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.
The 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.
The lodging around Sequim is filling up fast for the July Lavender Festival. This popular event draws thousands of visitors each year to our lovely town. This year the event takes place July 20, 21 and 22. And for a complete festival experience plan a night or two stay in charming Sequim. Sequim has many hotels and motels. However, for something special, consider a charming B&B, waterfront cottage or secluded campsite. In addition to the grand Lavender festival, Sequim is also a great place for a quick summer getaway. We have great hiking, biking, boating and a lively downtown. See what our beautiful location has to offer, and why so many choose Sequim as their home town.
Unique Lodging Options in Sequim
While standard lodging is available in Sequim there are some fun and unique options for a memorable experience. Choose between luxury B&Bs, cottages that offer great views or camping under the stars.
- Lost Mountain Lodge – A great place for a romantic getaway. Enjoy premier, comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting while you stroll their lush gardens with serene ponds.
- Ambiance Bed & Breakfast – Treat yourself to panoramic water views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca at this B&B perched atop Lost Mountain.
- Dungeness Barn House Bed & Breakfast – Their Dungeness Bay location offers great water views. After wandering the lovely gardens with roses and lavender, witness breathtaking sunsets on their private beach.
- Red Caboose Getaway – Stay in your very own private caboose equipped with queen featherbeds, gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Start your day with a great breakfast in the private Zephyr dining car “The Silver Eagle.”
Cabins and Cottages
- Dungeness Bay Cottages – Choose from six well appointed units with full kitchens, overlooking Dungeness Bay. Including views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountain Range, all units also have access to a private beach.
- John Wayne Waterfront Resort – Stay in one of the nine fully equipped cabins or bring your own RV to the full hook-up sites. Relax in their quiet location with great views and all the amenities.
- Juan de Fuca Cottage – This special hotel has four cottages with full kitchens and stellar views, in addition to several luxury guest suites.
- Sequim Bay State Park – With dozens of camp sites, easy access to the Olympic Discovery Trail and Sequim Bay, this park has a lot to offer.
- Dungeness Forks Campground – Campers will find 10 tent campsites under the shaded canopy by the fork of the Dungeness and Graywolf Rivers.
- Dungeness Recreation Area – This 216-acre park has 66 premium campsites and many amenities. Picnic on the lofty bluff with knock-out views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Mt. Baker.
Whether you’re visiting for the Lavender Festival or a quick vacation, Sequim’s idyllic location will win you over. The famous sunny, dry climate earned it the name the “blue hole” of the Olympic Peninsula. Here residents have access to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic National Park for year-round outdoor activities. Not to mention Sequim’s wonderful restaurants and charming shops. It is truly small town living at its finest. Contact us at Schwab Realty to find your perfect home in this outstanding community.
The great fishing around Sequim has been a locals’ secret for some time. This unique region of the Olympic Peninsula has fresh and saltwater habitats and includes a wide variety of species. Halibut and salmon are found in abundance in the waters around Sequim. Chinook salmon are in Sequim Bay year-round, while the halibut season begins in May and lasts until June. Find shrimp, oysters, and Dungeness crab in Sequim and Discovery Bays. Head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to catch halibut, cutthroat, and steelhead. The Dungeness River has silver salmon while the Dungeness Spit has winter blackmouth. Sequim also has less rainfall than most Pacific Northwest towns and mild temperatures. So it’s always a good day to take the boat out, making this a wonderful place for anglers to call home.
Sequim has everything that makes a family friendly community. Here you will find the most beautiful surroundings with sunny, mild weather, that creates the perfect setting for active families that love the outdoors. The safe, friendly neighborhoods also include great schools and excellent doctors. And there are many opportunities for kids such as sports, arts and clubs. Sequim has a lively downtown with fun shops and family-friendly dining, and there is a large choice of romantic restaurants for those lovely date nights. In addition to our many festivals, Sequim families celebrate the holidays at the downtown trick-or-treating and tree lighting events. Visit Sequim for a family outing and see all we have to offer.
Before summer is over, glide your kayak through the cool waters surrounding Sequim. There are many possibilities to explore our gorgeous coastline. Any choice will have beautiful scenery and a chance to encounter wildlife. One of the best things about living in Sequim is the ability to enjoy mother nature throughout a good majority of the year. Summertime is definitely special, though, as evidenced by the sheer number of people who visit the Olympic Peninsula on a given summer weekend. Take advantage of our incredible summer weather in Sequim, and plan a kayaking adventure to top off your summer. Disappointment will be the furthest thing from your mind as you paddle in these beautiful waters.
The Best Places to Kayak in Sequim
Sequim is a kayaker’s dream. Depending on your relative experience, you can paddle in serene, sheltered bays, or head out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca to tour the Dungeness Spit. There are many options to create your own kayak excursion, but we have a few suggestions to get you started.
Sequim and Discovery Bay are sheltered and peaceful kayaking locations. Launch within Sequim Bay at the John Wayne Marina or the Sequim Bay State Park. North of the bay there is a launch at Port Williams. The Travis Spit protects the entrance to the bay and leaves a narrow channel, so plan to ride the tides through it. Explore the bay’s historic landmarks and beautiful cliffs. When leaving the bay consult the tidal charts again, and ride the tide out. Then continue east to Discovery Bay. You will pass the wildlife refuge Protection Island, which is often an incredible place for some distant birdwatching. Violet Spit, on the east end of the island, is a popular sunbathing spot for harbor and elephant seals. Discovery Bay is larger and has 20 miles of shoreline. Since there is only one marina and public boat launch there is very little traffic, and you’ll feel like you have the entire bay to yourself.
The Dungeness Spit is a must-see when kayaking in Sequim. Travel the windswept west side on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the sheltered east side harbor. Launch your kayak from the Cline Spit or Dungeness Landing. Explore the Dungeness Harbor and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Avid birdwatchers love this area, which is home to an incredible variety of seabirds. There are several areas that are approved for kayaking in the refuge, and it’s best to get acquainted with their map before you head out on your trip. After enjoying the harbor, head out to the Dungeness Bay and take in the views of the historic lighthouse. Once around to the west side, drift along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As you pass the windswept beach, look for Bald Eagles perched on driftwood. Continuing down, the spit’s terrain changes to grassy bluffs where many seabirds live. Keep an eye out for orca whales, they also like to visit the pristine waters around Sequim.
Kayak Groups and Rentals
There are many resources to help you plan your next kayaking trip. The Washington State Park website has a list of safety guidelines, as well as local paddling groups. For example, the Olympic Peninsula Paddler’s Club holds meetings at Sequim’s public library. There are also several Kayak and paddleboard rental businesses that offer lessons and guided tours. If you need to rent equipment, we recommend heading to GoXpeditions, which offers a variety of equipment, including sit-on-top kayaks, regular and extra-wide paddleboards, and pedal equipped kayaks. They also host paddle camps for kids where they can learn kayaking skills and safety. Given To Glide Paddle Sports sells new and used paddleboards, and their website is a great resource for paddling tips. Check out their extensive guide to traversing Sequim Bay that includes a custom map to help you navigate. For guided tours, consider one of the beginners or expert adventures offered by Adventures Through Kayaking. They also provide all the gear and take care of all the planning for you, which means you get to sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure before you!
There are few places in the world more beautiful and well-suited to kayaking. You can spend a lifetime exploring all the treasures found here, which is one of the many reasons so many paddlers call Sequim home. Come out for a visit and see if we have the perfect home for you and your kayak. Our experienced and dedicated Real Estate Agents will be more than happy to help you make this particular dream a reality!