Tag: Olympic Discovery Trail

Visit Charming Sequim on the Beautiful Olympic Peninsula

mountain views in Sequim during marathonWhen visiting Sequim it’s hard to choose what activities to include. There’s so much to do in our beautiful corner of the Olympic Peninsula. However, Elizabeth Rose perfectly highlights the best of Sequim in her wonderful article “5 Reasons You Must Visit Sequim Washington.” Of course she begins with the mild, sunny weather we enjoy year-round, and we couldn’t agree more with her reasons to come out for a visit. After exploring the many charms of our town you may never want to leave.

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The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival comes to Port Angeles, WA

Fresh Caught Dungeness Crab with Butter and LemonSavor mouthwatering Dungeness crab dishes at the 17th Annual CrabFest, October 5th to 7th. This delicious festival takes over the waterfront of charming Port Angeles. The event is free and invites visitors to “Embrace Your Inner Crab” with an array of food, activities and live music. 14 local restaurants offer samples of their culinary creations. Also learn new techniques from celebrity chefs at the cooking demonstrations or sample the entries for the Chowder Cook-Off. In addition to great food, sample some local beer, wine or cider. Enjoy the live music while perusing the craft and merchant vendors. Active festival goers can join the 5K fun run along the Olympic Discovery Trail, Saturday, October 6th at 11:00am. Or try something new during the rowing demonstrations on Hollywood Beach 3:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday. The festival is a fun way to explore the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

Endless Crab and Seafood Choices

Bring your appetite and sample all the tasty seafood choices. Try a variety of dishes or purchase tickets for the festival dinner. The dinner includes a steamed or chilled whole Dungeness crab served with Nash’s organic coleslaw and Sunny Farms’ corn on Gourmet crab cakesthe cob.

Discover diverse seafood meals cooked to perfection by local restaurants while exploring the festival. The Cedars at Dungeness elevates grilled cheese, poutine and poppers with tasty Dungeness crab. And Sequim’s Sunny Farms offers a Dungeness quiche in addition to pumpkin, blackberry and apple pies. Jamestown Seafood raises and harvests Sequim Bay Jades, Sapphires and Opal oysters. Enjoy their raw oysters on the half shell along with geoduck sashimi and ceviche.

Port Angeles restaurants also show off their seafood creations. Twilight fans will want to try Bella Italia’s Dungeness crab cakes, sandwiches, and shooters. The Port Angeles Crab House offers crab and seafood stewcreamy Dungeness Crab mac and cheese and their signature coconut prawns. For the best fish and chips or a steaming bowl of seafood gumbo, stop by the Kokopelli Grill booth. Sergio’s Hacienda & Cantina serves spicy fish tacos, enchiladas and shrimp ceviche. Toga’s Soup House will warm your bones with a rich Dungeness crab bisque and Northwest clam chowder.

Take the festival home with you with the “Crab To Go” packages. However, after strolling the festival with stunning Olympic mountains and waterfront views you may not want to leave. Residents of Sequim and Port Angeles enjoy the bounty of the region’s pristine waters and lush farmlands year round. Our agents at Schwab Realty are experts in the Sequim and Port Angeles neighborhoods. Contact us today to find your perfect home in this beautiful corner of the Olympic peninsula.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

The North Olympic Discovery Marathon Races through Sequim

The North Olympic Discovery Marathon Run a marathon this summer with stunning water and mountain views. The North Olympic Discovery Marathon (NODM), happening this June 2nd and 3rd, is an incredibly scenic course. The race begins at the 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn, connects to the Olympic Discovery Trail, then weaves through Sequim’s Bay State Park and downtown. After crossing the Dungeness River Railroad trestle bridge, the trail opens up to sweeping farm and mountain views. And the last five miles runs along the shores of the Salish Sea until the finish line at Port Angeles City Pier. In 2017, this gorgeous course drew more than 2,000 runners from 36 states and six countries. Runners of all levels and ages are welcome and there is an event for everyone. Join the marathon or cheer on your athlete as they go through downtown Sequim or meet them at the finish line festivities in Port Angeles.

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Discover the Romantic Side of Sequim

romantic Heart Drawn In Sand On Beach With PebblesFind the romantic Sequim while walking hand-in-hand on a beautiful beach, over a quaint bridge in the forest, or along charming downtown avenue. We have a stunning coastline and beautiful forests with miles of hiking trails. Enjoy a candle lit dinner after a day exploring the outdoor treasures Sequim has to offer. Our local farms, wineries, and fishermen supply the many excellent downtown restaurants. Our town also has many fun options to plan a romantic day with your loved one. Come visit and see how Sequim residents keep romance alive in our charming town.

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Family Friendly Sequim

family kayaking at sunset

Sequim has everything that makes a family friendly community. Here you will find the most beautiful surroundings with sunny, mild weather, that creates the perfect setting for active families that love the outdoors. The safe, friendly neighborhoods also include great schools and excellent doctors. And there are many opportunities for kids such as sports, arts and clubs. Sequim has a lively downtown with fun shops and family-friendly dining, and there is a large choice of romantic restaurants for those lovely date nights. In addition to our many festivals, Sequim families celebrate the holidays at the downtown trick-or-treating and tree lighting events. Visit Sequim for a family outing and see all we have to offer.

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Outdoor Dining in Sequim

Dining Outdoors with WineIn Sequim, we are so fortunate to have a wealth of delicious dining options. You’ll find international, seafood, farm to table and vegetarian cuisine, to name just a few. Also many of our fine restaurants offer al fresco seating so patrons can enjoy the abundant sunshine with a great meal. With so many sunny days in the beautiful town of Sequim, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy them all, too!  Surely what is better than dining outdoors on a beautiful summer night?

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Bike the Olympic Discovery Trail

Railroad Bridge Park on Olympic Discovery Trail in SequimSince summer is almost here, it’s the perfect time to grab your bike and explore Sequim. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Sequim as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2014. Locals and visitors can bike our downtown full of vibrant shops, restaurants and parks. In addition, our biking community is most fortunate to have easy access to the Olympic Discovery Trail. This scenic trail, at almost 130 miles long, connects Port Townsend to Port Angeles, with Sequim residing at the mid-point.

The Olympic Discovery Trail is wide, well maintained, frequently paved and for non-motorized vehicles. While biking on it you can enjoy all the natural diversity of our region such as: mountain views, lush forests, rolling farmlands, peaceful valleys, pristine mountain rivers and stunning coastal views.

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North Olympic Discovery Marathon

North Olympic Discovery Marathon in Sequim and Port AngelesSequim is the perfect town to live in if you like to be outside throughout the year.  The weather is mild enough, and even dry enough, to get outside and enjoy the spoils of mother nature in Spring, Summer, Fall, and even Winter.  That said, the summer months in Washington State as a whole, and Sequim in particular, are especially magical.  The weather is perfect; not too hot, dry, sunny, and nothing short of spectacular.  We’re excited to welcome another summer on the Olympic Peninsula into our midst.  To kick it all off is one of Sequim’s premiere sporting events; the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Continue Reading