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3 Great Reasons to Dine at the Dockside Grill Sequim Restaurant

Panorama Sunset on San Juan de Fuca Strait by Dockside Grill SequimThe Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant has the distinction of offering the only waterfront dining in this small city on the Olympic Peninsula. The restaurant has a casual elegance and large picture windows overlooking scenic Sequim Bay and the John Wayne Marina. Since opening in 2007 the Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant has become a favorite for locals and visitors alike. While also receiving rave reviews for great cuisine, drinks, and an amazing view. In fact it has been nominated for many “Best” lists such as “Best Steakhouse”, “Best Seafood”, and “Most Romantic”.

Chef Steve Little and his wife, Ruth, own and operate the Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant. Steve and his assistant chef, Josh Souza, met in 1995 while working in the restaurant business in California. They have worked together at restaurants in California, Oregon and Washington over the years and remain best friends to this day. The family connection continues as, Steve and Ruth’s son, Glen, works with Josh as his assistant chef. Through their hard work and dedication the Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant has become one of the best in Washington state. Join them for lunch or dinner and discover the 3 best reasons to dine at the Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant:

  1. Amazing Cuisine – You’ll find only the freshest, cedar plank salmon grilling by open fire at Dockside Grill Sequimseasonal Northwest dining at the Dockside Grill.  The talented chefs local farm produce, baked goods and fish caught the same day it’s served. All these ingredients become amazing dishes to savor. Favorites are the delicious local oysters on the half shell, cedar plank salmon topped with Dungeness crab, ale battered halibut, and coffee rubbed ribeye. 
  2. Refreshing Cocktails, Beer and Wine – Not only can you enjoy an extensive wine, craft beer and cider list with dinner, but the Pelican Room also offers an intimate space for sipping an excellent cocktail. Separate from the main dining room, it’s the perfect place to watch sports at the bar or host a private event. 
  3. A Stunning View – The outstanding cuisine will be the only thing to distract you from the beautiful scenery. The picturesque panoramic view of Sequim Bay and John Wayne Marina create a wonderful setting for a romantic dinner. Colorful sailboats reflect on the glassy waters where seals and otters play. While eagles, herons, and kingfishers glide past the windows. 

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The Best Kayaking Launch Spots in Sequim

Kayak on calm waters at sunsetKayaking around Sequim on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula is always an adventure. Whether you’re gliding on the calm waters of Sequim Bay or paddling along the windy Dungeness Spit, there’s plenty to see. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife, from shore birds to great raptors and adorable seals to pods of orcas. The Sequim coastline is a magical place with stunning mountain views in the distance. The Olympic Mountains are not only breathtaking but create the sheltering rain shadow over lovely Sequim. This creates a dry, sunny climate making year-round outdoor recreation possible. Sequim residents enjoy kayaking, hiking, biking and golfing during the mild winters as well as the glorious summer months. Come out for a visit and discover the best kept secret on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Sequim Festivals to Plan for in 2019

lavender festivalsSequim 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.

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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.

 

Kayak Around Sequim

A beautiful sunset over the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Sequim Washington.Before summer is over, glide your kayak through the cool waters surrounding Sequim. There are many possibilities to explore our gorgeous coastline. Any choice will have beautiful scenery and a chance to encounter wildlife. One of the best things about living in Sequim is the ability to enjoy mother nature throughout a good majority of the year. Summertime is definitely special, though, as evidenced by the sheer number of people who visit the Olympic Peninsula on a given summer weekend.  Take advantage of our incredible summer weather in Sequim, and plan a kayaking adventure to top off your summer.  Disappointment will be the furthest thing from your mind as you paddle in these beautiful waters. 

The Best Places to Kayak in Sequim

Sequim is a kayaker’s dream. Depending on your relative experience, you can paddle in serene, sheltered bays, or head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to tour the Dungeness Spit. There are many options to create your own kayak excursion, but we have a few suggestions to get you started.

Sequim and Discovery Bay are sheltered and peaceful kayaking locations. Launch within Sequim Bay at the John Wayne Marina or the Sequim Bay State Park. North of the bay there is a launch at Port Williams. The Travis Spit protects the entrance to the bay and leaves a narrow channel, so plan to ride the tides Colorful kayaks on the waterthrough it. Explore the bay’s historic landmarks and beautiful cliffs. When leaving the bay consult the tidal charts again, and ride the tide out. Then continue east to Discovery Bay. You will pass the wildlife refuge Protection Island, which is often an incredible place for some distant birdwatching. Violet Spit, on the east end of the island, is a popular sunbathing spot for harbor and elephant seals. Discovery Bay is larger and has 20 miles of shoreline. Since there is only one marina and public boat launch there is very little traffic, and you’ll feel like you have the entire bay to yourself.

The Dungeness Spit is a must-see when kayaking in Sequim. Travel the windswept west side on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the sheltered east side harbor. Launch your kayak from the Cline Spit or Dungeness Landing. Explore the Dungeness Harbor and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Avid birdwatchers love this area, which is home to an incredible variety of seabirds. There are several areas that are approved for kayaking in the refuge, and it’s best to get acquainted with their map before you head out on your trip. After enjoying the harbor, head out to the Dungeness Bay and take in the views of the historic lighthouse. Once around to the west side, drift along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As you pass the windswept beach, look for Bald Eagles perched on driftwood. Continuing down, the spit’s terrain changes to grassy bluffs where many seabirds live. Keep an eye out for orca whales, they also like to visit the pristine waters around Sequim.

Kayak Groups and Rentals

There are many resources to help you plan your next kayaking trip. The Washington State Park website has a list of safety guidelines, as well as local paddling groups. For Colorful kayaks docked - as seen from aboveexample, the Olympic Peninsula Paddler’s Club holds meetings at Sequim’s public library. There are also several Kayak and paddleboard rental businesses that offer lessons and guided tours. If you need to rent equipment, we recommend heading to GoXpeditions, which offers a variety of equipment, including sit-on-top kayaks, regular and extra-wide paddleboards, and pedal equipped kayaks.  They also host paddle camps for kids where they can learn kayaking skills and safety. Given To Glide Paddle Sports sells new and used paddleboards, and their website is a great resource for paddling tips. Check out their extensive guide to traversing Sequim Bay that includes a custom map to help you navigate. For guided tours, consider one of the beginners or expert adventures offered by Adventures Through Kayaking. They also provide all the gear and take care of all the planning for you, which means you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure before you!

There are few places in the world more beautiful and well-suited to kayaking.  You can spend a lifetime exploring all the treasures found here, which is one of the many reasons so many paddlers call Sequim home. Come out for a visit and see if we have the perfect home for you and your kayak.  Our experienced and dedicated Real Estate Agents will be more than happy to help you make this particular dream a reality!

 

Ballooning over Sequim

Ballooning SequimEach town on the Olympic Peninsula has it’s own unique charm worth exploring, and throughout you’ll find exquisite gourmet dining, shopping, arts, and entertainment to balance out your itinerary.  Sequim is, perhaps, the most charming of all.  During the warm, sunny months, huge crowds are drawn to the area for the stunning displays of Lavender growing throughout the valley.  The Fall and winter months have their special, allure, too, thank to the peaceful tranquility enjoyed in this charming and sunny town.  The spring months bring visitors in search of wildlife to the Dungeness Spit and the Olympic National Park.  Another favorite spring activity is hot air ballooning over the picturesque Dungeness valley, where you’ll be rewarded with views too beautiful to describe.  No matter what it is that first brings you to Sequim, we’ve no doubt you’ll leave a transformed and happier person.  If you’d like to make this area your forever home, contact one of our knowledgable Sequim Real Estate Agents today.   Continue Reading

Top-Rated Restaurants in Sequim

Sequim RestaurantsYou’ve either made the decision to move to Sequim or are starting to think about it, and you can hardly wait to explore your new/potential hometown in earnest. Likely, the decision to move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest has involved plenty of little decisions along the way.  Things like access to high quality healthcare, affordability, weather, quality of life & community enrichment programs, and the quality of the public schools.  Now that those bigger decisions are out of the way, it’s time to see what else lies in wait to enrich your daily life. Perhaps you’re the type of person that likes to enjoy the occasional meal out?  Though small in size, there is certainly no shortage of spectacular restaurants in Sequim to satisfy every craving.  It may even be just the push you need to check out the local real estate market and make your decision final.

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Sequim’s Beautiful Waterfront

Sequim waterfront PropertyThough there are seemingly endless miles of coastline along the Olympic Peninsula, Sequim is situated in a truly unique and desireable location.  With the beautiful Straight of Juan de Fuca to the North and the dramatic rise of the Olympic Mountains to the South, stunning vistas surround the often sunny town of Sequim.  If you need more reasons to live here than it’s beauty alone, it’s important to know that this charming small town lies in a protected valley, affording it more dry and sunny days than the rest of the fabled rainy Pacific Northwest.  From the headwaters of the Dungeness River to Sequim Bay and Discovery Bay, the quaint town of Sequim is the perfect place to relocate to a stunning piece waterfront property. Continue Reading