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PostFri Jul 13, 2018 9:58 am 
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RandyHiker wrote:
I've had plenty of out of town visitors express interest in visiting the Washington coast and Olympic peninsula.  That interest often fades when they look at travel times and realize that visiting La Push, Hurricane Ridge and watching the Mariners at Safeco don't easily fit in a single day.

It's not just travel times, though.  Look how busy Winthrop is.  That's 4 hours from Seattle in the summertime, 6 hours in winter.
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PostFri Jul 13, 2018 10:19 am 
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Forks not so much, nothing there really jumps out at me.

I usually try and find time to grab a bite at the Hungry Bear.  More for nostalgia and support than fine dinning.  But a stack of their pancakes lasts me the weekend.
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PostThu Jul 19, 2018 11:43 am 
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Today there is an op ed piece in the Wenatchee World about how Leavenworth may be getting to big and losing its charm.

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PostThu Jul 19, 2018 2:26 pm 
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losing its charm

It's been charmless for at least five or six years at this point, and I don't even mind crowds.
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PostThu Jul 19, 2018 2:42 pm 
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Today there is an op ed piece in the Wenatchee World about how Leavenworth may be getting to big and losing its charm.

Losing it's charm? To who?

It's transitioning

The wussification of Leavenworth

http://paleomg.com/the-magical-mountains-of-leavenworth-wa/

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I guess Dur Junkyard must be gone?

I'll have to venture to dur Bavarian willage and see how long until I start screaming and go mad.

Seriously, I believe the article was written by a group called Friends (of course!) of Leavenworth and they don't want three new developments built.  One is a kind of zip line amusement park where they fear the screaming hordes of barbarians might be heard outside the park.  They also fear more traffic.

I wonder if they fear......gluten.

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PostThu Jul 19, 2018 5:13 pm 
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Bootpathguy wrote:
To who?

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PostThu Jul 19, 2018 7:17 pm 
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I wonder how they managed to get shots of empty streets?
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PostThu Jul 19, 2018 9:38 pm 
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I wonder if they fear......gluten.

Coming soon, gluten free wiener schnitzel!

I find the complaint that the tourist trap has gotten too touristy to be most entertaining.
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PostThu Jul 19, 2018 10:45 pm 
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DIYSteve wrote:
Bootpathguy wrote:
To who?


Sumbuddy get'n cabin feefur

Playing Grahmor Puhlease?

Boy, I shure hope that nee heels up kwick

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PostMon Jul 23, 2018 11:08 am 
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Starts at about 36 minutes in.

https://www.ncwlife.com/wake-up-wenatchee-valley-july-23-2018/

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PostMon Jul 23, 2018 11:15 am 
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11worth has been a tourist trap for as long as I can remember. Sane climbers just buzzed through back in the day 100 hikes books called it ersatz Bavarian. It was a place to take relatives ho had never been to Europe and couldn’t tell the difference. I start going nutz if I even have to buy gas there, no place to park either.

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PostMon Jul 23, 2018 12:10 pm 
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treeswarper -

Interesting video you've cited with the discussion about Leavenworth.

Carnival rides! More condos! More high-end 200-unit apartment buildings with inadequate parking!
All they need now are pony rides!

(To be fair, The City of Leavenworth has found the application to be incomplete for the proposed "Adventure Park" at the intersection of Hwy 2 and Icicle Road.)

It would appear that beautiful downtown Leavenworth is experiencing some growing pains.

The primary reason I stopped going down to the Pike Place Market and shopping along the Alaskan Way waterfront (when I lived at Alki) was because of the parking situation - it just made the experience no fun.
It may well turn out that Leavenworth could very well start losing some of its appeal if they cannot figure out a way to mitigate the parking situation by curtailing growth.

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PostMon Jul 23, 2018 2:44 pm 
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Such tribulations are part of the curse of living in a touristy area.  I've lived in a couple.  In summer, on the Oregon Coast, I'd plan my shopping so all left turns were done at intersections with traffic lights and left turn lanes.   In Wisconsin, one stayed home during the Apple Festival as there were no traffic lights to help make turns.  That's why you begin to like winter where tourism is seasonal, but sounds like Leavenworth has it year round. 

We complained at Randle when the volcano traffic was heavy.  Sometimes traffic was backed up to the Cowlitz River bridge on a busy weekend or holiday.  Then we also have the Packwood Flea Market highway 12 parking lot.  It's all from being successful.

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PostMon Sep 03, 2018 3:22 pm 
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A broad report on Overtourism was recently put out by the Friends of Leavenworth, the group cited in Ski's link and treeswarper's video link.  You can view it here:  Overtourism  Some interesting statistics on the sheer numbers of tourists vs. residents.  eek.gif

I've lived here for 24 years and watched the growth/changes, but that is not unique to Leavenworth.  The town has provided employment to my wife and now 3 grown kids in retail, restaurants, catering and outdoor guide services over the years, so I can't reasonably complain about tourism in general.  While I teach in Cashmere, I annually work at Oktoberfest and AleFest to gain some dedicated funds for my ski addiction.  dizzy.gif  And yes, there has been huge growth in the "beverage" sector.  The highly successful flagship, Icicle Brewery just broke ground on a new brewery on Chumstick.  Rhein Haus, has opened a Leavenworth location. (We just went there - beautlful building with good selection of beer and schnitzel.)  The Loft, Stein, Blewett Brewery, and Bushel and Bee Taproom are just a few of the newer businesses as well as wine tasting rooms that seem to open like balsam root.

After 9/11, when airlines saw a downturn, Leavenworth saw an increase.  Even in bad economic times, Leavenworth becomes the cheaper alternative to a more exotic vacation destination.  Traffic is bad in Seattle, Bend, Lincoln City, Wenatchee, and here as well on festival and holiday weekends.  I appreciate that Friends of Leavenworth is shining light on development and traffic issues.  up.gif

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