PNW Summer 2017 Trip: Day 1: Strawberries, Lavender and Ice Cream in Sequim
In late June, we travelled as family of 10 to the Pacific Northwest, in order to visit Olympic National Park. Our group included 2 grandparents (healthy, in their late 60's), my family 2 boys - ages 2 and 4), and my brother's family (their kids -10 year old boy and 5 year old girl). I planned this trip to include a combination of fun activities, suitable for all ages. We visited the Olympic Peninsula for 5 days, described in the next few posts. You can also find all of our ONP posts under the label "Travel-with Kids"
Since we were arriving from Arizona and California, our family met up at the Seattle Airport - SeaTac. After renting our cars (we booked through Costco), it was already around noon. We decided to grab a quick bite on the road and headed towards our first rental home in the Port Angeles area. For family travel, I like to find houses from airBNB, homeaway/ VBRO because there is more room for the kids, kitchen and laundry access -more on this in the next post.
We took the route using the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and stopped in Sequim (pronounced "Skwim") on our way, as it seemed like a charming place full of lavender fields and farms. Since it took us about 3 hours to get there from the airport (with a short lunch & bathroom break), we didn't arrive until 3:40pm. This limited what we could do, since most of the farms close around 4 or 5pm. We were able to squeeze in strawberry picking, a lavender field and ice cream!
Our boys love U-pick, so our first stop was Graymarsh Farm U-Pick, where they happily (and quickly) picked strawberries until closing time 4pm.
After Strawberry picking, we decided to visit a Lavender Farm. There are so many in Sequim, but we were short in time, so I relied on yelp to find a highly rated one close to where we were. In late June, the lavender was not quite in full bloom (the Lavender festival tends to be mid July), but it was still very pretty. We spent some time enjoying the beautiful Jardin Du Soleil Lavender farm where the kids enjoyed running through the fields and their maze. They also had some gorgeous poppies in bloom. We only wish we could have spent more time here. They have a gift shop on site full of wonderful locally made lavender goods.
1. Strawberry Picking at Graymarsh Farm Upick - 6187 Woodcock Rd, Sequim WA 98382, 360-683-5563, open until 4pm (call to double check hours and what is available for Upick)
2. Jardin Du Soleil Lavender farm - 3932 Sequim Dungeons Way, Sequim WA 98382, 360-582-1185, open until 5pm.
3. Ice cream at Dungeness Valley Creamery - 1915 Towne Rd, Sequim WA 98383, open until 5pm.