The Best Ways to Fully Appreciate Winter in Leavenworth

With winter and the holiday season well on its way, there are many people who are already planning what they will bring to Thanksgiving dinner, what they will get their loved ones for Christmas, or where they should go to get the most out of this season. It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places to be to enjoy the winter weather in the U.S. In the small town of Leavenworth, Washington, there is much more winter spirit beyond the chilly breezes. Continue reading to learn about the best ways to experience winter in Leavenworth! 

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5 of the Best Things to Do During Winter in Leavenworth 

Lake Wenatchee State Park  

With beautiful, calm water, snow-covered pines, and grand mountains in the distance; Lake Wenatchee State Park provides a magical winter setting to kick start any trip to Leavenworth the right way. Here, you can take part in several miles worth of walking, biking, and equestrian trails. If you are looking for a more laid-back experience, the state park also has several beachfront firepits for you to sit and enjoy the warmth of a campfire while looking out onto the beautiful landscape. 

Winter Sports 

Whether you’re a novice or expert skier, it’s undeniable that rushing down the powdered hills is one of the best ways to take advantage of the winter weather. Leavenworth Ski Hill has a longstanding reputation of being the best place to get an adrenaline rush! 

Searching for more winter sports in Leavenworth? Check out the best places to snowmobile and snowshoe in Leavenworth this winter! 

The Nutcracker Museum 

One of the unique qualities of our German town in Washington is the Bavarian architecture that lines the streets of downtown Leavenworth. The Nutcracker Museum is another highlight of German culture and history in Leavenworth and is a fun and interesting way to learn more about some of the iconic imagery of the holiday season. 

Sleigh Rides 

Skiing and snowboarding might be too active, and the Nutcracker Museum might not be active enough, but there is certainly a sweet spot! Nothing exudes holiday spirit like a horse-drawn sleigh ride, and you can do just that right around the corner at Leavenworth Sleigh Rides! They offer private group tours in varying sleigh sizes that allow you to view the beautiful snow-covered meadows and woods, ending at a barn with a warm fire and hot cider to warm up with. 

Pine River Ranch 

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Though the fire and cider after finishing your sleigh ride might start to get you warm, you can let us finish the job! Pine River Ranch sits minutes away from all the best things to do during winter in Leavenworth. Your stay in any of our suites includes access to our all-natural amenities and daily breakfast that’s made in-house. 

We also offer the Sweetheart Package for you and your significant other to make this winter getaway even more special!  

Book now to secure a spot at the center of a winter wonderland! 

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