2 hours north of Seattle, Washington is the German Bavarian town of Leavenworth. I felt like I was back in Southern Germany with the ornate details on the buildings and interior German designs.  Colorful paintings just like in Bavaria are ever present on the chalet buildings and blooming flower boxes reminded me of the alps.  There was even an accordion player in the park and polka music at night.

Andreas Keller Restaurant came highly recommended by friends and Jay dressed in the traditional Bavarian clothing, is married to Heidi the owner.  Heidi’s dad ran the popular restaurant for many years and the food and ambiance continues to bring in diners for house made spaetzle noodles, red cabbage and sausages.  Our hearty nephew ordered the pork hock with crackling skin and he ate the whole thing!

Bavaria means pretzels and pastries and we made sure to find them in the local bakery.  Bavarian Bakery in Leavenworth offers many tempting German goods like old time favorites of apple strudel, black forest cake and hearty breads.  One of the women recommended the raspberry cake because the raspberries topping the cake were locally grown and only available for a few months.  I had to try it since it was highly recommended.  Oh, another selling point was that the pastry cream in the cakes are made with vanilla bean. Knowing that, puts this bakery on the top of my list!  


Andreas Keller Restaurant  829 Front St, Leavenworth, WA  www.dreaskellerrestaurant.com

Bavarian Bakery  1330 US 2 Leavenworth, WA  509.548.2244