Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Bavaria, the largest German state by area, forms almost 20% of the total land area of Germany and is Germany's second most populous state with Munich as its capital. Bavarians consider themselves to be egalitarian and informal. Their sociability can be experienced at the annual Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, which welcomes around six million visitors every year, or in the famous beer gardens.
|Bavaria in Central Washington|
In the United States, particularly among German Americans, Bavarian culture is viewed somewhat nostalgically, and many Bavarian villages, most notably Frankenmuth, Michigan and Leavenworth, Washington, have been founded. Since 1962, the latter styled with a Bavarian theme is also home to one of the world's largest collections of nutcrackers"and an Oktoberfest celebration it claims is among the most attended in the world outside of Munich.
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. It is part of the Wenatchee–East Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,074 at the 2000 census. The entire town center is modelled on a Bavarian village. In November 2007 Good Morning America went to Leavenworth for Holiday Gifts for the Globe where GMA helped light up the town for the Christmas Holiday. Leavenworth was also named the Ultimate HolidayTown USA by A&E.
While we have been to the real Bavaria and have experienced Octoberfest at its best, we never had the inclination to visit either Frankenmuth or Leavernworth, until this past weekend when the Divide Providence interevened and we had a chance to not only visit Leavernworth, but the Icicle Creek Music Center, Lake Chelan and Wenatchee.
The reviews are in: If you do feel nostalgic, visiting Leavenworth and the Icicle Creek Music Center may just do the job. Click here for what's on tap for the Icicle Creek Music Center