Category: Sequim Attractions

The 123rd Sequim Irrigation Festival

irrigation of farm in Sequim ValleyVisit Sequim during the 123rd Irrigation Festival for a weekend of family fun. It may sound strange to celebrate irrigation, however the festival symbolizes Sequim’s history of hard work, ingenuity, and strong community. And irrigation made the Sequim Valley bloom and flourish. In 1896, the parched prairies were transformed into fertile farmlands and lavender fields with the construction of irrigation ditches. Sequim held its first irrigation celebration in 1896 and the party has continued for 123 years. In addition to the fascinating and inspiring history, the festival has all the fun and small town charm of a classic carnival. Visit Sequim during this two weekend celebration (May 4th to 13th) that includes a parade, fireworks and so much more.

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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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Outdoor Dining in Sequim

Dining Outdoors with WineIn Sequim, we are so fortunate to have a wealth of delicious dining options. You’ll find international, seafood, farm to table and vegetarian cuisine, to name just a few. Also many of our fine restaurants offer al fresco seating so patrons can enjoy the abundant sunshine with a great meal. With so many sunny days in the beautiful town of Sequim, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy them all, too!  Surely what is better than dining outdoors on a beautiful summer night?

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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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Celebrate at the Irrigation Festival in Sequim

Irrigation Festival in SequimIt’s time again for the annual Irrigation Festival in Sequim, which is the oldest running festival in the entire state of Washington.  This year marks the 122nd celebration!  Sequim may now seem like a thriving tourist destination, with it’s incredible Lavender Fields, frequently dry, sunny weather, and easy access to some of the Pacific Northwests most popular attractions.  That wasn’t always the case, though.  The irrigation Festival serves as a wonderful reminder of Sequim’s past.  More specifically of it’s generally dry and arid past, long before the days of irrigated fields and abundant farm land. Continue Reading

The Added Value of Living in Sequim

Benefits of Living in Sequim, WashingtonThere are many, many reasons to live in the charming, relatively sunny town of Sequim.  Some of these reasons, such as the weather, are more obvious than others. Sequim is located in what is famously known on the Olympic Peninsula as the “blue hole.”  Really, what that means, is Sequim is situated in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains, which affords it many more of those beautiful dry and sunny days that the Northwest isn’t well known for.  While that is certainly fantastic and an important part to life here, it’s not the only reason to consider living in Sequim. We’ve been Real Estate Agents in the Sequim area for over 30 years, and are well-versed in the many spectacular reasons to call this corner of the world home.  We’d love to share some of these with you.  Contact us for more information about relocating to Sequim. Continue Reading

Discover Sequim’s City Parks

Sequim's City ParksSequim is a wonderful place to live, no matter who you are.  Whether you’re young and just starting out, have settled down with a family, or are already enjoying retirement, there’s something for everyone to enjoy about Sequim.  A quick look around the area, from the rugged peaks of the Olympic Mountains to the sparkling blue of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, will tell you Sequim is a remarkably beautiful town.  We’re close to all the adventure the Pacific Northwest is known for, and offer plenty of the amenities you’d expect in much larger towns, without the hassle of big cities and crowded urban centers.  From gourmet dining and great shopping, to a wonderful art community and plenty of natural spaces and city parks, Sequim is a great place to live and work.  Make plans to visit Sequim today, and come see why this quaint small town has such a big reputation. Continue Reading

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

Moving to Sequim in the New Year

Moving to Sequim in the New YearWhether you’ve been wanting to move to Sequim for a long time, or whether this charming little town on the Olympic Peninsula is new to your relocation radar, we can think of several reasons that moving here should be at the top of your list of things to accomplish in 2017.  Whatever your reason is for moving, our Real Estate Agents are here to help.  Whether you want to move for the better weather found in Sequim, the crisp, fresh air of the Pacific Northwest, to escape the rapidly rising costs of housing in places like California, Portland, and Seattle, the retirement and family-friendly community,  or the amazing small town feel with big-city amenities, we know you’re going to love it here.  Even if you just come here for the incredible beauty, Sequim is the perfect place to make a fresh start in 2017. Browse through our local listings, then contact us to get your move started today. Continue Reading

Escape a Rainy Day in Sequim

Rainy Day in Sequim, WashingtonWe spend a lot of time on this blog talking about Sequim’s generally sunny and enjoyable weather, especially when compared to our neighbors on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas.  Believe it or not, Sequim still does get a measurable amount of rain. Like it or not, the rainy season is here, and we may as well talk about it. On average Sequim’s annual rainfall is only around 16 inches, so there are still occasional rainy days.  It’s our job as Real Estate Agents to provide a complete picture of Sequim to our clients, and we happen to think it’s a good idea to know what there is to do in Sequim when that wet stuff shows up. Continue Reading