In July the Olympic Peninsula turns a beautiful shade of purple. A distinct and lovely fragrance permeates the air and you know, it's lavender season. Here are a several ways to enjoy the bounty of the season on in Port Townsend and beyond.
No matter the month, day, or time of year - there is always a new place to explore, cuisine to be savored, trails to be hiked, and festivals to enjoy in and around Port Townsend. Enjoy this musical themed edition of July’s Top 5 Activities in Port Townsend (and beyond!)
Port Townsend is a sleepy, Victorian seaport. It’s vibrancy and energy is experienced during the day as you stroll through the streets of the city’s two distinct neighborhoods, downtown and uptown, shop at local stores, dine at the restaurants, visit art galleries, and breathe in the salty Pacific Northwest air.
Like most small towns, Port Townsend closes early. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite restaurants, pubs, and activities for those who want to enjoy Port Townsend after dark.
Many couples prefer to write their own vows or put their own unique twist on traditional vows. And speaking from personal experience, it can be challenging to begin to writing them! Here are some of our favorite literary quotes, poems, passages, song lyrics, and quotes from thinkers & scientists to help spark inspiration and creativity in writing your one-of-a-kind vows.
There are so many delicious local treats to be savored at Finnriver this summer, from woodfired pizza to fresh oysters! Every day of the week there is a different delicacy to be enjoyed with a cold cider overlooking the beauty of the Chimacum Valley. Check out the schedule of rotating food vendors. Almost all the vendors offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options!
For decades people all over the world have celebrated the nuptials of British royals. Popularity of royal couples like Diana & Charles, William & Kate, and Meghan & Harry has created worldwide allure for many years.
I found myself curious about the fascinating (and fascinators!), unique, and deep-rooted traditions surrounding British royal weddings and how these traditions can be authentically incorporated into your wedding day or celebration.
Summertime is truly magical in the Pacific Northwest. The water glistens, flowers are bloom, and excitement for the season is palpable. As the temperature rises and the sun sets later and later, I seek opportunities to stay outdoors as much as possible. There are many Port Townsend restaurants and eateries that offer patios and decks for outdoor dining, so here are just a five of my favorites.
Few things are certain, but one I know to be true is trends will come and trends will go. A difficult aspects of planning a wedding is choosing how you want to incorporate trends into the ceremony and reception while staying authentic to you and your partner as a couple and as individuals. There’s no right or wrong way to integrate popular trends. Many of the couples I’ve worked with have put their special twist on popular wedding traditions. Here are just a few of the unique, Olympic Peninsulaadaptations.
If you’re traveling to Port Townsend, chances are you’re going to be taking one a Washington State Ferry (WSF). It is one of the loveliest ways to travel and commute. The WSF is the largest ferry system in the United States (and 4th largest in the world!) with nearly 25 million people riding the ferries last year. To ensure that your travel experience goes smoothly, here are a few tips & tricks to riding the Washington State Ferries.
The Olympic Peninsula has many beautiful and unique venues & destinations for your ideal wedding. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning an elopement or a ceremony/ reception for 150+. The perfect mountain vista, rustic barn, or historic, Victorian venue is waiting for you and your partner to say “I do.”
The Pacific Northwest will without fail provide you with unpredictable weather and the best coffee you’ve ever had. And no matter the weather - rain, wind, snow, shine; there is never a bad day to enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee. Here are just a five of With These Rings favorite local coffee shops (and a bonus tea room!) for a quintessential Port Townsend experience.
One of the best ways to experience the Olympic Peninsula is on foot and there countless amazing Olympic Peninsula hikes of varying difficulties, lengths, and views. It was hard to narrow it down, so I’ve picked just five of my favorite hikes within an hour of Port Townsend.
Some people want to add a little (or a lot of) sparkle to their rings by incorporating stones. Diamonds are generally the first stone that comes to mind when people picture an engagement ring. But for reasons ranging from taste to budget to politics, some people are leaving diamonds behind. Keep in mind that rings take a lot of abuse, especially wedding rings since they are typically worn daily. Not all stones are created equal, so be sure that you consider how your stone choice will hold up so that you can love wearing your ring for years to come.
There are numerous reasons why couples choose to elope. Maybe you want to save for the future or an adventurous honeymoon or you want to keep one of life’s most special moments private and sacred. No matter the reason, there is no wrong way to say “I do” if it feels authentic and true to you two.
Just 20 minutes from the With These Rings studio is a historic, agricultural community full of rich history and artisan farms specializing in produce, meats & cheese, flowers, and wine & cider.
From shopping to the great outdoors, there is so much explore, eat & drink, and breathe in the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. Here are just several of With These Rings favorite spots in Chimacum and beyond.
Tanya Rublaitus is the owner of PT Weddings & Events and is an amazing wedding planner, day-of-coordinator, and officiant. Tanya is lovely and wonderful and exactly the person you want in charge of the important details on your big day.
Tanya was kind enough to do a Q&A for the With These Rings blog. Learn more about Tanya and her services and what makes Port Townsend such a special place to say "I do."
A common question I get asked by couples while their planning their trip to the studio or during the workshop is “Where should we get lunch?” There are so many delicious and great local spots to dine at in Port Townsend, but here are four of my favorites that are within walking distance from of the studio.
This Valentine’s Day, I invite you to learn a little bit more about the history of the holiday. (It has a sordid and wild history dating back to ancient Rome involving sacrifice and brutality!) Perhaps by acknowledging the strange and confused history of the holiday, it will implore you to create your own traditions and spread love.
I am excited to be a part of the I Do Sodo wedding show this Sunday, February 11th!
I Do Sodo is Seattle’s newest wedding show featuring over 100 Seattle wedding professionals in eight different venues in the Sodo neighborhood. My booth will be located at the beautiful Westland Distillery along with 16 other amazing vendors. And bonus, free parking at Safeco Field!
We are fortunate on the Olympic Peninsula that the majority of restaurants feature fresh food from local farmers, foragers, and fisheries. The creativity and use of in-season ingredients is one of my favorite aspects of dining in Port Townsend and beyond. Lucky for us, this applies to our cocktails and mixologists as well. Check out 6 of my favorite places to enjoy a unique cocktail (or 2!)
Port Townsend had two distinct districts - Uptown and Downtown. Uptown was home to the society elite who built commanding homes on the bluff with a separate shopping district, churches, schools, hospitals, and parks. As opposed to downtown featuring boarding houses, saloons, theaters, and brothels.
I love to walk around Uptown and look at the Victorian homes, but here are many shops, restaurants, and historical sites to check out. Here are just a few of my favorite stops to make in Uptown.
There are iconic moments that we’ve come to accept as part of the quintessential wedding, guests expect to see a first dance and the cutting of the cake. Nowadays, ceremonies and receptions are as unique as each couple to be wed. Read about five creative twists on classic wedding traditions.