• 10 Romantic Things to Do in Port Townsend

    February is often thought of as the month for romance, with Valentine’s Day taking center stage. If you’re looking for romantic places and things your sweetheart will...

  • NW Premiere of ‘Spirit Awakening’

    Port Townsend’s Key City Public Theatre is proud to announce it will kick-off it’s 60th Anniversary Season with the Northwest Premiere of the critically-acclaimed, nationally-touring, one-woman play...

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    2018 Shipwrights’ Regatta February 24

    The 2018 sailboat racing season opens in February with the Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta! Boats of all construction are welcome. As always, the race is open to...

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away. Escape with your sweetheart to Port Townsend for a romantic weekend getaway. We have a wide array of fantastic accommodations to suit your style. Click here for choices and to book your reservation. Many of our restaurants are offering Valentine’s specials too. For more details, contact our Visitor Information Center at info@jeffcountychamber.org or 360.385.2722.

Visit Olympic Peninsula Wineries & Cideries

Start your romantic celebration with Port Townsend as your home base and fall head over heels with the Olympic Peninsula Wineries and Cideries during their luscious Red Wine, Cider and Chocolate event over two scrumptious weekends: February 10-11 and 17-19, from 11 am to 5 pm. Let your quest for guilty pleasures run wild with the unmatched, extraordinary blends of Washington grapes, apples and pears—paired with decadent chocolates and local culinary fare. Enjoy a romantic drive through the scenic Olympic Peninsula!

The ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine/cider tasting and chocolate samples at the nine participating wineries and cideries. Book here for online tickets. www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org/redwinechocolate.php

Visit Port Townsend's historic waterfront

What better place to celebrate love than Port Townsend? Over the years, our city has received many accolades from the media naming us the “best of….” Most recently, in 2017, we were named by Architectural Digest as “One of the 15 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America” and MSN named Port Townsend the “Prettiest Town in Washington.”

With that in mind, we welcome you to come downtown and show your love for our fair city by penning a Love Letter to Port Townsend. You can write a poem, a love letter, or simply list the three things you love most about Port Townsend. Select restaurants and coffee shops will have entry forms. Please enter by February 14 to win prizes.

Celebrity Concierges in Port Townsend
Concierges are ready to assist you!

On Saturdays, Port Townsend has friendly “Celebrity Concierges” roaming Water Street, from 1-3 pm, offering suggestions for things to do and see, giving directions and answering questions. They’ll be providing coupon books and maps to help you get around downtown. Be sure to look for them!

From now through June, the “Believe It or Knot!” game will pique your interest in unbelievable facts (or fiction) about our salty seaport. From the 1890s Victorian seaport to modern day, the past and present of Port Townsend will have you questioning whether you believe it or “knot.”

Hidden throughout downtown are incredible facts (true or false!) about our city. Find 10 of them at participating businesses. Try your hand to see how well you know your facts about Port Townsend by completing the game to be entered in prize drawings–$100 in monthly gift certificates and a chance to win a grand prize of $500 in gift certificates to spend in downtown businesses. And be sure to tag any of your photos on Instagram or Facebook with #ILovePortTownsend!

See 'Spirit Awakening' at Key City Public Theater
Key City Public Theatre will kick off its 60th anniversary season with the Northwest Premiere of the critically-acclaimed, one-woman play, “Spirit Awakening,” written, directed and performed by Akuyoe Graham, at the KCPT Playhouse February 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 7 pm with Saturday matinees at 2 pm.

Capturing how Ms. Graham evolved as a human being and performer, an immigrants and a woman, this mythic story is effused with power and strength, sensitivity and emotion as the supremely skilled Graham creates 12 distinct personalities that segue into one another with seamless brilliance as her life takes her from Africa to London to Spanish Harlem and eventually Hollywood. Each step provokes new levels of personal assessment, raising complex questions of split loyalties and the difficulties of rediscovering one’s roots, unimpeded by dogma. One film/theatre critic described her as a “mystic in the theatre, a sage on the screen.”

To purchase tickets, go to www.keycitypublictheatre.org or call 360.385.5278.

Shipwright's Regatta

The sailboat racing season opens with the 27th Annual Port Townsend Shipwrights’ Regatta on February 24. Boats of all construction are welcome. As always, the race is open to folks who would like to try sailboat racing, but do not have a boat. Non-boat owners are encouraged to show up at the Skippers’ Meeting to be connected with skippers looking for crew.

The regatta is presented by the Northwest Maritime Center and the Port Townsend Sailing Association. www.nwmaritime.org/events/shipwrights-regatta/

Save the date for upcoming events in March:

March 2-11
22nd  Annual Port Townsend PlayFest
Key City Public TheatrePort Townsend
This is a theater lover’s feast offering 10 plays over two weekends, including six one-act plays by local writers and three full-length plays by regional and national playwrights.

March 23-25
Victorian Heritage Festival
Port Townsend
The theme is Victorian Dreams—from roots as traditional as tea and shortbread to the high-flying speculation of Jules Verne, there will be celebrations about all that was best in the hearts and minds of this time in history. Mark your calendar for a grand time for the entire family!

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend!

Enjoy more than 60 brews on tap from over 30 breweries. All the music, entertainment, and sweet seet STRANGE you’ve come to know and love.

Hey-a cowpokes! When the mission bell rings five times on this day, it’ll be exactly two fortnights until the doors are pushed wide open to Home. Home on the Strange, that is.

Pardon my suggestion, ’cause we don’t assume any of y’all are lily-livered, yella-bellied boot lickers, but you best rally your posse for the showdown when the clock strikes 5 o’clock high on Water Street. You’re gonna need all your crew to take down all them wild and strange brews. Now git there, while the gittin’s good!

http://strangebrewfestpt.com/

Ring in 2018 with fun, art, history, champagne toasts and strange brews in January! 

As the holiday season winds down, celebrate the end of 2017 and the promise of 2018 at festivities around Port Townsend on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Launch your year with fun, frivolity and art! Hear and see the incredible array of creativity, not only with music, and art in the galleries in town, but also in our eateries, shops and accommodations. Port Townsend is known as an arts community and you’ll find the creative spirit is alive and well here.

Celebrate First Night in Port Townsend

The Jefferson County Historical Society presents the 11th Annual First Night, Port Townsend’s alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve community celebration focusing on arts and heritage. All activities take place in and around Port Townsend’s historic City Hall between 6 and 9 pm on December 31.

There will be musical performances, a hands-on history hunt, film shorts presented by the Port Townsend Film Institute, children’s games conducted by the Port Townsend High School Interact Club, storytelling and theatrical presentations by Key City Public Theatre, call dancing in the Pope Marine Building, a hands-on art project at the Jefferson Community School, music at Elevated Ice Cream and at the Boiler Room.

At 9 pm (midnight in New York) Port Townsend will get a head start on the rest of the West Coast and usher in 2018 by raising of an illuminated anchor created by sculptor Thaddeus Jurczynski amid an explosion of brilliant fireworks provided by Dr. David Chuljian launched from Memorial Field.

Admission is by donation, suggested $5 per person or $10 per family. Proceeds benefit Historical Society programs. For a schedule of events, go to http://www.jchsmuseum.org/Programs/FirstNight.html.

Admission passes are now available at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History in historic city hall, 540 Water Street. All pass holders receive a raffle ticket for gift certificates from the Museum Shop and passes to Key City Public Theatre.

New Year's Eve Party at Fort Worden

Keep the party going and dance into 2018 at Fort Worden’s historic USO Hallfrom 8 pm to 12:30 am. With the clock ticking away, it’s time to slip into your dancing shoes for the high-energy, groovin’ sound of one of Port Townsend’s favorite dance bands—Uncle Funk and the Dope Six.

The ultimate party band, this tightly knit, six-member ensemble rocks an unforgettable set that has the crowd on their feet from the first note to the last chord!

Doors open at 8 pm, music starts at 9 pm and goes until 12:30ish. $12 at the door. Full no-host bar available with snacks available for purchase. Call 360.344.4400 ext. 304 for more information or to purchase tickets in advance. www.fortworden.org.

And consider enjoying a scrumptious New Year’s Day Brunch on January 1 at Reveille at the Commons. Biscuits and Gravy, Crab Cake Benedict and Blueberry Waffles are just a few favorites. Reservations are recommended by calling 360.344.4400 ext. 318.

January 1 is also a State Parks Free Day, so no Discover Pass is necessary to park at trail heads. Hit the trails at Fort Worden after brunch to start the new year with a hike or cycling.

Winter light photo by Steve Mullensky
photo by Steve Mullensky

Art Walk is January 6 from 5:30-8 pm where you can indulge your senses with creations from our local artists. PT Shorts is January 6, a free monthly program, featuring dramatic readings of contemporary literature, read by critically acclaimed authors. Readings are produced by Key City Public Theatre, presented in partnership with Northwind Arts Center’s Reading Series. They are held the first Saturday of every month at 7:30 pm, to coincide with the downtown Art Walk.

James Swan 200th Birthday Exhibit

Celebrate the 200th birthday of James Swan, one of Port Townsend’s most colorful and influential early settlers, at the Jefferson County Historical Society on January 11, from 11 am to 4 pm. The new James Swan exhibit will open in the Women’s Jail Cell Gallery at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History, and the publication of Recipes and Recollections of James G. Swan by Steve and Gloria Ricketts will be featured. This includes an assortment of recipes which Swan collected, some from well-known early Port Townsend matrons.

Swan arrived in Port Townsend in 1859, not long after its founding in 1851. Port Townsend was his base, and Swan collected more than recipes. One of his many jobs and interests was compiling the ethnology and collecting artifacts of the Northwest natives for the Smithsonian Institution. In the process, he acquired his own collection of native art. Some of this collection, as well as other possessions of Swan’s, will be part of this new exhibit.

PT - Believe it or Knot!

From January through June, play the Port Townsend “Believe or Knot!” Game—a fun excuse to come downtown, pique your interest in unbelievable facts (or fiction!) about the salty seaport of Port Townsend. Complete the game and be entered in prize drawings. For more info, go to www.ptmainstreet.org/i-love-port-townsend/

Strange Brewfest photo by Kevin Mason
photo by Kevin Mason

There’s no time for winter blues—bring on the strange brews and plan to attend the 14th Annual Strange Brewfest, Jan. 26-27, boasting wildly inventive, palate-challenging craft brews featuring over 30 breweries and cideries, along with over 60 brews on tap.

Strange Brewfest 14, is the Mount Olympus of beer festivals, as the 14th version of Port Townsend’s ode to Northwest brewers and their imaginations lets you party like Greek Gods and Goddesses!

This iconic festival is an indoor-outdoor event based in downtown Port Townsend at the American Legion Hall in our National Historic Landmark District.

Strange Brew photo by Kevin Mason
photo by Kevin Mason

Taste is not the only sense that Strange Brewfest 14 will tempt. Be dazzled by the sights and sounds of the weekend with a continuous lineup of rockin’ music. Indulge in the carnival-like atmosphere that this festival is known for and enjoy its tasty food, too.

Admission to Strange Brewfest 14 is $30/person (21+) which gives you a souvenir tasting glass, four tasting tokens and a wristband for both days. Additional tasting tokens are $1.50 each. Make reservations for accommodations soon as Port Townsend gets sold out quickly for this event!

For event details visit www.strangebrewfestpt.com.

Save the date for upcoming events in February and March:

February 10-11 and February 17-19
Red Wine, Cider & Chocolate
11 am to 5 pm, www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org

February 24
27th Annual Shipwrights’ Regatta
www.nwmaritime.org/shiipwrights/

March 8-11
Key City Public Theatre’s 22nd Annual PT PlayFest
www.keycitypublictheatre.org

We look forward to welcoming you to Port Townsend in 2018! Wishing you a bright and beautiful Happy New Year!