Leavenworth: A Peek at Midweek

As popular as Leavenworth is, the middle of the week brings a bit of a slower pace and a touch more access to the region’s many romantic as well as family-friendly attractions. And that gives last-minute planners an opportunity to impress their loved ones with the perfect vacation. So why not set your sights on midweek?

Discover the same amazing variety of delicious food and drink, the same blue skies and outdoor adventures, and the entire village at full hum. Choose village lodging with friendly staff to greet you in small, boutique hotels downtown, charming cabins and vacation homes on the river, or opulent luxury accommodations that intertwine with nature. Check in, then head into the heart of Leavenworth. It’s an easy stroll to enjoy the charm of a tiny village filled with amenities like brimming flowerpots, shops, parks, restaurants, and live music in the Gazebo. 

If you’re in the mood for another kind of pedestrian adventure, explore trails that access the nearby mountains and rivers. Fall hikes in Icicle Canyon are considered some of the best in America, and the autumnal color along Highway 2 and the trails adjacent to Lake Wenatchee is glorious. Midweek, the woods will be a little quieter, bringing you closer to the tranquility of nature. Choose from a selection of spa opportunities to put the finishing touch on deep renewal.  

Never forget your taste buds when you visit Leavenworth! The wineries, cideries, and breweries proudly offer outstanding tastes and bottles to take back to your room or home for holiday meals. The wave of farm to table has taken root, creating a broad array of food choices from Bavarian, to brew pub, to locally sourced bistro.  

Visiting midweek will have you living a little more like a local. Discover the amazing Farmer’s Market on Thursdays, and throw your beach blanket out on Barn Beach or enjoy the local musical talent in the evening. Make plans today to take the road less traveled and bag a midweek stay in Leavenworth. 

 For information on places to stay and things to do in Leavenworth, visit leavenworth.org

Designed for Gathering: Ocean 5

Opening this November,  Ocean5, has been designed as an innovative gathering destination in Gig Harbor. The 57,000-square-foot building, will be the first of its kind in the region. With a two-story laser challenge arena, exciting game room, ten pin and duckpin bowling and comfortable spaces for gathering. Ocean5 also specializes in private event and party spaces for groups from 5 to over 400, with dedicated event teams and banquet services.

The Ocean 5 concept was developed by long-time Gig Harbor resident Troy Alstead, the former chief operating officer of Starbucks. “Ocean5 has been a vision of mine for 10 years,” Alstead said. “Bringing this space to the community where we live and are raising our children is a huge part of that dream. I’m excited to be giving the South Sound a space where friends and groups have enough elbow room to relax and just have fun, whether they stay for an hour, an afternoon or a night out.”

Ocean5 gets its name from the idea that all five of the world’s great oceans are connected. The company’s goal is to provide a place that inspires connections between people, with the community, and the rest of the world, with the mission to enable and inspire small actions that create a positive impact to the health of our oceans, starting with Puget Sound.

Ocean5 is pursuing LEED certification, and is constructed sustainably with materials such as carpet tiles made of recycled fishing nets and reclaimed wood. The building will be heated and cooled by geothermal energy from over 3 miles of wells under the parking lot, significantly reducing energy use for a facility this size.

Also on the property is Table 47, a casual 300-seat restaurant that responsibly sources it’s ingredients and can be experienced either together or separately from Ocean5. Both businesses are now hiring for all positions. Open roles and applications can be found online at O5social.com/jobs and T47.com/jobs.

This new state-of-the-art facility will be located in the new Olympic Towne Center at 5268 Point Fosdick Drive NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335, just off the Olympic Drive interchange of Highway 16. For more information go to O5social.com or find them on Facebook.