Friday, February 05, 2010

Port Townsend looking for Canadian visitors

Tourism boards and bureaus everywhere are redefining who their audiences are. With the economy still in a slump, it's more important than ever to target who you want to visit your region.

Port Townsend, located on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, is targeting visitors from southern Vancouver Island. According to the Peninsula Daily News, the city is "developing a marketing promotion to British Columbia ... targeting advertising in the Vancouver media market."

One of Port Townsend's newest inns is offering a special to all British Columbia residents. The Clam Cannery, a luxury boutique hotel right on the water, is inviting BC guests to pay for the first night ... and the second one is free. The complimentary night is available Sundays-Thursdays now through March 15, 2010.

My husband and I stayed at the hotel last year, and it's a great addition to the PT accommodations scene. Built in 1885 and operated as a clam canning facility until the 1940s, it's undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and restoration. The rooms average 800+ square feet and all have full gourmet kitchens along with unobstructed water and views out to the Olympics.

Plus it's right in the heart of Port Townsend, whether you want to take in a movie at the wonderful Rose Theatre; shop for music at Quimper Sound; enjoy a meal at the Silverwater Cafe or Khu Lharb; or visit the new Northwest Maritime Center.

The Clam Cannery is located in the heart of Port Townsend's retail core
Photo by Sue Frause