The North Olympic Discovery Marathon could very well be the most scenic course you ever run in your life. That might be why this event (that started in 2003 with only 500 runners) now boasts over 2000 participants. The race is located on the stunning Olympic Peninsula between the charming towns of Sequim and Port Angeles, WA. The majority of this point-to-point course is on the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT). The trail includes sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains and a 5-mile stretch that parallels the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This unique opportunity is great for athletes, beginners and families alike. Register today and start training for your best time.
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.
Bird 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 walking 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.
Preserving 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 Dungeness River Festival celebrates a beautiful river while educating about its preservation. Come to the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park and meet the wonderful community that makes it possible. This free event takes place Friday, September 28th and includes activities, food and fun for all ages. Kick off a weekend visit to Sequim at the festival. Stay and discover the charming downtown surrounded by the stunning Olympic Peninsula.
Last year’s festival had over 2,500 visitors and 20-plus activities. The dedicated volunteers bring this festival together each year to educate visitors on the importance of the Dungeness River. Learn about the ecological and recreational value of the watershed through river walks and demonstrations.
Several local organizations and groups bring their perspective and stories about the river’s significance. Additionally, they inspire visitors of all ages to become active stewards and protectors of this essential resource. The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA) bring informative nature exhibits and activities. While the US Forest Service engages young ones with activities and special guest, Smokey Bear, teaching his message of fire prevention. Many other conservation and preservation groups will join the party including the National Park Service, Clallam County, and North Olympic Land Trust.
The Dungeness River and surrounding trails provide visitors and locals with recreational opportunities. Anglers, bird watchers, and horse riders all depend on a healthy watershed and habitat. At the festival The Back Country Horsemen will discuss how to interact with horses on trails. Also learn more about the lifecycle of the river’s fish on an evening “salmon walk.”
Sequim residents enjoy hiking and biking the trails along the river. Also local artists find inspiration in the river’s quiet grace. Their photographs and paintings can be found at art galleries in Sequim’s charming downtown. Clearly Sequim has a lot to offer and is a wonderful place to live. Contact our agents at Schwab Realty, we would love to show you around and help find your perfect home.
Since summer is almost here, it’s the perfect time to grab your bike and explore Sequim. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Sequim as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2014. Locals and visitors can bike our downtown full of vibrant shops, restaurants and parks. In addition, our biking community is most fortunate to have easy access to the Olympic Discovery Trail. This scenic trail, at almost 130 miles long, connects Port Townsend to Port Angeles, with Sequim residing at the mid-point.
The Olympic Discovery Trail is wide, well maintained, frequently paved and for non-motorized vehicles. While biking on it you can enjoy all the natural diversity of our region such as: mountain views, lush forests, rolling farmlands, peaceful valleys, pristine mountain rivers and stunning coastal views.
It’s official; Spring is here! There’s still a little chill to the air in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s definitely been a rainier winter than most, but that’s almost over. Spring is a glorious time to be in Sequim. 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. 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. Coming up in early April is the Olympic Birdfest; two incredible days of birding on the Washington Coast. 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
As we head further into the crisp, cool months of fall, the dreary weather outside practically begs for us to curl up indoors, tucked away from the harsh elements of fall and winter. Fall and winter in Sequim are different, though. It’s not nearly as dreary as the rest of Washington. We are lucky enough to live in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, drier and sunnier than a majority of the Pacific Northwest. Given all of the sunny days we enjoy, it’s easy to enjoy some quality time together in Sequim. Come see for yourself! 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
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