Planning a winter escape is simply not necessary for Sequim residents. Since it’s located within the rain shadow of the Olympic mountain range, Sequim stays dry and sunny throughout the year. And this ideal weather creates mild temperatures and an annual rainfall of only 17 inches. While we do get the occasional snow flurry, winter days stay in the 40’s. So Sequim locals can play outside all year. Not to mention the lively, walkable downtown when they want to spend an evening at a great restaurant or shopping. All this in a beautiful setting surrounded by snow capped mountains, old growth forests and a shimmering coastline. Sequim really has everything that makes a great location and community.
When visiting Sequim it’s hard to choose what activities to include. There’s so much to do in our beautiful corner of the Olympic Peninsula. However, Elizabeth Rose perfectly highlights the best of Sequim in her wonderful article “5 Reasons You Must Visit Sequim Washington.” Of course she begins with the mild, sunny weather we enjoy year-round, and we couldn’t agree more with her reasons to come out for a visit. After exploring the many charms of our town you may never want to leave.
Imagine you retire to a town with great weather, a stunning natural setting, various outdoor activities and a lively downtown. Sequim has all of this and so much more. The list of reasons to retire to sunny Sequim is unlimited but here are the top 5:
Pilots gave Sequim the nickname the “Blue Hole” because it resides in the Olympic rain shadow. The average annual rainfall is only 17 inches and most days are sunny and mild. Therefore residents can enjoy the outdoors year round. The summer days average a pleasant 72°F and winter days stay around 42°F. The great weather makes it easy to take advantage of Sequim’s beautiful setting and many recreational activities.
Sequim is surrounded by a diverse, breathtaking landscape that includes mountain ranges, miles of beautiful coastline, and idyllic pastoral farms. The majestic snow capped Olympic Mountains tower in the distance. While the Olympic National Park’s network of hiking trails are a short drive away. Alongside Sequim’s gorgeous shoreline the Strait of Juan de Fuca shimmers in the sunshine. Making the waterfront the perfect place to watch spectacular sunsets. Sequim also boasts the longest natural sand spit in the United States. The remarkable 6.8 mile long Dungeness Spit is a beautiful place for observing wildlife. However, Sequim is most famously known for its rolling lavender fields. Every summer the Dungeness Valley explodes with the glow of purple flowers.
Sequim’s excellent weather and diverse natural setting make it a great place for almost any outdoor activity. Residents treasure the beautiful coastline and love to go boating, fishing, kayaking and swimming. Hikers also have a myriad of choices from tranquil forest trails, to windswept beach walks and challenging mountain hikes. Sequim is also a wonderful walking and biking town with a charming downtown to explore. Not to mention easy access to the 130 mile long Olympic Discovery Trail. This amazing biking trail rolls through picturesque farmland then parallels the gorgeous coastline for miles. Of course golf is a very popular activity enjoyed year round in Sequim’s ideal weather. Likewise many pilots call Sequim home and appreciate the perfect flying conditions the “Blue Hole” offers.
Sequim has a warm and welcoming community with many opportunities to meet and socialize with neighbors. The lively downtown has great shops, cafes, galleries, and restaurants. The community holds regular events like art walks, a farmer’s market, local theater shows and concerts. Additionally, there are clubs for every interest from birding to biking. Regular festivals also bring the community together to celebrate. Most notably are the Lavender Festival, Irrigation Festival, Olympic Peninsula Birdfest, Air Affaire, and Riverfest.
Affordable Cost of Living
When choosing a place to retire affordable housing is a top priority. Surprisingly, this beautiful, active community has very reasonable housing prices. The median home value in Sequim is around $244,000 and Washington has no state income tax. Add a low local property tax and it makes for a very comfortable place to retire.
Simply put, Sequim is a great place to retire. The beautiful landscape, wide choice of recreation and great community make it a paradise for active adults. That coupled with a affordable cost of living makes the choice clear. Contact our amazing staff at Schwab Realty and we’ll find your dream retirement home.
BirdFest 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 favorite 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 residents. 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.
After the holiday parties and gatherings, peaceful winter hikes are a welcome break that refresh the spirit. Treat visiting family or friends to the natural beauty found near Sequim or escape alone on the quieter winter trails. Discover the charms of early winter hikes that are less crowded but still hold so much seasonal beauty. This time of year adds a dusting of snow to a waterfall hike or a lacework of ice crystals along a forest river. Breathe in the fresh air on these five wonderful winter hikes.
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.
In 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?
At 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
It’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
Labor Day is nearly upon us, and for many that means that we are facing the unofficial end to summer. In Sequim, we still have a few more weeks of summer to enjoy. Even then, the weather will be enjoyable long past the official switch into fall. 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 undoubtedly the Dungeness Spit and Wildlife Refuge. Come explore this beautiful stretch of beach with us. When it’s time to move to your dream home, contact our knowledge Sequim Real Estate Brokers. Continue Reading