This Underrated, Coastal City In The West Promises A Refreshing, Relaxing Getaway

When you think of popular cities in Washington, Seattle and Spokane may come to mind. And while these bustling destinations undoubtedly have a lot to offer, some lesser-known towns are worth adding to your radar. Consider taking a trip to Sequim, Washington, a coastal city ideal for a tranquil yet vibrant getaway.

Situated on the Strait of Juan de Fuca by the base of the Olympic Mountains, natural beauty abounds in Sequim. The 5.5-mile Dungeness Spit — the nation's longest natural sand spit — sits north of Sequim and expands into the Strait. On top of striking landmarks, this destination boasts sunny skies much of the year. Part of the "Olympic Rain Shadow" region of Washington, Sequim averages just 16 inches of rain annually. To cement its uniqueness further, Sequim is called the "Lavender Capital of North America."

Sequim also has a quaint downtown area with boutiques, shops, restaurants, and cultural sites. The balance of small-city charm and stunning nature make Sequim a refreshing place to relax and reset. Whether you're spending your time boating along the glorious waters or checking out local art galleries, there's lots to do in this Pacific Northwest city. Here's how you can make the most of your vacation in Sequim. 

Top attractions in Sequim

Revel in Sequim's picturesque scenery by hiking or biking along the Olympic Discovery Trail, which stretches for 135 miles. Outdoor enthusiasts may also enjoy hiking the Dungeness Spit on the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge near Sequim. For another adventure, you can hike 5 miles along the Spit to the New Dungeness Lighthouse. To ensure a safe excursion, check ahead to make sure it's low tide. In addition, low tide offers hikers the chance to take a serene stroll on the lighthouse's beach.

Enrich your senses with a visit to one of Sequim's exquisite lavender farms. While peak season runs from late June to August, a number of farms remain open during other months. At B&B Family Farm — Sequim's biggest lavender farm — you can take a tour, pick your own herbs (from June to August), or purchase artisan lavender products. The beloved farm is open daily from May to September. Picking berries at a local food farm is another delightful activity that's especially popular in the summer. The many farms in Sequim sell varieties like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and boysenberries.

Sequim contains several indoor attractions that'll give you deeper insight into the city's culture and history. Sequim Museum & Arts holds a versatile collection of artifacts and exhibits ranging from 13,000-year-old Mastodon tusks to the Old Dungeness Schoolhouse. At the Northwest Native Expressions Gallery, browse the array of prints, textiles, and plaques created by regional Native American artists.

Stunning stays and divine cuisine

Whether you prefer to stay at a hotel, bed & breakfast, or vacation rental, there are many stunning lodging options in Sequim. The historic Dungeness Barn House at Two Crows Farm holds a 5-star rating on Tripadvisor. With surrounding gardens, as well as views of the Dungeness Spit and Strait of Juan de Fuca, the bed & breakfast's abutting scenery is sublime. The deluxe suites come with king-size beds and cost $200 a night. 

Slightly less expensive, Juan de Fuca Cottages and Suites earned a Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice badge in 2023. Situated at the edge of Dungeness Bay, the cottages boast incredible views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the New Dungeness Lighthouse, and the Olympic Mountains. Another plus? The cottages share a private beach. Depending on the cottage, Juan de Fuca provides special amenities like a full kitchen, hot tub, and fireplace.

Nothing screams vacation like indulging in a destination's unique cuisine. Seafood lovers can satisfy their cravings in Sequim, which is renowned for its Dungeness crab. Salty Girls Seafood Co is a popular local eatery that serves a variety of fresh oysters, seasonal Dungeness crab, clam chowder, and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. With a 4.5 average rating on Yelp, Alder Wood Bistro is another lauded restaurant in the city. Its versatile menu includes wood-fired pizza, cedar-planked fish, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. It's safe to say that Sequim's food scene will have you melting.