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Biking the Olympic Discovery Trail & More in Sequim

The Olympic Discovery Trail is 130-mile expanse that cuts through some of the most beautiful parts of the Northwest. One of the stops along the way is our charming little town Sequim in Washington state. In fact, for the more novice bikers there’s a strip of the Olympic Discovery Trail that’s 26 miles of almost completely paved roads starting at Blyn, WA heading towards Sequim and then continues out to our neighboring town of Port Angeles.

Biking the Olympic Discovery Trail should be on the bucket list for any cycle enthusiast. Due to it’s maintained trails and bridge structures, it’s also actually quite a great place for those who are new to biking. This corner of Washington State is quintessential Northwest with temperate rainforests, coastal and mountain views and lots of space for outdoor recreation—biking, hiking, beach-combing and boating are popular outings here.

Luckily, due to Sequim’s location in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, this area averages less rain fall per year (only 16 inches), which is the same as Los Angeles, CA! It just so happens to also be the perfect climate for fragrant fields of lavender, creating seas of purple and a big draw for visitors around the globe. If you’d like to learn more about real estate options in Sequim and the surrounding areas, contact one of our knowledgeable agents today!  Continue Reading

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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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

Fresh Local Produce from Sequim Farms

Sequim FarmsVisitors to Sequim today will find that farms are abundant, harking back to a time when argriculture was the main livelihood for our city’s early occupants.  The fertile delta of the Dungeness River enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year, thanks to its location in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains.  This wonderful and unique climate to the Pacific Northwest enables Sequim Farms to produce some of the finest produce throughout the year.  Access to these wonderful Sequim Farms and farm stores is just one more reason why living in the Sequim Valley is so wonderful. Continue Reading