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Romantic Weekend Getaway in the Cascades
Summer attracts flocks of travelers all season long; the warm, sunny days on the eastern side of the mountain range are a perfect foil for Seattle's often-cloudy weather. The cherished local Sound of Music performance is an annual outdoor tradition, with the mountain range as a fitting backdrop.
In the fall, harvest festivals welcome the region's bumper crops of apples and pears (the area is one of the top producers of organic pears in the United States), and if you like beer, there's always Oktoberfest.
Winter is spectacular in Leavenworth: in December, the Christmas Lighting event, festive carolers, and powdered-sugar snow lend a perfect plucked-from-storybooks village atmosphere. Many hotels accept bookings up to a year in advance for the holidays, particularly weekends — but rates are among the highest of the year. After the Christmas season, you'll have an easier time locating a room, but remember this area is popular with cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
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