Sunday, June 28, 2015

Olympic Discovery Trail at Railroad Bridge closed


Discovery Trail at Railroad Bridge

If you love biking and hiking the Discovery Trail leading through Sequim - just as we do - you know by now that one of our big outdoor attractions, the Railroad Bridge crossing the Dungeness River, got severely damaged by a big winter storm in February 2015 and has been closed ever since.


Bikers and walkers lane up the bridge

View of Railroad Bridge still impressive

Damage to Olympic Discovery Trail in Sequim

James Town tribe is the owner of the Bridge and considers a short term or long term plan for fixing the bridge. Alas, nothing has been done so far. We - and probably many other residents and visitors - loved to bike beyond the Railroad Bridge all the way to Robin Hill Park or just to Sequim Airport watching small planes take off and land. Now our ride has become a short one from Carrie Blake Park to the Railroad Bridge because the detour available via Old Olympic Hwy is more for the serious bikers. Nevertheless we feel our blog is a good place to list it in addition to the Olympic Discovery Trail site 

Old Dungeness River Bed covered with trees

Damaged Railroad Bridge from high flood waters

Closed part of Railroad Bridge

Bikers' Detour to circumvent Railroad Bridge Closure

The route (east to west) leaves the trail in Sequim at 5th Ave, goes north on 5th to Old Olympic Hwy, turns west across the river on the Hwy bridge, then south on Heath Rd to rejoin the trail. See Trail Status

Visit to Railroad Bridge in Sequim 

Old riverbed of Dungeness

Most parts of the bridge are still accessible

General Discovery Trail Information

The route of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) traverses almost 130 miles of lowlands, bordered on the south by the Olympic Mountain Range and on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It starts in Port Townsend and ends on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The trail is a wide, paved pathway designed for bicyclists and hikers with a shoulder for equestrians where appropriate.


The Olympic Peninsula is Washington State’s premier destination for non-motorized touring, filled with views of snow capped peaks, ocean vistas, fast flowing rivers and pristine lakes, and everywhere the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest. The presently completed trail winds through fields and farms, parks and towns over creeks, rivers and ravines, past beaches and national recreation areas.The trail exhibits a wide diversity of fauna and flora of natural beauty.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Sequim 120th Irrigation Festival

Hello again to all our Sequim town blog visitors,
The lovely month of May is here with spring blossoms everywhere. Ever since we moved to Sequim, we've fallen in love with its two big Festivals: the Lavender Festival in the middle of July with Lavender in the Park, Lavender Farm Tours and the most amazing Lavender products in the street market...


and the Sequim Irrigation Festival at the beginning of May starting today.

The Sequim Irrigation Festival is the oldest festival in WA state. It's held downtown Sequim with its tons of vendors and competitions in Carry Blake Park. The 2015 festival will be from May 1st through 10th under the motto "120 Fun a Plenty".

Among the many fun events of interest for you and the entire family are:

Family Fun Day Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9am – 5pm Washington Street between Sequim Avenue & 2nd Avenue Businesses and Non-profits from around Sequim will have booths along Washington Street and offer activities and events for kids and their families.

Kids Parade Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10am Downtown Sequim Parade for kids 12 years and younger. Prizes are awarded.

Sequim Arts Juried Art Show May 1 - 30, 2015 Reception during the First Friday Art Walk Location Sequim Museum and Arts Center Sequim Arts

Sequim Farmers Market Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9am - 3pm Corner of Washington Street and Sequim Avenue

Grand Finale Weekend Thursday, May 7, 2015 to Sunday, May 10, 2015

Logging Show, Truck and Tractor Pull Friday, May 8, 2015, noon - 10pm Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10am - 5

Fireworks Friday, May 8, 2015, 9:30pm Blake Avenue Lot -  our favorite!

120th Irrigation Festival Grand Parade Saturday, May 9, 2015, Noon Downtown Sequim - our favorite!


We are lucky to live in sunny Sequim just as our current Sequim vacation rental guests are to be just 5 minutes away from all the fun events of the 120th Irrigation Festival. See you in town!

Sequim vacation rental - Peaceful & private location - 1Bd/1Ba w/FREE Wifi + long distance phone + cable TV



Walk through the Park - 5 minutes from Sequim vacation rental


Exhibition of drift wood sculptures available in the Park




Friday, December 26, 2014

Winter in Sequim 2014

Climate change in Sequim, yes or no?

We didn't have a White Christmas this 2014 winter, which we actually didn't during our 8 years living in Sequim. Remember Sequim is located in the 'Banana Belt' meaning even in winter temperatures in Sequim are mostly very moderate - hardly ever under zero - and the weather feels more springlike. 


However, climate change seems to have caught up with Sequim this fall season. It was officially still 'Fall' season when the 'Arctic Vortex' had us in its frosty grip of temperatures between 30 F and 22 F. at the beginning of November. And 2 inches of powdered snow turned Sequim into a magical winter wonderland.
 

Believe it or not, the white scenery lasted at least a week before warm 'Chinook' winds took care of the snow and reminded Sequim residents and plants with temperatures around 60 - 66 F more of spring time than of upcoming winter.



Well let's see what Sequim weather will be like the first months of this new Year 2015.

For everybody, who is already planning their Sequim vacation for summer 2015, our fully equipped 1Bd/1Ba vacation apartment is available for monthly stays in Sequim at the same cheap 2014 rental rates. First available date is July 1st, 2015. Summer rate of $950 (dbl. occupancy). Remember July is the most desired vacation month in summer in Sequim because of the Lavender Festival 2015. We recommend to inquire early.

Happy, Healthy New Year 2015 to all our Sequim visitors!


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Sequim weather in October

"What's the weather like in Sequim in September and October?"

Potential guests often ask us when making plans for a monthly Sequim visit at our vacation rental. We always give them the same answer: Next to the summer months July and August, September and October are beautiful fall months here on the Olympic Peninsula. Perfect for hiking the Olympics, visit Sol Duc Hot Springs, kayaking the Straits, joining other visitors on a whale watch boat trip or enjoy an outing to Seattle or Victoria B.C. on Vancouver Island.



OK admittedly, we have to wait a little longer in May for comfy warm spring weather when our friends in Canada in the Okanagan Valley (desert climate) already brag about some warmer temperatures but to tell you the truth, Sequim's moderate summer temperatures and the Indian Summers in September and October make all up for it. It feels like a never-ending summer at this time of the season: blue skies, lots of sun, warm pleasant temperatures after 10am with lots of bikers runners and walkers out on the Olympic Discovery Trail. And yes it's true, Sequim residents still greet each other!



Like the rest of happy Sequim people, we enjoy the extended summer - on Sunday it was a bike ride via the Railroad Bridge to Sequim Airport - as much as we can and as long as we can. Don't forget sometimes the 'change' in weather to the colder season can happen without much ado. Well, and for those, who want to find out what Sequim weather is like in November and December during the holiday season, here is the good news. We had a cancellation at our fully equipped vacation rental for November. The apartment is now available starting November 11, 2014. If you are interested and/or have any questions, please, email us. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
p.s.
Thanks Erin & Kevin for your wonderful photos from the Pumpkin patch.





Saturday, August 30, 2014

Is Sequim the best town to retire in US?

Sequim best retirement city?

Yes, for us definitely. For all those who have followed our blog "Sequim Town" over the years or even for the many guests who stayed with us at our Sequim Vacation Rental over the last few years - by the way, an impressive 50% of those ended up moving to Sequim and live here now for good - this is nothing new.

View from Bell Hill over Sequim Bay, the Straits and Cascade Mountains



But now the 'Huffington Post' and 'Fox News' individually named Sequim as best retirement city in the USA, which makes our little town really stand out among retirement options. However, we can't agree with all the reasoning of those two -  like pot is now legal in WA and therefore in Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula, which might be the biggest attraction for some - we love best the closeness to the ocean (Straits de Juan de Fuca) and the mountains (Olympic National Park), the moderate temperatures all your round with a very average of annual rain fall between 12 - 15 inch. One can't beat small town living with big town amenities - Costco and WalMart on the top of shopping opportunities.

View over Sequim Valley, with the Straits and Mt.Maker in back



SARC Sequim Aquatic Recreational Center including modern work-out equipment, big variety of exercise classes, Olympic size swimming pool, steam and hot saunas and wonderful jacuzzi has become the morning meeting place for seniors, "competing' with our top notch Senior Center, to socialize and stay in best shape ever.

Coming back to the fact that Sequim got named in the top of best national retirement cities, this development is not welcome by everybody in town. We all love our peaceful living, wonderful natural environment and neighborhood watches to keep us safe. So some consider more retirees as 'intruders', even though most of them have been one not far ago.

John Wayne Marina



We all got to realize that only change can make things happen. Wouldn't we all like to see the value of our real estate property going up or see our health care system further improve?! So let's embrace change and welcome the new retirees to Sequim!

Sequim Jamestown Golf Course views




Come for a visit and you might want to come back to stay!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sequim Vacation Rental 2014 Revisited

Dear Sequim Visitors,

We are so happy to see the first inquiries for a 2014 Sequim visit coming in. Since summers are getting hot in AZ, TX, CA or others, Sequim is perfect for visitors who want to escape the heat. If you have never been here before but heard all the good things about little Sequim town, consider staying with us for a month and see for yourselves. If our blog did not tell you what you wanted to know BEFORE your visit, your questions are most welcome at SequimRental.

When looking for a nice Sequim vacation, 'Bell Hill View' vacation rental might just be what you are looking for. 'Bell Hill View' Sequim vacation rental home is a fully equipped 1Bd/1Ba located in a peaceful upscale Sequim setting, yet in walking distance to shopping, restaurants & park. Sequim Vacation Rental features top amenities like FREE wireless Internet access + long distance calls. For peace of mind, read a few Sequim guest reviews from our guest book.

Sequim  Vacation Rental, 1Bd/1Ba apartment with full kitchen, separate entrance +  outdoor sitting
2014 Sequim vacation rental rates - Same affordable rates as 2013

1Bd/1Ba Sequim Vacation Rental Monthly Rate (all-inclusive, sleeps 2)

2014 Low Season Rate (May - June) $850/mo.
2014 High Season Rate (July - August) $950/mo.
2014 Fall Rate (September - October) $900/mo.

Sales tax is included. Sorry, no pets allowed.

Sequim Vacation Rental

‘Bell Hill View’ is a charming, affordable Sequim vacation rental in a peaceful setting in an upscale neighborhood of sunny Sequim with lots of amenities, in walking distance to shopping, restaurants and Carrie Blake Park. Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center SARC with Olympic size lap pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness center and more is a short 5-minute drive away. Experience Sequim on the North Olympic Peninsula at your own Sequim vacation home, home away from home.

‘Bell Hill View’ in Sequim is the perfect vacation destination when hiking the Olympic National Park, sailing or boating at John Wayne Marina with Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, walking or biking the Olympic Discovery Trail, playing golf on Sequim golf courses, visiting the Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refuge or spectacular hiking in Olympic National Park.

Sequim  Vacation Rental, 1Bd/1Ba Apartment with fully equipped kitchen, garden  outdoor sitting and beautiful views
This Sequim Vacation Rental affords top privacy at your 1Bd/1Ba 525 sq ft vacation suite with beautiful views of Bell Hill and glimpses of the Olympic Mountains. For your utmost comfort, amenities include free wireless high speed Internet access for your laptop and free long distance Vonage phone, which is great for staying in touch with Sequim realtors or your home business.

Choose from 90 cable channels, when relaxing on your recliner love seat after a day of adventure on the Olympic Peninsula or your search for a Sequim home to buy. Select comfort beds with dual control provide you with a restful sleep.

Bell Hill  View from Sequim Vacation Rental living room
No need to fear that your dream vacation will become a budget nightmare. For less than the cost of the hotels, you can steal away to your own fully equipped, comfortable, private Sequim vacation rental only minutes away to the beauty and adventure of the North Olympic Peninsula with the Pacific Ocean and Olympic Mountains.

Get ready for your Sequim vacation on the Olympic Peninsula. Contact us today for your monthly stay with subject line ‘Sequim Vacation Home’. Looking forward to hearing from you. Greetings from Sequim

Sequim vacation rental amenities:

-Free high speed Internet for your laptop with wireless card
-Free local + long distance phone calls (US, Canada) with Vonage
-HD TV with DVR for recording your favorite programs
-Over 100 cable channels + 45 music channels to choose from
-Select Comfort Bed with dual control
-Recliner love seat, Wall to Wall carpet in living room and bedroom
-Fully equipped kitchen w/fridge + deep freeze, microwave, stove
-A portable cooler + re-freezable ice packs are available for day trips
-Convenient, comfortable zone heating for colder months
-Nice private outdoor garden sitting area for hot summer days
-Beautiful views of Bell Hill
-Downstairs apartment w/private entrance - no stairs to climb
-Off Street parking
-Washer/Dryer for your convenience on vacation
-Walking distance to Shopping + Carrie Blake Park
-Great central location, next to Carrie Blake Park, for exploring Sequim, John Wayne Marina, the Olympic Peninsula & Olympic National Park.

Note: This is a non-smoking apartment. No pets allowed.

***No extra cleaning fees charged!

Sequim Town Attractions

Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center SARC

Sequim Area Attractions

Visit Sol Duc Hot Springs

Sequim Vacation Activities Things To Do

Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Bird Watching, Swimming, Relaxing

Places to visit in the Sequim area and North Olympic Peninsula area:

Seattle, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Gig Harbor, Ocean Shores, Whidbey Island, San Juan Islands, Columbia River Gorge, Hood Canal, Victoria BC, Vancouver Island

More Sequim Vacation Rental photos

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Elks are roaming on Sequim's meadows

We told our Sequim Town visitors before about the herd of Roosevelt elks roaming in Sequim. Much to the delight of our visitors, not always welcome by the farmers who have to protect their crops from the seemingly always hungry elks.



Recently we read in the Peninsula Daily News that the connection between the collars and the signs on Hwy 101 does not always work right. We had noticed that in the past too but figured it cannot hurt to pay a bit more attention in case the elks are really close-by.


Our friends Erin & Kevin took some nice photos of the elks this summer and shared them with us. Enjoy the photos. Hope you can plan a Sequim vacation for summer 2014 and can take photos of the herd yourselves. Remember you don't won't to get too close to the elks. They can become quite aggressive, especially the bulls 'protecting' the herd.

If you have any questions about Sequim or a vacation in Sequim or moving to Sequim, Just leave a comment and we will answer you.



Sunday, September 08, 2013

House for Rent in Sequim - Peaceful location, Walk to Downtown - RENTED!

Dear Sequim town visitors,
You loved your summer vacation in Sequim a lot and consider now seriously to move to Sequim for good but don't know what life will be like for the rest of the seasons, your best first move is to rent a house for a year! This allows you to get to know all the facets of the Olympic Peninsula and find the house of your dreams at the same time. 

Sorry, this Sequim Townhouse is now rented. 



The 2Br/2Ba Townhouse (1290 sft) is conveniently located in the center of Sequim town, yet in peaceful neighborhood bordering Pioneer Park within walking distance to shops, restaurants, medical offices & gyms. The townhouse features open floor plan, skylights, computer nook off dining room, kitchen with Maple cabinets, granite tile countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood & carpet flooring. The modern heat pump supplies tenants AC in summer & saves money on electricity in winter. Electric fireplace in living room. Large master bedroom with walk- in closet. Covered front porch and back patio. Attached 2-car garage.

Contact us at SequimRental

Friday, July 26, 2013

Our lunch at the Black Bear restaurant in Sequim

Eating out in Sequim

All our guests at Sequim 'Bell Hill View vacation rental' or visiting friends from out of town, want to know what's a great restaurant to eat out in Sequim.

Well, tastes and favorite meals for dining vary a lot, especially so when it comes to name what is Sequim's best restaurant. So at our vacation apartment we keep all the Sequim town restaurant menus in a folder and let guests decide which restaurant offers their favorite food and the want to try out. Read why the Black Bear diner menu has become a great addition to our Sequim town restaurant menus.


Recently, we heard more and more great feed-backs and reviews about the new 'Black Bear' restaurant next to 'Holiday Inn Express' in Sequim. When my birthday was coming up, it was time to check out the new popular diner on our own. Big surprise when we showed up at an early lunch time 11:30am and found the restaurant parking lot already filled. One space was open just right for us.

We were warmly welcome by a big bunch of carved cute black bears at all kinds of of places. Blooming flowers in hanging baskets and containers were everywhere. And with the blue Sequim summer skies as a backdrop, we did not not know where we should start taking photos. We'll share some with you right here on our Sequim Town blog.


Long story short, when we had settled down at our outdoor table and the waitress showed up in now time, we felt we were at the right place. And we did not get disappointed a bit. Keoki had 'French dip' with a load of crispy French fries - once a year we can indulge! - and I had 'Pecan Crusted Trout'. During our not too long waiting time, we learned more about Sequim in 1969 from the 'Black Bear Gazette', which interestingly served as the menu. We also learned that there are 58 (!) other Black Bear restaurants along the West Coast.

Visiting Sequim? We can definitely recommend a visit to the Black Bear restaurant. Great ambience, fast service and delicious food! We'll be back for dinner.


Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Happy Fourth of July in Sequim

Exciting events for this year's Independence Day celebration. Sequim residents won't only celebrate 4th of July but as we all know this is Sequim's centennial year. Yes, the city of Sequim of Sequim was incorporated 100 years ago, to be precise on October 31, 1913.

Reason enough for us to celebrate big time:


The Old Fashioned Town Picnic from 10:30am - 4pm at Carrie Blake Park - just a short 5-minute walk from 'Bell Hill View Sequim Vacation Rental' 

All Sequim residents are invited to pose for a community photo at 10:45am in the park

The family friendly picnic will include live music, relay races, horseshoes, croquet and much more. Picnic food will be available for purchase.

For more information on our 4th of July Sequim events of music, food, free contests, other activities visit the SequimWA site.

Happy Fourth of July in Sequim to all Sequim visitors and our resident friends! See you in the Park!