Enjoy the Best of the Olympic Peninsula Living in Sequim WA
Discover why living in Sequim WA makes its residents feel like the luckiest people on earth. For some it’s the amazing setting and breathtaking scenery they wake up to each day. This coastal town sits alongside the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with the towering Olympic Mountains on the other side, and nestled between them is the rich Dungeness Valley farmlands. The surrounding mountains and forests provide miles of beautiful hiking trails. While the shimmering coastline offers kayaking, fishing, and whale watching opportunities. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy every activity possible while living in Sequim WA. Sequim’s location in a rainshadow also creates mild and sunny weather. So locals enjoy the outdoors biking, golfing and flying no matter the season.
In addition to a beautiful landscape, Sequim has a charming, walkable downtown, full of great restaurants and shops. The friendly, active community offers plenty of opportunities to meet your neighbors and share interests. Wonderful festivals are also held in and around Sequim throughout the year. You’ll never run out of fascinating things to do while living in Sequim WA. Come out and visit this gem on the Olympic Peninsula and see why so many choose Sequim as their home. Contact our knowledgeable brokers at Schwab Realty. We’d love to help you find your perfect place in lovely Sequim.
10 Great Reasons for Living in Sequim WA
- The Olympic Mountains – These majestic mountains dominate the stunning scenery in Sequim. Waking each day with a view of the impressive peaks makes living in Sequim Wa so amazing. However they are not just pretty to look at, the Olympic National Park has endless hiking opportunities and some of the best are not far from Sequim. Depending on the season, hiking in the parks includes trails that lead to vista views, magical waterfalls and alpine meadows filled with wildflowers. The fun doesn’t end in the winter months with the skiing and snowshoeing adventures on Hurricane Ridge.
- A Beautiful Coastline – Sequim locals enjoy miles of scenic coastline and longest nature sand spit in the United State. Hiking the Dungeness Spit takes you right out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and offers wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. There’s no place quite like it with twisted the sun-bleached driftwood and bald eagles hunting overhead. The shining waters around Sequim also offer great boating, kayaking, fishing, and whale watching throughout the year.
- Lavender Farms – Nicknamed the Provence of the Pacific Northwest, Sequim is famous for its valley filled with lavender farms. Thousands visit Sequim each summer for the epic Lavender Festival. Then the dozens of lavender farms create wonderful products from their summer harvest. Quaint lavender farm shops offer soaps, oils, lotions and many other lavender treats to enjoy the rest of the year. However Sequim is at its most beautiful when the lavender fields are in bloom and the Dungeness Valley is bright purple as far as the eye can see.
- The Olympic Rain Shadow – Sequim sits in a sweet spot, protected by the Olympic Mountains that creates mild and sunny weather most of the year. With only about 17 inches of rainfall annually and comfortable temperatures during every season, Sequim residents can enjoy the outdoors all year. Pilots call to Sequim as the “Blue Hole” referring to the lack of clouds and ideal landing conditions. The ideal weather conditions is why so many love living in Sequim Wa.
- Great Restaurants – Sequim, with all its small-town charm, has a surprising number of excellent restaurants. The Dockside Grill serves freshly caught seafood with wonderful views of Sequim Bay. For a romantic setting with a creative dishes locals go out to Alder Wood Bistro or Nourish. Blondie’s Plate and the new restaurant Salty Girls have a more casual setting with great food and cocktails. For the best, hearty breakfasts everyone meets at the warm and welcoming Oak Table. Sequim’s downtown also offers international cuisine, gourmet coffee bars, pubs and a lively wine bar.
- Friendly Community – Sequim’s active community comes together walking around the quaint town center during fun First Friday Art Walks, the seasonal Farmers Market, and holiday events. While the Dungeness Audubon Center, Sequim YMCA, and the Sequim public library host classes, events and clubs for almost any interest. The community also plans fun events throughout the year bringing together cyclists, birders, aviators, and music lovers just to name a few.
- Great Day Trips – While living in Sequim Wa has a lot to offer, it’s a great jumping off point to explore Washington’s rugged coast, lush rainforests, and several interesting historic towns. Take a day to discover lovely Victorian Port Townsend, eclectic Port Angeles or catch the Black Ball Ferry from the docks there to beautiful Victoria BC. For hiking adventures travel out to Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, the Sol Duc Falls, or the magical Hoh Rain Forest. Visit the Pacific Ocean on the wild Washington coast and see the towering seas stacks on Shi Shi Beach or hike to the furthest northwestern point of the contiguous United States for amazing views at Cape Flattery.
- Festivals – Sequim hosts one of the most well-known and successful festival each summer that celebrates the valley’s wonderful lavender farms. However, the growing Tour de Lavender in Sequim is also a fun way to visit the farms while pedaling around the lovely landscape. Sequim joins with fellow city Port Angeles that both host the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Learn more about the history of Sequim during The Sequim Irrigation Festival and Northwest Colonial Festival. Nearby Port Angeles is also home to the mouthwatering Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival. Learn more about the local wildlife and ecology at the Birdfest and Riverfest. Sequim pilots gather together at the end of summer for their Air Affaire. While Port Townsend hosts the summer-long Olympic Music Festival. Throughout the year the Olympic Peninsula wineries open their doors to visitors during the Red Wine, Cider and Chocolate Tour, Wine, Cider and Cheese Tour and Harvest Wine Tour.
- An Affordable Good Life – Both retirees and young families alike find living in Sequim Wa just what they’re looking for in a community. This wonderful town has amazing amenities but with very reasonable housing prices. In addition to low local property taxes, there’s no state income tax. Sequim is a great home town that’s affordable for everyone.
- Activities for Everyone – Always growing, trying new things and doing what you love makes life rewarding. When living in Sequim WA your choices are endless. Residents here love biking, hiking, birding, flying, kayaking, photography, golfing and so much more. The community offers classes and groups for almost any hobby or activity. Find a hiking or biking group that meets on the Olympic Discovery Trail, or go walking with a morning bird watching group at the Dungeness Audubon Center. Join a fitness or swimming class at the Sequim YMCA, or a book club at the Sequim public library. Sequim has something for everyone!
Take a trip to Sequim and check out this great town on the Olympic Peninsula yourself. Contact our friendly staff at Schwab Realty, we’d love to show you around. You may never want to leave!