WIW Backlog: 12.25-27 Leavenworth trip

Hi ladies! I know most of you are sick to death of snow, but I was bummed that we didn't get any this season. So to make sure we got to play in snow at least once, for xmas my husband and I took a short weekend trip to Leavenworth, a cute little Bavarian town. Normally it's only about 1.5 hours away, BUT the northern mountain pass was closed for the weekend due to heavy snow and trees falling. Instead of just shooting straight east, we had to go around the looooong way and spent all day driving through snow to get there. On the plus side, there weren't a lot of people out because of the heavy snow (yay!) and we enjoyed some really beautiful scenery!

Packing-wise, we shared a small carry-on luggage for our clothing and then left all of our snow gear in the car. Since it was just three days, we didn't need too much. I wore the same pair of tall boots (chosen because they're waterproof) and black jeans, then formed the outfits from there. Day 1's priority was car comfort, so I chose a knit-on-knit top. Day 2's priority was warmth, so I chose my chunkiest warm sweater. Day 3's priority was part warmth part car comfort, so I layered a warm cashmere sweater over an oversized cozy flannel. Warm leggings and camisole layered under everything, and topped all outfits with my white puffer and red purse. Easy peasy!

#1 - What I wore for a day in the car. Later we wandered around town (which was almost entirely shut down) and had dinner at a small Italian restaurant followed by margaritas/sangria at the only other restaurant in town open, the Mexican place just upstairs from where we had dinner.
#2, 3 - Lovely snowscapes taken during the drive there! At the mountain pass, there was an incredibly long line of people putting on chains; it was over a mile of cars! I've never seen anything like it. We were very happy to be in an AWD car, and had no trouble at all.
#4, 5 - Leavenworth at night, filled with pretty lights.

#6 - What I wore. There were a billion little kids sledding in the city park behind me, very amusing to watch! Had a few almost take me out during these photos, too ;)
#7, 8 - Inner tubing at a fun little snow park just outside the city, which I'd never done before. They tow you up with a rope, then spin you around before you shoot down the track. Fun stuff! Donned my snowboarding gear for Serious Snow Play.
#9 - Hanging around town after the snow park. Stopped by Icicle Brewing (their kolsch is super!), then later tastings at a small winery, and lastly sushi for dinner.

#10 - What I wore, primarily for the drive home but also for a hearty breakfast beforehand. Happily the shorter pass was open by this time so the trip home was much shorter.
#11-13 - More pretty scenery photos on the way home. I love where I live :)

#14 - Bonus photo of my xmas manicure which I painted the first night of the trip.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    You two are completely adorable! I love your outfits, and your nails, and the scenery! Everything is so beautiful!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thank you, Amiable! :D

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Buahaha! I thought you meant Leavenworth, Kansas! Of course, there's no Bavarian village, but there is a Federal Penitentiary!

    This looks like more fun! Love the outfit in #10, it reminds me of Angie's fall hike ensemble. You and honey look like you come out of a catalog --- perfectly matched!

    Sounds like a memorable and joyful trip!

  • Raisin replied 6 years ago

    What a winter wonderland! You look completely fashionable and cozy in all of these outfits!

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    You two are almost too cute together! Your happiness just shines!

    I would be happy to send a portion of our snow your way. The banks are getting so high, we have to shovel the off to make room for more.

    Your outfits look fab! Really like #6.

  • qfbrenda replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! You guys were so smart to travel to see the snow while you could. I've been disappointed in the snow fall, or lack thereof, this year as well. :( Leavenworth is a great little town. Thanks for sharing!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    AAAAAAH! These are fabulous! I want you to do your nails like the ones you're always pinning. Love you and the boy together - too attractive for words!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for the comments, ladies! :D

    Beth Ann, I guess I should have specified Leavenworth, WA :) And yes #10 is definitely similar to Angie's outfit, since this is the same plaid shirt!

    Thistle, we gladly accept your kind donation of snow! Although the amount you are getting sounds quite tedious to tend to :(

    Una, yes yes I really should get fancier with my nails, I knowwwww. I don't have the skills quite yet to do a lot of those, but I am getting better for sure. Which style are you thinking of? I'll give it a shot next!

  • Carole replied 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, Aida! You look perfectly dressed for the climate and oh so stylish! This looks like so much fun. We have talked about making this trip so many times and are planning to go next fall...can you recommend a place to stay? Looks like you had an amazing winter holiday>

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Total winter wonderland! Such cute shots of you and DH with the fantastic scenery behind. Looks like so much fun! LOVE your waterproof boots.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    The funky argyle, for starters!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    So much fun! You and DH look so sweet together in your winter wonderland. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous photos, Aida! You and Mr. A are adorable together and your outfits are perfect!

    I have been to Leavenworth a couple of times. But in the summer, so it looked a lot different! Mr. Suz was presenting at the Sleeping Lady just outside of town and I went along with him. The Ponderosa pines are gorgeous!

  • Tina.b replied 6 years ago

    That looks like a fantastic mini vacation, the photos are breathtaking! I love how you kept the same base and mixed the toppers. Great boots and awesome cozy yet stylish looks. I wish I looked as fab as you in a hat!

  • sarah replied 6 years ago

    Wow, you are such a cute snow bunnie! I'm taking notes, since I live in the snow practically all year round :-/

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Your outfits look amazing and so do your scenic photos! We usually get so much snow here that they have to take it away in trucks - wish I could have them deliver some to your side of the country!

  • Bree replied 6 years ago

    Wow, what scenery! Your outfits are perfect and what a darling couple!

  • MNsara replied 6 years ago

    You too are just too cute! I love the mountain shots **sigh** and am inspired to get to some next summer. Are those considered snowy roads?

    Your holiday outfits are perfect and stylish!

    Thanks for the peek at a lovely weekend :-)

  • ElleH replied 6 years ago

    Great outfits for the snow. I especially love the one with the plaid shirts. Great boots too. Cute pics with Hubby!

  • bj1111 replied 6 years ago

    aida, you and hubs are too cute for words. that mani is all kinds of awesome.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for the lovely comments, ladies! Thanks also to those who offered to ship some of there snow over my way ;)

    Una, alrighty the argyle it is! Will give that a shot this week.

    Carole, we usually just drive over for a day so this was our first time staying in town. We stayed at the Leavenworth Village Inn, which is on the edge of town. It was nice, quite cozy and a good sized room (we stayed in the Romantic Suite I think).

    Suz, yes it is quite different looking in the Summer! That's when we're usually there, too. I've heard good things about the Sleeping Lady but have never been.

    MNsara, hehe no those are actually cleared roads. I was looking for "pretty scenery" photos to share and didn't realize they were all on cleared-road parts! Our problem is more ice than snow, though on this particular weekend they were having issues with trees toppling into the road because of snow weight. Most of the drive on the way there (esp. in the passes) looked like the photo below, but on the way back the road was mostly clear (although icy).

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