I had often seen a guy, Patrick McCluskey, at Calvary Chapel Lihue wearing a T-shirt from Leavenworth WA, so I finally asked him about it. He explained that the town's sawmill and logging industry fell apart when the Great Northern Railway Company pulled out of Leavenworth. And the town was at the brink of bankruptcy for many years. BUT!
In the early 1960’s, they came up with the idea to change Leavenworth and remodel the town into the form of a Bavarian village. And then added festivals etc. And they became a tourist destination.
Kathy, Yogi and I decided to make it out there during our time in Washington State this summer and we went last weekend. The Obertal hotel is dog friendly, so the three of us headed up there last weekend. It is a 2.5 hour drive mostly in very scenic areas.
Most of the restaurants with outdoor seating are dog friendly. It turned out the weekend we were there was "Wine Walk". We have been on several of these, but never at this scale. It was a great opportunity for "Hound around Town". Yogi did great, even when we turned a corner and were only 20' from a Morgan horse, (though we did duck back around the corner immediately). However, we parked him across from where they load the carriages and he got so smell and hear horses multiple times.
A great weekend and if you find yourself in the Seattle area, this is one to put on the list.