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Explore the Dungeness River Festival in Sequim, WA

the Dungeness River celebrated in a festivalThe Dungeness River Festival celebrates a beautiful river while educating about its preservation. Come to the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park and meet the wonderful community that makes it possible. This free event takes place Friday, September 28th and includes activities, food and fun for all ages. Kick off a weekend visit to Sequim at the festival. Stay and discover the charming downtown surrounded by the stunning Olympic Peninsula.

Festival Activities

Last year’s festival had over 2,500 visitors and 20-plus activities. The dedicated volunteers bring this festival together each year to educate visitors on the importance of the Dungeness River. Learn about the ecological and recreational value of the watershed through river walks and demonstrations.

Several local organizations and groups bring their perspective and stories about the river’s significance. Additionally, they inspire visitors of all ages to become active stewards and protectors of this essential resource. The River festival held at Railroad Bridge Park Sequim Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA) bring informative nature exhibits and activities. While the US Forest Service engages young ones with activities and special guest, Smokey Bear, teaching his message of fire prevention. Many other conservation and preservation groups will join the party including the National Park Service, Clallam County, and North Olympic Land Trust.

The Dungeness River and surrounding trails provide visitors and locals with recreational opportunities. Anglers, bird watchers, and horse riders all depend on a healthy watershed and habitat. At the festival The Back Country Horsemen will discuss how to interact with horses on trails. Also learn more about the lifecycle of the river’s fish on an evening “salmon walk.”

Sequim residents enjoy hiking and biking the trails along the river. Also local artists find inspiration in the river’s quiet grace. Their photographs and paintings can be found at art galleries in Sequim’s charming downtown. Clearly Sequim has a lot to offer and is a wonderful place to live. Contact our agents at Schwab Realty, we would love to show you around and help find your perfect home.

 

Discover Great Fishing and Shellfishing in Sequim

The great fishing around Sequim has been a locals’ secret for some time. This unique region of the Olympic Peninsula has fresh and saltwater fishing at sunsethabitats and includes a wide variety of species. Halibut and salmon are found in abundance in the waters around Sequim. Chinook salmon are in Sequim Bay year-round, while the halibut season begins in May and lasts until June. Find shrimp, oysters, and Dungeness crab in Sequim and Discovery Bays. Head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to catch halibut, cutthroat, and steelhead. The Dungeness River has silver salmon while the Dungeness Spit has winter blackmouth. Sequim also has less rainfall than most Pacific Northwest towns and mild temperatures. So it’s always a good day to take the boat out, making this a wonderful place for anglers to call home.

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2018 BirdFest Arrives at Sequim

BirdFest bald eagle soaringBirdFest kicks off the brilliant spring birding season in Sequim. The 15th annual Olympic Peninsula BirdFest will attract bird lovers far and wide. The amazing variety of birds found in and around Sequim makes this a very popular event. In fact the National Audubon Society recognized an area of the Dungeness River an Important Bird Area.  Additionally, Sequim’s Dungeness River Audubon Center has been named “Bird Central” for the festival. It is the meeting place for many walks and tours. Plan a weekend in Sequim full of fun birding activities at the 2018 BirdFest, starting April 12th until the 15th, 2018.

2018 BirdFest Activities

Choose from a long list of exciting field trips, walks, talks, and tours during this packed weekend made for bird enthusiasts. Check out the events list for great bird watching and spotting opportunities. Here are a few highlights planned for the weekend:

  • Dungeness River Audubon Center – This nature center is the hub of activity for BirdFest. Gather here for the April 12th BirdFest kick off party. They will also host bird drawing classes and even a live raptor presentation.
  • Sequim Bay – Discover the wonderful variety of shorebirds on this walk that meets Friday and Saturday at John Wayne Marina, in Sequim. The many species include plovers, sandpipers, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Barrow’s Goldeneyes.
  • Dungeness Spit –  Walking this spit is a year-round favoritBirdFest evening owl walkse for bird watchers. Join fellow bird lovers on Friday and Saturday for this 5.5 mile walk along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It’s a spectacular viewing area for inshore and offshore wildlife. Look out for loons, grebes, sea ducks, Red-throated Loons, Northern Harriers and Golden-crowned Sparrows.
  • Early Morning and Evening Walks – There are several walks and bike rides designed to hear early morning bird songs or find elusive owls during evening hikes.
  • Boat Trips to Protection Island – This very popular Sunday cruise is limited to only 50 travelers and fills up quick! The three hour trip to the island preserve offers many seabird and marine mammal viewing opportunities.
  • San Juan Island Cruise – Join this 3-day, 2 night cruise, with an expert naturalist guide. During this exciting trip learn more about the whales, seals and seabirds. The cruise departs from the John Wayne Marina in Sequim.
  • Totem Tour – This fascinating guided tour begins at the 7 Cedars Casino in Sequim, and then explores the history, legends, and folktales of the carved columns.

April marks the departure of winter birds and arrival of the spring migration. This is a perfect time to spot Sequim’s winter and spring avian BirdFest Protection Island Wildlife Refuge, Sequimresidents. This region of western Washington has diverse habitats, and is home to an impressive array of birds. While enjoying the 2018 BirdFest, be sure to explore the charming town of Sequim. It’s easy to see why many bird lovers make their home here. Imagine waking up each morning to beautiful bird songs and the opportunity to add another one to your life list. Contact our wonderful staff at Schwab Realty to find a your perfect sanctuary.

 

Discover the Romantic Side of Sequim

romantic Heart Drawn In Sand On Beach With PebblesFind the romantic Sequim while walking hand-in-hand on a beautiful beach, over a quaint bridge in the forest, or along charming downtown avenue. We have a stunning coastline and beautiful forests with miles of hiking trails. Enjoy a candle lit dinner after a day exploring the outdoor treasures Sequim has to offer. Our local farms, wineries, and fishermen supply the many excellent downtown restaurants. Our town also has many fun options to plan a romantic day with your loved one. Come visit and see how Sequim residents keep romance alive in our charming town.

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Family Friendly Sequim

family kayaking at sunset

Sequim has everything that makes a family friendly community. Here you will find the most beautiful surroundings with sunny, mild weather, that creates the perfect setting for active families that love the outdoors. The safe, friendly neighborhoods also include great schools and excellent doctors. And there are many opportunities for kids such as sports, arts and clubs. Sequim has a lively downtown with fun shops and family-friendly dining, and there is a large choice of romantic restaurants for those lovely date nights. In addition to our many festivals, Sequim families celebrate the holidays at the downtown trick-or-treating and tree lighting events. Visit Sequim for a family outing and see all we have to offer.

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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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Spring Birding is Back

Spring Birding in SequimIt’s official; Spring is here!  There’s still a little chill to the air in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s definitely been a rainier winter than most, but that’s almost over. Spring is a glorious time to be in Sequim.  The mild weather here means outdoor activities are plentiful no matter the season. However, even on the Olympic Peninsula, there is still something distinctly special about spring time.  The pull to get outside and enjoy the reawakening of mother nature is undeniable. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy quiet activities like birding and hiking through meadows of colorful wildflowers, and Sequim is an incredible place in which to enjoy these activities. Coming up in early April is the Olympic Birdfest; two incredible days of birding on the Washington Coast.   Continue Reading

Protection Island Wildlife Refuge

Protection Island Wildlife Refuge, SequimSequim is a special place on the Olympic Peninsula.  Located in the rain shadow of the towering Olympic Mountains, the climate in Sequim is unusually dry and sunny when compared to many other locales in the Pacific Northwest.  The dry climate, similar to that found in the Provence region in France, has allowed lavender plants to flourish here, earning Sequim the nickname the “Lavender Capital of North America.”  The third weekend in July marks the annual Lavender Festival in Sequim. Throughout this busy and popular weekend, there are several wonderful events happening in the Sequim Area.  One of these events happens to be a very special opportunity to visit the nesting Tufted Puffins and other wildlife at Protection Island. Continue Reading