home. P.S. Did you know there is a real Polar Express in Washington State down by Mt. Rainier? I did it one year with my daughter and friends of mine. It's a real steam locomotive. No heat so you have to bundle up. It takes you to Santa where you get hot chocolate and a present. It was so fun! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
    Joya :)

    1. I had wondered if you had been to Leavenworth, knowing that you were from Washington! It was a lot of fun. No, I didn't know about the Polar Express train. Maybe I'll be back and can try that one next time :)