If you’d like to experience the beautiful Olympic Peninsula and admire some late 19th century Victorian architecture during your charter, be sure to schedule a day in Port Townsend. Guest moorage is available through the Port of Port Townsend, either at the Boat Haven Marina or the Port Hudson Marina. Both are located close to shopping, restaurants, and historical sites of interest. Port Townsend became an official city in 1851, though it had been recognized as a safe harbor by Captain George Vancouver, who visited the area back in 1792.
By the late 19th century it was a well-known and active seaport, and early speculation was that the city would become the largest harbor on the west coast, a dream that quickly faded when railroads were built but failed to make it north to Port Townsend. Afterwards, many of the town’s residents and investors moved on to Tacoma and Seattle, and the boom was over before the year 1900. In the following decades the town has maintained its economic stability in a variety of ways; most notably, the artillery fortifications at Fort Worden.
Today, Port Townsend is home to many restaurants, shops, and marine services. Visitors should plan a stop in the Jefferson County Historical Museum in downtown Port Townsend to enjoy exhibits and take in a walking tour showcasing some of the more prominent historical buildings and sites in the town. Alternatively, you could pay a visit to the Marine Science Center where you can learn about the creatures native to the Salish Sea. Next, stop in at one of downtown’s restaurants for a fresh, local meal. Sunset Magazine calls Port Townsend the “Paris of the West” due in large part to its exciting culinary scene. Lastly, visit the city’s event calendar to find a festival or event to end your evening.