The beauty of the landscape at George Washington Inn & Estate, affectionately called “Mount Vernon West”, provides an ideal oceanfront venue to host a variety of events throughout the year. Many of these events are unique to our estate while others are hosted in cooperation with other lavender farms or businesses in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. The backdrop of the Inn lends a unique colonial atmosphere to our events that are unmatched on the Olympic Peninsula. And the blooming lavender and wildflowers of our Washington Lavender Farm on the property add a peaceful and pleasant aroma for our guests and visitors.
George Washington’s Birthday
The Inn celebrated its grand opening on President’s Day weekend of 2008. Since then, we have celebrated George Washington’s Birthday each February with an afternoon tea in honor of our first president. Served on the inn’s oceanfront veranda with a panoramic view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the islands, we typically schedule three seatings as we celebrate George’s birthday. As a special treat, our local George Washington Living Historian joins us for his birthday! This full three-tiered traditional afternoon tea features our own lavender-infused tea with a wide variety of scones, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, savory treats and more.
Washington Lavender Festival
On the third weekend of July, Washington Lavender Farm hosts the Washington Lavender Festival – a three-day event celebrating all things lavender. Live music, craft vendors, lavender craft workshops, lavender ice cream and lavender lemonade, essential oil distillation demonstrations, kids’ activities, cooking demonstrations and much more can be found on the farm throughout the weekend, Friday through Sunday. A small admission fee covers your entrance to the farm for the entire weekend. Also during this weekend, George Washington Inn hosts an afternoon tea on the waterfront veranda. Although similar to the afternoon tea that we host for George Washington’s Birthday in February, the menu during the Washington Lavender Festival features a wide variety of lavender culinary delights. The seatings for tea fill up quickly, so advance reservations are highly recommended.
Hymn Sing by the Sea
Our annual Hymn Sing by the Sea is held on the last Saturday afternoon of July on the south lawn of the inn. Join us for a couple of hours as we sing together some of the old hymns of the faith accompanied by the inn’s organ and grand piano. There is no admission fee for this event, but it is helpful for you to let us know you’re coming by registering. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and bring the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music.
Tour de Lavender
The first Saturday of August is the annual Tour de Lavender cycling event sponsored by the Sequim Lavender Farms Association. This fully-supported ride includes a metric century for dedicated and energetic cyclists as well as a “Fun Ride” that can be customized to suit the endurance and skill level of children as well as adults. Using the Olympic Discovery Trail and the rural roads of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, tour the area’s destination lavender farms on this scenic ride. Volunteers from the local cycling groups provide support. Each farm offers something unique for the riders, and the farmers welcome you to experience the beauty of the farms.
Northwest Colonial Festival
The second weekend of August is dedicated to the Northwest Colonial Festival on the grounds of the estate. Four days of colonial reenactments, period artisans, militia, redcoats, lots of kids’ activities, and colonial demonstrations – there’s nothing else like it in the northwest. Each day the “shot heard ‘round the world” in 1775 is heard right here on the estate as the militia and redcoats reenact the Battle on Lexington Green and the Battle for Concord Bridge. Sword duels, a British court martial, colonial dance, and other educational activities occur throughout the day, and afternoon tea is again served on the inn’s oceanfront veranda. A variety of living historians join us for this amazing event, including George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. The fife and drum corps provide period music throughout the weekend. One ticket provides admission to all four days of the festival.
Whether you join us for one of our many festivals and events, whether you simply come by to stroll through the lavender field and labyrinth, or whether you stay with us a guest at George Washington Inn, we welcome you to enjoy the beauty of our oceanfront estate.