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5 Best Reasons for a Day Trip from Sequim to Port Townsend

Angled view of Port Townsend City Hall against blue sky to see on a day trip from Sequim to Port TownsendThe drive from Sequim to Port Townsend is a scenic 45 minute ride that hugs the coastline of Sequim and Discovery Bay. While the lovely views along the way makes for a pleasant outing, the charming Victorian port town has a lot to offer visitors. The historic buildings house unique shops, romantic restaurants along with wineries and pubs. Ex-military outposts, transformed into beautiful parks, have great hiking trails, fun events and sweeping water views. The parks and the city itself, has a rich link to the past and visitors can explore this at the small museums and historic home tours. After a nice long hike or exploring the town center, stop at one of the local wineries, breweries or cideries for a refreshing drink. Any day trip from Sequim to Port Townsend makes a wonderful getaway and visitors will always find something new to discover. 

The short drive from Sequim to Port Townsend and other wonderful cities and locations, is what makes Sequim the perfect central location on the Olympic Peninsula. Nestled between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Sequim residents enjoy access to great nearby small cities and the grandeur of Olympic National Park. If this sounds like paradise to you, we invite you to experience Sequim for yourself. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Schwab Realty can show your around and help you find your next dream home.

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Whale Watching Tours Near Sequim, Washington

Two Orca Whales Spouting Off in blue water on a sunny daySummer may be coming to an end but the whale watching season continues in the Pacific Northwest. Sequim locals know that this is the best time to catch an exciting whale watching tour without the summer crowds. Just a 30 minute drive north of Sequim, Port Angeles has two excellent touring companies. Both offer tours into the fall months and guarantee whales or the next tour is on them. While this pledge is reassuring, their whale tracking networks combined with the sheer number of whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, make almost all tours a success. Plan an awe-inspiring day trip from Sequim to the open waters teaming with these amazing giants.

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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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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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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

An Afternoon at Railroad Bridge Park

Railroad Bridge Park SequimOne 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

Wineries on the Olympic Peninsula

Olympic Peninsula WineriesThere has been tremendous growth in Washington State’s wine industry over the last decade, to the point that Washington wines are becoming well known across the country for their complex and delicious compositions.  The Olympic Peninsula Wineries are no exception.  In the charming towns of the Olympic Peninsula, including Chimacum, Nordland (Marrowstone Island), Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles, you’ll find 10 world-class wineries to explore. Add to this the superb local and fresh Northwest cuisine and unbeatable scenery enjoyed in Sequim, and you’ll find that living here is nothing short of the quintessential Northwest experience you’ve been looking for.  If you haven’t made the move yet, now is the perfect time.  Browse through our Sequim Real Estate, and let us help you make desirable Northwest living a reality today. Continue Reading