Winter is Better in Sequim
Planning a winter escape is simply not necessary for Sequim residents. Since it’s located within the rain shadow of the Olympic mountain range, Sequim stays dry and sunny throughout the year. And this ideal weather creates mild temperatures and an annual rainfall of only 17 inches. While we do get the occasional snow flurry, winter days stay in the 40’s. So Sequim locals can play outside all year. Not to mention the lively, walkable downtown when they want to spend an evening at a great restaurant or shopping. All this in a beautiful setting surrounded by snow capped mountains, old growth forests and a shimmering coastline. Sequim really has everything that makes a great location and community.
Sequim Outdoor Winter Activities
There is so much to do in the great outdoors in Sequim. One day you can hike to a breathtaking summit and the next bike along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Our local pilots love the amazing views and sunny weather. Maybe that’s why flying enthusiasts call Sequim the “Blue Hole.” The beaches and coastline also invite long walks or exploring while paddling a kayak.
Other outdoor hobbies include taking it slow and appreciating the view. Golf is a favorite activity that’s enjoyed on all those sunny days. While some residents like to meet up with the local bird watching groups. They search the diverse landscape looking for majestic raptors, beautiful songbirds and swift shore birds. While our many talented photographers enjoy capturing the stunning scenery and wildlife.
Hiking around Sequim during the winter months is a peaceful experience. The summer crowds are gone, but the trails are at their most beautiful. The forest streams have a lace-work of ice on their banks and the evergreens are dusted with snow. While colorful mosses and mushrooms decorate the path and fallen trees. The quieter trails still lead to stunning summit views, magical waterfalls or crystal clear mountain lakes. The nearby Olympic National Park and Sequim’s Dungeness Spit offer rejuvenating winter hikes for all levels.
While Sequim doesn’t see much snow, Hurricane Ridge has all the snowy adventures and activities you could want. Just an hour’s drive from Sequim find Hurricane Ridge National Park. The annual snowfall here is over 400 inches and there are amazing views at the 5,242 foot summit. Visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe, while the kids sled in the beautiful scenery. Also within the park is the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club with 10 skiing and snowboarding trails. It has everything needed for a fun day in the snow.
Winter in Downtown Sequim
Sequim’s lovely downtown is even more charming with holiday lights and decorations. Stroll the unique shops and art galleries, then enjoy a great meal at a wonderful restaurant. The First Friday Art Walks are a fun way to tour the downtown. Many shops and cafes display artists’ works and Wind Rose Cellars also has live music while you sip a flight. Sequim has a surprising number of excellent restaurants from cozy pubs to romantic cafes. Some of the local favorites are The Dockside Grill, Alder Wood Bistro, Blondie’s Plate and Nourish.
Visit Sequim this winter and see everything our fantastic town has to offer. After walking our beaches, exploring the quaint town and admiring the beautiful landscape, you will not want to leave. Not only will dry, sunny weather warm you up to our town, the welcoming community also makes it a great place to live. Our friendly agents at Schwab Realty would love to show you around and find your perfect home in our corner of the Olympic Peninsula