Experience Port Townsend Whale Watching

An easily accessible getaway with an urban feel in a rural setting, Port Townsend offers wide cultural, historic, and recreational experiences. National Geographic calls Port Townsend “one of the most sophisticated places west of Seattle,” ranking it the world’s 24th most historic destinations. The Swan Hotel is just steps away from all of the restaurants, shops, galleries and parks that make Port Townsend such an appealing destination. 

Explore Our Local Beaches

Looking for a great place to hike or relax on the beach? Catch some awe-inspiring sunsets, go beachcombing for sea glass and find tidal pools to explore at North Beach.  A hike during low tide will find you at Glass Beach just down the trail from North Beach. (Make sure you bring a bag to collect beach glass and check the tides, so you don't have to swim back!)   If you're lucky, you might even encounter a baby seal or an orca during the spring (but don't touch the baby seals, ok? It's against the law!)  Need more? Look to Fort Worden for great hiking trails, explore the Point Wilson Lighthouse, the military cemetery and the commanding officer's quarters.  Originally constructed between 1898 and 1917, this fascinating historical park offers 433 acres of beachfront, hiking trails and breathtaking views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Shopping in Port Townsend

Port Townsend may be known for its historic attractions and natural beauty, but its best kept secret is the local farmers' markets, antique dealers, and the unique, classical vibe that can only be found in the heart of the town. During your stay at The Swan Hotel, you can easily walk to the Port Townsend Antique Mall and explore other local retailers. If you love finding hidden treasures new and old, Port Townsend's shopping scene is not one to be missed.

Summer Tours at the Northwest Maritime Center

All ages can enjoy hands-on maritime activities at our Port Townsend campus! Whether you’re just in town for the weekend or a long-time local, there’s no better way to experience our Victorian seaport from a fresh, maritime perspective! Click here to learn more.

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