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Sequim Lavender Fields

Parent Category: Sequim
Created: 04 August 2014
Location: Sequim
Festival: Usually the second weekend of July

Photo from Clallam County, SequimPictures below will take you on a virtual tour along fragrant and the most beautiful lavender fields! Take a minute to look them through!

Description:

Fragrant and the most beautiful lavender fields have become a symbol of the northern part of the Olympic Peninsula. This unusually unique region is known as “Lavender Capital of North America”.

Photo from Clallam County, SequimThe fields in bloom are gorgeous, but what attracts people more is the background for these fields. The views are just perfect: lavender fields are situated between the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the famous Olympic Range. This region is considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque regions on the Olympic Peninsula.

Lavender is grown in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, which is located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Range. This shadow creates ideal conditions and microclimate for growing lavender. The Sequim-Dungeness Valley receives much less rain then other neighboring areas. Photo from Clallam County, SequimTo be more concrete, in average there are 290 sunny days here and only 15-17 rainy days per year. What a great climate! The climate also helped to develop tourism industry and this place is considered to be one of the best places for retirement and recreation.

The town is located between the most popular and visited attractions of the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park and the Puget Sound, that’s why tourist visit this place throughout a year, but of course the peak of tourist season is July.
There are two annual lavender festivals that are held in July, when the most lavender fields are in bloom. One festival is held at the downtown of Sequim and is more a street fair. The second festival is held at one of the farms. Both of the festivals are held on the same weekend, usually the second weekend of July.

During the Lavender Festival it is easy to learn about different farms and events that will take place.

Photo from Clallam County, SequimIf you missed this unique event, it is very easy to visit many of the farms in the region. If the farms are ready to accept tourists, you will find numerous signs on the highway 101 indicating how to get to the farms that are awaiting visitors and tourists.

To cut a long story short, this unique area is worthwhile visiting. Soaps and lotions, different seasonings and essential oils, lemonade and honey, eye and face cosmetics, and other items containing the amazing herb lavender are the most famous pleasures of this fragrant place.

Directions:

Get to the Olympic Peninsula either by the Edmonds ferry which goes to Kingston, the downtown ferry which goes to Winslow, Bainbridge Island or cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (head towards Bremerton). Follow the signs to the Hood Canal Bridge, cross the bridge and you’ll be on Route 104. This ends at Route 101. Follow the signs to Port Angeles and before you get there you will see signage for the festival in Sequim.

These pictures were taken on July 17-19, 2014

In order to get the directions click on the link below:

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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