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Visit a Sequim Lavender Farm This Summer

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly had a dramatic impact on communities around the world, and that includes Sequim.  For the first time since it’s beginnings, Sequim won’t be hosting it’s annual Lavender Festival. Despite this disappointing turn of events, you can still come up here and visit a Sequim Lavender Farm this summer.  And, while you’re here, you can enjoy a variety of other wonderful things to do on the Olympic Peninsula, all with appropriate levels of social distancing.

One of the best things about making the trip up to the Olympic Peninsula this summer, aside from the chance to visit a Sequim lavender farm, is being immersed in such impressive natural beauty.  The scenery here is really out of this world, and it’s best enjoyed out in nature; which is to say it’s best enjoyed with a healthy dose of social distancing.  Whether you are considering making a move to the Olympic Peninsula or are just curious and want to explore, we hope you make the trip up here this summer.  If you have any questions or would like help finding your dream home, our Real Estate Agents are here to help.  Contact us today! Continue Reading

Socially Distant Things to do in Sequim This Summer

Sequim and the greater Clallam County area have fared pretty well when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, though we still expect this summer to be a drastically different one than normal. The famous Sequim Lavender Festival has been canceled, as have a number of other events and activities that normally take place in the summer.  Even so, there are still a number of wonderful things to do in Sequim that offer some natural social distancing.  As the threat of the pandemic passes and the state begins to reopen to things like travel, we hope you’ll consider spending some (careful) time in Sequim this summer and supporting the many wonderful small businesses here.

Downtown Sequim is a charming place, with a variety of locally-owned businesses that make it unique.  Without their typical summer crowds, Sequim Lavender farms will be happy to see your smiling faces (behind masks, of course) visiting their beautiful fields, and supporting them in whatever way possible.  Between visits to downtown businesses and lavender farms, we invite you to spend some time staying socially distanced and enjoying the many wonderful things to do in Sequim this summer.

Things to do in Sequim that Support Social Distancing

We hope that, at least in part, we can celebrate the bounty of Sequim with you this summer and fall. Tourism is important to the small town of Sequim, with people visiting here from all over the world to enjoy the variety of things to do in Sequim.  A few of these things include biking the Olympic Discovery Trail, visiting the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, hiking in the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park, and visiting the area’s world-famous lavender farms during the annual lavender festival.

Things to do in Sequim that Encourage Social Distancing

We don’t like seeing the town of Sequim closed down to tourism anymore than you do, though for the health and wellbeing of our community it’s been an important part of the process.  As we inch closer to reopening, you can feel the palpable excitement from residents and small business owners.  Luckily, Sequim does have quite a few things going for it when it comes to welcoming visitors and embracing social distancing.

Of all the incredible things to do in Sequim, getting outside and enjoying this exceptionally beautiful area is at the top of the list.  Luckily for us, with so many places to go out and explore, it’s pretty easy to maintain proper social distancing while in Sequim. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, boating, fishing, birdwatching, or soaking up Mother Nature’s beauty in other ways, there are a whole host of exciting and fun things to do in Sequim. Here are just a few of the things we hope to share with you this summer when you do visit.  Of course, always remember to practice social distancing where needed, and bring your mask along with you, too.

  1. Hike out the 5.5 miles (one way) to the Dungeness Lighthouse.  Though there do tend to be a number of visitors to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, few of them make the 11-mile journey to the lighthouse.  The farther you get away from the start of the trailhead, the fewer people you’ll likely encounter.  There, you can focus on enjoying the resplendent nature around you, and take the time to appreciate this exceptionally beautiful part of the world.
  2. Bike down the Olympic Discovery Trail. Stretching from Port Townsend to La Push, this incredible trail takes you through some of the most magnificent scenery of the Olympic Peninsula.
  3. Take the time to visit one (or more) of Sequim’s Lavender Farms.  Visiting these farms is one of the most popular things to do in Sequim. Though we’re not quite sure what this process will look like quite yet, Sequim’s Lavender Farms are working on a solution that still allows guests to visit and experience the beauty of these rolling purple fields for themselves, all the while keeping themselves and others safe and protected.
  4. There are few better ways to practice social distancing than to get out on the water.  There are miles and miles of open water in the Sequim area, which means it’s the perfect place to go boating or kayaking.
  5. Enjoy a day in the mountains.  From the Olympic National Forest to the Olympic National Park, there are an incredible number of wonderful hiking trails in the area.  They range in distance and difficulty, but each one of them is just as rewarding as the next.

Things to do in Sequim that Encourage Social Distancing

Are you Moving to Sequim?

If you’re moving to Sequim this summer or later this year or next, let us be the first to welcome you to the area.  There are an incredible number of things to do in Sequim, and no shortage of ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  If you are still in the market for a new home or need any help settling into the area, our Sequim Real Estate Agents are here to help.  We’re passionate not just about buying and selling real estate, but also about the incredible community we call home.  Sequim truly is a wonderful place to live, and we hope to share it with you. Contact us today!

 

Sequim Events & Community Make Retirement Fulfilling

8 Sequim Events to Enjoy in RetirementOver the years, Sequim has earned itself quite a reputation for being a highly desirable place to retire. That is thanks in part to the incredible network of Sequim events and community activities that are available to you here.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s a truly beautiful (and sunny!) corner of the world, either.  People move from all over the world to Sequim to live out their golden years. We commonly get asked what IS it, exactly, that makes Sequim so desirable?

That’s a tough question to answer, but it’s one we’ll do our best to address.  It has to do with a lot of things, including the variety of Sequim events held each year, the vibrant community, the low crime rate, the relative affordability of Sequim homes, the sunny and dry weather that we enjoy (in Washington!), and the quaint and friendly nature of the stunning Pacific Northwest.  Whatever it is that’s a draw for you, let us help you plan for the most fulfilling retirement in Sequim possible.  Contact one of our Sequim Real Estate Agents today! Continue Reading

Visit Charming Sequim on the Beautiful Olympic Peninsula

mountain views in Sequim during marathonWhen visiting Sequim it’s hard to choose what activities to include. There’s so much to do in our beautiful corner of the Olympic Peninsula. However, Elizabeth Rose perfectly highlights the best of Sequim in her wonderful article “5 Reasons You Must Visit Sequim Washington.” Of course she begins with the mild, sunny weather we enjoy year-round, and we couldn’t agree more with her reasons to come out for a visit. After exploring the many charms of our town you may never want to leave.

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Sequim Lavender Festival

Lavender fields at the Lavender Festival You know it’s time for the Lavender Festival when the Sequim Valley is transformed by its beautiful lavender blooms. Imagine walking in rolling fields of brilliant purple, the warm sun on your face and the scent of lavender on the breeze. The fertile valley is like a watercolor painting of lush greens and deep amethyst, with snow capped mountains in the distance. It’s no wonder that Sequim is called the Provence of the Pacific Northwest.  With so much natural beauty, it’s easy to believe you are in Southern France.

This year marks the 21st annual Lavender Festival. The festival’s modest beginnings grew from restoring old dairy pastures with lavender fields in 1995. The lavender farms were the perfect crop for Sequim’s climate and are more sustainable, since they require little water. The first Lavender Festival was a very small, local affair that included only eight lavender farms. Today, there are approximately 40 lavender farms that grow 110,000 plants each year. The 2016 Lavender Festival had visitors from across the US and 55 countries around the world.

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Protection Island Wildlife Refuge

Protection Island Wildlife Refuge, SequimSequim is a special place on the Olympic Peninsula.  Located in the rain shadow of the towering Olympic Mountains, the climate in Sequim is unusually dry and sunny when compared to many other locales in the Pacific Northwest.  The dry climate, similar to that found in the Provence region in France, has allowed lavender plants to flourish here, earning Sequim the nickname the “Lavender Capital of North America.”  The third weekend in July marks the annual Lavender Festival in Sequim. Throughout this busy and popular weekend, there are several wonderful events happening in the Sequim Area.  One of these events happens to be a very special opportunity to visit the nesting Tufted Puffins and other wildlife at Protection Island. Continue Reading

Best Sequim Lavender Farms to Visit

Sequim Lavender FarmsWarm weather definitely came to the Pacific Northwest early this year.  Since May, Sequim has enjoyed a great many warm and sunny days, which has been great for the Sequim Lavender Farmers. Sequim, hailed as the lavender capital of North America, has an unusual concentration of lavender farms.  The success of the regions lavender farms is due to the unusual microclimate enjoyed here, especially when compared with the rest of the often-rainy Pacific Northwest.  In fact, Sequim’s weather is reminiscent of the arid warmth found in France’s Provence region. Come visit this charming little town this summer, and discover the unbeatable beauty of Sequim’s lavender fields. Continue Reading

5 Reasons to Relocate to Sequim

Sequim RelocateWhether you’re mind is set on the idea of moving to Sequim or you’re just coming around to the possibilities, we can think of several reasons to relocate here that will help you make this dream a reality.  It doesn’t matter what draws you in.  Whether you relocate for the weather, the fresh clean air and environment, the relative affordability when compared with places like California, Portland, or even Seattle, the small and close-knit community, or the top-notch accessible healthcare, we know you’re going to love it here.  Even if you just come here for the daily views, Sequim is, quite possibly, the perfect place to live, and we’d love to help you relocate to your dream home.  Browse through our local listings, and contact us to get your move started today. Continue Reading