Tag: Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

The Best Kayaking Launch Spots in Sequim

Kayak on calm waters at sunsetKayaking around Sequim on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula is always an adventure. Whether you’re gliding on the calm waters of Sequim Bay or paddling along the windy Dungeness Spit, there’s plenty to see. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife, from shore birds to great raptors and adorable seals to pods of orcas. The Sequim coastline is a magical place with stunning mountain views in the distance. The Olympic Mountains are not only breathtaking but create the sheltering rain shadow over lovely Sequim. This creates a dry, sunny climate making year-round outdoor recreation possible. Sequim residents enjoy kayaking, hiking, biking and golfing during the mild winters as well as the glorious summer months. Come out for a visit and discover the best kept secret on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Kayak Around Sequim

A beautiful sunset over the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Sequim Washington.Before summer is over, glide your kayak through the cool waters surrounding Sequim. There are many possibilities to explore our gorgeous coastline. Any choice will have beautiful scenery and a chance to encounter wildlife. One of the best things about living in Sequim is the ability to enjoy mother nature throughout a good majority of the year. Summertime is definitely special, though, as evidenced by the sheer number of people who visit the Olympic Peninsula on a given summer weekend.  Take advantage of our incredible summer weather in Sequim, and plan a kayaking adventure to top off your summer.  You definitely won’t be disappointed. Continue Reading

Hike the Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Spit in SequimAt Schwab Realty, we’re so excited that spring is here.  It’s been a rainy, rainy winter in most of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, Seattle even broke a 122-year-old record for the most rainfall seen in a year!  In Sequim, though, things are staying comparatively dry.  With May just around the corner, we know warmer, sunnier spring days are on their way for everyone, and we can’t wait for what will no doubt be another busy outdoor season.  No matter the time of year, there’s plenty to do in Sequim, and that is one of the best parts about living here.  One of our favorite activities is beach combing along Sequim’s waterfront.  The best place for a beach walk is the Dungeness Spit and Wildlife Refuge.  Come explore this beautiful stretch of beach with us this spring! 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

Enjoy the Winter in Sequim

Winter Activities SequimSequim, known as a respite from the typically gray and rainy Pacific Northwest, is a wonderful place to be during the winter.  So many of us tend to stay indoors, out of the harsh elements of winter.  But in Sequim, we have the chance to do exactly the opposite. Whether you’re looking for traditional winter activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding, or whether you just want to take a quiet walk through nature this winter, Sequim has what you’re looking for.  It doesn’t matter what the weather does in Western Washington; there’s always something to do in Sequim.  Come fall in love with the charms of the Olympic Peninsula; you won’t want to leave! 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

10 Activities to Enjoy in Sequim This Fall

Fall Activities in Sequim, WashingtonAs we head further into the crisp, cool months of fall, the dreary weather outside practically begs for us to curl up indoors, tucked away from the harsh elements of fall and winter. Fall and winter in Sequim are different, though.  It’s not nearly as dreary as the rest of Washington.  We are lucky enough to live in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, drier and sunnier than a majority of the Pacific Northwest. Given all of the sunny days we enjoy, it’s easy to enjoy some quality time together in Sequim.  Come see for yourself! Continue Reading

Get Outside on the Olympic Peninsula

Fall Activities on the Olympic PeninsulaFall on the Olympic Peninsula is just as glorious as the rest of the year.  One look around at this incredibly scenic valley, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t moved here sooner.  Though people relocate to Sequim for a variety of reasons, the exquisite sunny, dry weather and the unbeatable natural beauty are high on the list for most.  Though spring and summer are the more obvious choice for outdoor recreation, fall’s frequent sunny days and mild temperatures allow for plenty of outdoor adventure as well.  Whether it’s hiking, biking, golfing, birding, kayaking, or beachcombing, fall on the Olympic Peninsula is unbeatable.  If you haven’t been yet, we invite you to come explore Sequim with us, and to see firsthand what all the hype is about. Continue Reading

Spring Blossoms in Sequim

Spring Blossoms SequimAs Real Estate Agents, we’re so often asked what it is that makes Sequim such a special place to live. The answers are varied and complex, just like the wonderful people that call this sunny little piece of the Olympic Peninsula home.  However, a simple glance around the greater Sequim-Dungeness Valley in Sequim during the beautiful months of spring will probably give you a glimpse into the special personality that is Sequim.  This charming, quiet valley is undeniably beautiful as the sun comes up over the rugged peaks of the Olympic Mountains, sparkling along the rippling shores of the Straits of Juan de Fuca.  Everywhere you look, Sequim is in blossom.  From the early buds on Sequim’s Lavender farms to the wildflowers painting the hills of the Olympics, Sequim is a vibrant, colorful valley of spring time joy. Come see what life in Sequim is like for yourself, and you’ll soon understand the pull it has. Contact our Sequim Real Estate Agents when you’re ready to move. Continue Reading

Explore Sequim’s Local History

Sequim HistoryThough today Sequim has the appearance of a small yet modern city, that hasn’t always been the case.  Sequim has a rich and varied history, which can be traced back centuries.  At it’s earliest, Sequim was home to the Jamestown S’klallam Tribe, members of which still reside along the beautiful shores of Sequim Bay. In later years, the arid Sequim Valley became home to early pioneers and settlers, who turned these dry lands into an irrigated agricultural powerhouse. Though agriculture still remains a vital part of Sequim’s identity, it is now more known as a sunny retirement and tourist destination. Despite the modernization of Sequim, there are still a variety of historic destinations to explore, which remain an important aspect of the Sequim community.  Find your dream home from our local real estate listings, and then learn everything you can about this charming small town on the Olympic Peninsula.   Continue Reading