Registration for the 2018 Tour de Lavender opens officially this Friday, February 2nd. Maybe you’ve already started thinking about your visit to the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and the Olympic Peninsula. If you’ve been part of the Tour de Lavender before you may have everything all laid out—you may even have your lodging reservations made because you’ve got your favorite place and you know you need to lock in your booking well in advance.
If this is your first Tour De Lavender, though, or if you want to explore other lodging options, here are some pointers we hope you’ll find helpful.
Explore all your options. Hotels, motels, Bed & Breakfast inns, vacation rentals by owner (VRBO), recreational vehicle (RV) parks and public as well as private campgrounds offer visitors a wide range of choices for overnight and longer stays.
Of course you may intend to come just for the Tour de Lavender itself and head back home right after the event…but we hope you’ll stick around a bit longer!
After all, since your making the journey, you might as well give serious thought to staying at least one night (or two). If the Tour de Lavender wasn’t quite enough exercise for you, there’s always the “Ride the Hurricane” event the very next day—Sunday, August 5th. So staying the night in between…well, it just makes perfect sense. And if you decide to take on the challenge of doing both events, it stands to reason you’ll want to rest and recuperate Sunday afternoon and evening and head home on Monday!
Of course there are lots of ways to find lodging and other information about the area, but for cyclists a “one-stop” shop is the Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance (OPBA) website, olympicpeninsualcycling.com. You’ll find the Tour de Lavender listed on their Events page and lodging options, along with contact information for each place on their Services page.
Book as soon as you can. July and August are the height of the tourist season here in Sequim and occupancy rates at every hotel, motel, B&B, and vacation rental are close to 100%. While there are plenty of great places to stay in and around the Sequim-Dungeness Valley or relatively close by in Port Townsend or Port Angeles, the choices available are already starting to narrow as people who know the area and come here summer after summer, are already making their reservations.
Are there places to rent a bike if I can’t or don’t want to bring my own?
Absolutely! You’ll find a listing of bike rental shops nearby on the OPBA website Services page and some local lodging establishments have arrangements for getting your rental bike delivered. Wherever you decide to book, check with the lodging management or the bike rental shop—you might well be able to get this all settled in advance as well.
Ride the OP with the locals! We hope that visiting the lavender farms on the Tour whets your appetite for further exploration of this whole new world of cycling adventure here on the Olympic Peninsula (the “OP”). So, whether before or after the Tour itself, you want to see more, you can join one of our local cycling groups or check the page on the OPBA website where you’ll find the answer to “Where can I ride?” and “Who can I ride with?”
There are currently 25 routes on OPBA’s website already, with more being added each week—a mix of road, mountain bike, and mixed surface routes, each rated in terms of difficulty and each with a gpx file of the route you can download to your smartphone, Garmin, or other route tracking device.
Check the “Group Rides” page of the OPBA website for details and contact information on the numerous local groups that gather during the week for rides in and around the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.
Another reason to stick around for at least one night…. This year we’re planning a kickin’ after-ride celebration party, with some fantastic door prizes you won’t want to miss out on. So book a place to stay at least for Saturday night and enjoy some time hanging out with new (or old) friends. A new Italian restaurant, Tedesco’s, and the Peninsula Tap Room have already opened, and any day now Salty Girls’ Chowder & Oyster Bar will join the growing list of great places in Sequim to eat, drink, and be merry! They’ll also be our partners in putting on the after-ride celebration party.
So…. Don’t wait! Make your plans now and we’ll see you in August!