Port Townsend, WA

 

Historical Port Townsend. It is almost like time has stood still. One of the first towns in Washington that has preserved its past but still looked to the future. The results are evident as you sightsee. Restored Victorian style 19th century homes, commercial buildings, beautiful Bed and Breakfast establishments and restored mansions dot the area. Wonderful little shops satisfy your needs. But then the best way to see Port Townsend is to take a walking tour put on by the Jefferson County Historical Society.

On a clear day the view of the white capped Cascades is breathtaking. You can also see Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker. There are many unique shops, galleries, restaurants, craft shows and walking tours. The waterfront will attract you with its marinas, boat repair yards and restaurants that overlook Port Townsend Bay.

Leave your RV parked at Evergreen COHO SKP Park and experience the thrill of a wildlife sightseeing and whale watch tour or travel the San Juan Islands via one of Capt. Pete's boats. Tours run from May 24 to August 31st

The Bell Tower, built nearly a century ago to summon volunteer firemen, is the only one of its kind in the United States. Other must see places include: Fort Worden, Kah Tai Lagoon Park (wildlife habitat), Point Wilson Lighthouse, Chetzemoka Park, (see photos below) and Manresa Castle. You'll want to stay in the Port Townsend Museum for hours, there is so much to see.

Listen to The Port Townsend Community Band  performing at the Chetzemoka Park on the third Sundays through the months of June July and August. Arrive a little before 3 PM

If you can, plan your visit between April and June to see all the colorful Rhododendrons at the Centennial Rhododendron Garden. If it's history you want there are churches, houses, mansions and commercial buildings from the early 1800's. Plan to stay awhile, there are many wonderful experiences in this historic port. Walk on the ferry and have a memorable ride to Whidbey Island. Once on the Island take a bus ride that circles this beautiful island.

Don't forget to tour the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum, you will find it most unusual.

March brings you a must see event  www.victorianfestival.org

Going to be here in September? Check out the wonderful Cabin Fever Quilters Show at the fairgrounds.

For additional information obtain a Visitors Planning Guide "Welcome to Jefferson County" that contains a helpful map of Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Brinnon Quilcene, Port Ludlow and The West End with listings of all places to visit. Stop at the Transit Building in Port Townsend and if you are a senior you can get a "Regional Reduced Fare Permit" that allows you to take bus rides at a discounted fare.

For Port Townsend information:
Visitors Information Center 360 385-2722 or 888 365-6978
jchsmuseum@olympus  for tours
www.ptguide.com
info@ptchamber.org

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