Road Trip: Sequim

Birdwatchers, flock to the Olympic Peninsula. The coastline, estuaries and rivers of the Olympic Pen

WHERE: 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.

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