Wilkommen in Leavenworth. Washington’s Barvarian’s Village.
Oktoberfest in Leavenworth was more that I could have hoped. It’s approximately 4 hours from Aberdeen to Leavenworth and working until 3 pushed our ETA further than I wanted, meaning we arrived in the dark of the night. I have been told quite a bit regarding the location, scenery, and Leavenworth itself, however nothing could have prepared me for what I saw, well of downtown, since I couldn’t see anything else. EVERY SINGLE BUILDING was designed in the barvarian theme and majority of the people in the town were dressed in lederhosens and drindals. Sydney and I weren’t sure if we would venture into the actual Oktoberfest at first but we decided since it wasn’t too crowded that we should check it out! I was very glad we did because I was able to try 4 of the 12+ types of beer without the hustle and bustle of crowds and I have learned that a Drunkelweizen is my favorite type of beer (Weihenstephan and HB Munchen)! Other than beer, Oktoberfest hosted quite a few entertainment acts flown in directly from Munich. From dancing, to Cowbell Ringers to authentic German Polka, all around good times.
When the sun rose and Sydney and I finally looked outside, the view took my breath away. It’s hard to truly describe but I’ll try. Mountains surrounding the village, leaves of all colors, sun shining. Perfect start to a Saturday morning. Now Oktoberfest didn’t start until noon, which gave us plenty of time to wander around and shop (a past time of ours) while we wait for our friends to get into town from Seattle! Opening ceremonies for the festival began at noon with a mini parade (anti-climatic but fun none the less) followed by a keg tapping celebration! Entering the festival we realized how too crowded it was at that point and went to the wine tasting for some hot spiced wine followed by a crepe filled lunch with homemade cheeses in a little French style bakery- Pavz! Can you guess what we did next? Off too Oktoberfest of course and danced and drank the night away meeting people from all over the world! I will be back again…maybe next year my parents and friends will come and join me for this adventure!!
Ending the weekend with a walk in the park and fall leaves fun with my friend Kristin having way too much learning the ways of my camera! Check out the pictures from Leavenworth and you decide, join me next year or not???