PORT TOWNSEND LOCALS GUIDE

Local favorites and hidden gems:

  • Gallery hopping through downtown area (personal favorites: Northwind Gallery and Earthenworks).
  • Northwind Arts Center is a fabulous gallery which sponsors educational programs, lectures, readings and workshops of local artists. Don't miss it!
  • Book browsing (great used books at William James Booksellers and go to Phoenix Rising for metaphysical books and music).
  • Check out Northwest Maritime Center  at the north end of Water Street. There is a great dock, where vintage sailboats are often moored.
  • Antique shopping (The Antique Company in Port Hadlock is worth a look too!).10325169_788068187881203_99300103282341501_n
  • Seek out fine northwest artisans (Earthenworks & Artisans on Taylor!).
  • Check out PT history at Jefferson County Historical Museum, located in the newly restored City Hall.
  • Downland a Port Townsend walking map here! Lots of trails connecting the area!
  • See if you can find the original Port Townsend underground. (Hint: Start at the best local coffee place: Undertown at corner of Water & Taylor). Comfy & fabulous!
  • Check out original Victorian architecture, stroll the downtown streets, peek in historic buildings!
  • Find the best homemade ice cream this side of the Cascades at Elevated Ice Cream on Water Street! Chocolate Silk is a favorite. They also have handmade sorbet!
  • Walk out on Union Wharf and enjoy the sights and sounds of Port Townsend Bay.
  • Ride the Whidby Island ferry for the best view of the Olympics!
  • A sweet hidden spot to enjoy a quiet moment: the garden behind Bread & Roses.
  • Eat the best popcorn in the whole world at The Rose Theater. Don't forget to try a topping!
  • Find the best movie experience in the whole world at The Rose Theater! No kidding! And while you're there, check out the great wall paper in the Rosebud Theater! There is also a new movie venue the Starlight Room!
  • Find local artists and their studios: Artist Studio Tour.
  • Learn how to make a wooden kayak at Port Hudson marina.
  • Watch master sail makers at work at the Sail Loft.
  • Check out the Wooden Boat Foundation! It is a treasure of information!
  • Walk/ride the Larry Scott Memorial Trail for an easy scenic waterfront stroll!
  • Feed the birds at Kai Tai Lagoon—it is a great walk through a local favorite paradise!Salish sea
  • PT is full of walking trails…just look for the walking path signs and have fun!
  • Watch the sun go down by the lighthouse at Fort Worden State Park.
  • Stroll the beach from Port Hudson to Fort Worden State Park at low tide!
  • Be a kid again! Explore the bunkers at Fort Worden State Park! Be sure to take a flashlight if you plan to go inside.
  • Walk through the pine trees of Fort Worden State Park on a misty morning to find the magic of the Memorial Vault. It will stay with you forever!
  • See if you can find the Eagle's nest right off a walking path in Ft. Worden.
  • Check out the Marine Science Center on the beach of Fort Worden State Park.
  • Find the path from Fort Worden State Park to North Beach! It is worth the trip!
  • Go to a concert at the McCurdy Pavilion in Fort Worden State Park! Any concert—and there are lots of them during the summer!
  • While at Fort Worden, check out Madrona Mindbody Institute! Whether you are into movement, dance, Tai' Chi, Yoga, Nia, or Soul Motion….you feel the energy here!
  • The happening place in Port Townsend for coffee during the day, and some nice music in the evenings is The Undertown. Enter down the steps at the corner of Water and Taylor.
  • Visit an original Victorian House—inside and out—at the Rothchild House.
  • Check out the view from the recently restored Bell Tower! A Kodak moment!
  • Walk the steps down to Haller Fountain—it is much easier than the other way around!
  • Explore antique autos and auto memorabilia at Bergstrom's on Washington Street.
  • Rent a bike for the morning at Port Townsend Cyclery and see if you can find the non hilly route from downtown to Fort Worden State Park. Good luck, but it is fun trying!
  • Now if you are a barbecue lover like me….you will love Dos Okies Barbecue. It is a small place on Washington Street (towards the boat harbor) where you will find the best tasting barbecue on the Olympic Peninsula. Everything is homemade there and just great! Enjoy!
  • Rent a Kayak and explore the nooks and crannies of Port Townsend waterfront. It is whole difference perspective!Nice view
  • Go to Siren's for your favorite brew, great pub food, and fantastic waterfront view!
  • For local color and an outrageous hot dog, head for Dogs A Foot on Water Street—you won't miss it, except for Nov-Feb when he isn't there!
  • Take the historic walking tour through the up town area—ask us to borrow our copy of a walking guide.
  • Walk to Chetzemoka Park, stroll through the Rose Arbor, sit in the gazebo, and enjoy our city park! It is a great place for a picnic!
  • Check out Aldrich's Market on the corner of Lawrence and Tyler in the uptown area. A great place for picnic supplies and last minute beverage purchase!
  • Explore The Wine Seller on Water Street—a great little wine shop with an exceptional selection of great wines and friendly atmosphere. The winter Friday evening wine tasting is great fun (5:00 – 7:00 pm once a month).
  • Do a little wine tasting at Port Townsend's own Four Winds Winery on Hastings Road. Yes—we do have our own wineries!
  • Find the best home made chocolate goodies at Lahani's next to The Rose Theater.
  • Looking for a sinful dessert treat? Try a Shake or Malt at the lunch counter at Don's Pharmacy—you have to go during the day though, because they close late afternoon. You might consider splitting one because they are enormous—the way they used to be!
  • For the best greasy spoon fresh seafood in town, go to SeaJ's on the harbor. It is a local place with no atmosphere but great oysters and crab cakes! You can sit outside in good weather.
  • Explore the Uptown business area along Lawrence Street. Great spots for lunch, coffee, dinner, and window shopping.
  • Don't miss Gallery Walk the first Saturday of every month from 5:00-8:00 pm. Mostly downtown, but check for the out of the way spots as well!
  • Farmers Market every Saturday morning May through October—uptown along Tyler Street. A smaller version also happens on Wednesday from 3 – 7:00 pm.
  • Go Whale Watching and to Friday Harbor for lunch on the PS Express—it's an all day adventure and well worth it! It is seasonal, so please check their website for current information.
  • Our favorite breakfast spot is Sweet Laurette's, on Lawrence Street in uptown Port Townsend. Great for lunch too!
  • We love to sit out on the deck at Jordini's (downtown on Water Street adjacent to the Belmont Hotel) and have a sandwich and cold (or hot!) drink. Breathtaking water views and really nice food.
  • Our favorite place for a great drink (and most nights there is good music) is the Cellar Door. It is located on the right (go down the steps) on the dead end street Tyler off of Water Street.
  • For fabulous soup, the best caesar salad, and mouth watering homemade pie, try Hillbottom Pie, which is right across the street from the Cellar Door. Our favorite lunch spot for sure.
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