Outside the city of Sequim, where the dense green foliage of the Olympic Mountains meets the bright blue sea, a wave of purple is surging through town. It’s lavender season in Sequim and the surrounding area. Every summer the cool fresh air flows in off the Strait of Juan de Fuca and mixes with the 300 days of sunshine thanks to the rain shadow created when Olympic Mountains filter the incoming storms hogging all the precipitation. Lavender plants flourish in the dry soil and cool air of this unique Washington climate.
With a ton of farms and markets in the area to choose from, all worthy of a visit, it can be a bit overwhelming and expensive. We wanted to find a small, locally owned farm that was a fun experience for kids and allowed dogs to join in on the fun. Purple Haze Lavender Farm checked all the boxes. We called ahead to verify their hours of operation and the staff was super friendly and helpful with any questions and directions we needed. We made up our minds and made plans to visit the organic lavender farm nestled on 12 acres of the Dungeness Valley, and couldn’t have been happier that we did.
Finding the Farm
Getting to Sequim is pretty straightforward, but it can be a drive, especially during lavender season so plan accordingly. About a two-hour drive from Tacoma and a two-hour drive, ferry crossing and drive a little bit more from Seattle. Either way, you’ll cross the Hood Canal floating bridge before linking up with the historic Highway 101 heading toward Sequim.
Purple Haze has two locations in town. The brick and mortar retail store and gift shop is in the downtown core of Sequim off of Washington Street with the farm located about 10 minutes east outside of town on Bell Bottom Lane. The road was well marked and had plenty of parking spots available in some cleared field surrounded by countless rows of lavender.
In a Haze
The smell hits you like a fragrant bar of soap, along with the constant buzz of fuzzy bumble and honey bees working each purple stem in fields holding thousands of plants of varying shades of purple. Fifteen thousand plants to be exact. That’s the number of plants managed by the crew here at Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Each crew member welcomes you to take a seat somewhere comfortable among the plants or wander on over to the snack bar to order some made in-house lavender ice cream and a fresh lavender lemonade to keep cool while you walk the fields.
Purple haze is built as a relaxing oasis compared to some of the busier farms in town. Artists find vision and inspiration in the peaceful vibe of the farm’s setting. The guest house and a giant weeping willow tree make an excellent backdrop to the deep purple foreground. We walked the rows up and down noticing the differences in the plant varieties. The farm produces up to fifty different plants, all with slight color and foliage differences.
Try the u-cut and bring home a fresh bouquet of lavender while giving back to a local family farm in the process. For a $5 fee you get a pair of scissors and a length of twine. You can cut and keep as much lavender as you can bundle up in your twine. The experience alone was worth the fee.
My kids searched high and low for only the best of the best. Both came out with a respectable harvest, smiles from ear to ear and not one single bee sting. The puppy followed closely behind sniffing the plants and getting distracted by every butterfly that hit her senses. We would walk some then stop some to hang out on the grassy spot and just enjoy the sunny day.
When we did decide to move it was to visit the old orchard next door with ducks and chickens for the kids to make friends with. A couple of bright peacocks stole the show for attire,showing off their patterns and pride at the same time. Curious ducks wandered along with us in stride hoping for a hand out. The cool shade of the apple trees was a nice relief on a cloudless day.
After crisscrossing the farm in every direction and conversing with numerous noisy chickens it was time for some lavender ice cream. It was so good we ate it before I could take a picture of it. It was then obviously washed down by a lavender lemonade or two as we turned our attention to the main shop. Filled with goods made from the Purple Haze lavender and displays showcasing talented local artists, the store offers a sustainable gift or keepsake. They have soaps, lotions, candles and everything else lavender you could need.
Make it a Weekend Stay
There is more exploring to do in the area. Want to sleep in a field of lavender? Want to listen to the waves crashing at night in the shadows of towering mountains? Want to eat more ice cream? Check out the guest house on the farm for a fun overnighter or a great smelling basecamp while you explore the rest of the Olympic Peninsula. Stay in the fully equipped three-bedroom home on the farm. Hike the famous Hurricane Ridge and then soak in the farm house’s private hot tub. Watch the deer graze for fallen apples or stargaze on the back deck. Unwind on the farm after closing time and have a private self-guided tour of one of Sequim’s most beautiful lavender farms.
Book a reservation for your upcoming wedding. Get married in a field of blooming lavender then host your friends and family on the farm’s grounds. Use those 300 plus days of sunshine to your advantage and avoid the rain on your big day.
With plenty of sites like Hurricane Ridge, Dungeness Bay Spit, Port Angeles, Olympic Discovery Trail and Lake Crescent to visit in the area Purple Haze Lavender Farm is conveniently located less than a two-hour car ride from all of them. Catch the ferry in Port Angeles and visit Victoria, British Columbia for the day aboard the Black Ball Ferry Line.
With Sequim and Port Angeles catering to every food and drink desire that may come up on your trip there’s plenty of options for going out from Purple Haze. Or get your food delivered back to the farm and enjoy a lazy evening with a quiet peace of mind.