Does is seem like everyone is planning a tropical or exotic getaway? Wouldn’t you like to have a little getaway of your own? You can… and without blowing your whole budget. There is beauty right here in your own backyard. There are miles of beaches to walk and regain your mental balance and sense of calm (that frankly, I think we could all use right about now). If you need to warm up try something spicy or exotic at Khu Larb Thai or Hanazono Asian Noodle. If you enjoy tea, Pippa’s is a friendly place to visit. They have so many different blends you are almost certain to find one you like…make mine the Jasmine Green!
Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift? Surprise that special someone with a weekend getaway to Port Townsend. Jewelry is nice but why not give them an experience they will remember forever? I would suggest a nice bottle of wine from The Wine Seller, chocolates from Elevated Ice Cream and some beautiful fresh flowers from Petals in Uptown Port Townsend. Treat them to a romantic dinner at one of the delicious local restaurants and there is no going wrong.
With a little under two weeks until Labor Day weekend it is a great time to get over to Port Townsend to enjoy the last of the summer weather. The dahlias are blooming and just strolling through the Uptown neighborhood can offer some lovely views of water, gardens and Victorian homes. The weather this time of year is perfect for a weekend getaway… so why not plan one?
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.
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 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!