German professor: Have any of you ever visited any small German towns?—true story
Class smart-aleck: I’ve been to Leavenworth!
This past Thanksgiving, my folks decided it would be fun to do something different. We hadn’t taken any family vacations this year, so when our conflicting schedules finally came together, it seemed like a great chance to get out of town. So, like a car commercial, we jumped into our Volvo and headed for the mountains. Cue yodelling music…
Leavenworth is the quintessence of 20th-century American ingenuity…and its quirks. It used to be a logging community, but in the 60s, a couple of businessmen transformed it into a charming, Bavarian-themed town to save it from going under. Now it’s one of the main tourist attractions in Washington state (even for locals), hosting events like Oktoberfest and an annual accordion festival.
This was our first time visiting during the holiday season, and the lights and festive atmosphere did not disappoint! The snow levels were still too low for skiing, but in any case we just came to enjoy the decor, shopping, and German food (Andreas Keller is where it’s at).