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Smiling faces and relaxed visitors would describe those who came to the Washington Lavender Festival this year. Many visitors came looking for lavender treasure and achieved what they consider to be a successful discovery of the best of America’s Provence.

Our desire was to see you leave reluctantly with pleasant memories and a bit of Martha’s Own lavender to help refresh those memories over the next year. We trust you found good value for your investment of time, energy and equity. Thanks for coming! If you came this year, then we hope to see you back next year. If you didn’t make it this year, mark your calendar for July 13-22, 2018. A Press Release has been issued with these dates in mind. More details will follow. Until then, our farm store will be open every day until fall and then by appointment.

Here are a few memories from this year’s festival that were captured by volunteer photographer, Ron Stecker. Catch the spirit of America’s Provence™ where the Olympic Mountains roll down to the sea and lavender grows so well.

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Relax and Rejuvenate at the Washington Lavender Festival

IMG_5878Every year a growing number of festival attendees come with happy faces and a deeper love for our oceanfront lavender farm. With views to die for and fragrant lavender blowing in the ocean breezes, there’s so much to soak in. And there’s nothing like it in the Sequim Valley. This year we have provided lots of shade with the comfort of a large event tent and plenty of seats for eating lavender ice cream and schnitzel.

Tickets are available at the gate for $10 with a Washington Lavender Farm coupon for $5 off your purchase of $10 or more on purchases in the farm store.

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TRAFFIC ALERT!!

Make sure you don’t rely on your GPS to come this year!

Directions to the Washington Lavender Festival are easy this year, but don’t rely on your GPS. There’s a road closure on Old Olympic Hwy coming from Sequim. Just STAY ON Hwy 101 ALL THE WAY TO SHORE ROAD and turn right. Head down the hill towards the ocean and look for the large white house with a red roof. You can’t miss it! Here’s a handy link with the best route highlighted for you: https://goo.gl/maps/zGJoWJUs3zK2 

Washington Lavender Festival

Here’s the list of events for the three days of our farm festival, July 21-23, 2017:

Every Day Events:

Photo ops in the lavender field
U-pick lavender
Kid-friendly crafts
Antique cars
Make your own woven lavender wand (Friday/Saturday 2- 4p.m, Sunday 1-3 p.m.)
Make your own lavender wreath (continuous all day)
Make-and-take kids’ crafts
Treasure hunt for kids
Farm Animals
Beekeeping demonstrations
Essential oil distillation demonstrations
Cooking demonstrations (11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)
Coffee roasting demonstrations and lavender coffee tastings (12:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.)
4-H animals and displays (Saturday)

Music

Friday, July 21, 2017
10 a.m.-4 p.m. —Variety of piano and instrumental classical & folk music
4-6 p.m. — Sequim City Band Clarinet Choir

Saturday, July 22, 2017
10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Old Tyme Country
2-4 p.m. — Toot Sweet
4-6 p.m. — Old Tyme Country

Sunday, July 23, 2017
10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. — Variety of piano and instrumental classical & folk music
2-4 p.m. — The Saxologists, saxophone quintet
4-6 p.m. — Variety of piano and instrumental classical & folk music

Food

Itty Bitty Schnitty – a German food truck serving chicken, pork and vegetarian schnitzel, fries, red kraut, German potato salad, and pretzels with cheese. Kids will love their bite size nuggets of schnitzel. www.ittybittyschnitty.com
Farm Ice Cream & Coffee Shop – Featuring six varieties of lavender ice cream and sorbet, lavender lemonade, lavender lime floats and hot or iced George Washington coffee.

Vendors

• Priscilla Patterson
Original paintings featuring colonial images as well as locally themed images
www.priscillamessnerpatterson.com
• Mack’s Novelty & Ceramics
Handmade and hand-painted ceramics, including many lavender-themed products and a variety of crocheted kitchen items.
www.macksceramicsshop.com
• Whimsical Woods
Hand-crafted all-natural birdhouses, bird feeders and Gnome Homes made from downed trees and other natural materials gathered from the woods on their 14 acres of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
www.whimsicalwoods.net
• Ewe-Nique Quilts & Gifts
Quilted table runners, wall hangings and pillows with hand-embroidered lavender flowers and scented with lavender buds. Other gifts include penny rugs, quilts, sachets and pin cushions.
• The Shepherd’s Fold
Unique hand-spun and/or hand-woven articles, specializing in hand-spun hats and hand-woven rugs.
• Seahorse Inspirations
Beautiful semi-precious gemstone jewelry set in sterling silver.
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• Modern and Medieval Woodturning
Wood-turners that specialize in making turned wood items that span history, including bowls, cooking items, tools, and much more. Come watch the lathe in action.
• Spinning the Moon
Providing spinners with wonderful fibers harvested right here in the USA, sourced from independent farms for sheep’s wool, alpaca, angora and mohair. http://spinningthemoon.com/
• B.U.tiful by Andrea
Handcrafted jewelry of semi-precious stones and glass.
• Samona’s Poking Fun
One of a kind hand-made fabric and fibre art. Whimsical crochet (mermaid tails), and other photo props, tea cozies and attire. Soft sculpture dolls, pin cushions, quilts and etui sewing boxes to enjoy and leave us all in stitches!
• Liliya Velvet Airbrush Tattoos

Nonprofits

• Gideons International offering Bibles to anyone interested
• North Olympic Peninsula Beekeepers Association – Honeybees and Lavender (Mark Urnes)
• 4-H animals on display Saturday
• Tour de Lavender — A cycling event for families as well as experienced cyclists on Saturday, Aug. 5. Register online while on the farm and receive the early-bird discount.

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More info on Sequim Lavender Weekend is available here.

Festival dates are July 21-23, 2017

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Our lavender field is waking up! (Photo credit: C.Miklus/GHP)

Spring is just around the corner when our lavender plants spring back to life! Each year we add some new component to our farm venture. Last year we added some Chinese Forget-Me-Nots to the wildflower collection, in particular as “water” under the Old North Bridge replica. Test plots of heritage grains were grown along the Finn Hall Road frontage. The oceanfront lavender labyrinth is a great place to relax and enjoy the views. We hope to see you this summer! Our farm store opens in May. In the off-season you can always call for an appointment (360-452-5207) if you want to shop the B&B inn’s gift shop.

Inn and Farm featured in The Seattle Times

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During the slow month of January we had a lovely visit and stay by The Seattle Times Travel writer, Brian Cantwell and his sweet wife. Brian followed the innkeepers around the inn, farm store and lavender farm, furiously scribbling notes in his notepad the whole time. Their nice visit was followed up with a charming photo shoot by their in-house photographer, Greg Gilbert. Greg didn’t stay over but took more that 600 photos during the shoot. He has a wealth of experience in NW photography and has been taking photographs for the paper for almost 50 years. Both men represented The Seattle Times very well and were consummate professionals in their individual arts. Here’s a link to The Seattle Times article entitled, Port Angeles B&B is startling replica of George Washington’s home.

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George Washington’s Birthday Tea at George Washington Inn on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 with biscuits and scones, finger sandwiches and desserts; $33.95 per person. George Washington (impersonator Vern Frykholm) is a featured guest. Multiple seatings available; reservations required by Feb. 12: conta.cc/1Te1Rxj or 360-452-5207.

We look forward to an exciting new year and can’t wait to see the new flowers and lavender plants back in bloom! Our grass stays green so it’s always beautiful here where the snowcapped mountains roll down to the sea.

Dates for the 2016 Lavender Festival

The 6th annual Washington Lavender Festival will take place on July 15-17, 2016 on the Washington Lavender Farm. Join with us for lots of lavender fun, food and music! More details to follow.

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2015 – Washington Lavender Festival

Experience the Sequim Valley’s magnificent oceanfront lavender farm during the Washington Lavender Festival (July 17-19, 2015) at George Washington Inn and Washington Lavender Farm. Music, food, demonstrations, crafts, kids activities, colonial encampment, and much more. Exciting fun for the whole family. Reservations required for afternoon tea on the Inn’s enclosed piazza overlooking the water.
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Admission includes both festivals, the Washington Lavender Festival and the inaugural NW Colonial Festival, and is only $10 per carload per day (up to 6 people) and $5 for each additional guest. Children under 6 years of age are free. Purchase your ticket(s) in advance and receive a complimentary souvenir. Buy Tickets Here!
Music Sequim City Brass Band, Old Time Fiddlers, Olde Tyme Country, Rainshadow Ringers, Olympic Mountain Cloggers, Toot Sweet, Port Townsend Community Orchestra
Vendors Priscilla Patterson Art, Ewe-Nique Quilts & Gifts, Seahorse Inspirations, Shepherd’s Fold, Mack’s Ceramics, Whimsical Woods, Spinning the Moon, Seattle Helitours, Tour de Lavender
Food Kokopelli Grill – fish & chips, fish tacos, ribs, salads, creme brulee … Lavender ice cream, lemonade, cookies, cheesecake & more in the snack shop, George Washington Coffee
Demonstrations and Activities Lavender oil distillation, Cooking with lavender, 4-H clubs, U-pick lavender, Beekeeping demonstrations, Colonial Festival activities
Crafts (Make It and Take It) Lavender Wreaths, Lavender Wands, Envelope Sachets, Hand-stitched Sachets, Lavender Christmas Ornaments, Fill-Your-Own Souvenir Sachets
Kids Activities Treasure Hunt, Crafts as listed above, Photos with George Washington
Afternoon Tea Seatings daily at 10:30, 1:00, and 3:30 Reservations required Cost: $33.95 per person, tax included
Purchase your tickets in advance and receive a complimentary souvenir when you arrive.