Sequim: Nothing ever smelled so good

I’ve been to Sequim twice in the past 6 years — once on my way around the Olympic Peninsula, and the other, last weekend for the 10th annual Lavender Festival.

What’s that, I hear you say? The Lavender Festival’s this weekend? Very observant of you. However, while I do like lavender, I hate crowds, so I hit upon a plan to visit Sequim before the crowds. Last year, they had 34000 visitors, so I doubt very much they’ll miss me.

I managed to hit all 8 farms, although one of them was a drive-by at 50 miles an hour. Faves include:

Jardin du Soleil and Purple Haze for sheer prettiness

Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm for the nice little garden. Petals cafe, on site, is reputedly a good little restaurant that started out as Australian before morphing into “international”. I’ll have to try that some other time. Instead we stopped at Cedar Creek Cuisine on the advice of our host. The crab cakes were great; very chunky, but the remoulade sauce was wasted on me. I just don’t like that stuff. The organic greens salad was a great little hodgepodge of fruit and whatnot, but don’t bother getting the salmon addition to it. Way too tough.

Lost Mountain Lavender. Hitting it at sunset — which of course, none of you will do — we saw an adorable deer stealing cherries (and then later, less adorably peeing on the lawn)

Standing in the middle of the garden at Cedarbrook, I inhaled deeply, and was almost knocked flat by the incredible perfume of a bazillion lavender blooms. I didn’t just go to see lavender, hell, I have two bushes in my front yard. I came to see Lavender with a capital L, bushes stretching out all around me, to stand in the middle of all that purple, and be deafened by the humming of the bees (the first two farms mentioned are definitely good candidates for this).

If you go: remember, this ain’t no “tulip festival” — the whole point of growing lavender is for the blooms. Everyone in Sequim is just waiting for you to leave, and as soon as you do they will get to work cutting. By August, there will likely be nothing left. Don’t wait.

Also, a good word for some of the other attractions in the area: Dungeness Spit (don’t forget to put in your $3 to hike in the area — this year your fees are buying GRAVEL.), and the Olympic Game Farm (a little bit of advice here: make sure you’re the driver, put everyone else’s windows on child-lock, and then roll their windows all down and laugh hysterically as the bison come in to lick their faces).

Ah, Sequim! I’ll be back for sure.

2 Comments so far

  1. Mary Jo (unregistered) on July 10th, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

    Interesting, but it says the festival isn’t until this weekend, NOT last.

  2. Edie and Marcia (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

    We went to the best Lavendar farm, “Olivers Lavendar Farm”. The owner was not only hospitable, but extremely kind. She walked us through her lush gardens and explained her many varieties of plants. The lavendar fields were beautiful. The experience was very pleasant and worth another visit. A BIG THANK YOU to OLIVERS!!

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