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Bootpathguy
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PostSun Jul 08, 2018 5:33 pm 
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"Enchantments" meaning Colchuck, Eight Mile, Stuart etc... and obviously, including the core zone.

Colchuck this year, appears to be getting more attention ( socially ) than I've seen in the past.

I'm just curious if  business owners in Leavenworth embrace it, or, if they have mixed emotions about the area being loved to death.

Also curious about the impact the Enchantments has on the economy in Leavenworth.

Significant? or not so much?

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PostSun Jul 08, 2018 5:43 pm 
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I always buy a burger there after my Enchantment trips, so it's good for at least $12 extra every couple of years
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PostSun Jul 08, 2018 6:24 pm 
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The hordes of hikers heading over there can't hurt the local economy, I would think business owners embrace it.  It doesn't seem like there is an off season in L-worth anymore.  Whether it's hiking/climbing/rafting/kayaking/x-country skiing etc. etc there's always something outdoor related happening.  Plus non outdoorsy tourists by the busload (sometimes literally).  Oktoberfest, Christmas Tree Lighting, westsiders looking to escape the doom and gloom of late winter/early spring, there's always people in the downtown area in the shops and restaurants.  I suppose there is a love/hate relationship w/ tourists pretty much everywhere that depends on tourism $$$.  Like their money, don't like the congestion and crowds.
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PostSun Jul 08, 2018 6:26 pm 
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Sort of tangentially related, the 59er Diner by the Lake Wenatchee turnoff has been operating out of a food truck for a while now but recently broke ground on a new building, hopefully they'll be able to move in and have a full service restaurant again soon.  I've hit that place many times post hike.
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PostSun Jul 08, 2018 6:57 pm 
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Well the real estate agents have done well.  We went over in the late spring for the first time in ~20 years and were sobered by the development up the canyon (particularly) and from Hwy 97 to Lvnwth.  We mentioned it to the waitress where we stopped to eat at the end of the day, she grimaced and shrugged.  That meal was at Gustav's for old time's sake.  There's a lot more options now. . .
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PostSun Jul 08, 2018 7:05 pm 
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I always check in at Icicle Creek Brewing after the Enchantments and often stay in a hotel overnight to mellow out.
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'Chants hikers are but a small sliver of 11worth retail commerce. The big spenders are car tourists from Puget Sound, VanBC, Portland, etc. and South King County drunks at Oktoberfest  wink.gif
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PostSun Jul 08, 2018 9:57 pm 
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The Leavenworth businesses are significantly dependent upon the tourism dollars left by visitors.
I would agree with Steve's assessment above: the hikers' portion of the take is small potatoes - most of the money over there comes from out-of-area tourists.

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PostMon Jul 09, 2018 7:01 am 
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I have heard it called, "Little Seattle", along with Wenatchee.  The housing market is good if you are a seller, due to fleeing Seattleites and second homers.

It used to be said, if you want to see the real Leavenworth, walk down the alley.   I do not know if that still is true.  It should be called, Dur Alley.

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PostMon Jul 09, 2018 8:02 am 
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I have a small cabin that I built up on Mountain Home for 25 years, and have watched Leavenworth change over the years.  Way back in the 90s, my wife and I explored options for opening a wine tasting room, which would have been the first!  The permitting process was daunting even back then.

Nowadays, it is hard to overestimate the influence of mountain biking on Leavenworth.  It used to be a winter/summer place, and got really quiet in the shoulder seasons.  Now, there is no break at all because the riders are there primarily in the shoulder seasons.  Every year I stumble upon a new or newly converted mountain biking trail.  Leavenworth is on the short list internationally for mountain biking, with rich tourists doing the Moab-to-Winthrop tour via Leavenworth and Bend, OR.

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PostMon Jul 09, 2018 9:15 am 
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Sculpin wrote:
Nowadays, it is hard to overestimate the influence of mountain biking on Leavenworth.

Wenatchee too! A month ago I did a shuttle run with a friend from #2 Canyon to Horse Lake, and we ran into a bunch of Evergreen guys spiffing up the #2 parking area etc. I've met the guy who built Stairway to Heaven which we climbed up on... a LOVELY person who does brilliant work, and yes even on a weekday there were people on foot on it besides just us riding. The grade, views, drainage, etc. are fantastic for however you wanna enjoy it.

Beyond tourism: trail projects close to town make a HUGE quality of life impact on locals. I'm especially encouraged by how many kids I'm seeing out doing random kid stuff in the woods outside Ros/Cle Elum during the week. Given that parents have to work so hard to keep up with the price of housing et al, I'm quite thankful for outdoor rec that is cheap and easily accessible. I don't care if the chillins are riding, walking, or just messing around with mud and sticks and pine cones all afternoon... it's all good.  up.gif

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PostMon Jul 09, 2018 9:37 am 
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It is likely that you will soon be able to take a mountain coaster ride, ride a zipline and climb on a via ferrata in the adventure park that is planned for the Osprey Rafting Company site.

http://cityofleavenworth.com/city-government/development-services-department/leavenworth-adventure-park-conditional-park-application/
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PostMon Jul 09, 2018 10:32 am 
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I always eat and drink big in 'Worth! One time we went to three restaurants in a row!!!

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PostMon Jul 09, 2018 10:55 am 
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I would think the food and beverage industry benefits hugely. Who doesn't think about a beer and burger for about the last 1/2 of that hike?

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PostMon Jul 09, 2018 11:11 am 
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Sculpin wrote:
Nowadays, it is hard to overestimate the influence of mountain biking on Leavenworth.

DigitalJanitor wrote:
Wenatchee too! A month ago I did a shuttle run with a friend from #2 Canyon to Horse Lake, and we ran into a bunch of Evergreen guys spiffing up the #2 parking area etc. I've met the guy who built Stairway to Heaven which we climbed up on... a LOVELY person who does brilliant work, and yes even on a weekday there were people on foot on it besides just us riding. The grade, views, drainage, etc. are fantastic for however you wanna enjoy it.

Don't suppose either of you could recommend some trails to try out in the area?  I have a road background.
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