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5 Fabulous Sequim Lavender Shops Perfect for Holiday Gifts

Sequim lavender gift on wooden table with lavender flowersThe Sequim lavender fields have all been harvested and the summer blooms are gone. However this means all that wonderful lavender has been transformed into fragrant lotions, soaps and candles. Sequim Lavender producers create an amazing variety of scented products for home, bath and kitchen. While the fields are quiet in the fall and winter, many Sequim lavender farms also run adorable gift shops. What better place to find the perfect holiday gift? Surprise your host/ess at holiday parties with a thoughtful lavender gift. Fill Christmas stockings with fun lavender oil, lotions or lip balm samples. Choose a generous themed gift box for family or friends. 

Add a trip to Sequim to your holiday shopping list this year. Our charming downtown has several galleries and shops, great for finding original gifts. Not only treat yourself to the beautiful Olympic Mountain and water views but stop by one of the exceptional local restaurants for a great meal. Our lively town center, stunning landscape, and exceptional weather all make Sequim a special place to call home. To see more of living in Sequim contact our friendly brokers at Schwab Realty. We’d love to show you around!

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Bike the Scenic Tour de Lavender in Sequim

bike in a lavender fieldTune up your bike cycling enthusiasts and get ready for the 2018 Tour de Lavender in Sequim Saturday, August 4. Experience the amazing scenery during this event perfect for beginner and expert cyclists alike. Routes include stops at the world-class lavender farms of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. In addition to the brilliant purple fields of fragrant blossoms, cyclists bike through a serene landscape with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains. The tour also connects to the Olympic Discovery Trail that opens up to sweeping views of the Salish Sea. Cyclists return every year to bike the exceptional beauty of the Olympic Peninsula at this fun summer event.

Bike Routes and Lavender Farms

The Tour de Lavender, now in its 5th year, represents a partnership of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association and local bike groups. The event not only showcases the gorgeous natural setting around Sequim, it raises funds to Bikes at Tour de Lavendermaintain the Olympic Discovery Trail and the programs of the Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance. These organizations are working together to promote bike safety and foster a cyclist-friendly community.

Hundreds of cyclists flock to Sequim each year for this popular event. Casual cyclists and families enjoy a 35 mile loop called the “Fun Ride”. This ride goes through 8 lavender farms along quiet roads and also connects to the Olympic Discovery Trail. While the “Metric Century” offers a more challenging 62.5 mile bike ride. This path includes 9 lavender farms and fantastic Olympic Mountain views. Once it links to the Olympic Discovery Trail with no cars allowed, cyclists can relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

The serene lavender farms with vibrant purple fields invite riders to stop for a break. Each farm has its own unique personality and special lavender products. Stay for a picnic, try a lavender treat and enjoy the view at these charming farms:

Cyclist riding on a road bike in the rural landscape at sunset.Join the “After Party” celebration from 2:00 to 6:00 for some well deserved refreshments, music and a chance to win great door prizes. Afterwards the celebration continues at the many great restaurants in Sequim’s charming downtown. Visitors discover what Sequim residents already know, there’s no better community for cyclists. Contact our agents at Schwab Realty to explore this bike friendly town and find your future home.

 

 

Sequim Lavender Festival

Lavender fields at the Lavender Festival You know it’s time for the Lavender Festival when the Sequim Valley is transformed by its beautiful lavender blooms. Imagine walking in rolling fields of brilliant purple, the warm sun on your face and the scent of lavender on the breeze. The fertile valley is like a watercolor painting of lush greens and deep amethyst, with snow capped mountains in the distance. It’s no wonder that Sequim is called the Provence of the Pacific Northwest.  With so much natural beauty, it’s easy to believe you are in Southern France.

This year marks the 21st annual Lavender Festival. The festival’s modest beginnings grew from restoring old dairy pastures with lavender fields in 1995. The lavender farms were the perfect crop for Sequim’s climate and are more sustainable, since they require little water. The first Lavender Festival was a very small, local affair that included only eight lavender farms. Today, there are approximately 40 lavender farms that grow 110,000 plants each year. The 2016 Lavender Festival had visitors from across the US and 55 countries around the world.

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Best Sequim Lavender Farms to Visit

Sequim Lavender FarmsWarm weather definitely came to the Pacific Northwest early this year.  Since May, Sequim has enjoyed a great many warm and sunny days, which has been great for the Sequim Lavender Farmers. Sequim, hailed as the lavender capital of North America, has an unusual concentration of lavender farms.  The success of the regions lavender farms is due to the unusual microclimate enjoyed here, especially when compared with the rest of the often-rainy Pacific Northwest.  In fact, Sequim’s weather is reminiscent of the arid warmth found in France’s Provence region. Come visit this charming little town this summer, and discover the unbeatable beauty of Sequim’s lavender fields. Continue Reading

Local Shopping in Sequim

Local Shopping SequimMost people that visit or plan to visit Sequim, are aware of its status as a premier outdoor destination.  The expansive waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca or the towering presence of the Olympic Mountains are testimony enough to this.  Whether it’s hiking through pristine forests and beaches, biking the length of the Olympic Discovery Trail, golfing, fishing in both fresh and saltwaters, or visiting the local farms, there are an overwhelming number of choices for outdoor activities in Sequim, and it’s one of the many driving factors behind the decision to relocate to this charming town on the Olympic Peninsula. However, there is so much more to Sequim than it’s majestic beauty.  Take for example the fantastic local shopping available along Main Street in downtown Sequim.  Sequim really does have it all, and we urge you to view our local real estate as you start planning your move here.   Continue Reading