Leavenworth, WA in the News

Leavenworth - In The News

It seems that every month someone else is discovering Leavenworth.

National magazines and websites have been finding Leavenworth and letting the world know about our little part of the world and the wonderful things you can find here.

We love to see Leavenworth, Washington mentioned in the news. It's amazing how often Leavenworth is noted in a "top ten" list. Whether you're looking for a sleigh ride, a place to kiss, or a great place to celebrate Oktoberfest, Leavenworth is probably on the list.

If you want to know what's happening coming up next in Leavenworth, check out our The Next Big Thing in Leavenworth page, or to look by date, check out our What's Happening page.

You can also follow Accidental Bavarian on Facebook, or follow the Accidental Bavarian blog RSS feed and click on "Subscribe in Mail" to receive information whenever a new blog post goes up. And check our list: Leavenworthiest on Twitter for more ways to follow news and events in Leavenworth.

There are several ways to keep up on the news directly from Leavenworth, too. Subscribe to the weekly newspaper, The Leavenworth Echo. The print and online versions are available. You can also find Leavenworth Echo on Facebook, and Leavenworth Echo on Twitter.

KOHO Radio, 101.1 FM in the Wenatchee Valley, is Leavenworth's community radio station. You can listen online to a great eclectic mix of music, hear community news and programs from local chefs. Online you'll find links to pass reports, weather forecasts and news and local events. Follow KOHO Radio on Facebook, and KOHO on Twitter.

For more news about North Central Washington, The Wenatchee World, covers local, regional and national news. Follow The Wenatchee World on Twitter and The Wenatchee World on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates on weather and news events. The Wenatchee World Communities pages provides links to news specific to several small towns in NCW like Leavenworth.

Past News Stories

Local boy makes good
Wenatchee's Tyler Farrar wins
stage 3 of Tour de France

July 4, 2011

REDON, France - Wenatchee's own Tyler Farrar became the first American to win a Tour de France stage on July 4.

"It's a dream come true," Farrar said. "It's incredible."

Fritzi and Mitzi declare Tyler Farrar "Leavenworthy".

Image: FarrarAFP - Getty Images
Image from NBC Sports website, click for full story.

Here is another picture from Team Garmin's Facebook page.

Christmas Parade for Movie
March 3, 2011

The Christmas parade for the Ira Finkelstein movie was shot this morning (March 3) with a couple hundred extras.

Solstice Spa Is At It Again
February 12, 2011

Congratulations to Solstice Spa and Suites, chosen by TripAdvisor as one of the Top Ten Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the United States. Already recognized by KING5 and NW Travel Magazine as a top destination in the Northwest, this award will bring national attention to the 8 year old Leavenworth business. Co-owner, Julie Hamstreet, said, "Our staff is thrilled to be acknowledged for bringing an award-winning experience to all of their clients." For more reviews of Solstice Spa and Suites go to TripAdvisor. You can see a list of all of the TripAdvisor 2011 Travelers' Choice Awards.

Leavenworth Christmas Movie Magic
(Updated) February 28, 2011

The Seattle movie production company, Von Piglet Productions will arrive in the village in the next few days. A feature film set in Leavenworth, Ira Finkelstein's Christmas Vacation, is set to begin shooting around February 21. For more information, see our recent blog entry.


The Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce recently sent out a schedule update about the movie, Ira Finkelstein's Christmas Vacation, due to begin shooting in Leavenworth in the next few weeks.

Shooting is now scheduled to begin around March 1, with the Christmas parade due to be filmed March 3rd, from 8am-1pm. The production company is looking for around 200 townspeople (and visitors!) to act as parade spectators. The route will begin at the Munchen Haus, travel west on Front St., turn right on 9th, right on Commercial and right on 8th. The process is expected to be repeated a total of 4 times.

Chamber members and business owners are doing their part by not shoveling or removing snow if it falls on March 2nd or 3rd. Snow making equipment will be in town on March 2 to help with the Christmas look the film needs.

As with all movie-making, schedules will be subject to change. If your plans to visit Leavenworth include March 3rd, why not be a part of making Leavenworth movie magic?

Romance Her in Leavenworth
February 1, 2011

Congratulations to Enchanted River Inn and Solstice Spa & Suites. They were both names Northwest Travel's list of 21 Romantic Escapes. Visit our Romance page and our new blog for Valentine's Day to find more ideas for Romancing Her in Leavenworth.

Even Woody Goomsba falls in love in Leavenworth!


KOHO Chili Cook-off Winner
January 15, 2011

The KOHO Chili Cook-off winner (at the Ski Hill during the Bavarian Ice Festival) was announced by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club.

And the winner is... (drumroll please!) Damien Browne of Schocolat! He also won last year's cook-off. Can he three-peat?

Here is the winning recipe, courtesy of Leavenworth Winter Sports Club.

Congratulations Leavenworth
Nutcracker Museum!
November 8, 2010

Arlene Wagner of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum was the first guest on the new Conan O'Brien show on TBS. In the (deliberately rigged) voting she beat out Jack Nicholson, the Sultan of Brunei, and Justin Bieber.

Here is a clip of Arlene presenting Conan with an Irish leprechaun nutcracker. She and her large nutcracker friend then went on their way.

You can see pictures of Arlene's on the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum's Facebook page.

You can also see the story on Seattle's King 5.

And the endorsement from Spokane's Inlander newspaper.

Recent Sightings

King 5 Evening Magazine

Leavenworth had 7 top picks for Best Northwest Escapes, more than any other town.

Sunset Magazine

"Transformed from hard-luck logging town to ersatz Bavarian village, Washington's favorite little vacation spot has unparalleled riverfront B&Bs and memorable eateries. Stroll through town, then hit the fruit trail."

Smarter Travel

"Raise a stein (Prost!) to Munich in the little Bavarian mountain town of Leavenworth."


10 Holiday Events You Want to Share With Your Kids

"#1 Leavenworth Bavarian Village
This is pure Christmas Magic, assorted with a close to a million lights. And it is happening the first three week-ends of December... Families will also enjoy sleigh rides, tubing, live performances, a Living Nativity set, enough to fill up your whole week-end with fun and warmth."

AOL Travel

Oktoberfest in the USA: Ten Best Places to Celebrate in 2010
"You'd be forgiven if you thought you'd stumbled into a German town as you wander the streets of Leavenworth..."

Lonely Planet

Names Leavenworth top great German Town in the US.
"Blink all you want, but you really are still in Washington. Entering Leavenworth feels like some sort of Germanic hallucination — and it kinda is. "

ABC's Good Morning America

In 2007, ABC's Good Morning America visited Leavenworth and did a segment.

King 5 TV

Seattle's KING 5 TV did some segments recently on Leavenworth for its Northwest Backroads news magazine. Here are links to a couple of interesting ones.
How Leavenworth Got Its Lederhosen
Leavenworth, International Ski Jumping Destination

Freehub Magazine

"Leavenworth doubles as a little known Cascadian Shangri-La for mountain bikers and it serves as the perfect hub for some of Washington's best trail riding."

Atlanta Journal

"Squint and you'll think you're in Bavaria."

National Geographic

Best Adventure Towns - "And if you've got a bit of Eddie the Eagle in you, the hill offers a ski jump, with coaches on hand to talk you through your first flight."

AfterLife Films

"But where to shoot for the German scenes? Leavenworth, of course. And not just anywhere."


"Dozens of Washington's favorite wineries will bring out their best and provide guests with a spellbinding array of varietals and blends."


"360 days of sunshine, Leavenworth, your Bavarian getaway has the State's best outdoor playground, small town hospitality, breathtaking views, outdoor theater under the stars... This little town is the gem of Washington State and the complete package for your vacation."

Travel Savvy News

"Your Bavarian Getaway transforms itself into a virtual snow globe of Christmas Magic..."

Better RVing Magazine

"...the town and its surroundings look as if you lifted it right out of southern Germany and dropped it in central Washington."


Leavenworth has the best sleigh rides in Washington State.

Hugging the Coast

Named Leavenworth's Oktoberfest as #1 in its Top 10 Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest in the US.

Northwest Travel Magazine

"Edible Adventures showcases 10 Northwest culinary tours."

Use the talents you possess - for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.

-- Henry Van Dyke


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