Thursday Doors – Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend sits at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Because of its prime location near the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the site of a safe harbor, it became an important shipping port in the late 1800s. The town grew rapidly on speculation as investors banked on Port Townsend becoming the largest port north of San Francisco. Although that dream never came to fruition, many beautiful Victorian homes and historical buildings still stand as a reminder of its heyday.

Boating and maritime life are still central elements, but now Port Townsend is also well-known as an artists’ community. The tree-lined streets of the waterfront downtown area features multiple galleries, artists’ collectives, unique shops, and tempting restaurants.

And doors. Port Townsend has so many beautiful doors, it was hard to capture them all… which I didn’t… which is why I’m sure that I will return.

Thursday Doors is usually run by Norm 2.0, but is guest-hosted by Joey this week. Please visit her blog to find links to more doors.

Author: Janis @

My blog is about travel, relationships, photography, and whatever else pops into my head (even, sometimes, issues surrounding retirement and aging).

36 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Port Townsend, Washington”

  1. Really lovely, battered, rustic looks in this collection. That jewel of a door (as you say) is a real winner in subdued color. Nice.

  2. Beautiful doors and making me just a little nostalgic. I visited the peninsula several times and drove through the town and arrived there by ferry. I really like the arched barn door – that’s unique.

    1. I think the Olympic Peninsula would be the perfect place to visit before or after you visit Alaska! Just make sure you go when the weather is good. Also, I’m sure I don’t need to remind you to let me know when you get close to our coastline 😀.

  3. Great doors, Janis. My favourite is the teal coloured surround on the first one. You shot another door with a teal patina recently. We clearly share a love for that particular hue.

  4. Such interesting doors, Janis. Nice photography too. I definitely would have liked to peek inside as well!!

  5. I suppose you know you’re really hooked on Thursday Doors when your main motivation to revisit a place is to take photos of more doors! I get that way about some places too. All the doors in your post are intriguing in their own way. I like them all 🙂

  6. Nice collection! So much pleasingly weather beaten or distressed looking. You’re right above when you see any they are so much nicer than modern glass and metal.

  7. Oh my, Janis. I wouldn’t know where to start to selecting a favourite! Both 3155 and 3141 are captivating to me … but then the Clam Cannery calls too. What an interesting place to visit!

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