Tag: Sequim

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

10 Activities to Enjoy in Sequim This Fall

Fall Activities in Sequim, WashingtonAs we head further into the crisp, cool months of fall, the dreary weather outside practically begs for us to curl up indoors, tucked away from the harsh elements of fall and winter. Fall and winter in Sequim are different, though.  It’s not nearly as dreary as the rest of Washington.  We are lucky enough to live in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, drier and sunnier than a majority of the Pacific Northwest. Given all of the sunny days we enjoy, it’s easy to enjoy some quality time together in Sequim.  Come see for yourself! Continue Reading

Get Outside on the Olympic Peninsula

Fall Activities on the Olympic PeninsulaFall on the Olympic Peninsula is just as glorious as the rest of the year.  One look around at this incredibly scenic valley, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t moved here sooner.  Though people relocate to Sequim for a variety of reasons, the exquisite sunny, dry weather and the unbeatable natural beauty are high on the list for most.  Though spring and summer are the more obvious choice for outdoor recreation, fall’s frequent sunny days and mild temperatures allow for plenty of outdoor adventure as well.  Whether it’s hiking, biking, golfing, birding, kayaking, or beachcombing, fall on the Olympic Peninsula is unbeatable.  If you haven’t been yet, we invite you to come explore Sequim with us, and to see firsthand what all the hype is about. Continue Reading

An Afternoon at Railroad Bridge Park

Railroad Bridge Park SequimOne step outside your door in the morning, and you realize that the transition between summer and fall is here.  Crisp, chilly mornings are normal this time of year; just as normal as sunny, beautiful afternoons.  Only in the beautiful town of Sequim do you get to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula’s famous natural beauty without all the typical Washington Rain.  Thanks to the rainshadow effect of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim enjoys an incredible 250+ sunny days every year.  The difference in Sequim’s weather patters is much more noticeable during the typically dreary fall and winter days. When the rest of Western Washington bundles up and pulls out the umbrella’s, those of us in Sequim head outside to enjoy the drier weather at places like Sequim’s Railroad Bridge Park. Continue Reading

Enjoy the Summer Weather in Sequim

Summer Weather in Sequim, WashingtonWinters are pretty mild in Sequim, but the summer weather is simply spectacular. As we enter into the hottest days of the year for many cities around the country, it’s easy to see why so many people love the summer weather in Sequim.  Sure, it gets hot here, too.  But by hot, we mean in the low to upper 70’s, and occasionally the 80’s. We don’t mean it gets into the 90’s or above, and we certainly don’t experience the smothering humidity that the East Coast does. High temperatures have been known to happen, but certainly not on a regular basis.  On the whole, the weather in Sequim is mild, enjoyable, and perfect for enjoying the stunning Olympic Peninsula. No matter whether you’re moving here for the weather or the community, our Sequim Real Estate Brokers will help every step of the way.  Contact us today.    Continue Reading

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

Sequim Irrigation Festival

Sequim Irrigation FestivalThough tourism is now a thriving part of Sequim’s modern economy, this wasn’t always the case. Though Sequim had a good natural port and abundant seafood for the Native American populations and early settlers that lived here, the Sequim valley and prairies itself were arid and dry. Though the low levels of rainfall and consistent sunshine are a celebrated aspect of life in Sequim today, it certainly made farming difficult for the increasing numbers of settlers populating the valley.  In 1896, though, Sequim’s course changed with the development of the area’s first irrigation ditches from the Dungness River.  As Real Estate agents in the charming town of Sequim, we always keep abreast of the fun and exciting things going on around town, and that includes the incredible Irrigation Festival that starts next week.   Continue Reading

Spring Blossoms in Sequim

Spring Blossoms SequimAs Real Estate Agents, we’re so often asked what it is that makes Sequim such a special place to live. The answers are varied and complex, just like the wonderful people that call this sunny little piece of the Olympic Peninsula home.  However, a simple glance around the greater Sequim-Dungeness Valley in Sequim during the beautiful months of spring will probably give you a glimpse into the special personality that is Sequim.  This charming, quiet valley is undeniably beautiful as the sun comes up over the rugged peaks of the Olympic Mountains, sparkling along the rippling shores of the Straits of Juan de Fuca.  Everywhere you look, Sequim is in blossom.  From the early buds on Sequim’s Lavender farms to the wildflowers painting the hills of the Olympics, Sequim is a vibrant, colorful valley of spring time joy. Come see what life in Sequim is like for yourself, and you’ll soon understand the pull it has. Contact our Sequim Real Estate Agents when you’re ready to move. Continue Reading

Sequim Real Estate is Looking Up

Sequim Real EstateWhether you’ve been planning to move to Sequim for some time, or maybe you’re just coming around to the possibility, now is a great time to take those first steps towards making it a reality.  It doesn’t matter what draws you in. Whether you decide to live here because of the mild and agreeable 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 world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, we know you’re going to love it here.  Even if you just come here for the beautiful vistas, it’s no secret that Sequim is the perfect place to live.  The real estate market in Sequim is picking up as we head into spring, and our experienced real estate agents are ready to help you start your next chapter in Sequim.  Take those first steps, and browse through our Sequim real estate listings today. Continue Reading