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Port Townsend: The 4th Best Retirement City in America, but fun for the whole family


According to the USA Today, Port Townsend is the 4th best small town to retire in all of America. The article says:


“This Pacific Northwest town is on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, just across Puget Sound from Seattle. Port Townsend was a thriving port settlement, but unfortunately, the Union Pacific Railroad bypassed it. This event left the town with an incomparable stock of great Victorian buildings and houses that were never “remodeled.” Most of Port Townsend is preserved as a national historic district. It has an incomparable setting on the water and with views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains on its west.”


(Want to see the whole list?  http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2013/11/07/retire-small-towns-baby-boomers/3467401/)


Port Townsend is awesome and well deserving of this, but it isn’t just for the retired. With amazing restaurants, fantastic views and ferry access and rad nearby hikes, Port Townsend should be your weekend destination.


Want good food in Port Townsend?

Check out the Silverwater Café! It might be a little pricey, but the food is delicious and the Dungeness Crab Ravioli is ridiculously tasty!  http://www.silverwatercafe.com/


Travelling with kids?

Try Water Front Pizza for what some consider the Best Pizza in the State of Washington! http://www.yelp.com/biz/waterfront-pizza-port-townsend



The 5 Best Easy Hikes around Port Townsend

Fort Worden: 5 Minutes from Port Townsend


Home to one of the most famous ghost pictures, Fort Worden is spooky year round. This abandoned fort, located near Port Townsend is supposedly the most haunted place in Washington State. With a great beach, a lighthouse and deer make this your destination.





Mount Walker: 45 minutes from Port Townsend


Straight up to a tree-lined mountain top, a few thousand feet above sea-level, the Mount Walker trail rises and circles a cone shaped mountain near the mouth of the Hood Canal. This sounds super rad, and it is, because of the two great views. With a panoramic view of the Salish Sea and the Puget Sound on one side, and a wall-poster-quality view of the Olympic Mountains at the other, the sights from this mountain are awesome.


Seattle from the Summit of Mount Walker

Seattle from the Summit of Mount Walker




Murhut Falls: 1.2 Hours from Port Townsend


Murhut Falls is gorgeous, falling 130 feet in a two-tier falls. If one is daring, the falls can be climbed down to and played upon. This dog-friendly, kid-friendly, family-friendly trail is just a few miles long, and takes you into the Olympic Peninsula wilderness with little effort. This can be hiked year round, as it is roaring in the Spring, cooling in the winter, gorgeous in the fall and occasionally frozen in the winter months.


Murhut Falls, Olympic Peninsula

Murhut Falls, Olympic Peninsula




Hurricane Ridge: 1.5 Hours from Port Townsend


With views of the Olympic Mountains, Vancouver Island and Mount Baker, one could spend hours standing atop Hurricane Hill taking in the sights. Luckily, during the summer months, this trail is easy enough for the whole family to enjoy. In the winter, the trail is longer and covered in snow, but offering some of the best groomed areas for snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the Olympic National Park.





Lena Lake: 1.5 Hours from Port Townsend


Lena Lake, and the trail to the Brothers Base-camp is like stepping into the land of Narnia or into the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. The Lena Lake Trail has giant, moss-covered boulders, snarled, giant cedar and fir trees and a lake that, on still days, reflects the neighboring hills perfectly. The trail also has one of the most picturesque wooden bridges on the Peninsula. Despite the fact that the creek is now underground, the raised wooden structure serves as a boundary. Crossing the bridge, you enter the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula. This is a must hike for all.


Lena Lake Lounging, Olympic Peninsula

Lena Lake Lounging, Olympic Peninsula




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