info for couples traveling from out of state
With These Rings is located in Washington State, but I am honored to say that I work with couples from all over the country! To simplify your planning I have put together directions and ferry info and a list of some of my favorite things about Port Townsend for you. No matter where you are coming from or what time of year you will be visiting to make your rings, you will definitely have a beautiful trip ahead of you. From sweeping views of the Puget Sound, through foggy forest roads and across vivid farmland. The Olympic Peninsula perfectly captures the Pacific Northwest and does not disappoint. With These Rings' studio is located in the Victorian seaport town of Port Townsend, WA
Below are some answers to common travel questions:
Q: Will we need to rent a car?
A: If you are flying in from out of state renting a car is the most convenient option. There is not a direct ferry from Seattle to Port Townsend. There is a bus that leaves from the airport and downtown Seattle that comes out to Port Townsend. It takes about 3 hours. But if you plan on exploring the Olympic Peninsula at all this option would leave you a little stranded once you arrive in Port Townsend.
Q: Should we stay in Port Townsend or Seattle?
A: That totally depends on the type of adventure that you want to go on. Some couples want to explore a new city and choose to stay in Seattle. While others want a trip that is a little more relaxing and/or outdoorsy so they stay in Port Townsend or on the Peninsula. Many people actually decide to do a little of both. Just a note that if you decide to stay in Seattle the trip to Port Townsend will take around 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the route that you take. (More info on the directions page below)
Q: Will we need to take a ferry?
A: No, but I highly recommend it! Washington has a first-rate ferry system that makes traveling to the peninsula an easy and beautiful trip. Do keep in mind that there is not a direct ferry from Seattle to Port Townsend. The ferries run about every 45 mins, you will take your car on the ferry and then drive up the Peninsula. You can relax for the half hour crossing and get a cup of chowder or a beer from the galley. And I have to say that Seattle> Bainbridge ferry has an unbeatable view of downtown and Mount Rainer (on a clear day.) All great adventures start with a boat ride! Trust me, take the ferry. Please Note: When traveling on holidays or weekends in the summer there can be long lines for the ferry, which is never fun. But I still usually opt to take the ferry over driving around. The busiest ferry days are Memorial weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving, and around the Wooden Boat Festival in early September.
If you have any other questions about Port Townsend, Seattle, or your trip in general please feel free to ask me! One of the things that I love most about what I do at With These Rings is sharing this place that I love with other people. I have worked with so many traveling couples that I probably have an answer to just about any question that you can come up with. I want make sure that you have a wonderful experience and memorable trip.