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Head to the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area this Winter

The Northwest is one of the most beautiful places in the world with striking mountainous views, sparkling waters, and picturesque coastlines. Many people move here just for outdoor recreation!  Thankfully, the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area is only an hour from Sequim, WA, and only 40 minutes from Port Angeles, WA. For those who love heading to the beach in the warmer months and hitting the slopes in the winter, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the location of these small towns on the Olympic Penisula.

The Hurricane Ridge Ski Area is within the Olympic National Park, and it’s the westernmost ski area in the continental United States. Olympic National Park is a diverse preserved area with three distinct ecosystems: the Pacific coastline, temperate forests, subalpine forests, and meadow areas. The Hurricane Ridge Ski area is located in the alpine region, and powdery white snow typically covers the landscape in the wintertime.

If you’ve felt the call of the beauty of the Northwest, there’s so much to explore here on the Olympic Penisula and the Olympic National Park. Let us help you decide if this is the place you’d like to call home. Reach out to one of our seasoned and personable agents today! Continue Reading

5 Best Hikes in the Olympic National Park This Fall

When it comes to finding the best hikes in the Olympic National Park, you’ll probably find as many opinions as you will trails.  There are what seems to be an endless variety of hikes to take within and around the park – and probably more than one person could realistically hike in a lifetime.  However, we weigh in with what we think are 5 of the best hikes in the Olympic National Park to take this fall, particularly for people who have yet to visit this incredible park.

The Olympic National Park is special, especially in the fall when the summer crowds begin to fade away. While you won’t find blazing fall foliage akin to what you’d find in Vermont, there are still plenty of stunning fall colors to behold, all set against the emerald greens and blues the Pacific Northwest is famous for. The park is also vast, which is why there are so many opinions about what constitutes the best hikes in the Olympic National Park.

Whether you’re new to hiking or a seasoned expert, we’ve included some of the best hikes in the Olympic National Park for everyone.  As always, we’re happy to offer even more recommendations for great hikes in the area, or perhaps even great restaurants or bars to hit when you’re done, and maybe even a massage therapist?  If you’re ever interested in learning more about the Olympic Peninsula, our Sequim Real Estate Agents are a vital local resource.  Contact us today!

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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

10 Fantastic Things to do in Sequim This Spring

If you’re holding off on enjoying the many wonderful things to do in Sequim because you don’t think the weather is suitable, it’s time to rethink your position! A recent February snowstorm hit the Pacific Northwest, slowing things down for a day or two. But, per usual, Sequim was spared the brunt of the storm, and it is thanks to the Rainshadow effect of the Olympic Mountains that affords Sequim more sunny days than is typical in the (sometimes) dreary Pacific Northwest!

Take advantage of Sequim’s drier than usual spring, and get out and enjoy all of the great things to do in Sequim this spring.  From birdwatching, hiking, and biking, to kayaking and more, there’s never a shortage of things to do in this beautiful, small town. Not only is Sequim great to explore on its own, but it’s also well-located on the Olympic Peninsula and serves as the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore vast expanses of the Olympic Peninsula.

Sure – there are plenty of fun things to do in Sequim (year-round!).  But did you also know Sequim is a wonderful place to live and work? We’re seeing people move here in record numbers as the modern workforce changes and allows for more and more remote working opportunities. If you’re interested in the Sequim real estate market, it’s time to talk with our seasoned Sequim Real Estate Agents. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have as to what it’s like living and working in the area. We have decades of experience that you can put to good use. Contact one of our wonderful Realtors in Sequim today. Continue Reading

Port Angeles Real Estate is Family-Friendly

We spend a lot of time talking about how great of a retirement destination Sequim is, but that’s just a small part of the real estate picture here on the Olympic Peninsula.  Cities like Port Angeles offer plenty of wonderful opportunities for retirees, families, young professionals, and more.  In fact, the Port Angeles real estate market has been heating up in recent months, especially with the general ability for young professionals to work from home.

Much as Sequim is diverse and offers a variety of options, so too is the Port Angeles real estate market diverse. In fact, it’s even more diverse, with a range of waterfront homes, family-friendly homes in the downtown core, quieter outlying communities, and homes nestled up higher in the mountains.

The options to buy Port Angeles real estate are plentiful, and we’d love to help you find your next big adventure. Reach out to our group of seasoned and friendly real estate experts today! Continue Reading

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

Interesting in Moving to the Olympic Peninsula?

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.

 

Discover Olympic National Park This Fall

The Olympic National Park is world-renowned for its pristine access to nature, offering some of the most picturesque scenery in the country. The Olympic National Park spreads across the entire Olympic Peninsula, offering access to a diverse wilderness. In fact, we think the sheer diversity of the park, whether it’s in elevation, ecosystem, history, or something else entirely is one of its most endearing and special qualities.

From glacier-capped mountains to a stunning (and wild!) coastline, the Olympic National Park is certainly worth exploring. Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here for a lifetime already, there’s also no shortage of new things to see, new places to explore, and new facets of this incredible park to enjoy. Over 95% of the Olympic National Park is a dedicated wilderness, which makes it one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the country. As such, it’s important you know how to protect these sacred lands, so they can be enjoyed by generations to come.

If you have any questions about the Olympic National Park itself, or what it is like to leave near an area as incredible as this, we’d love to talk to you.  Reach out to our real estate office, located in Sequim. Continue Reading

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

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.