I have to say it–Port Townsend is about the coolest town I’ve been in. It’s in the rain shadow of the Olympics, so it has very reasonable weather. Lots of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Not too far from Seattle, by ferry. Protected paddling beach. Fort Worden. The Hudson Marina RV park and the county fairgrounds RV and camping area (“we never turn anyone away”). How about that? And when you tire of all this, you can light out for Forks, Vampires, and the Pacific coast, especially Kalaloch Creek.
But the real reason you want to go there is to try out the Pygmy kayaks in the Hudson Marina! Spend a few hours and pick the one that suits you.
Paddling along the beach from the Hudson Marina to Point Wilson (Ft Worden) is generally protected. However, once you get to the point, going around may involve surf and currents that will prevent you from paddling back. In that case you may have to take out on the other side of the point and make the short portage back to the protected beach. This is definitely just a fun day paddle. For bit more of a trip, paddle south to Ft Flagler and around Kilisut Harbor.
If it’s crabbing season, head 20 miles west and put in at Sequim Bay or Dungeness Bay. Yum.
The current and surf can be strong just off Point Wilson.