Shop Port Townsend

You can go anywhere to find a Toys R Us, Barnes & Noble, and Williams Sonoma, but you won't find the unique personalized shopping that is available in Port Townsend. Our shopkeepers are neighbors and they work hard to find the kinds of gifts that will make any occasion special. The best part is that you don't have to fight the traffic of the large cities. You drive in to town, park your car, and then meander in and out of the shops. Don't forget to stop in for a quick bite of lunch…..our restaurants are delicious and welcoming! And there are lots of activities going on uptown and downtown this summer! 

Scenic Alternative Routes to Port Townsend

Let's face it….you can't find a route to Port Townsend that isn't scenic. Whether you come by car, ferry, bicycle, or plane….there are wonderful things to see and do along the way. With the help of Google maps, we have mapped out some alternative scenic routes for you which will provide ideas for stops, pictures taking, and good places to eat along the way. Check our website for activities going on in Port Townsend this summer! Enjoy! Seattle to Port Townsend via Hood Canal Burlington (and points north) to Port Townsend Port Townsend to Seattle via Whidbey Island

10 Reasons To Visit Port Townsend This Spring!

Visit FinnRiver Cidery for some delicious hand crafted ciders, dessert wines, and spirits. Their new tasting room is open Friday – Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00, and will have expanded hours in the spring. This is really a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Saturday Community Boatbuilding: If you ever built a boat, fantasized about building a boat, or actually plan to build a boat….consider spending a day at Community Boatbuilding. Sponsored by NW School of Boatbuilding, the event is free and is a great way to get a hands on (literally) experience! Wear some work clothes, bring some snacks to share, and enjoy a fun day.
Salsa Dance Intensive March 18-21: Offering Salsa classes On1 and On2 for both intermediate and advanced dancers, taught by Roger Chen and instructors from Century Ballroom. Each day will start with a footwork and styling class for all levels.
Latin Jazz Workshop March 18-21: Learn how to play and use a variety of Latin rhythms including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Caribbean as well as developing improvisation skills in the Latin idiom. You will also get a chance to perform in a combo with expert coaching in a live performance venue. What fun!
Antique Show April 9-10: Shoppers will have a great time browsing a large selection of vintage toys, glassware, pottery, furniture, and jewelry from northwest antique dealers.
Spring Migration Tour April 24: Join this special bird migration expedition to Protection Island aboard the Glacier Spirit, a well-appointed and comfortable 65-foot motor yacht.
Northwest Wine & Cheese Tour April 17-18: Each of six Olympic Peninsula wineries will feature a local artisan cheese paired with one of their selected wines. A fun and delicious way to explore the peninsula!
Woodworking Classes: If there is one thing that Port Townsend is known for it the very fine woodworkers which call this home. We have wooden boats, fine furniture, and yes….fine musical instruments which are crafted here. Treat yourself!
Kitchen Tour April 24: Tour eight Marrowstone Island kitchens in this popular self guided tour held each April by AAUW. If you haven’t been to Marrowstone Island, this is your opportunity to visit fabulous rural homes which are not normally open to the public. Whether you are planning on a new kitchen….or just dreaming, this is a really great event.
Mention SPRING GETAWAY with your reservation and you get an automatic 15% off your stay! (Good until June 1, 2010 and cannot be combined with any other discount)

Wine, Cider, Cheese & Chocolate!

Nestled close to the World Heritage Olympic National Park, the scenic shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and fertile farmlands and countryside are seven artisan wineries with a rich heritage. All are family owned with a personality and character unique to each. Many days you’ll find the winemakers themselves pouring their wines in the tasting rooms greeting their visitors and sharing their passion… about wine, the Peninsula they call home, and the local fresh cuisine. This month they are hosting the annual Wine & Chocolate tour!
Port Townsend is home to a national award winning cheese Mount Townsend Creamery. As the North Olympic Peninsula’s first artisan creamery they have built their business on innovation as well as tradition. Owners Matt Day and Ryan Trail have worked to reinvigorate the dairy processing industry in the Northwest by introducing specialty cheeses made using traditional methods with a northwest flavor. It is their goal to help rebuild the region’s dairy processing tradition while paying homage to the dairies that have allowed them to thrive. Now that is what community is all about!

I bet you didn’t know that western Washington grows the best apples for cider, and we have three cideries to prove it! You can make a day of touring them at: Eaglemount Wine & Cider, FinnrIver Cidery, and Wild Fire Cider.

Birdwatching on the Olympic Peninsula

Winter offers some of nature's best surprises, whether it is seeing the sun rise over the Cascade mountains to the east, the glorious sunsets to the west, or the opportunity to see the birds of the pacific northwest in their natural playground. The Olympic Birdwatching Loop is the perfect guide to discover the birds in our own backyard! The Washington state Audubon Society offers a viewable online map of birdwatching on the Olympic Peninsula. We also have a local Port Townsend chapter that offers terrific trip opportunities to see local bird habitats with local experts. The best part….they are absolutely free!

Champagne Tasting

Friday evening December 18 the Wine Seller is hosting their Friday night wine tasting, but this month is even better…..it is a chance to taste some of the best Champagnes in the world. Yes! This is your chance to get Joe’s take on some of the best tasting Champagnes…….and deals to plan your holiday events. This is always a fun event and a fun way to spend a Friday evening. 5:30 – 7:30, The Wine Seller on Water Street. Downtown Port Townsend.