For our anniversary, D and I decided to go on a little getaway. We live in the west coast, so we have limited destinations for road trips. We are frequent boarder-crossers to the states from canada, so we decided we should try to explore some places down in the States. Our town of choice – Port Townsend !
Port Townsend was founded in 1851 and is located approximately 40 miles Northwest of Seattle. Port Townsend has a population of approximately 8,925 and is the County Seat and only incorporated city of Jefferson County. Port Townsend prides itself on its historic charm and stunning natural setting. In addition to its natural scenery, the City is known for many Victorian buildings remaining from its late 19th-century heyday, numerous annual cultural events, and as a maritime center for independent boat-builders and related industries and crafts. Port Townsend’s Historic District is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District.My favourite thing about this place was the architecture. The old buildings really sets the mood for this small town.From our direction, it was fastest to travel by ferry – it was also this that made the trip a little more interesting. Word of advice – you can book your ferry online! We went on a friday without reservation and we waited FOREVER! The ferry doesn’t even charge for reservations – only if you decide not to show up, would they charge you $8 usd.There wasn’t much to do in this small town, but we found the best restaurants for dinner! Read about it here and here.Instead of paying tourist prices for accommodation, we searched out Airbnb and found a place a few mins outside of downtown. We learned that this little town is pretty safe – our host didn’t even have keys to lock their doors! As big city folks, we were a bit uneasy, but if our host can leave her doors unlocked all the time,..it should be safe right ??Oh – there were also lots of deers roaming around in the neighbourhood. Just a few would stand by the side of the road and eat the grass.If you’re there on a Saturday, they have a farmer’s market every saturday from 9-2. Great to grab breakfast there and shop for some gifts or fresh produce.There’s also a small little beach that you can go to when you’re done with your downtown attractions. It’s a small sandy beach and makes a perfect place to look at the stars at night !We stayed a total of two nights which is way more than enough if you just want to check out their downtown!