Shorefront Lodging In Sequim, Washington (USA)
Private Beach & Tidelands On Dungeness Bay Next To
Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refuge & Gateway To Olympic National Park
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Sequim - The Blue Hole (Rain Shadow)


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Sequim, sometimes referred to as the Blue Hole, sits in the Rain Shadow of the Olympic Mountains and receives only about 12 inches of rain each year - less than Los Angeles. Sequim's Rain Shadow creates unique weather for the Pacific Northwest - dry and sunny. Prevailing weather systems from the southwest must cross over the Pacific slopes of the Olympic Mountains by rising from sea level to over seven thousand feet. This rise causes cooling and condensation of most of the atmospheric moisture which then falls in the form of rain or snow. This heavy rain causes the Olympic Rainforests which receive over 200 inches of rain annually and are the only rainforests in the lower forty-eight United States. As the now relatively dry air continues it's journey, it descends steeply from the Olympic Mountains and passes over Sequim leaving it relatively dry and sunny. This result is referred to as the "Blue Hole," and it is not uncommon to find bright blue sky over Sequim while the surrounding areas are covered in dark rain clouds. The Blue Hole in the sky is well-known to pilots familiar with the area. Rain shadows can also be found east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Oregon, and east of the Sierra Mountains in California and Nevada.

For more information on Sequim's Rain Shadow, click here to read "What Is The Olympic Rain Shadow?" by KOMO 4 TV News.
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The rain shadow on this satellite photo below shows as a dark clearing spot right over the Sequim area.

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[ Rainshadow - Sequim, Washington ]

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Ten Thousand Waves Shorefront Cabin and the Sequim area have many attractions such as the Olympic Game Farm, which offers a drive through safari viewing grizzlies, zebras, buffalo and much more. Sequim is the lavender capitol of America, with almost a dozen nearby lavender farms as well as the Lavender Festival in mid July each year. Walk the Dungeness Spit to the famous lighthouse or hike the Olympic Mountains with dozens of trails accessible within one hours drive. Sea and river kayaking (your sea kayak can be launched from the beach!), rafting on the Elwha River, biking, and a number of excellent restaurants in Sequim and Port Angeles, a 20 minute drive. Superb fishing, for both river and open saltwater for salmon, halibut, and steelhead, a number of charter fishing boats are available. The MV Coho ferry leaves Port Angeles bringing you to Victoria, British Columbia in little over one hour where you can visit the famous Butchart Gardens, Royal BC Museum, shop, dine and return home the same day. For the more adventurous a two-hour drive brings you to Neah Bay, the NW tip of the continental US where there is a first class Native American Museum and breathtaking beach walks. If you enjoy soaking in the hot springs, Sol Duc hot springs are a little more than an hours drive.

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Reservations are easy and convenient using our secure online reservation system. Our availability calendar is real-time and always up-to-date. If you have any questions please call our rental office at 800-879-8859 (360-683-3565 outside the US). Discount of 10% for stays of 10 or more nights. A minimum stay of two nights is required. Off season monthly rates are available for mid October through April 30 (please call). Monthly rates are for 4 weeks (28 nights). Long distance phone usage is at the renters expense. Housekeeping is available for an additional fee. Reservations can be held with a major credit card including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. All cancellations are subject to a $75 cancellation fee.  All cancellations within one month of check-in are subject to a 50% refund - no exceptions. All rates are in USD and subject to 8.4% sales tax and 2.0% room tax. A valid drivers license and credit card must be presented at check-in. A rental agreement contract must be signed at check-in. Please call our rental office for more details.

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Email: office@sequimvacation.com
Sequim Valley Vacation Rentals (Office)
131 Wilcox Lane
Sequim, WA 98382
Toll Free: 800-879-8859
Phone: (360)-683-3565
Fax: (360)-683-5181
Cell: (360)-912-0012

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