Love, love, love, love, Port Townsend. There are a few towns that we fall in love with the minute we drive in. There are even fewer towns that live up to our expectations as we spend more time there. Port Townsend won that elusive award that we have bestowed on just a few of the many towns we have visited (like New Bern, North Carolina; Seaside, Florida; Boothbay Harbor, Maine; and Breckenridge, Colorado to name some on the top of the list).
|Dogs are not allowed up on the passenger decks|
so we left Spirit to guard the moho while we
checked out the ship.
|The moho is in there somewhere.|
|It was much like any other large passenger ferry with booths, a cafe, tourist information|
and great viewing decks.
The ferry terminal in Port Townsend lies right next to the bustling downtown waterfront district and the first thing we noticed were the gorgeous Victorian-era buildings that grace the waterfront. The town’s appeal is along the waterfront but continues as it climbs up to a high bluff set back a city block to an area called “uptown.” Uptown is adorned with magnificent Victorian homes remembering years gone by when sea captains were kings and widows were made.
|"Uptown" houses have the best view.|
|Jefferson County Courthouse built in 1891|
So what appeals to your sense of wander lust and draws you to a new town? Is it the arts, music, history, shopping, seaport, boats, hiking, lighthouses, fine dining, or wineries? They are all here. We loved just walking around downtown and watching the boats come and go and the fog roll in and out. Downtown is a myriad of the historic seaport mixed with artistic soul. It is where you pass a nappy-haired hippy strumming his guitar on the street and watch a father and son build a wooden boat in the marine center. We loved the funky vibes generated by this city and its people that give it soul.
Of all the things we did and saw (including lighthouses, museums, historic buildings, the waterfront, shopping, eating, etc), we did manage to find one really cool obscure museum that is worth a mention. Just a few miles from downtown is a lighting and antique store that houses the Kelly Art Deco Lighting Museum. The museum has over 400 chandeliers, wall sconces, and table lamps dating from 1928-1938. It is safe to say that this was one of the most obscure museums we have ever visited.
|The lights adorned the homes of the upper class and cost as much as $25 which was a lot in the era when an apple cost 1 penny.|
|Some of the lamps are so rare they have never been documented in catalogs or books.|
So how about some more pictures....
|Jefferson Museum of Art and History located in the historic City Hall. The museum preserves and promotes the county's heritage while out front the white billboards were promoting free speech.|
|What can I say...it is free speech.|
|Inside the history museum are a variety of displays including Native American and Victorian history, maritime memorabilia, and military history.|
|There was also an art exhibit|
|The Commanding Officer's Quarters at Fort Worden is an elegant home filled with period furniture built in 1904.|
|Officer's Row at Fort Worden.|
|Goodbye Port Townsend, we will be back!|