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Happy Valentines Day

February 4, 2018 by bluegullinn

Enjoy Valentines Day in Port Townsend, WA

Romantic visit to the Blue Gull Inn B&B

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentines Day

Red Wine & Chocolate

January 28, 2018 by bluegullinn

OLYMPIC PENINSULA WINERIES

Enjoy February in Port Townsend

Enjoy February in Port Townsend

 

 

 

 

 

 

info@olympicpeninsulawineries.org

RED WINE, CIDER & CHOCOLATE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Olympic Peninsula Wineries is a collaboration of nine award winning wineries and cideries located in Sequim, Port Angeles, Chimacum, Nordland, and Port Townsend. Our wine trail is one be envied with each location offering a unique and diverse variety of wine & cider, paired lovingly with locally crafted chocolates. See what each winery has planned for you!

Finnriver Farm & Cidery: We seek to delight the senses with tantalizing tastes of our decadent brandywines and our farmcrafted ciders, including a Special Release Winter Ruby cider, with organic cranberry and vanilla spice, and our deeply delicious oak-aged Pommeau.  Also enjoy samples of locally crafted truffles featuring Finnriver flavors from Elevated Candy Company and Port Townsend Chocolate Company miniature dark chocolate cups. Enjoy a small sumptuous cup of Elevated’s sipping chocolate to warm the heart, with a splash of our Cacao Brandywine. Crust Pies will bake up their beloved mini pies with chocolate and our Raspberry brandywine.  Finnriver offers weekend food carts with crepes and bratwursts (and a special oyster pop-up on 2/17) and live music & dancing too! Live Music schedule

Marrowstone Vineyards: We are releasing two new wines for the event to compliment our existing repertoire.  What better time to release these wines, to kick off our new season, and to celebrate this awesome event!  The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon everyone has been waiting for is rich and earthy, with strong flavors of Italian plums, and dark cherries.  Also the first white wine from the 2017 harvest, Sauvignon Blanc has a delightful honey and almond scent transcending into distinctive flavors of apricot, honeydew, caramel, and green apple. 

Each of our wines will be specifically paired with a different flavor chocolate prepared by The Port Townsend Chocolate Company.   A lot of time and energy was put into these individual pairings to assure an unforgettable, mind-blowing flavor experience. 

Wind Rose Cellars We will be pouring only red wines! We will pair our award winning red wines with locally made chocolates from Yvonne’s Chocolates. We will also have our VIP bar open where tasters can sample additional wines for a nominal fee

Join Wind Rose Cellars for tour after hours both Friday and Saturday nights. We will host local live music in our intimate bistro setting. Show times are 7-9pm with no cover for customers of Wind Rose Cellars. Live Music Schedule.

 

Camaraderie Cellars: we like to think that red wine and dark chocolate applied internally is just what the doctor orders to sustain your good health. Sips of varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, as well as Bordeaux-styled blends will certainly fill the bill. Add to that, tasty bittersweet chocolate heart cookies and dark chocolate bark bites. And to highlight savory chocolate, the Cocoa Spiced pulled pork will be back by popular demand. Enjoy tastings in our new Ridge Room. Toasting good health for all! Winemaker Don Corson will offer a tasting of Reserve wines in our barrel room for an additional $10. Great discounts will help add to your cellar.

Olympic Cellars: this year’s Red Wine & Chocolate event will be more luscious than ever.  We will feature two new wines, 2014 Carmenere and 2015 Cabernet Franc.

Our brand new 2014 Carmenere – The color of this wine is especially striking. It’s the deepest, richest, bluish-purple color you have ever seen. This wine feels opulent on the pallet. Aromas of plum green peppercorn and raspberry give way to spice, plum, and cocoa with a long lingering finish. It’s delicious, exotic and wholly unlike anything else we’ve produced. Kiona Vineyard. 100 cases produced.

2015 Cabernet Franc – This is our first vintage of Cabernet Franc since 2009.  You will love the violet, blackberry, aromatic herbs, and sandalwood aromas combining with soft acidity and ripe tannins. This wine tastes of sun-drenched blackberry, plum and red currant with a wonderfully distinct earthiness. It is exceptionally well-balanced and offers volume, complexity and a long, luxurious finish. Lonesome Spring Vineyard. 100 Cases produced.

Join us in the cellar where nibbles of mild cheeses and decadent spreads will enhance your tasting.  Also, ‘We Do Fudge’ of Sequim will be on-site pairing the perfect fudge flavors with our wines. 

While visiting the cellar, you can stop by our photo booth or create a message in a bottle for that someone special in your life.  We’ll have a station set up for writing a message and corking it in a wine bottle.  

Port Townsend Vineyards: Born out of hard work, innovation, and a long term vision for future generations, Port Townsend Vineyards introduces locally produced wine to the city. Our goal is to provide thought-provoking wine for casual enjoyment. We do it by welcoming you into our town and sharing our talents. Come visit us on the RWCC tour and taste a sneak peak of our highly-anticipated Tempranillo Rose! We’ll also be pouring our Sangiovese, Cab Franc, and Syrah, delightfully paired with chocolates from Elevated Candies.

Strange Brew Fest

January 28, 2018 by bluegullinn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate the 200th birthday of James Swan, one of Port Townsend’s most colorful and influential early settlers, at the Jefferson County Historical Society on January 11, from 11 am to 4 pm. The new James Swan exhibit will open in the Women’s Jail Cell Gallery at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History, and the publication of Recipes and Recollections of James G. Swan by Steve and Gloria Ricketts will be featured. This includes an assortment of recipes which Swan collected, some from well-known early Port Townsend matrons.

Swan arrived in Port Townsend in 1859, not long after its founding in 1851. Port Townsend was his base, and Swan collected more than recipes. One of his many jobs and interests was compiling the ethnology and collecting artifacts of the Northwest natives for the Smithsonian Institution. In the process, he acquired his own collection of native art. Some of this collection, as well as other possessions of Swan’s, will be part of this new exhibit.

From January through June, play the Port Townsend “Believe or Knot!” Game—a fun excuse to come downtown, pique your interest in unbelievable facts (or fiction!) about the salty seaport of Port Townsend. Complete the game and be entered in prize drawings. For more info, go to www.ptmainstreet.org/i-love-port-townsend/

photo by Kevin Mason

There’s no time for winter blues—bring on the strange brews and plan to attend the 14th Annual Strange Brewfest, Jan. 26-27, boasting wildly inventive, palate-challenging craft brews featuring over 30 breweries and cideries, along with over 60 brews on tap.

Strange Brewfest 14, is the Mount Olympus of beer festivals, as the 14th version of Port Townsend’s ode to Northwest brewers and their imaginations lets you party like Greek Gods and Goddesses!

This iconic festival is an indoor-outdoor event based in downtown Port Townsend at the American Legion Hall in our National Historic Landmark District.

photo by Kevin Mason

Taste is not the only sense that Strange Brewfest 14 will tempt. Be dazzled by the sights and sounds of the weekend with a continuous lineup of rockin’ music. Indulge in the carnival-like atmosphere that this festival is known for and enjoy its tasty food, too.

Admission to Strange Brewfest 14 is $30/person (21+) which gives you a souvenir tasting glass, four tasting tokens and a wristband for both days. Additional tasting tokens are $1.50 each. Make reservations for accommodations soon as Port Townsend gets sold out quickly for this event!

For event details visit www.strangebrewfestpt.com.

Save the date for upcoming events in February and March:

February 10-11 and February 17-19
Red Wine, Cider & Chocolate
11 am to 5 pm, www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org

February 24
27th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta
www.nwmaritime.org/shiipwrights/

March 8-11
Key City Public Theatre’s 22nd Annual PT PlayFest
www.keycitypublictheatre.org

Race to Alaska

June 22, 2016 by bluegullinn

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RACE TO ALASKA

750 miles, no motors, no support,  all the way to Alaska.

2016 R2AK Dates & Times

Pre-Race Ruckus
Wednesday, June 22
3:00–8:00 p.m. in Port Townsend, WA

2016 Race to Alaska Start
Stage One: Port Townsend to Victoria
Thursday, June 23, 6:00 a.m.
Northwest Maritime Center

Stage Two: Victoria to Ketchikan
Sunday, June 26, 12:00 p.m.
Victoria Harbour

First Prize: $10,000

(Second place gets a set of steak knives)

Do You Have What It Takes?

The physical endurance, saltwater know-how and bulldog tenacity to navigate the 750 cold water miles from the Lower 48 to Alaska.

We’ll guarantee blisters, mild hypothermia, and the cathartic elation that comes from accomplishing something others would call impossible.

RACE TO ALASKA

750 miles, no motors, no support,  all the way to Alaska.

2016 R2AK Dates & Times

Pre-Race Ruckus
Wednesday, June 22
3:00–8:00 p.m. in Port Townsend, WA

2016 Race to Alaska Start
Stage One: Port Townsend to Victoria
Thursday, June 23, 6:00 a.m.
Northwest Maritime Center

Stage Two: Victoria to Ketchikan
Sunday, June 26, 12:00 p.m.
Victoria Harbour

Sequim Lavender Festival 2016

March 7, 2016 by bluegullinn

Sequim Lavender Weekend July 15, 16 & 17, 2016

Sequim Lavender Festival 2016

Sequim Lavender Festival 2016

Thanks everyone for attending the Sequim Lavender Weekend!
Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for next year July 15, 16, & 17, 2016.

Sequim Lavender Festival 2016. A world class street fair, lavender farms, and a host of community events make the Sequim Lavender Weekend one of the biggest lavender celebrations in the country.

For close to two decades, Sequim and the surrounding Dungeness Valley have been internationally recognized as the premier growers of this fragrant herb. Family owned farms are prized for the special attention they give to growing the finest lavender in the country.  Sequim is bursting with activity during this three day celebration of everything lavender the third weekend in July.

This website is updated as new events and details are finalized.  Check back often for the latest information.

Get the details on all of the 2015 lavender events!  Check back in the spring of 2016 for updated information.
Learn about Farm Tours
Learn about the Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair
Learn more about Community Events during the weekend

Sequim Lavender Weekend Event Map

The City of Sequim is proud to produce the official event map for Sequim Lavender Weekend providing an overview of all of the events occurring during the weekend for the convenience of our visitors.

All of the farms have different activities and featured events during the weekend.  Please check the official program, the information on this website, and individual farm and community organization websites for more details on their events.

Looking for a place to stay? Enjoy a great breakfast at the Historic Blue Gull Inn B&B located in Port Townsend. Great dining, shopping and beaches await your visit to the Olympic Peninsula. Have fun at the Lavender Festival.

Download the 2015 map. (4.5 mb)
Check back in the spring of 2016 for the updated map.
Sequim Lavender Weekend Event Map

Find Port Townsend, WA

March 6, 2016 by bluegullinn

Find Port Townsend, WA

Find Port Townsend, WA

Find Port Townsend, WA

Find Port Townsend, WA. Perched at the northeast tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is a magical combination of land and sea, with panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.

Getting to Port Townsend is half of the fun! Located a short ferry ride from the Seattle metro area – it generally takes around two hours to get here from Seattle. You can also drive north from the Portland and Olympia area along scenic Highway 101. If you come from Vancouver, you can drive to Whidbey Island and take a ferry direct to Port Townsend.

Download the official map of Port Townsend (includes historic places).

FERRY SCHEDULES

DIRECTIONS

From Downtown Seattle via Seattle/Bainbridge Island Ferry

Take the Washington State Ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island (the ferry crossing is 35 minutes). Follow HWY 305 for approximately 12 miles to HWY 3 in Poulsbo. Take HWY 3 North for approximately 7 miles to the Hood Canal Bridge. Turn left onto the bridge which becomes HWY 104, take the 104 for 6.7 miles turn right onto Beaver Valley Road/WA-19. Continue to follow WA-19 for 14.1 miles (WA-19 becomes WA-20) go another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From South of Seattle or Tacoma

From I-5 South to Tacoma take the Gig Harbor/Bremerton exit 132 to WA-16 W. Follow WA-16 W (27 miles). WA-16 W becomes WA-3 N in Gorst (25 miles). Turn left onto WA-104 W and cross Hood Canal Bridge continue on the 104 for 6.7 miles turn right onto Beaver Valley Road/WA-19. Continue to follow WA-19 for 14.1 miles (WA-19 becomes WA-20) go another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From Edmonds or North of Seattle via Edmonds/Kingston Ferry

Take Washington State Ferry from Edmonds to Kingston (approx 25 minutes). Follow WA-104 West for approximately 10 miles through Port Gamble to the Hood Canal Bridge. Turn right and cross Hood Canal Bridge continue on the 104 for 6.7 miles turn right onto Beaver Valley Road/WA-19. Continue to follow WA-19 for 14.1 miles (WA-19 becomes WA-20) go another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Leaving Airport, head West on South 170th Street toward Military Road South. (0.16 miles). Turn Left onto Military Road South (1.38 miles). Turn left onto S 188th Street (0.03 miles). Merge onto I-5 South toward Portland (19.63 miles). Merge onto WA-16 West via Exit number 132 toward Gig Harbor/ Bremerton (27.08 miles). WA-16 West becomes WA-3 North. (25.33 miles). Turn left onto WA-104 W and cross Hood Canal Bridge continue on the 104 for 6.7 miles turn right onto Beaver Valley Road/WA-19. Continue to follow WA-19 for 14.1 miles (WA-19 becomes WA-20) go another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From Victoria, British Columbia via  Victoria/Port Angeles Ferry

Take the Victoria-Port Angeles ferry (90 minute crossing). Click here to view schedules and fares. Ferry exits onto Laurel St .2 miles. Turn left onto E. Railroad St. 0.1 miles, take 1st right onto N. Lincoln St./US 101 E. and continue for 34.2 miles. Turn left onto WA-20, go 7.8 miles and turn left to stay on WA-20 for another 3 miles and you have reached Port Townsend.

From Vancouver, British Columbia via Keystone/Port Townsend Ferry

Follow Provincial Route 99 south to border crossing. Provincial Route 99 S. becomes I-5 S. Go 46.1 miles take exit 230 toward WA-20/Burlington/Anacortes. Go .4 miles turn right onto WA-20 E. make a U-turn onto WA-20 W. Go 11.8 miles turn left onto WA-20 and continue 16.4 miles turn right to stay on WA-20, go 9.5 miles turn right onto S. Main St. go 0.6 miles (S. Main St. becomes Engle Rd.), go 3.3 miles. Take the Port Townsend-Keystone Ferry. You are now in downtown Port Townsend.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Jefferson Transit provides public transportation in our area. Whether your drive or not, we encourage you to park your car in the Haines Place Park-N-Ride Lot and use Jefferson Transit buses and downtown shuttles to get around Port Townsend.

The Park-N-Ride is located next to Safeway on Hwy 20.  View Jefferson Transit’s map showing the Downtown Shuttle route and the location of the Park-N-Ride.

June 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

March 5, 2016 by bluegullinn

June 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

Taste of Port Townsend June 14

Taste of Port Townsend

Taste of Port TownsendJune 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA. Tickets are on sale now for The Taste of Port Townsend, Thursday, June 14th, 2012 from 4pm-7:30 pm.

The Taste of Port Townsend is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Port Townsend Main Street Program, a 5013c nonprofit founded in 1985.“Committed to the historic preservation and economic vitality of our historic business districts … while maintaining our small town quality of life.

“A fun Experience—Great Food”

“Seriously YUM” Taste of PT Diners

One ticket gives you admission to all 12 dining spots on the tour:

Visit 6 of the 12 dining spots and enter to win THE TASTY PRIZE – Fabulous restaurant gift certificates!

* Indicates a required stop on the tour to enter to enter the Tasty Prize drawing.

  • * Apothecarium
    1300 Water St.
  • Banana Leaf Thai Bistro
    609 Washington St.
  • The Boiler Room
    711 Water St.
  • Fins Coastal Cuisine
    1019 Water St.
  • * The Food Coop
    414 Kearney St.
  • Jordini’s
    929 Water St.
  • Khu Larb Thai / The Little Rose
    225 Adams St.
  • * Muskan Indian Restaurant
    2330 Washington St.
  • Necesito Burrito
    940 Water St.
  • Perfect Dreams Cupcakes
    909 Water St.
  • The Silverwater Café
    237 Taylor St.
  • Undertown Coffee and Wine Bar
    211 Taylor St.

Purchase tickets online now at http://thetasteofpt.eventbrite.com and save $5 per ticket through June 12, 2012.

Tickets are also available at Safeway, The Food Coop, and Quimper Sound. Adult $30, Kids $20 (12 & under)

JUNE 2016

1-4 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival

4 Calder String Quartet at Centrum

5-10 Tales, Texts & Theater at Centrum

3-5 34th Annual Classic Mariners’ Regatta

4 Art Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m

5 37th Annual Chili Cook-off, Fairgrounds

5 Chimacum Farmers’ Market Opens! 10am-3pm

9 Taste of Port Townsend 10-13

5 th Annual Steampunk Festival

11 PT Library Book and media sale

11 Pocket Yacht Palooza

17-18 Into the Mystic Faire

18 Raker’s Car Show, Memorial Field, 9am Shipwrecked!, KCPT

19 Centrum Migrant Art

19-24 Voices from The Field At Centrum

22 R2AK Pre-race Ruckus

23 2 nd Race to Alaska Start

24 Free Fridays at the Fort

25 Rat Island Regatta 25-26 Olympic Music Festival,

2pm 26 PT Summer Band, Chetzemoka Park, 3pm, 

28- July 3 Centrum’s Voiceworks

May 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

March 1, 2016 by bluegullinn

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

May 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

Rhody Festival

Coming Your Way in May—Rhodies and Races, Food and Fun!

May Events 2016 - Port Townsend, WA

May 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA

Rhody Festival is our unofficial kick off to Summer!

HISTORY OF THE RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL

May 2016 Events – Port Townsend, WA. In 1935, Clive Buttermere, a local businessman, convinced the Hearst
Metrotone News organization to come to Jefferson County and film the
rhododendrons in bloom. Hearst provided “short subjects”‘ to theaters throughout the
United States, and visited Jefferson County in that year to photograph the wild
rhododendrons. As a prelude to Hearst’s arrival, Mr. 8uttermere and the business
community organized a Queen competition so that there could be a group of young
women photographed with the rhododendrons. Nominations were made and the
community could vote on their favorite by shopping at participating merchants.
Dollars spent equaled votes. Myrtle Olsen was voted the first Rhododendron Queen and
filmed by Hearst.

 

The American Legion, having witnessed the enthusiasm of the community and
the festival spirit that was created, decided to make the celebration of the beauty of the
rhododendrons in bloom an annual event. In 1936 the first Rhododendron Festival
took Place. Royalty was chosen in the same manner and this process of selection
continued for several years. The first festival in 1936 was a one day event with a
parade. As the years progressed more events were added and the length of the
Festival grew. (Visit the Jefferson County Historical Society to see the old brochures)
The Festival was suspended during World War II (1942-45), and resumed in 1946.

 

The Chamber of Commerce took over the festival leadership in the early 1950’s
and more events were added until it grew to be a week-long celebration. Each year
brought different events: fat man’s race, boat race, golf tournament, baseball
tournament, air show, cow chip throwing contest, bed race, trike race, beard growing
contest, car show, kids’ parade, Queen’s Ball, and more. For many years, the
candidate who sold the most buttons was chosen Queen. During the early festivals,
the publicity tour only included members of Royalty, rather than candidates.

 

In the 1980’s the festival became a non-profit corporation and not affiliated with
any one group in the County. Volunteers chair the festival as well as serve as board
members. Royalty are provided scholarships from the association to pursue their
education. Button sales and contributions from community members and
businesses fund the festival. The annual budget is spent on candidates’ expenses,
Royalty expenses, float building and maintenance, travel expenses of the float crew
and Royalty to between 10 and 15 parades per year. The travel to other communities
is not only fun, but is a way of promoting Port Townsend and Jefferson County.

MAY

1 Art Wave Begins – Childrens’ Art in Stores

1 Opening Day of Boating Season

7 Art Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m

7 Wearable Art Show

4 Walk a Mile In Her Shoes

11-15 Centrum Kitchen Culture

16-22 81 st Annual Rhododendron Festival

16 Rhody Royalty Handprints

18 Wooden Boat Wednesday

18 Rhody Trike Race

19 Rhody pet parade and Carnival

20 Rhody kiddies Parade, Bed Races, Hair and Beard contest

21 Rhody Festival – Grand Parade

22 38th Annual Rhody Run

29 Tractor Days – Nordland General Store

30 PT Summer Band, American Legion, 11:30am

29-J 4 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival

NW Wine & Cheese Tour

February 29, 2016 by bluegullinn

April 2016 – Events in Port Townsend, WA

February 28, 2016 by bluegullinn

Food     Farms     Arts     Crafts     Music     More!
Port Townsend Saturday Market, 2011 WA State Market of the Year

April 2016 – Events in Port Townsend, WA. The Port Townsend Saturday Market is a lively community hub in the center of up town Port Townsend. One of the largest small town markets in the nation, Port Townsend Saturday Market hasover 70 vendors each week including: 40 farms, 4 artisan cheese makers, 3 cideries, artisan bakers, espresso and coffee, herbal salves, soaps, and arts and crafts. Come get your groceries for the week, enjoy a delicious meal and live music. Open the first Saturday in April through the third Saturday in December, 9 am-3 pm from April through October, 10 am- 2 pm from November-December.

Check out the video of the Saturday Market.

Because once a week is not enough

Polk St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

April 2016 – Events in Port Townsend, WA. You have to cook everyday, and you don’t want to use produce that has been sitting around since Saturday. Wednesday is the perfect day to head back to the market. Its midweek, you can come after work- the market starts at 2:00. There’s food and music. It’s a great place to shop or relax on the grass.

The Wednesday market is a farm and food only market, no crafts. It is generally a more relaxed slower paced market than Saturday’s festival like atmosphere. Many of the same growers from the Saturday Market sell at Wednesday as well: Red Dog Farm, Midori, Finnriver, SpringRain and more. You will also find some other great local food from vendors including: Pane D’Amore and Crust.

APRIL 2016 – Events in Port Townsend, WA

2 PT Farmer’s Market Opens! 9am – 2pm

2 Art Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m

9 JeffCo Library Book Sale

9 WBF Spring Symposium

15 Scandia Dinner

22 Wheel-in Drive-in Opens!

20 Wooden Boat Wednesday

22-23 Granny’s Attic at Cape George Colony

23 Earth Day Spring Clean up

23 WBF Maritime Swap Meet

23 PT Rotary Auction

23 PT Community Orchestra Concert Women in Jeopardy KCPT

24-29 Water World At Centrum

27-M 1 Centrum’s Choro Workshop

29 NW Big Band Concert

30 19th Annual AAUW/UWF Kitchen Tour

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