Road Trip: Sequim
WHY: For the Olympic Peninsula BirdFest, April 9–11 (olympicbirdfest.org). The coastline, estuaries and rivers of the Olympic Peninsula make excellent birding grounds, especially this month as flocks of Townsend’s warblers, short-billed dowitchers and Cassin’s vireos migrate north.
FLIGHT PLAN: BirdFest offers bird-inspired art, lectures, guided walks and bird-watching boat trips—including a three-day cruise of the San Juans ($10–$75, field trips; $575–$650, San Juan cruise).
SIDE TRIP: Check out the women-owned and -operated Olympic Cellars Winery and its award-winning productions: Working Girl White, Rosé the Riveter and Go Girl Red (tastings daily, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. olympiccellars.com).
STAY: At the Juan de Fuca Cottages and Suites overlooking Dungeness Bay—private beach access, kayak and bicycle rentals, spectacular views and perennially sunny weather all included ($150–$230/night juandefuca.com).
GETTING THERE: About two and a half hours northwest of Seattle by the Edmonds/Kingston ferry.