Sequim hosts dozens of festivals throughout the year that celebrate a vast number of interests and activities. The events include birding, biking, lavender, wine and delicious Dungeness crab, all in the beautiful setting of the Olympic Peninsula. The diverse gatherings also show off the stunning coastlines, forests, farms and mountains that surround Sequim. While the festival events offer up great food, wine, music, arts and recreation. All this make Sequim a fun and lively place to visit. Locals never run out of entertaining and interesting things to do in our great town.
Sequim is nestled in the shadow of the majestic Olympic Mountains. As the temperatures rise, the snow begins to melt from the peaks and hiking season begins. The mountain meadows explode with wildflowers and the forest rivers rush with new, clear water. Summer is the perfect time to explore what these hikes have to offer. Many of the best hikes on the Olympic Peninsula are an easy drive from Sequim.
Sequim has an abundance of natural beauty, easily hiked from its doorstep. These local hikes can be found in our previous blog posts: Bike the Olympic Discovery Trail and Hike the Dungeness Spit . However, if you’re looking for more adventure with stunning views, here are 5 hikes that may tempt you.
Since 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.
Though tourism is now a thriving part of Sequim’s modern economy, this wasn’t always the case. Though Sequim had a good natural port and abundant seafood for the Native American populations and early settlers that lived here, the Sequim valley and prairies itself were arid and dry. Though the low levels of rainfall and consistent sunshine are a celebrated aspect of life in Sequim today, it certainly made farming difficult for the increasing numbers of settlers populating the valley. In 1896, though, Sequim’s course changed with the development of the area’s first irrigation ditches from the Dungness River. As Real Estate agents in the charming town of Sequim, we always keep abreast of the fun and exciting things going on around town, and that includes the incredible Irrigation Festival that starts next week. Continue Reading
Visitors to Sequim today will find that farms are abundant, harking back to a time when argriculture was the main livelihood for our city’s early occupants. The fertile delta of the Dungeness River enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year, thanks to its location in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. This wonderful and unique climate to the Pacific Northwest enables Sequim Farms to produce some of the finest produce throughout the year. Access to these wonderful Sequim Farms and farm stores is just one more reason why living in the Sequim Valley is so wonderful. Continue Reading
Most people don’t need a reason to move here; one simple look around at the abundant natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula has them hooked for life. However, if you’re looking for yet another reason to move to Sequim, you don’t need to look far during these warm summer months in the stunning Pacific Northwest. With an abundance of natural resources and summer activities to enjoy, it’s not hard to see why Sequim is such a popular and wonderful community to be a part of. Whether you want to spend your time hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, or visiting thriving local farms and markets, these 5 top summer activities will help you make the most out of your summers in Sequim. Continue Reading
Leave the quiet streets of downtown Sequim traveling north, and you’ll find yourself meandering through the pristine acres of Dungeness Valley farmland before reaching a pristine stretch of shoreline along the beautiful Straight of Juan de Fuca. Here, you’ll find one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the Sequim area where the mighty Dungeness River empties into the Straight of Juan de Fuca, sharply contrasted by the dramatic peaks of the Olympic Mountains to the south. The bay and estruary found here support a tremendous variety of wildlife and natural habitat, and has been recognized as both an important habitat for migrating birds and spawning salmon. Continue Reading