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Visiting Puget Sound

With temperatures in the high 70s, the summer weather along the Puget Sound is an invitation outside, and the communities lining the shores of the Sound offer unique and exciting reasons to get out there. Bellingham, just 20 minutes south of the US/Canada border via Interstate 5, celebrates tradition with the Bellingham Scottish Highland Games at Hovander Homestead Park on June 7th and 8th. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, the fun includes highland dancing and heavy athletics as well as kids’ games and an ale and wine garden for grown ups.

Half an hour south on the I-5, Mount Vernon hosts a similar affair a little over a month later. The 20th annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival is expected to attract more than 10,000 people with what organizers call a “Scottish 3-ring circus” on July 12th and 13th at Edgewater Park, on the banks of the Skagit River.

On the southwestern shores of the Puget Sound, the community of Gig Harbor invites visitors to wander through expansive lavender fields, browse vendors, enjoy live music, and take in educational demonstrations and classes at the Blue Willow Lavender Farm as part of their 2014 Lavender Festival on July 11 and 12th.

Gig Harbor keeps the music going throughout the summer. The 2014 Uptown Free Summer Concert Series features local musicians performing a variety of musical styles at the Uptown Gig Harbor Pavilion at the Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy music under the evening sky every Thursday night in July and August.

Southwest of Tacoma and just minutes north of Tumwater, Olympia hosts the 2014 Capital Lakefair July 16th – 20th. The theme this year is “Thanks for the Memories” and the five-day festival’s schedule packs downtown Olympia with a wide variety of fun amongst historic Olympia landmarks like the Old Capitol Building. The fun includes the 2014 Lakefair Car Show, the Funtastic Carnival, vendors and food booths lining Water Street, and the Grand Finale Fireworks Display over Capital Lake – all set .

Lacey, Olympia’s neighbor to the east, keeps festival season alive with the 7th Annual Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival, July 25th through the 27th. The Regional Athletic Complex is host to the culinary-themed events, which commence with the Glow in the Dark 5K Friday night at 9 o’clock. Throughout the weekend, the festival features an array of activities, including cooking demonstrations, educational speakers, kids’ fun, and more.

Puget Sound Hotel Map

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21 Best Western Hotels
in Puget Sound

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    Arlington/Marysville

    Arlington

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    Bainbridge Island Suites

    Bainbridge Island

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    Heritage Inn

    Bellingham

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    Lakeway Inn

    Bellingham

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    Edmonds Harbor Inn

    Edmonds

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    Cascadia Inn

    Everett

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    Navigator Inn & Suites

    Everett

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    Wesley Inn & Suites

    Gig Harbor

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    Plaza by the Green

    Kent

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    Lacey Inn & Suites

    Lacey

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    Lakewood Motor Inn

    Lakewood

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    Alderwood

    Lynnwood

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    College Way Inn

    Mount Vernon

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    Skagit Valley Inn

    Mount Vernon

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    Harbor Plaza and Conference Center

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    Airport Executel

    Seattle

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    Loyal Inn

    Seattle

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    Executive Inn

    Seattle

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    Pioneer Square Hotel

    Seattle

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    Silverdale Beach Hotel

    Silverdale

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    Tacoma Dome Hotel

    Tacoma

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Puget Sound Events

April 2014

Third Full Weekend of Each Month
April - November 2014

Thurston County Flea Market Find that unique something you have been looking for at this traditional flea market. Open Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.

December 2014

December 5-6, 2014
Winter Beer Festival Join in on one of Seattle’s favorite winter beer festivals. Venues and times vary.
December 13, 2014
Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

Lighted boats circle the festive atmosphere of Gig Harbor. Best seats are from Skansie Brothers Park.

February 2015

February 22, 2015
Chilly Hilly Bicycle Ride

Ride Bainbridge Island's famous Chilly Hilly bicycle race and fill the rest of your week-end sampling the island's wineries, eating at top rated restaurants, and exploring natural attractions. The 33 mile course is open from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Races start at the Bainbridge Island ferry.

April 2015

April 1 - 30, 2015
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Held near Mount Vernon, the Skagit Valley celebrates the oncoming of spring with millions of tulips bursting into bloom. Enjoy drive tours, farm tours, and refreshing sights.

June 2015

June 15 – 21, 2015
2015 U.S. Open Championship

The 2015 U.S. Open Championship will be held at the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place near Tacoma and Lakewood.

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