In A Nutshell: Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend lighthouse

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What to Do: Walk on the beach, i.e. go north from the marina to Chetzemoka Park; grab a cup at Velocity Coffee Bar and browse the shops downtown; charter a sailboat at Schooner Suva ; visit Fort Worden State Park  where An Officer and A Gentleman was filmed. Be sure and wander through the old WWII bunkers by the beach. You MUST take a day trip and hike in Olympic National Park.

Where To EatSweet Laurette for dinner. Also Alchemy. Both are downtown and serve up seasonal, local menus. For breakfast, Hudson Point Cafe. A diner, really, with crab cakes and salmon omelettes, in case you need to top off your seafood fix; Coffee at Velocity Coffee Bar in the Maritime Center; Farmers Market for salmon sandwiches and fresh fruit. Pick up ingredients for dinner if you have a kitchen.

Where To Stay: We were in Sally’s beautiful house on the hill which looked out over the Straits and shipping channel. It was perfect…Short of that invitation, check out the Port Townsend Guide.

Foodie Finds: Tiny Mt. Townsend Creamery whose cheeses are sold all over the country; Farmers Market; the Coop for groceries and supplies.

Culinary Inspirations: Fresh berries, especially black and raspberries; seafood of all kinds, i.e. salmon, mussels and oysters; vibrant fresh producezucchini, broccoli, cherries, beets, arugula, radishes…PT is one big garden. Also, lavender.

Why PT?: Because Port Townsend is cool (yes, both ways), sophisticated with beautiful scenery, good food and outdoor activities galore. You need a minimum of four days to unwind and do it all.







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