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Port Townsend

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Port Townsend[1] is a city in the Olympic Peninsula region of Washington.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • Jefferson Transit, [2]. Port Townsend's and Jefferson County's public transit system #30. Serves Port Townsend from Sequim on Rt #8 (with connections from Port Angeles), Poulsbo on Rt #7 (with connections from Silverdale on Kitsap Transit #33 and Bainbridge Island) on Kitsap Transit #33 or 90, and Brinnon on Rt #1 (with connections from Shelton and Olympia.
  • Olympic Bus Lines, [3] operates the state's 'Travel Washington - Dungeness Line' bus from Port Townsend to Seattle via Discovery Bay & Kingston/Edmonds Ferry in one direction and up to Port Angeles via Sequim in the other. In Seattle it stops in at King Street Amtrak Station , some of the major hospitals on First Hill (across the freeway from downtown) and the SeaTac Airport.

By boat[edit]

  • Washington State Ferries, 1301 Water St (1/2 mi northeast along E Sims Way, which becomes Water St, after making a left turn from Kearney St), (206) 464-6400, [4]. Connects the Port Townsend waterfront (down the hill from downtown Pt Townsend) to Coupeville in Whidbey Island on the other side (Bus #11). From the other side Island Transit #6 bus goes north to Oak Harbor. Otherwise you'll need a car to get anywhere worth seeing as it is to far too walk. Some people bike around the island, but be prepared for major hills.  edit

Get around[edit]

Everything is in a easy walking distance. When you don't feel like walking it is easy to catch a bus to anywhere in the town (Rt #11 Port Townsend Shuttle or #3 Castle Hill)[5]


  • Fort Worden State Park[6] - Features beaches, many trails, and abandoned military bunkers. The space was also once a military base around the early 20th century.
  • Manresa Castle[7] - is a Châteauesque style castle completed in 1892 for Charles and Kate Eisenbeis, now used as a hotel, banquet hall and convention center. Located at 651 Cleveland St, southwest of downtown Port Townsend. It is on the National Historic Registry. Also one of the most haunted buildings in America


In the summer, relax on the beaches at Fort Worden. (You can camp there too either on the beach or furter inland.)

See a movie at the Rose Theatre, which gets mostly indie films that only open in certain theatres. See a movie at the Uptown Theatre.

In mid to late September Port Townsend has it's film festival where there's movies indoors and outdoors during the night. This is one of the biggest independent film festivals in the world.

Stroll around on the downtown strip, visiting the interesting shops.

Port Townsend also holds a Wooden Boat Festival also in September.

  • The Broken Spoke, 835 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (Downtown on the main street), 360-379-1295, [8]. Rent a bicycle and pedal around town or on local trails! Many styles and sizes to choose from at The Broken Spoke bicycle shop.  edit



  • The Fountain Cafe, 920 Washington St, 360-385-1364. Great little place up the hill from the fountain with mostly organic foods.  edit
  • Waterfront Pizza, 951 Water St., 360-385-6629. The best pizza in town! Buy it by the slice or order a full pizza with all your favorites and dine upstairs in the funky atmosphere.  edit
  • Lanzas Ristorante, 1020 Lawrence St, 360-379-1900, [9]. located uptown has really great Italian food.  edit
  • Khu Larb Thai Restaurant, 225 Adams St, 360-385-5023, [10]. Really great Thai food, a favorite with the locals.  edit
  • Ichikawa Japanese Cuisine, 1208 Water St., 360-379-4000, [11]. Japanese cuisine from its sister city.  edit
  • The Silverwater Cafe, 237 Taylor St, 360-385-6448, [12]. Great atmosphere and is known for their exceptional seafood dishes.  edit
  • Fins Coastal Cuisine, 1019 Water St (inside Flagship Landing), 360-379-3474, [13]. Possibly the best seafood in town, great view of the water and deck seating in the summer.  edit
  • The Public House Grill, 1038 Water St, 360-385-9708, [14]. A great family restaurant with an all around burger/seafood/linguini menu with a full bar.  edit


  • 1012 Coffee Bar, 1012 Lawrence St (Lawrence & Tyler in uptown), 360-370-1012. 7AM to 1PM. artisan espresso with a cozy local feeling  edit


  • The English Inn. Built in 1885, this is a historic place to stay.
  • Fort Warden State Park [15] The Washington State Parks offers variety of accommodations ranging from hostel dormitories ($31) to the 11 room 'Madronna Retreat Barracks'($575) and anything in between within the park.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Port Townsend
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