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In the mid-1960s, a group of Leavenworth residents sought a splashy strategy to attract people to this former logging and mining town on the Great Northern rail line. Drawing on the spectacular natural setting, they recreated Leavenworth as a Bavarian theme-based town. Originally named "Icicle," it seems natural that it would become a destination for winter outdoor activities. As the latest addition to the Empire Builder Amtrak service, it's easy to enjoy snowshoeing or cross country skiing on the miles of trails maintained by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club without worrying about the highways, and special trains run for the Christmas ...

In the mid-1960s, a group of Leavenworth residents sought a splashy strategy to attract people to this former logging and mining town on the Great Northern rail line. Drawing on the spectacular natural setting, they recreated Leavenworth as a Bavarian theme-based town. Originally named "Icicle," it seems natural that it would become a destination for winter outdoor activities. As the latest addition to the Empire Builder Amtrak service, it's easy to enjoy snowshoeing or cross country skiing on the miles of trails maintained by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club without worrying about the highways, and special trains run for the Christmas Lighting Festival in December. Other ways to enjoy winter include wildlife tours along Icicle Trail, sleigh rides, sledding and tubing, and even dog sledding. After the activities, or even instead, opportunities abound for shopping and romance. This is an ideal spot for holiday shopping with the abundance of shops selling northern European-style crafts and gifts. Leavenworth's many cabins, lodges and resorts are well-equipped for relaxing and getting warm by the fireplace or with a massage. An evening of tasting regional wines is another nice ending to an active day. A busy arts scene can be found in the music, gallery showings, and arts festivals.

Myra Ingmanson
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Myra Ingmanson and Daniel C. Schechter worked together on various titles for Lonely Planet, particularly the Pacific Northwest and Mexico books. Together they coauthored chapters for Lonely Planet's Eastern Caribbean.

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    December to February