Port Townsend WA is a picturesque historic seaport on the Olympic Peninsula. It is surrounded by water and mountains. Therefore,Port Townsend is an ideal home base for exploring the Olympic National Park. The historic district is filled with vibrant independently-owned shops, galleries and restaurants. Downtown is gentile today compared to its rough-and-tumble waterfront heritage. Tall ships no longer line the bay, but you may catch sight of classic wooden schooners under full sail.
Uptown is home to classic Victorian mansions as well as other unique architecture. Stay at The Old Consulate Inn. This beautifully restored Victorian home was built in 1889. For a different experience, stay at the Ravenscroft Inn B&B. The b&b was designed as a Charleston single. It sports an elegant veranda with sweeping views.
Experience wine & cider touring, whale watching, hiking and cycling.There is always music in Port Townsend. Popular events include the world class jazz, blues and fiddle festivals. Port Townsend is a mecca for wooden boat enthusiasts. Visit she Wooden Boat Festival and the annual gathering of vessels in September. Visit Fort Worden State Park and the historic Point Wilson Lighthouse.
Port Townsend Weather and Getting There
The town has about 9000 permanent residents. Weather is mild year around. Summertime average high temperate is 71 degrees Fahrenheit. Wintertime average low temperature is near 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The town is shielded by the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and averages 19.1 inches of precipitation.
Arrive by car or car ferry from Seattle, Olympia, the San Juan Islands, or Victoria B.C. Travel time from Seattle is 2 hours and 15 minutes when traveling by ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge. It is about the same travel time on driving around the southern end of the hood channel from SEATAC airport.
Things to Do In Port Townsend
Arts and Entertainment
- Rose Theater
- Starlight Room
- Key City Public Theater
- Port Townsend Farmers Market
- Port Townsend Gallery Walks
- Puget Sound Express
- Sound Adventures
- Octopus Gardens Diving
- Wyvern Air Charter
- Take the loop: Seattle-Anacortes-Friday Harbor-Victoria BC-Port Angeles-Port Townsend-Coupeville-Anacortes
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