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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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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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Outstanding Bird Watching Opportunities in Sequim

BirdFest bald eagle soaringBird watching is taken seriously in Sequim and the active birding community tracks the hundreds of species found in this region. The diverse landscape on the Olympic Peninsula make it a birding paradise. Here you can find an amazing array of bird species including raptors, shorebirds, songbirds and waterfowl. Explore their habitats on hikes along sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, deep forests, and lofty mountain tops. Sequim’s Dungeness Audubon Center hosts weekly bird walks and also many classes for bird lovers. These walks are a great way to meet people, get out in nature and spot the beautiful birds of the Olympic Peninsula.

Bird Walks and Talks in Sequim

The Dungeness Audubon Center is a great resource for experienced birders and also those new to it. Located at the Railroad Bridge Park, visitors can pick up birding information, and explore the wooded trails on the grounds. The center serves as the meeting place for weekly bird walks and several related classes.

Every Wednesday the center hosts a morning bird walk from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. All walks are completely free and for all ages and experience levels. Meet the welcoming birding community and find the best watching spots around Sequim. Spend the day bird watching harlequin duckswalking with friendly company, in beautiful settings while spotting magnificent birds. It’s a great way to learn more about the natural landscape around Sequim.

The River Center also offers several seasonal classes and hands-on workshops. Learn how to identify birds and their songs in the introductory classes. Discover the fascinating birds of winter in the majestic raptor and crafty corvid talks. While the acrobatic spring swallows are celebrated in an illustrated seminar. Or help out the feathered locals by building them a nest box.

Great Bird Watching Locations in Sequim

The center lists the best locations to find a wide variety of birds. Visiting the sites showcases just how stunning and interesting the landscape is in Sequim. Spend one day on a windswept beach with endless water views, then another in a tranquil forest path along a rushing river. No wonder the human and avian residents love making their home here.

bird watching seller's jayPreserving and appreciating wildlife and their habitats is a priority of the Dungeness Audubon Center and the Sequim community. The dramatic coastline, serene bays and old growth forests are treasures to be protected. Living among the stunning landscape with the many majestic birds is why bird lovers make Sequim their home. Schwab Realty has helped countless people find their perfect home in our wonderful town. Contact our knowledgeable agents and explore what this picturesque area has to offer.