Tag: Olympic Peninsula

Outstanding Bird Watching Opportunities in Sequim

BirdFest bald eagle soaringBird watching is taken seriously in Sequim and the active birding community tracks the hundreds of species found in this region. The diverse landscape on the Olympic Peninsula make it a birding paradise. Here you can find an amazing array of bird species including raptors, shorebirds, songbirds and waterfowl. Explore their habitats on hikes along sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, deep forests, and lofty mountain tops. Sequim’s Dungeness Audubon Center hosts weekly bird walks and also many classes for bird lovers. These walks are a great way to meet people, get out in nature and spot the beautiful birds of the Olympic Peninsula.

Bird Walks and Talks in Sequim

The Dungeness Audubon Center is a great resource for experienced birders and also those new to it. Located at the Railroad Bridge Park, visitors can pick up birding information, and explore the wooded trails on the grounds. The center serves as the meeting place for weekly bird walks and several related classes.

Every Wednesday the center hosts a morning bird walk from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. All walks are completely free and for all ages and experience levels. Meet the welcoming birding community and find the best watching spots around Sequim. Spend the day bird watching harlequin duckswalking with friendly company, in beautiful settings while spotting magnificent birds. It’s a great way to learn more about the natural landscape around Sequim.

The River Center also offers several seasonal classes and hands-on workshops. Learn how to identify birds and their songs in the introductory classes. Discover the fascinating birds of winter in the majestic raptor and crafty corvid talks. While the acrobatic spring swallows are celebrated in an illustrated seminar. Or help out the feathered locals by building them a nest box.

Great Bird Watching Locations in Sequim

The center lists the best locations to find a wide variety of birds. Visiting the sites showcases just how stunning and interesting the landscape is in Sequim. Spend one day on a windswept beach with endless water views, then another in a tranquil forest path along a rushing river. No wonder the human and avian residents love making their home here.

bird watching seller's jayPreserving and appreciating wildlife and their habitats is a priority of the Dungeness Audubon Center and the Sequim community. The dramatic coastline, serene bays and old growth forests are treasures to be protected. Living among the stunning landscape with the many majestic birds is why bird lovers make Sequim their home. Schwab Realty has helped countless people find their perfect home in our wonderful town. Contact our knowledgeable agents and explore what this picturesque area has to offer.

 

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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Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula

Sequim is the Gateway to the Olympic PeninsulaAs we settle into 2017, it’s time to start looking at and appreciating the charmed life we lead in Sequim. If you don’t already live here, perhaps it’s time you join us? There are many significant reasons 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, that’s not all there is. Sequim is also considered a gateway to all of the incredible destinations further west on the Olympic Peninsula.  In Sequim, you get all of the amenities of modern life:  High quality doctors, good schools, a vibrant community culture, plenty of stores and restaurants, and an active retired community. From there, your journey is only just beginning.  Continue Reading

Moving to Sequim in the New Year

Moving to Sequim in the New YearWhether you’ve been wanting to move to Sequim for a long time, or whether this charming little town on the Olympic Peninsula is new to your relocation radar, we can think of several reasons that moving here should be at the top of your list of things to accomplish in 2017.  Whatever your reason is for moving, our Real Estate Agents are here to help.  Whether you want to move for the better weather found in Sequim, the crisp, fresh air of the Pacific Northwest, to escape the rapidly rising costs of housing in places like California, Portland, and Seattle, the retirement and family-friendly community,  or the amazing small town feel with big-city amenities, we know you’re going to love it here.  Even if you just come here for the incredible beauty, Sequim is the perfect place to make a fresh start in 2017. Browse through our local listings, then contact us to get your move started today. Continue Reading

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

Get Outside on the Olympic Peninsula

Fall Activities on the Olympic PeninsulaFall on the Olympic Peninsula is just as glorious as the rest of the year.  One look around at this incredibly scenic valley, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t moved here sooner.  Though people relocate to Sequim for a variety of reasons, the exquisite sunny, dry weather and the unbeatable natural beauty are high on the list for most.  Though spring and summer are the more obvious choice for outdoor recreation, fall’s frequent sunny days and mild temperatures allow for plenty of outdoor adventure as well.  Whether it’s hiking, biking, golfing, birding, kayaking, or beachcombing, fall on the Olympic Peninsula is unbeatable.  If you haven’t been yet, we invite you to come explore Sequim with us, and to see firsthand what all the hype is about. Continue Reading

An Afternoon at Railroad Bridge Park

Railroad Bridge Park SequimOne step outside your door in the morning, and you realize that the transition between summer and fall is here.  Crisp, chilly mornings are normal this time of year; just as normal as sunny, beautiful afternoons.  Only in the beautiful town of Sequim do you get to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula’s famous natural beauty without all the typical Washington Rain.  Thanks to the rainshadow effect of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim enjoys an incredible 250+ sunny days every year.  The difference in Sequim’s weather patters is much more noticeable during the typically dreary fall and winter days. When the rest of Western Washington bundles up and pulls out the umbrella’s, those of us in Sequim head outside to enjoy the drier weather at places like Sequim’s Railroad Bridge Park. Continue Reading

Sequim is a Gateway to the Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, WashingtonThe vast wilderness of Olympic National Park is a place where our planet’s bountiful diversity is on constant display.  Within these million acres of park land, visitors will find thousands of years of human history and a fascinating range of ecosystems, from glacier-capped mountains and old-growth rain forests, to 70+ miles of rugged coastline.  The Olympic National Park is a destination in and of itself, and Sequim is the gateway to these wild lands. Whether you plan to travel to the highest peaks, wander into the deepest parts of the forest, or explore the wild coastal lands,  this World Heritage Site won’t leave you disappointed.  Whether for a few hours, days or weeks, come join the millions of people visit the park each year. Continue Reading

Sightseeing on the Olympic Discovery Trail

Biking Olympic Discovery Trail, SequimAll it takes is one simple look around for visitors to fall in love with the Olympic Peninsula. In fact, for many newer residents to Sequim, that first look was all it took to get them to move here. Sequim, which is located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains, enjoys more dry sunny days throughout the year than most other towns in the Pacific Northwest. Take in some of the Olympic Peninsula’s most popular attractions while biking the popular Olympic Discovery Trail this summer. Continue Reading

Sequim Real Estate is Looking Up

Sequim Real EstateWhether you’ve been planning to move to Sequim for some time, or maybe you’re just coming around to the possibility, now is a great time to take those first steps towards making it a reality.  It doesn’t matter what draws you in. Whether you decide to live here because of the mild and agreeable weather, the fresh clean air and environment, the relative affordability when compared with places like California, Portland, or even Seattle, the small and close-knit community, or the world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, we know you’re going to love it here.  Even if you just come here for the beautiful vistas, it’s no secret that Sequim is the perfect place to live.  The real estate market in Sequim is picking up as we head into spring, and our experienced real estate agents are ready to help you start your next chapter in Sequim.  Take those first steps, and browse through our Sequim real estate listings today. Continue Reading