Welcome to another new contributor to lgbtSr! Ruth Messing is a sometimes travel photo-journalist who lives in Sequim, Washington. In this article she shares her love of Discovery Bay Resort, a women’s community located in Washington State.
By Ruth Messing
There’s just no place like it! Discovery Bay Resort (DBR) is sandwiched between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the North Olympic Peninsula between Port Townsend and Sequim, WA. The area offers many recreational opportunities amid some of the most scenic mountain, sea and farm settings in the world,
DBR was built 20+ yrs ago as an RV park. The park is terraced to maximize the view of historic Discovery Bay. About 15 yrs ago it was purchased by a group of former Rving women who organized it as the DBR Leaseholders Association (DBLA) and sold individual lot leases.
Presently, all lots are leased/owned and 100% occupied by women. Although the majority are lesbian, it’s not a topic of conversation. I am one of the fortunate few who have enjoyed this magnificent property since early on. Some are widows, others couples, and an equal number of singles. Men are not excluded, as several have families and grandchildren who visit in the summer.
Owners ages range from 50’s to 80’s. Some are year round residents and others use them for vacations or are waiting retirement. During the summer season DBR may have 60-80 residents but only 25-40 in winter.
Outdoor activities are abundant
Kayaking, birding (one of a few National Audubon sponsored centers in U.S. and major flyways), miles of hiking and biking on Discovery Trail, plus miles of other hikes to waterfalls, mountains, seashore, and tide pools.
There are ferries to the San Juan Islands, Victoria, BC, and Seattle. The Olympic National Park includes famed Hurricane Ridge, Hoh rain forest (one of the largest temperature rainforests in U.S.), and Sol Duc Hot Springs. There is boating, crabbing (home of the famous Dungeness crab), salmon fishing, whale watching, U-Pick berry farms, organic farmers markets, specialty farm tours, organic growing, and many local festivals.
Cultural Events and activities
There is an active GLBT population supporting a local radio station and theatre and a private daily internet posting site.
Not only does nearby Port Angeles have a symphony and major theatrical performances, but the Community College provides high quality productions, and there is a performing arts theatre in Sequim. The area has an annual Bluegrass festival, and classical concerts in a barn.
There are casinos, good dining, movie theaters and Port Townsend hosts an annual international Film festival and a gay film festival. There are many organized activities at large senior centers.
You will find churches, religious and spiritual groups of most every path and denomination. Many meditation and yoga groups can be found in all communities.
DBR is 20 minutes from Sequim, a small town listed as one of the top ten places to retire. It offers big box stores, large grocery stores and many small business shops and restaurants.
Port Townsend, 25 minutes the other direction, is a historical waterfront town with quaint shops, galleries, art/gift shops and a Food Co-Op with organic groceries.
Seattle and Sea Tac airport are two hours away. Hospitals are in both Port Townsend and Port Angeles with a nationally recognized cancer center in Sequim.
Discovery Bay and the Northern Olympic Peninsula – A Scenic Tour
Take a ferry at Port Townsend to Whidbey Island and to Skagit Valley in the spring to see the tulip fields or mass migration of snow geese and trumpeter swans in winter.
Follow Highway 101 south from Discovery Bay along the west shore of the beautiful historic Hood Canal, with oyster farms, camping and even scuba diving. WA104 crosses the Hood Canal to the historic Scandinavian town of Poulsbo.
Go West on Highway 101 to Port Angeles, gateway to the Olympic National Park.
Dungeness Recreation Area near Sequim includes an historic lighthouse, and the spit which is one of the longest in the world.
The area has a mild four season climate. It may be overcast and drizzly in the winter months, but most days have what North westerners call “sun breaks”. Don’t confuse Seattle’s rainfall with Sequim and Port Townsend as we get only a fraction of that amount.
Home and lots at Discovery Bay
Those wishing to live full-time at DBR may choose a mini-home (Park Model) or a Park Trailer or RV. Some lots are vacant for RV use.
There is a monthly owner fee of $132 per lot. Due to the Resort’s tax status, there are no individual property taxes, which makes for very low-cost year round living.
Social activities are mostly planned in the summer. They may include dine out groups, trips to Victoria, card/poker games, or caravans to the many festivals to celebrate Dungeness Crabs, Sequim lavender, Port Townsend Rhododendrons or Wooden Boats.
For more info or a tour of properties at DBR, contact volunteer coordinator Ruth Messing 360-683-8246 email@example.com