Winter in Sequim doesn’t mean staying huddled indoors waiting for Spring. Located in the rain shadow of the majestic Olympic Mountains, Sequim stays sunny most of the year. This, coupled with mild temperatures, invites locals and visitors to play outside through the winter months. While the beautiful, diverse landscape offers mountains, coastlines and forests to explore and enjoy. Add a warm and welcoming downtown and Sequim has the perfect combination of a charming town surrounded by amazing scenery. It’s no surprise that so many choose to make their home in this piece of paradise on the Olympic Peninsula.
Savor mouthwatering Dungeness crab dishes at the 17th Annual CrabFest, October 5th to 7th. This delicious festival takes over the waterfront of charming Port Angeles. The event is free and invites visitors to “Embrace Your Inner Crab” with an array of food, activities and live music. 14 local restaurants offer samples of their culinary creations. Also learn new techniques from celebrity chefs at the cooking demonstrations or sample the entries for the Chowder Cook-Off. In addition to great food, sample some local beer, wine or cider. Enjoy the live music while perusing the craft and merchant vendors. Active festival goers can join the 5K fun run along the Olympic Discovery Trail, Saturday, October 6th at 11:00am. Or try something new during the rowing demonstrations on Hollywood Beach 3:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday. The festival is a fun way to explore the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.
Endless Crab and Seafood Choices
Bring your appetite and sample all the tasty seafood choices. Try a variety of dishes or purchase tickets for the festival dinner. The dinner includes a steamed or chilled whole Dungeness crab served with Nash’s organic coleslaw and Sunny Farms’ corn on the cob.
Discover diverse seafood meals cooked to perfection by local restaurants while exploring the festival. The Cedars at Dungeness elevates grilled cheese, poutine and poppers with tasty Dungeness crab. And Sequim’s Sunny Farms offers a Dungeness quiche in addition to pumpkin, blackberry and apple pies. Jamestown Seafood raises and harvests Sequim Bay Jades, Sapphires and Opal oysters. Enjoy their raw oysters on the half shell along with geoduck sashimi and ceviche.
Port Angeles restaurants also show off their seafood creations. Twilight fans will want to try Bella Italia’s Dungeness crab cakes, sandwiches, and shooters. The Port Angeles Crab House offers creamy Dungeness Crab mac and cheese and their signature coconut prawns. For the best fish and chips or a steaming bowl of seafood gumbo, stop by the Kokopelli Grill booth. Sergio’s Hacienda & Cantina serves spicy fish tacos, enchiladas and shrimp ceviche. Toga’s Soup House will warm your bones with a rich Dungeness crab bisque and Northwest clam chowder.
Take the festival home with you with the “Crab To Go” packages. However, after strolling the festival with stunning Olympic mountains and waterfront views you may not want to leave. Residents of Sequim and Port Angeles enjoy the bounty of the region’s pristine waters and lush farmlands year round. Our agents at Schwab Realty are experts in the Sequim and Port Angeles neighborhoods. Contact us today to find your perfect home in this beautiful corner of the Olympic peninsula.
Now is the season for gathering with friends and family, and the local wineries around Sequim have the perfect wine to complement any cuisine or occasion. Sequim is fortunate to have many excellent wineries that expertly blend grapes from eastern Washington. Plan a relaxing day touring the tasting rooms and find your new favorite. Continue Reading
The Pacific Northwest is known for its pristine natural habitat, and it’s enthusiastic nature-loving population. This couldn’t be more true of the relatively unspoiled habitats west of Seattle, on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula, home to charming towns such as Sequim, Port Angeles, and Port Townsend, is home to the ruggedly beautiful and wild Olympic National Park, and miles upon miles of untouched beach habitat ripe for exploring. Just off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula is yet another wild habitat just begging to be explored and appreciated; the Straits of Juan de Fuca, which connect the Pacific Ocean to Puget Sound. As we enter into these late months of spring and early months of summer, a whale watching adventure is waiting. Head to Sequim, and learn more about these incredible ocean giants just beyond our midst. Continue Reading
Sequim is the perfect town to live in if you like to be outside throughout the year. The weather is mild enough, and even dry enough, to get outside and enjoy the spoils of mother nature in Spring, Summer, Fall, and even Winter. That said, the summer months in Washington State as a whole, and Sequim in particular, are especially magical. The weather is perfect; not too hot, dry, sunny, and nothing short of spectacular. We’re excited to welcome another summer on the Olympic Peninsula into our midst. To kick it all off is one of Sequim’s premiere sporting events; the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Continue Reading
As 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
Sequim, known as a respite from the typically gray and rainy Pacific Northwest, is a wonderful place to be during the winter. So many of us tend to stay indoors, out of the harsh elements of winter. But in Sequim, we have the chance to do exactly the opposite. Whether you’re looking for traditional winter activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding, or whether you just want to take a quiet walk through nature this winter, Sequim has what you’re looking for. It doesn’t matter what the weather does in Western Washington; there’s always something to do in Sequim. Come fall in love with the charms of the Olympic Peninsula; you won’t want to leave! Continue Reading
One 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
All 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
Though there’s still a chill in the air, a quick look out the window tells you that spring is here. One of the best parts about living in Sequim are the many activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The mild weather here means outdoor activities are plentiful no matter the season. However, even on the Olympic Peninsula, there is still something distinctly special about spring time. Though we certainly will see some rain at this time of year, the pull to get outside and enjoy the reawakening of mother nature is undeniable. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy quiet activities like birding and hiking through meadows of colorful wildflowers, and Sequim is an incredible place in which to enjoy these activities. Once you visit us for a day, you’ll want to stay for a lifetime. Continue Reading