PORT ANGELES, Wash.— As the holidays draw closer and the streets are filled with joyous cheer, a weekend escape could be just the thing you’ve been craving. Washington’s Olympic Peninsula offers a variety of towns, activities and reasons to visit the region for weeks on end. During the holiday season, though, the Peninsula provides city-dwellers an opportunity to escape Seattle and enjoy a quainter side of celebrating, with downtown shopping and Victorian festivities.
Shop locally in Sequim – Get all your holiday shopping out of the way in one swoop and, more importantly, do it in a relaxing, small-town environment. Sequim, known as ‘Sunny Sequim’ and the ‘Lavender Capital of North America’, is a short drive from Seattle and offers a premier downtown shopping center. The charming main street boasts various local, quirky and unique shops where shoppers can find everything they’re looking for. From handmade home goods to children’s toys to locally crafted lavender gifts, Sequim delivers a shopping experience that is sure to be a pleasant one! Click here for more information on Sequim.
Visit Port Townsend for Holiday Cheer – Once the presents are wrapped and bows are tied, swing through Port Townsend, a short drive from Sequim, for Victorian-style festivities occurring all season long. Each week brings a new series of events, most for all ages, including a Victorian Yuletide Festival, Choo-Choo Rides for the kids, Caroling in the Streets, Paper Tree Decorating and a Quarterly Pub Crawl. Bundle up, grab a warm cup of cider and bring the whole family to experience the magic of the holiday season in the unique Victorian seaport. Click here for a full list of events.