Tag: Sequim

North Olympic Discovery Marathon

North Olympic Discovery Marathon in Sequim and Port AngelesSequim is the perfect town to live in if you like to be outside throughout the year.  The weather is mild enough, and even dry enough, to get outside and enjoy the spoils of mother nature in Spring, Summer, Fall, and even Winter.  That said, the summer months in Washington State as a whole, and Sequim in particular, are especially magical.  The weather is perfect; not too hot, dry, sunny, and nothing short of spectacular.  We’re excited to welcome another summer on the Olympic Peninsula into our midst.  To kick it all off is one of Sequim’s premiere sporting events; the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Continue Reading

Celebrate at the Irrigation Festival in Sequim

Irrigation Festival in SequimIt’s time again for the annual Irrigation Festival in Sequim, which is the oldest running festival in the entire state of Washington.  This year marks the 122nd celebration!  Sequim may now seem like a thriving tourist destination, with it’s incredible Lavender Fields, frequently dry, sunny weather, and easy access to some of the Pacific Northwests most popular attractions.  That wasn’t always the case, though.  The irrigation Festival serves as a wonderful reminder of Sequim’s past.  More specifically of it’s generally dry and arid past, long before the days of irrigated fields and abundant farm land. Continue Reading

Hike the Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Spit in SequimAt Schwab Realty, we’re so excited that spring is here.  It’s been a rainy, rainy winter in most of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, Seattle even broke a 122-year-old record for the most rainfall seen in a year!  In Sequim, though, things are staying comparatively dry.  With May just around the corner, we know warmer, sunnier spring days are on their way for everyone, and we can’t wait for what will no doubt be another busy outdoor season.  No matter the time of year, there’s plenty to do in Sequim, and that is one of the best parts about living here.  One of our favorite activities is beach combing along Sequim’s waterfront.  The best place for a beach walk is the Dungeness Spit and Wildlife Refuge.  Come explore this beautiful stretch of beach with us this spring! Continue Reading

Spring Birding is Back

Spring Birding in SequimIt’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

Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula

Sequim is the Gateway to the Olympic PeninsulaAs we settle into 2017, it’s time to start looking at and appreciating the charmed life we lead in Sequim. If you don’t already live here, perhaps it’s time you join us? There are many significant reasons to move to Sequim. The obvious one that most people talk about is weather, and the infamous “blue hole” in which Sequim resides. While that is certainly fantastic and an important part to life here, that’s not all there is. Sequim is also considered a gateway to all of the incredible destinations further west on the Olympic Peninsula.  In Sequim, you get all of the amenities of modern life:  High quality doctors, good schools, a vibrant community culture, plenty of stores and restaurants, and an active retired community. From there, your journey is only just beginning.  Continue Reading

Winter Sports in Sequim

Winter Sports in SequimSequim is a true 4 season destination.  Though Sequim does certainly get rain throughout the year, for the most part the weather is sunny, mild, and perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. So far, the winter weather this year has been exceptional.  We’ve even had some lowland snow, and it leaves us feeling excited for all of the winter sports our area offers.  Whether you’re making the transition to life here on the Peninsula or looking for something to do while visiting, there’s a surprising amount of fun to be had in Sequim during these winter months.  Continue Reading

Moving to Sequim in the New Year

Moving to Sequim in the New YearWhether you’ve been wanting to move to Sequim for a long time, or whether this charming little town on the Olympic Peninsula is new to your relocation radar, we can think of several reasons that moving here should be at the top of your list of things to accomplish in 2017.  Whatever your reason is for moving, our Real Estate Agents are here to help.  Whether you want to move for the better weather found in Sequim, the crisp, fresh air of the Pacific Northwest, to escape the rapidly rising costs of housing in places like California, Portland, and Seattle, the retirement and family-friendly community,  or the amazing small town feel with big-city amenities, we know you’re going to love it here.  Even if you just come here for the incredible beauty, Sequim is the perfect place to make a fresh start in 2017. Browse through our local listings, then contact us to get your move started today. Continue Reading

Enjoy the Winter in Sequim

Winter Activities SequimSequim, 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

3 Reasons to Move to Sequim

Move to Sequim, WashingtonAs we near the end of 2016, it’s the time of year where we start reflecting on our journey, and on changes we may want to make in the upcoming year.  Perhaps it’s time to look a little deeper into how great your life could be if you join us in the charming town of Sequim.  According to a variety of articles and recent transplants to Sequim, there are many significant reasons behind their decision to move to Sequim.  The obvious one that most people talk about is weather, and the infamous “blue hole” in which Sequim resides. While that is certainly fantastic and an important part to life here, it’s not the only reason to consider a move to Sequim.  As you get ready to make this decision, contact our knowledgeable real estate agents.  We have over 30 years of experience in the Sequim real estate market, and can help guide you through the entire process.   Continue Reading

Witness The Elwha River Restoration

Elwha River Restoration near Sequim, WashingtonThough we focus primarily on the many wonderful facets to living in the charming Sequim-Dungeness Valley, we can’t ignore the broader beauty and attractions on the Olympic Peninsula. Though locally we are very familiar with the mighty Dungeness River, the nearby Elwha River has become one of the most significant rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.  As all rivers ultimately do, the Elwha River, just west of our neighbor Port Angeles, was a critical connection between mountains and Sea.  It was once an ideal habitat for 11 different varieties of spawning salmon and trout.  In the early 1900’s, two dams were placed on the upper and lower portions of the river, thus helping to fuel rapid growth and change on the Peninsula.  Unfortunately, until their removal between 2011-2014, these dams drastically impacted the upstream migration of local salmon populations, and disrupted the natural flow of the river and upstream sediments. Continue Reading