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Enjoy the Mild Weather of a Sequim Summer

Green field with snow cover mountains in the distanceSequim is known for sunny days, little rain and mild winters. However nothing beats a Sequim summer. It ranks as one of the coolest places in Washington state during the summer months. In fact the hottest month, August, averages a high temperature of only 70.2°. The Sequim summer months, July, August and into September, are the most pleasant of the year. The temperatures stay within 70° to 85° without sticky humidity. When most cities become unbearably hot, Sequim still has mild, enjoyable weather perfect for outdoor recreation. Plan a Sequim summer visit and explore the coastline, hiking trails, biking paths and charming downtown. Discover what Sequim residents already know, it’s a piece of paradise on the Olympic Peninsula.  

Sequim Summer Outdoor Recreation

The stunning Olympic mountains not only create the protective rain shadow over Sequim but offerTwo red kayakers on blue water with mountains in the distance boundless outdoor activities. The hiking trails wind through old-growth forests, cross rivers over rustic bridges and lead to impressive vistas. The scenic Sequim parks and Dungeness Valley are a favorite of bikers all summer long. While the vast waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca are great for boating, fishing and kayaking. Sequim summers are the best time to have fun in the great outdoors.

The Olympic National Park has a vast network of hiking trails and Sequim has many great local hikes as well. The diversity of terrain and views make hiking in and around Sequim always exciting. Some of the best hikes in Sequim include breathtaking mountain vistas, a walk on the longest natural sand spit and magical waterfalls. Sequim is also a very bike friendly community with easy access to the amazing  Olympic Discovery Trail. This 130 miles long, mostly paved path connects Port Townsend to Port Angeles, with Sequim at the midpoint. The five miles of unobstructed coastal views is the highlight of the scenic route. Some choose to kayak those beautiful waters that surround Sequim. Spend a peaceful day gliding on Hiking path on a green mountainsidethe calm waters of Sequim Bay. Also watch for wildlife while paddling along the windy Dungeness Spit. Golfing is also a beloved activity among Sequim residents and it can be enjoyed year-round. The three professional golf courses include all the amenities in addition to gorgeous mountain views.

Residents know that Sequim summers are the best kept secret on the Olympic Peninsula. Living here means spending your summer days hiking, kayaking or biking. Summer nights are enjoyed at great restaurants and fun pubs in a quaint walkable town center. Our agents at Schwab Realty would love to show you around and find your next home in sunny Sequim.

 

U-pick Berries on the Olympic Peninsula

basket of fresh strawberries at u-pick farmThe taste of sun ripened berries is one of the simple pleasures of summer. Plan a u-pick day at an idyllic Sequim farm on the Olympic Peninsula. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim boasts more sunny days then other surrounding towns. So it’s no surprise that sunny Sequim has a choice of family owned berry farms to explore. The lush Dungeness Valley farmland, with views of the distant mountains, make a day of berry gathering a pure joy.

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The Best Hiking Near Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula

Hiking near sequim Hurricane Hill TrailThe hiking near Sequim is some of the best found on the Olympic Peninsula. The beautiful views and landscape includes lush forests, shimmering coastlines, and breathtaking mountain vistas. While the Olympic National Park offers a vast network of amazing trails to explore. The variety of paths and scenery inspires visitors to return year after year. Nestled between the Olympic mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, find the charming town of Sequim. Located in the Olympic rain shadow, Sequim has a dry climate with more sunny days and mild temperatures. Plan a stop in Sequim on your next outdoor adventure for a post-hiking break or relaxing dinner.

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Top 5 Reasons to Retire in Sequim, WA

Retire in Sequim sunset over Strait Of Juan De Fuca 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:

Weather

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.

Beautiful Setting

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.

Recreational Activities

retire to sequim Professional golf gear on the golf course at sunset.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.

Great Community

Sequim has a warm and welcoming community with many opportunities to meet and socialize withretire in Sequim Lavender Festival 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.

 

Find Your Serenity in Sequim’s Dungeness Valley

Dungeness Bay SequimLeave 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