Visit Sequim WA, Lavender Capital of the United States

Sequim, Washington is a small, friendly city with approximately 6600 residents.  Sequim offers many antique and specialty shops, as well as fine restaurants, and even a Las Vegas-style casino located near the calming beauty of Sequim Bay.

Join us in July for Sequim Lavender Weekend

Sequim WA not only features many outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, golfing fishing, and boating, but is also the location for July’s annual Lavender Weekend with free farm tours, lavender products, foods, events and attractions.

The City of Sequim lies in the center of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley on the Olympic Peninsula.  The Valley of the Dungeness lies at the northern end of the Olympic Peninsula, in the extreme northwest corner of the United States. It spreads in an alluvial fan from the Dungeness River gorge to the scalloped beaches of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Dungeness Spit and its National Wildlife Refuge offer terrific birdwatching.  This prime birding destination features annual migrations at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, rich riparian forests, active eagle nests along the Dungeness River and a wonderful interpretative Audubon center.   Approximately 70-percent of the nesting sea bird population of Puget Sound and the Straits of Juan de Fuca hatch their young on Protection Island which lies just north of Sequim Bay. The island is perhaps better known for one of the largest nesting colonies of Rhinoceros Auklets in the world and one of the last two nesting colonies of Tufted Puffins in the Puget Sound area.

Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains on the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Sequim is the sunniest, driest place in Western Washington with less rainfall annually than Santa Barbara, California.

Sequim’s mild maritime climate is one reason Sequim has become the Lavender Capital of America. Each July, Sequim hosts the Sequim Lavender Festival that draws thousands of visitors from around the world to tour the farms, and browse local artists, sculptors, wood carvers, jewelry designers and all things lavender.

Sequim is also a mecca for lovers of fresh food. In fact, the farm-to-table movement is in full bloom in Sequim and the Olympic Peninsula. Once home to more than 100 dairy farms, the fertile Sequim prairie features a unique microclimate that allows local farmers to produce food year-round. Sequim is home to dozens of Artisan bakeries, cheese makers, honey producers, U-pick berry patches and organic farms. When you add line-caught halibut, wild King salmon, Quilcene oysters and Dungeness crab to the menu, you have a food lover’s paradise.  Sequim has wonderful small restaurants and bistros that focus on locavore, Olympic Coast cuisine.

Sequim is 15-minutes from the Olympic National Park Visitor Center and near the ferries to Victoria, B.C. Explore all that the majestic Olympic Peninsula has to offer from lush trails of the Hoh Rain Forest to the summit of Hurricane Ridge.