Spontaneous day trips are the best. We woke up Saturday morning with nothing on our agenda, so we decided to head north up the 101 and check out a cidery my friend recommended and explore the city of Port Townsend.
We drove a hour and a half from Olympia to Chimacum, Washington, a small town ten miles south of Port Townsend. Chimacum is home to Finnriver Farm & Cidery, a B Certified business that uses responsibly sourced fruit for their ciders, wine, and mead. Finnriver has a diverse selection of ciders, from their sweet and funky Farmstead brew to their seasonal Lavender Black Currant sparkling cider. We arrived a few minutes before opening, and a small crowd was beginning to gather outside the entrance.
Once they opened, Justin and I walked around the cidery. They had multiple dining options (wood fired pizzas, cheeses, brauts, and salads), the Cider Silo (where you can order pints of cider on tap), a tasting room, plenty of seating options to enjoy live music, and a working farm with sheep and geese!
After we walked around the venue, we did a cider and fruit wine tasting. For $5, you can sample four ciders and two fruit wines. Cougar, the man guiding us through the tasting, was incredibly knowledgeable about the cider-making process and what flavor notes to look for in the various ciders. My favorite was the Farmstead cider. They use surplus apples that the local food bank can’t take to create this particular cider. Every year the cider tastes slightly different, which is due to the variety of apples that they receive each year.
After tasting ciders, we headed up the road to Port Townsend (PT). I’ve heard from so many local friends how cute PT is and worth the drive. PT is a Victorian-era seaport with a historic downtown that has several art galleries, bookstores, and touristy shops worth checking out. There is even an Indonesian furniture store that imports everything from Ubud, Bali!
Our super foodie instincts kicked in and we got sucked into the spice and olive oil market in the downtown shopping area. I think we spent a good twenty minutes sampling spices, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
With bellies containing only olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and cider, we decided it was about time to grab lunch. We ate lunch at The Old Whiskeymill. Since it was Canada Day, I felt compelled to order poutine for lunch.
It was around 3 by the time we finished our lunch, so we hit the road and headed south back to Olympia. I would love to go back to Port Townsend and explore the town more in the future. To more spontaneous Saturdays in the future!