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Socially Distant Things to do in Sequim This Summer

Sequim and the greater Clallam County area have fared pretty well when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, though we still expect this summer to be a drastically different one than normal. The famous Sequim Lavender Festival has been canceled, as have a number of other events and activities that normally take place in the summer.  Even so, there are still a number of wonderful things to do in Sequim that offer some natural social distancing.  As the threat of the pandemic passes and the state begins to reopen to things like travel, we hope you’ll consider spending some (careful) time in Sequim this summer and supporting the many wonderful small businesses here.

Downtown Sequim is a charming place, with a variety of locally-owned businesses that make it unique.  Without their typical summer crowds, Sequim Lavender farms will be happy to see your smiling faces (behind masks, of course) visiting their beautiful fields, and supporting them in whatever way possible.  Between visits to downtown businesses and lavender farms, we invite you to spend some time staying socially distanced and enjoying the many wonderful things to do in Sequim this summer.

Things to do in Sequim that Support Social Distancing

We hope that, at least in part, we can celebrate the bounty of Sequim with you this summer and fall. Tourism is important to the small town of Sequim, with people visiting here from all over the world to enjoy the variety of things to do in Sequim.  A few of these things include biking the Olympic Discovery Trail, visiting the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, hiking in the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park, and visiting the area’s world-famous lavender farms during the annual lavender festival.

Things to do in Sequim that Encourage Social Distancing

We don’t like seeing the town of Sequim closed down to tourism anymore than you do, though for the health and wellbeing of our community it’s been an important part of the process.  As we inch closer to reopening, you can feel the palpable excitement from residents and small business owners.  Luckily, Sequim does have quite a few things going for it when it comes to welcoming visitors and embracing social distancing.

Of all the incredible things to do in Sequim, getting outside and enjoying this exceptionally beautiful area is at the top of the list.  Luckily for us, with so many places to go out and explore, it’s pretty easy to maintain proper social distancing while in Sequim. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, boating, fishing, birdwatching, or soaking up Mother Nature’s beauty in other ways, there are a whole host of exciting and fun things to do in Sequim. Here are just a few of the things we hope to share with you this summer when you do visit.  Of course, always remember to practice social distancing where needed, and bring your mask along with you, too.

  1. Hike out the 5.5 miles (one way) to the Dungeness Lighthouse.  Though there do tend to be a number of visitors to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, few of them make the 11-mile journey to the lighthouse.  The farther you get away from the start of the trailhead, the fewer people you’ll likely encounter.  There, you can focus on enjoying the resplendent nature around you, and take the time to appreciate this exceptionally beautiful part of the world.
  2. Bike down the Olympic Discovery Trail. Stretching from Port Townsend to La Push, this incredible trail takes you through some of the most magnificent scenery of the Olympic Peninsula.
  3. Take the time to visit one (or more) of Sequim’s Lavender Farms.  Visiting these farms is one of the most popular things to do in Sequim. Though we’re not quite sure what this process will look like quite yet, Sequim’s Lavender Farms are working on a solution that still allows guests to visit and experience the beauty of these rolling purple fields for themselves, all the while keeping themselves and others safe and protected.
  4. There are few better ways to practice social distancing than to get out on the water.  There are miles and miles of open water in the Sequim area, which means it’s the perfect place to go boating or kayaking.
  5. Enjoy a day in the mountains.  From the Olympic National Forest to the Olympic National Park, there are an incredible number of wonderful hiking trails in the area.  They range in distance and difficulty, but each one of them is just as rewarding as the next.

Things to do in Sequim that Encourage Social Distancing

Are you Moving to Sequim?

If you’re moving to Sequim this summer or later this year or next, let us be the first to welcome you to the area.  There are an incredible number of things to do in Sequim, and no shortage of ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  If you are still in the market for a new home or need any help settling into the area, our Sequim Real Estate Agents are here to help.  We’re passionate not just about buying and selling real estate, but also about the incredible community we call home.  Sequim truly is a wonderful place to live, and we hope to share it with you. Contact us today!

 

Discover Sequim the Best Town on the Olympic Peninsula

Lavender field blooming in great town Sequim, WASequim appears on countless best town lists for the Olympic Peninsula and Washington state. While each list has a unique criteria for what defines a “best town,” there are certain traits that always describe Sequim. Almost all point to the fantastic weather Sequim enjoys year-round, that earned it the nickname “Sunny Sequim.”. The mild, dry days makes all outdoor adventures perfect no matter the season. The quaint downtown with great restaurants, shops and cafes also contribute to the wonderful community Sequim residents love. However, the breath-taking scenic location boosts Sequim to the top of many best town lists. At Schwab Realty we couldn’t agree more with all these reasons to move to Sequim. Contact us today and we’ll show you your next dream home in charming Sequim.

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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.  Disappointment will be the furthest thing from your mind as you paddle in these beautiful waters. 

The Best Places to Kayak in Sequim

Sequim is a kayaker’s dream. Depending on your relative experience, you can paddle in serene, sheltered bays, or head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to tour the Dungeness Spit. There are many options to create your own kayak excursion, but we have a few suggestions to get you started.

Sequim and Discovery Bay are sheltered and peaceful kayaking locations. Launch within Sequim Bay at the John Wayne Marina or the Sequim Bay State Park. North of the bay there is a launch at Port Williams. The Travis Spit protects the entrance to the bay and leaves a narrow channel, so plan to ride the tides Colorful kayaks on the waterthrough it. Explore the bay’s historic landmarks and beautiful cliffs. When leaving the bay consult the tidal charts again, and ride the tide out. Then continue east to Discovery Bay. You will pass the wildlife refuge Protection Island, which is often an incredible place for some distant birdwatching. Violet Spit, on the east end of the island, is a popular sunbathing spot for harbor and elephant seals. Discovery Bay is larger and has 20 miles of shoreline. Since there is only one marina and public boat launch there is very little traffic, and you’ll feel like you have the entire bay to yourself.

The Dungeness Spit is a must-see when kayaking in Sequim. Travel the windswept west side on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the sheltered east side harbor. Launch your kayak from the Cline Spit or Dungeness Landing. Explore the Dungeness Harbor and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Avid birdwatchers love this area, which is home to an incredible variety of seabirds. There are several areas that are approved for kayaking in the refuge, and it’s best to get acquainted with their map before you head out on your trip. After enjoying the harbor, head out to the Dungeness Bay and take in the views of the historic lighthouse. Once around to the west side, drift along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As you pass the windswept beach, look for Bald Eagles perched on driftwood. Continuing down, the spit’s terrain changes to grassy bluffs where many seabirds live. Keep an eye out for orca whales, they also like to visit the pristine waters around Sequim.

Kayak Groups and Rentals

There are many resources to help you plan your next kayaking trip. The Washington State Park website has a list of safety guidelines, as well as local paddling groups. For Colorful kayaks docked - as seen from aboveexample, the Olympic Peninsula Paddler’s Club holds meetings at Sequim’s public library. There are also several Kayak and paddleboard rental businesses that offer lessons and guided tours. If you need to rent equipment, we recommend heading to GoXpeditions, which offers a variety of equipment, including sit-on-top kayaks, regular and extra-wide paddleboards, and pedal equipped kayaks.  They also host paddle camps for kids where they can learn kayaking skills and safety. Given To Glide Paddle Sports sells new and used paddleboards, and their website is a great resource for paddling tips. Check out their extensive guide to traversing Sequim Bay that includes a custom map to help you navigate. For guided tours, consider one of the beginners or expert adventures offered by Adventures Through Kayaking. They also provide all the gear and take care of all the planning for you, which means you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure before you!

There are few places in the world more beautiful and well-suited to kayaking.  You can spend a lifetime exploring all the treasures found here, which is one of the many reasons so many paddlers call Sequim home. Come out for a visit and see if we have the perfect home for you and your kayak.  Our experienced and dedicated Real Estate Agents will be more than happy to help you make this particular dream a reality!

 

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