Located on the scenic Cascade Loop (Hwy), Stevens Pass winds through the beautiful Cascade Mountains and offers all of the snow activities you could ever want! About 30 miles up the road is Leavenworth, a charming town modeled after a Bavarian village with plenty of quaint shops, eateries and lodging!
Day 1 Play All Day
Your family can frolic in the snow for FREE near Stevens Pass Mountain Resort! Have an epic snowball fight or race down the hill on a sled at the Nordic Center. B.Y.O.S.T. (bring your own sled/tube)! If you're ready to hit the slopes, Leavenworth Winter Sports Club offers trails for every skill level and a unique activity known as Fat Biking. Yes, you can rent a special off-road bike for the snow!
If you prefer a more leisurely activity, how about dashing through the snow in a TWO-horse open sleigh?! Scenic Red-Tail Canyon Farm lets you pick your ride - sleigh or hay! For adrenaline seekers, get behind the wheel at Leavenworth Snowmobile and enjoy speed and scenery all at once! We can't promise Rudolph, but you will get up close and personal with his reindeer friends at Leavenworth Reindeer Farm. Pet, feed and get a selfie with these iconic Christmas creatures!
If you're fortunate enough to stay the night or weekend in Leavenworth, the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort offers luxurious accommodations (pets welcome!) with amazing views of the Cascade Mountains and Icicle River. You'll want a picture in front of the stunning outdoor art installation by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly.
Day 2 Shop n' Nosh
Shopping in Leavenworth is about discovering unique finds and getting into the holiday spirit. Make your first stop the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, boasting one of the world's largest nutcracker collections. The gift shop sells both pre-owned and new nutcrackers from renowned German makers.
It's Christmas all year long at Kris Kringl! You may want to wear your walking shoes to traverse 6,000 square feet of themed trees, ornaments and home decor. These days, being able to peruse an actual brick and mortar book store is a delight. Find an old fave or a new read at A Book for All Seasons. Once you have a book in hand, have a spot of tea at Cup and Kettle. Choose from over 120 loose-leaf teas or try their soul-warming, award-winning chai! If it's time for an afternoon sugar rush, treat yourself to a decadent confection at Schocolat, a small-batch European chocolate shop. Nestled inside is Ganz Klasse, with an impressive collection of imported goods like art glass from Austria, European lace table linens and German food stuffs.
You can't very well shop til' you drop without proper sustenance! Enjoy a hearty breakfast at The Renaissance Cafe, with yummy offerings for all dietary needs. Try the Tofu Scramble or Hungry Hiker! When in Rome (or in this case, Leavenworth) try authentic Bavarian cuisine at Andres Keller Restaurant. From schnitzel to bratwurst, this is German comfort food at its best. Don't let the Bavarian exterior fool you, Visconti's is ALL Italian, offering up classic dishes like Arrabbiata alle Linguine and Wood-Oven Steamed Clams.
Whether you have a few hours or a few days, a visit to Stevens Pass & Leavenworth is a magical experience.