Kayaking 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.
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.
The great fishing around Sequim has been a locals’ secret for some time. This unique region of the Olympic Peninsula has fresh and saltwater habitats 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.
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.
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. You definitely won’t be disappointed. Continue Reading
Each 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
You’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.
Though 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