September 2. 2016
By Carolyn Price
Photo at right: Courtesy of Visit Sunny Sequim
It is hard to believe that the green and luscious expanse around Sequim used to be a brown, parched prairie. But that’s exactly true!
Due to the vision of four pioneers in the late 1890s who figured out how to irrigate water—uphill—from the nearby Dungeness River to the fledgling town, the region flourished.
Not only that, but the Sequim Irrigation Festival, which was held May 1, 1896, in celebration of the area’s first irrigated waters, today celebrates its legacy of being the oldest continuous running festival in Washington state.
Sequim offers two other festivals you should definitely put on your bucket list: the Sequim Lavender Festival in mid-July is one of the largest of its kind in the country; and the Air Affaire in May at Sequim Valley Airport includes hot air balloons, smoke planes, wing walkers, sky divers and a classic airplane fly-in.
Bicycling is huge in Sequim with the Olympic Discovery Trail meandering nearby. Ben’s Bikes and All Around Bikes are just off the trail and offer free maps, parts, sales and quick flat-tire fixes.
In the shadow of the Olympic Rainforest, Sequim’s famous “Blue Hole” yields 132 days of sun a year—and you can’t go wrong with that.