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3 Days and 2 Nights in Port Townsend

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Counties & Towns

Want a quick weekend getaway without the fuss of airports or costs of rental cars?  Travel locally. You can relax, recharge, and have plenty of fun. One place you may want to consider is Port Townsend on the northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula.

We asked someone who knows Port Townsend to imagine Three Days and Two Nights for a family in her town.  Karen Anderson, manager of the Port Townsend Visitor Information Center, took up our challenge and designed the itinerary below.  It mixes some good food, entertainment, kid fun, and outdoor experiences.  There are plenty of other places to go and things to do in Port Townsend, of course, but Anderson’s list shows off some of the best the city offers without running anyone ragged.  There’s one bit of advice we’d like to add to her list, though:  Bring a camera!  Port Townsend and its waterfront are beautiful.

We call this series Three Days and Two Nights.  We want to share sample itineraries for weekend vacations in various Washington locations.  Our intent isn’t to burden readers with dozens of places to go in a crazy 60-hour frenzy.  On the contrary.  We want to keep things simple by suggesting a realistic experience — one that you might quickly visualize in your mind before grabbing a calendar to start making plans. Travel locally and explore the Northwest. You can squeeze a lot of memories into a 3 day weekend.


Friday afternoon

Grab a picnic from Getables (810 Water St, 360-385-5560) and eat and play at Pope Marine Park (Madison St & Water St) downtown. Then window shop along Water Street as the evening comes on.

Friday evening

See a live play or concert at Key City Public Theatre (419 Washington St, 360-385-5278).  Finish up the day with ice cream at Elevated Ice Cream (631 Water St, 360-385-1156).

Saturday morning

Get breakfast at the Salmon Cart in the Uptown Farmers’ Market (Tyler St. between Lawrence and Clay).

Saturday afternoon

Touch the starfish at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (532 Battery Way, 360-385-5582) at Fort Worden.  Explore the old military batteries near the Point Wilson Lighthouse (Harbor Defense Way).  Be sure to take a flashlight!

Saturday evening

Eat dinner at Waterfront Pizza (951 Water St, 360-385-6629).

Sunday morning

Brunch at Hudson Point Cafe (130 Hudson St, 379-0592).  Then check out tide pools behind the Northwest Maritime Center (431 Water St, 360-385-3628).

Sunday afternoon

Rent kayaks from the Point Hudson Marina (103 Hudson St, 385-2828) for a paddle around the city docks.

And on your way out of town

Stop off at the Chimacum Farmer’s Market (Highway 19 & Chimacum Road & Center Road) for a bushel of fresh local produce to take home.

SOURCE: Karen Anderson, manager of the Port Townsend Visitor Information Center, selected all the activities on this sample weekend itinerary.  In our initial discussion about this list, WA-List editors suggested a few personal favorites from our past experiences, but happily yielded the final choices to Ms. Anderson.  We were pleased to see some of our choices made her list. This list, by the way, is not an advertisement. No one associated with WA-List was compensated for any inclusions on this list.


  • Point Wilson Light © Steve Campion.
  • Elevated Ice Cream: That’s Janette Force, Director, Port Townsend Film Festival
    and her son, Sam. Photo by Jan Halliday.
  • Kayakers on Port Townsend Bay © Steve Campion.

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