Tag: Olympic Peninsula

U-pick Berries on the Olympic Peninsula

The 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

Kayaking 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

The 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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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.

 

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