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See Why Pilots Love Flying in Sequim

Small plane flying against a blue sky sunny day.If flying is your passion, then Sequim is the perfect setting for your next adventure. We have a wealth of natural beauty including: a sparkling coastline, expansive forests and the stunning Olympic Mountains. All these gorgeous sites can be enjoyed by hiking, biking and boating. But some Sequim residents know the best views are from high in the air. Not only is our scenery spectacular, we also have the perfect weather for flying. Afterall pilots gave Sequim its nickname the “Blue Hole”. Our dry weather consistently creates the favorable conditions needed for VFR approaches and this is why Sequim has become a destination for aviators. Here the freedom of flying is a way of life.

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Golf in Sunny Sequim

Professional golf gear on the golf course at sunset.Picture a perfect day of golf on a sunny, well-groomed course, bordered with tall cedar trees and a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains. Find this idyllic setting at the golf courses in Sequim. And with a rainfall average of only 13 inches annually, we have the best conditions for year round golf. It’s one of the many reasons so many people relocate and retire to the banana belt of Sequim, Washington!  Sequim remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s best kept secrets.

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Kayak Around Sequim

A beautiful sunset over the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Sequim Washington.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 Colorful kayaks on the waterthrough 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 Colorful kayaks docked - as seen from aboveexample, 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!

 

Outdoor Dining in Sequim

Dining Outdoors with WineIn Sequim, we are so fortunate to have a wealth of delicious dining options. You’ll find international, seafood, farm to table and vegetarian cuisine, to name just a few. Also many of our fine restaurants offer al fresco seating so patrons can enjoy the abundant sunshine with a great meal. With so many sunny days in the beautiful town of Sequim, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy them all, too!  Surely what is better than dining outdoors on a beautiful summer night?

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5 Essential Hikes Near Sequim

Enjoy Hikes in the Olympic Mountains Near SequimSequim is nestled in the shadow of the majestic Olympic Mountains. As the temperatures rise, the snow begins to melt from the peaks and hiking season begins. The mountain meadows explode with wildflowers and the forest rivers rush with new, clear water. Summer is the perfect time to explore what these hikes have to offer.  Many of the best hikes on the Olympic Peninsula are an easy drive from Sequim.

Sequim has an abundance of natural beauty, easily hiked from its doorstep. These local hikes can be found in our previous blog posts: Bike the Olympic Discovery Trail and Hike the Dungeness Spit . However, if you’re looking for more adventure with stunning views, here are 5 hikes that may tempt you.

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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