Travel OUT, a program of GSBA Washington State’s LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce, is making significant strides in promoting LGBTQ+ tourism in Seattle and across Washington state. By creating an inclusive atmosphere for LGBTQ+ travelers, this program not only supports local businesses but also fosters economic growth. Recently, Joey Chapman, GSBA Director of Membership & Programs, embarked on a journey to Leavenworth, Washington, to experience the LGBTQ+-friendly offerings of this charming Bavarian village.


Leavenworth’s story is one of revival and transformation, led by life partners Ted Price and Bob Rodgers. The pair breathed new life into the once-depressed town by reimagining it as a picturesque Bavarian village that captures the hearts of visitors today. Joey’s trip to Leavenworth reflects the essence of Travel OUT’s mission—showcasing LGBTQ+ inclusive businesses that contribute to the local economy.


During his visit, Joey had the fortune to overnight with the help of GSBA member Obertal Inn—a quaint downtown hotel that seamlessly blends Old World Bavarian charm with contemporary comforts. Managed by Obertal Inn, Leavenworth Vacation Homes offers an array of lodging options, catering to diverse budgets and preferences, including pet-friendly rooms. They exemplify Leavenworth’s commitment to providing diverse and inclusive accommodations for LGBTQ+ travelers.

Originating from Seattle, GSBA member, Rhein Haus, is a Bavarian-inspired restaurant that has found a home in Leavenworth’s town square. With an expansive space featuring multiple bars, levels, and a large outdoor patio, Rhein Haus offers a vibrant setting to enjoy Haus-made brats, pretzels, and classic schnitzels while sipping on a unique selection of German and local beers.

Joey also met up with John Sutherland, General Manager of Leavenworth Adventure Park. This thrilling park, situated near Leavenworth’s downtown area, offers an array of attractions, including the Tumwater Twister Alpine Coaster. With its spacious Guest Service Center boasting spectacular views, party spaces, food options, and merchandise, Leavenworth Adventure Park provides LGBTQ+ travelers with a unique blend of excitement and relaxation.  Pictured, below: GSBA Director of Membership and Programs Joey Chapman with Leavenworth Adventure Park General Manager John Sutherland and staff.

Leavenworth isn’t just a destination for adventure enthusiasts—it’s also a hub of cultural celebrations. From Oktoberfest and the Village Lighting Festival to yodeling and accordion festivals, this LGBTQ+ friendly town invites travelers to immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of experiences that celebrate both local culture and diversity.

This expedition to Leavenworth, Washington, underscores the importance of LGBTQ+ tourism initiatives like Travel OUT. Leavenworth’s blend of Bavarian charm, culinary delights, and thrilling adventures makes it an enticing destination for LGBTQ+ travelers seeking an inclusive and memorable experience. To learn more about the history and transformation of this charming town, visit

Pictured: Leavenworth Art Haus