Category: Olympic Peninsula Attractions

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

Winter Sports in Sequim

Winter Sports in SequimSequim is a true 4 season destination.  Though Sequim does certainly get rain throughout the year, for the most part the weather is sunny, mild, and perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. So far, the winter weather this year has been exceptional.  We’ve even had some lowland snow, and it leaves us feeling excited for all of the winter sports our area offers.  Whether you’re making the transition to life here on the Peninsula or looking for something to do while visiting, there’s a surprising amount of fun to be had in Sequim during these winter months.  Continue Reading

Witness The Elwha River Restoration

Elwha River Restoration near Sequim, WashingtonThough we focus primarily on the many wonderful facets to living in the charming Sequim-Dungeness Valley, we can’t ignore the broader beauty and attractions on the Olympic Peninsula. Though locally we are very familiar with the mighty Dungeness River, the nearby Elwha River has become one of the most significant rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.  As all rivers ultimately do, the Elwha River, just west of our neighbor Port Angeles, was a critical connection between mountains and Sea.  It was once an ideal habitat for 11 different varieties of spawning salmon and trout.  In the early 1900’s, two dams were placed on the upper and lower portions of the river, thus helping to fuel rapid growth and change on the Peninsula.  Unfortunately, until their removal between 2011-2014, these dams drastically impacted the upstream migration of local salmon populations, and disrupted the natural flow of the river and upstream sediments. Continue Reading

Sequim is a Gateway to the Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, WashingtonThe vast wilderness of Olympic National Park is a place where our planet’s bountiful diversity is on constant display.  Within these million acres of park land, visitors will find thousands of years of human history and a fascinating range of ecosystems, from glacier-capped mountains and old-growth rain forests, to 70+ miles of rugged coastline.  The Olympic National Park is a destination in and of itself, and Sequim is the gateway to these wild lands. Whether you plan to travel to the highest peaks, wander into the deepest parts of the forest, or explore the wild coastal lands,  this World Heritage Site won’t leave you disappointed.  Whether for a few hours, days or weeks, come join the millions of people visit the park each year. Continue Reading