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.
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
27th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta
Key City Public Theatre’s 22nd Annual PT PlayFest
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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. From new release fruit wines and ciders to locally-made artisan cheeses, the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour will treat your taste buds to a realm of seasonal delights! Ten wineries located between Chimacum and Port Angeles will partner with local cheese-makers to create unique pairings that signify the flavors of the region, complemented by tasty tidbits prepared by local culinary talent. This savory event will take place on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 from 11 am – 5 pm. Wine specials will be available throughout the weekend.
“Our regional cheese-makers are producing some fantastic goat, sheep and cow milk cheeses that pair exceptionally well with our new wine releases,” says Vicki Corson, president of the Olympic Peninsula Wineries Association. “We invite wine lovers from around the Sound to come and discover some new favorites.”
Online ticket are available on Eventbrite until noon May 1 for $25 plus service fees. Remaining tickets may be purchased at participating wineries during the event for $30. The ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting at all ten OPW Wineries and delectable samples of cheese at each winery during the NW Wine & Cheese Weekend. This event does not take place at one location. You travel from winery to winery, visiting the ones you are interested in exploring. Tickets are not required to attend this event. A $5.00 wine tasting fee will be charged at each winery for non-ticketed visitors. You must be 21 or over to purchase tickets and/or participate in wine tasting. All ticket sales are non-refundable.
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries encourage responsible wine touring and recommend that you have a designated driver in your group. Designated Drivers will be offered other beverages to drink and are invited to enjoy all cheese samples at each winery.
Please Help Us With Our Goal Of Responsible Wine Service…
Wineries Participating in the 2015 NW Wine & Cheese Tour:
1. Harbinger Winery will pair some of its award-winning wines and new releases with the raw, organic cheeses of Cascadia Creamery, located at the foot of Mt. Adams in the town of Trout Lake, Wash. “The Northwest Wine & Cheese Festival is by far our favorite event,” says Winemaker Sara Gagnon. “Wine and cheese are soul mates, and we are always excited to share our research when it comes to creative pairings!” Try cheese samples with alluring names such as Sleeping Beauty, Glacier Blue, and Cloud Cap. Harbinger will also pour its wine made from locally grown grapes, Sieg-MA. “This wine has such an aromatic appeal; it is hard to put down the glass. Match that with the right cheese, and you may as well pull up a chair and call it dinner,” adds Gagnon.
2. Camaraderie Cellars will host Willapa Hills Creamery – delicious cheeses made from sheep and cow’s milk. Visitors can also savor tastybites of Northwest mac and cheese with smoked salmon from Michael’s Seafood and Steakhouse. New wine releases include the 2012 Malbec and 2012 Madrona.
3. Olympic Cellars is celebrating with a Cinco de Mayo theme! Jeremy from Golden Glenn Creamery of Bow, Wash. is back this year with samples of cheese favorites including Lavender Cheddar, Dill & Garlic Cheddar, and some new taste sensations like such as a Jalapeno spiked cheese. New wine releases for pairing include Madeleine Angevine 2014 made with locally sourced grapes; Chardonnay 2014, Unoaked with fragrances of mango, lemon peel and a fleeting whiff of truffle; and Dungeness Red – Lemberger 2013, an “Old World” grape with origins in Austria and Germany, this is Olympic Cellar’s heritage wine. Chef Dave from Bella Italia will prepare Chili, and Rose City Pepperhead’s Pepper Jelly with Cream Cheese will be available for sampling. Local jazz musician Al Harris will perform from Noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday.
4. Wind Rose Cellars will be pairing its award-winning wines with the award-winning cheeses of Chehalis’ Black Sheep Creamery. A new vintage of Bell Bottom White, a delicious off dry Muscato, will be released for the tour. On Saturday at 7 p.m., the winery will host jazz singer Jenny Davis and award-winning pianist Eric Verlinde. Both are Seattle natives, recording artists, and long-time stewards of jazz in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
5. Eaglemount Wine & Cider will be pairing its wines and ciders with cheeses from Whiskey Hill Goat Dairy, a small local producer of several varieties of aged goat milk cheese, and Crimson Cove Smoked Specialty, a smoke house located in Poulsbo specializing in smoked cheeses. New releases include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Rhubarb Cider and Raspberry Ginger Cider.
6. Alpenfire Cider will pair three hard ciders with Chimacum Valley Dairy’s West Valley Wheel Cheese and nut-based pastries from Port Townsend’s Pastry Design by Anca. Ciders include Spark! Semi-Sweet, a refreshingly light customer favorite made with a combination of Alpenfire’s traditional cider apples and Lazy J’s heirloom varieties; Calypso Blackberry Rum Cider, a full-bodied cider made from heirloom apples fermented with fresh Greysmarsh Farm blackberries and bottle conditioned; and Smoke Barrel Aged Cider, a smoky-oaky after dinner tipple style cider fermented in whiskey and mead barrels. Alpenfire’s organic small batch hard cider vinegars will also be available, from Orleans style to a bright, fermented raspberry wine vinegar made with berries from Greysmarsh Farm.
7. FairWinds Winery sample the Gewürztraminer with a cheesy fondue. Appetizers served with Mt. Townsend Creamery cheeses will be paired with the latest wine releases. Discover your own favorite combination of wines made with FairWinds’ innovative approach and Mt. Townsend’s one-of-a-kind cheeses.
8. Lullaby Winery will feature a curated selection of cheeses from France and the Pacific Northwest for pairing with its wines. The patio will be open and visitors will be able to purchase wines by the glass to enjoy with cheese platters.
9. Marrowstone Vineyard located in the town of Nordland on Marrowstone Island, is teaming up with Mt. Townsend Creamery to offer pairings of three new wine releases with delicious, locally made cheeses. Visitors can sample Cirrus, a Pacific Northwest variation on the traditional French Camembert, paired with 2014 Wedding Day Chardonnay; Seastack, an earthy and complex cheese, paired with the 2014 Riesling Come Home; Off-Kilter, a cheese made with Pike Brewing Company’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale that pairs nicely with the 2014 Gewürztraminer; and Red Alder, aged and nutty with the 2013 Black Cat Pinot Noir.
10. Finnriver Farm & Cidery is celebrating the sweetness of Spring with the release of its Honey Meadow botanical cider and honey-fermented Cyser. Enjoy these sips of the season with beautiful bites of chèvre from local goat dairy, Mystery Bay Farm, a small scale, family farm operating on five acres on nearby Marrowstone Island. Mystery Bay produces award-winning farmstead goat milk cheeses using only the milk of their animals, which are raised with rotational grazing on pasture. Visitors will also enjoy Pane D’Amore cheese sticks hot out of the oven! Cheese, cider, spring…what more could one ask?
Take a spring drive to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula and enjoy a tour that’s too good to miss!
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.
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.
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