About Port Townsend

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Enjoy the rainshadow effect that shelters Port Townsend from 85% of the rain that the rest of the Pacific Northwest receives.  A trip to Port Townsend can be a lifetime memory, and many people decide that it an ideal place to live. Most of the city is easily accessible on foot. Cuisine choices are outstanding and include several award-winning restaurants—take the time to enjoy a meal. Touring the historic homes and buildings can be done by foot or by car. while the history of Port Townsend is young by world standards, we are proud of restoring out heritage. Port Townsend is only one of three Victorian Seaports on the National Register of Historic Places. There are over 15 unique art galleries featuring classic to innovative visual arts. The artistic soul soars in the community of Port Townsend. Enjoy a walk along the beaches. Stroll the miles of trails at Fort Worden with views of the shipping lanes on the Strait of Juan de Fuca or deep forests where deer still wander without fear. The gardens at Chetzemoka Park are enjoyable every season. Find out more about sub areas of Port Townsend by choosing; Cape George, Kala Point & Marrowstone Island.

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Port Townsend Picture Gallery

Sunset Magazine names Port Townsend...


RUNNERS-UP # 3, best place to live. If you like boats, arts, Victorian architecture, and incredible access to the outdoors, this Olympic Peninsula town is a little bit of heaven. Alongside the highly browsable indie shops and restaurants packed with local food, residents get to enjoy Fort Warden, an early 20th.century army base turned state park that boasts a plentiful event calendar thanks to local arts organization Centrum. Port Townsend's Wooden Boot Festival, held each September, A best in the world, and The Great Port Townsend Boy Kinetic Sculpture Race is not far behind. Plus the misty peaks and rain forests of Olympic National Park are only an hour away. 



  • Top 10 Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in the USA – TheCultureTrip.com – May 2015
  • 20 Best Towns to Visit in 2015 – Smithsonian Magazine – May 2015
  • 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Washington – TheCultureTrip.com – March 2015
  • 20 US Cities for an Affordable Valentine’s Day – CouponsDaily.com – February 2015
  • 11 Most Romantic Small Towns – SmarterTravel.com – February 2015
  • 14 Best Small Cities for a First Date – DatingAdvice.com – February 2015
  • Top 10 Foodie Towns to Retire – Huffington Post – December 2014
  • Top 10 Best Beach Town Bargains for Fall – Budget Travel – October 2014
  • 10 Most Unique Historic Lodgings in the US – Huffington Post – September 2014
  • One of America’s Best Small Towns – Globe & Mail, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – July 2014
  • Top 10 Best Small Towns in America – Fodor’s Travel – June 2014
  • Top 10 Best Small Beach Towns for Retirees – CBS News – May 2014
  • 12 Best Places for a Family Vacation – MSN – March 2014
  • One of the Best Main Streets in the US – Huffington Post & Fodor’s Guide – January 2014
  • Best 4 Small Towns for Retirement – USA Today – November 2013
  • Top 10 Best Beach Bargains – Budget Travel & Yahoo Travel – August 2013
  • Top 10 Best Places to Retire, if you’re a Boater – Boat US – May 2013
  • One of the Most Romantic Getaways in Washington – USA Today – February 2013
  • Top 10 Most Quirky Places to Retire – AARP Magazine – February 2013
  • Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America – Budget Travel, Fox News, NBC News, Yahoo Travel

Getting to Port Townsend

Travel time to Port Townsend from Seattle. 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • Take the Seattle to Bainbridge Ferry.
  • Follow 305 North off ferry for 13 miles.
  • Turn right onto WA-3 towards Olympic Peninsula.
  • Turn Left onto WA-104W
  • Turn right onto WA-19N and follow to Port Townsend.