Eat & Drink - Sip & Savor

Port Townsend’s rich bounty of surf and turf means Foodies had better make some room!

Port Townsend’s food and drink scene is vibrant and thriving with an abundance of culinary experiences for you to enjoy. Our artistic soul encompasses award-winning chefs who showcase the local, seasonal bounty from our farms and sea to artisan brewers, winemakers, distillers and cidermakers pairing their craft beverages with memorable meals. 

In 2022, 10Best by USA Today named Port Townsend to their list of Best Small Town Food Scenes. With over 30 local restaurants to choose from offering cuisines from all over the world, locals and visitors alike are sure to find an abundance of options to suit their tastebuds.

Half Day Itinerary

Go on a tasting tour to sample your favorite drinks. Be sure to check for hours of operation before heading out and don’t forget the designated driver.

Cider, Brew, Mead & Spirits Tasting

Start in Port Townsend at:

Just outside of Port Townsend, start the cider route at:

And end the afternoon with mead at:

Wine Tasting

Begin your wine tasting tour at Port Townsend’s oldest winery:

Take a half hour drive to Marrowstone Island to:

And on your way back to Port Townsend stop in at:

Evening Pub Crawl

Be sure to check out the hours of operation before going. Some of these places offer food as well.

  • Pourhouse (on the water, with beachfront sipping), 2231 Washington Street, 360.379.5586, www.ptpourhouse.com
  • Sirens Pub (lunch, dinner with a waterfront deck), 823 Water Street, 360.379.1100, www.sirenspub.com
  • The In Between (craft cocktails, small plates), 823 Water Street (one floor below Sirens), 360.379.2425, www.theinbetweenpt.com
  • Cellar Door (craft cocktails, dinner, music), 940 Water Street, #1, 360.385.6959, www.cellardoorpt.com
  • Port Townsend Vineyards Downtown Tasting Room, 215 Taylor Street, 360.344.8155, www.porttownsendvineyards.com
  • Taps at the Guardhouse (craft cocktails, small plates), 300 Eisenhower Avenue, 360.344.4400, ext. 105, www.fortworden.org/eat-here/

Farmers Markets

Jefferson County has three Farmers Markets, three days a week in three locations, where you can buy from local farms and producers, from produce to flowers to baked goods and beverages. Here’s an opportunity to support growers and artisans. www.jcfmarkets.org

  • Uptown Port Townsend on Saturdays – Farms, Food, Arts and Music (April – Dec., 9am-2pm)
  • Chimacum on Sundays – In the heart of our farming community (Jun – Oct., 10am-2pm)

Photo by David Conklin

For local produce, products and grab-and-go meals, check out the Port Townsend Food Co-op, 414 Kearney Street, 360.385.2883, www.foodcoop.coop, and the Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 9122 Rhody Dr, 360.732.0107, www.chimacumcorner.com.

Full Day Itineraries

Farm to Table

Experience a working farm up close. Talk to the farmers. Learn what they grow and why, plus who they sell it to. Offer to lend a hand of help, if you’re so inclined. Then head to one of the local farm to table eateries and taste the magic as one of our talented chefs transforms local ingredients into tasty delights.

Eateries specializing in farm-to-table and/or made-from scratch meals:

Port Townsend:

Fort Worden:

Port Hadlock/Chimacum:

  • Ajax Café (dinner on the waterfront), 21 S. Water Street, Port Hadlock, 360.385.1965, www.ajaxcafe.com
  • Farms Reach Café (breakfast and lunch), 8972 Beaver Valley Road, Chimacum, 360.732.4200, www.farmsreachcafe.com
  • Finnriver Cidery (lunch and dinner), 124 Center Road, Chimacum, 360.339.8478, www.finnriver.com

Take in the Artisan Food Festival in May, sponsored by www.jcfmarkets.org.

Attend the Jefferson County Farm Tour in September, www.extension.wsu.edu/jefferson/agriculture/farm-tour/

2-Day Itineraries

Tours and Tastings

Day One – Wineries & Cideries

Experience the stunning beauty surrounding our wineries and cideries. Learn how they’re made and taste their delicious diversity. The cideries offer an intimate opportunity to experience the hard cider revival occurring around the world. Our wineries showcase varietals both locally-grown and from eastern Washington, celebrating the state’s global reputation for world-class wines. And the meadery creates small-batch handcrafted meads made simply with honey, water and yeast, then aged to bring about rich, complex flavors to meads made with fruit or infused with spices.

Day Two – Brews & Spirits

From classic ales hand-crafted for over 20 years to ones brewed with various seasonal wild herbs, our beer scene is not be missed. Port Townsend boasts being the home of the first craft distillery on the Olympic Peninsula, using water from the Olympic Mountains and local ingredients for flavors and aromas reflective of the area.

 

Farm to Table

Day One – Port Townsend farms + lunch at Fort Worden

Start the a day of it by visiting one of Port Townsend’s local farms open to the public (be sure to check hours of operation) before heading to Fort Worden to enjoy a farm-to-fort-to-table meal!

Farms:

Fort Worden:

Day Two – Hadlock/Chimacum area farms + lunch in Chimacum

Farms:

Port Hadlock/Chimacum:

  • Ajax Café (dinner on the waterfront), 21 S. Water Street, Port Hadlock, 360.385.1965, www.ajaxcafe.com
  • Farms Reach Café (breakfast and lunch), 8972 Beaver Valley Road, Chimacum, 360.732.4200, www.farmsreachcafe.com
  • Finnriver Cidery (lunch and dinner), 124 Center Road, Chimacum, 360.339.8478, www.finnriver.com

Strange Brewfest

No time for winter blues—bring on the strange brews at the Port Townsend Strange Brewfest, the third weekend each January. This two-day event boasts wildly inventive, palate-challenging craft brews featuring over 30 breweries and cideries, along with over 60 brews on tap. Strange Brewfest is the Mount Olympus of beer festivals, as the 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.

Plan Your Future Trip

Map is a fun and interactive way to plan your future dream vacation in Jefferson County. The map links to local businesses and activities in the area, features an easy to use itinerary planner which is sharable on social media, it has a calendar of local events when safe & healthy events can once again be scheduled, and showcases popular trail maps. iMap is a trip planner right at your fingertips. Plan your trip and start exploring what Jefferson County has to offer!