If you come to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula one of the activities you have to partake in is whale watching. Puget Sound Express has been operating for 27 years and leaves from Point Hudson. They have a few different tours to choose from. They have a 98% whale watching success rate and even have a guarantee on that 2% chance you don’t see any whales. In my opinion the boat trip through the area would be worth the money, but throw in guaranteed whale sightings and I am sold. If that hasn’t convinced you, check out Puget Sound Express on facebook and TripAdvisor as well.
Kick back with a cold one at Sirens. Opening at noon everyday, they have a fairly extensive bar and many brews on tap. With the best mixed drinks in town (try a Mai Tai or Mojito) and a deck overlooking the water it can’t be beat. While the décor may not be to everyone’s taste the food is definitely delicious, my favorites are the Texas Jalapeno Poppers and Sicilian Pizza, so good! A couple tips from a local, get there early if you are planning on eating or finding a seat. It can get crowded in the evening as they usually have live music. For faster service, order at the bar!
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is celebrating 30 years! Located out on the pier at Fort Worden State Park, it is a cool place to visit. It’s not just for kids either. The goal is to encourage people to get involved in making decisions that impact local, national and international marine and shoreline environments. The center itself has its own blog page and offers exhibits showing local marine and shoreline habitats. It is a chance to see what’s below the water… without the risk of hypothermia. A Discover Pass is not required to see the Marine Science Center, make sure to get a temporary to put in your car, but they are encouraged.
Many people coming to Port Townsend are seeking peace and solace from everyday hustle and bustle. The Madrona MindBody Institute is committed to helping you find that passion for life, energy and confidence. Madrona is located at Fort Worden State Park. They offer workshops, retreats and massage. Their classes include Yoga, Meditation and Tai Chi, along with many others. With classes starting at $8 it is good time to see what they have to offer. Also check them out on facebook!
North Beach is one of Port Townsend’s beautiful, if somewhat hidden, treasures. Known primarily only to locals it is perfect for beachcombing, having a picnic or diving (for the more adventurous). There is also facebook page displaying and selling beach glass that has washed up. If you are interested, ask the Innkeepers John and Renee for directions… we want to keep this one a secret.
The Silverwater Café is located in downtown Port Townsend on the corner of newly refurbished Taylor Street. The restaurant has been around for over 20 years and serves everything from Dungeness crab cakes to braised lamb to lentil burgers. Vegetarians and meat-eaters are sure to find something delicious from their unique and eclectic menu. This is a great place to have dinner with that special someone and go catch a movie next door at The Rose Theatre, they even offer a 3 course Pre Theater Meal. The Mezzaluna Lounge is located upstairs and offers a wide variety of wine.
The 16th annual Lavender Festival is coming up next weekend, Friday, July 20th– Sunday, 22nd. The event takes place in Sequim, WA and includes a street fair, with free admission and parking, as well as self guided, also free, farm tours. This is the largest lavender event in North America and includes seven different lavender farms from around the area. I don’t know about you but I could use some relaxing aromatherapy and with free admission you can’t go wrong. In fact, you will probably see me there.
For a fantastic day trip, try Dungeness Spit, located in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge along the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula. It is an hour drive but totally worth the trip. The spit is a preserve for native birds, no dogs allowed, so bring the camera. You can make the full 10 mile round-trip hike and check out the New Dungeness Lighthouse at the 5 mile mark. Be sure to check the tide calendar before you go. Having made this hike myself I have to recommend it to out-of-towners or even locals who don’t know it’s there. Simply beautiful!
The 29th season of the Olympic Music Festival is going on now! It hosts concerts Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and runs through September 2nd. It was voted “Best Classical Music Festival” by the readers of Seattle Weekly and I have heard wonderful reviews from those who have attended. The concerts are held in a repurposed barn that sits on 55 acres of what was a turn-of-the-century dairy farm. The property itself is worth seeing, but throw in artists who have performed all over the world and you can’t go wrong. Visit the Olympic Music Festival website to purchase tickets and get driving directions.
Why not try something new or see familiar sights from a different perspective? Kayaking is a great way to beat the heat and enjoy an afternoon on the water. For those who have never kayaked, or for those who have, Port Townsend scenery makes for a beautiful trip. The PT Guide website offers helpful links to get you started. Port Townsend Outdoors (located at Fort Worden State Park) provides kayak rentals, tours and lessons. Don’t just stand there on shore, get out and have an adventure!