October 2013
Fall is here!
Fall is back at the Bavarian Lodge and that means three things: the kids are back to school (wahoo!), the changing leaves are slowly turning the mountains red and gold (hooray!), and Oktoberfest is upon us (prost!).
Whether you're looking for a historic field trip, a scenic mountain getaway or a weekend full of Bavarian bratwurst bliss, we can't wait to welcome you back home to the Bavarian Lodge!
The Lodge is Growing!

We have some exciting news to share: We are currently undertaking an addition to the Bavarian Lodge that will add 42 rooms and covered parking! Our goal is to offer more premium and deluxe accommodations while maintaining the exceptional hospitality and service you have always enjoyed at the Lodge. The project is slated for completion in July 2014. Click here to learn more!

Our Favorite Upcoming Events
This Month
Oktoberfest, Oct 4-5, 11-12 & 18-19: One word. Four syllables. Three weekends. 15,000 bratwurst served. It's Oktoberfest time, people, and that means live music, German food and beer, arts and crafts, activities for the whole family and free transportation in Leavenworth! Website
Next Month
Banff Film Festival, Nov 19: An international film competition featuring the world's best footage on mountain subjects. Website
Looking Ahead
Icefest, Jan 18-19: A weekend grab bag of invigorating outdoor activities including snow sculpture, tug o' war, the great Frisbee sweep, dog sled rides, chili cook off, ice carving, and Leavenworth's famous Smooshing Contest: a unique race peculiar to the Great Bavarian Ice Fest. The weekend concludes with fireworks and a movie night! Website
The Bavarian Lodge books full for Icefest every year - secure your room today! (888) 717-7878
A Little Lesson from a Local
"As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we start getting excited to enjoy ski season while the animals in Leavenworth begin their preparations to survive winter. While some animals like the Western Tanager and Osprey migrate south to warmer climates, other animals like beavers, squirrels, and black bear can be found stock piling extra food and plumping up. Their bodies will live off the excess fat as they hibernate or enter a state of deep sleep called torpor through the winter. Come to Leavenworth and try to catch a peek before these animals take a nice long nap!"
Deandra Early is the Youth Education Program Director at The Wenatchee River Institute, a small nonprofit organization located at the Barn Beach Reserve on the banks of the Wenachee River in Leavenworth. WRI connects people, communities, and the natural world through adult educational programs, year-round outdoor youth environmental science, a community garden, local sustainability networks, nature festivals, and barrier-free access to nature.
Like many Leavenworth locals, Deandra and her husband arrived in Leavenworth thinking they would just explore for a year...Then they fell in love with the mountains, rivers, and, most importantly, the community.  Deandra found her dream job at WRI -- she believes there is no better job in the world than connecting youth to nature through inquiry-based science activities and sustainability education.
To learn more about the Wenatchee River Institute, visit their website at, or better yet, swing by their office at 347 Division Street and say hello to Deandra!


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Employee Highlight
null Mary Springer has been a front desk agent at the Bavarian Lodge for the past two years. Her favorite part of the job? "The people. It's a lot of fun meeting guests who come to us from all over.  Just the other day I booked a reservation for a couple who will be visiting us all the way from New Zealand. And the people I work with are the best! They make coming to work a pleasure." Mary's favorite thing about fall is the changing of the leaves: "I love all the fall colors!"
Boomer's Bark
Boomer the Lodge Dog is on alert for black bears this time of year as they are foraging before their upcoming torpor - a drowsy version of hibernation that enables them to still protect themselves and their cubs from predators. Black bears may forage up to 20 hours a day during fall, increasing their body weight by 35 percent in preparation for winter!
Quick Links
810 Hwy 2
Leavenworth, WA
(888) 717-7878
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