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Port Townsend's scenic opportunities include the Jefferson County Courthouse, Port Townsend Bay and 19th century business blocks stretched along her quiet waterfront. Some of the ornate Victorian mansions - perched on bluffs, overlooking the bay and Admiralty Inlet - now offer bed-and-breakfast lodging for visitors.

The unique panoramic view of the Cascades - from Mount Baker to Mount Rainier - punctuates the horizon to the east. On the south and west, the snow-capped Olympics dominate the view. Out at Point Wilson, where Puget Sound meets the Strait of Juan de Fuca, barracks, parade ground and officer's quarters of Fort Warden State Park evoke memories of the motion picture "Officer and a Gentleman" for which it was the location.

In all seasons of the year Port Townsend is alive with visitor activities. There are many opportunities to get out on the water, from sea kayaking and sailing to boarding an excursion boat or joining a wildlife cruise.

Hiking, bicycling, golf, camping and beachcombing are all right here within the city limits. Many of Port Townsend's historic buildings now house antique and craft shops, galleries and fine restaurants. Centrum presents a range of seasonal performances ranging from symphony and chamber music to fiddle tunes and jazz. Littl theater and jazz clubs add to the entertainment mix.

In 1976, the Downtown waterfront district and the residential area on the bluff above were designated a National Historic District. Later, Fort Warden and the city of Port Townsend were designated National Landmarks. The city is further recognized as one of only three Victorian seaports on the National Register.

The people of Port Townsend place great importance on outdoor recreation. Within the boundries of the city, nearly 500 acres are dedicated as public open space. Thirteen park sites are currently maintained by the City. Port Townsend offers a variet of open and natural settings for picnics, beach walks, rest and relaxation.

Marvel at our historic Victorian architecture. Sleep in a hundred-year-old bed. Join us in a gallery walk. Enjoy an outdoor concert. Discover the town's early life through visits to the Coast Artillery and Jefferson County Museums, Fort Worden's Commanding Officer's House,and Rothshild House State Park.

Port Townsend hosts more than 40 special events year round. From early residnet Joe Kuhn's historic clam bake, to blues and jazz festivals, to Victorian winter holidays, our community offers more activities than there are hours in the day.

Annual Events

January

Duplicate Bridge Tournament, Chamber Music Port Townsend

February

Shipwright's Rigatta, Arctic Open Golf Tournament, Discovery Bay Salmon Derby

March

Victorian Festival

April

Maritime Swap Meet

May

Rhody Festival Grand Parade, Rhody Run, Rhododendron Festival

June

Classic Mariner's Regatta, Country Blues Workshop, Country Blues Festival, Olympic Music Festival

July

Jefferson Days & Fireworks, Fiddle Tunes Workshop, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Franklin Court Free Noon Concerts, Writers' Conference, Low Tide Festival, Bud Shank Jazz Workshop, Jazz Port Townsend, Olympic Music Festival

August

Jefferson County Fair, Kiwanis Classic Car Show, Uptown Street Fair, Marrowstone Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, Franklin Court Free Noon Concerts

September

Wooden Boat Festival, Crafts By The Dock, Community Clam Bake, Olympic Music Festival, Cabin Fever Quilt Show, Historic Homes Tour, Sea Kayaking Symposium, Quimper Arts Show & Sale

October

Kinetic Sculpture Race, Quilting By The Sound

November

Fall Arts & Crafts Fair, Wild Olympic Salmon Festival, Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair

December

Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade, Bed & Breakfast Open Parlor, Artist Holiday Sale

Port Townsend, located in the "rain shadow" of the Olympics, receives a scant 16-18 inches of rainfall per year. Winters are cool with moderate rainfall and little snow, Summers are warm and relatively dry. Summer temperatures average in the 50s-60s range. Winter days average in the 40s.

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