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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.

 

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival comes to Port Angeles, WA

Fresh Caught Dungeness Crab with Butter and LemonSavor mouthwatering Dungeness crab dishes at the 17th Annual CrabFest, October 5th to 7th. This delicious festival takes over the waterfront of charming Port Angeles. The event is free and invites visitors to “Embrace Your Inner Crab” with an array of food, activities and live music. 14 local restaurants offer samples of their culinary creations. Also learn new techniques from celebrity chefs at the cooking demonstrations or sample the entries for the Chowder Cook-Off. In addition to great food, sample some local beer, wine or cider. Enjoy the live music while perusing the craft and merchant vendors. Active festival goers can join the 5K fun run along the Olympic Discovery Trail, Saturday, October 6th at 11:00am. Or try something new during the rowing demonstrations on Hollywood Beach 3:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday. The festival is a fun way to explore the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

Endless Crab and Seafood Choices

Bring your appetite and sample all the tasty seafood choices. Try a variety of dishes or purchase tickets for the festival dinner. The dinner includes a steamed or chilled whole Dungeness crab served with Nash’s organic coleslaw and Sunny Farms’ corn on Gourmet crab cakesthe cob.

Discover diverse seafood meals cooked to perfection by local restaurants while exploring the festival. The Cedars at Dungeness elevates grilled cheese, poutine and poppers with tasty Dungeness crab. And Sequim’s Sunny Farms offers a Dungeness quiche in addition to pumpkin, blackberry and apple pies. Jamestown Seafood raises and harvests Sequim Bay Jades, Sapphires and Opal oysters. Enjoy their raw oysters on the half shell along with geoduck sashimi and ceviche.

Port Angeles restaurants also show off their seafood creations. Twilight fans will want to try Bella Italia’s Dungeness crab cakes, sandwiches, and shooters. The Port Angeles Crab House offers crab and seafood stewcreamy Dungeness Crab mac and cheese and their signature coconut prawns. For the best fish and chips or a steaming bowl of seafood gumbo, stop by the Kokopelli Grill booth. Sergio’s Hacienda & Cantina serves spicy fish tacos, enchiladas and shrimp ceviche. Toga’s Soup House will warm your bones with a rich Dungeness crab bisque and Northwest clam chowder.

Take the festival home with you with the “Crab To Go” packages. However, after strolling the festival with stunning Olympic mountains and waterfront views you may not want to leave. Residents of Sequim and Port Angeles enjoy the bounty of the region’s pristine waters and lush farmlands year round. Our agents at Schwab Realty are experts in the Sequim and Port Angeles neighborhoods. Contact us today to find your perfect home in this beautiful corner of the Olympic peninsula.

 

 

 

Top 5 Reasons to Retire in Sequim, WA

Retire in Sequim sunset over Strait Of Juan De Fuca Imagine you retire to a town with great weather, a stunning natural setting, various outdoor activities and a lively downtown. Sequim has all of this and so much more. The list of reasons to retire to sunny Sequim is unlimited but here are the top 5:

Weather

Pilots gave Sequim the nickname the “Blue Hole” because it resides in the Olympic rain shadow. The average annual rainfall is only 17 inches and most days are sunny and mild. Therefore residents can enjoy the outdoors year round. The summer days average a pleasant  72°F and winter days stay around 42°F. The great weather makes it easy to take advantage of Sequim’s beautiful setting and many recreational activities.

Beautiful Setting

Sequim is surrounded by a diverse, breathtaking landscape that includes mountain ranges, miles of beautiful coastline, and idyllic pastoral farms. The majestic snow capped Olympic Mountains tower in the distance. While the Olympic National Park’s network of hiking trails are a short drive away. Alongside Sequim’s gorgeous shoreline the Strait of Juan de Fuca shimmers in the sunshine. Making the waterfront the perfect place to watch spectacular sunsets. Sequim also boasts the longest natural sand spit in the United States. The remarkable 6.8 mile long Dungeness Spit is a beautiful place for observing wildlife. However, Sequim is most famously known for its rolling lavender fields. Every summer the Dungeness Valley explodes with the glow of purple flowers.

Recreational Activities

retire to sequim Professional golf gear on the golf course at sunset.Sequim’s excellent weather and diverse natural setting make it a great place for almost any outdoor activity. Residents treasure the beautiful coastline and love to go boating, fishing, kayaking and swimming. Hikers also have a myriad of choices from tranquil forest trails, to windswept beach walks and challenging mountain hikes. Sequim is also a wonderful walking and biking town with a charming downtown to explore. Not to mention easy access to the 130 mile long Olympic Discovery Trail. This amazing biking trail rolls through picturesque farmland then parallels the gorgeous coastline for miles. Of course golf is a very popular activity enjoyed year round in Sequim’s ideal weather. Likewise many pilots call Sequim home and appreciate the perfect flying conditions the “Blue Hole” offers.

Great Community

Sequim has a warm and welcoming community with many opportunities to meet and socialize withretire in Sequim Lavender Festival neighbors. The lively downtown has great shops, cafes, galleries, and restaurants. The community holds regular events like art walks, a farmer’s market, local theater shows and concerts. Additionally, there are clubs for every interest from birding to biking. Regular festivals also bring the community together to celebrate. Most notably are the Lavender Festival, Irrigation Festival, Olympic Peninsula Birdfest, Air Affaire, and Riverfest.

Affordable Cost of Living

When choosing a place to retire affordable housing is a top priority. Surprisingly, this beautiful, active community has very reasonable housing prices. The median home value in Sequim is around $244,000 and Washington has no state income tax. Add a low local property tax and it makes for a very comfortable place to retire.

Simply put, Sequim is a great place to retire. The beautiful landscape, wide choice of recreation and great community make it a paradise for active adults. That coupled with a affordable cost of living makes the choice clear. Contact our amazing staff at Schwab Realty and we’ll find your dream retirement home.

 

Explore the Dungeness River Festival in Sequim, WA

the Dungeness River celebrated in a festivalThe Dungeness River Festival celebrates a beautiful river while educating about its preservation. Come to the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park and meet the wonderful community that makes it possible. This free event takes place Friday, September 28th and includes activities, food and fun for all ages. Kick off a weekend visit to Sequim at the festival. Stay and discover the charming downtown surrounded by the stunning Olympic Peninsula.

Festival Activities

Last year’s festival had over 2,500 visitors and 20-plus activities. The dedicated volunteers bring this festival together each year to educate visitors on the importance of the Dungeness River. Learn about the ecological and recreational value of the watershed through river walks and demonstrations.

Several local organizations and groups bring their perspective and stories about the river’s significance. Additionally, they inspire visitors of all ages to become active stewards and protectors of this essential resource. The River festival held at Railroad Bridge Park Sequim Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA) bring informative nature exhibits and activities. While the US Forest Service engages young ones with activities and special guest, Smokey Bear, teaching his message of fire prevention. Many other conservation and preservation groups will join the party including the National Park Service, Clallam County, and North Olympic Land Trust.

The Dungeness River and surrounding trails provide visitors and locals with recreational opportunities. Anglers, bird watchers, and horse riders all depend on a healthy watershed and habitat. At the festival The Back Country Horsemen will discuss how to interact with horses on trails. Also learn more about the lifecycle of the river’s fish on an evening “salmon walk.”

Sequim residents enjoy hiking and biking the trails along the river. Also local artists find inspiration in the river’s quiet grace. Their photographs and paintings can be found at art galleries in Sequim’s charming downtown. Clearly Sequim has a lot to offer and is a wonderful place to live. Contact our agents at Schwab Realty, we would love to show you around and help find your perfect home.

 

Plane Lovers Fly into Sequim’s 2018 Air Affaire

Small plane flying against a blue sky sunny day.Plane and flying hobbyists gather at the Sequim Valley Airport for the 6th Annual Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire on August 25th and 26th. This two day celebration includes antique plane exhibitions, a classic car show, helicopter and hot air balloon rides. Not to mention entertainment such as aerial demonstrations and a remote control aircraft show. And it wouldn’t be a summer fair without great live music and local food. A car load of your friends will only cost $5 for this fun filled day visiting sunny Sequim. See why so many pilots call Sequim the “blue hole.” The dry weather and mild temperatures make this the perfect location for aviation enthusiasts to call home.

Plane Exhibitions, Demonstrations and Entertainment

This two day event has a lot of activities and something for everyone. Certainly the antique plane exhibition is a favorite every year. And it also includes the Clallam County chapter of EAA-Kit Planes-Experimental Aircraft Association. They’re great group, dedicated to promoting aviation on the northern Olympic Peninsula.

Every year the classic car show outdoes itself with some rare and mint condition beauties. All vehicles are invited to enter the show for a chance to win prizes. Stroll through the foreign cars, military Hot Air Balloon flying against a blue sky and plane fairvehicles, motorcycles, and trucks. While the kids will enjoy the emergency vehicles on display and the chance to look inside.  

Appreciate the view from a thrilling helicopter tour or enchanting hot-air balloon ride. The Morning Star Balloon Co. will have rides available around 7:00 am both days of the fair. While Atomic Helicopters has several local tours to choose from on Saturday and Sunday.

While safely on the ground watch daring aerial demonstrations . The Diamond Point Swift Formation Team dazzle viewers with aerial maneuvers including dramatic smoke trails. Also don’t miss the thrilling skydiving and wing walking demos.

The remote control (RC) aircraft groups show off their latest creations with a stunt flying show. The Sequim RC Aeronauts and the Olympic RC Modelers from Port Angeles display their amazing array of crafts sunset silhouette of planeranging from giant to featherweight. After trying your own hand at an RC computer simulator, you might just get hooked.

The Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire is a great excuse to come out to sunny Sequim for a fun weekend. The local pilots know that nothing beats the breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the air. If this sounds like your perfect town, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable agents at Schwab Realty.