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  • Tucked away beneath the snowy peaks of the Cascade Mountains, amidst tall, lean evergreen trees that line the banks of the Wenatchee River, Leavenworth is a charming little town fit for a fairy tale. Once a small timber community, the rerouting of the Great North Railroad threatened the local economy, prompting Leavenworth to rebrand itself and model the town after a traditional Bavarian village. Today, travelers flock to the tiny mountain town, in part, because no matter the season, there is always plenty to do.
  • In true Bavarian spirit, the town hosts its own Oktoberfest, complete with cold beer, sizzling bratwurst, German folk music, and, of course, lots of lederhosen. During the holiday season, grab a sled and slide down the small hill on Front Street or a warm cup of hot cocoa and take a stroll underneath the glow of the colorful holiday lights. Kris Kringl (a holiday decoration store) and the Nutcracker Museum are open year round, so if you've always wanted to experience "Christmas in July," here is your chance. Often there are tents sent up in Front Street Park showcasing local artists and business owners, but be sure to wander along the line of unique storefronts, which offer everything from hats to pretzels to wood carvings. Over the summer, river rafting / tubing is a great way to cool off and enjoy the warm Eastern Washington sunshine. In the evening, catch a show at Leavenworth Summer Theater's outdoor amphitheater on the local ski hill, which makes for a stunning backdrop.
  • If you prefer the less traveled path, hop off Front Street and into the alpine wilderness. Leavenworth is surrounded by picturesque hikes, such as The Enchantments, world-class climbing and bouldering, and cross-country / downhill skiing. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled summer vacation spot with the whole family or a romantic weekend getaway in a cozy log cabin, Leavenworth does not disappoint.

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Kevin & Teddy Rieke

College Sweethearts and longtime Leavenworth business owners • Hopeless Romantic

Kevin & Teddy were high school sweethearts who got married after college and enjoy living with their 3 wonderful children. They both got graduated from Pacific Lutheran University. Kevin was a school teacher and coach for 13 years before taking over the family business in Leavenworth. Teddy was also an elementary teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom while their 3 children were toddlers. They both own and operate the Wood Shop/ Hat Shop & Wurlygigz toy store.  Being outdoor enthusiasts, they love to hike, bike, ski and enjoy the waterways around Leavenworth.  Kevin used to enjoy racing in triathlons and Nordic ski races, while Teddy has run 10 marathons and too many ½ marathons to count.

Jamie Howell

Filmmaker, writer and musician. Artistic Director for Film at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts • Culture Chaser

Jamie Howell always ends up in Leavenworth. During his early days as a journalist he served as editor of The Leavenworth Echo and The Cashmere Valley Record. Later, as founder of Howell at the Moon Productions, both his documentary and commercial work brought him back to Leavenworth frequently. He is the creator of town mascot Woody Goomsba (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unQz4kFJ2Tg) and his award-winning documentary PEDAL-DRIVEN (http://www.howellatthemoon.com/documentary/) is also heavily based in Leavenworth. He joined the staff of Leavenworth's Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in 2014 where he built the new Film program, including a film series, multiple film festivals, a summer camp for young filmmakers, and year-round film workshops. He also serves as Development Director for Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts education center.

Lacey Price

Mommy! • Nature, Art, and Community-Inspired Family Fun

Lacey is an unusually happy human, mostly because she loves Jesus and is wife to a very patient husband and mother to two ridiculously adorable little girls, but also because she has found her people and her place in a small town just five miles from Leavenworth. A Denver native and Seattle Pacific University graduate, Lacey found herself enjoying a seemingly idyllic lifestyle in Seattle with a great job, handsome husband, house, and cute doggie, but it just didn’t feel right, so she and hubby packed their bags for New Zealand. After several months travelling and working there, their visas expired, and they set their minds to finding a place closer to family in the Pacific Northwest that had all the beauty and adventure they loved in New Zealand. Lacey loves a good party, so she decided she would like to be the person who organizes the festivals in beautiful Leavenworth, so they moved to Leavenworth and within two years she was exactly that. As the Events Director for the Leavenworth Chamber, Lacey had the opportunity to learn a lot about the community and meet many locals and business owners, and although she moved to Leavenworth for the adventure, she decided to put down roots there because of the incredible people—she had found her tribe. Today Lacey enjoys juggling part-time work as a consultant for non-profits, serving on the Peshastin Community Council, adventures with an abnormally amazing group of friends, being outdoors doing pretty much anything, trying her best to raise two kind and learning-loving little girls, and drinking good whiskey while watching the stars appear with the aforementioned very patient husband.

Nancy Piestrup

Past Royal Lady of the Autumn Leaves and retail gift shop business owner • First Timer Trips

Nancy has a 25 year history of owning a retail store that showcased her hand painted furniture. She served as the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce President and LAP committee in the past, which helped Leavenworth to promote its efforts in the market.

Leavenworth is now a successful twelve month tourist destination. She enjoys the appointments by the Leavenworth City Council to several of their committees. She was Royal Lady of the Autumn Leaves representing Leavenworth as its ambassador for 2006. She's been a 45 year resident of the City of Leavenworth and an amazing mom to 5 awesome sons.

Joe Cannata

Chef and restaurant owner • Food

Joe grew up in Connecticut and cooked around in many destinations including South Carolina, Florida, and Vermont. He moved to Seattle in the 90’s to chef in several restaurants before owning the popular Billy McHales BBQ Restaurant and moved to the mountains with the 59er Diner in 2007.

Shane Wilder

Filmmaker & Photographer at Icicle TV • Outdoor Explorer

Shane is a passionate creative who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. At an early age the mountains and outdoors were calling to him. He grew up in Oregon but shortly after school ended he discovered the magical Leavenworth Valley on a climbing trip. After his first visit to Leavenworth he was hooked and upon arriving back in Oregon he quickly purchased a camper van, sold everything and moved there. Ever since that move to Leavenworth he has had a tremendous gratitude for every day he gets to spend in this paradise.

Naturally, living in such an inspiring area with beauty and adventure in every direction he began to carry the camera around everywhere he went. First documenting downhill skiing and backcountry skiing which morphed into a passion to capture all of the outdoor adventure arts the area has to offer. From hiking to climbing, mt biking, whitewater stand up paddle board, river swimming this place offers inspiration 365 days a year. 20 years later Leavenworth offers the same level of excitement as the day he arrived.

Currently the owner of Icicle TV which is an advertising company that has a focus on shooting all things recreation. You're most likely to run into Shane someplace wild in and around the Leavenworth Valley.

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