Leavenworth in the Fall
Autumn in Leavenworth is simply the best time to visit this German-inspired area. Not only are the local produce stands overflowing with tree-ripened fruit, but Leavenworth is host to some of the finest outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest. With the foliage bursting with color and the feel of the crisp morning air, you’ll feel nature in its finest form. From biking down a rugged mountain trail to sailing 200 feet above a golden-leafed valley on a zipline to sampling some of the best German food west (or east) of Bavaria, autumn in Leavenworth offers endless excitement. To help you plan your fall itinerary, we have put together a list of must-do activities you can check out in Leavenworth this fall.
The German food is truly authentic
With the orange-red leaves serving as an amazing backdrop, you’ll want to check out one of the iconic beer gardens that call Leavenworth home. Food is king in this quaint village complete with German-style architecture and the sound of oompah music inviting you in for a sampling of bratwurst, sauerkraut, and schnitzel. That is just the beginning. You can slather Bavarian mustard on an oven fresh pretzel, sample tangy German potato salad, and top it all off with tangy apple cider kraut.
Take a bite out of fall at the Leavenworth Farmer’s Market
There is a sheer abundance of freshly picked fall fruit at the Community Farmers Market at 330 Evans Street. Local orchards are on hand to show off their amazing apples and plump pears every Thursday evening through October. The market also teems with loads of local goodies, you can even pick that perfect pumpkin to usher in the fall festivities.
Wine is always a winner
Central Washington is wine country, and you’ll find loads of wineries and tasting rooms in the Leavenworth Area. If you want to stay in town and enjoy some vino, check out one of the many tasting rooms on Front Street to sample the local wine.
Fall brings fabulous foliage to the forefront
Autumn in Leavenworth is all about the trees. Each year at this time of year, the trees catch fire with vibrant hues of yellows, oranges, and reds. To get the best views of fall foliage, take drive along the Icicle Road or head to Waterfront Park for a panoramic view of foliage. Another popular spot to check out the colors is Lake Wenatchee. This 489-acre lake offers over 12,000 feet of waterfront, and the reflection of dazzling autumnal hues on the lake is incredible. The Tumwater Canyon is also one of the areas a top leaf-spotting viewing spot. Bring your camera because there are tons of pull-off areas for unbelievable photo ops of the majestic cliffs soaring above the roaring Wenatchee River.
Hike and bike the fabulous fall trails
If you need to work off that fabulous food (or German beer), then it’s time to take to the trails for a fabulous autumn hike or bike ride. There are no shortages of places to hike and trekkers of all skill levels will find a path that is sure to please. Hidden Lake is a great choice for a family hike. The terrain is easy to navigate and is filled with aromatic ponderosa pines. If you are looking for a more adventurous journey, check out the 12.5-mile long trail at Spider Meadows. There are plenty of biking choices as well. For a relaxing ride, try the trail at Blackbird Island near Waterfront Park. Look for a challenge? Check out Freund Canyon or Devil’s Gulch. If you don’t have a bike with you, there are places in town you can rent one.
The outdoors are alive with fall adventure
It may be too cold to river raft and the snow is not here quite yet, but the fall is still full of outdoor activities. Whether you are into rock climbing or want to experience the rush of ziplining 200 feet above the forest floor, you can find plenty of outfitters to show you the way. Don’t worry if you are a newbie to either activity. Experienced guides will teach you all the tricks and tips to get you off the ground in no time. If you want to stay closer to the ground, you can ride into the Cascades or along a forest trail on horseback or take a leisurely horse carriage ride through town.