When 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.
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.
Sequim 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
Warm 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
Whether 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