Port Townsend’s Painted Ladies~

Port Townsend has to be one of the most charming towns we have visited.

It is a historic Victorian seaport on the edge of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state.

Click to enlarge if you want to see the details of this amazing house and garden.

The town is bordered by the stunning Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca.

It has panoramic views of the sound and the snowy Olympic Mountains.

This beauty with her Mansard roof is perched overlooking the water, with windows everywhere, to capture the views.

Port Townsend is full of art galleries and artists.

The residents have restored the town’s many painted ladies to surpass their former glory.

Bounded by seas and sounds, Port Townsend has wonderful restaurants, as well as fun pubs and cafes.

St Paul’s Episcopal Church is a gothic revival built in 1860.

Wandering the the old Victorian neighborhoods is a architectual browsers paradise.

Cheers to you from stunning and historic Port Townsend~

246 thoughts on “Port Townsend’s Painted Ladies~

    1. Also, if you are not already on your way, check out Point No Point. Also a great little park with a historical lighthouse, sandy beaches, and a view for days… 🙂

      1. Wonderful! Thanks for the tip. There is sooooo much to see here. I have been to this area several times and have not yet begun to scratch beneath the surface.

  1. These lovely photos of Port Townsend remind me very much of the house I have seen in Victoria, BC. I guess that’s where the term Victorian is coming from. Great photo essay, Cindy!

    1. Pt. Townsend and Victoria are just a hop and a skip from each other by ferry, and yes, the similarities are marked. Both are very beautiful. Victoria is a much bigger city though, and PT is a small quiet town.

  2. Wow Cindy you make these look so stunning. Like a real estate showing. So beautiful. I love the quaint feeling of these houses and this town. The gardens are stunning <3

      1. I think so too. My two favorite Aunties live in WA and their gardens are so rich and brightly colored. Maybe it’s the damp climate that gives them such vibrance. <3

  3. Really enjoyed this stroll with you, Cindy, through Port Townsend. I took a ferry here, once, but didn’t see the beautiful houses, so enjoyed this aspect. The emerald grass and trees and flowery gardens are so rich with life.

    1. Happy you have been. It is a truly beautiful place and so were the nearby San Juan Islands. You do have to not be bothered by lots of rain to live her happily.

    1. The green was a theme, used really creatively with other colors, and I could have done a whole post just on the roof details. Wonderful! You have good eyes.

  4. What a gorgeous place! And that house with all its windows to provide residents spectacular water views is amazing! Thanks for introducing me to Port Townsend, Cindy!

    1. Yes, that one was really amazing. I have photos of the glassed in patio that runs the whole length of the back of the house with the most stunning views. It was the first home in Pt. Townsend to be registered as an historical building.

  5. Lovely buildings Cindy. I’ve noticed that many communities that are near the ocean/sea tend to paint their buildings/homes in bright colours. Two that come to mind are Newfoundland and many of the Greek Islands. I wonder why?

    1. That is so interesting. I was born and grew up by the ocean and my town was not particularly colorful. Both the places you mention are not in the USA. I tend to see more use of color abroad. New Orleans and San Fran, both by water, are quite colorful though, and that gorgeous town full of Victorians in Florida……

  6. I thought this post was going to be about butterflies (painted lady), but I enjoyed looking at these houses even more. Wonderful colours and trim and style. Great post, Cindy.

  7. What an interesting variety of architecture and the gardens are utterly charming. This is one town I would love to walk around.

    One house reminded me of the verandah and double storey of my best friend’s home. They have restored all the exterior and painted it the traditional colours of the era in which is was built, just like in your post.

    1. Must be wonderful to be in your friends home. It is so wonderful to see so many of them so beautifully restored & you are right, the gardens were just scrumptious.

  8. They are dream houses. Its beauty can be seen at first sight by how well taken care of they are. The photos are impressive. You have captured the colors brilliantly. A visit that is worth doing. Greetings.

  9. Idyllic and nostalgically wonderful, these beautiful pics by you make me envious of the past.
    TY, Cindy, great shots of a sweet place!

  10. My sister lived in Port Hadlock for about a year right outside Port Townsend and she took me around a little but I do NOT remember seeing those beautiful homes! I also didn’t get to any lovely restaurants but there are lots of arts and creative things going on. Thank you for showing me the lovelier side of this. Perspective.

    1. The weird thing is, I have explored some of the nearby areas several times, but PT was never on my radar. Just goes to show my radar isn’t worth much. It also may indicate, the more you travel, the more humble you get, for good reason. There is always so much more in this world that we can ever see, no matter how hard we try. Lots of travel makes me recognize I am kinda dumb, comparatively. And I like this. Love to you Marlene, and to your wonderful son, and be well my friend.

    1. I am home now, and my husband and I both want to go back. Port Townsend is sort of like quintestial good America, absent our current stress and strife.

  11. WHAT a treat it is to see these beautiful homes and gardens. They must require a lot of ongoing maintenance, so hats off to their owners!

  12. Gorgeous homes!!! My favourite is the one with the Mansard roof, for I love all those big windows! I am a creature of light … I cannot stand to have the blinds closed during the day, and the bigger the windows the better! Thanks for adding a bit of beauty to this day!

    1. I feel exactly the same as you. All my houses have lots of windows most of which are uncovered. I love the light. The house you mention had the entire back enclosed in an open glass patio running the entire length of the house and looking directly down at the sea. Gorgeous. Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a thoughtful comment Jill & cheers to you~

    1. The church is special isn’t it. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. We are going to Santa Ynez wine country soon, en famille, to spend time with our new twin grandsons. Happy Sunday & cheers to you~

  13. You post a lot of your photos on Pintrest…right? I’ve missed so many trips I wondered if you’ve been to New Zealand, Amterdam or Sweden. I bet the landscape is nice in all three. I have an affection for those mean little taz devils, I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a cage with them. 🙂

    1. I have been to all those places, and you are absolutely correct, beautiful lush gardens and flowers in all three places. We are going back to Tasmania in 2020, so tune in. I have already scheduled a visit to a Tasmanian Devil rescue and sanctuary organization.

        1. Yes, we are going to spend time with polar bears, and belugas, and other arctic critters in Churchill Canada, and then will rent a cabin in Kicking Mountain National Park which is outside of Winnipeg. I hear that are terrible fires in Canada now and I hope they subside soon.

          1. I would love to see the Carabu migration, it looks like a once in a lifetime experience. I also love belugas they seem so interested in us but I’m sure in the deep see they are different. 🙂

            1. You can swim with them if you wish, in a dry suit, and there are said to be thousands of them converging there at the same time. The caribou migration would be quite a thrill to see, but I hear the mosquitos are fierce.

      1. I keep coming back to the one with the “Mansard roof . . . with windows everywhere.” It seems to be looking at me and shouting something. I wonder, are there real people there in Port Townsend? It seems mysterious. Beautifully mysterious.

        1. Laughing….I know, I love that house. The length of the entire back of the house overlooking over the sound is a enclosed glass patio. It is truly special.

  14. We’ve been to Port Townsend many a time, it’s one of the standard stops for my dive club. (Frequently diving a couple hundred yards west of the lighthouse at Point Wilson, with occasional excursions to other spots in the region.) I’ll be interested to see if you feature more beyond the Painted Ladies.

  15. Anonymous

    It was a great calm time, when no streetcars and vans were rolling by and airplanes flying high. (And polluting the environment)

  16. Eeeep! Get me there ! What a charming place to call home. I’d live there in a heartbeat . I’ve just Googled how I’d get there 😀 1 hr 55 min non-stop to Seattle then 1:40 minute drive to PT !! Putting it on the list 😀 You could be a travel agent x K

  17. Really beautiful buildings, Cindy. And from a UK perspective, very unusual. I particularly love the house by the water with the Mansard roof – something I’ve never seen before. I suppose one can just about see a connection between these and British Victorian architecture. And thank you, by the way, for visiting my blog.

    1. That house on the cliff with the mansard roof is a stunner. It was the first to be designated as an historic building. It’s entire back wall is a fully glassed in sunroom. Lovely! Your blog is wonderful and it is lovely to meet you. Thank you for stopping by!

      1. Cindy – I do apologize. I’ve only just seen your June 20 comment. That’s maybe because when I left my June 19 comment I forgot to check the box to be notified of new comments – which I have now remedied. Anyway – in a much delayed response! – very interesting to hear more of that house with that wonderful roof. Who or what is or was ‘mansard’? And thank you for your valued comment on my blog. I’m always delighted when someone tells me they’ve derived something positive from it. I don’t blog anywhere near as often as I’d like to. But I spend three or four hours of every day writing my book and that doesn’t leave much mental energy left for other things. It’s only my second book, but I can’t turn out novels one a year as some do. ‘Albatross’, my first, took me five years, and this one so far has taken two – and I reckon there’s another eighteen months to go. I’m writing it from the point of view of a woman! It’s a path strewn with potential pitfalls I guess, but I so far, I haven’t found it the elephant trap I thought it might be. Only time will tell. Anyway, good to meet you too.

        1. No worries. I understand. A Mansard roof is a four sided roof with two slopes. The first example I am aware of is on The Louvre. Good luck with your book. The process sounds grueling, but I am sure worth it in the end.

  18. Port Townsend…what a magical place indeed. Looking at the architectural design of those homes leaves me in awe of how carefully placed each piece is. The landscaping too, my goodness. How truly beautiful this place appears to be. Washington state has some breathtaking scenery.

    1. Washington state is gorgeous and like you I am struck by the artistry and these homeowners have devoted to their historic homes. It is the small, individual, whimsical touches, that impress me the most. The whole town has this feeling of going back in time peacefulness. <3

      1. Going back in time…. I love the sounds of that 🙂 And I agree, it is those very simple details that are the most impressive. A home vs. just a house.

  19. I fell in love with Port Townsend on a brief visit last year, and would move there in a heartbeat if I could afford it. You beautifully captured the painted ladies, and this post has me yearning to return 🙂

  20. Outstanding! Certainly a destination if I ever was in the area. Did you take the photos? Beautiful. Our daughter lives in Portland. I’ll be sure to tell her about it.

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