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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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Ichikawa Japanese Cuisine

May 28, 2014 by bluegullinn

When travelling to Port Townsend it is easy to be overwhelmed by restaurant choices. For Japanese food my pick is Ichikawa. My personal favorites are the daily Bento box or Chef’s choice combos (always good and allows me to try something new). There are options for the no-raw-fish eaters as well, their tempura udon is very good. You don’t have to take my word for it, check out the reviews on Yelp or Tripadvisor. They are located downtown, across from the Port Townsend Ferry Dock. This is a smaller establishment and can get very busy on the weekends, I recommend making a reservation. If you are with a group of 8 or more, reserving the Tatami room is fun and a little more private.

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Memorial Day Weekend

May 21, 2014 by bluegullinn

We welcome not only anPort Townsend Ferry extended weekend but the unofficial start to summer. The weather has been wonderful lately and will hopefully hold out through Monday. Regardless of what Mother Nature decides to throw our way us Washingtonians won’t let a little rain spoil our good time. There is the Shrimp Fest going on in Brinnon, WA the 24th & 25th. If you are looking for live music stop by the Quimper Grange to hear Portland’s New Iberians play Zydeco, Blues, Soul, & New Orleans Rock’n’Roll; you can even join in a dance lesson. Getting hungry? The 1st Annual Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival sounds delicious and interesting!

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Rhody Festival weekend is here!

May 16, 2014 by bluegullinn

One of the biggest weekends in Port Townsend, the Rhododendron Festival, kicks off summer fun in P.T. The good news is, there is still room for you to join us for the fun and festivities. The Grand Parade starts at 1:00 on Saturday May 17th while the Rhody Run begins at 11:00 on Sunday. The Blue Gull Inn is less than a block from the parade route. You will find all the information you need at http://www.rhodyfestival.org to plan the weekend.

Rhododendron

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Victorian Festival today & tomorrow

March 21, 2014 by bluegullinn

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