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.
Here are 10 of our favorite ways to spend a fall day on the stunning Olympic Peninsula:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Go wine tasting! There are 9 award-winning wineries that call the Olympic Peninsula home.
- Head out to Finn River Cidery for a relaxing afternoon.
- Bike along portions of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which stretches across the peninsula for 140 miles and growing.
- Head out for some leaf-peeping! Here are some of the best spots to spot fall foliage around the Olympic Peninsula.
- Browse the many quaint downtowns found on the Olympic Peninsula. Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles all have ample shops and restaurants worth browsing!
- 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.
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.