Tag: Olympic Peninsula

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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The Best Kayaking Launch Spots in Sequim

Kayak on calm waters at sunsetKayaking around Sequim on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula is always an adventure. Whether you’re gliding on the calm waters of Sequim Bay or paddling along the windy Dungeness Spit, there’s plenty to see. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife, from shore birds to great raptors and adorable seals to pods of orcas. The Sequim coastline is a magical place with stunning mountain views in the distance. The Olympic Mountains are not only breathtaking but create the sheltering rain shadow over lovely Sequim. This creates a dry, sunny climate making year-round outdoor recreation possible. Sequim residents enjoy kayaking, hiking, biking and golfing during the mild winters as well as the glorious summer months. Come out for a visit and discover the best kept secret on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Farmers Market Opening in Sequim May 4th

Children eating strawberries in U-pick fieldThe Sequim farmers market is celebrating 24 years of food, fun and a great community. The 2019 season began May 4th and it lasts until October 26th. It hosts over 60 vendors from the Olympic Peninsula. Most of the participating farms, artists and chefs are local to Sequim. Every Saturday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, neighbors gather at the Civic Center Plaza in the center of downtown Sequim for a festive atmosphere. When visiting the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, stop by the charming town of Sequim. The farmers market is a great place to stock up on hiking provisions or grab a tasty lunch.

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Boat Tours to Protection Island this Summer

Puffin on cliffs of Protection IslandOut in the Salish Sea, between Sequim and Discovery Bay, is a wild place named Protection Island. After years of damage from farming, development and even artillery practice this island wildlife refuge is recovering and thriving. The Shoreline, grasslands and bluffs are the breeding and nesting grounds to a wide variety of bird species. In fact it’s one of only two Puffin breeding grounds left in the Salish Sea. While the island is closed to visitors, boat tours are permitted 200 yards off the shoreline. Booking a summer boat tour is your best chance to view the elusive puffin. The Puget Sound Express offer 3 hour Protection Island Puffin Cruises all summer long. Cruises depart at 6:00 PM from Port Townsend on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Plan a summer adventure touring the Salish Sea and spotting rare wildlife.

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The 2019 Summer Olympic Music Festival

Violin Player Playing Music at Olympic Music Festival The beautiful sounds of perfectly performed classical music returns this summer during the 2019 Olympic Music Festival. This beloved gathering of superstar violinists, pianists, cellists, vocalists and many more play the moving works of famous composers. Over multiple weeks, the summer-long festival takes place July 13th and 14th then continues from August 10th until September 8th. Charming Port Townsend hosts the concerts on the historic grounds of Fort Worden. The melodic music blends exquisitely with the graceful beauty of the Olympic Peninsula landscape. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear world-class talent in the most scenic region of Washington.

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The Best Hiking Near Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula

Hiking near sequim Hurricane Hill TrailThe hiking near Sequim is some of the best found on the Olympic Peninsula. The beautiful views and landscape includes lush forests, shimmering coastlines, and breathtaking mountain vistas. While the Olympic National Park offers a vast network of amazing trails to explore. The variety of paths and scenery inspires visitors to return year after year. Nestled between the Olympic mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, find the charming town of Sequim. Located in the Olympic rain shadow, Sequim has a dry climate with more sunny days and mild temperatures. Plan a stop in Sequim on your next outdoor adventure for a post-hiking break or relaxing dinner.

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5 Reasons to Visit Sequim this Winter

winter beach walk in SequimWinter is a great time to visit Sequim. There are many reasons to explore this piece of paradise on the Olympic Peninsula. We have great sunny weather year-round with mild winter temperatures. The landscape is amazing, with beautiful coastlines, forests, valleys and snow capped mountains in the distance. Not to mention Sequim’s walkable downtown with great shops, restaurants and cafes. Plan a weekend escape to sunny Sequim on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula this winter.

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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.