AAA Three-Diamond Cottages with Modern Amenities and Breathtaking Views
In the late 19th century, the Reverend A. J. McNemee constructed a 16’x16’ wooden church in the seaside Washington town of Sequim. It looked out to awe-inspiring scenery—the snowcapped Olympic Mountains and the blue-gray waters of Dungeness Bay. Though Reverend McNemee and his congregation later moved inland to a more central location, 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, have since been updated to include modern comforts such as whirlpool baths, electric fireplaces, and cryogenic freezing chambers. The greatest perk of the accommodations, though, 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, cutthroat trout, and harbor seals. Onsite, it’s possible to rent out snowshoes, kayaks, or bicycles. You can find snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails less than an hour away from the cottages at Hurricane Ridge. In warmer weather, feel free to kayak across the calm waters of the bay nearby 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.
Visit the nearby Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, which has salmon nurseries and Dungeness crabs. 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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