Growing up in Vancouver, I remember numerous summers spent in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. I loved our yearly road trips to Penticton, BC where along the way we purchased fresh peaches, cherries, apples and other berries from farm vendors. Add warm temperatures and a beautiful lake to the mix and I was always a happy camper.
So when my husband told me I could visit the Okanagan Valley via the U.S.A and experience the place I love from the other side of the border, I was all over the idea and husband was happy to put plans in place.
We drove two and a half hours from Vancouver to Monroe, Washington and then from there traveled another hour and a half until we reached the city of Leavenworth. Having heard so many cool and interesting things about the Bavarian themed town, I was excited to experience it myself.
“A town boasting Tudor revival architecture, a Bavarian Village style shopping area, an annual Bavarian Christmas celebration and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich, Leavenworth offers up a little slice of Germany in the center of its spectacular Pacific Northwest landscape. The town boasts many tours, beer pubs, food and wine tasting rooms, a bookstore, art pieces by local vendors, antique shops, authentic Italian Gelato and even a museum of nutcrackers from the ancient to the quirky”. ~ Trip Advisor
Our girls really enjoyed visiting The Sweet Shop where they stocked up on a supply of candy and chocolate.
Next time, we plan on visiting The Gingerbread Factory!
It was closed by the time we discovered it’s existence.
While most people find accommodation in the town convenient, my family and I opted for something a little bit different. Nearby Alpine Lakes Wilderness offers adventures in biking, hiking, skiing and more. Not very far away, we found a beautiful little cabin in the town of Plain in a community called Ponderosa.
For 3 nights and 4 days, we stayed in the cabin, Sunshine Daydream, where we …
spent the last two days of our trip having good old fashion fun at Lake Wenatchee. The girls enjoyed floating around the lake in their plastic raft, playing in the sand, collecting white stones and having a picnic lunch. Lake Wenatchee was a big hit with my girls. They didn’t want to leave and neither did we!
What trips have you taken this Summer? Any special places you enjoy visiting every year?