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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.

 

5 Reasons to Move to the Olympic Peninsula

Are you thinking about relocating to somewhere in the Pacific Northwest?  There are a lot of wonderful places to live in the Pacific Northwest, of course, all depending on what amenities you want and what communities have to offer.  In our opinion, there is no better place to live than the stunning Olympic Peninsula, which is home to charming towns like Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend.  The Olympic Peninsula is famous for its impeccable natural beauty, including the famed Olympic National Park, featuring both coastal beaches and towering mountains. 

Our real estate office is located in the charming town of Sequim, known the world-over for its Lavender fields, but we handle real estate all over the entire Olympic Peninsula.  We’d love to show you around this summer, answer any questions you may have about the area, and maybe even get started on the process of finding you a dream home.  There are a number of reasons to move to the Olympic Peninsula, but what’s your reason?  We’d love to know!  Reach out to our knowledgable real estate agents in Sequim today! 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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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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Winter Recreation Keeps Sequim Outdoors all Season

winter beach walk in SequimWinter 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.

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The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival comes to Port Angeles, WA

Fresh Caught Dungeness Crab with Butter and LemonSavor 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 Gourmet crab cakesthe 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 crab and seafood stewcreamy 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.

 

 

 

Touring Wineries Near Sequim

glass of red wine at wineryNow 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

North Olympic Discovery Marathon

North Olympic Discovery Marathon in Sequim and Port AngelesSequim 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

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