Oktoberfest in Leavenworth
Since I drove through this little Bavarian town in college, I’ve wanted to go to Oktoberfest! It’s that trip to Europe you’re wanting, without the flight costs. You really feel like you’ve stepped out of Washington state and into a Bavarian village. The hotels sell out six months in advance, so I was happy this year when Brady booked our hotel for Oktoberfest months in advance.
The drive from Seattle to Leavenworth is gorgeous in the fall! Going through Stevens Pass and seeing all the fall colors, the snow on the mountains and the fog is just so pretty. We arrived early Saturday, met up with some of our best friends and settled into our suite at the Icicle Village Resort (how cute is that?! Icicle Village!). Before heading out to go adventure through the town, we all got cozy and enjoyed tea and coffee by the fireplace in our room. I love all things “cozy,” and everything about our hotel suite, the view, the town - it was all so cozy! I loved every minute of it!
We planned on walking into town, however, we caught a shuttle with a fun group down to Oktoberfest! When we arrived, we grabbed a couple of beers and headed into a tent where they were singing German music, dancing and well… drinking more beer! My best friend and her boyfriend (my first friend in college!) had just got back from Germany. They were celebrating the real-deal Oktoberfest, so they taught us the chants and we all had a blast!
After some time, we decided to walk through the town, back to our hotel to freshen up before meeting with another group of our friends. The fall air was crisp, warm colors galore and the Bavarian architecture of Leavenworth made our stroll back to the hotel much more enjoyable. Right before we got to our hotel, we ran into the happiest little mountain goat! After hanging out with the mountain goat for a little, we finally got to our hotel, enjoyed some more coffee and tea and then caught a shuttle back to Oktoberfest. Throughout the night we bounced around the various tents, tried different beers, ran into tons of great friends and ate some good German food along the way!
The next morning, we all got together for bloody Mary’s and breakfast at our hotel. Guys, our hotel literally had the best continental breakfast I’ve ever had at a hotel. We had everything from mimosas and bloody Mary’s to biscuits and gravy or poached eggs on avocado toast. Needless to say, we were all in heaven after our fun night out in Leavenworth!
After breakfast Brady and I headed back to our room and packed before we went for one last cup of coffee at the Gingerbread House in downtown Leavenworth. This cottage style coffee shop looks like you’ve stepped into real life, Candyland! Remember that board game we used to play as kids? Yes, it was just like it and so cute! Brady and I both got goodies, he went with a snickerdoodle and his classic Americano while I went with my classic black tea and a gluten-free sugar cookie. Whether you’re gluten-free or not, you have to try their gluten-free cookies, they are the best I’ve ever had! No lie! Getting gluten-free cookies is always a hit or miss situation, sometimes they taste like cardboard, other times they’re decent. At the Gingerbread House, they’re amazing! Just thinking about them makes me want to take another weekend trip to Leavenworth!
After filling up on our goodies we got in the car and started driving back home. There was a ton of traffic from everyone leaving Leavenworth, so we stopped a little family owned burger place for a late lunch. There was a super cute fruit stand right next to the burger place, so I lucked out with some delicious Honeycrisp apples. It really was such a great weekend and it ended with another gorgeous drive back. We plan on going back this winter for the Christmas tree lighting, so excited to share that with you guys this winter!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever traveled to Leavenworth and share your favorite places with me, so I have a list before our next trip there!