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Our Favorite Fall Activities!

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula is pretty magical – and certainly ranks high at the top of our list of places to explore.  There are so many great things to do in Sequim this fall, too, some of which may surrpise you! The Pacific Northwest may not share the same vibrant colors of New England in the fall, but Mother Nature still puts on a great show each year. It’s been a relatively dry summer, even for sunny Sequim, and we’re really looking forward to the crisp, cool nights and sunny days ahead.

Whether you’re looking for an epic fall adventure seeking out the best fall colors the Pacific Northwest has to offer, or whether you’d rather spend your time browsing the shops, restaurants, and more in downtown Sequim, we can think of plenty of things to do in Sequim this fall (along with neighboring towns). We’d love to share some of our favorite fall traditions with you – don’t hesitate to reach out for more information about Sequim, especially if you’re considering moving here. Our team at Schwab Realty is always happy to help!

We're ready for the dramatic fall skies in the Pacific Northwest as you seek out adventure and enjoy the many things to do in Sequim this fall

5 of the Best Things to do in Sequim This Fall

Sequim is a charming, small-town located in the heart of the Dungeness River Valley. There are plenty of great things to do in Sequim, especially for such a small town.  Though the Olympic Peninsula is traditionally pretty wet (especially further west in the Hoh Rainforest), Sequim actually enjoys many more dry and sunny days than you’d expect. That’s even true as we head into fall.  The months of September and October are generally pretty nice here, which means there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy all of the incredible things to do in Sequim.

Locals and visitors alike enjoy hiking, biking, and kayaking throughout the year, and certainly well into fall.  Sequim is also home to a vibrant arts community and a charming downtown. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, and we’d love to share it with you this fall.  Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Sequim in the fall!

  1. Enjoy the beaches and waterways! Sequim has miles and miles of beautiful coastline to explore, both on foot and by boat. It’s one of our favorite things to do in Sequim, especially in the quieter months of fall. Walk the sandy beach of the Dungeness Spit, the largest natural sand spit in the country.  As you travel these 5.5 miles to the historic lighthouse, keep an eye open for wildlife and take in the stunning mountain views on your way. The tranquil bay here is a great place to kayak.
  2. One of the treasures of Sequim is the easy access to the extraordinary Olympic Discovery Trail. Biking this trail is one of the most popular things to do in Sequim. Pick up the trail at The Dungeness River Audubon Center, then hike, jog or bike over a trestle bridge crossing the Dungeness River. The path travels north to Port Angeles with miles of waterfront views along the way.
  3. Get up in the mountains and foothills and enjoy some fall hiking before the snowy season begins! There are nearly endless miles of hiking trails through old-growth forests to sweeping summit views. Some of the best trails are Hurricane Hill Trail, the Rain Shadow Loop Trail, Slab Camp Creek, and Lower Grey Wolf River trails. 
  4. Sequim has a thriving art community, with great performance venues and art galleries. Every month the downtown hosts a First Friday Art Walk. It’s a celebration of talented local artists and a fun way to enjoy the participating galleries, shops, and restaurants. 
  5. For a quaint small town, Sequim has an amazing number of talented chefs. For wonderful, fresh-caught seafood served with a waterfront view go to The Dockside Grill overlooking Sequim Bay. While Alder Wood Bistro offers creative cuisine made with the highest quality organic ingredients from local farms. Within a renovated Episcopalian Church, Blondie’s Plate serves excellent northwest contemporary cuisine and great cocktails. Relax at the idyllic farm setting when dining at Nourish. Their delicious, satisfying meals use ingredients from local farms, fishermen, and ranchers.

A misty walk through the woods is one of our favorite things to do in Sequim in the fall

More Things to do on the Olympic Peninsula

Though there really are plenty of things to do in Sequim this fall to keep you as busy as you want to be, Sequim is just one of many small towns worth visiting while you’re here!  Of course, there is always plenty to do in the great outdoors, including visiting the coast, taking hikes in the Olympic National Park, and exploring other towns like Port Angeles and Port Townsend.

Whether you’re contemplating moving here or are just looking to escape the dreary weather and big cities this fall, the Olympic Peninsula – and Sequim, in particular – is a wonderful place for shopping, dining, and spending time outdoors. Here are a few more ideas to enjoy fall on the Olympic Peninsula:

  1. Watch the salmon spawning on local rivers!  It’s one of the many great things to do in Sequim, and a great place to do that is Railroad Bridge Park. You can also enjoy salmon spawning at the Elwah River, where you can also witness the power of Mother Nature in this wild river restoration.
  2. Take a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy a vibrant sunset from any of the beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, or from the top of Hurricane Ridge.
  3. Go wine tasting!  There are 9 award-winning wineries that call the Olympic Peninsula home.
  4. Head out to Finn River Cidery for a relaxing afternoon.
  5. Head out for some leaf-peeping!  Here are some of the best spots to spot fall foliage around the Olympic Peninsula.
  6. Browse the many quaint downtowns found on the Olympic Peninsula.  Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles all have ample shops and restaurants worth browsing!
  7. Fall is a great time to watch for wildlife – which includes the fall bird migration. Some of the top places for birdwatching, other than the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, include Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, the Clallam Bay, Sekiu and Neah Bay areas, La Push, Kalaloch beaches, the Hood Canal shoreline, and Olympic National Park.

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More than anything this fall, make sure you enjoy the opportunity to get outside for some of the best natural medicine we have available to us – fresh air and sunshine!  We’re lucky to have so many great things to do in Sequim at our disposal year-round. Spending time in nature is absolutely restorative and there’s no better place to enjoy it than right here in sunny Sequim.

After a few days here, we have no doubt you’ll fall in love with the area.  When you do, we’re here to help make your transition as smooth and easy as possible. Contact us today at our Sequim Real Estate Office today!