Category: Sequim Attractions

Visit Sequim Bay State Park This Summer

Sequim, located on the Olympic Peninsula about 2 hours west of Seattle, offers unparalleled mountain views and a wide variety of landscapes and animal life to enjoy.  It’s also the home of Sequim Bay State Park, which is a wonderful place to camp or stay for a few days while you explore this charming corner of the world.

Sequim is nestled near the foot of the Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Forest and makes for the perfect getaway for outdoor adventurers. It’s also just minutes from the sparkling blue waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, so perfect for fishermen, boaters, and water lovers of all types.  At Sequim Bay State Park, you can truly enjoy the best of all worlds – and it’s all just minutes from the charming downtown of Sequim, which offers weary travelers a home-town feel when they’re not traversing the trails.

Come experience the fresh air of the Olympic Peninsula this summer.  Once you’re here, you may never want to go back – and we can help with that, of course! Continue Reading

Spend a Day Birdwatching at the Dungeness Spit

One very cool natural wonder just outside the boundary of Sequim, Washington is the Dungeness Spit. It’s 5.5 miles of sandy land stretching into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In fact, it’s the longest natural sand-spit in the United States. This land is also known as the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to more than 250 bird species, as well as numerous land and marine mammals. Wildlife thrives here, so it’s a particularly incredible place for birdwatching and nature-gazing.

The Dungeness Spit is just under 15 minutes drive from downtown Sequim. If you’re looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and be closer to nature, Sequim and the surrounding areas might be the best place to start your house hunt. Schwab Realty is based in Sequim, but we’re also very familiar with the area around the Dungeness Spit and all along the Olympic Peninsula.

On your visit out to this Northwest corner of Washington State, birdwatching at the Dungeness Spit is a lovely way to become familiar with the beauty of the beaches and climate here. This upcoming Spring and Summer are the best months for clear skies and active birding at the Dungeness Spit. Get in touch with one of our amazing agents today to start planning your next move!  Continue Reading

Visit a Sequim Lavender Farm This Summer

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly had a dramatic impact on communities around the world, and that includes Sequim.  For the first time since it’s beginnings, Sequim won’t be hosting it’s annual Lavender Festival. Despite this disappointing turn of events, you can still come up here and visit a Sequim Lavender Farm this summer.  And, while you’re here, you can enjoy a variety of other wonderful things to do on the Olympic Peninsula, all with appropriate levels of social distancing.

One of the best things about making the trip up to the Olympic Peninsula this summer, aside from the chance to visit a Sequim lavender farm, is being immersed in such impressive natural beauty.  The scenery here is really out of this world, and it’s best enjoyed out in nature; which is to say it’s best enjoyed with a healthy dose of social distancing.  Whether you are considering making a move to the Olympic Peninsula or are just curious and want to explore, we hope you make the trip up here this summer.  If you have any questions or would like help finding your dream home, our Real Estate Agents are here to help.  Contact us today! Continue Reading

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