The renowned Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival seems a perfect fit for the caught-in-time nature of her Victorian-era host city on the western peninsula of Washington State. Amidst art galleries featuring the work of local painters and sculptors, the city proudly displays her artisan- and coffee-fueled community of wood-carvers, blacksmiths, cartographers, and boat builders.
"PT" hosts festivals year-round, celebrating everything from indie films to Steampunk, but September's Wooden Boat Festival is the town's biggest draw, and it doesn't hurt that the sun always seems to shine on this event (even if we're only counting one day).
Here are just a few of the sights from the show, but we encourage anyone, anywhere, to visit. Helpful hint from the locals: Now is a good time to think about reservations in Port Townsend for 2018.