Author: Schwab Realty

U-pick Berries on the Olympic Peninsula

The taste of sun ripened berries is one of the simple pleasures of summer. Plan a u-pick day at an idyllic Sequim farm on the Olympic Peninsula. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim boasts more sunny days then other surrounding towns. So it’s no surprise that sunny Sequim has a choice of family owned berry farms to explore. The lush Dungeness Valley farmland, with views of the distant mountains, make a day of berry gathering a pure joy.

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The Best Kayaking Launch Spots in Sequim

Kayaking around Sequim on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula is always an adventure. Whether you’re gliding on the calm waters of Sequim Bay or paddling along the windy Dungeness Spit, there’s plenty to see. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife, from shore birds to great raptors and adorable seals to pods of orcas. The Sequim coastline is a magical place with stunning mountain views in the distance. The Olympic Mountains are not only breathtaking but create the sheltering rain shadow over lovely Sequim. This creates a dry, sunny climate making year-round outdoor recreation possible. Sequim residents enjoy kayaking, hiking, biking and golfing during the mild winters as well as the glorious summer months. Come out for a visit and discover the best kept secret on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Farmers Market Opening in Sequim May 4th

The Sequim farmers market is celebrating 24 years of food, fun and a great community. The 2019 season began May 4th and it lasts until October 26th. It hosts over 60 vendors from the Olympic Peninsula. Most of the participating farms, artists and chefs are local to Sequim. Every Saturday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, neighbors gather at the Civic Center Plaza in the center of downtown Sequim for a festive atmosphere. When visiting the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, stop by the charming town of Sequim. The farmers market is a great place to stock up on hiking provisions or grab a tasty lunch.

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Boat Tours to Protection Island this Summer

Puffin on cliffs of Protection IslandOut in the Salish Sea, between Sequim and Discovery Bay, is a wild place named Protection Island. After years of damage from farming, development and even artillery practice this island wildlife refuge is recovering and thriving. The Shoreline, grasslands and bluffs are the breeding and nesting grounds to a wide variety of bird species. In fact it’s one of only two Puffin breeding grounds left in the Salish Sea. While the island is closed to visitors, boat tours are permitted 200 yards off the shoreline. Booking a summer boat tour is your best chance to view the elusive puffin. The Puget Sound Express offer 3 hour Protection Island Puffin Cruises all summer long. Cruises depart at 6:00 PM from Port Townsend on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Plan a summer adventure touring the Salish Sea and spotting rare wildlife.

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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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