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Port Townsend Shines This Spring

The temperature is rising as we are starting to get our first glimpses of Spring. Port Townsend is a gorgeous year-round destination with exciting activities indoor and out, no matter the season! Consider some of these amazing events happening in the coming weeks for an exciting getaway!

interested in putting on your dancing shoes? Stop by Manresa Castle on March 4, 2022 for March Masquerade! It’s an evening of dance and drinks featuring premiere Bollywood DJ Kazan. Show up in costume and join the fun!

Northwind Art presents The Graphic Memoir with Steve Brodner, March 4-6, 2022. From Northwind Art: ‘Award-winning graphic artist and journalist Steve Brodner introduces you to the art of the graphic memoir genre. Graphic memoirs are sequential illustrations or art with accompanying text that tells an autobiographical or semi-autobiographical story.

Step-by-step, you’ll create a visual narrative based on your own experience. Discover the effectiveness of this exciting form for communicating the full range of human experience and how much easier and fun than you might have imagined. Steve guides you in writing, pacing and sketching including the use of finishing techniques such as pen and ink, paint, digital or other media. All levels welcome.’

She Tells Sea Tales presented by the Northwest Maritime Center will be happening virtually on March 5, 2022. From the NWMC: ‘Hilarious and heartbreaking, raw and brutally honest—She Tells Sea Tales offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of women in the maritime industry. Experience an evening of real sea stories told by the women mariners who have lived them in this beloved sell-out event that connects women from across all waters. She Tells Sea Tales will be held virtually.’

The Jefferson County Museum of Art & History is re-opening after a period of restoration to an exiting exhibit happening in March! From the Museum: ‘Wood is an exhibition featuring the work of six artists with portraits by Jeremy Johnson and historic hand tools form the JCHS collection. Our tentative re-opening date for the Jefferson Museum of Art & History is Thursday, March 10, 2022. Keep an eye on the Museum’s website for their latest updates on operating hours and details about a special April open house celebrating new exhibits and restored doors.’

Another exciting option for enjoying Port Townsend is utilizing Jefferson Transit’s new Kingston Express Shuttle Program. The shuttle is free through March 31, 2022, and only $8 after. The transit service is equipped with a bike rack and only has four stops, the Kingston Ferry Terminal, the Gateway Visitor Center, Four Corner Park and Ride and Haines Place Park and Ride in Port Townsend! Use this shuttle as a jumping off point for cycling in and around Port Townsend!

Port Townsend is a fantastic year-round destination, but its beauty really starts to shine in the spring time. Be sure to check out EnjoyPT.com to start planning your trip!

February Fun in PT

Not only is Port Townsend a great spot for a quick getaway all year round, it is a particularly wonderful location to take that special someone for a weekend trip. Here are a few of the romantic activities you can enjoy for Valentine’s Day, or whenever you plan on staying!

The Old Alcohol Plant is featuring a special Valentine’s Day Weekend at the Spirits Bar & Grill. Celebrate with drink specials, Prix fixe menu and live music at the Old Alcohol Plant’s Spirit Bar and Grill starting Friday, Feb 11th through Monday, Feb 14th. Reserve your table today!

Visit Finnriver Farm and Cidery to experience “Up With Love” on February 13th. The event will feature performances from the Pop Up Movement, a seasonal dinner special by Finnriver Kitchen, Love & Bubbles and other cocktails and delicious dessert offerings.

There are many fantastic options for places to stay on your trip. Consider some of the downtown hotels like the Palace Hotel or Waterstreet Hotel to enjoy a classic Port Townsend experience. Or, you can check out one of the many fantastic B&B locations in the city like the Blue Gull Inn or Old Consulate Inn. If you’re just in town for a day trip, consider stopping in at many of the fantastic shops in the city to get that perfect gift for your special someone.

For any movie goers interested in a unique viewing experience, consider taking in a film at the Rose Theatre. The Rose is a beautiful location that lives up to its roots as a Vaudeville Theatre. Enjoy a film at the Rose, or head upstairs to the Starlight Room and relax on couches in a more intimate viewing setting.

There are plenty of other fun things to do in Port Townsend if you don’t make it for Valentine’s Day.

The Port Townsend Chamber Music series presented by Centrum is returning for in person performances at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden State Park. The Merz Trio will be performing on February 20. From Centrum:

“Hailed as ‘artists in the deepest sense of the word’ and lauded for their ‘stunning virtuosity,’ Merz Trio won the prestigious 2021 Naumberg competition, as well as at the Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, and Chesapeake Competitions. Their narrative programming style juxtaposes classical standards, new music, and their own arrangements interwoven with introductions and context from the Trio’s members. Enjoy witnessing their rapid rise in the world of chamber music.”

Looking to improve your Instagram skills? Why not try Instagram for Artists with David Owen Hasting on February 24. The online course will take you through everything Instagram, from starting an account and how to use hashtags effectively, all the way through to creating content and maintaining a consistent presence. Visit Northwind Art to sign up for the course.

No matter why or when you visit, Port Townsend has a little something for everyone. Visit EnjoyPT.com for help with planning your future trip!

Year-round Outdoor Adventures in Port Townsend

Port Townsend is one of those rare locations that is a 12-month destination with mild winters and gorgeous summers. There are plenty of options for adventure outside all year round, including enjoying the ocean, viewing beautiful scenery, and exploring the fantastic trails spread throughout the city. Check out some of these locations on your next visit to this amazing destination.

It’s impossible to visit Port Townsend without getting amazing views of the ocean. Visit Point Hudson to stroll along the beach and soak in views of the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Or, visit the Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden and learn about the maritime and Port Townsend history of the lighthouse, then explore the beach below the bluffs at the Fort.

If you’d like to experience Port Townsend through its trails, there are a couple of options that will give you the most comprehensive experience of the town.

The čičməhán Trail (Cheech-ma-han) highlights areas of indigenous importance in Port Townsend.  Explore the trail by foot, bike or car! The trail is made up of way points you can explore around town one at a time, and it’s a fantastic way to explore not only the community’s history, but the town in general.

Another popular trail is the Larry Scott Trail, which is the starting point for the Olympic Discovery Trail. Beginning at the picturesque working waterfront known as Boat Haven, the trail explores the areas around Port Townsend and it works its way across the Peninsula as the trail connects with trailheads further west.

Outside of town is another beautiful location for exploring, the Ludlow Falls Trail. It’s a fantastic, year-round trail perfect for a quick stop either coming in or leaving Port Townsend. Follow the trail for a quick there and back walk to a beautiful overlook of the falls.  The trail is only .6 miles so perfect for a quick walk about.

If you’d like to explore the city on wheels, there are great local options for bike rentals in town. The ReCyclery has a fantastic fleet of bikes and each rental comes with a helmet and bike lock. Also, if you’re only in town for the weekend, you can still return bikes on Sunday or Monday when the shop is closed, the staff will coordinate drop off with you. There are endless bike lanes threaded throughout the rider-friendly which will keep you connected to where you want to be!

To get great views of the area from the water, consider booking a trip with Olympic Kayak Tours. The tours offer unguided and guided options with an experienced naturalist. It’s a truly unique way to experience the beauty of the area.

No matter what your preferred exploration method, Port Townsend has an experience for everyone! Visit Enjoypt.com to get helpful tips on planning your next dream getaway!

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