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Camping with the Pontiac Aztek in Leavenworth, WA (with Pics)

This past weekend, H, her siblings, and I headed over the cascades to Leavenworth, WA for a weekend of “camping” and exploring the Bavarian-themed town in the middle of Washington state, USA. 

We stayed at the Leavenworth / Pine Village KOA campground which had nice facilities including a light and water hook-up at our campsite, but felt a bit cramped.   For the six of us, we had three tents include the camping package that came with the Pontiac Aztek:

Below are a few of the collected recommendations from our group:

  • Renaissance Café – Great breakfast menu including smoked salmon scramble and bowl of granola. 
  • Osprey Rafting – We made a reservation for six people and one dog.  While the six people enjoyed the river float (and the subsequent BBQ) it seems like our dog (even with her doggy personal floatation device) was not too keen on river floating.
  • Kestrel Tasting Room – The Leavenworth tasting room of Kestrel vintners was a cozy and comfortable break mid-day.  H liked their wine so much, we enjoyed a bottle of their red with dinner that night.
  • Front Street Park – H’s older brother, the dog, and I took a break in the park in the center of town to just sit in the shade and relax.  They had a live band initially and then switched to recorded music.  The benches were comfortable and a nice place to relax while still feeling close to all of the happenings.
  • Leavenworth Sausage Garten by Cured – We took an afternoon snack here.  They had a great variety of sausages; though disappointingly no chicken; a nice selection of beers, and an incredible selection of maybe 16 mustards. 
  • Ducks and Drakes – Huge meals overwhelmed us at this restaurant-lounge-garden.  It was great to be able to sit outside with our dog in the downstairs patio / garden.  The food had great range from a NY steak to chicken parm. to fried brie to pizza. 
  • Café Verona – Large portions awaited at this downtown Leavenworth café where four eggs is the default size for their omelets and scrambles. 

And one warning to fellow Leavenworth, WA tourists:

  • The Danish Bakery – Around 9am when the pretzels came out of the oven, they looked great.  Unfortunately, around 3pm when we came back to get one (or actually four) they were pretty dry. 

Happy travels–

Rob

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