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News Spotlight on the OP!

The Olympic Peninsula has been all over media in September! Here’s a sampling of what’s being said:

Congratulations to Port Townsend for the “5 Fabulous Things to Do In Port Townsend” by writer, Paola Thomas, for Seattle Refined, a partner with KOMONews.

  • Breakfast at the Blue Moose Café,
  • Visit the Northwest Maritime Center,
  • Shop at Port Townsend Farmers’ Market
  • Afternoon tea at Pippa’s Real Tea, and
  • Shopping on Water Street.

The Olympic Peninsula is so proud of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT). Terri Gleich of the Kitsap Sun covered “Olympic Discovery Trail an Expanding Wonder”.  Almost 80 miles of the trail are complete. The ODT is used for both commuting and recreation and will eventually link Port Townsend to La Push with a paved path.

Port Angeles during Crab Festival

Port Angeles during Crab Festival

Of course, the Olympic Peninsula is taking some of the cudos for Port Angeles being named one of the “America’s Best Towns” by Outside Magazine. Second only to Chattanooga, Tennessee, Port Angeles made a strong showing, coming from a wild-card placement in the competition. And, with a population of about nine times smaller than Chattanooga, it’s even more impressive to have lost in the polling by a small margin. The top five places went to:

  • Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Port Angeles, Washington
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
Olympic National Park Sign at Rialto Beach

ONP Sign at Rialto

Tripping, the world’s largest vacation rental site, named Rialto Beach, in Olympic National Park, one of “10 Perfect Honeymoon Beach Destinations”. Other places mentioned were Honeymoon Beach in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands; Wailea Beach on Maui, Hawaii; Carmel in California; and, Hanalei Bay on Kauai, Hawaii.

Take a look as some stunning photographs from Shi Shi Beach from an article written by Kristin Jackson for the Seattle Times, Visiting Washington’s wild and magical Shi Shi Beach. We couldn’t agree more that’s it one of the most stunning, magical places on the Peninsula!

Moira Macdonald, a Seattle Times arts writer, captured the charm and essence of Port Townsend in her article, “There’s Something for All Kinds of Tourists in the Olympic Peninsula Town” – culture, history and the outdoors!

Washington State Ferry

Washington State Ferry

Conde Nast Traveler has named the Washington State Ferry System as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. And, we’re in good company with Hong Kong, London, Sydney and Venice also being in this group! Why not hop on one of those WA State ferries and come out to the Olympic Peninsula, our very own UNESCO World Heritage site, the Olympic National Park.  The journey is part of the fun!


Olympic Peninsula Sol Duc pools

Sol Duc pools

Here is a link to the online version of an article on Northwest hot springs resorts by Tamara Muldoon. This article, Play, Soak, Repeat at Hot Springs Resorts, includes Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Olympic National Park. The resort, open seasonally, has basic yet comfortable cabins, RV and tent campsites. Three hot spring pools, a freshwater swimming pool, massage, hiking trails complete the experience at Sol Duc.

Farmers Markets

farmers markets

Beautiful rutabaga at the Jefferson County Farmers Market

It’s that time again to revel in the bounty of the Olympic Peninsula. This is a blog that we posted a couple years ago and have updated. Things have changed, but not our love of these markets.

The Olympic Peninsula is home to an incredible bounty of fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, fish, meat, flowers, herbs, and locally produced products. Farmers markets are great ways to support local producers and create your own Olympic Coast Cuisine dishes. There are numerous famers markets to choose from, a couple are even award-winning. Many are open primarily during the summer and early fall while a few markets stay open year round. The Olympic Peninsula is also home to bakers, cheese makers, honey producers, and chefs many of whom are represented at the farmers markets. In addition to edible products, many of the farmers markets offer local artisan wares such as jewelry, lotions, pottery, fiber arts, garden decor, and even toys. Below is a list of some of the farmers markets around the Olympic Peninsula.

Chimacum Farmers Market – Sundays 10-3, June-October, 9122 Rhody Dr.

A colorful display at the Sequim Farmers Market

Forks Open Aire Market– Saturdays 10-3, Mid-May-September, 1421 S. Forks Ave.

Jefferson County Farmers Markets– Saturdays 9-2 April-December, Wednesday Summer Market 2-6, 650 Tyler St. Port Townsend

Quilcene Farmers Market-April through Sept at Hwy. 101 & Center


Port Angeles Farmers Markets – Saturdays 10-2 Year Round, Wednesday Summer Market 10-2, Downtown at Gateway Transit Center

Sequim Farmers Market – Saturdays 9-3, May-October, 2nd & Cedar St.

Baskets at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand

Shelton Farmers Market – Saturdays 9-3, May-September, Franklin St.

Farm fresh produce and products can also be found year round at farm stands and stores.

Chimacum Corner Farmstand– Open daily 9 am – 7 pm. 9122 Rhody Drive, Chimacum, WA.  360-732-0107

Nash’s Farm Store – Open daily 9 am – 7 pm.  4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, Sequim, WA.  360-683-4642

Sunsets West Co-op – Open daily 10 am – 7 pm, longer in the summer. 16795 Hwy 112, Clallam Bay, WA.  360-963-2189

Town Spotlight: Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow, WAPort Ludlow is a residential and recreational community nestled near the west end of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge on the Olympic Peninsula. Early explorers of the Pacific Northwest often named sheltered inlets with names beginning with “Port”. Communities which subsequently developed often adopted inlet’s name. Today Port Ludlow is both the name of the beautiful inlet and the community nestled on its shore.

Port Ludlow, Cyrus Walker residence, 1920's

Port Ludlow, Cyrus Walker residence, 1920’s

The first shipments of timber from the Puget Sound to San Francisco, California in 1851 stimulated interest in the business potential of building sawmills on Puget Sound. In 1852 two explorers with vision of timber exports found the environs of Port Ludlow Bay promising. A timber claim was filed and soon a mill was built there capable of producing 3,000 feet of lumber daily. The trees along the banks of the bay were logged first and then oxen and horses were used to bring more distant logs to the mill. The mill soon began to attract other settlers and Port Ludlow began to thrive.

Now the mill is long gone and this quintessentially Northwest destination on the pristine shores of tranquil Ludlow Bay, with views of the majestic Olympic Mountains at every turn, is still beckoning the traveler to the present day. Continue reading

Town Spotlight: Port Hadlock

Port Hadlock

Port Hadlock 1903

The Port Hadlock, Irondale area is steeped in a strong industrial, maritime heritage. Samuel Hadlock, the founder of Port Hadlock, moved west in the 1850s, landing in the area that would become Port Hadlock in1870. He built a large lumber mill on a spit of and off the Bay, with deep enough waters for tall ships to moor and load nearby. The lumber from the thriving mill was shipped mainly to San Francisco.

The next industry to the area was what would became the first iron producing blast furnace in what is now Washington State. When this iron mill was completed the new boom town near Port Hadlock, Irondale, was born in 1881. The initial hope was for Irondale to become a major iron and steel producer for the western United States. About 1200 tons of pig iron was produced during its first year of operation, with ore obtained from the nearby Chimacum valley, This dream was not to be, the iron mill was closed during the depression and bank panic of 1889, and, with the lumber mill fire the Hadlock, and, Irondale residents were looking for new hope. Continue reading

Savoring the Flavors of Summer on a Culinary Adventure


Blackberries are the star at Joyce Daze Wild Blackberry Festival

Summer is a fun time for a culinary adventure. With numerous festivals and the peninsula’s culinary bounty in full bloom, there’s lots to see and taste. Here are a few suggestions for savoring the flavors of summer on the Olympic Peninsula.

JUNE- Ice cream is a summertime favorite. The Olympic Peninsula has a handful of local ice creameries that create delicious and unique flavors. A few local favorites include Elevated Ice Cream‘s Marionberry Italian Ice and Swiss Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and Olympic Mountain Ice Cream‘s Crab and Bacon Maple Swirl Ice Cream and Pina Colada Sorbet. To find where  ice cream is sold and current flavors visit their websites. Continue reading

Town Spotlight: Port Angeles

Pier in PADesignated the nation’s second capital city by Abraham Lincoln, Port Angeles is a beautiful sea port with nearly limitless outdoor recreation possibilities, a vibrant art scene, an award-winning farmers market, and easy access to Canada.

As the gateway to Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, and Sol Duc hot springs, Port Angeles is a popular destination for lovers of the outdoors. From here visitors can travel on the Discovery Trail to the nearby towns of Sequim and Port Townsend or head into the park on the Adventure Route.  Continue reading

Spring Greens and More Seasonal Culinary Treats

Steamers at Woodfire Grill

Steamers at Woodfire Grill

Spring is a great time to experience Olympic Peninsula’s bounty at farmers markets, restaurants, and fun festivals. Here are a few ways to enjoy Olympic Coast Cuisine during the spring months.

MARCH- Open Saturdays year round, the Port Angeles Farmer’s Market has all of the ingredients for creating Olympic Coastal Cuisine. Organic produce, fresh seafood, grass-fed beef, wild mushrooms, and artisan cheeses are sold at the market. In addition to delicious produce and products, visitors can pick up local artisan wares from jewelry to hand spun yarn, watercolor paintings to birdhouses. This farmer’s market has been around for over 30 years and was named the 2012 Washington State Farmer’s Market of the Year- medium size. Continue reading

Olympic Culinary Loop

Culinary Loop

Fresh produce from the Olympic Peninsula

The Olympic Culinary Loop is a group of people who grow, harvest, catch, cook, and serve the Olympic Peninsula’s bounty that we call Olympic Coast Cuisine. Olympic Coast Cuisine brings together locally produced ingredients to create delicious food with an authentic sense of place.

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