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.
I love working with couples who are celebrating their anniversary! It is incredibly special to see these couples so deeply in love years after they’ve said “I do.” It is clear they feel love and commitment to each other as deeply as they did on their wedding day.
Many of the couples who visit Port Townsend for their fabrication or carving workshop choose to make a weekend (or longer!) out of the experience. There is so much to explore in Port Townsend and beyond. I feel incredibly grateful to call the Olympic Peninsula “home”.
Whether it is after your workshop or PT adventures, perhaps a trip to the spa is in order. Port Townsend has many spa offerings and below are four of WTR’s favorites.
I can’t believe it is less than two weeks till Christmas! Have you finished your holiday shopping (don’t worry, I haven’t either…) Luckily, Port Townsend is full of local shops offering the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Stroll down Water Street and downtown Port Townsend to stumble upon the perfect gift for your partner, parents, family and friends. Listed below are just a few of With These Rings favorite shops in Port Townsend.
Rings, no matter the type of metal or karat, will show age with daily wear. As we go about our day-to-day lives, our rings will inevitably collect scratches, marks, and myriad of buildup. (lotion, dirt, makeup, ect.)
Everyone’s rings will wear at a different rate depending on your lifestyle, but all ring will wear with time. I personally like the way that rings age to show the years that we have been together. But some people want to keep their rings looking new for as long as possible. Wear is inevitable but luckily, there are simple and inexpensive solutions to care for your rings and freshen up their finish.
Port Townsend is a dog-friendly city. You’ll often find a bowl full of water outside of shops and restaurants and a friendly faces offering your four-legged friend a treat. These are some of my favorite hotels, activities, and destinations for you, your partner, and your dog to enjoy during your time in Port Townsend.
The fabrication workshop is the most popular and hands-on option at With These Rings. The workshop allows you and your partner to create handmade wedding bands from gold in several color and karat options or palladium sterling silver. Whether you want a more traditional and polished look or rustic and textured, you will end up with heirloom-quality rings. Many couples walk out of the fabrication workshop with their finished rings.
Port Townsend is rich with Pacific Northwest history, in fact - the Downtown District is a National Historic Landmark.
Ornate, Victorian buildings line the city streets providing shelter for shops, restaurants, and hotels. The historic structures have been well cared for, and some renovated, since their construction in the late-1800s.
From B&Bs to castles, you have the opportunity to spend the night in a piece of Port Townsend’s past.
If you have food restrictions such as a vegan or vegetarian diet or have celiac disease, it can be frustrating to go out to a nice meal only to find there isn’t one thing you can have on the menu. Luckily in Port Townsend there are many tasty and locally-sourced options if you have a food allergy or restriction.These are five of my favorite restaurants, and a bonus vegan ice creamery, for gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian diets.
So you’ve hired your caterer, picked your processional song, and have sent out Save the Dates...but, do you actually know how to get married in Washington? It is easy to forget about paperwork when you’re planning and dreaming about one of the most important and meaningful days of your life.Here are the three important steps on how to obtain a marriage license.
Often times, couples who come to the With These Rings studio in Port Townsend to create their rings, choose to make a weekend (or week!) of the trip. And one of the many, many treasures of the Olympic Peninsula are the beautiful parks. Check out six of my favorite Olympic Peninsula destinations.
Incorporating a ring warming into your wedding is such a special way to involve all of your guests in your ceremony. A ring warming is when you give your loved ones the opportunity to hold and imbue your wedding bands with a wish, blessing or prayer for your marriage. By the time your rings make it on to your fingers they will be saturated with the love of your friends and family.
Rings in particular are loaded with significance. Throughout history rings were used as personal talismans, in business transactions, as symbols of status, and of course to pledge your love to another. The story of the wedding ring does not have one clear path; it changes with each religion and country's view of marriage. Some rings strictly marked the legal contract of marriage, while others were clearly crafted in the name of true love.
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. Here are September's Top 5 Port Townsend (and beyond) activities: Wooden Boat Festival, Olympic National Park & wildlife viewing, Jefferson County Farm Tour, Whale Watching, and the Port Townsend Film Festival.
Many people have a lot of questions about the different colors and karats of gold. There are so many options which can make it confusing and a little overwhelming. So let me make it simple by telling you about the basics behind alloys. 24 karat gold is 100% pure gold which is a rich, yellow color and far too soft to hold up to the everyday wear of a wedding band. So how do we make rings that we can wear? Alloys!
Many couples are interested in sterling wedding bands, it is my job to help my clients choose the ring that is right for them so I am always upfront about the nature of this metal and its pros and cons. My husband and I love our silver bands, but I think that it is important to weigh out all of these options before deciding if silver is the right choice for you.