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Discover the Secrets of Sequim
Small-Town Living The City of Sequim (pop. 6,600+) is small-town America. It 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 Irrigational Festival - "117 Years of Pioneers". This community event celebrates the irrigation ditches that made the arid valley lush and bountiful.
Shopping Unique garden, gift, book, and clothing stores fill our 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 Open Aire 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.
Outdoor Fun 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!
Local Lavender Visit the many colorful lavender farms in the Sequim Valley. Sequim has quickly become the Lavender Capital of North America™ with over 30 farms. Lavender is one of the most fragrant and useful herbs known to mankind. The Sequim Dungeness Valley has weather conditions perfect for lavender. The U-pick season typically lasts from July to October 1. 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!
Sequim Wildlife 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.
Please contact the Sequim-Dungness Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center for a complimentary travel planner!
Proof that Mother Nature ♥ Sequim
By Scott Sistek
Sequim accurately boasts they are the driest city in Western Washington, with an average of 15-17" of rain a year -- half that of Seattle. (Their other claim of "300 days of sunshine", I'm not so sure about, unless they mean 300 days of at least seeing the sun, even for 30 seconds. Because even Yuma, Arizona "only" has 242 official sunny days a year.)
Locals know the reason Sequim is their own banana belt is due to being in the Olympic Rain Shadow where the usual southwesterly winds during stormy weather squeeze out their rain on the southwestern side of the Olympic Mountains (thus, the rain forests over there that boast over 200" of rain a year.)
But as the air reaches the summit of the Olympics, it's already been mostly wrung of its moisture. And as an added bonus, as the air sinks down the northeastern slopes, it dries out even further, frequently opening up what the locals call the "Blue hole." (See visual proof, thanks to my parents trip through the shadow earlier this year.)
So you can see why Sequim might think Mother Nature is their friend, but just in case there was any doubt...Nature sent them a nice love letter during our soggy storm on Oct. 23-24.
Take a look at this amusing radar image, captured at 10:12 p.m. on Oct. 23:
Yep, pouring everywhere else across Western Washington, but dry as a bone in Sequim (and the San Juan Islands). Maybe someone can make a T-Shirt? If so, move over "I ♥ NY" :)
Anyway, if the graphical image wasn't enough, take a peek at some of the rainfall totals both from that storm and the storm that went through on Monday, Nov. 1:
For November 1 (Roughly 10p Oct. 31-10p Nov. 1)
But as you go closer into the rain shadow:
Port Angeles: 0.72"
Friday Harbor: 0.50"
And then "in the heart" of the rain shadow:
Port Townsend: 0.16"
Camano Island: 0.15"
Oak Harbor: 0.09"
Oct 24-25 Storm:
And again, "in the heart"
Port Townsend: 0.12"
Oak Harbor 0.22"
Camano Island: 0.31"
So yes, if you're looking for some place to dodge the rain, Mother Nature's got a place you're sure to love.
"Everything Under the Sun"
Sequim Visitor Information Center
1192 E Washington StSequim, WA 98382