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Old 08-30-2014, 03:06 PM
 
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We returned to the Olympic Peninsula last week and were reminded how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful state. It seems a few Sequim vs. Port Townsend threads have come up so thought I would contribute. We live in Woodinville so this is just a visit.

Sequim is older with a more conservative population. I could totally picture Sequim as a little Peyton Place as I see the older guy driving through town in his Mercedes convertible as the ladies wave. Some of the businesses are booming, like the Black Bear Diner which was always packed. Then you go to some shopping centers and every third store front is available for lease. Driving along Woodcock road, I could see how having a few acres there and joining the lavender growing business could be fun.

We went to the Olympic Game Farm, which used to house the animals from Disney's animal movies and now has an assortment where you can drive along and they come to your car. While some of the animals seemed out of place there, I don't know their story - they told us they were mostly rescues. But most of the animals were very entertaining, as in picture a buffalo sticking his head right into your car for a piece of bread.

At Hemlock's recommendation, we ate at the Dockside Grill at John Wayne Marina, a postcard perfect view. We had the fresh salmon, prawns and Bouillabaisse. The salmon won but it was all good. One of the nicest hotels in the area was the Holiday Inn Express - it's not upscale really but it's relatively new and for a hotel less than an hour from the Olympic National Park, it's very convenient, has an indoor pool for the kids and is next door to the Black Bear Diner, which for Sequim is the place to eat. Ginormous servings, biscuits that are laughably huge, etc.

Sequim is nice and there are a few fun things there but to me, Port Townsend is joyous. The vibe is younger even when the people aren't. It's kitchy with preparations in place for the Wooden Boat Festival next week and the local Port Townsend orchestra playing in the historic district on a Sunday afternoon with full brass. Some of the stores have some rather nice things which I plan to go back and get on another trip. We had brunch at the Hudson Point Cafe and that was really delicious. Our younger son tried the catfish but we stayed with the bacon omelet. We went via Seattle to Bainbridge and drove but getting to Port Townsend is pretty fast if you take the Mukilteo ferry to Whidbey and the Whidbey ferry to Port Townsend - reservations are recommended. The beach at Fort Worden is stunning.

We also visited Hurricane Ridge, Crescent Lake, Sol Duc falls, Ruby Beach, Hoh Rainforest, Port Angeles, Poulsbo, etc. I've included some pictures though taking the ones with family out limits some of the choices.

Top Row
1. Poulsbo marina
2. John Wayne Marina in Sequim
3. Port Townsend beach by the Historic District
4. Hudson Point in Port Townsend looking across toward Hudson Point Cafe
5. Port Townsend Lighthouse

Second Row
1. Hurricane Ridge
2. Deer at the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center
3. Lake Crescent
4. Trail to Sol Duc Falls
5. Sol Duc Falls
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Northwest Peninsula
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I have a couple comments about food outlets in Sequim...One: when the Black Bear opened it was a busy place but over the last few months the service and food seemed to me to drop off.
I know Applebee is not a top of the line type restaurant as in the Seattle area but it is about the best and busiest of that type here. The Mariner is okay and not too expensive as is the 101 Dinner, but again you get what you pay for.
We have many ethic restaurants in town to choice from. Sergio's (Mexican) and Fortune Star (Chinese) are my personal favorites. There is another Mexican restaurant in a strip mall across for Walmart that is also very good, its only been open for a couple months and has attracted a lot of attention.
Some of the Best up scale restaurants in the area, in my opinion, is at the Dungeness Golf course and/or the Casino (not the buffet) in the bar and the Italian restaurant at Blyn and a the Old Mill in Carlsborg. But again you get what you pay for. The Paradise is a mid price restaurant has the best steaks and Crab Louie in town.

In my opinion the best restaurant in PT is in the uptown area, Lanza's and I believe it was voted best restaurant in PT.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Lake Country
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I have a couple comments about food outlets in Sequim...One: when the Black Bear opened it was a busy place but over the last few months the service and food seemed to me to drop off.
I know Applebee is not a top of the line type restaurant as in the Seattle area but it is about the best and busiest of that type here. The Mariner is okay and not too expensive as is the 101 Dinner, but again you get what you pay for.
We have many ethic restaurants in town to choice from. Sergio's (Mexican) and Fortune Star (Chinese) are my personal favorites. There is another Mexican restaurant in a strip mall across for Walmart that is also very good, its only been open for a couple months and has attracted a lot of attention.
Some of the Best up scale restaurants in the area, in my opinion, is at the Dungeness Golf course and/or the Casino (not the buffet) in the bar and the Italian restaurant at Blyn and a the Old Mill in Carlsborg. But again you get what you pay for. The Paradise is a mid price restaurant has the best steaks and Crab Louie in town.

In my opinion the best restaurant in PT is in the uptown area, Lanza's and I believe it was voted best restaurant in PT.
I will add that both Nourish and Pacific Pantry offer fabulous local fresh food served with a smile. And if you gotta eat gluten free you'll think you died and ended up in heaven.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:19 PM
 
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Good reviews and nice pictures. I'm glad my parents live up there so I can go 4-5 times a year and enjoy the area. Sounds like a great trip. Have you been to the Lake Quinault area yet? If not, consider that for another short vacation in the future. We sometimes go there first then north to the Hoh Rainforest and back around to Port Angeles. We have also found the Black Bear to have been inconsistent, nice menu but sometimes great great and others so-so, same with the service. Still beats the heck out of Applebees.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Sequim, WA
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When my wife and I were in Sequim in late July and early August, we were a little disappointed in the restaurants we went to. But we never got to Black Bear and never did make it to Nourish. We had planned to go to the Dockside Cafe at the John Wayne Marina...but didn't ever get there either. One "handicap" we had was that the breakfasts were so comprehensive at our B&B, we skipped lunch every day.

I will say that we did go to Mariner twice because my wife really enjoyed their fried oysters. We do plan to "hit" more restaurants on our next trip!
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Old 09-01-2014, 07:33 AM
 
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Good reviews and nice pictures. I'm glad my parents live up there so I can go 4-5 times a year and enjoy the area. Sounds like a great trip. Have you been to the Lake Quinault area yet? If not, consider that for another short vacation in the future. We sometimes go there first then north to the Hoh Rainforest and back around to Port Angeles. We have also found the Black Bear to have been inconsistent, nice menu but sometimes great great and others so-so, same with the service. Still beats the heck out of Applebees.
We didn't go to Lake Quinault this trip but we camped there years ago and it was a lot of fun. This time, Ruby Beach was as far south as we went and it's so picturesque there I wish a hotel would open up nearby. We still have not made it to Cape Flattery; it's top of the list next time.

We only ate at Black Bear once and that was for breakfast. We just didn't have the patience to wait and when you come in and there's a crowd waiting for tables, uh, bye, too much to see and do. My impression is based on that but this was two weeks before the start of school and most hotels were sold out. Maybe every restaurant was packed. I thought the servings were huge.

We'd be at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend next weekend but with school starting, there's no time.
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