Sequim is located in one of the most beautiful spots in the world with the Olympic Mountains to the south, the saltwater Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, gorgeous Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands beyond, with sunny, dry, temperate weather that the rest of Washington and so many other coastal communities envy.
Sequim has many unique gift shops, murals, antique stores, galleries and fine restaurants to choose from as well as several special events for area residents scattered throughout the year. The Irrigation Festival in early May, the Lavender Festival in July and the monthly First Friday Art Walk, to name a few, unite the community in celebration.
On Saturdays, the Open-Air Market is a popular destination where local growers sell fresh produce and artisans sell their hand-crafted items. The Sequim Aquatic and Recreational Center is also a frequented hot spot for area residents. The Center has a full size Olympic pool, shallow pool, sauna, hydro therapy pool, steam room, and a water slide for the children. There is also a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, weight lifting room, aerobics and karate classes, as well as racquetball courts.
For outdoor enthusiasts, nearby Puget Sound, the Pacific Ocean and spectacular Lake Crescent in addition to the Olympic National Park and Forest which borders Sequim are natural playgrounds offering endless recreational opportunities. This portion of the National Park region lies in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and contains some of the driest ecosystems on the Olympic Peninsula. Stretching from the high mountains to the salt water, the district includes alpine botanical wonderlands, several major rivers, and the 50,000-acre Buckhorn Wilderness. Many campgrounds are scattered throughout the mountains and hillsides, making weekend escapes into the forest easy and enjoyable.
For sports enthusiasts, most locals support the professional and collegiate athletic teams of the greater Seattle area. Teams like football's Seahawks and baseball's Mariners all have new sporting facilities and are located in urban areas surrounded by shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Additionally, Seattle is home to the University of Washington, an outstanding and highly ranked Pacific 10 Conference member that is successful in both its athletic and academic programs.
The state of Washington as a whole has many excellent and award-winning universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools that enable Washingtonians the opportunity to pursue education beyond high school close to home. Sequim is blessed with an amazing number of quality restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops ranging from BBQ to Thai, seafood to Szechwan, Black Bear Diner to Applebee's, and The Oak Table, a local treasure renowned for the world's finest breakfasts.
Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Costco, Sears, JC Penney, Petco, Staples, Safeway, and QFC keep residents well-supplied. The two-hour drive to Seattle is very pleasant, but long enough to discourage commuting, yet short enough for residents to enjoy the Mariner's, Seahawks, symphony, ballet, theater, and jazz clubs.
The name Sequim means quiet waters in the native language of the S'Klallam tribe. Offshore, these calm waters are home to a bountiful supply of Dungeness Crab, making Sequim the west coast equivalent of Baltimore, Maryland and other Chesapeake Bay fishing cities. Famous for its delicious crab meat, endless sunshine, inviting waters, gentle-slopping hillsides and nearby mountainous terrain, Sequim offers its residents a lifestyle unique in comparison with any other place in the world. Many residents migrate to this region to retire while others move to Sequim to start life anew for themselves and their children. Regardless, once they have a chance to settle down and become accustomed to the ways of Sequim all will say that there is no better place to live than this friendly, delightful coastal community in the Pacific Northwest.
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