Tag: Olympic Mountains

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.

 

U-pick Berries on the Olympic Peninsula

basket of fresh strawberries at u-pick farmThe taste of sun ripened berries is one of the simple pleasures of summer. Plan a u-pick day at an idyllic Sequim farm on the Olympic Peninsula. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim boasts more sunny days then other surrounding towns. So it’s no surprise that sunny Sequim has a choice of family owned berry farms to explore. The lush Dungeness Valley farmland, with views of the distant mountains, make a day of berry gathering a pure joy.

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Winter Adventures at Hurricane Ridge

snowy Hurricane Ridge facing to the southThe Olympic Mountains surrounding Sequim are turning white with snow and nearby Hurricane Ridge offers adventures for an exciting winter. Hurricane Ridge is a popular year-round destination with the amazing views at a 5,242 elevation. In the winter it’s transformed by an annual average snowfall of 400 plus inches. Just an hour’s drive from Sequim, Hurricane Ridge has all the winter sports from downhill skiing to snowshoeing. Be sure to visit Sequim on your way to your winter adventure in the Olympic Mountains.

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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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5 Essential Hikes Near Sequim

Enjoy Hikes in the Olympic Mountains Near SequimSequim is nestled in the shadow of the majestic Olympic Mountains. As the temperatures rise, the snow begins to melt from the peaks and hiking season begins. The mountain meadows explode with wildflowers and the forest rivers rush with new, clear water. Summer is the perfect time to explore what these hikes have to offer.  Many of the best hikes on the Olympic Peninsula are an easy drive from Sequim.

Sequim has an abundance of natural beauty, easily hiked from its doorstep. These local hikes can be found in our previous blog posts: Bike the Olympic Discovery Trail and Hike the Dungeness Spit . However, if you’re looking for more adventure with stunning views, here are 5 hikes that may tempt you.

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3 Reasons to Move to Sequim

Move to Sequim, WashingtonAs we near the end of 2016, it’s the time of year where we start reflecting on our journey, and on changes we may want to make in the upcoming year.  Perhaps it’s time to look a little deeper into how great your life could be if you join us in the charming town of Sequim.  According to a variety of articles and recent transplants to Sequim, there are many significant reasons behind their decision to move to Sequim.  The obvious one that most people talk about is weather, and the infamous “blue hole” in which Sequim resides. While that is certainly fantastic and an important part to life here, it’s not the only reason to consider a move to Sequim.  As you get ready to make this decision, contact our knowledgeable real estate agents.  We have over 30 years of experience in the Sequim real estate market, and can help guide you through the entire process.   Continue Reading

Enjoy the Summer Weather in Sequim

Summer Weather in Sequim, WashingtonWinters are pretty mild in Sequim, but the summer weather is simply spectacular. As we enter into the hottest days of the year for many cities around the country, it’s easy to see why so many people love the summer weather in Sequim.  Sure, it gets hot here, too.  But by hot, we mean in the low to upper 70’s, and occasionally the 80’s. We don’t mean it gets into the 90’s or above, and we certainly don’t experience the smothering humidity that the East Coast does. High temperatures have been known to happen, but certainly not on a regular basis.  On the whole, the weather in Sequim is mild, enjoyable, and perfect for enjoying the stunning Olympic Peninsula. No matter whether you’re moving here for the weather or the community, our Sequim Real Estate Brokers will help every step of the way.  Contact us today.    Continue Reading

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

Spring Blossoms in Sequim

Spring Blossoms SequimAs Real Estate Agents, we’re so often asked what it is that makes Sequim such a special place to live. The answers are varied and complex, just like the wonderful people that call this sunny little piece of the Olympic Peninsula home.  However, a simple glance around the greater Sequim-Dungeness Valley in Sequim during the beautiful months of spring will probably give you a glimpse into the special personality that is Sequim.  This charming, quiet valley is undeniably beautiful as the sun comes up over the rugged peaks of the Olympic Mountains, sparkling along the rippling shores of the Straits of Juan de Fuca.  Everywhere you look, Sequim is in blossom.  From the early buds on Sequim’s Lavender farms to the wildflowers painting the hills of the Olympics, Sequim is a vibrant, colorful valley of spring time joy. Come see what life in Sequim is like for yourself, and you’ll soon understand the pull it has. Contact our Sequim Real Estate Agents when you’re ready to move. Continue Reading