And by here, I really mean HERE. The location we're going with is about 100 miles east of Seattle in Leavenworth. Leavenworth itself is a great destination for all sorts of family fun and outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and rafting. Founded over a hundred years ago, Leavenworth decided about 40 years back that they should actually be a Bavarian village, and went about forcing everyone to adorn their buildings to match. According to wikipedia, they're also home to the world's largest nut cracker collection. Suffice it to say, you can't throw an apple there without hitting something fun. Oh, and they grow apples there so there's lots of ammo.
The event itself will be just outside of Leavenworth in Plain, which is home to places like a Plain Laundry and a Plain church. Clever folk. I guess part of the Anti-Bavarian backlash. Plain is home to the Featherwinds Inn and Lodge which is a nice place to stay on its own. At least some portion of the wedding party can be housed in the main inn, with another 60 beds available throughout their complex - including a bed and breakfast (adults only) and some family-friendly lodge-style houses. All told, we should be able to get reasonable prices for whomever wishes to bunk there. Since the wedding is midday Saturday we're inviting people to stay with us at Featherwinds Friday night and Saturday night while exploring the area as time permits. The wedding begins at 4:00 PM, and we'll enjoy some light food and merriment thereafter. With the on-site lodges we can continue the snacks and drinks until whenever.
March should be a fairly cool (but not cold- upper 40s, lower 50s) time with some residual snow covering but without any new snow falling. It's not quite rafting season, but you could probably find somewhere to paddle or float, and I think there will still be snow to trample upon at Lake Wenatchee. http://www.leavenworth.org/events/march.html might list more things to do.
Due to the short notice and long distance, we're going to have the reception in St. Louis the following month at the Clemens farm in Illinois, which has also been transformed into a Bavarian village. (Editor's Note: Karen says that sounds dumb, so don't be fooled.) Our fun will begin at 5pm and will include as much food and combustible items as we can manage. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the full effect.
Please email us with questions!
Formal invitations will be sent within the next week, so please be patient as we get a handle on our guest lists. In general, we want everyone to make it to the reception and will try to cram in as many people as we can practically handle for the ceremony. We know getting out here may be difficult so that way no one has to miss out on the celebration.
March 15th, 4PM
Featherwinds Inn, Leavenworth, WA
April 12th, 5PM
Clemens Farm, Edwardsville, IL