If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to appreciate what’s close to home. Lucky for us, northwest Washington offers countless vacation-worthy destinations. From cities that boast world-class cuisine to breathtaking islands filled with beauty and wildlife, our state is rich with wonders both manmade and natural. As inspiration for your next vacation, we’ve taken a look at five destinations within four hours of Bellingham: Kirkland, Friday Harbor, Bainbridge Island, Leavenworth, and Sequim. Each one offers something unique, whether you’re hoping for a relaxing seaside escape, an adventure in the mountains, or a weekend of fine dining, shopping, and spa treatments. Whatever vacation means to you, get out your calendar and start planning.
1.5 Hours Away
So much more than a suburb of Seattle, Kirkland has emerged as a destination in its own right. With a bustling downtown district, waterfront dining, boating on Lake Washington, eclectic nightlife, and so much more, there’s never a dull day. Plus, it’s only a quick hour-and-a-half drive from Bellingham, and even closer for those in Skagit. And because it’s northeast of Seattle and north of Bellevue, you skip most of the city traffic for a relatively stress-free commute. While you’re there, plan a day trip to nearby Woodinville for a taste of the area’s award-winning wine. (For an article about a new addition to the area’s winery scene, see our ‘Sip’ story on p. XXX). If you’re looking for a hidden gem that’s in easy reach, Kirkland is it.
From Bellingham, head south on I-5 to I-405 south, toward Bellevue. Stay on I-405 for about 12 miles until you exit for Kirkland.
Comfort meets hospitality at the award-winning Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa, an upscale boutique hotel situated on the shores of Lake Washington. From the moment you walk in, the Woodmark’s staff prioritized your pampering — starting with a courtesy glass of champagne to say hello.
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Rooms and suites are equipped with spa amenities and epic views of the lake. Enjoy an in-room couple’s massage or visit the newly renovated Still Spa for a hot stone massage, detox wrap, or facial. Borrow one of the hotel’s beach cruisers and cycle around the lake, or get your exercise at the on-site fitness facility. You’ll also want to stay up for Raid the Pantry when the lobby’s walk-in pantry is stocked with various desserts and snack items free for the taking.
When you’re not unwinding in your room, you’re in striking-range of endless activities and destinations. Kirkland’s downtown core is just a few blocks away, and offers numerous restaurants, cocktail bars, art galleries, and boutiques. A courtesy hotel SUV will even give you a ride anywhere within a five-mile radius. If you’re wanting to stick closer, there’s plenty of good restaurants right outside the hotel, including Como’s Italian, Le Grand Bistro, and Carillon Kitchen. 1200 Carillon Pt., Kirkland, 425.822.3700, thewoodmark.com
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Want the best waffle of your life? If so, head to Carillon Kitchen — just across the plaza from The Woodmark Hotel — and order the Toffee Pecan Waffle ($15), served with cinnamon butter, whiskey maple syrup, berries, and fresh whipped cream. Healthier options also abound, like avocado toast, yogurt parfaits, and fresh-squeezed juices. If you’re staying at The Woodmark, you can get your order delivered to your room. 2240 Carillon Pt., Kirkland, 425.739.6363, carillonkitchen.com
The lunch menu at DERU Market features favorites for the whole family. Think: salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, veggie dishes, and a variety of sweet treats all made from scratch daily. If you need a recharge, grab a Matcha tea or an Iced Latte with Cinnamon Ginger Syrup. 723 9th Ave., Kirkland, 425.298.0268, derumarket.com
An institution in downtown Kirkland, The Slip is your destination for a satisfying burger so tasty you’ll want to come back for another. Whether you pair your meal with fries, onion rings, or fried pickles, make sure to get some delicious Slip Sauce for dunking. Enjoy your meal on the festive heated patio, or park in a designated waterfront spot and get your food delivered to your car. 80 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, 425.739.0033, theslip2.com
Pacific Northwest ingredients appear in North Italian cuisine at Cafe Juanita. Recognized by the James Beard Foundation for their staff and food, true foodies should make this restaurant a must-visit. Taste show-stopping dishes like Chanterelle Ricotta Ravioli ($29) with locally foraged mushrooms or Alaskan King Crab with Green Apple Sorbetto and Crab Butter Powder ($34). 9702 NE. 120th Pl., Kirkland, 425.823.1505, cafejuanita.com
Enjoy spectacular craft cocktails on Vovina‘s heated patio, located in the heart of downtown Kirkland. For something smooth and subtly sweet, go for the Bumblebee, featuring gin, lemon juice, house-made honey syrup, and grapefruit and lavender bitters. Pair your drink with a charcuterie board or smaller pub fare like truffle tots and sliders. 15 Lake St., Ste. 103, Kirkland, 425.822.2221, vovina.net
Duffy Electric Boats NW
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If you’re looking for the perfect way to experience Lake Washington, look no further. With Duffy, you get to explore the lake from the comfort of your own private electric boat. These easy-to-captain, battery-powered boats run so smooth you can’t even hear the engine, making them a perfect option for a romantic ride around the lake or a relaxing cruise with friends. Motor around the lake, cut into South Lake Union, or just take it easy and admire the beautiful views (and ritzy houses) along the shore. The best part? You get to bring your own food, booze, and music on board. If you’re unprepared, pick up a bottle of wine at The Grape Choice, just a quick walk from the dock. Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland, 425.588.1716, duffyboatfun.com
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2.5 Hours Away
When it comes to experiencing the San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor offers an ideal blend of nature and culture. The vibrant downtown corridor, accessed right off the ferry dock, offers endless activities, from restaurants and shops to museums and galleries. Learn about resident wildlife at The Whale Museum or experience local artwork at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. Outside of town, the island offers numerous destinations for biking and hiking, as well as friendly waters perfect for kayaking, fishing, boating, and whale-watching.
From Bellingham, head south on I-5 to Anacortes, where you’ll hop on the Anacortes – Friday Harbor ferry, which lets you off right in downtown Friday Harbor. Remember to reserve a spot ahead of time and arrive at the ferry at least 30 minutes before departure time.
Looking for a family-friendly destination that offers something for everyone? Lakedale Resort has it all. This beloved lakeside resort combines practical accommodations with the activities and adventure-vibes of a summer camp. Conveniently located less than five miles from the ferry dock, guests can hunker down on the property, making use of its numerous lakes and walking trails, or use it as a launching pad for other activities around the island.
Lakedale offers all kinds of activities, whether you feel like stand-up paddle boarding or playing a human-sized game of chess. Add to that fishing, biking, volleyball, bocce ball, horse shoes, and guided craft projects like tie-dying T-shirts and making your own stuffed animals.
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When it comes to accommodations, the resort offers an array of options for different tastes and price points. Guests can pitch a tent in one of the secluded, woodsy camp sites, hook up an RV, go glamping in a protected canvas cottage or cabin (the cottages even have electricity and running water), or stay in a 1978 renovated Airstream trailer. Campers have access to nearby toilets, sinks, and free showers, so everyone can vacation in comfort.
If roughing it isn’t your style, the resort also offers fully equipped cabins, rooms in the main lodge, and a lake house capable of accommodating up to 10 people. If you want the best of all worlds, book a luxury yurt; each one comes with its own private hot tub.
All guests enjoy access to the general store, stocked with vacation essentials like wine, beer, ice cream, and snacks. You can also order espresso drinks, sandwiches, and all the s’mores materials you’ll ever need. Practical items like fishing gear, ice, and firewood round out the inventory, along with souvenirs and gift items so you can remember what’s sure to become a favorite trip. 4313 Roche Harbor Rd., Friday Harbor, 360,378.2350, lakedale.com
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Fill up for the day at Rocky Bay Cafe, known for its friendly service and all-day breakfast menu. Try the Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict for a truly memorable dish, or keep it classic with a Pancake Breakfast, with your choice of buttermilk or low-carb honey wheat cakes. 225 Spring St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.5051
Need a delicious, filling sandwich to take on an adventure? Pick one up at Spring Street Deli along with a bag of chips, a soda, and a dessert. All signature sandwiches are $10.99. Some are served up grilled, like the Roobie Doobie Reuben, but others, like Deer Hazel’s Veggie Wrap, are perfect for eating later on a hike. 135 Spring St., Friday Harbor, 360.298.1775
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For delicious Pacific Northwest fare paired with unparalleled views of the harbor, book a table at Downriggers. Seafood and cocktails are the standouts here, but you really can’t go wrong no matter what you choose. Start with Oyster on the Half Shell (market price) or a House Smoked Salmon Plate ($19). For dinner try the Spicy Prawn Mac and Cheese ($26) or the Blackened Cod Tacos ($21) 10 Front St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.2700, downriggerssanjuan.com
Tucked away in the trees, overlooking peaceful ponds, you’ll find Duck Soup, a destination for sophisticated Pacific Northwest fare. The restaurant offers comfy booths, a seasonal deck, and a lounge with a stone fireplace, meaning you don’t have to choose between comfort and ambiance. Savor entrees like the Duck Étouffée ($35) or Seared Scallops ($40) before tucking into an Earl Grey Crème Brûlée ($11). 50 Duck Soup Ln., Friday Harbor, 360.378.4878
For a night out with friends and family, head to San Juan Island Brewing Co. for locally made beer, tasty food, and a vibrant atmosphere. Start with popcorn and cheese curds before moving on to pizzas like The Pig War ($17.95), featuring Italian sausage, prosciutto, and pepperoni, or the CBJ Burger ($17.95), made with smoked gouda and housemade bacon onion jam. 410 A St., Friday Harbor, 360.378.2017, sanjuanbrew.com
Get Your Fill of Art
Photo Courtesy of San Juan Islands Visitor’s Bureau
Friday Harbor is an art-lover’s paradise. First, visit WaterWorks Gallery in downtown Friday Harbor to experience artwork from local painters, sculptures, printmakers, and jewelry designers. Afterward, head to one of the island’s most iconic roadside attractions: artist Kevin Roth’s Sculptures. From the Spongebob-Squarepants-inspired “Pineapple” to the playful “Strawberry House”, these sculptures, made from recycled materials, make for a perfect photo-op. To get there, take Mitchell Road to Westside Road. As you head south on Westside Road, keep your eyes peeled. The sculptures will be on the road’s east side.
Blend History and Hiking
History and nature buffs alike will love exploring the island’s National Historic Parks: English Camp and American Camp. The camps were the result of a 1859 agreement between the U.S. and Britain to jointly occupy San Juan Island. Today, the two locations offer a combination of beautiful views, walking trails, and a glimpse into the island’s storied military past. English Camp is on the island’s north side, near Roche Harbor, while American camp is on the island’s southern tip. Between the two is Lime Kiln Point State Park, on the island’s west coastline. Lime Kiln’s iconic lighthouse, plus whale-watching opportunities, make it another great destination.
2.5 Hours Away
Located on the beautiful Kitsap peninsula, Bainbridge Island is only a 35-minute ferry ride away from Seattle, making it the perfect destination for a fun-filled day trip. Despite being the second largest city in the county, Bainbridge Island makes for a serene getaway, with captivating gardens, breathtaking beaches, and one-of-a-kind trails and camping sites. The city is not just for outdoor lovers. During non-COVID times, you can find a variety of events and local festivals, plus dozens of charming cafes, restaurants, shops, museums, and more. Whether you’re looking for some family-fun, an outdoor adventure, or a cultural experience — Bainbridge has plenty to offer. Drive over or rent a boat to fully explore the island.
From Bellingham, head south on I-5 until you exit for the Seattle – Bainbridge ferry. Remember to reserve a spot ahead of time and arrive at the ferry at least 30 minutes before departure time.
The Eagle Harbor Inn, a self-proclaimed “petit hotel,” is one of downtown Bainbridge Island’s top-rated lodging options, and has been voted “Most Romantic Hotel in the Pacific Northwest.” The Inn has five unique rooms and two custom townhomes, all built around a courtyard and garden. The size and scenery offer seclusion with easy access to the island’s amenities. Located on the edge of Winslow, Bainbridge’s downtown neighborhood, the inn is in easy reach of the ferry, waterfront, marina, coffeehouses, and taverns. While the townhomes are great for families, the rooms are ideal for couples seeking a romantic escape. 291 Madison Ave. S., Bainbridge Island, theeagleharborinn.com
If you’re looking for a little less seclusion, consider staying at The Inn at Pleasant Beach. Located on the south end of Bainbridge Island, Pleasant Beach Village is both a vacation and a residential community, offering amenities that combine the relaxation of a beach vacation and the excitement of a city trip. It’s also a popular location for weddings and corporate events, with plenty of lodging, shopping, and dining opportunities within walking or short driving distance. The inn is also dog-friendly, so don’t forget to bring your pooch to play at the beach. 4699 NE Woodson Ln., Bainbridge Island, pleasantbeachvillage.com
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For truly one-of-a-kind lodging experiences on Bainbridge Island, you can also find plenty of vacation rentals, cottages, and camping/RV sites. For true outdoor enthusiasts, you can actually sleep on a sailboat through Sail Bainbridge, ensuring that you never have to leave the water or give up those gorgeous Puget Sound views. Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island, 206.788.6512, sailbainbridge.com
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Enjoy your morning coffee with a side of history at Pegasus Coffee House. A staple of Bainbridge Island since 1980, this local treasure offers hand-roasted coffee, homemade pastries, and full breakfast and lunch menus. Make sure to look at the cafe’s walls, which always feature local art. 131 Parfitt Way SW, Bainbridge Island, pegasusbainbridge.com
For a casual meal with an upscale twist, stop by Treehouse Cafe in the Lynwood Center neighborhood. Start off light with a salad or sandwich, then enjoy one of the cafe’s 14 signature pizzas, from classics like the Manzanita Margarita ($16.25 – 23.75) to unique finds like the Thai Peanut ($18-26). 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE, Bainbridge Island, treehousebainbridge.com
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As soon as you get off the ferry, make a beeline for Mora Ice Cream for ice cream that Food & Wine Magazine calls “superb.” Each of the 70+ artisanal flavors combine old world tastes like Gianduja or Marron Glace with trendy add-ons like rose and goat cheese. No matter what you order, you’re guaranteed a smooth, rich, delicious experience. 139 Madrone Ln., Bainbridge Island, moraicecream.com
At Restaurant Marche Bainbridge, it’s all about quality. This eatery blends French cuisine and comfort food to create a truly satisfactory experience. On the menu you can find mouthwatering creations like bacon-wrapped meatloaf ($26) paired with upscale French treats like Wild Local Albacore Tuna Tartare ($15). 150 Madrone Ln., Bainbridge Island, restaurantmarchebainbridge.com
“Heritage and Hospitality on Tap.” This is the motto at Harbour Public House. This pub has roots going back to the 1800s, with both modern and historical influences. The menu features an extensive food selection, most of it inspired by the island’s fresh seafood supply. It’s the place to be for lovers of simple and strong cocktails (everything is served as a double). 231 Parfitt Way SW, Bainbridge Island, harbourpub.com
Explore the Outdoors
With dozens of trailheads, parks, and water access points, there are endless ways to explore the beauty of Bainbridge Island. To see some local flora, head over to Bainbridge Gardens, a family-owned center located on a historic six-acre site. For a cute photo opportunity, Frog Rock is a must-see landmark. As far as parks go, you’ll have your pick, but Battle Point Park is a great place to start, featuring more than 90 acres of space plus a large playground, tennis courts, horse areas, trails, and more.
Go on a Culture Crawl
Bainbridge Island is more than a pretty place for an outdoor retreat. It’s an island teeming with history and creative feats. It’s nearly impossible to explore without running into a gallery or museum of some kind. For painting and sculpture lovers, check out the Roby King Gallery, which showcases representational art from more than 30 local artists. More of a music fan? Stop by Bainbridge Performing Arts for shows ranging from symphonies to improv. For a historical perspective, head to the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum.
Have Fun with the Family
The best part of a vacation is making memories as a group. For an all-around experience, head to Downtown Winslow, home to multiple shops, restaurants, and galleries. For a dose of history and fun for the kids, visit Halls Hill Labyrinth. This 11-circuit medieval-style labyrinth is composed of natural stone mosaics and is both peaceful and entertaining. Finish your day at Lytle Beach, which offers one of the warmest bodies of water on the island, plus views of Mount Rainier, lots of water fun, and if you’re lucky — sea lions!
3 Hours Away
This idyllic Bavarian mountain town is perhaps best known for its Alpine-style architecture and annual Oktoberfest, but it’s also a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Surrounded by mountains, forests, rivers, and meadows, the town makes a great launching site for all kinds of adventures. From hiking and cycling to rafting and horseback riding, there’s no end to what you can explore. For those who’d rather skip the excursions, the downtown core offers boutiques, art galleries, museums, wine tasting, and more.
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From I-5, head east on Highway 2; Leavenworth is roughly 30 miles beyond Stevens Pass. If you need a leg-stretcher along the way, make a pitstop at Wallace Falls State Park in Gold Bar. A picnic spot 1.8 miles in boasts epic waterfall views.
Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort
Convenience, comfort, and stunning views come together at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. Ideally located just ten minutes from Leavenworth’s downtown core, the resort is tucked away off Icicle Creek Road, nestled between trees and mountains.
The resort has a long and varied history, beginning as a home to native Yakama and P’squosa tribes, then serving as a campsite for CCC members, and eventually falling into the ownership of Seattle philanthropist Harriet Bullitt. Today, a portion of the resort’s profits support the Icicle Fund, a non-profit that bolsters local organizations relating to the arts, history, and environment. Thus the resort’s motto: “When you stay, you give.”
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Though town is an easy drive away, you don’t have to leave the resort if you don’t want to; everything you need is right on the property. You can grab breakfast or lunch at O’Grady’s, enjoy delicious pizza and craft cocktails at The Grotto, or relax with a massage or facial at Aspen Leaf Day Spa. For a dose of art, admire unique sculptures spread across the property, including a breathtaking Chihuly piece that looks like a cluster of icicles.
When it comes to lodging, options span the gamut. Book the Alcove Room, perfect for a couples’ getaway, or put up the whole family in The Rookery, a standalone cabin that accommodates up to eight people. Lodge rooms are grouped in clusters of 6-10 rooms, meaning you can book a cluster with friends or extended family.
Though the rooms are simple, they have everything you need to feel pampered, including towel-warmers, robes, and pour-over coffee, as well as wifi and a desk in case you need to work. If the high-pressure showers don’t relax you after a day of playing in the mountains, then the extra-comfortable beds, complete with down comforters and Comphy brand sheets (made in Ferndale), certainly will. Handicap accessible rooms are available, and canine friends are welcome with a small fee. 7375 Icicle Rd., Leavenworth, 509.548.6344, sleepinglady.com
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At La Javelina you’ll find delicious breakfast tacos named after country singers. The Dolly Parton Tacos ($11) feature a mix of delicata squash and sweet potato, while the Buck Owens Tacos ($13) are filled with tomatillo chicken, egg, sour cream, and pickled jalapeno. Need some caffeine? Power up with a Horchata Latte or German Chocolate Mocha. 285 U.S. Hwy. 2, Leavenworth, 509.423.7788, lajavelina.com
Yodelin combines delicious, heartwarming food with eco-conscious practices — no straws, all-electric cooking methods, and no plastic wraps, to name a few. Their menu offers everything from hot bone broth soups to rice bowls, sandwiches, and burgers. They also have kids meals and frozen foods, perfect for those renting a cabin with a kitchen. 633 Front St., 509.888.4555, yodelinbroth.com
Build your own Mongolian BBQ stir fry bowl at Wok About Grill. Fill a bowl with all your favorite veggies, meats, and house-made sauces, then hand it off to the chef. Pair it with some mouthwatering smoked BBQ Pork Ribs and then top it all off with a decadent Fortune Cookie Sundae. Happy hour happens on weekdays from 4-6 p.m. 920 Front St., Leavenworth, 509.548.9652, wokaboutgrill.net/leavenworth-wok
Watershed Cafe offers memorable farm-to-table dishes. Sample locally sourced meat in the Watershed All-Natural RR Ranch Beef Meatloaf, or keep it veggie-forward with the Roasted Sweet Potatoes, served with sweet corn shiitake rice. Reservations are recommended. 221 8th St., Leavenworth, 509.888.0214, watershedpnw.com
If you’re looking for a friendly, mellow bar with great beer, cider, and mead sourced from all across the Pacific Northwest, head to Bushel and Bee Taproom. Dog-friendly outdoor seating makes it an easy choice. 900 Front St., Ste. C, Leavenworth, 509.818.3373, bushelandbee.com
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Saddle up and explore forests, creeks, meadows, and more with Wild at Heart Horse Rides, located at Mountain Springs Lodge Resort. They offer everything from 90-minute outings to half-day adventures on privately owned trails, ensuring a safe and peaceful journey. All experience levels, abilities, and ages are welcome. The season starts in mid-May, weather permitting. 19115 Chiwawa Loop Rd., Leavenworth, wildathearthorserides.com
Go Wine Tasting
There are a few options for wine sampling in and around Leavenworth. Right downtown you’ll find numerous tasting rooms from wineries like Goose Ridge Estate, Eagle Creek, and WooHoo. Ten minutes east of town, in Peshastin, you can taste and tour the vines at Icicle Ridge Winery, though they too have a tasting room in downtown Leavenworth.
Go Wild on the Water
Get up close and personal with Leavenworth’s rivers with the help of Wildwater River Guides. They offer guided tours for whitewater rafting, kayaking, and down-river stand-up paddle boarding. Their guides are experienced, skilled, and committed to customer service and safety. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 509.470.8558, wildwater-river.com
3 Hours Away
Located along the Dungeness River, at the base of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim boasts one of the driest climates among the state — making it the perfect sunny escape during the rainy season. If clear skies and mountain views aren’t enough to entice you, the small-town charm, fields of lavender, and active downtown scene should do the trick.
You can reach Sequim by taking a quick trip down I-5, then cutting over and catching the Port Townsend/Keystone ferry. Remember to reserve a spot ahead of time and arrive at the ferry at least 30 minutes before departure.
For a luxurious stay, check out Lost Mountain Lodge. This bed and breakfast has all the intimacy and charm of an inn, with the five-star amenities of a large hotel. Each room has a themed setting, ranging from French-country to peaceful Zen. Wood-burning fireplaces, king-sized beds, and original artwork make it the perfect location for a romantic getaway; not to mention the gourmet cuisine, lovely garden and pond views, and resident wildlife. Travelling for a special occasion? Lost Mountain Lodge offers various packages including the Babymoon and Spa Indulgence. The Romantic Rendezvous package comes with fresh flowers, wine, candles, and chocolates. Whether you choose to book a suite or a secluded private cottage, your stay will be nothing short of fairytale-like. 303 Sunny View Dr., Sequim, lostmountainlodge.com
Want to be near all the outdoor action? Consider staying at GreenHouse Inn by the Bay. Only steps from the Dungeness Bay and mere minutes from the Olympic National Park, this family-owned bed and breakfast is a great place to stay and play. When you’re not exploring, the inn offers comfortable suites with private balconies overlooking the ocean. Other amenities include massage services and a private concierge to help you make the most of your time in Sequim. 630 Marine Dr., Sequim, greenhousebythebay.com
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For Bellinghamsters who love The Birch Door Cafe, you’re in luck. Oak Table Cafe is a sister restaurant and features many Birch Door favorites, like the massive and delicious Apple Pancake ($15.75) and fresh-squeezed fruit juices ($4.75). 3rd & Bell St., Sequim, oaktablecafe.com
For a light bite, stop by Nourish Sequim. Dedicated to organic, local, and gluten-free cuisine, Nourish offers hearty and wholesome options like the Veggie Grain Bowl ($19). 101 Provence View Ln., Sequim, nourishsequim.com
Take a sip of local flavors at Hurricane Coffee Company. Enjoy favorites like the Hurricane ($3.85) or seasonal delights like the Cardi-B Latte ($4.25), made with housemade cardamom brown sugar simple syrup. 104 Washington St., Sequim,hurricanecoffeecompany.square.site
Seafood fans should head to Dockside Grill for fine dining in a casual atmosphere. All of the dishes feature local, fresh, handmade ingredients. Enjoy a fresh catch like the Cedar Planked Salmon. Make sure to grab a seat on the patio for views of the marina. 2577 W. Sequim Bay Rd., Sequim, docksidegrill-sequim.com
For a family-friendly meal or some evening libations, make your way to The House of Seven Brothers. The menu is inspired by the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, featuring local seafood, protein, and produce. Find one-of-a-kind cocktails like the S’Klallam Smash ($9) as well as wine, beer, and cider on tap. 270756 Hwy. 101, Sequim, houseofsevenbrothers.com
Visit a Local Farm
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If you like to tour Mount Vernon’s tulips, you’ll want to stop and frolic through Sequim’s lavender. Due to its unique climate, Sequim is recognized as the lavender capital of North America. Stop by one of the town’s many local farms to view, smell, and even pick from these vast purple fields. You can find a dozen lavender farms alone in Sequim, but Graysmarsh Berry Farm offers even more crops. Seasonally, you can find lavender, strawberries, raspberries, loganberries, blueberries, and blackberries available for u-pick. 6187 Woodcock Rd., Sequim, graysmarsh.com
Get Close to Wildlife
Have you ever been to a zoo and wished you could be more up close and personal? Sequim’s Olympic Game Farm offers an intimate, safe, and educational way to experience both native and exotic wildlife. Simply hop in your car (or walk in during warmer seasons) and take a self-guided tour through the farm. Purchase a loaf of bread ($3) onsite to feed deer, bison, zebras, peacocks, and more. You can also visit a petting farm, aquarium, reptile house, and a historical studio barn. 1423 Ward Rd., Sequim, olygamefarm.com
Take to the Skies
See Sequim from a new perspective… from above! Morning Star Balloon Co. offers fantasy flights and aerial adventures with their hot air balloon rides. No matter what flight you choose, you’ll get a breathtaking view of the Olympic National Forest, the San Juans, Mount Baker, and the Cascade Range. Go alone or bring up to three guests for this hour-long journey that will leave you flying high. 468 Dorothy Hunt Ln., Sequim, nwplace.com