In the late 19th century, the Reverend A. J. McNemee moved his congregation to the secluded seaside town of Sequim. He constructed a 16’x16’ wooden church with timber culled from area, and it's surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery—the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and the blue-gray waters of Dungeness Bay. Three years later, Reverend McNemee and his congregation moved inland to a more central location, but the church was left intact. Today, it's situated at the southeastern-most edge of the property at Juan de Fuca Cottages and Suites.
The original cottages at Juan de Fuca, constructed in about 1916, were no-frills unheated summer cabins. They stayed this way up until the early 1980s, when a new owner added modern amenities, including whirlpool baths, electric fireplaces, and cryogenic freezing chambers.
The greatest perk of the accommodations might be the vantage point. Frommer’s praises the property for having “well-tended cottages with excellent views,” commending in particular those that look southward toward the Olympic Mountains. To the north, Dungeness Bay shelters an abundance of wildlife including Dungeness crabs, young salmon and cutthroat trout, and harbor seals. Rent a recreational kayak to paddle across the bay's calm waters to Dungeness Lighthouse, which runs free, daily tours. Or, hop on a bicycle to whizz past farmlands and aromatic lavender fields.Sequim, Washington: Coastal Town Perfumed by Lavender Fields and Dungeness Crab Cakes
Just a two-hour drive from Seattle, Sequim is sidled up next to the cool waters of the Pacific Northwest and the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains. It's a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape the crowds and commotion of the city. Pay a visit to the nearby Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, which has salmon nurseries and Dungeness crabs. These creatures also serve as the focal point of the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival, held October 12–14 this year.
A few miles inland, Olympic National Park shelters pristine hiking trails and colorful ocean tide pools among its rugged peaks.
Sequim falls directly within the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains: the area averages fewer than 15 inches of precipitation per year. Its dry, sunny climate provides ideal growing conditions for lavender, earning it the title of Lavender Capital of North America. Throughout the summer months, visitors can walk through the fragrant, purple fields of local farms such as Purple Haze Lavender, a certified organic lavender farm in the Dungeness Valley.
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