Four Points Bulletin

Travels north, east, south, and west of our Oceanside home base.

In the middle of Washington state, a Bavarian town exists. Unlike the Danish town of Solvang, CA, which was actually founded by Danes, Leavenworth was not founded by Germans. Instead it was a gimmick, created by two Seattle businessmen trying to save the town after the lumber mills closed their doors in the 1950s. The town masterminds even visited Solvang to gather support for their idea. In the end, Solvang assisted them in pursuing their German town dream. Their plan worked. Now it is a busy recreation and vacation destination, with fun shops and great food, beer, gingerbread and ambiance.

The Nutcracker Museum houses over 9,000 nutcrackers from all over the world, throughout history. It was started by a couple who had a private collection of 3,000. Since they opened, they now receive donations, adding to their already incredible collection. (Donated nutcrackers identical to ones they already have on display are sold in the museum store.) It is one of those places you have to see in person to understand it’s wonder. From nut cracking shoes to Mickey, there is too much to observe in a single visit.

2 thoughts on “Leavenworth, Washington

  1. Denise says:

    Guten Tag! Yes, it has been on our list for years! I’m even more excited.

    1. Try to go when it is NOT 100 outside! The town is set up for enjoying the outside, not hiding from it. That beating said, we are making it work. After naps today we hung out by the river, just a five minute walk from town (and mostly shaded).

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