Port Townsend, and the surrounding area, has a vibrant and eclectic food scene. Due close proximity to farmers, foragers, and artisans - our restaurants, cafes, and bars are comprised of mostly local, in-season foods and ingredients as well as craft cocktails and local beers, wines, and ciders.
We wanted to share with you some of the new (and newer!) kids on the block who are creating unique and delicious delicacies for you!
The Olympic Peninsula was made for adventure and for exploration. And for obvious reasons, many people associate the Peninsula with Olympic National Park. It is frustrating that during these turbulent political times the government has made it impossible to visit a national treasure due to the shutdown. And of course we hope that all of these people can all get back to work and get paid soon! But have no fear, between our state, county, and volunteer-run parks & sites there is almost infinite options for excursions and day trips.
I love this time of year and not just because of the holidays and the changing seasons. Thanksgiving thru Valentine’s Day is proposal season! It is so fun to think about all the people keeping this special secret that will soon be unveiled and two lives will be forever changed.
Many details and emotions go into a proposal and one frequently asked question at With These Rings is “Where should I propose?” We came up with a few of our favorite local spots to ask the surprise question that will forever be etched on your hearts.
One of my favorite things to do during the fall is explore the raging waterfalls of the Olympic Peninsula. There are so many different waterfall hikes in terms of length, difficulty, and destination, so here are just five of many waterfalls to experience.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Great Gatsby. AndI can’t say I disagree. I love when the when the air starts to get crisp, my wood burning stove becomes handy once again, and the unparalleled beauty of watching the leaves change colors. The Olympic Peninsula is one of the best places to leaf peep whether it is by foot, by bike, or by car.
One of my favorite things about living on the Olympic Peninsula is the access to high-quality, local foods from region’s farmers, foragers, fishermen, artisans, and chefs. There is no bad time to enjoy PNW delicacies but late summer is an especially great time to enjoy just a few of the native treats of the Pacific Northwest. Here are just a few of our favorite local foods and our favorite places to enjoy them.
There’s something about watching wildlife that brings out the inner child in everyone. It is a joyful and beautiful experience that brings you closer to nature and provides a sense of belonging. Watching animals in their natural habitat is a memorable experience that will provide lasting memories of your time in Port Townsend and on the Olympic Peninsula.
Whether you and your favorite person are looking to savor the best of PNW cuisine, take time to spend relaxing, quality time at the spa, enjoy dinner and a movie in a historic 100+ year old movie theater, or watch the sunset over Puget Sound from a kayak or stand-up paddle board...we’ve got you covered!
We’ve put together several Port Townsend date night suggestions for you and your partner to enjoy our sleepy, seaport and just a few of the romantic ways to celebrate love on the Olympic Peninsula.
There is nothing like summertime in the Pacific Northwest. The salty water sparkles and the sun takes its sweet time setting, it’s magical. With sunshine on the forecast for quite some time, you might want to enjoy the beauty of Port Townsend (and the surrounding area) on the beach! Check out a few of our favorite local beaches to enjoy a walk, picnic, or just a beautiful spot to lounge for an afternoon.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.