After a long winter and snowy winter, I am more than ready to welcome a season known for new beginnings, blooming flowers, longer days, and warmer weather. And as we greet the new season, there new and exciting adventures to experience in Port Townsend and beyond. Check out just a few of my favorite Olympic Peninsula spring activities.
I can’t think of a better day than exploring a local farm full of goats and goat cheese!
Mystery Bay Farm on nearby Marrowstone Island offers a variety of guided farm tours. Their Basic Tour allows you to tour their milking and cheese making facility, and of course taste their delicious cheeses, or for a more hands-on experience try their Milking Tour (March through October only). Or take a self-guided tour of some of a working farm like Finnriver with acres and acres of apple orchards, beautiful views of the Chimacum Valley, and craft cider tastings.
Hiking & Biking
Springtime is a great time to get out and hike or bike on the peninsula. There are a wide variety of trails of varying difficulties and views & vista. Some of our favorites including Fort Worden, Fort Flagler (pictured), Fort Townsend, and Ludlow Falls are all within 30 minutes of downtown Port Townsend.
Need to rent bikes for your excursion? Check out Port Townsend’s Recyclery for your bike rental including a helmet and a lock!
Starting on April 6th one of our favorite weekend activities begins...the Port Townsend Farmers Market!
Every Saturday morning the Uptown neighborhood is chalked full of booths of organic fruit & veggies, cider & wine, handmade goodies, and tasty food trucks including crepes, paella, BBQ, and so much more. We are counting down the days!! In the meantime or you’re here during the week, you can visit the Red Dog or SpringRain Farmstands in Chimacum to pick up farm fresh veggies.
As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, take your food and drink outside and take in the beautiful views of our sleepy seaport! Many of our favorite spots have beautiful patios to enjoy meal like Finistere, Howell’s Sandwich Co. (pictured), Sirens Pub, The Pourhouse, and Taps at the Guardhouse - just to name a few!
Paddleboarding & Kayaking
As the temperatures warm, even just a little, I start getting the itch to get out on the water. One of my favorite places to explore Puget Sound is in nearby Port Ludlow.
The Port Ludlow Marina is a great place to rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and enjoy a morning or afternoon out on the water. The protected marina only allows boats to speed at a high of 5mph so you won’t have a huge wake as you balance on a paddleboard or stop to enjoy the views in your kayak. After you finish your marine escapade the Inn at Port Ludlow as farm-to-table restaurant with delicious food and cocktails to wrap up your day!
Written by: Kaitlin Chester