Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Leavenworth, Washington

IMG_3427 Last week my daughter’s middle school choir took a trip out to Leavenworth, Washington. It’s a old fashioned Bavarian themed town a few hours away, nestled in an Alp like setting in the Cascade mountains.

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I was a chaperone for the activity. We had a couple hours to eat and shop before the choir needed to ‘warm up’ (in sarcastic quotes because they sang outside and it was freezing).

IMG_3391 My little one and I trying on hats in the hat shop.

IMG_3392 Oh! The Christmas cheer!

IMG_3407 Lovely store windows.

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IMG_3423 Inside The Gingerbread Factory, a cute little house just off the main street.

IMG_3419 Plain gingerbread men labeled ‘Skinny Dippers’.

IMG_3425“Your days are numbered, Snowman!”

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Once the hypothermia set in things really got silly.

IMG_3437The choir singing at the town square.

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And a very special visitor at the end of the day- Saint Nicholas.

After posting a few of these pictures on facebook I was accosted with family asking why we hadn’t taken them to Leavenworth before. It’s a great place, and now I think we’ll have to take more of our visitors out there. Ever since a visit to the Scandanavian town of Solvang when I was very young I’ve loved the idea of themed towns. In fact it would be fun to travel across the US visiting all the quaint and kitchy foreign themed towns along the way.

But back to Leavenworth. It’s lovely in the spring and summer, but this was the first time I’ve gone at Christmastime, and the visit was just the thing to get those Christmas feelings flowing!

-Lynnae

4 comments:

  1. Lynnae, when you are ready to travel to those towns let me know. I am ready too.

    Love the pictures. I thought I saw Leavenworth, but these photos tell me I must be remembering wrong! These are awesome!

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  2. Those are the coolest little shops!

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  3. Next time you are going to Leavenworth, drop by our site first to see what is happening in town. We've built a site with a whimsical tone from a tourist's point of view. We have a blog of our travels and things we've found there that we like.

    Visit us at http://www.AccidentalBavarian.com

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  4. We've stayed in Leavenworth 2 or 3 times ...always in the summer, though. I love the mulsicbox shop. I bet it is so beautiful at wintertime....especially Christmas. I wonder if they have a winter solstice celebration.

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