Port Townsend Is The Best Small Town In Washington For A Weekend Escape

The Paris of the Northwest. Washington’s Victorian village. The City of Dreams. Port Townsend has earned itself a lot of nicknames over the years, and it seems to wear them like a badge of honor. However you refer to this darling little city, one thing is certain: it’s practically impossible not to fall in love with it at first sight.

Not all small towns deserve the label of “charming,” but Port Townsend practically defines it. Between the Victorian architecture, the waterfront location, and the rich (and somewhat sordid) history, this place offers something for everyone, from history buffs to foodies. Spending a weekend here is simply good for the soul, a chance to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and immerse yourself in the fresh air, history, and a pinch of the paranormal.

From the Hawaiian Island of Oahu to the coast of Massachusetts and everywhere in between, come along with OnlyInYourState as we introduce you to the best Small Town Getaways you can take this year. From nature lovers and foodies to history buffs and shopaholics, there’s something for everyone within these unforgettable, two-day itineraries curated by our local travel experts just for you.

Is Port Townsend Worth Visiting?

So, what is Port Townsend known for? There’s no denying that Port Townsend has a lot of character. But some might wonder who it’s best suited for, and which occasions… and the answer is, everyone, for anything.

Couples will love relaxing at Soak on the Sound, holding hands at the Rose Theatre, candlelit dinners at Alchemy Bistro, and seaside strolls (morning and night). Families will have a fantastic time with so many parks, activities, and adventures at Fort Worden. And you really can’t beat this destination for a friend’s getaway, between the scenic ferry ride, the numerous bookstores and shops, and the excitement of staying at the haunted Palace Hotel.

This Victorian seaport deserves a spot on your Pacific Northwest bucket list. This isn’t a city that is trying to pretend to be something it’s not, nor is it trying to offer a bunch of kitschy tourist traps in an effort to entice you. But by being its authentically charming self, this place will steal your heart.

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As you can see, there’s so much to love and appreciate about Port Townsend. Do you think you’d enjoy a weekend getaway to this delightful Washington small town? Let us know in the comments.

Not Your Average Bucket List Podcast

Only In Your State’s podcast Not Your Average Bucket List takes a deep dive into Port Townsend, Washington and everything it has to offer. Our hosts, Marisa Roman and Sara Heddleston, discuss what their “Perfect Day” in Port Townsend would consist of. From wildlife hiking trails to sleeping in a cottage by the ocean, take a look at the infographic below to get your own suggestions for the perfect day exploring this small town.

To discover even more about Port Townsend, Washington in a fun, easily-digestible manner, tune in to OnlyInYourState’s brand new podcast, Not Your Average Bucket List, where we talk all about this charming town. Listen now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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