Sequim lies within the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains and receives on average less than 15 inches (380 mm) of rain per year,about the same as Los Angeles, California. Yet the city is fairly close to some of the wettest temperate rainforests in the United States. This climate anomaly is sometimes called the blue hole of Sequim.
The city and the surrounding area are particularly known for the commercial cultivation of lavender, supported by the unique climate: it makes Sequim the “Lavender Capital of North America”, rivaled only in France. The area is also known for its Dungeness crab. Sequim is also home to a herd of Roosevelt Elk that can be seen grazing in local fields.
The City of Sequim is the cultural center for the Sequim-Dungness Valley offering a wide range of shopping resources, restaurants, and activities. While you’re visiting be sure to explore Sequim’s charming downtown full of locally owned shops, catch a live theatre performance at Olympic Theatre Arts, and enjoy a meal at one of our fine restaurants. And don’t miss one of our famous festivals including the Sequim Irrigation Festival, the longest running festival in the State of Washington, and Sequim Lavender Weekend, the nations premier lavender celebration.
Some places we recommend you visit during your stay:
- Nash Organic Produce – http://www.nashsorganicproduce.com – A great organic full grocery farm store.
- Dungeness Valley Creamery – http://www.dungenessvalleycreamery.com – A local dairy specializing in delicious raw milk.
- The Dungeness Spit – http://www.clallam.net/Parks/Dungeness.html – The longest natural sand spit in the country.
- Here is a great resource for visiting our town. http://www.visitsunnysequim.com/