Find your photo op at a Washington lavender farm
In normal years, the third weekend of July would bring crowds eager to waltz through purple fields during the Sequim Lavender Festival on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. While the main park event has been canceled for 2021, many farms around the area are open for a fragrant frolic. If your path leads to Sequim, which is totally road trip worthy, visit the Sequim Lavender Experience website to download an app-based audio tour or a driving and biking guide to hit up multiple farms.
But you don't need a festival to visit beautiful lavender fields. We’ve rounded up 10 gorgeous lavender farms, around Sequim and up and down the Sound, that are perfect for a family outing this summer.
First, a few notes: Peak bloom season for lavender is July through August, but we’re dealing with Mother Nature in an epic heat wave year, so be sure to call ahead or check your farm pick’s website to confirm that flowers are blooming before you make a trip. Unless otherwise noted, admission to the farms is free and no reservation is required. Fees for U-pick lavender stems vary and are usually around $5–$10 per bunch. Lastly, bees love lavender as much as humans, so if you’re allergic to or terrified of bees, visit the gift shop instead of the fields.
Sequim-area lavender farms
B&B Family Farm (5883 Old Olympic Hwy, Sequim). Open daily through September, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
With 14,000 lavender plants spread over 12 acres at a former dairy farm, this family-run lavender farm is the largest in Sequim. Free informational tours describe the growing process from sowing to distilling — check-in at the gift shop when you arrive to join the next tour.
Lavender Connection (1141 Cays Road, Sequim). Open Friday–Monday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
On Lavender Weekend (July 16–18), enjoy lavender oil distillation demos and scent “tastings,” as well as lavender lattes and italian sodas. If you can’t make it this weekend, visit another time for U-Pick bunches ($6 per bunch), picnic opportunities and lawn games. Leashed pets are welcome. Lavender Connection thanks military families for their service with a free bundle of lavender.
Purple Haze (180 Bell Bottom Road, Sequim). Open daily through Labor Day, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wander the fields, select your own lavender bouquet for $5, pick up at-home spa products from the gift shop and sample the lavender ice cream and lemonade. Bring a picnic to extend the fun. This pet-friendly (on leashes, please!) spot also has chickens, ducks and peacocks on view.
Graysmarsh Farm (6187 Woodcock Road, Sequim). Open Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Pick your own lavender bunches ($6/bunch) and add to the farm experience with U-pick raspberries, loganberries, blueberries and blackberries ($2.75 per pound). You can also pick up seasonal vegetables and other farm products (culinary lavender, essential oil and honey) at the farm stand.
More lavender farms around Seattle and beyond
Snofalls Lavender (4725 361st Ave. S.E., Fall City). Open daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
You don’t have to drive two hours or take a ferry to pick lavender! Visit this small roadside farm to pick up to 100 stems for $5 (trust me, that’s a lot of stems!). While cash is preferred, the farm recently started accepting credit cards as well. Make a day of the outing by visiting nearby Snoqualmie Falls or picking berries at Henna Blueberry Farm or another Carnation-area farm.
Lavender Hill Farm (10425 S.W. 238th St., Vashon Island). Open Thursday–Sunday through July 25, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
This small farm on Vashon is a perfect stop on your way from the ferry to the beach at Point Robinson or Maury Island Marine Park. (I recommend renting an e-bike from Vashon Adventures and touring the island). Pick your own bundle of lavender for $10 or select a handmade wreath or pre-picked bunch to take home. The farm store also offers bath products, dry lavender soda and lavender shortbread. Leashed pets are welcome, but note that picnicking is not permitted.
Lavender Wind Farm (2530 Darst Road, Coupeville). Open daily through Aug. 15, by reservation, 10:15 a.m.–4 p.m.
Reserve your tickets in advance online ($7 per person; children ages 9 and under free) for a self-guided tour of the lavender farm — you might even get to watch essential oil distillation! — and access to the farm’s picnic space. For $10, grab a wicker basket and pick your fill of lavender to take home.
Laurel Lavender Farm (5842 Braeside Lne, Ferndale). Open daily in July, 10 am.–5 p.m.
Pick your own bouquets for $5 per bunch. Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of lawn games, farm-animal viewing (the goats are so cute!) and essential oil distillation demos. (Check the Facebook page for dates; demos should start in late July).
Mount Rainier area
Cowlitz Falls Lavender Company (136 Falls Road, Randle). Open Friday–Sunday through Labor Day, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Located in the foothills of the Cascades, roughly midway between Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, this lavender farm is a great addition to a national park visit. It’s also located near the Covel Creek and Angel Falls and Layser Cave hikes for a fun-filled day in nature.
San Juan Island
Pelindaba Farm (45 Hawthorne Lane, Friday Harbor). Open daily through October, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Bring a picnic to enjoy at this farm, after you’ve strolled through the fields where Pelindaba cultivates over 50 different varieties of organic lavender. From these varieties, the farm crafts some 200 different lavender products that you can buy at the farm store. Savor lavender lemonade, ice cream and cookies on a hot day and gather your own bouquet from their cutting field. Leashed pets are welcome.