It was a busy day at the Blue Mountain Transfer Station yesterday. The station is operated cooperatively by the City of Port Angeles and Clallam County and is roughly half way between Port Angeles and Sequim. Recycling here is free and dump fees apply to waste. Bring a bucket of bottles and toss them into the glass bin for a cheap form of catharsis, or bring your paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum, and plastics bottles if you want to be a good environmental citizen.

Best of the Peninsula – Jewelry

Here’s another voting category in the Peninsula Daily News poll: Best jewelry. Cole’s Jeweler’s won this year.

It is that time of the year when gentlemen sometimes look for that special something for ladies who like little velvet boxes and glittery things. Cole’s Jewelers is on East Washington Street. You should be able to recognize it by the hand and nose prints I’ve left on the front window.

Best of the Peninsula – Happy Hour

In polling by the Peninsula Daily News Applebee’s won the “Happy Hour” category. Okay, it’s not Cheer’s but there’s something to be said for half off appetizers and some standard drinks. If I’m not mistaken pitchers of beer go for half off on some days, too.

What can I say? If you want to rock out from time to time you’ll have to wait until a Son’s of Norway dinner. . .or a big night at the Elk’s Lodge. . .or just head on over to Blyn to the Seven Cedars Casino. I guess we’re not much on bright lights and big city life in these parts. Suits me.

Best of the Peninsula – Hearing Aids and Hot Dogs

Voting in the Best of the Peninsula poll conducted by the Peninsula Daily News features many “best of” opportunities for businesses on the Olympic Peninsula. Today’s winner, Costco, offers one stop shopping in two categories: hearing aids and hot dogs.

I’ve not explored the hearing aid department but have dined on Costco hot dogs in California, Oregon, and Washington.  For $1.50 you can’t beat a Costco hot dog — the ones in Sequim are a good tube steak fix. And I suppose you can enjoy a quiet lunch at Costco while you wait for your hearing aid to arrive. . .

Best of the Peninsula – Clothing


Here’s another Sequim selection from the Peninsula Daily News voting on “Best of the Peninsula.” JC Penney was voted best in the “clothing” category.

They must have known I was coming, because they moved a selection of their clothes out front so you could get a view of what’s on offer. Sorry the price tags are so hard to read.

There are places to buy clothing here and there on the Olympic Peninsula, but if you’re a serious clotheshorse the nearest racetrack is the mall in Silverdale, or you’ll want a trip to Seattle.

Best of the Peninsula: Health Food and Produce

Sunny Farms is a local go-to spot and recently was voted as one of the “Best of the Peninsula” in the Peninsula Daily News.  Their store on Highway 101 is packed with most anything you’re likely to need, from bulk items like beans and grains to a small deli and butcher shop. They offer an array of vitamins and supplements at their main store but also have a shop on West Washington Street, shown above, that specializes in them.  They were honored as “Best Health Food” and also “Best Produce” in Clallam County.

The displays in front of the store change seasonally and they often have beautiful and tempting flowering plants that overflow from their nursery and farm store. Inside is a good selection of fruits and vegetables, including lugs of produce and supplies for canning during summer.

Here is a post of the inside of the store from Shannon. (I’ve never seen the store empty; I suspect Shannon took this at the crack of dawn!)  And here is a view of the nursery and farm store from Lavenderlady.

Pumpkin Pig People

Lavenderlady (AKA Norma), the talented founder of this blog, previously posted images of this local couple that quietly holds court at Sunny Farms around this time of the year. As with us all, they change fashion a little from year to year. Miraculously, they don’t seem to age much. Here they are this year, settled into a little pumpkin pig love nest outside the store.

Here they are in 2008 and here they are in 2009. 

Sunny Farms was recently named in a couple of categories of “Best of the Peninsula.” We’ll revisit tomorrow to see what honors they took.