Summer in Leavenworth
If you are looking for the perfect summer getaway in the Pacific Northwest, look no further than Leavenworth, Washington. This little slice of Bavaria sits in the shadows of the eastern slope of the Cascades and attracts locals and visitors from all over the world. The summer highlights the many great activities available in this alpine wonderland. Whether your idea of summer entertaining includes hiking the Blackbird Island Trail, floating down the Icicle River, hitting the links, or simply strolling through Leavenworth Farmers Market for local fare—Leavenworth has got you covered. Have we got you intrigued? Then read on the find out some amazing summer activities to do in Leavenworth.
Take to the great outdoors to experience the sun, scenery, and smell of summer
Head out and explore the paths and trails of an Alpine wonderland
Summer and hiking the trails in and around Leavenworth are a match made in heaven. Whether you are just looking for a quick stroll or feeling adventurous and want to take to the trails all day, hiking the nearby peaks and valleys of Leavenworth can’t be beat. From the paths circling the waterfront parks and exploring Blackbird Island to tackling the Icicle Ridge trail, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding Alpine forest and Wenatchee River.
Raft the Wenatchee River
The Wenatchee is a haven in the summer and is the most popular rafting spot in the state. You’ll get a chance to relax with picturesque views of the Cascades, caves, orchards, and pinnacles in between the thrill of Class II and Class III whitewater. There are several outfitters that host rafting trips all around the Leavenworth area and summer is the best time to take advantage of miles and miles of rafting adventure. If you’re up to it, book a trip during high water and experience to spine-chilling Class IV rapids at Triple Shot and Tinley Falls.
Paddleboard down the Icicle
Experience an Icicle downriver trip by paddleboard. Along the way, you’ll spot ospreys and eagles along with serene mountain views. This summer activity is for the whole family—no whitewater on this trip! Bring the young kiddies, organize a group, or explore this peaceful journey on your own.
Relish the sounds of the Alps as you enjoy some strudel
The Saturday Serenade at the gazebo will make you feel like you’re in the Alps. Every Saturday morning during the summer, the Leavenworth Alphorns perform at the gazebo. You can enjoy them in Leavenworth but feel like you’re in Bavaria. Each day in Leavenworth at 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., the alphorn heralds the morning from the upper alcove of the Enzian Inn.
Grab some scrumptious baked goods at an authentic Bavarian bakery
What Bavarian-themed landmark like Leavenworth wouldn’t offer non-stop Old Word bakery treats. Local bakeries turn out authentic pretzels, strudel, pastries, and of course—gingerbread. You’ll find your fill of bakeries on many spots along Front Street and throughout the area.
Dig into a juicy grilled sausage with spicy mustard
You can’t leave Leavenworth until you’ve sat down to an authentic German meal, and sausages are a local specialty. Check out the many Bavarian-themed eateries and grab a stein in one of the beer gardens.
Summer is time to shop ’til you drop
Stroll the stalls for fresh food, tasty fare, and special goodies at the Leavenworth Farmers Market
Thursdays in summer can mean only one thing—fantastic fruits and veggies at the Leavenworth Farmers Market! This is a must to add to your itinerary. Head on over to 330 Evans Street for the Community Farmers Market. They are open from 4 to 8 pm on Thursdays (June to mid-October). Enjoy the live music, and treasure trove of local fare like Kombucha, fresh flowers & produce, artisan soap from, and tree-ripe peaches. You’ll also find freshly baked goods and stoneware at the market.
Take a hike…and sip some crisp and refreshing summer wines
You’ll find a great variety of wineries in the area but if you want to combine your love of hiking with your even greater love of wine, then take a wine hike at the Icicle Ridge Winery. You can enjoy the beautiful summer weather while walking the scenic vineyards. Wine Hikes are happening in June so grab your spot!
Explore the many quaint and cozy shops
The saying goes that you come to Leavenworth for the scenery and the outdoors, but you stay for the shopping. You’ll find some of the best shops and boutiques in the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth. You’ll find authentic imported treasures like beer steins, cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, and Christmas decorations, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. The quaint village streets are lined with shops selling wines, handcrafted soaps, and boutique clothing. This part of the Pacific Northwest is also the place to find incredible artisan specialty foods like chocolates, meats, and cheeses.