The 6th Annual Winter Driftwood Sculpture Show

March 12th, 2014
The 6th Annual Winter Driftwood Sculpture Show - Force of Nature by Marilyn Bruning

Force of Nature by Marilyn Bruning

The 6th Annual Winter Driftwood Sculpture Show of the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors is being held March 22nd and 23rd at the Dungeness River Audubon Center in Sequim.

This year’s Annual Winter Driftwood Sculpture show includes a themed section entitled “Fantasia.” Each year the Annual Winter Show of the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors includes a separate display of sculptures based around a central theme. Past themes have included “Aviary,” “Regatta,” and “Aquarium.” The “Fantasia” theme collects together sculptures related to and or depicting scenes, characters, and icons of the fantasy related genre: dragons, unicorns, mermaids, and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Marrowstone Vineyards

March 3rd, 2014

Marrowstone Vineyards joined Olympic Peninsula Wineries this January and we’re so very happy to have them with us!

the beautiful view off Marrowstone Vineyards deck

the beautiful view off Marrowstone Vineyard’s deck

Marrowstone Vineyards is located on Marrowstone Island, naturally enough, atop a hill overlooking Puget Sound. Sampling the vineyard’s wines while taking in the view from the winery’s deck is quite the experience: Whidbey Island setting there in the sparkling blue of the sound, the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains in the distance; sailboats and large cruise, Navy, or cargo ships passing; and the kind quiet you can only find when you’re well away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Breathtaking.

Ken and Judith Collins relocated from northern California to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 and found themselves with five acres and no real idea what they could to do with it. A Master Gardner’s class gave them the hint they were after, however, when they learned that, contrary to what they had previously been told, certain varieties of grapes do, in fact, do well here in the Puget Sound region.

Well, what do you know?

Marrowstone Vineyard’s wines use Washington and Oregon grape varieties, such as Madeleine Angevine, Siegerrebe, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Reisling. Their wines are Our wines are fermented to a crisp and refreshing dryness that pairs well with seafood, cheeses, and chicken dishes. They also make a delicious, spiced apple wine reminiscent of apple pie. Mmmmm!

Marrowstone Vineyards is more than just a winery, they also serve as a gallery for local artists. Sculpture, paintings, pottery, blown glass, and more decorate the walls of the tasting room and fill the upstairs gallery of the winery.

Marrowstone Vineyards is also available for weddings, reunions, and can even provide referrals for caterers, musicians, photographers, etc.

Marrowstone Vineyards

423 Meade Road, Nordland, WA 98358
Visit their website for more information or, even better, visit them in person the next time you are here on the Olympic Peninsula!

The Olympic Peninsula Wine Trail East – Part 2

February 20th, 2014

Olympic Peninsula Wine Trail EastThe upper Olympic Peninsula has 9 wineries / cideries within an hour or less of each other so, with a designated driver and a some directions, taking a tour of the Olympic Peninsula Wine Trail is easy enough (even if an official one has yet to be created).

Last time around we talked about the west leg of our Olympic Peninsula Wine Trail. This time we’re going to look at the east leg of the tour, the Port Townsend area.

Using the numbering on our wine association’s map, numbers 6-9 are what I’m calling the east leg of the trail.

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The Olympic Peninsula Wine Trail West – Part 1

February 12th, 2014

Olympic Peninsula Wine Trail WestOkay, I admit it, there is, as of yet, no officially sanctioned Olympic Peninsula Wine Trail – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make up your own!

The upper Olympic Peninsula has 9 great wineries / cideries all grouped within an hour or less of each other – from Port Townsend to Port Angeles – and most of which are open daily or by appointment all year ’round – so taking a tour is a no-brainer!

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Waterfalls of the Olympic Peninsula

January 29th, 2014

The Olympic Peninsula is one of those almost magically beautiful places you return to time and again to soak in the beauty, discovering new and wonderful things with each visit. It happens to those of us who live here, too, believe me – there’s just so much to do and see. One of these treats is discovering the waterfalls of the Olympic Peninsula.

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Red Wine and Chocolate 2014

January 12th, 2014

2014 Wine and ChocolateIt’s almost February and that means … The Red Wine and Chocolate Olympic Peninsula Winery Tour is imminent!

What does a Red Wine and Chocolate Olympic Peninsula Winery Tour entail? Well, get a firm hold on your palette and I’ll tell you.

Every February, the wineries of Olympic Peninsula Wineries liven things up by hosting a multi-day tour, wherein the eight participating, world-class wineries pair their fine, rich chocolate with some of their finest wines to produce an absolutely spectacular culinary experience.

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Port Angeles 26th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

December 23rd, 2013

Hard as it may be to believe, the new year is almost upon us. Where 2013 went is anyone’s guess but, now that it’s almost gone, what better way to start the new year off than by throwing yourself into some ice cold water.

No, seriously.

It’s the 26th Annual Polar Bear Plunge, taking place at Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles, WA between 10 and 11am, on New Year’s Day!

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Point Wilson Lighthouse
at Fort Worden State Park

November 22nd, 2013

Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend WAPoint Wilson Lighthouse in Port Townsend, WA is an important landmark for vessels traveling to and from the Puget Sound and an iconic one for visitors to Fort Worden State Park.

Point Wilson marks the western side of the entrance to Admiralty Inlet from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and a lighthouse has existed here since 1879 – though not the one you will presently find. The critical turn was initially heralded by nothing more than a church bell.

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Harvest Wine Tour 2013!

October 26th, 2013

Harvest WineTour 2013

 

It’s autumn and that means it’s time for the Olympic Peninsula Wineries Annual Harvest Wine Tour!

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Well, Shucks: It’s the 32nd OysterFest!

September 30th, 2013
OysterFest - Oct. 5th – 6th Mason County Fair Grounds, Shelton WA

OysterFest – Oct. 5th – 6th Mason County Fair Grounds, Shelton WA

OysterFest, also known by the longer moniker “The Annual West Coast Oyster Shucking Championship and Washington State Seafood Festival,” is upon us once again and you can expect all the great, local fun and craziness that’s attended the previous 31 festivals – plus a little bit more, don’t you know.

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