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The 2019 Summer Olympic Music Festival

Violin Player Playing Music at Olympic Music Festival The beautiful sounds of perfectly performed classical music returns this summer during the 2019 Olympic Music Festival. This beloved gathering of superstar violinists, pianists, cellists, vocalists and many more play the moving works of famous composers. Over multiple weeks, the summer-long festival takes place July 13th and 14th then continues from August 10th until September 8th. Charming Port Townsend hosts the concerts on the historic grounds of Fort Worden. The melodic music blends exquisitely with the graceful beauty of the Olympic Peninsula landscape. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear world-class talent in the most scenic region of Washington.

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Go Golfing in Sunny Sequim, Washington

gear for golfing on course at sunsetSimply put, Sequim is a golfing paradise in the Pacific Northwest. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim only sees about 13 inches of rain annually. These sunny days with mild temperatures create the perfect conditions for year-round golfing. In addition to great weather, golfers enjoy the beautiful views of snow capped mountains and a shimmering coastline. While the three professional golf courses offer plenty of choice, and all the amenities a player could want. It’s no surprise that so many active seniors choose to retire in the banana belt of Sequim, Washington. Contact our knowledgeable agents at Schwab Realty and find your own piece of paradise on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Register Now for the North Olympic Discovery Marathon

Runners streak past the camera in a marathonThe North Olympic Discovery Marathon could very well be the most scenic course you ever run in your life. That might be why this event (that started in 2003 with only 500 runners) now boasts over 2000 participants. The race is located on the stunning Olympic Peninsula between the charming towns of Sequim and Port Angeles, WA. The majority of this point-to-point course is on the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT). The trail includes sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains and a 5-mile stretch that parallels the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This unique opportunity is great for athletes, beginners and families alike. Register today and start training for your best time.

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Tips for Finding (or Making) the Perfect Accessible Home

Accessible house hunting man using wheelchair on street and stopping near stairs without rampAs exciting as it is, house hunting is always a challenge. When you have a physical disability, finding a home that is accessible and suits your needs can seem next to impossible. However, whether you’re looking to buy or rent, there are houses and apartments available on the market that are either wheelchair-ready or that show potential for modifications. You just have to know where to look, and need to be able to consider the time, energy, and costs of making the home into what you need. To get you started, we have a few helpful tips for finding an accessible (or potentially accessible) home.

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Sequim Festivals to Plan for in 2019

lavender festivalsSequim hosts dozens of festivals throughout the year that celebrate a vast number of interests and activities. The events include birding, biking, lavender, wine and delicious Dungeness crab, all in the beautiful setting of the Olympic Peninsula. The diverse gatherings also show off the stunning coastlines, forests, farms and mountains that surround Sequim. While the festival events offer up great food, wine, music, arts and recreation. All this make Sequim a fun and lively place to visit. Locals never run out of entertaining and interesting things to do in our great town.

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5 Reasons to Visit Sequim this Winter

winter beach walk in SequimWinter is a great time to visit Sequim. There are many reasons to explore this piece of paradise on the Olympic Peninsula. We have great sunny weather year-round with mild winter temperatures. The landscape is amazing, with beautiful coastlines, forests, valleys and snow capped mountains in the distance. Not to mention Sequim’s walkable downtown with great shops, restaurants and cafes. Plan a weekend escape to sunny Sequim on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula this winter.

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Winter Recreation Keeps Sequim Outdoors all Season

winter beach walk in SequimWinter in Sequim doesn’t mean staying huddled indoors waiting for Spring. Located in the rain shadow of the majestic Olympic Mountains, Sequim stays sunny most of the year. This, coupled with mild temperatures, invites locals and visitors to play outside through the winter months. While the beautiful, diverse landscape offers mountains, coastlines and forests to explore and enjoy. Add a warm and welcoming downtown and Sequim has the perfect combination of a charming town surrounded by amazing scenery. It’s no surprise that so many choose to make their home in this piece of paradise on the Olympic Peninsula.

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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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Northwest Tribes History and Art in Sequim

Tribe Thunderbird Totem PoleThe native tribes of what is now known as the Olympic Peninsula have a huge influence on the history, culture and identity of this region. While the people of these nations are still part of the community today, they lived and prospered here over ten thousand years ago. Around Sequim the S’Klallam and other tribes depict folklore and tribal history with magnificent totem poles. Visit Sequim and see our coastline, forests and mountains through the beautiful stories of the local tribes.

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Winter is Better in Sequim

winter beach walk in SequimPlanning 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.

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