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By LESLIE KELLY
SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLE P-I
Do you hear what I hear?
The sound of silence.
I recently traveled to Leavenworth in advance of the town's busy Christmas festivities, a monthlong event crammed with concerts and plays, sleigh rides, twinkling lights and holiday cheer. I was hoping to beat the rush and find lots of good things to stash under my Christmas tree, but I came away with something even sweeter.
This year, as the economy is tanking, the shoulder season has been especially quiet, prompting hotels and restaurants in the faux-Bavarian village to offer extra incentives to budget-wary visitors. Even the most deluxe spot for roughing it, Sleeping Lady, is shaving some off its high-end price tag.
But what this recent trip reaffirmed was the best reasons to visit this picturesque valley don't cost a dime.