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The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival comes to Port Angeles, WA

Fresh Caught Dungeness Crab with Butter and LemonSavor mouthwatering Dungeness crab dishes at the 17th Annual CrabFest, October 5th to 7th. This delicious festival takes over the waterfront of charming Port Angeles. The event is free and invites visitors to “Embrace Your Inner Crab” with an array of food, activities and live music. 14 local restaurants offer samples of their culinary creations. Also learn new techniques from celebrity chefs at the cooking demonstrations or sample the entries for the Chowder Cook-Off. In addition to great food, sample some local beer, wine or cider. Enjoy the live music while perusing the craft and merchant vendors. Active festival goers can join the 5K fun run along the Olympic Discovery Trail, Saturday, October 6th at 11:00am. Or try something new during the rowing demonstrations on Hollywood Beach 3:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday. The festival is a fun way to explore the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

Endless Crab and Seafood Choices

Bring your appetite and sample all the tasty seafood choices. Try a variety of dishes or purchase tickets for the festival dinner. The dinner includes a steamed or chilled whole Dungeness crab served with Nash’s organic coleslaw and Sunny Farms’ corn on Gourmet crab cakesthe cob.

Discover diverse seafood meals cooked to perfection by local restaurants while exploring the festival. The Cedars at Dungeness elevates grilled cheese, poutine and poppers with tasty Dungeness crab. And Sequim’s Sunny Farms offers a Dungeness quiche in addition to pumpkin, blackberry and apple pies. Jamestown Seafood raises and harvests Sequim Bay Jades, Sapphires and Opal oysters. Enjoy their raw oysters on the half shell along with geoduck sashimi and ceviche.

Port Angeles restaurants also show off their seafood creations. Twilight fans will want to try Bella Italia’s Dungeness crab cakes, sandwiches, and shooters. The Port Angeles Crab House offers crab and seafood stewcreamy Dungeness Crab mac and cheese and their signature coconut prawns. For the best fish and chips or a steaming bowl of seafood gumbo, stop by the Kokopelli Grill booth. Sergio’s Hacienda & Cantina serves spicy fish tacos, enchiladas and shrimp ceviche. Toga’s Soup House will warm your bones with a rich Dungeness crab bisque and Northwest clam chowder.

Take the festival home with you with the “Crab To Go” packages. However, after strolling the festival with stunning Olympic mountains and waterfront views you may not want to leave. Residents of Sequim and Port Angeles enjoy the bounty of the region’s pristine waters and lush farmlands year round. Our agents at Schwab Realty are experts in the Sequim and Port Angeles neighborhoods. Contact us today to find your perfect home in this beautiful corner of the Olympic peninsula.




Wine Tasting on the Olympic Peninsula

glass of red wine at wineryFind a wonderful wine to pair with your holiday celebrations at the excellent wineries of the Olympic Peninsula. Although eastern Washington is famous for wine, the wineries west of Seattle also offer excellent choices. Spend the day exploring the beautiful mountain and coastline views while sampling delicious local wines. When planning a winery tour the The Olympic Peninsula Wineries is a great resource with locations and information. Also check out their events throughout the year during fun festivals and specialized wine tours. Begin 2019 with a heavenly pairing at the “Red Wine and Chocolate Tour” or the “Wine, Cider and Cheese Tour.” In the Fall sample a glass at the “Dungeness Crab Festival” or the “Harvest Wine Tour.” Whether you’re touring on your own or joining an event, stop by Sequim during your travels. With a central location and has many exceptional restaurants.

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Try These Incredible Restaurants in Sequim

Couple With Glasses Of Red Wine In RestaurantSequim restaurants rival those found in big cities with variety, quality and sophistication. We are so lucky to have a wealth of talented, creative chefs that call Sequim home. Here they have a wide choice of fresh local ingredients provided by the fertile Dungeness Valley farms and fishing waters along the coastline. Additionally, Sequim has a beautiful setting, with a lively, walkable downtown that draws tourists and the many festival goers every season. However, it’s the warm and welcoming community that make Sequim such an appealing place to put down roots. Come out and visit Sequim to taste the best food found on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Visit Charming Sequim on the Beautiful Olympic Peninsula

mountain views in Sequim during marathonWhen visiting Sequim it’s hard to choose what activities to include. There’s so much to do in our beautiful corner of the Olympic Peninsula. However, Elizabeth Rose perfectly highlights the best of Sequim in her wonderful article “5 Reasons You Must Visit Sequim Washington.” Of course she begins with the mild, sunny weather we enjoy year-round, and we couldn’t agree more with her reasons to come out for a visit. After exploring the many charms of our town you may never want to leave.

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Discover Great Fishing and Shellfishing in Sequim

The great fishing around Sequim has been a locals’ secret for some time. This unique region of the Olympic Peninsula has fresh and saltwater fishing at sunsethabitats and includes a wide variety of species. Halibut and salmon are found in abundance in the waters around Sequim. Chinook salmon are in Sequim Bay year-round, while the halibut season begins in May and lasts until June. Find shrimp, oysters, and Dungeness crab in Sequim and Discovery Bays. Head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to catch halibut, cutthroat, and steelhead. The Dungeness River has silver salmon while the Dungeness Spit has winter blackmouth. Sequim also has less rainfall than most Pacific Northwest towns and mild temperatures. So it’s always a good day to take the boat out, making this a wonderful place for anglers to call home.

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Golf in Sunny Sequim

Professional golf gear on the golf course at sunset.Picture a perfect day of golf on a sunny, well-groomed course, bordered with tall cedar trees and a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains. Find this idyllic setting at the golf courses in Sequim. And with a rainfall average of only 13 inches annually, we have the best conditions for year round golf. It’s one of the many reasons so many people relocate and retire to the banana belt of Sequim, Washington!  Sequim remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s best kept secrets.

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Top-Rated Restaurants in Sequim

Sequim RestaurantsYou’ve either made the decision to move to Sequim or are starting to think about it, and you can hardly wait to explore your new/potential hometown in earnest. Likely, the decision to move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest has involved plenty of little decisions along the way.  Things like access to high quality healthcare, affordability, weather, quality of life & community enrichment programs, and the quality of the public schools.  Now that those bigger decisions are out of the way, it’s time to see what else lies in wait to enrich your daily life. Perhaps you’re the type of person that likes to enjoy the occasional meal out?  Though small in size, there is certainly no shortage of spectacular restaurants in Sequim to satisfy every craving.  It may even be just the push you need to check out the local real estate market and make your decision final.

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Plan For Retirement in Sunny Sequim

Sequim Washington RetirementWhether you’re planning to retire by the end of the year, sometime next year, or even several years from now, choosing the perfect place to spend your retirement years is an important consideration.  Sequim has been consistently ranked as one of the West’s best places to retire.  To those of us familiar with Sequim’s abundant beauty and small-town charm, that comes as no surprise. However, if you’ve never heard of our charming little town on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, now is a great time to discover why this is the perfect retirement town. From the high number of active older adults and affordably priced homes, to its temperate climate and abundant opportunities for recreation, Sequim is the ideal retirement community. Whether you’re coming from Alaska, California, or somewhere east of here, spend a few days in Sequim and feel the charm that makes this sunny little town so alluring, then start planning for tomorrow by browsing through our Sequim Real Estate. Continue reading “Plan For Retirement in Sunny Sequim”

Top 5 Summer Activities in Sequim

Sequim summer activitiesMost people don’t need a reason to move here; one simple look around at the abundant natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula has them hooked for life.  However, if you’re looking for yet another reason to move to Sequim, you don’t need to look far during these warm summer months in the stunning Pacific Northwest.  With an abundance of natural resources and summer activities to enjoy, it’s not hard to see why Sequim is such a popular and wonderful community to be a part of.  Whether you want to spend your time hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, or visiting thriving local farms and markets, these 5 top summer activities will help you make the most out of your summers in Sequim. Continue reading “Top 5 Summer Activities in Sequim”



Airplane pilots refer to Sequim as the “Blue Hole”. Sequim is within a rain shadow and is THE prime location within Washington State’s Banana Belt. We will help you find your perfect property in Sequim and the surrounding areas. We also serve the Port Angeles area as well.

The Sequim area has the driest Pacific Coast climate north of Los Angeles, California. The average annual precipitation is only 17 inches of rain per year.  Yes we do sometimes get some snow.

Average Summer Day : 72°F
Average Summer Night : 49°F
Average Winter Day : 42°F
Average Winter Night : 31°F
The above is a sample of what you have to look forward to when relocating to Sequim or becoming the owner of Sequim property. Our air quality is wonderful.

Exciting recreational activities are offered to everyone and every age including nut not limited to: Golf to Garage Sales; Sky Diving to Clam Digging; Sailing to Swimming; Varieties of Hunting for birds, big game, mushrooms; Fishing for salmon, trout, steelhead, halibut, crab, etc, etc…all within a short drive from Sequim!

Choose a direction! Traveling for approximately 2 hours creates a radius offering Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Olympic, Bellingham and Victoria B.C. via ferry ride.

At this writing there are 33 religious organizations in Sequim and over 150 fraternal, service and special interest groups, ranging from the T-Ball level of Little League Baseball to Emeritus and Retired branches of national organizations.

Clallam County supports “The Bus” system which serves the entire region. There is a connection to points in Jefferson County and Port Townsend. Monthly passes range from $18.00 – $54..00 Seniors over 65 ride for $1.00 cash for a one way ride. Senior passes are between $18 and $54 per month. Taxi services are also available. Currently there is bus transportation to Sea-Tac International Airport daily.

Territorial Perspective
90% of Clallam County is owned by State and Federal Agencies, while approximately 5% is owned by large timber interests such as Merril and Ring, Weyerhauser etc. Our 13,000 acre valley is bounded by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Olympic National Park, and Sequim Bay.

Sequim’s current population is 6,700, Outlying areas: 19,000, Clallam County: 73,500

Retirement Centers
There are a number of retirement centers in Sequim offering complete care, assisted living, or basic active retirement living. They are coupled with good medical facilities, security and a variety of home styles and floor plans along with the natural beauty of this place, makes Sequim and Port Angeles a top choice for retirement or just plain living. Of course there are also condos, townhouses, stick built homes and manufactured homes as well.

Medical Services
Scores of Emergency Medical Technicians
23 Paramedics
80 bed Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles
An excellent selection of physicians and dentists
6 competitive pharmacies and an outstanding cancer care facility.


Taxes and Utilities
No State income tax
Local sales tax is 8.5%
Local property tax is approximately 1.2% of assessment
Water charges vary with location. Water supplied from public and community systems to wells, both private and public.
Public Utility District (PUD) electric is 7.4 cents/KWH plus a monthly base rate of $27.30
No natural gas, however liquefied petroleum is available
Some areas are served by sewer systems others use on-site septic systems
Trash and garbage pick up are available in most places

City Manager/City Council
Sequim Police Department is backed up by volunteer reserves
Clallam County Sheriff and Washington State Patrol
Volunteer fire department has a full time chief and 23 paramedics

Communications and Media
The Sequim Gazette (weekly)
Peninsula Daily News (daily)
Wave Broadband
Various AM/FM radios stations over 80 miles radius
Multiple Internet providers from 28.8k to fiber optic service

There are 2,868 students in the public school system. Sequim has an excellent school system (K-12), recognized as one of the better districts in the State. Peninsula College (Port Angeles) curriculum offers a wide variety of both interest and academic courses. Adult and evening classes are offered in Sequim. The North Olympic library System Branch in Sequim accesses over 213,000 volumes of books, video tapes, audio cassettes, cds, dvds, phonographic records and talking books.

8 Full Service Banks
6 Grocery Stores
13 Mini-Storage Warehouses
Mobile home parks with temporary and long term rentals

If you have questions about Sequim or Port Angeles we will do our best to get the answers to you. Please feel free to contact us at anytime.