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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.

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

Whale Watching

February 16, 2016 by bluegullinn

Whale Watching. For 30 years, Puget Sound Express has set the standard for exciting whale watching tours and wildlife tours around the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands. Puget Sound Express offers a variety of adventure cruises for you to choose from – all easily accessible from Seattle, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Peninsula:

Gray Whale photo by Merrill GoshoGray Whale Tours

Each spring, migrating gray whales pass through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, providing an excellent opportunity to visit and learn about these amazing mammals. We run half-day whale tours in March and April to see the grays.

PORT TOWNSEND DEPARTURES
March 5 – April 25, leave Port Townsend, Washington at 10am.
Port Townsend tours feature the 40-seat MV Red Head, and run approximately 3-4 hours. The waters that we travel in are protected and usually calm. The tour must have a minimum of 15 passengers for a departure.

SEATTLE/EDMONDS DEPARTURES
March 5 – April 25, leave Edmonds, Washington at 10am and 1pm
Our NEW Edmonds tour features the 60-seat, high speed foilcat MV Chilkat. These tours run approximately 2 hours and the waters that we travel in are protected and usually calm. The tour must have a minimum of 15 passengers for a departure.

seattle-orca-photo-by--renee-beitzelSeattle/Edmonds Whale Watching Tour

See the majesty and beauty of orcas and humpback whales with Puget Sound Express’ new Seattle Watching Tours out of Edmonds! Ride theChilkat, our high speed foilcat, at speeds over 40 mph to the San Juan Islands. This is the fastest whale watching boat in the Northwest, and when you combine that with three generations of dedication and experience connecting Seattle visitors with the great outdoors – we guarantee you’ll see whales or your next trip is free! Tours begin in April. We leave at 9:00am and return at 2pm In July and August, we add a 2:30pm departure that returns at 7pm.

cwrFour Hour Whale Watching Tour (Port Townsend)

The perfect trip for visitors and travelers with a busy schedule! Departing in the morning, our fast and comfortable 40-seat Red Head seeks out orcas, minkes, humpbacks, and gray whales to give you a guaranteed whale watching experience in the San Juan Islands.

Trips run April – October, and feature an on-board naturalist. If the whales are “singing,” you’ll be able to hear them with our hydrophone.

baby orcas photo by janine harlesPort Townsend – San Juan Island Whale Watching Tour

Our signature tour, this daylong cruise on the Glacier Spirit combines orca watching with an on-board naturalist, and a tour of the beautiful San Juan Islands. We visit the popular town of Friday Harbor for shopping, island cuisine, and sightseeing.

This San Juan Islands trip is also the official passenger ferry route between Port Townsend and San Juan Island, and in addition to seeing killer whales, we often see minke whales, Stellar and California sea lions and Dall’s porpoises. The full-day tour runs May – September.

eagles-smith-island3-Day San Juan Islands Wildlife Cruises

Join Puget Sound Express for exciting 3 day cruises through the San Juan Islands in Washington State. Selected by National Geographic as one of the World’s Top 3 destinations, the waters around the San Juan Islands are home to orcas (killer whales), minke whales, gray whales, humpback whales, stellar sea lions, porpoise, otters, and a dizzying array of seabirds.

PTMSC Protection Island Cruises

Produced in partnership with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, our three-hour Spring and Fall Bird Migration Cruises coincide with annual migrations of  loons, phalaropes, mergansers, merlins, bald eagles, oystercatchers, harlequin ducks, murrelets, auklets, and more.

Naturalists from the Marine Science Center serve as on-board interpreters and provide commentary on local birds, mammals, geology, history and weather.

3 Day Audubon Birdwatching Cruise

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society and Puget Sound Express invite you to take part in an amazing three-day birdwatching and wildlife cruise in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, April 12-14, 2016.

Tour Naturalist Bob Boekelheide (formerly Director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center) will be pointing out all the birds for us. In addition to wildlife and bird watching, we will visit and stay overnight at the historic Roche Harbor Resort, tour fascinating sites on San Juan Island, as well as Deception Pass near Whidbey Island.

Great places to EAT

February 14, 2016 by bluegullinn

Great places to EAT

EAT

From Olympic Coastal Cuisine to Asian specialties, from burgers and brats to oysters on the half-shell – Port Townsend’s restaurants are the stuff of legend. Blessed with an abundance of farm-fresh local food, and the culinary talent to transform it into something magical, Port Townsend is a foodie’s paradise.

 

Great places to EAT & DINE.The wide variety of dining options in Port Townsend match the eclectic nature of the folks who live here. Visit PTGuide.com for a complete listing of dining options in town, or visit the Olympic Culinary Loop Association for information on how to make an entire experience built around food. Wine lovers should also be sure to check out theOlympic Peninsula Wineries Association website for more information.

P.S. Sunset Magazine calls Port Townsend “the Paris of the West” in large part due to our culinary delights. The Galloping Gourmet, Graham Kerr, was recently in town andadds his $0.02 on why he thinks our area provided one of his top two culinary adventure loops in his entire career!

Olympic Music Festival moves in 2016

February 12, 2016 by bluegullinn

Olympic Music Festival moves from Quilcene barn to Port Townsend theater

After 32 years, the Olympic Music Festival is moving from its beloved, rustic barn in Quilcene and joining forces with the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend.

Olympic Music Festival

Olympic Music Festival New Site – Fort Worden State Park Port Townsend, WA

Olympic Music Festival moves in 2016. In a surprise move, the Olympic Music Festival has announced that it will leave the picturesque barn in Quilcene where, for the past 32 years, it has attracted prominent musicians to perform high-quality concerts in a dressed-down, rustic environment.

The barn, which is on Jefferson County property owned by violist and OMF founder Alan Iglitzin, also offered preconcert picnics on the lawn, as well as amplified sound — though without views of the stage — for those who preferred their Beethoven alfresco.

Instead, OMF’s 2016 season will be held in Fort Worden’s enclosed Wheeler Theater in Port Townsend.

The shift was made possible by a newly formed partnership between OMF and the 42-year-old Centrum Foundation, a multidisciplinary arts organization that has been programming chamber music in Port Townsend since its inaugural season.

For music lovers, the venue change means that the open, airy environment of the Quilcene farm’s uninsulated barn — which featured a combination of folding chairs and hay-bale seating, along with porta-potties — has been replaced by a heated theater with almost the same seating capacity but superior acoustics and amenities.

While OMF’s first season in Port Townsend will be five weeks long (Aug. 13 to Sept. 11) rather than this year’s 12-week season, the festival might be extended in the future.

“Our last summer was so successful,” OMF artistic director and pianist Julio Elizalde said. “We sold over 5,000 individual tickets and came away with a lot of energy and excitement.”

In November, Iglitzin, 84, retired as the festival’s executive director and requested the venue change.

“The farm’s 55 acres are really the Iglitzins’ home,” Elizalde said. “For all these years, they sacrificed their privacy to thousands upon thousands of strangers who attended the festival.

“The change is very sad. But there are an incredible number of benefits to being in Port Townsend and working with Centrum. It’s the best possible outcome,” Elizalde said.

“Centrum presents fully formed, professional ensembles, while OMF assembles ad hoc groupings of professional musicians a la the Marlboro Festival model. Together, we can potentially transform Port Townsend into a year-round chamber music destination.”

“Our goal with this relationship is to expand awareness and appreciation of chamber music in Jefferson County and environs,” said Centrum Executive Director Robert Birman. “It’s a net gain for both groups, because we can cross-promote and work in collaboration.”

 

Arts & Entertainment in Port Townsend

February 9, 2016 by bluegullinn

Arts & Entertainment in Port Townsend

National Geographic calls Port Townsend “one of the most sophisticated places west of Seattle,” and arts and entertainment is a large part of the reason why.

Arts & Entertainment in Port Townsend. For more than three decades, artists of all ages have flocked to Centrum, the nonprofit arts organization located at Fort Worden State Park, for artist residencies, workshops and performances. Centrum’s summer performance festivals in music and literature are national events, drawing thousands to the area.

Copper Canyon Press, also located at Fort Worden, is the nation’s premier poetry publishing house. Copper Canyon Press fosters the work of emerging, established, and world-renowned poets for an expanding audience.

Jazz at Centrum

Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend is a summer highlight

Located at the entrance to downtown,Northwinds Arts Center is a hub of visual arts and literary activity, producing educational programs, lectures, readings and workshops, and by providing juried and invitational venues for displaying the work of regional artists.

Key City Public Theatre is perhaps the most active and vital theater organization on the Olympic Peninsula. Their year-round slate of performances and workshops draws audiences from around the region.

Port Townsend’s location, coupled with its proximity to the Seattle/Vancouver/Portland metro areas, makes the town an attractive destination for national music acts and audiences looking for intimate performance experiences.

From music, to theater, to visual and performing arts, Port Townsend is a destination not to be missed. Be sure to visit PTGuide.com’s comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar to find out what’s happening in Port Townsend.

Wooden Boat Festival

August 23, 2014 by bluegullinn

The 38th annual Wooden Boat Festival is taking place in Port Townsend in a couple weeks. The events run from Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th. This is one of the largest festivals held in Port Townsend and even if you are not a serious boater, there is lots to do. There will be contests, movies, live music and a food court featuring local beer and wine. For those wooden boat lovers, over 300 wooden vessels are present. There are presentations and demos as well as boat races and chance to take a ride in some of these amazing watercraft.  The festival is taking place at and around the Northwest Maritime Center in downtown Port Townsend. You can find the festival schedule and place to purchase tickets online at their website: www.woodenboat.org.

Wooden Boat Festival

Jazz Music Port Townsend

July 24, 2014 by bluegullinn

Port Townsend plays host to some of the best jazz musicians of today during Jazz Port Townsend. Fans from all around come to learn from and hear amazing musicians. Concerts are going on throughout this weekend, July 25 & 26th. Venues include McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park as well as “Jazz in the Clubs,” for a more intimate experience, at select venues around Port Townsend. Be sure to check out the package deal on multiple evenings/concerts. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear beautiful music and enjoy what is forecast to be another outstanding weekend on the Peninsula.Jazz Port Townsend

Port Townsend Elevated Ice Cream Co.

June 29, 2014 by bluegullinn

Ice cream on the waterfront

Ice cream on the waterfront

As the Port Townsend weather heats up, it is nice to know there is a fun spot to cool off. Elevated Ice Cream Co. has something for everyone. Fresh and local ingredients go into their “scratch made” product. With at least 30 different flavors of ice cream, sherbet, and Italian Ices you can’t go wrong. They have seasonal flavors along with the tried and true favorites (mine is the Swiss Orange Chocolate Chip). If ice cream is not your thing, it’s alright I’m not here to judge, they have espresso, baked goods and an adjoining candy shop. Their chocolates and truffles are handmade and make a perfect treat for you or to take back home as a special gift. The candy shop also provides a selection of candies from around the world and something for that difficult to shop for person. Do not leave without trying the salted caramel chocolate.

Port Townsend best small town in America

June 27, 2014 by bluegullinn

Well, one of America’s 10 best small towns of 2014 according to Fodor’s Travel. Port Townsend will always be number one in my heart, but is in good company. Some other towns listed are Telluride, Colorado and Paia, Hawaii… nothing to sneeze at. The only way to know for sure is to come for a visit. If you have been to PT you already know what all the fuss is about. If you haven’t been out this way, now you don’t have to take my word for it, this is a must-see kind of town.Port Townsend

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