There’s just no place like it! Discovery Bay is sandwiched between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the North Olympic Peninsula between Port Townsend and Sequim, WA. The area offers many recreational opportunities amid some of the most scenic mountain, sea and farm settings in the world,
Outdoor activities are abundant
Kayaking, birding (one of a few National Audubon sponsored centers in U.S. and major flyways), miles of hiking and biking on Discovery Trail, plus miles of other hikes to waterfalls, mountains, seashore, and tide pools.
There are ferries to the San Juan Islands, Victoria, BC, and Seattle. The Olympic National Park includes famed Hurricane Ridge, Hoh rain forest (one of the largest temperature rainforests in U.S.), and Sol Duc Hot Springs. There is boating, crabbing (home of the famous Dungeness crab), salmon fishing, whale watching, U-Pick berry farms, organic farmers markets, specialty farm tours, organic growing, and many local festivals.
Cultural Events and activities
Not only does nearby Port Angeles have a symphony and major theatrical performances, but the Community College provides high quality productions, and there is a performing arts theatre in Sequim. Ft Worden State Park has a venue for various performances throughout the summer, including an annual Bluegrass festival. You can even go to classical concerts in a barn.
Several nearby casinos offer a variety of games and entertainment as well as good dining. There are movie theaters and Port Townsend hosts an annual international Film festival. There are many organized Indoor activities at large senior centers.
Discovery Bay is 20 minutes from Sequim; a small town that is has been listed as one of the top ten places to retire. It offers big box stores, large grocery stores, many small business shops and restaurants of various cuisines and prices.
Port Townsend is 25 minutes away the other direction. It is a historical waterfront town with quaint shops, galleries, art/gift shops and a Food Co-Op with organic groceries. Seattle and Sea Tac airport are two hours away.
Discovery Bay and the Northern Olympic Peninsula – A Scenic Tour
To the northeast of DBR is the Quimper Peninsula, which includes the Port Townsend area. Take the ferry at Port Townsend to Whidbey Island to the Skagit Valley in the spring to see the tulip fields or mass migration of snow geese and trumpeter swans in winter.
Follow Highway 101 south from Discovery Bay along the eastern slopes of the Olympics to the towns of Brinnon and Quilcene, the west shore of the beautiful historic Hood Canal, with oyster farms, camping and even scuba diving.
Take WA104 and cross the Hood Canal to the historic Scandinavian town of Poulsbo or on to the Seattle ferries or the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to SeaTac.
Going West on Highway 101 you drive by Sequim and into Port Angeles, gateway to the Olympic National Park which includes one of only two rain forests in North America. Take a ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, B.C. or continue west on Highway 112, a national scenic byway along the north coast to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery, the most NW point in the continental U.S.
The area has a mild four season climate. It may be overcast and drizzly in the winter months, but most days have what North westerners call “sun breaks”. There is a beautiful sunny season with little or no rain. Don’t confuse Seattle’s rainfall with Gardiner (where DBR is located) Sequim and Port Townsend as we get only a fraction of that amount.
There is snow occasionally. The 2012-2013 Winter was quite mild with only one 2-3″ snow that disappeared quickly. It can dip into the upper 20’s during the winter nights and in the high 60’s and 70’s during the summer. There may be a few summer days in the 80’s with a cool breeze from the bay.
Discovery Bay Resort
Discovery Bay Resort was built 20+ yrs ago as an RV park. About 15 yrs ago it was purchased by a group of former Rving women who organized it as the DBR Leaseholders Association (DBLA) and sold individual lot leases. Presently, all lots are leased/owned and 100% occupied by women. I am one of the fortunate few who have enjoyed this magnificent property since early on. Some are widows, others couples, and an equal number of singles. Men are not excluded. Several have families and grandchildren who visit in the summer. There are a few rentals and several living units and RV lots for sale. Owners ages range from 50’s to 80’s. Some are year round residents and others use them for vacations or are waiting retirement. During the summer season DBR may have 60-80 residents but only 25-40 in winter.
Home and lots
Those wishing to have a full-time living unit may choose a 400 sq ft Park Model. Some have an attached room (up to 200 sq. ft.). Others live in a “Park Trailer”, Fifth Wheel, travel trailer, or RV. Some lots are vacant for RV use. Lots have different configurations and sizes, and the park is terraced to maximize the view of Discovery Bay. There is a monthly owner fee of $118 per lot which pays for common areas as all as some utilities. Due to the Resort’s tax status, there are no individual property taxes, which make for very low-cost year round living.
Social activities are organized by residents, with most planned in the summer. These may include weekly dine out groups, trips to Victoria or Seattle, shopping in Silverdale, card/poker games. There are frequent caravans for special events such the many festivals to celebrate e.g. Dungeness Crabs, Sequim lavender, Port Townsend Rhododendrons, Wooden Boats. All Facilities are available to residents 24/7: two lounges kitchens, free TV, computer and printer, FAX, WIFI; heated seasonal pool, modern low cost laundry, workout room, libraries, sewing and craft room, wood shop and loaner home care tools; large off-leash meadow for dogs, and a fenced dog run, private gated entrance access The park has an apple tree, blackberry bushes, a community garden and vast open green areas with large evergreen trees. You can buy fresh eggs from the next door farmer or walk rural roads to the beach.
For more info or a tour of properties at DBR, contact volunteer coordinator Ruth Messing 360-683-8246 firstname.lastname@example.org or Suzanne 360-797-0076 email@example.com. Come visit and consider making your home with us.