"the tall ships are coming.."
Things to do
The area has become a haven for retirees, mostly because of its dry climate, and
its proximity to the Olympic National Park (fourth busiest in the system),
unspoiled ocean beaches (about 90 miles away in the wet part), the historic
Victorian city of Port Townsend, the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and the Canadian
city of Victoria on Vancouver Island (15 miles to Port Angeles, and then a 90
minute ferry ride). Port Townsend is also the arts center for the state,
with almost continuous festivals in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Fort
Worden is beautiful ("An Officer and a Gentleman", was being filmed there,
during one of our first trips to Port Townsend), and houses
"Washington's home for the arts and creative education".
You probably won't like it here if...
- you live to shop. The nearest major shopping center is in
Silverdale, about 45 minutes away. We just got our first Home Depot
(smallish but nice), and the big box stores are on their way.
- you're uncomfortable living in a community of older people. Lots of
retirees here. However, folks don't come here to play shuffleboard and
sit by the pool. Our retirees are a very active group, and were mostly
attracted by the outdoor activities or by the arts.
- you like to go night-clubbing, and enjoy city life. With the
ferries, it's going to take a full two hours to actually be in downtown
Seattle or Victoria. Most locals "walk on" the ferries to either
location; costs less, and eliminates the hassle on the return. Port
Townsend's festivals do bring really big name performers to the area, but the
selection may not be to your liking.
- you yearn for the really warm days of summer and cutoffs. It's
pretty much coolish here year round. We get some highs in the 80s, but
the nights cool right back down again.
- you need the presence of a major university. Peninsula College
offers some really great community courses, but you won't find a major school
this side of Seattle.
- you get impatient with slow traffic. There isn't a stretch of
interstate on the Peninsula. Highway 101 is the major route, and at best
it's four lane divided in a few places. Tourist traffic in the summer
can really slow things down. The Peninsula is much like an island in
that the one land route out is a significant distance to the South.
- you need to live close to a major airport. Port Angeles
offers commuter flights to Boeing Field. Driving is really not that much
longer (2 hours) but it can make a long trip into a two day affair.
There are so many, I'm sure I've left a few out. Generally, there is a
long list of activities going on all the time. Some places to check:
Sequim Visitor's Guide
Olympic Peninsula Visitor's Guide
Port Angeles Visitor's Guide
also current events from:
Port Townsend Events:
Port Townsend Galleries:
Peninsula art events and organizations:
General guide to events:
Specific organizations and events:
Spring, Summer and Fall Centrum events:
Fall, Winter and Spring: Olympic Theatre Arts:
March 17 - 20 Port Townsend 9th Annual Victorian Festival:
April 16 Sequim Chocolate Festival:
May 7 - 14 Sequim Irrigation Festival (since 1896):
May 14 - 21 Rhododendron Festival:
May 27-30 Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts:
June 24 - 25 Master Gardener Home Tour:
Late June - early July: Tall ships events, starting in Victoria, Port Angeles,
Port Townsend & Tacoma
July 15- 17 2005 Sequim Lavender Fest:
July 24 - 25 Port Angeles Arts in Action (sandcastle competition):
July 28-31 Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend:
August 5 & 6 Centrum's Port Townsend Blues & Heritage Festival:
September 23 - 25 Port Townsend Film Festival:
September 9 - 11 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival:
October 8-9 Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival:
All October - Art Port Townsend:
Arts Center - Port Townsend
Clallam Art League - Port Angeles
Other Sequim Links
Dungeness Recreation Area is a beautiful twenty minute walk from our
property. While we're not golfers, we are located on the 14th tee of the
Dungeness Golf Course.
photographs by Ross Hamilton of Sequim. Ross really captures the
gorgeous scenery of the North Olympic Peninsula.
Read a little about Dungeness history here,
including some excerpts from George Vancouver's 1792 logbook, when he named
Dungeness after a harbor in England. Visit
the helpful links below to plan your trip.
Victoria Express -
Coho Ferry -
Passenger and Auto Ferry
Olympic National Park
Park Field Guide
Olympic National Forest
daytrip around the park. Be sure to view a number of the pages.
Park (Forest Service Link)
to Olympic National Park
page briefly describing the
The page includes additional links to interesting places.
Recreation in the Area
Jardin du Soleil
Olympic Game Farm
Olympic Raft and Kayak
Olympic Van Tours
Sol Duc Hot
How's the fishing up there?
The Olympic Peninsula is surrounded by saltwater on three sides. In addition,
there are many streams and rivers coming out of the Olympic Mountains, and
coursing over the Valley, as they run to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Our native
freshwater fish include rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout, whitefish, and
Beardslee trout (known only to exist in Lake Crescent!). Fish which use both
fresh and saltwater are anadromous fish. We have all five species of Pacific
salmon (Chinook, Coho, Chum, Sockeye, and Pink) plus Steelhead, sea-run
cutthroat trout, and sea-run dolly varden.
Recreational harvesters and divers can enjoy the clams, oysters, crabs,
scallops, shrimp, and abalone which thrive in our tidal waters.
Out in the Strait and in the ocean, among the salmon, killer (Orca) whales,
dolphins, and seals, we have Pacific Ocean perch, petrale, Dover and English
sole, lingcod, true cod, halibut, flounder, herring, surf perch, many types of
rock fish, hake, dogfish, skate, ratfish, and more. We also have octopus, sea
urchins, sea cucumbers, and the largest variety of starfish found anywhere in
Fishing can be enjoyed from private or charter boats in the Strait, Bays and
Ocean; from river banks or drift boats; from boats in Lake Crescent; or from
the ocean beaches, with a stout surf fishing rod.