Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula
Whether golf, hiking, kayaking, biking, or fishing is your pleasure, you’ll enjoy the weather in Sequim. Though only 60 miles from Seattle, Sequim is in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains. We brag about our sunny, dry climate with less then 15 inches of rain per year.
The area near the Juan de Fuca Cottages hotel abounds with recreational possibilities.
Sequim is located between the Olympic Mountains and Dungeness Bay. From the cottages, you can see Dungeness Spit and the New Dungeness Lighthouse.
Rent a kayak for an hour or the day right here at the Cottages and explore the inner harbor or make a day of it out to the Lighthouse. In the summertime there is a Seal Rookery in the Harbor with dozens of babies being born late June to early July.
Fishing, crabbing and clamming - when in season and with a license can be done right outside your door here at the cottages! Both clams and oysters can be picked up on our beach and with a crab pot you can reach the world famous Dungeness crabs out just a little deeper!
Walking the 11 mile roundtrip hike on the Dungeness Spit to the Lighhouse is a very invigorating experience. Thankfully there is a bathroom, drinking fountain and picnic tables at the Lighthouse for you to use! Pack a lunch and take some time to walk to the top for some amazing 360 degree views!
Did you just hear a lion roar? Listen again, because - yes! You can hear them sometimes right from the cottages! About two miles away, the Olympic Game Farm is open year round for you to drive through and feed the animals! From buffalo and elk to bears and lions - this is a real treat for all ages!
The Olympic Discovery Trail is about a mile from the cottages for biking or walking and we recommend renting our cruiser bikes if you didn't bring your own! This trail meanders through the valley for over 50 miles!
A bike ride along Marine Drive to visit the Eagle's Nests or further on to the Dungeness River and Nash's for a cup of coffee and a pastry!
Another Sequim highlight are all the Farms around! From fourteen Lavender Farms with that wonderful aroma wafting to greet you - to Organic vegetables at Nash's Market or Sunny Farms Market. Sequim boasts a Peony Farm and several Dahlia Farms. Their is also an organic Dairy Farm up the street from the Cottages to visit.
Sequim is also an excellent base for exploring the Olympic National Park. The Dungeness River watershed or Deer Park access for hiking and camping. Also, Hurricane Ridge only a short 50 minute drive from Sequim boasts spectacular scenery! In the summer, spring and fall there are miles of hiking trails.
and in the winter time those same trails at Hurricane Ridge are open for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. There is also a children’s sledding area (under age 8), and rope tow for skiing and snowboarding.
Traveling the Olympic Peninsula along Hwy 101 in about an hour and a half from the Cottages you come to the wild coastline of Washington State. Also part of the Olympic National Park system - you can hike, surf, fish and clam along the many beaches here.
Popular books and movies by author Stephenie Meyer - the Twilight series brings many new visitors to the Olympic Peninsula. The cities of Forks and La Push are only a little more than an hour from the Cottages... maybe that wasn't a lion I heard roaring... maybe that was a.... nah... couldn't be!
The Hoh Rain Forest is a not-to-be-missed attraction here on the Olympic Peninsula. Moist ocean air from the Pacific brings over 150″ (record of 211″) of annual rainfall to this area, which, along with presence of Sitka spruce and “colonnades” (row of trees that grew atop downed trees called “nurse logs”), qualify the west-facing valleys of the Olympics as the only temperate rain forests in the northern hemisphere!
Across the water is Victoria, BC, in Canada - a delightful day trip via the Blackball's Coho ferry from nearby Port Angeles. (If you catch the 8:20 a.m. ferry to Victoria, you’ll be back here in time for dinner.)
Crumpets and high tea at the historic Empress Hotel. The magnificent Royal British Columbia Museum is a must see! Desserts at the Dutch Bakery are amazing and if you have time to drive to the Butchart Gardens outside of town - you won't be disappointed with their spectacular array of flowers and lights - wear round!
Visit Sequim Aquatic and Recreational Center (SARC) which has a full size Olympic pool, shallow pool, sauna, hydro therapy pool, and a water slide. Work out at SARC and have the benefits of all the latest equipment. SARC also has a gym for basketball, volleyball, aerobics and karate classes, as well as two racquetball courts which may be reserved on a first come first served basis.
What could be more fun than wine tasting at one of the four area wineries? One of my favorite indoor activities! The Working Girl wine series is not to be missed at Olympic Cellars!
Sequim is also home to some wonderful chefs so eating out is a definite on my indoor recreation list! Try the amazing Dockside Grill for waterfront dining or just a few minutes from the Cottages is the Old Mill Cafe with wonderful home cooked meals or the Double Eagle at the Dungeness Golf Course (Now called the Cedars at Dungeness) and lastly the Alderwood Bistro or Oak Table about 12 minutes away in town.