The Bavarian town of Leavenworth, WA is a fun, dog-friendly, town. We like to spend some time relaxing in town after hiking or snowshoeing one of the several great trails in the area. The streets are always crowded with tourists and at least a quarter of them bring their dogs.
Since we usually get into town after working up a sweat, the first thing we are looking to do is fill our bellies. We recommend two belly-filling places with patio seating that allow dogs.
Uncle Uli’s Pub has an outside seating area just off of Front Street so you can people and dog watch. They make a really good cheese fondue and their burgers and brats are cooked on the patio barbecue while you wait.
Munchen Haus, the bratwurst stand at 8th and Front Streets has an outdoor beer garden with heat lamps and a fireplace in the seating area. There are about 20 different kinds of mustard to smother your brat with and really good apple cider kraut (this coming from someone who doesn’t like sour kraut).
If you are looking for treats, a jacket or lederhosen for your pup (yes, those funny little German suspender outfits) the boutique pet store in town will meet your needs. A Paw Above is located in the same building as Uncle Uli’s Pub. The owners go out of their way to get you what you need. Last time we were there, while we were looking around, the owners pulled aside all the dachshund items for us to look at.
There are a lot of great little knickknack and specialty food shops in the downtown area. Some of the stores will let you bring your dog inside on a leash or carry them. There are stores they can’t come in but we find that they have a higher than average dog-let-in-rate than a lot of other places.
Leavenworth, Washington is nestled in the mountains about a 3-hour drive east of Seattle. The trip can be done in a day but to really take advantage of the area we recommend camping overnight or staying in one the pet-friendly hotels in town.
Please note that summer temperatures here can reach well into the 80s and 90s and it can be deadly to leave your dogs in the car in that kind of heat even for 10 minutes. Please plan accordingly during your visit. If you need to board your pet the Leavenworth Pet Lodge is about 10 minutes out of town.