September 10, 2009

Our Bavarian Getaway

The last weekend of August we decided to get away for a couple days before the hustle and bustle of school began. We haven't really had a vacation this year and we're in desperate need of a break! Originally we were going to the coast and hang out on the beach; unfortunately the weather didn't look too great and we decided to head East into the mountains.

Willkommen to Leavenworth! Leavenworth is a small Bavarian themed town up in the Cascade mountains. The drive up was beautiful. We got to the drive along the river and through the mountains. I haven't had to deal with my ears popping from the elevation change since living in Colorado. It was a short trip, a couple hours at most. The majority of the buildings there are all Bavarian looking. For those of you in Colorado, a bunch of Swiss Miss Shops side by side, everywhere. Even the banks resembled the other business. We stayed the Enzian Inn, a beautiful hotel with a pool and a great breakfast. Our hotel was very close to downtown, so we were able to walk from there into the town center.

We spent our hours roaming the town, checking out the various shops and spending time in our hotel's pool. The food was awesome, I wasn't disappointed with any of our dining choices. The danish bakery had a burnt cream danish, it was so good. Almost like a creme brulee. We also had bratwurst and beer! Well, Jonas had a beer and I enjoyed a glass of wine. There are various wineries as well. Oh and ice cream shops with homemade waffle cones, yummy! The Cheesemonger's Shop was fun and I am in love with Drunken Goat Cheese. A goat cheese soaked in red wine, so good. There was a lot of shopping there as well. Christmas shops, wooden toys, a really cool hat shop, a Nutcracker store and many many more.

The girls had a great time. It was tiring for them at times, but they soon got over an exhaustion once we hit the ice cream or candy shop. The loved splashing in the pool too. Hayley was thrilled with staying at a hotel. She was simply amazed by the two beds in our room and our own TV and bathroom. Hayley is as ready to go back as I am.

I really can't wait to go back and spend more time there. It was too short of a trip, but great nonetheless. I am hoping we can make a quick day trip there the end of September to see the leaves change, I love fall and know the drive there would be spectacular! It was just great to get away from life for a few days and enjoy good food, a nice hotel and my family!

He plays the Alphorn every morning during breakfast.

The town's maypole for good luck.

1 comment:

Jonas said...

Don't forget - my German beer came complete with an ant floating on top. Mmmm, protein.

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