Port Townsend {Out to See}


Hi friends! Last week our family went on a little “beginning of summer getaway” to one of our favorite spots in the area, Port Townsend. If you haven’t been to Port Townsend, it’s an adorable coastal town just a couple of hours by car and ferry outside of Seattle.

We’ve been to Port Townsend many times over the years and always enjoy our visits. This post will be a compilation of pics we took on a couple of occasions since I haven’t featured this destination before!

I always love sharing some of our favorite places to travel in my “out to see” series so I hope you enjoy this peek at Port Townsend!

Out to See Port Townsend - The Inspired Room blog

From Port Townsend you can hop a ferry to another of my favorite places, the San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor. You can see a “drive by” of some charming houses from that trip here. It’s a fun day trip or a wonderful getaway on its own.

Port Townsend offers everything we love about a fun escape to the coast. Adorable shops, cute beach houses, delicious restaurants, charming places to stay.

I adore this darling fairytale house found on a hill overlooking the water.

Port Townsend Home
And I am in love with this blue house and THE WHALE WEATHERVANE!

The next few photos are of one of my favorite shops, Conservatory Coastal Home, but there are many stores to check out including neat bookstores, antiques, gifts and clothing shops.

Conservatory Coastal Home - Port Townsend Cute Home Decor Shop

You’ll also find tasty restaurants, ice cream and coffee shops and community events like a farmer’s market! Something delicious around every corner.

Velocity Coffee in Port Townsend

We often went to Velocity Coffee for delicious lattes and pastries.

Port Townsend Sailboats

As you wander up and down the streets you’ll find picturesque opportunities to enjoy the water and boats sailing nearby, and it is easy to walk right out to the beach or marina areas.

There is plenty for everyone to enjoy, including related activities like kayaking and whale watching in season (our kids recently went on a whale watching tour and saw lots of whales!).

Whale Watching in Port Townsend - The Inspired Room

Orca Whale Sighting - Port Townsend Whale Watching - The Inspired Room

You definitely get a sense of getting away from it all here (besides the fresh sea air there are often deer out roaming around the neighborhood!).

Port Townsend Deer

They have a small movie theatre, a jazz club and other fun places to spend an evening.

My husband and I stayed at this affordable but quaint inn (The Palace Hotel) a year ago, we love the super convenient location.

We’ve never stayed at The Swan Inn but its adorable from the street and right across the street from a favorite coffee shop. It also has dog-friendly rooms so that’s a bonus if you travel with a pet!

We’ve also stayed at the Chevy Chase Beach Cabins. This sweet little farmhouse was perfect for our family and it is even fenced in for the dogs! It’s about a 15 minute drive to the main part of Port Townsend, but such a quiet and enjoyable place to stay.

Chevy Chase Beach Cabins - Port Townsend

The main house at the Chevy Chase Beach Cabins is a private home and this side is the main office. It’s really neat!

Port Townsend - Beach at Chevy Chase Cabins

 Beach Dogs - Port Townsend

They have a really nice big private beach you can walk to behind the property that the dogs LOVED! It was so fun to see them run free. They aren’t trustworthy in the city off leash but this was a perfect opportunity for them to run at full speed and be wild!

The trail to the beach smelled absolutely divine, it is so fresh in the forest!

The scenery was breathtaking and serene.

The property also had a playground that even our big kids enjoyed.

We made great memories!

Have you ever been to Port Townsend?

Happy weekend, friends! Excuse my random afternoon posting times this last week–just keeping you on your toes ;-). I’ll be back soon with more of the best of the best kitchen series and updates on the progress in our house.


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My husband and I have a yearly tradition of escaping to the coast to Newport, Oregon. Actually, it was a yearly tradition years ago when our girls were small, but we skipped a bunch of years since our family had a beach house to call our own. But, last week, we decided it was time to relive some old memories and make the trip down to Newport!

We are so glad we did, there is something so wonderful about reconnecting with your long ago past and keeping up on making new memories with your spouse. We’ve been together since I was 19 so our past goes way back heheh.

Sylvia Beach Hotel

So what is our favorite little spot to stay? Sylvia Beach Hotel. It’s a quirky place for book lovers and writers and anyone who just loves to escape from it all into another world. There are no TVs, no phones, no internet. Just the sound of the waves outside your window. That’s our kind of retreat!

Luxury hotels and resorts with all the amenities are nice sometimes, but we are charmed by the unpretentiousness and solitude of this old favorite Bed & Breakfast. It’s not for everyone, but for us it’s a special place to get away and be able to hear yourself think again. A perfect place to just BE.

Each of the rooms is designed to showcase an author. We’ve stayed in so many of the rooms over the years, they are just all fun and unique. Nothing fancy, but that’s what’s so great about this place.

Honestly, I almost didn’t even want to tell anyone about it because it feels like OUR private getaway, but you know I must love you all enough to share it with you. Just don’t take our room when we want to come stay there. That’s all I ask.

Aprils Restaurant Newport

We spent time eating (we had this pretty salad across the street at April’s!), walking on the beach, checking out the local shops, drinking coffee and mostly just reading and writing. We even bought some art which I will share soon, too. We’ve always had a tradition of bringing home art from our travels so it was fun to bring home new memories from this trip.

Sylvia Beach Hotel Newport Oregon

I didn’t get a good shot of the hotel from the water or of the beach, but it is an amazing beach front property with an incredible view. The weather was so beautiful the entire week, windy but warm!

Sylvia Beach Hotel The Inspired Room

This was my spot for most of our stay. A quirky little corner of the upstairs library overlooking the water. I was working on a very big project that I almost can’t believe is happening and I can’t wait to share with you :-).  Don’t you love me for keeping a secret?

Newport Oregon


Do you have a little escape somewhere in the world? Tell me about it!

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