Looking out the windows of the Inn at magnificent mountains, rich green forests, and fresh clear skies, you might just be tempted to believe you were in the Alps. It is in those European mountains that the delicate, but hardy, azure flower – The Enzian, flourishes on rocky cliffs and in high alpine meadows.
The Enzian is designed with the same beauty and tradition of those Alpine regions.The beautiful scenery, the crisp mountain air and the remarkable people who make up this little valley, come experience the Bavarian Village. Fall in love with Leavenworth and create your warmest memories at the Enzian Inn.
One of the most distinctive traditions at our hotel is the alphorn performance that entertains guests at breakfast each morning. Every day, Bob Johnson or his son, Rob, don their lederhosen and hats and perch atop the balcony rail outside the 4th floor Continental Room to wake the village with the low and mellow tones of the famous alphorn. This father and son team built the Enzian Inn, and you will see, everywhere around you, evidence of their old-world craftsmanship and talent with wood. Being so capable as designers and builders, one could rightly wonder how these two added alphorn-playing to their list of trades.
In 1984, a local, but Swiss-born logger, Karl Wyssen, invited Bob to his home. After dinner that evening, the logger showed the elder Johnson how to play the traditional instrument from the mountains of Europe. Bob picked it up quickly and soon the alphorn became a regular part of daily events for guests at the Enzian Inn. In fact, Bob composed a tune especially for the morning concerts. That original alphorn, a gift of Mr. Wyssen and used at our hotel for two years, can be seen above the entry of the main lobby.
The alphorn, similar to many other features of the Enzian in its uniqueness and authenticity, represents the rich traditions and European charm you will find throughout our hotel.