When the weather takes a cold turn, Luke and my hearts seek the mountains. More specifically, they seek a cozy cabin in the mountains with a steaming hot cup of coffee and a blanket (or 5). Sharing in our love of snuggly winter vacations are our besties Sam and Michelle…thus our tradition of a November trip to the Bavarian, mountain town of Leavenworth was born!
Approximately 2 hours from Seattle, this is a relatively quick trip and could also be done in a day if needed. We’ve done it, but then you miss out on the “cozy cabin” part of the experience, so I recommend an overnight. Honestly, the drive alone is worth the trip…the snow-capped landscape of trees upon trees, jagged rocks, scenic lookouts…*sigh*.
We stay here. It doesn’t look like much, and then…
The cabin (lovingly named “The Eagle’s Nest”) is actually in Plain, WA. Plain is about 25 mins or so from downtown Leavenworth and the drive between the two towns is really quite beautiful. Plain is small and secluded, but has a great hardware/grocery/cafe combo at the bottom of the
hill before you head up to the cabin. Espresso, groceries, sandwiches and some really cute gift items…who woulda thunk?
After stopping for provisions and cozying up for a bit in the cabin, we suggest heading out for a dinner in downtown Leavenworth.
November is a special time of year to head to Leavenworth. Oktoberfest and the craziness that ensues with it has passed, the Christmas lighting ceremony has yet to occur, but the town still glistens with Christmas cheer…sans TONS of tourists. It’s such a nice balance and kick-off to the season.
Our fav (and the fav of most tourists really…but for good reason) is Munchen Haus on the corner of the main drag, right as you come into town. This year, they’ve added table topper fire pits to ward off the chill. Good choice, Munchen Haus. Good choice.
Kraut, brat, chili, potato salad, pint, fire pit and friends…a lovely meal if I do say so myself.
Since we head up in November, we always end up doing a little Christmas shopping down the main street of downtown. There is a 4 store line up, all owned by the same company, but with a slightly different bent in each store. Conveniently, they are located next door to Munchen Haus.
After we have thoroughly chilled ourselves wandering the streets, we head to sit a spell and sip the amazing “tastes like Christmas” Gluhwein (spiced, hot red wine).
Seriously, tastes like Christmas in a cup.
We’d then head back to the Plain cabin and just be for a bit. There’s not to much to DO at the cabin. We talk, sip coffee and nibble on our previously mentioned provisions. New this year, there’s a TV and DVD player…so movie nights are a must. We crank the heat and play cards. Sometimes we read. Honestly, my best memories of our Plain/Leavenworth trips are the talks that turn into belly laughs that turn into sighs of content as we all just sit, gaze out at the beauty and anticipate the nostalgic holiday season ahead. It truly is the best type of kick-off.
Interested in staying at The Eagle’s Nest?
Here is the link to book.
Let me know if you decide to plan your own Leavenworth trip! I’d love to hear your favs!