Washington Lavender Festival Dates Set For 2018 – July 13-22, 2018

Experience Sequim Valley’s only oceanfront farm during its annual Washington Lavender Festival from July 13 through July 22, 2018! Your entrance ticket to the festival will be good for the entire 10 days, so come early and often (online festival tickets will be made available in early 2018). Each day will be unique with lots of crafts, music, workshops and demonstrations. This is the time to enjoy lavender at its best! Make a week of it and enjoy the entire Olympic Peninsula and the million acre Olympic National Park.

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This year the owners of Washington Lavender Farm are making every effort to help spread out the traffic in a more visitor-friendly way that will allow attendees to choose more than just one weekend of festivities. The festival weekend has grown beyond capacity for a 3-day event. In the spirit of cooperation, the opportunity to grow the Washington Lavender Festival will also help other lavender farmers to break free from the constraints of a single weekend and the proliferation of other events that are now on the community event calendar for that weekend. This exciting opportunity for growth will allow for an expansion of the traditional lavender festivities into a ten day event that can include classes, demonstrations and related activities and help put an end to the decades’ old issue of congestion on Highway 101 and the Old Olympic Highway over the Sequim Lavender Weekend.

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The farm and its iconic B&B inn, George Washington Inn, have become leaders in both agritourism and hospitality in the Sequim Valley between Sequim and Port Angeles. The dual agritourism and hospitality related business is proving to be a successful start-up venture for this family-owned business.

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Mark you calendar now and make it happen. Be wise, book your lodging early and start making plans. Planning is half the fun! For more information on the Washington Lavender Farm’s events, you can find all the summer happenings on the Event Page.

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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.
http://www.seahorseinspirations.comModern and Medieval Woodturning
• 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.

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.