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Embrace Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Though we’re not quite yet to Labor Day, the final days of summer on the Olympic Peninsula are nearly upon us, and we find ourselves wistfully looking forward to a glorious fall ahead. The weather usually stays good here in the Sequim area well into September, and often through the first part of October.  But, even so, the crisp, cool nights of fall aren’t too far away.

On the bright side, even as the weather does cool down, there’s plenty to see and do on the Olympic Peninsula each fall, and that includes plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the Olympic National Park and the rest of the peninsula.  Sequim, in particular, is a delightful place to relax and unwind this fall, as it enjoys traditionally sunnier and drier weather than other parts of the PEninsula. Sequim is, after all, located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains.

As always, we’d love to share our favorite fall traditions on the Olympic Peninsula with you.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to our real estate agents in Sequim for more information – we may even be able to find you that perfect new home you’ve been dreaming of!

A Delightful Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

When we say you won’t run out of things to do up here on the Olympic Peninsula, we mean it!  Of course, there is plenty to enjoy in the outdoors including visiting the coast, taking hikes, and exploring the charming towns.  From Port Townsend to Forks, there’s an abundance of fun things to do and see along the way.  Whether you’re contemplating moving here, or are just looking to escape the dreary weather further west and east of us, the Olympic Peninsula – and Sequim, in particular – is a wonderful place for shopping, dining, and spending time outdoors.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Here are 10 of our favorite ways to spend a fall day on the stunning Olympic Peninsula:

  1. Take a walk through the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, home to a wonderful variety of animals, and a truly excellent place for birdwatching in the fall.  If you’re up for a long walk, take the 5.5 mile trip out to the historic Dungeness Lighthouse. Just remember, it’s 5.5 miles back, too!
  2. Watch the salmon spawning, and walk across the historic railroad trestle bridge at Railroad Bridge Park. Another great place to see the salmon spawn is the Elwah River, where you can also witness the power of Mother Nature in this wild river restoration.
  3. Fall is still a wonderful month for hiking – in fact, it’s one of our favorite times to hike, as the weather is cooler and the dramatic colors of fall are breathtaking!
  4. Take a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy a vibrant sunset from any of the beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, or from the top of Hurricane Ridge.
  5. Go wine tasting!  There are 9 award-winning wineries that call the Olympic Peninsula home.
  6. Head out to Finn River Cidery for a relaxing afternoon.
  7. Bike along portions of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which stretches across the peninsula for 140 miles and growing.
  8. Head out for some leaf-peeping!  Here are some of the best spots to spot fall foliage around the Olympic Peninsula.
  9. Browse the many quaint downtowns found on the Olympic Peninsula.  Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles all have ample shops and restaurants worth browsing!
  10. Fall is a great time to watch for wildlife – which includes the fall bird migration. Some of the top places for birdwatching, other than the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, include Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, the Clallam Bay, Sekiu and Neah Bay areas, La Push, Kalaloch beaches, the Hood Canal shoreline, and Olympic National Park.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Interesting in Moving to the Olympic Peninsula?

More than anything this fall, make sure you enjoy the opportunity to get outside for some of the best natural medicine we have available to us – fresh air and sunshine!  Spending time in nature is absolutely restorative and there’s no better place to enjoy it than right here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The short & dreary days of winter will be here before you know it, too – but even then we have some pretty great ideas on how to beat the winter blues and still enjoy this beautiful paradise we call home.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if, after spending just a short amount of time up here with us, that you fall in love with the area.  And, when you do, we’ll be here ready to help you make the move to your own little piece of our paradise.  Contact us today at our Sequim Real Estate Office.  We’ve been making dreams come true on the Olympic Peninsula for decades, and would nothing more than to help you.

 

5 Reasons to Move to the Olympic Peninsula

Are you thinking about relocating to somewhere in the Pacific Northwest?  There are a lot of wonderful places to live in the Pacific Northwest, of course, all depending on what amenities you want and what communities have to offer.  In our opinion, there is no better place to live than the stunning Olympic Peninsula, which is home to charming towns like Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend.  The Olympic Peninsula is famous for its impeccable natural beauty, including the famed Olympic National Park, featuring both coastal beaches and towering mountains. 

Our real estate office is located in the charming town of Sequim, known the world-over for its Lavender fields, but we handle real estate all over the entire Olympic Peninsula.  We’d love to show you around this summer, answer any questions you may have about the area, and maybe even get started on the process of finding you a dream home.  There are a number of reasons to move to the Olympic Peninsula, but what’s your reason?  We’d love to know!  Reach out to our knowledgable real estate agents in Sequim today! Continue Reading

10 Things to do on the Olympic Peninsula This Summer

While Sequim is certainly a charming and wonderful place to visit any time of year, it also makes a great home base for exploring the Olympic Peninsula.  Its location near some of the top things to do on the Olympic Peninsula is also what makes Sequim such a great place to live. From here, it’s easy to explore the nearby towns of Port Townsend and Port Angeles, while still also having easy access to the Olympic National Park and the area’s top attractions.

Whether you’re into hiking, biking, taking scenic drives, fishing, or just relaxing on local beaches and at local parks, Sequim really is the perfect place to relax and unwind this summer.  Whether you’re coming to the area to consider making a move or just want someplace new to visit, we hope you make Sequim a part of your summer plans this year.  If you have any questions about living in the area, reach out to one of our wonderful Sequim Real Estate Agents. Continue Reading

How Sequim Weather Compares to the Olympic Peninsula

Sequim weather is something of a hot topic in the area and is often a major considering for people looking to move here.  The weather here is definitely unique, and if we’re honest, it’s one of the things we like about living here though most — aside from the friendly and welcoming community, and the incredible natural beauty of the area, of course. The weather here is also a bit different than what you’ll experience on the majority of the Olympic Peninsula, and even most of western Washington.

Over the years, Sequim has earned itself a variety of nicknames, including “the blue hole” and “the banana belt,” and the town also likes to boast more sunny days than the rest of Western Washington – though this topic is usually up for some level of debate. Even so, life is different here.  Summer is coming, and it’s a popular time to buy and sell real estate.  If you’ve been looking at moving to Sequim, the sunny days of spring and summer are a great time to do it.  Contact our Sequim Real Estate Agents for more information.

Understanding Sequim Weather Before You Move

So, what is it that makes Sequim weather so much different than the rest of the Olympic Peninsula?  It has everything to do with our location relative to the Olympic Mountain range, and the rainshadow effect that is produced by them. Though we often like to brag about Sequim enjoying the best weather on the Peninsula, the neighboring towns of Port Townsend and Port Angeles are also located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains.

Understand Sequim Weather patterns

In general, it can be said that Sequim enjoys up to 5x as many sunny (or at least mostly sunny) days as those in the Seattle area. Sequim gets an average of 17 inches of rain per year, which is more than 10 inches less than Seattle and the US National average. It’s also far less rain than cities further out on the coast, like Forks, enjoy. Forks has the distinction of being labeled the “wettest town on the Olympic Peninsula,” and its proximity to the Hoh Rainforest is probably a good indicator of just how wet it really is (up to 115 inches of rain every year!).

And, of course, we have these relatively drier, sunnier days to thank for the incredible range of outdoor activities there are to do up here. Sequim weather really does make a difference when it comes to the quality of life, and that is something that should be at the top of your list of considerations when choosing a new place to live or retire!

Why Should You Live in Sequim?

Well, obviously, Sequim weather is a big draw to the area, and we think it’s an important consideration, too.  The Pacific Northwest has a relatively poor reputation as being somewhere that’s always dark, gray, and wet.  That’s not really true, as any summer day in the Pacific Northwest will prove, but it’s a persistent impression from the rest of the world nonetheless.  So, before you relocate to a town as charming as Sequim, the weather really is an important consideration.

Thankfully, with abundant sunny, dry days, we think the weather here is suitable for just about everyone. It’s a rare occasion that it gets too hot or too cold in Sequim, and, in true Goldilocks fashion, Sequim’s mixture of dry and wet days is just right.

Understand Sequim Weather patterns

But there’s so much more to Sequim than the glorious weather.  Sequim is also a fairly small town, and thus offers a home that is quaint and friendly, with the perfect combination of small-town-vibes and big-city amenities. There’s excellent healthcare in Sequim, a wonderful variety of large and small stores, and top-notch community amenities. Moreover, it’s possible to stay active and outdoors in Sequim throughout the entire year. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, boating, long walks on the beach, and just visiting with friends and family, there’s more than enough to do in Sequim.

Instead of asking yourself why you should move to Sequim, you should be asking the question why not Sequim.  It’s a question only you can answer for yourself, but when you’re ready to move our Sequim Real Estate agents are here to help.  Contact us today!

 

 

10 Fun Facts About Sequim You Might Not Know

10 Fun Facts ABout Sequim, WAFun facts are a great way to get to know a town, don’t you think? If you live anywhere in the greater Seattle/Puget Sound area, odds are you’ve heard about Sequim, a small town located on the Olympic Peninsula. You may have even heard of it if you live further afield!  Sequim has gained quite a bit of notoriety over the years as both a retirement destination and a surprisingly sunny one.

Washington State isn’t exactly known for its warm and sunny weather. Visit during July and August, and often even in September, odds are you’ll enjoy some typical summer weather. But for the rest of the year, rain is often in either our recent past or future. That’s not the case in Sequim, though, and that’s just one of the many fun facts you should know about this charming little town.

If you’re intrigued by Sequim and are considering moving here, our Real Estate Brokers are more than happy to help. Contact us today! Continue Reading

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

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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Declutter Your Homes Without an Expert

DeClutter your Home Without an ExpertDo you think you need Netflix and Marie Kondo to tackle the clutter in your home? Well, you may be surprised to learn that tidying up can actually be pretty easy. It can even be somewhat fun if you’re up to the task. So, how can you clean your home without a lot of hassle and headache? By using the super simple hacks we’ve suggested below to declutter and clean your home. Continue Reading

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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Sequim Holiday Shopping and Events

holiday shopping list next to gift and hot chocolateThe Sequim arts and small business communities are ready for the holidays! Spend the day shopping in Sequim and checking off your holiday gift list at a local boutique. They’ll give you the personal attention not found at big chain stores. Then enjoy a wonderful dinner at one of our many restaurants. Top off the evening enjoying a holiday concert, dance performance or play.

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