The small town is just over six thousand people, but the surrounding natural area attracts thousands of people annually to enjoy the best of nature and the small town life.
Graymarsh is a one thousand acre farm that features a variety of U Pick berries and lavender. Here one discovers a variety of not-so-common berries like loganberries and boysenberries. They also feature plenty of produce for purchase that also comes from their farm like garlic, and select onions. Frozen fruit by the gallon is available for purchase as well as many preserves, and items like culinary lavender. The prices are very affordable and considered "cheap" when comparing it to local Seattle produce.
Products are also available for purchase on their website.
Sequim Bay State Park
Located on the coastline in Sequim, this 92 acre oceanfront park features year-round camping, hiking, boating as well as seasonal activities like swimming. Established in 1936, the park features majestic views of the Puget Sound and the nearby islands. It's a scenic place perfect for relaxing under a tree, or walking the local trails.
Sequim is chocked full of beautiful and awe-inspiring lavender farms. There are so many to visit, that some do the "Lavender Trail," to visit all the farms by car or bike. There are so many farms to visit, it is difficult to choose just one. Most farms contain a U Pick Zone for the small average price of around five to seven dollars per bundle, with most farms having a barnyard gift shop to sell their handmade products.
I chose to visit the Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Located on Bell Bottom Road, the vibe is as hippie as it gets. Chillout with some 60's rock-and-roll and enjoy the farm by meandering or picking lavender. A gift shop features plenty of traditional lavender products like sachets, soaps and honey. They also sell ice cream, cold drinks as well as some lavender alcoholic beverages to enjoy underneath the willow tree or in the garden. I suggest the Purple Palmer, which is a half-and-half lavender lemonade + iced tea concoction.
The Washington Lavender Farm is another premier destination as this farm features over 5,000 variety of plants and it's backdrop includes the George Washington Inn, the ocean and the Olympic mountains.
Most people come to Washington to experience the array of locally caught seafood. I don't eat meat, so I cannot recommend anywhere specific, but I do advocate for locally sourced restaurants that offer plant based options. It is difficult to find tons of vegan food in the peninsula, but Nourish Sequim is an organic, gluten-free friendly restaurant that sources from an onsite farm. Vegan and vegetarian options are available alongside meat and seafood dishes. The house-style restaurant features outdoor seating that is tucked between the house and the garden. The menu is pricey.
The Dungeness Spit is a 6.8 mile (one way) sand spit that jets out of the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula. From the parking lot, walk through a typical tree and fern-lined trail that leads to the shoreline and the spit. During the evening hours, watch the dramatic sun set over the shoreline, or enjoy the relaxing sounds of the waves washing up onto the shoreline. If time allows, walk toward the New Dungeness Lighthouse that has been in operation since 1976. Although windy, the walk is leisurely and not too difficult by walking on top of the sand. This is an ideal location for the sunset, but the park may not be open until dusk during COVID 19. Check the local signs for more information.
Another place to watch the sunset is at the Cline Spit County Park. This is a small community beach area that overlooks the ocean and the sun setting on the horizon.
Depending on the weather and how you want to structure your day, I suggest starting at day at one of the lavender farms, or Greymarsh and then after lunch, head to the either the state park or the Dungeness spit. Nourish Sequim is open for lunch and dinner. although I suggest eating there at dinner time.
Morning Routine /Breakfast - 8-10am
10-12pm - Lavender Farm OR U Pick Berry Farm
12-2pm - Lunch / Coffee
2-4/5pm - Park
5-630pm - Relax / Get Ready for Dinner (or drive home on the last night)
7pm - Dinner and sunset depending on the time of year
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