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Race to Alaska

June 22, 2016 by bluegullinn



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.


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).



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.


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 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!


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.


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

March Events Port Townsend

February 27, 2016 by bluegullinn


March Events Port Townsend. Presented over two weekends, PT PlayFest features six winning one-acts by Jefferson County playwrights, open rehearsals of plays-in-progress, playwriting workshops, and more.

Jefferson County talent will be showcased in premieres of six plays by winning playwrights of the 2016 Port Townsend Arts Commission’s One-Act Play Competition: Christopher Clow, Doug Given, D.D. Wigley, Christopher Clow, Judith Glass Collins, and new playwright Hewitt Brooks. Three plays receive staged readings; three receive full productions.

“Locals Weekend” (March 3-6, 2016) features the winning one-acts and precedes the jam-packed “Festival Weekend” (March 10-13, 2016), with three days of back-to-back events.

Two notable regional playwrights were invited to spend a week in residence, workshopping their full-length plays in progress. In Richard Dresser’s “War Stories”, Master Sergeant Boyd Cassidy, a Vietnam vet, is in a high-end Phoenix hotel to finally receive the recognition he deserves after years of turmoil—until a knock at the door sends him into a horror more profound than anything he faced on the battlefield. In Duane Kelly’s “Escorting Tom”, Carol will be leaving her inept and isolated husband, but her secret plan to help him survive without her goes wildly off the rails.

KCPT’s featured guest playwright this year will be Darrah Cloud, whose play “The Posthumous Democrat”, the dramatic story of a composer, Catherine Starr, whose famous, connected conservative father leaves her a legacy both enormous and crippling. This full-length play will be directed by KCPT Artistic Director Denise Winter. Darrah will also be teaching the free playwriting workshop sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission on Saturday, March 12, from 10 am – 1 pm. This will be followed by Darrah’s fee-based playwriting intensive Sunday, March 13, from 10 am – 1 pm (space is limited).


To register for one or both of these workshops, e-mail or call 360-379-0195.

The $35 Festival Pass grants access to all performance events both weekends. Writer’s Passes are $95 and additionally include the playwriting intensive taught by Darrah Cloud.

Single show tickets and passes are available from the Playhouse Box Office at 360-385-KCPT, or online at


Port Townsend’s Victorian Festival 2016


Victorian Heritage Festival 2016, Port Townsend, WA

Port Towsend’s Victorian Festival 2016


The 2016 Victorian Festival will celebrate Port Townsend’s extrordinary history and culture and is scheduled for March 18-20, 2016. Tickets now on sale!

Victorian Pub Crawl Friday Night
Kick off Friday night with our pub crawl – featuring saloons, “shanghai tunnels,” and fine vintage cocktails through a staggering selection of Port Townsends (in)famous watering holes.

Lectures, exhibitions and more

We invite you to celebrate the extraordinary Pacific Northwest history and architecture preserved in Port Townsend’s historic uptown and downtown districts.

Victorian Ball
Fashion Show – Celebrating its 17th Anniversary!
…and more to be announced

Join us March 18-20, 2016
For a celebration of our region’s 19th Century history – bringing together scholars, enthusiasts and curiosity-seekers from across the Pacific Northwest.

March 18-20, 2016
Victorian Heritage Festival
Port Townsend and Fort Worden
Kick off the weekend with the Victorian Pub crawl, featuring saloons, “shanghai tunnels,” and fine vintage cocktails. Tour inside Victorian buildings, attend lectures, a Victorian fashion show and Ball plus much more.

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend!

Events in MARCH – 2016

5 Art Walk – 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m

6-11 Explorations at Centrum

3-13 PT Playfest, KCPT

12 PT Library Book Sale

16 Wooden Boat Wednesday

18-20 Victorian Festival

18-20 Insider’s Historic Building tours

19 14th Annual JeffCo Community Garage Sale

Meet in Port Townsend

February 15, 2016 by bluegullinn

Meet in Port Townsend

Meet in Port Townsend


Plan your next meeting in Port Townsend

Many Venues – One Unified Service

Meet in Port Townsend. Thank you for considering Port Townsend for your next meeting or conference!

Port Townsend is not your typical meeting venue where you’re stuck under one roof for days on end during a conference. Quite the contrary. We offer you something fresh, fun and even a little eclectic, in a beautiful setting while maintaining a high level of professionalism.

The collaborative creativity of each meeting venue is leveraged under the single unifying leadership of our Port Townsend Meetings & Conferences staff. This enables “one stop shopping” for all your meeting, lodging, transportation, dining and Port Townsend experiences.

Here you can meet, share ideas, learn new things and get your work done while enjoying everything Port Townsend has to offer. We cater to your professional needs with comfortable, well-equipped meeting spaces, filled with natural light yet with the ability to darken the room for media needs. We have high-speed Internet capabilities to accommodate video streaming and linkage to other meetings that may be going on simultaneously.

A wide variety of comfortable accommodations are within easy walking distance of many of our venues, along with restaurants and boutique shopping for your breaks.

There are endless things to do when you’re not meeting. Go for a hike. Walk along the beach. Ride a bike. Play a round of golf. Explore a museum. Learn about wooden boats. Take in a local play.

The new Northwest Maritime Center has a stunning meeting space in a Gold-Certified LEEDS green building with spectacular views of the sea and mountains. And, of course, there’s 434 magnificent acres at Fort Worden State Park with conference spaces for every need. It’s the largest venue in Port Townsend.

When you book your meeting or conference through us, we are able to offer you complimentary services with “one-stop shopping.” Our professional staff acts as a liaison between your association, company or group and our lodgings, meeting facilities, caterers and attractions. We also offer a wide variety of promotional tools to assist you, such as photos, brochures, and videos.

Our staff is ready to help you create the perfect Port Townsend event. If you are ready to submit your RFP, please use our online form.

Call or email us today and let us help plan your next meeting here in beautiful Port Townsend.

Laura Brackenridge
Meetings and Events Coordinator
Port Townsend Meetings & Conferences

Enjoy February in Port Townsend

February 13, 2016 by bluegullinn

Romance is in the air with Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away. This year it falls in the middle of a three-day weekend—perfect for an escape with your sweetheart to Port Townsend for a romantic weekend getaway! We have a wide array of fantastic accommodations to suit your style. Click here for choices and to book your reservation. Many of our restaurants are offering Valentine’s specials too. For more details, contact our Visitor Information Center at or 360.385.2722.


Enjoy February in Port Townsend

Start the long weekend off right on Saturday, February 13 at 7 pm at the Queen of Hearts Ball at the Commons at Fort Worden. Key City Public Theatre and Fort Worden are proud to present an evening of spectacular entertainment featuring “Rock-n-Soul” music by Freddy Pink. Admission includes two cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a delicious appetizer bar as well as a dessert bar. Washington wines, craft beers, cocktail specials and Bellini’s will also be featured. Make your reservations by calling 360.344.4400.

The next morning, Valentine’s Day, enjoy a Sweethearts Brunch from 10 am to 2pm at the Fort Worden Commons. Call 360.344.4400 for reservations.


With Port Townsend as your home base, tour the Olympic Peninsula Wineries for their luscious Red Wine and Chocolate event over two weekends: February 13-15 and 20-21, from 11am to 5 pm. You’ll love the classic pairings of handcrafted Washington wines and chocolate delights, and, of course, the spectacular scenery en route to each winery.

The ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and chocolate samples at the 10 participating wineries.Book here for online tickets.


Love fishing? Register now for the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby’s $10,000 Winter Blackmouth Classic, February 19-21. Learn more online!

Launch your boat at Port Townsend’s Boat Haven Marina and head out to the Strait with over 500 miles for fishing, from Tongue Point in the west through Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Marrowstone Island, Port Ludlow, to Whidbey Island in the east.

And if fishing isn’t your passion, but it is for your spouse/partner, stay in Port Townsend and enjoy meandering through our boutique shops and galleries, then grab a bite to eat at one of our delicious eateries.


The sailboat racing season opens with the 25th Annual Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 27. Boats of all construction are welcome. As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing, but do not have a boat. Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers’ Meeting and be connected with skippers looking for crew.

The regatta is presented by the Northwest Maritime Center, Wooden Boat Foundation, and Edensaw Woods, Ltd., in conjunction with the Port Townsend Sailing Association.Find out more online.

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