Thursday, November 4, 2010

Purdue Reunion - Leavenworth

Some of my best girlfriends from Purdue came to visit last week -- we spent a long weekend catching up, telling old stories, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.  It was a blast.  We did so many things that I'm going to break up my blog posts into days.

They got in late Wednesday night, so by the time we got back to my house they were exhausted.  We chatted for a little bit, had some appetizers and then headed to bed.  

Thursday morning, we got up and got ready and hit the road to Leavenworth, WA.  Leavenworth is an adorably authentic German town, just 100 miles from Everett.  It was a beautiful drive.  We followed the Skykomish River from Everett to Leavenworth and by itself it was pretty, but add in the changing leaves on the tree and the snow on Stevens Pass and you have a picturesque drive.  Unfortunately, we didn't stop along the way to take any pictures.  

We made it to Leavenworth in the early afternoon and decided to make our way down Front Street.  We started at Ryan Patrick Winery's Tasting Room, where we met Toni.  She was awesome and completely made our day.  We tasted some wines and I found a new favorite Chardonnay ... and learned something along the way.  If Chardonnay is aged in a stainless steel barrel (or unoaked) it's a Naked Chardonnay!  Ryan Patrick has a fantastic Naked Chardonnay that I highly recommend.

They put the Naked Chardonnay label on my bag!

From there, we wandered next door to "Cured" to get some sausage and salami to go with our new wines.  They had a fantastic selection and I loved the name ... so creative.  

Looking down Front Street (the main street):

Just doing a little shopping:

 Tasting at Icicle Ridge Winery:
Me, Easy A, Face, Elle and Margeaux

 Lunch at Cafe Mozart ... Margeaux and her Optimator:

My gigantic bratwurst ... good thing I split it with Face.

 Winery #3:


 Margeaux, Face, Elle and Easy A:

After the third winery, we stopped into The Cheesemonger's Shop to pick up some cheese for later:

 The foggy mountains in the background ... even in the rain, Leavenworth was beautiful!

Elle and Face:

 The Leavenworth Starbucks!

We had a great day in Leavenworth ... and we didn't even see everything!  They have lots of festivals year round, so definitely check it out if you are in the Seattle area.

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