Town Spotlight: Port Townsend

Port Townsend

Port Townsend Waterfront by Anne Norup

Port Townsend was named one of the “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America” recently by Budget Travel, FOX News, NBC News and Yahoo Travel, gaining a national reputation for its authentic charm as a Victorian seaport and its maritime heritage, with a touch of urban chic. Make a lifetime memory and treat yourself to an unforgettable experience in this beautiful city. Explore Port Townsend’s parks, beaches and trails on foot or by bike. Meander through a museum, dance up a storm, enjoy live music, attend a festival or just saunter through town.

Dubbed the “Paris of the Pacific Northwest” by Sunset Magazine, the city’s restaurants, bistros and cafes prepare delicious, local fare at its finest, fresh from the farm, field or sea.

While the history of Port Townsend is young by world standards, it’s proud of its heritage. Take a tour of the historic homes and buildings. Port Townsend is one of only three Victorian seaports on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the Jefferson Museum of Art and History, Fort Worden State Park and the Rothschild House to learn more about its rich history.

The artistic soul soars in this community as showcased in unique art galleries and live performances of music and theater. Port Townsend is the perfect home base for exploring all the Olympic Peninsula has to offer.

Port Townsend

Wooden Boat Festival by Jan Davis

Get out on the water. Boating—it’s almost impossible to be this close to water and not want to be on it. Rent a kayak or a classic wooden rowboat for the day; go sailing on boats large and small. Take a day trip to the San Juan Islands or to Protection Island. On wildlife tours, view whales, puffins and seals while learning about the unique ecology of Puget Sound. Feeling more adventurous? Try scuba diving or snorkeling.

Fort Worden State Park Perched at the northern entrance to Puget Sound inside the Port Townsend city limits, Fort Worden State Park, a military base that was commissioned in 1902, is the hub for life long learning. With a 360-degree panorama of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the Fort’s 434 acres are bordered by pristine wetlands, sandy beaches and miles of trails with old military bunkers to explore. Year-round visitors return to Fort Worden to immerse the entire family in a myriad of cultural, historic and simply fun experiences—the perfect place to stay and learn about new things.

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Water Street by Jim Pivarnki

Don’t Settle for Ordinary, Go for Extraordinary! From historic hotels and welcoming B&Bs to groovy guesthouses, stay awhile in Port Townsend and enjoy the view from accommodations that pamper you.

Shop, Shop, Shop! Explore Port Townsend’s delightful array of boutique shops and captivating art galleries in historic downtown. Walk up the steps by Haller Fountain and discover the charm of uptown too.

Port Townsend is a place to relax and be inspired. Check out more events, festivals and activities at Enjoy Port Townsend—One of the coolest small towns in America!

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