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Embrace Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Though we’re not quite yet to Labor Day, the final days of summer on the Olympic Peninsula are nearly upon us, and we find ourselves wistfully looking forward to a glorious fall ahead. The weather usually stays good here in the Sequim area well into September, and often through the first part of October.  But, even so, the crisp, cool nights of fall aren’t too far away.

On the bright side, even as the weather does cool down, there’s plenty to see and do on the Olympic Peninsula each fall, and that includes plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the Olympic National Park and the rest of the peninsula.  Sequim, in particular, is a delightful place to relax and unwind this fall, as it enjoys traditionally sunnier and drier weather than other parts of the PEninsula. Sequim is, after all, located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains.

As always, we’d love to share our favorite fall traditions on the Olympic Peninsula with you.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to our real estate agents in Sequim for more information – we may even be able to find you that perfect new home you’ve been dreaming of!

A Delightful Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

When we say you won’t run out of things to do up here on the Olympic Peninsula, we mean it!  Of course, there is plenty to enjoy in the outdoors including visiting the coast, taking hikes, and exploring the charming towns.  From Port Townsend to Forks, there’s an abundance of fun things to do and see along the way.  Whether you’re contemplating moving here, or are just looking to escape the dreary weather further west and east of us, the Olympic Peninsula – and Sequim, in particular – is a wonderful place for shopping, dining, and spending time outdoors.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Here are 10 of our favorite ways to spend a fall day on the stunning Olympic Peninsula:

  1. Take a walk through the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, home to a wonderful variety of animals, and a truly excellent place for birdwatching in the fall.  If you’re up for a long walk, take the 5.5 mile trip out to the historic Dungeness Lighthouse. Just remember, it’s 5.5 miles back, too!
  2. Watch the salmon spawning, and walk across the historic railroad trestle bridge at Railroad Bridge Park. Another great place to see the salmon spawn is the Elwah River, where you can also witness the power of Mother Nature in this wild river restoration.
  3. Fall is still a wonderful month for hiking – in fact, it’s one of our favorite times to hike, as the weather is cooler and the dramatic colors of fall are breathtaking!
  4. Take a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy a vibrant sunset from any of the beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, or from the top of Hurricane Ridge.
  5. Go wine tasting!  There are 9 award-winning wineries that call the Olympic Peninsula home.
  6. Head out to Finn River Cidery for a relaxing afternoon.
  7. Bike along portions of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which stretches across the peninsula for 140 miles and growing.
  8. Head out for some leaf-peeping!  Here are some of the best spots to spot fall foliage around the Olympic Peninsula.
  9. Browse the many quaint downtowns found on the Olympic Peninsula.  Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles all have ample shops and restaurants worth browsing!
  10. Fall is a great time to watch for wildlife – which includes the fall bird migration. Some of the top places for birdwatching, other than the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, include Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, the Clallam Bay, Sekiu and Neah Bay areas, La Push, Kalaloch beaches, the Hood Canal shoreline, and Olympic National Park.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

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More than anything this fall, make sure you enjoy the opportunity to get outside for some of the best natural medicine we have available to us – fresh air and sunshine!  Spending time in nature is absolutely restorative and there’s no better place to enjoy it than right here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The short & dreary days of winter will be here before you know it, too – but even then we have some pretty great ideas on how to beat the winter blues and still enjoy this beautiful paradise we call home.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if, after spending just a short amount of time up here with us, that you fall in love with the area.  And, when you do, we’ll be here ready to help you make the move to your own little piece of our paradise.  Contact us today at our Sequim Real Estate Office.  We’ve been making dreams come true on the Olympic Peninsula for decades, and would nothing more than to help you.

 

10 Things to do on the Olympic Peninsula This Summer

While Sequim is certainly a charming and wonderful place to visit any time of year, it also makes a great home base for exploring the Olympic Peninsula.  Its location near some of the top things to do on the Olympic Peninsula is also what makes Sequim such a great place to live. From here, it’s easy to explore the nearby towns of Port Townsend and Port Angeles, while still also having easy access to the Olympic National Park and the area’s top attractions.

Whether you’re into hiking, biking, taking scenic drives, fishing, or just relaxing on local beaches and at local parks, Sequim really is the perfect place to relax and unwind this summer.  Whether you’re coming to the area to consider making a move or just want someplace new to visit, we hope you make Sequim a part of your summer plans this year.  If you have any questions about living in the area, reach out to one of our wonderful Sequim Real Estate Agents. Continue Reading

Socially Distant Things to do in Sequim This Summer

Sequim and the greater Clallam County area have fared pretty well when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, though we still expect this summer to be a drastically different one than normal. The famous Sequim Lavender Festival has been canceled, as have a number of other events and activities that normally take place in the summer.  Even so, there are still a number of wonderful things to do in Sequim that offer some natural social distancing.  As the threat of the pandemic passes and the state begins to reopen to things like travel, we hope you’ll consider spending some (careful) time in Sequim this summer and supporting the many wonderful small businesses here.

Downtown Sequim is a charming place, with a variety of locally-owned businesses that make it unique.  Without their typical summer crowds, Sequim Lavender farms will be happy to see your smiling faces (behind masks, of course) visiting their beautiful fields, and supporting them in whatever way possible.  Between visits to downtown businesses and lavender farms, we invite you to spend some time staying socially distanced and enjoying the many wonderful things to do in Sequim this summer.

Things to do in Sequim that Support Social Distancing

We hope that, at least in part, we can celebrate the bounty of Sequim with you this summer and fall. Tourism is important to the small town of Sequim, with people visiting here from all over the world to enjoy the variety of things to do in Sequim.  A few of these things include biking the Olympic Discovery Trail, visiting the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, hiking in the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park, and visiting the area’s world-famous lavender farms during the annual lavender festival.

Things to do in Sequim that Encourage Social Distancing

We don’t like seeing the town of Sequim closed down to tourism anymore than you do, though for the health and wellbeing of our community it’s been an important part of the process.  As we inch closer to reopening, you can feel the palpable excitement from residents and small business owners.  Luckily, Sequim does have quite a few things going for it when it comes to welcoming visitors and embracing social distancing.

Of all the incredible things to do in Sequim, getting outside and enjoying this exceptionally beautiful area is at the top of the list.  Luckily for us, with so many places to go out and explore, it’s pretty easy to maintain proper social distancing while in Sequim. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, boating, fishing, birdwatching, or soaking up Mother Nature’s beauty in other ways, there are a whole host of exciting and fun things to do in Sequim. Here are just a few of the things we hope to share with you this summer when you do visit.  Of course, always remember to practice social distancing where needed, and bring your mask along with you, too.

  1. Hike out the 5.5 miles (one way) to the Dungeness Lighthouse.  Though there do tend to be a number of visitors to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, few of them make the 11-mile journey to the lighthouse.  The farther you get away from the start of the trailhead, the fewer people you’ll likely encounter.  There, you can focus on enjoying the resplendent nature around you, and take the time to appreciate this exceptionally beautiful part of the world.
  2. Bike down the Olympic Discovery Trail. Stretching from Port Townsend to La Push, this incredible trail takes you through some of the most magnificent scenery of the Olympic Peninsula.
  3. Take the time to visit one (or more) of Sequim’s Lavender Farms.  Visiting these farms is one of the most popular things to do in Sequim. Though we’re not quite sure what this process will look like quite yet, Sequim’s Lavender Farms are working on a solution that still allows guests to visit and experience the beauty of these rolling purple fields for themselves, all the while keeping themselves and others safe and protected.
  4. There are few better ways to practice social distancing than to get out on the water.  There are miles and miles of open water in the Sequim area, which means it’s the perfect place to go boating or kayaking.
  5. Enjoy a day in the mountains.  From the Olympic National Forest to the Olympic National Park, there are an incredible number of wonderful hiking trails in the area.  They range in distance and difficulty, but each one of them is just as rewarding as the next.

Things to do in Sequim that Encourage Social Distancing

Are you Moving to Sequim?

If you’re moving to Sequim this summer or later this year or next, let us be the first to welcome you to the area.  There are an incredible number of things to do in Sequim, and no shortage of ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  If you are still in the market for a new home or need any help settling into the area, our Sequim Real Estate Agents are here to help.  We’re passionate not just about buying and selling real estate, but also about the incredible community we call home.  Sequim truly is a wonderful place to live, and we hope to share it with you. Contact us today!

 

10 Best Sequim Retirement Amenities on the Beautiful Olympic Peninsula

Senior couple holding hands watching beautiful sunset at a Sequim retirementA Sequim retirement to this scenic town on the lovely Olympic Peninsula has become the perfect choice of many happy seniors. It’s not a surprise that Sequim has one of the highest percentages of seniors in the state of Washington. The active retiree community enjoys all the amazing amenities this wonderful town offers to fit their specific needs. 

The reasons to plan a Sequim retirement range from the very practical to enjoy the stunning landscape. Sequim is known for its scenic location with a shimmering coastline, a lush valley filled with lavender farms, the world’s longest natural sand spit, and the nearby mountains with miles of hiking trails. During your Sequim retirement spend the day biking, hiking or boating and the evening enjoying fine dining in the charming town center. Aside from the dozens of idyllic lavender fields, Sequim is famous for its amazing year-round weather. Nestled in the Olympic Rainshadow, Sequim sees very little rain and mild temperatures in every season.  Continue Reading

Sequim Weather is Ideal for Retirement

Beautiful senior couple enjoy the Sequim weather standing with bicycles in sunshineThe amazing Sequim weather tops most lists of the best reasons to live in this charming coastal city on the Olympic Peninsula. Residents enjoy mild and sunny weather most of the year with an annual average rainfall of only 17 inches. The wonderful Sequim weather has also earned the town two nicknames; “Sunny Sequim” and “The Blue Hole.” While the first nickname is clear, you might be scratching your head about the meaning of “The Blue Hole.” Local pilots use the name to describe the perfect landing conditions the Sequim weather creates. Recreation, such as flying, boating, biking, and hiking are all enjoyed year-round in the ideal Sequim weather.

The excellent Sequim weather also appeals to those looking for the perfect retirement location. The city has one of the highest percentages of seniors in the state at 37.0%, and the great weather is a big factor in attracting them. While the lack of rain and abundant sunny days are wonderful, the mild temperatures in the winter also mean no snow or ice to clear away on cooler mornings. The mild winters don’t turn into sweltering summers. The summers are also mild, cooled by the breezes from the Straits of Juan de Fuca. This creates a type of Goldilocks effect where it’s never too hot or too cold to enjoy the outdoors in the Sequim weather.

Lastly, Sequim is also the perfect place for people who love the changing seasons. Unlike hot and humid southern beach locations, the Sequim landscape explodes with the color of springtime wildflowers, summer lavender farms and brilliant fall foliage. If Sequim residents miss the snow, they visit it skiing or snowshoeing at Hurricane Ridge. The staff at Schwab Realty are ready to help you explore the great city of Sequim, Washington and find out why this could be the place you were looking for all along.

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5 Great Reasons to Move from Seattle to Sequim WA

View of an idyllic lavender farm on a sunny day why people move from Seattle to SequimWhen listing all the great reasons to relocate from Seattle to Sequim, of course the cost of living comes to mind first. However, there are so many more benefits to moving from Seattle to Sequim than just money. For those looking to leave the stress and crowds of the city behind, Sequim offers the beauty and wide open space of a stunning landscape. In addition to gorgeous mountain and water views, the more affordable homes also mean more personal space. Also access to the Olympic Peninsula state parks offers amazing hiking opportunities in magical rainforests, along crashing waterfall trails and the rugged Washington coastline. Yet, Sequim has plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities within the town itself. Sequim residents enjoy a wealth of local activities such as hiking, biking, boating, golf and aviation. 

Another big reason many relocate from Seattle to Sequim is the ideal weather. Sequim is significantly drier and sunnier than the Seattle area, so the outdoors can be enjoyed year-round. While Sequim’s landscape is breathtaking, its lively downtown also has amazing restaurants, gourmet coffee bars and pubs. This in addition to dozens of fascinating festivals through-out the year makes Sequim an exciting place to live. Are your ready to make the move from Seattle to Sequim yet? Contact our amazing team of knowledgeable brokers at Schwab Realty to find your new home on our corner of paradise of the Olympic Peninsula.

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Top 5 Amazing Things to Do in Sequim this Fall

farm in the Dungeness Valley of Washington State things to do in Sequim You’ll never run out of great things to do in Sequim this fall. The mild, sunny year-round weather makes enjoying the beautiful coastline and hiking trails a pleasure. While the fun, energetic downtown always has something going on and of course excellent restaurants. Then there are always festivals to check out in Sequim and at neighboring towns. Nestled between the majestic Olympic Mountains and the shining Strait of Juan De Fuca, Sequim’s landscape cannot be beat. When looking for things to do in Sequim it’s hard to just limit it to a top 5 list. Discover the secret that Sequim residence already know, there is something for everyone in our town. Let our team at Schwab Realty help find your next home on the stunning Olympic Peninsula.

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5 Reasons to Move to Sequim

Sunny lavender farm in SequimLearn what Sequim residents appreciate everyday, Sequim is the best place to call home on the Olympic Peninsula. There are so many reasons to move to Sequim but they all fall under five main categories. After all Sequim is known for its stunning natural setting, year-round ideal weather, great outdoor recreation, a wonderful community and an affordable cost of living. Come for a visit, walk our beaches, breath in the lavender, dine at an excellent restaurant and see why so many move to Sequim. 

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Sequim’s Community Amenities

Beautiful lavender farm with red barnResiding in the rain shadow of the stunning Olympic Mountains, Sequim’s landscape is simply breathtaking. A shimmering coastline, pastoral valley and snow-capped mountain views surround this warm and welcoming community. Find everything needed for comfortable living such as; great schools, wonderful shops and outstanding medical facilities, but also unlimited recreational and social activities. Residents of Sequim never run out of exciting things to do. There’s always a festival or group for any interest. To top it off, the sunny and dry weather makes it an ideal place for enjoying the outdoors year-round. Visit Sequim and discover what the locals already know, you will not find a better community for your next home.

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Enjoy the Mild Weather of a Sequim Summer

Green field with snow cover mountains in the distanceSequim is known for sunny days, little rain and mild winters. However nothing beats a Sequim summer. It ranks as one of the coolest places in Washington state during the summer months. In fact the hottest month, August, averages a high temperature of only 70.2°. The Sequim summer months, July, August and into September, are the most pleasant of the year. The temperatures stay within 70° to 85° without sticky humidity. When most cities become unbearably hot, Sequim still has mild, enjoyable weather perfect for outdoor recreation. Plan a Sequim summer visit and explore the coastline, hiking trails, biking paths and charming downtown. Discover what Sequim residents already know, it’s a piece of paradise on the Olympic Peninsula.  

Sequim Summer Outdoor Recreation

The stunning Olympic mountains not only create the protective rain shadow over Sequim but offerTwo red kayakers on blue water with mountains in the distance boundless outdoor activities. The hiking trails wind through old-growth forests, cross rivers over rustic bridges and lead to impressive vistas. The scenic Sequim parks and Dungeness Valley are a favorite of bikers all summer long. While the vast waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca are great for boating, fishing and kayaking. Sequim summers are the best time to have fun in the great outdoors.

The Olympic National Park has a vast network of hiking trails and Sequim has many great local hikes as well. The diversity of terrain and views make hiking in and around Sequim always exciting. Some of the best hikes in Sequim include breathtaking mountain vistas, a walk on the longest natural sand spit and magical waterfalls. Sequim is also a very bike friendly community with easy access to the amazing  Olympic Discovery Trail. This 130 miles long, mostly paved path connects Port Townsend to Port Angeles, with Sequim at the midpoint. The five miles of unobstructed coastal views is the highlight of the scenic route. Some choose to kayak those beautiful waters that surround Sequim. Spend a peaceful day gliding on Hiking path on a green mountainsidethe calm waters of Sequim Bay. Also watch for wildlife while paddling along the windy Dungeness Spit. Golfing is also a beloved activity among Sequim residents and it can be enjoyed year-round. The three professional golf courses include all the amenities in addition to gorgeous mountain views.

Residents know that Sequim summers are the best kept secret on the Olympic Peninsula. Living here means spending your summer days hiking, kayaking or biking. Summer nights are enjoyed at great restaurants and fun pubs in a quaint walkable town center. Our agents at Schwab Realty would love to show you around and find your next home in sunny Sequim.