Port Townsend Travel Guide
The Railroad Line is now a Bike Path
The Railroad Line is now a Bike Path
Hundreds of deer roam freely in the town
Your hosts, Nina & Greg
one of PT's amazing downtown buildings
By land or by sea
Port Townsend has lots of great parks for beachcombing, biking, hiking, picnicking or just having a morning latte along the waterfront. This tiny pocket garden (Water and Adams Street) is right downtown and has picnic tables, gravel paths, flowerbeds and a nice view of the...
Shop, eat, drink, repeat.
Water Street, which is sort of Port Townsend's Main Street, has lots of shops, galleries, restaurants and a few pubs: great place to fritter away a few hours (and a few $$). The heaviest concentration is the area east of the ferry docks and includes Washington St. (parallel...
A walk around Port Townsend's fascinating Victorian architecture is a must. The heaviest concentration is in the old downtown area around Water and Washington streets, and on the high bluff overlooking the harbor: a square roughly defined by Harrison, Tyler, Clay and...
Walking the Waterfront
The waterfront is a wonderful place explore and there are various pedestrian routes along the shoreline that include parks, marinas, beach access and viewpoints. See the link for where to get walking, biking, bus and driving maps of Port Townsend.
Over the Sound
When you're exploring the Victorian houses on top of the bluff (or what they appropriately call "Uptown") there are several points along Jefferson Street with nice panoramas of downtown and the sound. Try the one at the old Fire Bell Tower on Jefferson and Tyler streets for...
Old shop on main street (N.D. Hill Building)
An old shop building. Everything about the building seems just right, the colour [perhaps I should say 'color' ;-)] of the stones, the arches, the windows and curtains, the glass panel above the door, and even the trash bins on both sides of the entrance. From richiecdisc's...
Fort Worden State Park
NOTE: As of July 1, 2011, a day use fee has been implemented at many Washington State parks. This fee is $10 per day, or a $30 fee for a year pass. There is a $5 fee in addition to the annual pass fee if purchased at one of the many resellers. Please see my Discover Pass tip...
Point Wilson Light
After dinner, I went out on the veranda and took pictures of a lighthouse I saw which I later identified as Point WilsonThis active lighthouse with an octagonal brick tower with lantern and gallery, rising from 1-story brick fog signal building was build in 1914. The...
PORT HUDSON BEACH
Just north of the small Port Hudson, one finds a rocky beach that expands and contracts with the tides. Watch the constant flow of maritime traffic moving in and out of the Puget Sound. Look across to the cliffs of Whidbey Island, the old buildings of Fort Casey with their...
2 Reviews and 131 Opinions I did not stay at this hotel, though the location and building were interesting. It is located in...
Jordini's Subs: Sub Sandwhiches to Go or Stay
Jordini's tries to be a lot of different things, including meet the needs of those who want a quick take-out sandwhich for lunch, plus a place where people can go and linger for a longer time over their food. There is a small balcony overlooking the water.It is very easy for...
Rose Theatre: Downtown Movie Theatre w/ Culture Connection
This little theatre is tucked behind a larger building, and the entrance is from Taylor Street. While you will find a few general purpose movies happening here, you will also find a few special events. For example, this year on certain nights they are showing the live...
Upstage Bistro and Entertainment: Assorted Evening Live Music
I never ate at this restaurant, and I never set foot in the door. However, I did manage to walk past it several times, and they have a full set of events listed at the top of the staircase that drops down to the next level of the city. It looks like it might be an...
PT is Best Experienced OUTSIDE Your Car
You will find the standard strip malls and drive-though restaurants approaching downtown Port Townsend. These establishments are the same as anywhere, but they are not what you came to Port Townsend to see.Once you arrive in the downtown core, you will experience best what...
connected by land & sea
Port Townsend is a small town and you can walk around to any of its sights. It's a very green town and bikes are popular. Port Townsend is located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State about 50 miles and 90 minutes from Port Angeles, the gateway city of Olympic...
Pacific Traditions Gallery: Native Artwork from Coastal First Peoples
You will find a fair number art galleries and craft stores in Port Townsend, and at least three of these include "Native" artwork, but this is the place to find true local traditional art work made by coastal "First Nations" tribes of the Pacific Northwest coast.The gallery...
Fort Worden has Few Hand Rails, Falls Easy & Fatal
You must be careful when exploring the areas around Fort Worden's old fortifications. When these were built in the 1890s, the fall protection for military personell were minimal, and few upgrades happened over the years until their closure in the 1950s.Note, for example, the...
Fort Worden: Ruins of the Past Fortress
Be Very Careful when Exploring Fort Worden as the abandoned gun battery structures are old, haven't been maintained in working order since the 1950s, and have few hand rails and can therefore be hazards. A fall from any of these structures will likely be fatal as the bottom...
Coast Artillery Museum (Fort Worden)
This is one of the several museums I was unable to explore yet on my travels to Fort Worden. It preserves some of the remaining military hardware from the old fortifications dating from the state park's former use as the protective cover for Port Townsend and the entrance to...
Before Port Townsend was an Attraction
My First Visit to Port Townsend was during the early 1980s as a teen with my mother, and at that time none of the chain hotels on the southwest side of town had been built yet. While the Port Townsend of today has a lot of nice old preserved buildings, the place in that...
Explore Deeper into Port Townsend