Thursday, June 4, 2009

L'worth Fav'sies

I have already spent 3 weeks in Leavenworth covering Jenelle's maternity leave, and I'm surprisingly pleased how much I wuvles Leavenworth. How often do you walk out of Safeway and find yourself surrounded by picturesque mountain? Usually when I come to Leavenworth I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off the whole time- in between meetings, merchandising, marketing- then I'm off to Seattle. Now, after just a few weeks living in Leavenworth in a full time capacity I've gained an understanding of what makes L'worth so truly amazing and original. It goes far beyond the "Bavarian" theme and extends to the people and culture of Leavenworth.

During this summer I have the opportunity to take in the essence and true character of Leavenworth- and so far..... Me Likey!!! So- I wanted to share some of my L'worth Fav'sies

If you come to L'worth- you must wine taste. Why wouldn't you? Leavenworth has a handful of amazing and local winery tasting rooms sprinkled along front street. Favorite include- but are not limited to:

D'vinery (conveniently located 5 steps from Mapel). The wine is amazing and just as impressive is the family that owns and operates D'vinery.

Icicle Ridge Winery. You can either visit their tasting room on Front Street or take a short ride to their Beautiful Log Home Winery.

For those of you more interested in being "active" as opposed to "tipsy" I would recommend checking out Leavenworth Mountain Sports. They are walking distance from the center of Front Street and offer tubing, rafting, skiing, climbing, etc. etc. Great family run business that is totally invested in the outdoors and offers the ultimate Leavenworth experience.

All time favorite L'worth restaurant that I frequent at least once a week- South. You can not go wrong with Anything on their menu, great staff (ask to sit at Keri's table) and killer drinks.

If you know Mapel you know we are obsessed with chocolate. It's no surprise we immediately fell in love with Schocolat. They are the fine designers of Mapel's signature truffles. Everything is made locally and so savory it's impossible to leave their shop empty handed.

Where to stay while in Leavenworth? Check out Destination Leavenworth for an impressive assortment of lodgining options that offer the true essence of Leavenworth.

If you want to stay closer to front Street I would highly recommend the authentically Bavarian Pension Anna.

I naturally saved the best for last- shopping!!! In my humble opinion Mapel is the best'est Fav'sies shop in L'worth. Savor a signature chocolate truffle while shopping for a new pair of cropped dojo's or ultra soft tank or summer sandles or (OK- I'll stop here).

Come visit L'worth to discover your own Fav'sies.

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