Every year, local, state, federal, tribal, and non-profit groups provide interactive exhibits and walks for the whole family that examine and celebrate the watershed that keeps the Sequim-Dungeness Valley alive – and that’s not all! The Dungeness River Festival also serves up live music, food and drink, crafts, and more!
Come catch the most beautiful weather of the year in Washington – right now! There are tons of fun activities waiting for you on the Olympic Peninsula and at our wineries. Why not come for Labor Day weekend?
Whether you come for the whole long weekend or just drive up for the day, the Olympic Peninsula wineries are not-to-be-missed!
FairWinds Winery is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this weekend with an open house from noon to 5:00 on both Saturday and Sunday (August 17th-18th).
Just when you thought all the lavender fun was finished for the summer – you were wrong. If you missed the Lavender Festival, or you prefer to avoid a crowd in Sequim while still enjoying the fields of lavender colored – well, lavender, join in the Tour de lavender, a cycling event with rides for every skill level and interest.
The Tour de Lavender takes place August 3 & 4, 2013. If you are a serious cyclist, looking for a dynamic and challenging ride, try the Metric Century Ride from the Kingston-Edmonds Ferry to Sequim. For families and recreational riders, enjoy a family fun ride thorough the lavender farms of Sequim. Read more about each of the routes below.
Metric Century Ride from the Kingston-Edmonds Ferry to Sequim
This is a classic long distance ride, taking place on Saturday, August 3, 2013. It will have all the technical support needed for a ride of this distance. The route will travel on back roads and the Olympic Discovery Trail with only 3 miles on Hwy 101. Our Olympic Discovery Trail is a very important part of this ride.
The ride organizers have plans that include options for luggage delivery from the Ferry to Sequim local lodging, transportation to the Ride the Hurricane event on Sunday, and/or rider and luggage return to the ferry on Sunday afternoon. The entry fee is $40 per person. See the Tour de Lavdender website for more ride plans and packages.
Sequim Lavender Family Fun Ride
This family cycling tour is designed for parents and children of all ages and abilities on Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, 2013. This is a relaxed trip for spouses or partners, kids, and even babies in “carriers,”or agile grandparents to visit welcoming lavender farms on the back-roads of the valley in what is a mostly level and easy route. Riders are encouraged to ride the Olympic Discovery Trail. Each of the five lavender farms on the ride will have special attractions for families.
This is a great reason to visit the Olympic Peninsula and enjoy a little wine tasting along the way!
The biggest event on the Peninsula is just around the corner! The annual Sequim Lavender Weekend is taking place July 19-21 this year and we want to make sure you save time for tasting some delicious Washington wines while you are visiting the Olympic Peninsula.
Wine and Beer Garden at the Lavender Festival
Visit us at the Wine & Beer Garden at Lavender in the Park – a fair taking place during Sequim Lavender weekend, located inside Carrie Blake Park. The Park is located directly off the Washington Street exit from Highway 101 at the east end of town. For those with GPS, the address is 202 Blake Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382. Admission to Lavender in the Park and the concerts are free!
A selection of two wines from each winery will be available for tasting. You will also be able to buy wine by the glass or purchase a bottle.
Lavender in the Park Hours:
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The eight wineries here on the Peninsula will be pouring new releases as part of the festivities. All the wineries will be open during normal tasting room hours. The closest to the Lavender Festival is Wind Rose Cellars tasting room, at 142 W. Washington St. They are open Friday & Saturday from 1 – 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m.
If you are staying in Port Angeles, make sure to stop by Olympic Cellars in between Sequim and Port Angeles at 255410 Hwy 101 East, Port Angeles, open from daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Also in Port Angeles is the Black Diamond Winery, at 2976 Black Diamond Rd. Enjoy their stunning vistas during a tasting from 12 – 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
If you are visiting or staying in Port Townsend, check out Fair Winds Winery at 1984 Hastings Ave. West. The tasting room is open daily from 12 – 5 p.m.
See all of our member listings on our winery map page.
One of the biggest events on the Olympic Peninsula is the Sequim Lavender Weekend. Believe it or not, the Olympic Peninsula is one of the largest national producers of lavender and lavender products. To celebrate this pungent and relaxing herb, a festival is held the third weekend in July each year. For 2013, the Sequim Lavender Festival will take place from July 19 -21.
There are more than a dozen lavender farms in the Sequim area, where you can tour, buy goods and even taste lavender treats, like ice cream!
The growers responsible for the success and heritage of the festival will be available all weekend through a self-guided and free “U-Tour” attraction. With a map of the farms, visitors may leisurely drive (or bike) and visit any and all lavender farms they are interested in seeing. Lavender-themed gifts and fresh cut bouquets will be available for purchase. As always, admission, advice and fragrance at the farms are free! Additional regional attractions are highlighted on the map as well – like our wineries.
The Lavender Festival Street Fair occurs in downtown Sequim on Fir Street. Admission is free and visitors will enjoy three days of musical entertainment, fragrant Sequim lavender and tasty vendors. A talented group of artists, jewelers, photographers and “craftsmiths” will showcase their products for purchase. The Sequim Sunbonnet Sue will have their quilt show just around the corner at the Sequim Middle School.
The other main attraction during the Lavender Festival is Lavender Arts & Crafts Faire in the Park – also running all weekend long, there will be live music in the band shell, an awesome array for food vendors and a beer and wine garden, featuring our Washington wines. We will be serving beverages from all seven of the local wineries and of course the famous Olympic Cellars lavender wine. There will also be Northwest micro-brews from Olympic Distributing and sparkling hard cider.
Make sure to save some time to visit our wineries and tasting rooms on your trip to the Peninsula!
Are you planning to take a trip to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula this summer? We recommend that you stay at least two days – not only is there plenty to see, but we are somewhat rural and it will take you time to reach us and get around.
Here are some of our favorite places to stay on the Peninsula, along with the wineries closest to them.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort: 12076 Sol Duc Hot Springs Road, Port Angeles. Stay in a cabin adjacent to the hot springs and enjoy a rustic setting with the beauty of the valley surrounding you. A great way to really soak up the hot springs (pun intended!) Nightly rates start at $119. Nearby wineries: Black Diamond, Harbinger & Camaraderie.
The Inn at Port Ludlow: One Heron Road, Port Ludlow. Among acres of majestic forests, woodland trails and saltwater beaches, The Resort at Port Ludlow is a quintessentially Northwest destination. Located on the pristine shores of tranquil Ludlow Bay, the resort provides views of the majestic Olympic Mountains at every turn. Room rates start at $209 in the summer. Nearby wineries: Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Eaglemount Wine & Cider.
Sunset Marine Resort: 40 Buzzard Ridge Road, Sequim. This place has rooms, cabins and group lodging for family reunions and the like. Rent kayaks and view bald eagles, seals and herons, just outside your room. Prices start at (approximate): $240. Nearby wineries: Fairwinds Winery.
These three locations are only examples. If they are booked, or you simply want to do additional browsing, see a full list of our recommended Olympic Peninsula lodging on our website.
The Brass Screw Confederacy is the Olympic Peninsula’s signature Steampunk event. Set in the beautiful Victorian community of Port Townsend, The Brass Screw Confederacy weekend is full of adventure, art, music and mayhem. It will be taking place this year the weekend of June 7th.
Port Townsend will embrace a history that might have been with this quirky festival. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network (YPN), the three-day event introduces a new twist on the city’s Victorian heritage, taking place in Port Townsend’s National Historic Landmark Districts.
The Brass Screw Confederacy event invites participants to step into a world somewhere between 1881 and a “time yet to be,” celebrating creativity, weird science and a sense of the absurd.
Festivities will include live music, a strange science fair, absinthe tastings and burlesque, as well as a Steampunk zombie hunt. Performers, artist-vendors (known as “bodgers” in the Steampunk world), and an extraordinarily well-dressed assembly of participants will transform Port Townsend into a “City of Dreams.”
Event co-chair Dominc Svornich says, “Sometimes you need to look backward, in order to go forward. We view Steampunk as a positive regression, drawing a new audience to experience our Victorian seaport and arts community.”
The weekend’s itinerary will culminate with the Steampunk Hootenanny, a vaudeville show, Saturday night. Bring a sense of adventure and come experience something completely different!
What is Steampunk?
According to Wikipedia, “Steampunk is a literary genre which came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternative history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of Steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art.”
Wine Fits Right In
What could be more appropriate for a weekend of Victorian silliness than some delicious wine? We invite you to come by one of our wineries over the weekend. Both FairWinds and Finnriver Wineries are located in Port Townsend, with our other six member wineries located around the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.
Our last two blogs posts have given your driving routes for a tour of Olympic Peninsula wineries from Seattle. Here, we finish that itinerary with our last two winery stops.
Stop #7: Camaraderie Cellars
After Black Diamond Winery and their beautiful views, head back down Black Diamond Rd. towards Port Angeles. Continue onto Pine St. and then turn right onto W 16th St. Get back on US 101 W for about a mile and then turn left on Benson Rd. About a third mile up the road, Camaraderie Cellars will be on the left, at 334 Benson Rd.
Stop #8 Harbinger Winery
It’s a quick mile and half to our final winery: Harbinger. Simply head back to Hwy. 101 from Benson Rd. Take a left onto 101 West and about a mile down you will see Harbinger Winery on the left at 2358 Highway 101 West.
What a day! This is a good 8-9 hours of wine tasting and touring. You will see a wide array of Olympic Peninsula communities and environments. By the time you pull away from Harbinger Winery, you are sure to be ready for some dinner. Stop in Port Angles for a delicious dinner at one of our recommended restaurants. After all that, you can make your way back to the Bainbridge Ferry on Hwy 101. Or, if you’re done driving for the day, stay on the Olympic Peninsula for the night in a hotel, bed and breakfast or inn.
Upcoming Olympic Peninsula Event: Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour
Looking for a good weekend to come up and visit us this spring? May 4th & 5th is our annual Northwest Wine and Cheese Tour. We invite you to sip and savor new wine releases and ciders paired with a variety of cheeses crafted by local, artisan creameries. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries and eight local creameries will treat visitors to a truly local culinary experience, with interesting pairings that provide an authentic sense of place.
In our last post, we began outlining a driving route for someone visiting the Olympic Peninsula from Seattle. Here is more of a perfect day on the Peninsula:
Fourth Stop: Wind Rose Cellars
Leave Eaglemount Winery outside Port Townsend and drive to Sequim. This adorable town, famous for it’s lavender fields, is home to the Olympic Peninsula’s newest winery, Wind Rose Cellars.
Head West on Hwy 20 for about two miles. Hit Hwy 101 and take a right. About 16 miles down, take the East Washington St exit and take a right on N. Rhodefer Rd. Take another right on W. Sequim Bay Rd and then a final right on Bell Bottom Road. Wind Rose Cellars will be on the left at 233 Bell Bottom Rd.
Fifth Stop: Olympic Cellars
Half way between Sequim and Port Angeles is a huge, historic barn, which houses Olympic Cellars.
Get back on Hwy. 101 N and drive about nine miles. Olympic Cellars will be on your left, so you need to exit the freeway at Agnew Cutoff and get back on in the opposite direction briefly. You can’t miss the big Olympic Cellars barn! 255410 U.S. 101, Port Angeles.
Sixth Stop: Black Diamond Winery
Keep heading West on Hwy 101 for about 6 miles until you arrive in the town of Port Angeles. Follow the signs to Forks and stay on 101 through town. Take a right on South Pine St. This road curves to the left and becomes West 16th. Then, take a full left onto South Pine St. and continue on to Black Diamond Road. About three miles up the road, you reach Black Diamond Winery on the right, at 2976 Black Diamond Rd. Enjoy the scenic vineyard and delicious fruit wines here.
We have two more wineries to guide you toward. Come back later this month for the rest of the driving route!