Festivals, Festivities and More
The beauty of the landscape at George Washington Inn & Estate, affectionately called “Mount Vernon West”, provides an ideal oceanfront venue to host a variety of events throughout the year. Many of these events are unique to our estate while others are hosted in cooperation with other lavender farms or businesses in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.
The backdrop of the Inn lends a unique colonial atmosphere to our events that is unmatched on the Olympic Peninsula. And the blooming lavender and wildflowers of our Washington Lavender Farm on the property add a peaceful and pleasant aroma for our guests and visitors.
The Inn celebrated its grand opening on President’s Day weekend of 2008. Since then, we have celebrated George Washington’s Birthday each February with an afternoon tea in honor of our first president. Served on the inn’s oceanfront veranda with a panoramic view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the islands, we typically schedule three seatings as we celebrate George’s birthday. As a special treat, our local George Washington Living Historian joins us for his birthday! This full three-tiered traditional afternoon tea features our own lavender-infused tea with a wide variety of scones, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, savory treats and more. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to host this event in 2022.
Beginning on the second weekend of July, Washington Lavender Farm hosts the Washington Lavender Festival, a ten-day event celebrating all things lavender and wildflowers. Afternoon Tea, music, craft vendors, lavender craft workshops, lavender ice cream and lavender lemonade, essential oil distillation demonstrations, kids’ activities, cooking demonstrations and much more can be found on the farm throughout the festival.
Our annual Hymn Sing by the Sea is held on the last Saturday afternoon of July on the south lawn of the inn. Join us for a couple of hours as we sing together some of the old hymns of the faith accompanied by the inn’s organ and grand piano. There is no admission fee for this event, but it is helpful for you to let us know you’re coming by registering. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and bring the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music.
The first Saturday of August is the annual Tour de Lavender cycling event. This fully-supported ride includes a metric century for dedicated and energetic cyclists as well as a “Fun Ride” that can be customized to suit the endurance and skill level of children as well as adults. Using the Olympic Discovery Trail and the rural roads of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, tour the area’s destination lavender farms on this scenic ride. Volunteers from the local cycling groups provide support. Each farm offers something unique for the riders, and the farmers welcome you to experience the beauty of the farms.
The second weekend of August is dedicated to the Northwest Colonial Festival on the grounds of the estate. Four days of colonial reenactments, period artisans, militia, redcoats, lots of kids’ activities, and colonial demonstrations – there’s nothing else like it in the northwest. Experience military skirmishes between the militia and redcoats, participate in colonial dance, watch the Daughters of Liberty as they demonstrate period crafts, and learn from other educational activities that occur throughout the day.