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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

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.

 

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

Find The Best Sequim Real Estate Agents

Couple Hands Holding Housing Model for Future home with help of Sequim real estate agentWhen looking for the very best Sequim real estate agents on the Olympic Peninsula, you’ll find none better than the professionals at Schwab Realty. Established in 1986, the company’s Sequim real estate agents offer buyers and sellers decades of experience and insider knowledge of the area. Whether you’re looking for your next home, land or other properties the team at Schwab Realty will help you every step of the way. 

Not only are the excellent Sequim real estate agents at Schwab Realty some of the most knowledgeable in the area, but they also deliver the very best customer service. Benefit from a full-service real estate company with friendly Sequim real estate agents that support their clients through the entire process. In this fast-paced market, you’ll need a trusted and efficient professional at your side. Contact the amazing team at Schwab Realty for the very best real estate service in the Sequim, Port Angeles and Dungeness areas of the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

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3 Great Reasons to Dine at the Dockside Grill Sequim Restaurant

Panorama Sunset on San Juan de Fuca Strait by Dockside Grill SequimThe Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant has the distinction of offering the only waterfront dining in this small city on the Olympic Peninsula. The restaurant has a casual elegance and large picture windows overlooking scenic Sequim Bay and the John Wayne Marina. Since opening in 2007 the Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant has become a favorite for locals and visitors alike. While also receiving rave reviews for great cuisine, drinks, and an amazing view. In fact it has been nominated for many “Best” lists such as “Best Steakhouse”, “Best Seafood”, and “Most Romantic”.

Chef Steve Little and his wife, Ruth, own and operate the Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant. Steve and his assistant chef, Josh Souza, met in 1995 while working in the restaurant business in California. They have worked together at restaurants in California, Oregon and Washington over the years and remain best friends to this day. The family connection continues as, Steve and Ruth’s son, Glen, works with Josh as his assistant chef. Through their hard work and dedication the Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant has become one of the best in Washington state. Join them for lunch or dinner and discover the 3 best reasons to dine at the Dockside Grill Sequim restaurant:

  1. Amazing Cuisine – You’ll find only the freshest, cedar plank salmon grilling by open fire at Dockside Grill Sequimseasonal Northwest dining at the Dockside Grill.  The talented chefs local farm produce, baked goods and fish caught the same day it’s served. All these ingredients become amazing dishes to savor. Favorites are the delicious local oysters on the half shell, cedar plank salmon topped with Dungeness crab, ale battered halibut, and coffee rubbed ribeye. 
  2. Refreshing Cocktails, Beer and Wine – Not only can you enjoy an extensive wine, craft beer and cider list with dinner, but the Pelican Room also offers an intimate space for sipping an excellent cocktail. Separate from the main dining room, it’s the perfect place to watch sports at the bar or host a private event. 
  3. A Stunning View – The outstanding cuisine will be the only thing to distract you from the beautiful scenery. The picturesque panoramic view of Sequim Bay and John Wayne Marina create a wonderful setting for a romantic dinner. Colorful sailboats reflect on the glassy waters where seals and otters play. While eagles, herons, and kingfishers glide past the windows. 

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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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Why is Sequim Weather the Best in Washington?

Olympic Mountain Range on a sunny day that creates the great Sequim WeatherThe ideal Sequim weather tops the long list of reasons why so many decide to move to this beautiful location on the Olympic Peninsula. When looking at the state of Washington’s “comfort index” for weather, Sequim scores a very high 7.2 out of 10. This is not surprising since the average annual rainfall for Sequim hovers at 15 inches. This low rainfall is about the same as Los Angeles, California, but without the oppressive heat. In fact, the temperatures in Sequim stay mild, especially in summer. The high in July is around 70 degrees and August and September are also very pleasant months in Sequim.

The area’s topography explains the wonderful Sequim weather conditions. Nestled along the Dungeness River near the base of the Olympic Mountains with the Straits of Juan de Fuca along the coastline. This location places Sequim in the sweet spot called the Olympic Rain Shadow. Surrounded by some of the wettest temperate rainforests in Washington state, Sequim has earned the title of the “Blue Hole.”

Sequim residents love that they can enjoy all the great outdoor activities the region has to offer year-round. Go hiking, biking, running, golfing and kayaking, even in the winter months when living in Sequim. Come out to visit this charming town and experience the amazing Sequim weather your self. Contact our friendly brokers at Schwab Realty and let’s find your new dream home in sunny Sequim.

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Discover Sequim the Best Town on the Olympic Peninsula

Lavender field blooming in great town Sequim, WASequim appears on countless best town lists for the Olympic Peninsula and Washington state. While each list has a unique criteria for what defines a “best town,” there are certain traits that always describe Sequim. Almost all point to the fantastic weather Sequim enjoys year-round, that earned it the nickname “Sunny Sequim.”. The mild, dry days makes all outdoor adventures perfect no matter the season. The quaint downtown with great restaurants, shops and cafes also contribute to the wonderful community Sequim residents love. However, the breath-taking scenic location boosts Sequim to the top of many best town lists. At Schwab Realty we couldn’t agree more with all these reasons to move to Sequim. Contact us today and we’ll show you your next dream home in charming Sequim.

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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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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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