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2015 JeffCo Expo: April 25-26, 2015 in Port Townsend, WA

April 23, 2015 by bluegullinn

2015 JeffCo Expo: April 25-26

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Head to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds for a weekend of  4×4’s, Mud Drags,Demolition Derby, Car Show, and much more!

Learn about the EXPO at http://www.jeffcofairgrounds.com/JeffCo_Site/EXPO.html.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. Our home was built by ND Hill in 1868. If you can imagine, our home was built 3 years after the end of the Civil War. ND Hill and his family and had a large home with a large dining room, perfect for a Bed & Breakfast. Join us for a great Breakfast!!! ND Hill was our local pharmacist, back then a pharmacy is a combination today of a pharmacy and hardware store.

Looking for a place to stay during your visit in Port Townsend.                                      Enjoy the Blue Gull Inn B&B, www.bluegullinn.com

If you like history, here is your trivia of the day. The ND Hill House actually was owned by the Hill Family for 90 years, it was finally sold in 1958.This home was built at the beginning of the Victorian era, the style of the home is Gothic Victorian.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B  www.bluegullinn.com  Stay in one our 6 guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool bath tubs. Have coffee or a glass of wine on our sweeping front porch. Relax in our parlor or dining room, a casual, country Victorian theme.  The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.

Looking for more to see and do in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Art Community. Lots of great places to shop and dine for a list check out www.enjoypt.com or,  www.ptguide.com

So you are visiting Port Townsend and decide like many people, it is a great place to live. For real estate contact John Eissinger at Remax www.johneissinger.com. We are a very walking and bicycle friendly community. Port Townsend is located right on the water, at the entrance to Puget Sound. We are the water gate way to the Puget Sound, many boaters find Port Townsend by boat.

Do not miss Fort Worden State Park, located just north of Port Townsend. Take a stroll on the curved sandy beach with the Point Wilson lighthouse at the other end. Enjoy the old concrete bunkers, RV parks, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking or just relax.

2015 JeffCo Expo: April 25-26, 2015 in Port Townsend, WA

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Early History of Port Townsend, WA

April 6, 2015 by bluegullinn

 

Lady Washington

Lady Washington is part of the Early History of Port Townsend, WA

Early History of Port Townsend, WA

The City of Dreams, Port Townsend, WA is one of the finest examples of a Victorian Seaport in the United States. It is one of 3 Registered Victorian Seaports in the US. The other 2 are Cape May, NJ and Galveston, TX.

Like many small towns in the Northwest. Port Townsend described itself as the “Key City” and the “New York of the West” It quickly became a bustling seaport and customs gateway of the Pacific Northwest. Located right on the water at the entrance of Puget Sound, it was very visible from the water. Many boaters even today find Port Townsend

by boat. It had an impressive downtown, many of the commercial building were built of brick and stone and many elegant Victorian homes on the hillside above. It must have been very inviting town as you passed by, especially after months at sea.

Port Townsend was a very wild town in the day. Much of downtown was brothels and bars. Tunnels run under the downtown area. Many of the bars had trap doors in them. When a ship needed a crew they would get the sailor drunk and he would then find himself serving as a crew member out at sea.

In the early 1880, because of Port Townsend’s waterfront location, the business men of the day decided to bring the railroad to town. It only made sense to off load and load ships here and then ship the goods by rail. That dream lasted until 1892. At that time the railroad said it was too expensive to travel all the way to Port Townsend. Back then, the largest port was Seattle, so the railroad went there instead. Port Townsend then went into a huge depression because of the railroad.

For more information about Port Townsend visit www.ptguide.com

Port Townsend events www.enjoypt.com

While visiting Port Townsend, stay at our Historic Bed & Breakfast in Uptown www.bluegullinn.com

When you decided you want to live in Port Townsend or Jefferson County, contact John Eissinger at Remax for real estate information, check-out,  www.johneissinger.com

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Happy Easter – Easter Sunday is April 5, 2015

April 4, 2015 by bluegullinn

Easter Sunday is April 5. Contact the Port Townsend Visitor Information Center for locations and times of church services, Easter brunch and Easter dinner. Call 360.385.2722 or email info@jeffcountychamber.org.

Celebrate Earth Day weekend at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center on the pier at Fort Worden State Park. See the new Go Blue marine science exhibits opening Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, noon to 5pm. The new Go Blue exhibits feature actions we can take to understand how the ocean sustains our lives and engages in collective solutions for community-wide marine conservation.

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The Go Blue endeavor dives deeper into the global issue of ocean health, reveals the human impact of climate change, plastics, and toxics on marine ecosystems, and provides choices for what we can do as a community, and as families, to address it in our own back yard. For more info go to www.ptmsc.org or call 360.385.5582

Looking for a place to stay, try the Blue Gull Inn B&B

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. Our home was built by ND Hill in 1868. If you can imagine, our home was built 3 years after the end of the Civil War. ND Hill and his family and had a large home with a large dining room, perfect for a Bed & Breakfast. Join us for a great Breakfast!!! ND Hill was our local pharmacist, back then a pharmacy is a combination today of a pharmacy and hardware store.

Looking for a place to stay during your visit in Port Townsend.                                      Enjoy the Blue Gull Inn B&B, www.bluegullinn.com

If you like history, here is your trivia of the day. The ND Hill House actually was owned by the Hill Family for 90 years, it was finally sold in 1958.This home was built at the beginning of the Victorian era, the style of the home is Gothic Victorian.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B  www.bluegullinn.com  Stay in one our 6 guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool bath tubs. Have coffee or a glass of wine on our sweeping front porch. Relax in our parlor or dining room, a casual, country Victorian theme.  The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.

Looking for more to see and do in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Art Community. Lots of great places to shop and dine for a list check out www.enjoypt.com or,  www.ptguide.com

So you are visiting Port Townsend and decide like many people, it is a great place to live. For real estate contact John Eissinger at Remax www.johneissinger.com. We are a very walking and bicycle friendly community. Port Townsend is located right on the water, at the entrance to Puget Sound. We are the water gate way to the Puget Sound, many boaters find Port Townsend by boat.

Do not miss Fort Worden State Park, located just north of Port Townsend. Take a stroll on the curved sandy beach with the Point Wilson lighthouse at the other end. Enjoy the old concrete bunkers, RV parks, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking or just relax.

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Port Townsend Film Festival, September 25-27, 2015

March 3, 2015 by bluegullinn

 

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Port Townsend Film Festival, September 25-27, 2015

Port Townsend Film Festival, September 25-27, 2015

Port Townsend Film Festival, September 25-27, 2015

Port Townsend Film Festival, September 25-27, 2015

THE STORY OF OUR FESTIVAL

In 1999, four film buff friends – who met annually at the Telluride Film Festival –decided they could create a festival closer to home, right in the heart of the National Historic District on Port Townsend, Washington’s waterfront.

Rocky Friedman, Linda Yakush, Jim Ewing, and Jim Westall hatched their idea for a hometown film festival with one caveat: It should have something for everyone. Peter Simpson, writer, poet and film lover joined them, and in year five, became our first Executive Director. Together they attracted 200 volunteers to this great notion.

outdoorWith the motto “A film lover’s block party celebrating great films and filmmakers,” the first Port Townsend Film Festival launched on September 22, 2000. We closed off Taylor Street and brought in hay bale seating for an evening of free outdoor movies, opened three indoor movie venues, and screened 24 documentary, feature, and short films over three days and nights.

We now screen more than 80 films in seven venues! It’s completely walkable, includes a big outdoor dinner for passholders, Q&A and panel discussions with filmmakers, and great parties. We still invite everyone to fill Taylor Street, on three evenings, for the outdoor movie (free of charge) and offer free films day and night in the Peter Simpson Theatre.

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Bruce Dern

Our Festival attracts film historians, critics, famous screenwriters, producers, directors and industry specialists. Each year we select a Special Guest, among them Elliott Gould, Tony Curtis, Dyan Cannon, Debra Winger, Karen Allen and Bruce Dern as he prepared for his role in the Academy Award-winning film, “Nebraska.”

Festival revenues allow us to hold special events and take filmmakers to the schools throughout the year, and to offer a fellowship providing local housing (and time) for filmmakers to complete their work.

Our more than 300 volunteers donate their time, money, materials (everything from hammers and nails to floral bouquets), housing and frequent flier miles to keep our guests, filmmakers and their films coming, keeping the dream going.

The Festival has weathered several economic storms during its 15 years, always finding a way for the community and its guests to watch movies together, to talk about movies together, to love movies together. We gave up our original one-room office, in the entryway of the historic Baker Block Building, and moved into a spacious suite on the top floor. You can see our wonderful PTFF neon sign from one end of Water Street to the other.

In this seaport arts community of festivals and celebrations, the people of Port Townsend love their Film Festival. Every year, the word of just how special it is travels just a little further. Every year the waves of creative, diverse moviemakers and moviegoers converge. And so the film lover’s block party goes on!

Port Townsend Film Festival, September 25-27, 2015

When you visit, stay at the Blue Gull Inn B&B. Just up the hill from the outdoor movie.

Blue Gull Inn B&B www.bluegullinn.com

Visit the Blue Gull Inn B&B in Historic Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Our web site is www.bluegullinn.com. For real estate contact John Eissinger at Remax www.johneissinger.com.

Our bed & breakfast was one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. The Blue Gull Inn B&B was built by ND Hill in 1868.

Choose one of our 6 comfortable guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool tubs.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.

Check out our web site at www.bluegullinn.com

For things to see and do check out www.enjoypt.com

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2015 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

February 25, 2015 by bluegullinn

2015 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

We’ve just opened registration for the 2015 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. Don’t wait to register –early-registrants get first dibs on Fort housing, as well as the best blues mojo going into the new year!

We’re still hard at work putting together the 2015 gathering, but we have confirmations from Paul Asbell, Michael Jerome Browne, Daryl Davis, Pat Donohue, Mary Flower, Samuel James, John Miller, Lauren Sheehan, Cyd Smith, Alice Stuart, Valerie Turner, and Phil Wiggins. Stay tuned for more updates.

As always, our focus for the week is acoustic pre-war (1920s and 1930s) country blues, the African-American cultures it grew out of, and their traditions. Steeped in the rich music and cultures of rural communities of the Southern USA, this workshop gives attention to styles typified by the different players from various regions (Piedmont, the Mississippi Delta, Hill Country, and Texas), the differences in technique as well as how to get the proper sounds of these styles out of your instrument.

The music is the primary focus of the multi-generational in-residence workshop week but the downhome back-porch vibe of the country blues culture creates a community vibe that lends a family gathering feel to the week.

While in Port Townsend, WA. Stay at the Blue Gull Inn Bed & Breakfast. www.bluegullinn.com

If you love Port Townsend and want to live here, for real estate contact John Eissinger at Remax, www.johneissinger.com

Visit Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community

Check out our web site at www.bluegullinn.com

For things to see and do check out www.enjoypt.com

Do not miss Fort Worden State Park. Take a walk on the beach. Fort Worden was built in 1902 to help protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Walk through the concrete bunkers and slam the big steel doors. Bring your flashlight, it is pitch black inside.

Walk along the sandy beach to the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Off in the distance is Whidbey Island.

Port Townsend is located at the entrance to Puget Sound. All ships entering and leaving the Puget Sound, pass right past Port Townsend, WA. In the early days of Washington State many ships made port in Port Townsend to take advantage of our deep water port but more importantly all the brothels and bars on the downtown waterfront.

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Spring has arrived to Port Townsend, WA

February 23, 2015 by bluegullinn

Flowers for Spring

Daffodils and Spring have arrived in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community

Daffodils & Spring have arrived in Port Townsend, WA

The pussy willows have come out. Now the daffodils and cherry blossoms are blooming in Port Townsend, WA. Enjoy the flowers during your visit. The sun is shining and the deer are eating the new green grass.

While in Port Townsend, stay at the Blue Gull Inn Bed & Breakfast. We have 6 guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool tubs. Enjoy our historic Victorian home and a great breakfast! www.bluegullinn.com

If you visit and find you want to live here. Contact John Eissinger, I am a local Realtor with Remax First. Try my no pressure approach to real estate. Check out my web site   www.johneissinger.com

Blue Gull Inn B&B

Visit the Blue Gull Inn B&B in Historic Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Our web site is www.bluegullinn.com. For real estate contact John Eissinger at Remax www.johneissinger.com.

Our bed & breakfast was one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. The Blue Gull Inn B&B was built by ND Hill in 1868.

Choose one of our 6 comfortable guest rooms, 2 with whirlpool tubs.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Uptown, just 5 blocks from downtown Port Townsend, WA.

Check out our web site at www.bluegullinn.com

For things to see and do check out www.enjoypt.com

Do not miss Fort Worden State Park. Take a walk on the beach. Fort Worden was built in 1902 to help protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Walk through the concrete bunkers and slam the big steel doors. Bring your flashlight, it is pitch black inside.

Walk along the sandy beach to the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Off in the distance is Whidbey Island.

Port Townsend is located at the entrance to Puget Sound. All ships entering and leaving the Puget Sound, pass right past Port Townsend, WA. In the early days of Washington State many ships made port in Port Townsend to take advantage of our deep water port but more importantly all the brothels and bars on the downtown waterfront.

Daffodils & Spring have arrived in Port Townsend, WA

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Bunkers at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA

February 20, 2015 by bluegullinn

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Bunkers at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA

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Walk the bunkers at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA that Richard Geer walked in the movie Officer and a Gentleman

Are you looking for a romantic getaway? Look no further than the Blue Gull Inn Bed & Breakfast.
We are located in Port Townsend, Washington Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Enjoy a romantic dining experience in one our many very good restaurants. Our guests at the Blue Gull Inn rant and rave about how good the food is at the Fountain Cafe. Our favorite place to dine is Lanzas. Enjoy your Valentines weekend by taking a walk on the beach or visiting Fort Worden State Park. After your walk come back to the B&B for a soak in one of our whirlpool tub rooms. www.bluegullinn.com
The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Historic Uptown, just 5 blocks up the hill from downtown. Great place to dine in both Uptown and Downtown. We are happy to provide you a map of the many restaurants. Do not miss Fort Worden State Park. If you have seen the movie Officer and a Gentleman. You can walk the bunkers that Richard Geer walked.
Point Hudson is an old Coast Guard Station, located on the water and the Northeast corner of town. It has an RV park and Marina. Bring your boat and stay right in downtown.
Northwest Maritime Center has a working boat shop and maritime training center, also located downtown.
In addition to many great places to dine. We have several brew pubs and 2 wonderful Wine shops, one uptown and the other downtown.
If you need more information feel free to visit our web site www.bluegullinn.com or www.ptguide.com
For other things to do, I suggest you walk on the Washington State Ferry located right downtown. Take a ride to Fort Casey State Park, on Whidbey Island. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your ferry ride across the entrance to Puget Sound.

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2014 Real Estate Recap for Jefferson County, Port Ludlow and Port Townsend, WA

February 9, 2015 by bluegullinn

Real Estate Sales Recap

2014 Real Estate Recap for Jefferson County, Port Ludlow and Port Townsend, WA

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It is very exciting to see another year of positive sales growth in the real estate market for 2014.

Port Townsend is a great place to raise a family and own a business. If you are interested in owning a Bed & Breakfast, contact John Eissinger. We have owned the Blue Gull Inn B&B for over 17 years and been a Realtor for 16 years. Now is a great time to purchase your dream home in Port Townsend, WA. While visiting Port Townsend, enjoy all the great places to dine and stay at the Blue Gull Inn B&B, www.bluegullinn.com. Our Historic home was one of the first homes built in Port Townsend, WA. This Gothic Victorian style home was built by ND Hill. For more information check out our web site at www.bluegullinn.com.

I will start with the recap of sales for Port Townsend, WA.  If you look at the first chart you can see that residential home sales increased by almost 12%. We have now shifted to a sellers market with 3.3 months of inventory in Port Townsend. Sellers markets are defined by the fact of having less than 6 months of residential home inventory to sell. Median home price has increased to $280,000 or 11 percent. The other key point is that the average home sale is 96% of the last listed price.

Now to review Port Ludlow, WA. In the past few years the best values in Jefferson County have been in Port Ludlow. Port Ludlow is located 18 miles south of Port Townsend, just north of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. An area of many very nice homes with 2 swimming pools, golf courses and marina. Residential home sales for 2014 increased by 51%. That is 69 homes sold for 2013 and 104 in 2014.

As a recap for Jefferson County. Total residential home sales in 2013 were 454 sales and in 2014, 509 sales, or 12%, the largest increase was in Port Ludlow, WA. Median prices for 2014 were at a break even. Days on market lowered from 6 months to just over 4 months, also becoming a sellers market. Total sales in the county increased by 5.8%. The disappointing sales are still vacant land, off by 5% in 2014. It is my opinion and in discussion with other Realtors. We have 2 main reasons for slow residential land sales. One is, it is less expensive to purchase an existing home than to build new. The second reason, many of the homes built across the United States are built by small contractors. Because the banks have tightened lending requirements those same small contractors are having a difficult time finding construction loan financing.

As a total overview, I am happy to see another year of positive growth in our local real estate market. Another way to look at our real estate market in future years. No large down turns and no large up swings. Just modest growth.

If you have any questions or comments about this information, please feel free to contact John Eissinger at 360-301-2378, email john@johneissinger.com or visit my web site www.johneissinger.com

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Romantic Port Townsend’s Valentines Day – Enjoy

February 3, 2015 by bluegullinn

Enjoy a Romantic Valentines Day in Port Townsend, WA

Romantic Port Townsend’s Valentines Day

Romantic Port Townsend’s Valentines Day.“Washington’s Victorian seaport, Port Townsend, is romantic no matter the date – but a Port Townsend Valentine’s Day? It can’t be beat!”Look no further than the Blue Gull Inn Bed & Breakfast for a Romantic Valentine’s Day. We are located in Port Townsend, Washington Victorian Seaport and Arts Community. Enjoy a romantic dining experience in one our many very good restaurants. Our guests at the Blue Gull Inn rant and rave about how good the food is at the Fountain Cafe. Our favorite place to dine is Lanzas. Enjoy your Valentines weekend by taking a walk on the beach or visiting Fort Worden State Park. After your walk come back to the B&B for a soak in one of our whirlpool tub rooms.

The Blue Gull Inn B&B is located in Historic Uptown, a romantic Port Townsend’s Valentines Day is just 5 blocks up the hill from downtown. Great place to dine in both Uptown and Downtown. We are happy to provide you a map of the many restaurants. Do not miss Fort Worden State Park. If you have seen the movie Officer and a Gentleman. You can walk the bunkers that Richard Geer walked.
Point Hudson is an old Coast Guard Station, located on the water and the Northeast corner of town. It has an RV park and Marina. Bring your boat and stay right in downtown.
Northwest Maritime Center has a working boat shop and maritime training center, also located downtown.
In addition to many great places to dine. We have several brew pubs and 2 wonderful Wine shops, one uptown and the other downtown.
If you need more information feel free to visit our web site www.bluegullinn.com or www.ptguide.com
For other things to do, I suggest you walk on the Washington State Ferry located right downtown. Take a ride to Fort Casey State Park, on Whidbey Island. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your ferry ride across the entrance to Puget Sound.

A Romantic Port Townsend’s Valentines Day is waiting for you!!!

Check out our web site, www.bluegullinn.com

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Classic Mariners’ Regatta

June 1, 2014 by bluegullinn

NW Maritime Center

For those interested in wooden boats or just spending time outside on our beautiful waterfront, the Classic Mariners’ Regatta is taking place in Port Townsend June 6th-8th. Hosted by the Maritime Center/Wooden Boat Foundation and the Port Townsend Sailing Association. This event is for wooden boats and will be wonderful to watch from a higher vantage point, just ask the innkeepers where to go. Also, be sure to check out the NW Maritime Center and browse through The Chandlery to pick up a nautical souvenir.

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