The Perfect Getaway to Recharge
Rugged waves crash onto rocky shores. Songs of migrant birds echo overhead. The return of misty Olympic rain clouds nourishes and rejuvenates lush green moss and ferns in our parks and forests. As we continue into the calm of the fall and winter, Port Townsend has an abundance of trails to walk, fun ways to relax, and delicious, local food to savor. The natural splendor that surrounds us calls to make time to get away from it all and reconnect with oneself and the people we love. Read on to learn why Port Townsend is the perfect getaway to recharge.
Miles of Beaches and Trails
What better way to recharge, clear one’s head, and reconnect with natural beauty than a tranquil beach walk? The northern coastline of Port Townsend along the Strait of Juan de Fuca offers stunning views of the Salish Sea, Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands, and the Cascade Mountain range. With an annual or day access Discover Pass, park at Point Wilson Lighthouse on the grounds of Fort Worden Historical State Park. Then enjoy a 4+ mile stretch of sandy shoreline perfect for beach combing. If you’re planning for a more extensive beach walk, make sure to use a local tide chart to plan your stroll during low tide.
With the high season tourism crowds diminishing into fall, now is the perfect time to soak in the peaceful rhythm of the waves. Watch bald eagles catch their next meal as they swoop down over the chilled waters. Evergreens that line the bluff edges meet with the expanse of the sea and provide the perfect backdrop to reflect, relax and recharge.
The čičməhán Trail, developed by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, is one of the best ways to explore Port Townsend. Immerse yourself in the rich indigenous history of the area. Learn about the development of the relationship between the S’Klallam people and the European settlers who arrived, in what is now Port Townsend, in the mid-1800s. There are three different loops to enjoy taking you through a total of 18 different historical sites. Throughout the city of Port Townsend, each location is indicated by a sign telling the story of the significance of that particular spot. Enjoy the čičməhán Trail and use it to learn more about the S’Klallam people. Foster a personal appreciation of their culture. It’s a fantastic way to appreciate the indigenous history of Port Townsend.
An Ideal Destination for Self-Care
After a long beach walk or hike in the crisp autumn air, treat yourself to an experience of restoration and self-care. Port Townsend’s own Soak on the Sound offers services for private salt-water soaking tubs, UV Light Therapy, and infrared saunas that promote full-body wellness. Register for a fabulous yoga class at Madrona MindBody Institute on the Fort Worden campus. Their expert teachers will guide you in not only the physical practice of yoga, but yoga as a lifestyle that is both physically and mentally healing. Students of all levels will have fun reaping the rewards of their instruction.
Stay & Savor
Port Townsend features many different types of accommodations to suit any desired getaway experience. Victorian boutique hotels such as the Palace Hotel or The Bishop Hotel provide an elegant atmosphere with easy walking access to Port Townsend’s historic downtown district. Bed & breakfast-style stays such as the Old Consulate Inn give an “at-home” feel allowing their guests to relax to the fullest. Those looking to ground themselves in nature and spend their nights outdoors by a crackling fire will love the scenic backdrops of the beach campground and forest campground at Fort Worden Historical State Park.
For those interested in maritime activity, stroll downtown to the Northwest Maritime Center’s campus. Watch wooden boats and marine traffic go by on Port Townsend Bay and Admiralty Inlet. If you are looking to stay in, relax, and enjoy a show, check out the historic Rose Theatre. Both contemporary and classic films are screened in their theatre and the more intimate Starlight Room upstairs. Make sure to grab some of their famous popcorn before the show!
The best way to top off a perfect getaway to Port Townsend to recharge is with a warm and delicious meal at one of the city’s many fabulous and renowned restaurants. Hanazono Asian Noodle features fresh, warm bowls of delicious ramen noodle soup. Those craving seafood and hearty clam chowder might like to visit Doc’s Marina Grill or Silverwater Café, both offering a classic sit-down experience.
The autumn and winter seasons are fabulous times to escape to Port Townsend and take advantage of all this vibrant city has to offer. Come see for yourself and enjoy the perfect getaway to recharge. Celebrate your accomplishments this year and reconnect with nature. The beautiful scenery and tranquil atmosphere of Port Townsend leaves much to be thankful for.
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By guest blogger Victoria Kellogg, The Chamber of Jefferson County
Cover photo courtesy of The Chamber of Jefferson County