Sequim and the Sequim Valley
Sequim (pop. 6,600+) is small-town America and the surrounding Sequim Valley has become a retirement destination for many newcomers. The downtown has many unique gift shops, murals, antique stores, galleries and fine restaurants. The sun shines in Sequim more than anywhere else in Western Washington. The “rain shadow” effect, caused by the Olympic Mountains, shelters the valley from excessive rain. May brings the oldest continuous festival in Washington State, the Sequim Irrigation Festival – celebrating more than 120 years. This community event celebrates the irrigation ditches that made the arid valley lush and bountiful in the late 1800s.
Unique garden, gift, book, and clothing stores fill the quaint downtown – scrapbooking, needlework, crystals, art galleries, even our own downtown neighborhood grocery store! Grab your favorite coffee or tea specialty drink and enjoy a walking shopping tour of Sequim. Visit the Sequim Farmers Market on Saturdays (May through October), where local growers sell fresh produce and artisans display their hand-crafted items. Stop by the Sequim Museum & Arts Center to enjoy the wealth of Sequim history and visit the Manis Mastadon exhibit! And then relax and enjoy a local culinary delight at one of our many authentic restaurants.
Sequim is the Gateway to the Olympic National Forest! Bring your bike, kayak, golf clubs, walking shoes and binoculars, and plan to spend some time in the Dungeness Valley. You can pick raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and savor the delicious Dungeness crab, native to the Dungeness area. Walk or bike the Olympic Discovery Trail to Railroad Bridge Park and visit the Dungeness River Audubon Center!
Visit the many colorful lavender farms in the Sequim Valley. Over the past two decades Sequim has become “America’s Provence” with over 30 lavender farms. Lavender is one of the most fragrant and useful herbs known to mankind. The Sequim-Dungeness Valley has weather conditions perfect for lavender. Quaint farm stores open during the summer at the height of the lavender season. The U-pick season typically lasts from July through August. Make plans early to attend Sequim Lavender Weekend, America’s largest lavender event, held the third weekend of July in Sequim.
Along the Shore
The pristine waters of Sequim and Dungeness Bay invite you to sail, bird-watch or take a kayak trip to the New Dungeness Lighthouse. Stroll along the shores of the Dungeness Spit, the longest natural sand spit in the United States at 5.5 miles. Hike to the 150-year old New Dungeness Lighthouse, enjoy some of the best bird-watching in the Northwest or just relax in the warm sun. Drop anchor at John Wayne Marina and stay for awhile!
If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Sequim Roosevelt elk heard on the southeastern slopes of town. The herd, comprised of about 100 elk, enjoy Sequim as part of their grazing range. The herd is just one of the many colorful features that make Sequim a worthwhile visit. Plan to visit the Olympic Game Farm or an alpaca farm, watch the skies for one of our local American Eagle residents and enjoy the Friendship Garden at Carrie Blake Park – Everyday is a new opportunity to enjoy the richness of our wildlife community!
Rich Local History
Sequim has a rich history, from the traditions of the local S’Klallam tribe to the agricultural heritage of early settlers. The Sequim Museum and Arts Center and the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal center are great resources for discovering more about our local history, including the mastadons which once roamed this area.