Summer is flower season on the Olympic Peninsula. Mountain fields are covered with wildflowers and blossoms accentuate scenery in North Olympic Peninsula towns. Sequim, known as the Lavender Capitol of North America, fills with the delicate scent of this fragrant herb. The surrounding farms and fields are covered in bright purple blooms. The third weekend of July is the annual Sequim Lavender Weekend. The three day event includes the Sequim Lavender Festival and Sequim Lavender Farm Faire.
Lavender Weekend is a family-friendly celebration with farm tours, U-pick opportunities, street fairs, juried art show, live music, kids games, and more. A handful of farms are open to the public for free, self-guided tours. There’s also the Heritage Lavender Farm Tour which includes six farms. Each of these farms has its own mini-festival with live music, workshops on growing and using lavender, crafts, and more. Tickets for this tour are available at the farms, in local retail outlets and online HERE. The Olympic Peninsula’s incredible culinary bounty is showcased in the delicious food, wine, beer, and ciders available at both events. Detailed information with dates, times, and locations is available HERE.
There are many options for overnight accommodations- though it’s best to plan early as this is one of the biggest events of the year. There are bed and breakfasts, quaint inns, hotels, campsites, even converted train cabooses to stay in. The nearby towns of Port Angeles and Port Townsend have additional accommodation and restaurant options.