In the past few years, the world has come to know what locals have known for years: Port Townsend is a special place for both visitors and residents alike. Publications from around the world and the interwebs have been talking about PT and it’s unique blend of maritime heritage, artist spirit, and urban chic. Here’s a sampling of recent accolades:

Port Townsend In the News

Top 10 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in the USA – – May 2015

20 Best Towns to Visit in 2015 – Smithsonian Magazine – May 2015

10 Most Beautiful Towns in Washington – – March 2015

20 US Cities for an Affordable Valentine’s Day – – February 2015

11 Most Romantic Small Towns – – February 2015

14 Best Small Cities for a First Date – – February 2015

Top 10 Foodie Towns to Retire – Huffington Post – December 2014

Top 10 Best Beach Town Bargains for Fall – Budget Travel – October 2014

10 Most Unique Historic Lodgings in the US – Huffington Post – September 2014

One of America’s Best Small Towns – Globe & Mail, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – July 2014

Top 10 Best Small Towns in America – Fodor’s Travel – June 2014

Top 10 Best Small Beach Towns for Retirees – CBS News – May 2014

12 Best Places for a Family Vacation – MSN – March 2014

One of the Best Main Streets in the US – Huffington Post & Fodor’s Guide – January 2014

Best 4 Small Towns for Retirement – USA Today – November 2013

Top 10 Best Beach Bargains – Budget Travel & Yahoo Travel – August 2013

Top 10 Best Places to Retire, if you’re a Boater – Boat US – May 2013

One of the Most Romantic Getaways in Washington – USA Today – February 2013

Top 10 Most Quirky Places to Retire – AARP Magazine – February 2013

Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America – Budget Travel, Fox News, NBC News, Yahoo Travel

– September 2012

Join us for Port Townsend’s “community holiday” celebration May 9-17!

80th Annual Rhododendron Festival
May 9-17, 2015
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Wednesday, May 13

  • 6pm Trike Race begins

Pet_paradeThursday, May 14

  • 4:30pm Pet Parade begins and the Funtastic Carnival opens at Memorial Field

Friday, May 15

  • 3:30pm Kiddie Parade begins with the Navy Band NW Concert to follow
  • 6:30pm Bed Races begin

Saturday, May 16

  • 1pm Rhody Festival Grand Paradewith a Cake Picnic to follow

Sunday, May 17

  • 11am Rhody Run XXXVII begins

Rhody Bed Race

Get ready to dive deep into Cajun culture with an authentic Cajun Swamp Pop Honky Tonk Dance featuring The Revelers,  on May 9, 2015 at the USO Building in Fort Worden.

Admission is $10 at the door, and the party will start at 7:30pm. Yes – there will be a beer garden!

The dance is the culmination of Centrum’sf Kitchen Culture – an authentic Cajun culinary, music and dance event taking place May 6-10, 2015, at Fort Worden. The gathering is guided by Southwest Louisiana food gurus Toby Rodriguez and Bryan Kyzer; Louisiana’s award-winning music supergroup The Revelers; and hot two-stepping duo Corey Porche and Sally Freund.

Not everyone can book a trip Louisiana to discover this. That’s why Kitchen Culture is bringing it to you.

Kitchen Culture combines the music, food and dances of Louisiana, a trinity of creativity and a way of life, established in the hearts and souls of its people since day one, says Chas Justus, of The Revelers. It is a culture existing in context with each element feeding off the other, not fulfilling its calling individually but existing for one another, making each other shine.

Food: Centrum will create an authentic boucherie at Fort Worden, guided by Toby Rodriguez and Bryan Kyzer from Southwest Louisiana. If you are looking for authentic Cajun culinary instruction, are committed to the farm-to-table movement, and interested in locally-sourced food, Kitchen Culture is for you. Learn more about the food track!

Music. Kitchen Culture will give you the opportunity to improve your Cajun music chops with an immersion into southwest Louisiana music making, courtesy of The Revelers – one of America’s finest cajun bands.

Dance. Cajun and Zydeco dance aren’t just art forms – they are cultural experiences in their own right. Corey Porche will be your guide and get you movin’!

Learn more about Kitchen Culture: