Category: Olympic Peninsula Attractions

Embrace Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Though we’re not quite yet to Labor Day, the final days of summer on the Olympic Peninsula are nearly upon us, and we find ourselves wistfully looking forward to a glorious fall ahead. The weather usually stays good here in the Sequim area well into September, and often through the first part of October.  But, even so, the crisp, cool nights of fall aren’t too far away.

On the bright side, even as the weather does cool down, there’s plenty to see and do on the Olympic Peninsula each fall, and that includes plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the Olympic National Park and the rest of the peninsula.  Sequim, in particular, is a delightful place to relax and unwind this fall, as it enjoys traditionally sunnier and drier weather than other parts of the PEninsula. Sequim is, after all, located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains.

As always, we’d love to share our favorite fall traditions on the Olympic Peninsula with you.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to our real estate agents in Sequim for more information – we may even be able to find you that perfect new home you’ve been dreaming of!

A Delightful Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

When we say you won’t run out of things to do up here on the Olympic Peninsula, we mean it!  Of course, there is plenty to enjoy in the outdoors including visiting the coast, taking hikes, and exploring the charming towns.  From Port Townsend to Forks, there’s an abundance of fun things to do and see along the way.  Whether you’re contemplating moving here, or are just looking to escape the dreary weather further west and east of us, the Olympic Peninsula – and Sequim, in particular – is a wonderful place for shopping, dining, and spending time outdoors.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Here are 10 of our favorite ways to spend a fall day on the stunning Olympic Peninsula:

  1. Take a walk through the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, home to a wonderful variety of animals, and a truly excellent place for birdwatching in the fall.  If you’re up for a long walk, take the 5.5 mile trip out to the historic Dungeness Lighthouse. Just remember, it’s 5.5 miles back, too!
  2. Watch the salmon spawning, and walk across the historic railroad trestle bridge at Railroad Bridge Park. Another great place to see the salmon spawn is the Elwah River, where you can also witness the power of Mother Nature in this wild river restoration.
  3. Fall is still a wonderful month for hiking – in fact, it’s one of our favorite times to hike, as the weather is cooler and the dramatic colors of fall are breathtaking!
  4. 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.
  5. Go wine tasting!  There are 9 award-winning wineries that call the Olympic Peninsula home.
  6. Head out to Finn River Cidery for a relaxing afternoon.
  7. Bike along portions of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which stretches across the peninsula for 140 miles and growing.
  8. Head out for some leaf-peeping!  Here are some of the best spots to spot fall foliage around the Olympic Peninsula.
  9. Browse the many quaint downtowns found on the Olympic Peninsula.  Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles all have ample shops and restaurants worth browsing!
  10. 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.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Interesting in Moving to the Olympic Peninsula?

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!  Spending time in nature is absolutely restorative and there’s no better place to enjoy it than right here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The short & dreary days of winter will be here before you know it, too – but even then we have some pretty great ideas on how to beat the winter blues and still enjoy this beautiful paradise we call home.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if, after spending just a short amount of time up here with us, that you fall in love with the area.  And, when you do, we’ll be here ready to help you make the move to your own little piece of our paradise.  Contact us today at our Sequim Real Estate Office.  We’ve been making dreams come true on the Olympic Peninsula for decades, and would nothing more than to help you.

 

Discover Olympic National Park This Fall

The Olympic National Park is world-renowned for its pristine access to nature, offering some of the most picturesque scenery in the country. The Olympic National Park spreads across the entire Olympic Peninsula, offering access to a diverse wilderness. In fact, we think the sheer diversity of the park, whether it’s in elevation, ecosystem, history, or something else entirely is one of its most endearing and special qualities.

From glacier-capped mountains to a stunning (and wild!) coastline, the Olympic National Park is certainly worth exploring. Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here for a lifetime already, there’s also no shortage of new things to see, new places to explore, and new facets of this incredible park to enjoy. Over 95% of the Olympic National Park is a dedicated wilderness, which makes it one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the country. As such, it’s important you know how to protect these sacred lands, so they can be enjoyed by generations to come.

If you have any questions about the Olympic National Park itself, or what it is like to leave near an area as incredible as this, we’d love to talk to you.  Reach out to our real estate office, located in Sequim. Continue Reading

10 Things to do on the Olympic Peninsula This Summer

While Sequim is certainly a charming and wonderful place to visit any time of year, it also makes a great home base for exploring the Olympic Peninsula.  Its location near some of the top things to do on the Olympic Peninsula is also what makes Sequim such a great place to live. From here, it’s easy to explore the nearby towns of Port Townsend and Port Angeles, while still also having easy access to the Olympic National Park and the area’s top attractions.

Whether you’re into hiking, biking, taking scenic drives, fishing, or just relaxing on local beaches and at local parks, Sequim really is the perfect place to relax and unwind this summer.  Whether you’re coming to the area to consider making a move or just want someplace new to visit, we hope you make Sequim a part of your summer plans this year.  If you have any questions about living in the area, reach out to one of our wonderful Sequim Real Estate Agents. Continue Reading

The North Olympic Discovery Marathon Races through Sequim

The North Olympic Discovery Marathon Run a marathon this summer with stunning water and mountain views. The North Olympic Discovery Marathon (NODM), happening this June 2nd and 3rd, is an incredibly scenic course. The race begins at the 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn, connects to the Olympic Discovery Trail, then weaves through Sequim’s Bay State Park and downtown. After crossing the Dungeness River Railroad trestle bridge, the trail opens up to sweeping farm and mountain views. And the last five miles runs along the shores of the Salish Sea until the finish line at Port Angeles City Pier. In 2017, this gorgeous course drew more than 2,000 runners from 36 states and six countries. Runners of all levels and ages are welcome and there is an event for everyone. Join the marathon or cheer on your athlete as they go through downtown Sequim or meet them at the finish line festivities in Port Angeles.

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The Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour

Nothing complements a fine wine better than a perfectly paired artisan cheese. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries celebrates the heavenly match during their Northwest Wine and Cheese white wine with gourmet cheeseTour. Nine award winning wineries and cideries lovingly pair the creamy, savory bites with the perfect wine or cider. Plan a weekend on a tasty tour of the scenic Olympic Peninsula. Complete your delicious journey in Sequim for a relaxing dinner at one of the fine restaurants. And be sure to stop by Sequim’s Wind Rose Cellars tasting room for a final glass of wine along with some local live music.

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Chocolate and Red Wine Tour

Glass of red wine and delicious chocolate candies Enhance the gift of chocolate this Valentine’s Day. Surprise your loved one with a Red Wine and Chocolate Tour on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries  present this two weekend event (2/10 to 2/11 and 2/17 to 2/19). Purchase tickets online for $40 that includes the wine tastings, chocolate pairings and a souvenir wine glass. Begin your journey at Wind Rose Cellars in charming downtown Sequim. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while you drive to each location. Relish a day of artisan wines and ciders coupled with sweet and savory chocolate bites.

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5 Essential Hikes Near Sequim

Enjoy Hikes in the Olympic Mountains Near SequimSequim is nestled in the shadow of the majestic Olympic Mountains. As the temperatures rise, the snow begins to melt from the peaks and hiking season begins. The mountain meadows explode with wildflowers and the forest rivers rush with new, clear water. Summer is the perfect time to explore what these hikes have to offer.  Many of the best hikes on the Olympic Peninsula are an easy drive from Sequim.

Sequim has an abundance of natural beauty, easily hiked from its doorstep. These local hikes can be found in our previous blog posts: Bike the Olympic Discovery Trail and Hike the Dungeness Spit . However, if you’re looking for more adventure with stunning views, here are 5 hikes that may tempt you.

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Sequim Lavender Festival

Lavender fields at the Lavender Festival You know it’s time for the Lavender Festival when the Sequim Valley is transformed by its beautiful lavender blooms. Imagine walking in rolling fields of brilliant purple, the warm sun on your face and the scent of lavender on the breeze. The fertile valley is like a watercolor painting of lush greens and deep amethyst, with snow capped mountains in the distance. It’s no wonder that Sequim is called the Provence of the Pacific Northwest.  With so much natural beauty, it’s easy to believe you are in Southern France.

This year marks the 21st annual Lavender Festival. The festival’s modest beginnings grew from restoring old dairy pastures with lavender fields in 1995. The lavender farms were the perfect crop for Sequim’s climate and are more sustainable, since they require little water. The first Lavender Festival was a very small, local affair that included only eight lavender farms. Today, there are approximately 40 lavender farms that grow 110,000 plants each year. The 2016 Lavender Festival had visitors from across the US and 55 countries around the world.

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Bike the Olympic Discovery Trail

Railroad Bridge Park on Olympic Discovery Trail in SequimSince summer is almost here, it’s the perfect time to grab your bike and explore Sequim. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Sequim as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2014. Locals and visitors can bike our downtown full of vibrant shops, restaurants and parks. In addition, our biking community is most fortunate to have easy access to the Olympic Discovery Trail. This scenic trail, at almost 130 miles long, connects Port Townsend to Port Angeles, with Sequim residing at the mid-point.

The Olympic Discovery Trail is wide, well maintained, frequently paved and for non-motorized vehicles. While biking on it you can enjoy all the natural diversity of our region such as: mountain views, lush forests, rolling farmlands, peaceful valleys, pristine mountain rivers and stunning coastal views.

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Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula

Sequim is the Gateway to the Olympic PeninsulaAs we settle into 2017, it’s time to start looking at and appreciating the charmed life we lead in Sequim. If you don’t already live here, perhaps it’s time you join us? There are many significant reasons to move to Sequim. The obvious one that most people talk about is weather, and the infamous “blue hole” in which Sequim resides. While that is certainly fantastic and an important part to life here, that’s not all there is. Sequim is also considered a gateway to all of the incredible destinations further west on the Olympic Peninsula.  In Sequim, you get all of the amenities of modern life:  High quality doctors, good schools, a vibrant community culture, plenty of stores and restaurants, and an active retired community. From there, your journey is only just beginning.  Continue Reading