Sequim among Sunset’s ‘unsung’ beach towns

We’re No. 4! We’re No. 4!


Or so says Sunset Magazine, which recently listed Sequim in the top 14 “unsung beach towns” on the West Coast.


“Coastal Washington’s sunniest town has the blue sky and outdoorsy vibe you’d expect, but lots of surprises, too,” writes Sunset contributor Sophie Egan.


“If you’ve heard of Sequim (pronounced skwim) and its sunny skies, you’ve probably also heard that its world revolves around lavender. But young farmers — and bakers, chefs and winemakers — have put down roots in Sequim, and now artisanal and organic are becoming the norm. It also doesn’t hurt that you get a front-row seat to some of the most spectacular coast in Washington.


“As for Sequim’s famous ‘blue hole,’ the sun patch formed by the Olympic Mountains’ rain shadow, it’s no joke. When you drive through the misty Olympic Peninsula and cross into the Dungeness Valley, blue sky appears above like a spotlight, as if on cue. Here, right smack-dab in the middle of cloud country, is a town almost as sunny as L.A., where serenity is the reality.”


Here’s the top 14 list, in full:
1. Bandon, Ore.
2. Astoria, Ore.
3. Capitola, Calif.
4. Sequim, Wash.
5. Depoe Bay, Ore.
6. Cayucos, Calif.
7. Westport, Wash.
8. Cannon Beach, Ore.
9. Newport, Ore.
10. Cambria, Calif.
11. Carpinteria, Calif.
12. Seabrook, Wash.
13. Elk, Calif.
14. Port Orford, Ore.
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