Port Townsend Family Weekend
Port Townsend, WA, USA created by Renata Moran
Port Townsend Weekend
Every summer my family and I make an annual trip to the seafaring town of Port Townsend. Once a trading hub that rivaled Seattle, this now quaint Victorian era town is home to retired hippies and avid artists. Despite its small size every time we visit we discover something new, only further deepening our love for this Washington gem.
Book a stay in an officer’s house at Fort Warden State Park. Its close proximity to the city makes it a perfect home base. With an extensive sandy beach, hiking trails, old army bunkers, Marine Science Center, Coast Artillery Museum and more your time could easily be spent just on the grounds.
Pack a picnic lunch and head to Chetzemoka Park located on Blaine St. Beautiful flower gardens and a stunning view of the Cascade Mountains are sure to awe. Kids will be happily entertained as there is a full play set and easy beach access. Be sure to walk to the far side of the park where a gigantic tire swing awaits you!
Downtown is home to a number of eclectic shops, art galleries, cafes and more. Walk to the end of Water St to see the newly refurbished Maritime Center. We were able to catch a free tour around the center. Be sure to take the steps at the end of Taylor St to Uptown where there are numerous Antique shops. In the summer months, Uptown hosts a farmer’s market every Wednesday and Saturday. Walk to the end of Water St.
Seeing a movie at the Rose Theater is an essential historical Port Townsend experience. www.rosetheatre.com
For a satisfying seafood meal and fantastic service visit Fins. Stop in Elevated Ice Cream for homemade ice cream that is to die for. They are more than willing to let you sample their many unique flavors.
On your way out of town, stop by the Port Townsend Brewing Company on 10th Street, to bring a taste of the town home with you. Their Hop Diggity IPA is my favorite. http://www.porttownsendbrewing.com/
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