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Offering everything from well baby exams to well grannie exams. • Ambulatory Surgery Center
• MultiCare Regional Cancer Center
• OB/GYN Services
• Imaging, Lab & Pharmacy
• Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
• MedSpa and Boutique
• Urgent Care
• Mary Bridge Child Express
~ Located in the Uptown Shopping Center parking lot ~
A not-for-profit community organization
MultiCare Health System ~ Allenmore Hospital ~ Good Samaritan Hospital ~ Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Tacoma General Hospital ~ MultiCare Clinics
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Welcome to Gig Harbor, Washington’s Maritime City. Grab a kayak or a latte, sip some wine or savor ice cream, put your feet up or slip on your running shoes. Whatever you fancy, we have it in Gig Harbor, named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s Top Five Small Towns for culture, heritage and charm. We encourage you to take your time and explore the entire peninsula area. This Visitor Guide is designed to assist you along the way. You’ll find what you’re looking for in the harbor. www.gigharborguide.com
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The 2011-2012 Gig Harbor Visitor Guide/Discover is a publication in partnership with the City of Gig Harbor’s Tourism Marketing Department and is designed to promote and support tourism and economic development in the greater Gig Harbor community. For additional copies or for information, visit www.gigharborguide.com. Gig Harbor is Washington’s Maritime City. 4 < W W W. G I G H A R B O R G U I D E . C O M
ON THE COVER Jim Nelson provided the cover art of a favorite Gig Harbor village scene viewed from the water. Featured are pleasure boats, the waterfront, the Red Rooster Café, lovely vintage homes and St. Nicholas Catholic Church. The original photograph of this picture, however, was an unremarkable gray-day jumble of activity. Special software was used with Photoshop to simplify and limit the image detail, to brighten and intensify the colors, and to give it a painted look. ©firstname.lastname@example.org
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GETTING A RO U N D
Tacoma Narrows Airport offers alternative to the road TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Enterprise Rent a Car – Rent your car in Gig Harbor and save money. Enterprise is located at the INN at Gig Harbor. www.enterprise.com Kitsap Airporter – Leave the driving to Kitsap Airporter. The shuttle leaves from the INN at Gig Harbor and drops you at SeaTac Airport. www.kitsapairporter.com Harbor Town Car Service – Service to the airports, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard and surrounding areas. www.harbortaxicab.com Aloha Cab – A cab ride with Hawaiian flair — down to the driver’s uniform — and even a little karaoke. www.alohacab.com Tacoma Narrows Airport – www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ ourorg/pwu/airport/tiw/tiw.htm LEE GILES III/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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isitors who come by boat undoubtedly get the best views of Gig Harbor, but if you’re not into boating, you have a different option for kicking it up a notch. Gig Harbor also is a popular destination for those who visit the region by plane, thanks to the Tacoma Narrows Airport. In addition to attracting pilots with its scenic location and prompt service, the airport is home to Pavco Flight Center, which offers charter and scenic flights. You can tour Mount Rainier and other vistas by air and even customize your own route. Stratos Jet Charter Services is another option for getting around in style. The company tailors travel arrangements to individual needs and has access to any type of charter or jet plane. Stratos is known for accommodating last-minute requests — you can be up in the air in your private jet in as few as four hours. Pavco Flight Center and Executive Terminals provide full-service aviation services at the airport. Fuel and concierge, aircraft rental and maintenance, passenger lounge, car rental and other conveniences are available for travelers. The Tacoma Narrows Airport is operated by Pierce County, which purchased the facility in 2008. A general aviation airport situated on 644 acres, it prides itself in being a relaxed alternative to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and that makes it a preferred choice for celebrities, executives and aviation enthusiasts alike. Reflections at the Airport is the newest addition at Tacoma Narrows Airport. The family-friendly diner opened in fall 2011 with a comprehensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant keeps things lively with happy hour, Sunday brunch buffet, four-course wine tastings and live music Friday through Sunday. Patrons can enjoy the view of aircraft takeoffs and landings along with made-from-scratch cuisine. On July 1, the airport will host the second annual Tacoma Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels. The event will bring an air show, fireworks, kids activities, food booths, car show, beer garden and other fun, including rides by a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress.
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STAY AND PLAY
Best Western Plus Wesley Inn & Suites
The Maritime Inn
The INN at Gig Harbor
6575 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 1-888-462-0002
3212 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 1-888-506-3580
3211 56th St. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 1-800-795-9980
“We invite you to stay at the Best Western Plus Wesley Inn & Suites, where you come as guests and leave as family. Our classic Northwest-style hotel and gracious staff will ensure a fun-filled memorable stay in Gig Harbor. When making reservations ask about our “You Stay, We Pay” rewards program.”
Gig Harbor’s only Waterfront Boutique Hotel is located in the Historic Waterfront District, just steps from the harbor. Whether you are staying for business or pleasure, The Maritime Inn is the retreat that will rejuvenate you. Mind, body and soul. Come and stay with us.
> 82 beautiful sleeping rooms and suites designed with a classic Northwest flair in a stunning garden setting
> Guests will be delighted with a welcoming glass of Washington wine
The INN is Gig Harbor’s only full-service hotel and conference center with 64 well-appointed guest rooms, including 12 jacuzzi and fireplace suites. The INN at Gig Harbor takes great pride in serving its guests. Let us help you create a memorable and productive meeting or a relaxing getaway in our beautiful craftsman-style hotel. We are pet-friendly!
> Complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning > Complimentary wireless Internet available > Pet friendly. We welcome your four-legged companions. > The only outdoor pool and spa in the area (seasonal). > Vibrant sales and marketing team specializing in retreats, weddings and conferences > More than 5,000 square feet of meeting space, including an elegant ballroom > Room blocks as well as Jacuzzi Fireplace Suites available for special events.
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> The friendly, personal service provided by our charming, professional staff has made us one of Washington’s best places to visit
> Full-service restaurant and lounge with Northwestinspired cuisine > 4,000 square feet of meeting space and in-house catering service
> Experience harbor views, walk to great restaurants, shops, parks and galleries
> Door-to-door Kitsap Airporter shuttle service and Enterprise car rental on site
> Each room offers fine bedding, down comforters, fireplaces, views and free Internet access
> Heated outdoor jacuzzi
> Recipients of West Sound Home & Garden Magazine’s 2012 readers choice for “Best Hotel” of the West Sound
> Exercise room > Complimentary continental breakfast, WiFi, parking and in-room bottled water > Walking distance to Uptown Gig Harbor shops and restaurants
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BED & B R E A K FA S T S
Above Gig Harbor Guest Houe (15) www.homeaway.com/vacationrental/p193859
Aloha Beachside Bed & Breakfast (1) www.alohabeachsidebb.com
Cottage by the Sea (16) www.tranquilvacations.com Fox Island Beach House (17) www.vrbo.com/143605 Harborside Bed & Breakfast (7) email: tjassoc.comcast.net High Cottage Guest Cottage (18) www.homeaway.com/vacationrental/p253384
The Westwynd Motel
Madronita House & Beachwood Cabin (19) www.filucybay.com
6703 144th St. NW Purdy, WA 1-800-468-9963
Neve’s Nest on Fox Island (20) www.vrbo.com/307000 Snug Harbor Hide-Away (21) www.affordabletravelclub.net/ snugharbor
Surf Shack (22) www.tranquilityvacations.com
Budget-friendly rates. Located in nearby Purdy, just minutes from downtown Gig Harbor, the Westwynd offers:
The Edgewater House www.theedgewaterhouse.com The Gig Harbor Guest House (23) www.vrbo.com/305653
> Full-size apartments, complete with kitchens > 24 units
The Moosehead Cabin (24) www.mooseheadcabin.com
> Courtyard with picnic area and barbeque
Westbay Guest Cottage (26) www.westbaycottage.com
> Nearby access to beach.
Wisteria Hollow (27) www.tranquilityvacations.com
Beach Bay Bed & Breakfast (2) www.gigharborbeachbay.com Beachside Bed & Breakfast (3) www.beachsidebb.com Bear’s Lair Bed & Breakfast (4) www.bearslairbb.com Childs’ House Bed & Breakfast (5) www.childshouse.com Green Gables Edgewater Bed & Breakfast (6) www.greengablesedgewater.com No Cabbages Bed & Breakfast (8) www.nocabbages.com Olde Glencove Bed & Breakfast (9) www.glencovehotel.com Pleasurecraft Houseboats (10) www.pleasurecraftrentals.com The Cottage at Gig Harbor Vacation Rental (11) www.gigharborcottage.com The Cottage at Oyster Beach (12) www.vrbo.com/99670 The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast (13) www.vrbo.com/316190 The Waterfront Inn (14) www.waterfront-inn.com
Wurlitzer Manor & Garden Vacation Home (28) www.wurlitzermanor.com
See map, Pages 54 and 55
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MEETING P L A C E S
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Create life-long memories Gig Harbor’s convenient location to major transportation hubs, coupled with its quiet lifestyle and beautiful scenery, make it the perfect getaway for an event, whether it’s a corporate retreat, a wedding or a family reunion. Minutes from a major highway, an international airport and the Amtrak train system, you can arrive by boat or private plane. Your visit would not be complete without the friendly, small-town atmosphere, the abundance of recreational opportunities and access to the services and amenities you need. Take a virtual tour of possibilities at www. MeetInGigHarbor.com, a comprehensive website to help you plan your conference, retreat, wedding, tour or other event, as well as a place to discover things to do during your stay.
Major venues and accommodations The INN at Gig Harbor is a full-service hotel and a popular event venue both for local and out-of-town groups. In addition to many amenities, which include an inhouse massage studio, conference rooms,
one of the best restaurants in town and an Enterprise Rent-A-Car outlet, the INN has knowledgeable staff known for flexibility and going the extra mile to make each event special. The INN is equally successful at hosting a Hawaiian luau and a Christmas wonderland (it’s even been known for parking Santa’s sleigh inside or re-creating an African schoolhouse). Its halls have been roamed by partygoers clad in Disco getup, roller derby
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gear and safari attire, but more “serious” events are also a signature. Best Western Plus Wesley Inn and Suites is another popular venue for parties and conferences and can host breakout sessions. Located only five minutes from downtown, the Wesley Inn offers a relaxing atmosphere and is conveniently located within a short walk from several restaurants and shops in the Kimball business district. Especially popular for retreats, the hotel offers more than 4,000 square feet of conference space as well as professional catering service. In addition to the INN at Gig Harbor and Wesley Inn, overnight accommodations are available at the quaint Maritime Inn, which overlooks the waterfront, more than a dozen bed and breakfasts, as well as vacation homes.
Other venues Gig Harbor’s offsite venues can accommodate both small groups and large events for several hundred people. Close to 20 venues of all sizes are available for use, depending on your style and need (visit www. MeetInGigHarbor.com for a complete list). For an elegant gathering downtown up to 40 people, try Morso Wine Bar, also great for a smaller, impromptu gathering. If you’re looking for an outdoor/indoor setting for your corporate or private event, you
will appreciate the splendor of Kensington Gardens, an English manor situated among lushly landscaped gardens and quiet woods. Unique venues include the Harbor History Museum, with a capacity for 250, as well as beautiful Northwest décor and atmosphere; the historic Nichols Community Center on Fox Island, a former schoolhouse with views of Hale Passage; and Frog Creek Lodge Retreat Center, a 5,000-square-foot rustic lodge located on 10 acres that include hiking trails and a labyrinth. Galaxy Theatre, which features stateof-the-art video and audio capabilities and comfortable stadium seating, is available for everything from birthday parties and charity events to screening. For outdoor celebrations, other options
range from the Cedar Springs pavilion and scenic grounds, which come complete with catering services; and Sehmel Homestead Park Pavilion, part of a large recreational area that includes athletic fields, an amphitheater and a Boundless Playground for children of all physical abilities. Canterwood Golf and Country Club mixes the best of the outdoor and indoor possibilities with its lush grounds and luxury country club — a perfect opportunity for a private event or a corporate gathering that mixes work and play. What you’ll find in Gig Harbor is the perfect combination of old-fashion hospitality, state-of-the-art facilities and unlimited opportunities to play and linger — any event planner’s dream.
Gig Harbor’s Only Full Service Hotel and Conference Center
Our onsite Massage Studio, outdoor Jacuzzi, and fitness center add relaxation to your stay.
With over 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, our professional event planning and banquet teams will ensure the success of your event.
Featuring small Inn ambience with world-class service
The Heritage Restaurant offers a combination of Northwest inspired specialty dishes and classic American cuisine.
All rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves, and flat screen TVs, as well as complimentary WiFi, parking, and bottled water. Luxurious high-thread count sheets and cozy comforters will ensure a great night’s sleep!
Our Northwest Craftsman style hotel offers 64 guest rooms, including 12 fireplace and Jacuzzi tub luxury suites.
Enjoy the warmth and relaxation of the grand stone fireplace in our lobby while admiring historical pictures and original Gig Harbor inspired art work.
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E V E N T S CALENDAR Art, music, parades – oh my! Gardens, wine, shopping ... Gig Harbor’s calendar of events has it covered. Stay up on the latest at www.gigharborguide.com.
year-round events... Stiletto Thursday Ladies Night at Uptown. Every last Thursday of each month
May 26, 2012
July 3, 2012
Gig Harbor Street Scramble! Free and fun urban treasure hunt! 10am
Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert at Skansie Brothers Park featuring “WA State Army National Guard 133rd Army Band.” 6:30pm
June 2 & 3, 2012
First Saturday Art Walk
Gig Harbor Maritime Gig Festival & Blessing of the Fleet. Annual parade, entertainment, fun run and more.
in Historic Downtown. Every ﬁrst Saturday of each month www.gigharborguide.com
CinemaGig Outdoor Movie Night featuring “Ghostbusters” at Donkey Creek Park. Dusk
Gig Harbor BoatShop
July 7, 2012
at Uptown. Every Saturday 8:30am to 2pm April through September www.gigharborfarmersmarket.com
Gig Harbor Farmers Market
Uptown Summer Concert Series featuring “The Shy Boys.” 6pm
July 6, 2012
Harbor History Museum
Gig Harbor Farmers Market
July 5, 2012 www.uptowngigharbor.com
all summer long...
Cinema Gig Outdoors Movie Night featuring “Monsters vs. Aliens” at Skansie Brothers Park. Dusk
June 26, 2012 Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert at Skansie Brothers Park featuring “The Coats.” 6:30pm www.thecoats.net www.gigharborguide.com
at Skansie Brothers Park. Every Sunday Noon to 5pm, and every Wednesday Noon to 5pm, June through September
July 10, 2012 Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert featuring “Danny Vernon.” 6:30pm www.dannyvernon.com www.gigharborguide.com
July 12, 2012 Uptown Summer Concert Series features “Michael Anthony Pratt.” 6pm
Pier Into The Night/ Harbor WildWatch Event days vary. www.harborwildwatch.org
June 30 & July 1, 2012 Gig Harbor Garden Tour Private gardens through the area. www.gigharborgardentour.com
July 1, 2012
July 14, 2012
Wings & Wheels Air Show at Tacoma Narrows Airport
Gig Harbor Wine and Food Festival
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July 13 & 14, 2012
July 26, 2012
Aug. 7, 2012
Blue Willow Lavender Festival
Uptown Summer Concert Series presents “The Collective.” 6pm
Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert featuring “Thea Wescott & Timberland Ridge.” 6:30pm
July 14 & 15, 2012
KeyFest 2012 www.keyfair.org
Aug. 7, 2012
July 17, 2012
National Night Out Celebration on the “green” at the Civic Center. 5-10pm www.gigharborguide.com
Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert featuring| “Magical Strings.” 6:30pm
Aug. 9, 2012
Uptown Summer Concert Series presents “Austin Radio.” 6pm
July 19, 2012 Uptown Summer Concert Series featuring “Us On Roofs.” 6pm
July 29, 2012
July 20, 2012
Uptown presents the Cruise the Narrows Classic Car Show Family fun among the classic cars.
Cinema Gig Outdoors Movie Night presents “West Side Story” at Donkey Creek Park. Dusk
July 31, 2012
July 21, 2012 CinemaGig Outdoors Movie Night presents “Lady and the Tramp” at Skansie Brothers Park. Dusk www.gigharborguide.com
Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert featuring “Swing Reunion Orchestra.” 6:30pm www.swingreunion.com www.gigharborguide.com
Aug. 2, 2012 Uptown Summer Concert Series presents “Common Ground.” 6pm
Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert featuring “Funaddicts.” 6:30pm www.funaddictsband.com
Aug. 16, 2012 Uptown Summer Concert Series presents “Ali Marcus” 6pm www.alimarcus.com
Aug. 17, 2012 Cinema Gig Outdoors Movie Night presents “Footloose” (original) at Donkey Creek Park. Dusk www.gigharborguide.com
Aug. 18, 2012
Aug. 3, 2012
Cinema Gig Outdoors Movie Night featuring “Happy Feet II” at Donkey Creek Park. Dusk
Cinema Gig Outdoors Movie Night presents “Water Horse” at Donkey Creek Park. Dusk
Aug. 18, 2012
Aug. 4, 2012
Olalla Bluegrass Festival 10am to 8pm
Cinema Gig Outdoors Movie Night presents “Disney’s Earth” at Donkey Creek Park. Dusk
July 21, 2012
Aug. 14, 2012
Aug. 21, 2012 Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert featuring “Pearl Django.” 6:30pm
Chalk the Walk outdoor chalk art on downtown sidewalks. Fun for the whole family. www.ghhwa.org
July 21 & 22, 2012
Aug. 23, 2012 Uptown Summer Concert Series presents “Blues Redemption.” 6pm
Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival Judson Street downtown www.peninsulaartleague.com
July 24, 2012
Aug. 28, 2012
Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert featuring “The Beatniks.” Streets will close. 6:30pm www.thebeatniks.com www.gigharborguide.com
Aug. 4, 2012 Family Fun Fest at Sehmel Homestead Park
Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concert featuring “The Perry Acker Band.” Farewell to summer. 6:30pm. www.perryacker.com www.gigharborguide.com
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CALENDA R Oct. 6 & 7, 2012
Dec. 1 & 2, 2012
Fine Art “Sail” at the Gig Harbor Yacht Club. 11am to 4pm
TideFest Art Fair, ﬁrst-class and well-known Northwest artists and exhibitors
Dec. 7-9, 2012 Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor, historic downtown celebrates the holidays with music and special events www.ghhwa.org
Sept. 15, 2012
Dec. 6, 2012
Harbor Hounds Walk the Town Bring your pup and people, too for this fun family-friendly event. 10am to 3pm www.harborhounds.com
Sept. 15, 2012 4th annual Honoring First Responders Gig Harbor Methodist Church, 1-5pm www.honoringﬁrstresponders.org
Sept. 15 & 16, 2012 Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour www.gigharboropenstudiotour.org
Sept. 23, 2012 Uptown presents the Glass Pumpkin Patch www.uptowngigharbor.com
Sept. 29, 2012 Gig Harbor Chowder CookOff at the Farmers Market. The name says it all! www.gigharborfarmersmarket.com
Hark The Harbor holiday community caroling event at Skansie Brothers Park. 7pm
Oct. 19-21, 2012 Gig Harbor Film Festival Independent ﬁlm festival with well-known celebrity guests. www.gigharborﬁlmfestival.com
Oct. 27, 2012
Dec. 8, 2012 Altrusa Holiday Tour of Homes 9:30am – 4pm www.altrusagigharborfoundation.org
Uptown presents Giant Pumpkin Carving www.uptowngigharbor.com
Oct. 31, 2012 Uptown Halloween Trick-or-Treating www.uptowngigharbor.com
Oct. 31, 2012 Trick-or-Treat on Harborview in historic downtown www.ghhwa.org
Nov. 15, 2012 Girls Night Out in historic downtown www.ghhwa.org
Nov. 24 & 25, 2012 Winterfest Arts and Crafts Festival, hundreds of vendors all under one roof www.phs.psd401.net
Dec. 8, 2012 Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, watch from the park or one of Gig Harbor’s waterfront restaurants www.ghyachtclub.org
Jan. 26 & 27, 2013 Steppin’ Up Women’s Conference www.steppinupconference.com
Feb. 2, 2013 Art of Chocolate www.ghhwa.org
Sept. 29, 2012
April 6, 2013
Donkey Creek Chum Festival “It takes a ﬁsh to raise a village.” Learn about salmon and their connection to Gig Harbor.
Farmers Market Opens www.gigharborfarmersmarket.com
May 11, 2013
Oct. 6, 2012 PenMet Parks Scarecrow Festival Family fall event at beautiful Sehmel Homestead Park. www.penmetparks.org
Gig Harbor Beer Festival
Dec. 1, 2012 Gig Harbor Tree Lighting, marks the beginning of the holiday season in Gig Harbor. Entertainment and Santa, too. www.gigharborguide.com
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Less than an hour from Seattle in South Puget Sound just across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Gig Harbor’s picturesque waterfront district reﬂects our community’s unique heritage and leaves a lasting impression on everyone who visits. Throughout the harbor you will enjoy a postcard-perfect view of majestic Mount Rainier. Enjoy our charming historic waterfront shopping district, dotted with multiple art galleries, the many award-winning dining venues, year-round arts activities, unlimited recreational opportunities, and authentic maritime history. Extend your visit by staying at one of the many ﬁrst-class inns or bed and breakfasts. Jerisich Park and the adjacent Skansie Brothers Park lie in the center of town along the waterfront and offer open grass spaces, and decks and benches
perfect for a picnic or romantic stroll. It is in this park in the summer where you will enjoy a weekly summer concert series and view outdoor movies. The city’s miles of shoreline and deep water bay make it the ideal destination for diving and boating of all kinds. Boat rentals and tours are available at the “head of the bay.” Take a glimpse into Gig Harbor’s history at the Harbor History Museum, and learn about our boatbuilding heritage at Eddon Boat Yard. Plan to return to the historic waterfront to attend one of the many events and festivals held throughout the year. The Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association, a Main Street™ organization, is a 501(c)(3) non-proﬁt organization implementing the Main Street Approach™ and supporting the businesses and residents of the historic waterfront district of Gig Harbor.
GHHWA ANNUAL EVENTS for 2012
February 4 Chocolate, art and prizes – a winning combination for a fun day in the harbor!
2012 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival July 14
Trick or Treat in the Harbor October 31 Singing pumpkins, professional photos, candy and more!
Girls Night Out November 15 A day and evening of shopping, spirits, dining and prizes!
Hark the Harbor
25+ wineries, 25+ December 6 restaurants and food A family celebration of vendors, celebrity chef cook- holiday music and the arrival off, classes, demonstrations of the Argosy Christmas Ship! and book signings!
Chalk the Harbor July 21
Color the waterfront – chalk provided! Held in conjunction with the Peninsula Art League’s Summer Arts Festival.
Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor December 7-9 Holiday hayrides with Santa, shopping, music, “Deck the Harbor” window decorating contest and more!
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What are you looking for? Gig Harbor’s shopping opportunites are plentiful
ig Harbor is an enticing shopping destination that has a blend of locally owned and national stores that cater to all lifestyles and budgets. Each area of the peninsula has its own unique combination of boutiques, specialty shops and department stores.
Historic Downtown Gig Harbor’s oldest commercial area, the downtown waterfront, remains a major shopping attraction. A variety of quaint shops are sprinkled along the bay, from one end of the harbor to the other. Several art galleries, women’s boutiques and gift shops offer hours of browsing, and if you get tired, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafés mixed in — from Java & Clay for a latte, Kelly’s Café for American fare, to Brix 25 and Green Turtle for fine-dining experiences. The Gig Harbor Fly Shop, Heidi’s Sweet Shop, Wild Birds Unlimited, Kit Kuhn — A Jeweler Designed for You and Daddy O’s Skate Shop are among the many specialty shops. Don’t miss Misty Meadows Antiques within a quick dash west of downtown. On the north end of the harbor, Finholm District adds to the mix with a family-owned grocery store, more shops and restaurants, including Anthony’s.
Kimball District Located just five minutes from downtown, the Kimball District is a must-stop for scrapbookers, runners, bicyclists and snowboarders who can get a little shopping done while they indulge in their hobbies. You’ll also find fine and costume jewelry at Clark’s Jewelers, home décor at Plush Home Furniture and all things gardening at Wilco. While you browse through the area, stop in for an espresso or a refreshing Yoguccino shake at the cozy Kimball Espresso Café, a popular coffee shop that doubles as an art gallery. Several fast food restaurants are
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located on Kimball Drive, along with several diners that offer ethnic cuisine, including Kinza Teriyaki and Gateway to India.
West Side Gig Harbor’s fastest-growing commercial district, the West Side mixes the old and the
new. Uptown Gig Harbor, an eclectic shopping center with an urban flair, is a familyfriendly destination where you’ll find several apparel boutiques, an independent toy shop, gift and décor stores and several equally tempting dining options, such as Blazing Onion, Pizzeria Fondi and Green.House. Stop in at the award-winning Cutters W W W. G I G H A R B O R G U I D E . C O M > 2 3
Point for a cup of espresso, or the quirky Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop. If you need a little break from shopping, check out the movie listings at the state-of-the-art Galaxy Theater. During the summer, Uptown hosts the Saturday farmers market, and there are various other events throughout the year. Uptown’s neighbor, the Safeway Shopping Center, is a recent addition to the West Side and is slated to accommodate even more retail stores. Other establishments on this side of town include the Olympic Village shopping center, the Harbor Greens organic grocery store, Morford’s Hallmark, a longtime icon, and The Wine Studio, a charming wine shop and tasting room.
Rosedale Mostly a residential area, the Rosedale neighborhood is a destination worth exploring. Take the scenic drive through the quiet countryside and bucolic farmlands, and enjoy a little shopping at the gorgeously landscaped Rosedale Gardens and at the Raft Island Roses nursery. The Rosedale Market, which has been part of the neighborhood since the 1940s, sells a little bit of everything, including espresso and deli foods. The market is famous locally for its brush with Hollywood a few years ago (known as Templeton’s back then) — it was in a scene, albeit quick one, in the movie “Enough,” starring Jennifer Lopez. Another fun stop in Rosedale is Chalet in the Woods, a Scandinavian-style chalet filled with European gifts and clothing and surrounded by several acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands.
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A busy commercial district that continues to grow, Gig Harbor North is home to many national retailers, from Costco and Target to Pier 1 and Big 5 Sporting Goods. Pet supplies, home improvement, wine and spirits are among the categories covered in this district. Gig Harbor North’s convenient location and variety of staple stores make it an attraction for someone looking to cover all bases in one trip. It’s also a budding casual dining area, with choices that range from an alwaysbustling Starbucks coffee shop to one of the locals’ favorite spots, Blue Cannon Pizza.
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and several dining choices, including the Floatation Device, a popular hangout, and Massimo Italian Bar & Grill, which offers great dining with a waterfront view. As you travel north on state Route 302 and onto the Key Peninsula Highway, you’ll find several fun stops along the way. CostLess Pharmacy, despite its name, has a lot more to offer, including local souvenirs and unique gifts. Sunnycrest Nursery and Blue Willow Lavender Farms also will delight you with unique gifts. And if you get hungry, you’ll find a few good choices located right off the main highway, from The Gourmet Burger Shop for mouth-watering burgers, to Lulu’s for comfort food.
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‘Meet Me At The Tides.’ The Tides Tavern is a historic downtown icon and all-occasions adult destination
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he name of Tides Tavern is nearly synonymous with Gig Harbor. It’s rare to meet a local or visitor who hasn’t heard about the popular destination, which has been a downtown icon for nearly four decades. If the designation of “tavern” conjures an image where locals like to hang out, then Tides fits the bill. It’s a great place to get a feel for the town and catch up on local news. But the Tides is also much more. It attracts an eclectic mix of patrons that ranges from boaters and newlyweds to businessmen and prominent community leaders — which means, on any given day, you’ll see people wearing everything from cutoffs to suits, and everyone looks equally comfortable. The unassuming décor is part of a friendly atmosphere that’s complemented by prompt service. Despite the constant hum of conversation and a frequent full house, the Tides manages to create an intimate setting in
which patrons can carry on a business lunch conversation or enjoy a small party. The food is the main attraction, including the two bestsellers, the fish and chips and the clam chowder. The fish and chips, proclaimed the best on the coast by Coastal Living magazine, are made from an originalrecipe ale-beer batter and have been a staple for years. Other popular choices include burgers and pizzas, but even the pickiest vegetarian will find several mouth-watering choices. In addition to the staples, there’s a rotat-
ing menu that changes four times a year to take advantage of seasonal bounty. Some of the ingredients are sourced locally, including an optional organic beef, added last year from Gig Harbor-raised, grass-fed cattle. Chef Ernie Davis is especially passionate about fresh fish, and he has his own smoker out back for adding extra flavor to some of the seafood. “Chef Ernie is always trying to find the best of what’s available, and find the best sources,” says Dylan Stanley, who recently became the company CEO. A breakfast on the weekends (9 to 11 a.m.) is a popular addition, and on occasion, you’ll catch live music or a benefit event throughout the week. A city-owned adjacent parking lot recently was paved and expanded, providing much-needed and easy parking. The Tides is located in one of downtown’s oldest buildings, which started out as a mercantile built by town pioneer Axel Uddenberg. It was adjacent to the only public W W W. G I G H A R B O R G U I D E . C O M > 2 7
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one to purchase one of the many styles of branded apparel and send in photos of them wearing it in different corners of the world. Through the years, photos have been taken under water by a scuba diver, on Saddam Hussein’s throne by a U.S. soldier, and at the South Pole, among other places. A world map on the company’s website is dotted with those destinations, showing proud fans who donned T-shirts or sweatshirts at the equator, in front of a pyramid in Egypt and by a sunken World War II ship off the coast of Guam. “The Tides is an icon,” Mackenzie said. “I didn’t realize how much of an icon it was until I started working here. It’s exciting to be part of it.” In addition to the fish and chips and the clam chowder, the other most-popular features are the outdoor deck and the dock, where boaters can pull up, moor their boat and walk right in. The deck is so popular during the summer that many regulars prefer to wait a good amount of time just to get a spot and enjoy the beautiful scenery that includes sailboats coming in and out of the harbor. Make sure to wear sunscreen as you linger on the deck on a lazy summer day, but don’t worry if you forget it, because staff keep it on hand for guests. Attention to detail is one of the many aspects that give the Tides Tavern its long-lasting charm.
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ferry dock landing at the time — and since it was the pre-automobile era, the business was a popular destination back in those days as well. The tavern was added in the 1930s, possibly as a celebration of the end of Prohibition. It sold beer for 20 cents a bottle. For about four decades, the tavern exchanged hands several times. When Peter Stanley acquired it in June 1973, a new era began. An extensive remodel and the addition of food were two major changes that launched a vibrant business, which has remained a downtown mainstay. Stanley is not likely to retire any time soon, but his children, Mackenzie and Dylan, are now second-generation entrepreneurs who are helping to carry on the tradition. The siblings recalled growing up around Gig Harbor and hanging out outside of the tavern, which is restricted to those 21 and older. “They passed food to me through a window,” Dylan Stanley said. “We have good memories of hanging out on the deck.” “The staff has fun together, and that exudes to the customer,” Mackenzie Stanley added. “We enjoy being here, and we make sure customers have fun. ... The Tides is about creating a place where people can enjoy themselves, meet their friends and have fun.” Patrons take their love for Tides seriously. A tradition dating back decades invites any-
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eryone is very friendly.” The employee list includes four sets of sisters, two sets of sisters-in-law (some of whom are related to the sister sets) and two mother-son teams. Furman’s sister, too, works at the Float. Furman is known for his generosity. Not only has the business contributed thousands of dollars to local schools and sports teams, he also regularly takes customers on his “bus” to the Puyallup Fair or Tacoma Rainiers games. And when there’s a major game at Peninsula High School across the street, he offers his lot for parking, then shuttles people up to the school. With such a welcoming atmosphere, it’s no surprise the Floatation Device is a popular place for get-togethers. One or two parties are scheduled on the average week, from birthdays to reunions. The restaurant doesn’t charge for using the space, and it can accommodate about 80-100 people in one of two rooms. Partygoers can decorate for the occasion to their hearts’ content. “We try to accommodate anything possible. We don’t like to say no,” Furman says. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, there are other types of party-
“If you leave here hungry, then something is wrong,” he says. That may explain why Tuesday nights are packed. The “Tightwad Tuesday” special — two Float burgers and fries for $10 — has been offered at the same price since it was added to the menu two years ago, despite an increase in costs. For Furman, the restaurant is not just about making money: As long as customers are happy and business is steady, he says he’s content. Tuesdays are not the only busy days. The clam chowder, previously served on Fridays, was so popular that it’s now offered Friday through Sunday, in part because elderly customers didn’t like driving on Fridays when roads are busier. The clam chowder, too, has a steady following. Furman says some customers come from as far as Graham and Poulsbo every week just for that. Since Furman took over ownership six years ago this July, the menu has been expanded to include more vegetarian options, steaks and sandwiches. Another addition was an “advanced citizens” menu (for those ages 60 and older). The menu, however, is not the only attraction. The restaurant is like a big extended family for the staff — literally in many cases — and that doesn’t escape the patrons. “Everybody who works here is local and lives within a few miles,” Furman says. “Ev-
ing. Thursdays and Fridays bring karaoke nights, and on Saturdays, local bands provide entertainment on a rotating schedule — Rock ’n’ Roll and classic rock along with some country and blues. The Float is also home to trivia leagues that compete online with teams around the world. Soon, even fourlegged customers will be welcome, sort of. The restaurant is in the process of fencing part of the grass and turning it into a “dog park” so dogs can hang out outside while their owners dine. The Float attracts a diverse range of customers, from submarine engineers and landscapers to retired teachers. Furman says the best compliment he’s received, on more than one occasion, is from people who make Floatation Device their standby choice any time they want to eat out.
loatation Device Pub & Grill in Purdy has somewhat of a reputation: It has generously sized portions that are far from traditional these days. And Pat Furman, owner for six years, likes it that way. He says regular customers would be disappointed otherwise.
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Several festivals attract hundreds and even thousands of visitors to the area yearround, and many families have made these special events a tradition for generations. If you’re coming to town for one of these signature affairs, make sure to build in extra time — maybe even a day or two — for sightseeing, shopping and recreational activities. Listed are examples of events that visitors might consider:
GARDEN TOUR Gig Harbor is well-known for its gorgeous homes and stunning gardens. No serious gardener in need of inspiration can miss an opportunity to see some of those gardens up close, and the Gig Harbor Garden Tour is a rare chance to do just that. The event, which benefits literacy programs, celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2012 with expanded programming. In addition to seven unique gardens, you can enjoy an evening with “Plant Amnesty” founder Cass Turnbull and meet world-renowned horticulturist Dan Hinkley at a special dinner and auction at the exclusive Canterwood Golf and Country Club. Auction items include a chance to spend an afternoon at Hinkley’s estate and get served a gourmet luncheon for six. The self-guided tour is on June 30 and July 1, 2012. Get tickets and other information at www.gigharborgardentour.com.
WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Now in its third year, the Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival brings celebrity chefs, outstanding fine cuisine and a wide selection of wines and beers to the waterfront. Kirkland’s chef extraordinaire Holly Smith
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of Café Juanita is the 2012 guest of honor. The Iron Chef America contestant holds numerous awards for her culinary talents, and her restaurant has been featured in major national publications. The festival is a rare opportunity to watch Chef Holly in action and get a sample of her irresistible cuisine — pair that with some of the region’s best wines and other restaurants, and you have the perfect recipe for a waterfront date or an outing with your best friends. The festival is on Saturday, July 14; get details about tickets and other information at www.harborwineandfoodfest.com.
FILM FESTIVAL Love to rub elbows with film celebrities and encourage independent filmmakers? You can do both at the Gig Harbor Film Festival, hosted at the state-of-the-art Galaxy Theatre. The festival is young, but it has been growing by leaps and bounds. More than three dozen independent films were screened at last year’s festival, an opportunity many filmmakers view as a major stepping stone to hsare their work with big audiences. Children get their own titles for screening at the Kids Fest, and budding filmmakers can test their talents under pressure in the 72-hour competition. Since no film festival would be complete without celebrities, the Gig Harbor event is no exception. Although the stars’ names are kept under wraps until closer to the event, the bar has been set high — last year, Julie Andrews graced Gig Harbor with her presence. The 2012 Gig Harbor Film Festival Oct. 19-21 is a three-day immersion into the indie movie culture that no self-respecting film buff would dare miss. Check out details at www.gigharborfilmfestival.org.
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OTHER FUN EVENTS May 11, Beer Fest — Uptown Gig Harbor. www.gigharborbeerfest. com June 2-3, Maritime Gig and the Blessing of the Fleet — Longstanding tradition that pays tribute to the city’s roots. www.maritimegig.com July 21-22, Gig Harbor Summer Arts Fair — Gig Harbor’s longest-running festival, featuring the region’s best talents. www.peninsulartleague.org Sept. 15-16, Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour — A free, selfguided event that showcases about a dozen artist studios. www. gigharboropenstudiotour.org Oct. 1, Key Peninsula Farm Tour — Get a taste of the rural life by visiting local farms, and enjoy activities such as a fiber arts show. www. keypeninsulafarmtour.com Dec. 1-9, Holidays in the Harbor — Tree Lighting, Lighted Boat Parade, Caroling and Candlelight Christmas all provide for the holiday charm of Gig Harbor. www.gigharborguide.com © MINDI LAROSE W W W. G I G H A R B O R G U I D E . C O M > 3 1
way, the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association hosts Girls’ Night Out. Purchasing a ticket to the event gets you a goodie bag full of all kinds of deals and surprises. Throughout the day and night, merchants and restaurants host special events and activities — all designed for girlfriends and women. Learn more about Girls’ Night Out at www.ghhwa.org.
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MARITIME GIG The fun starts on Saturday morning the first weekend of June with the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, followed by the ever-popular Maritime Gig Family Fun Run. Runners and walkers will gather for the start at 3125 Judson St. in front of the Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce offices. The race route follows Harborview Drive and back to the Visitor Center. As the runners head toward the finish line, participants in the Grand Parade will be staging and preparing for the firing of the cannon to start the parade festivities at 10 a.m. sharp. You won’t want to miss the excitement of the Pirates of the Peninsula Yo Ho Grand Parade, traditionally one of the local favorite events throughout the year. Then be sure to bring all the kids and grandkids to the Children’s Fair from noon to 5 p.m., when they can enjoy hands-on events and activities such as T-shirt painting, interactive art projects, bouncing on a pirate ship and much more. For the third year, adults parched from the warmth of a sunny day can enjoy a cold
beer or glass of wine in the beer garden located in the parking lot of The Maritime Inn, just steps from the main festival. Music is a main part of the Maritime Gig, starting both Saturday and Sunday at noon. Local favorite Soulstice (Fleetwood Mac tribute band) starts it off this year, and The Shy Boys (voted South Sound Magazine’s Best Band of 2011) hit the stage for one of the summer’s annual highlights from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, enjoy the annual Blessing of the Fleet among many other activities. “The Blessing,” as locals call it, is an annual ceremony which celebrates Gig Harbor’s rich heritage of commercial fishing. The Blessing includes prayers for the safekeeping and success of the fleet during the upcoming fishing season. Learn more about the Maritime Gig at www.maritimegig.com.
HARBOR HOUNDS Pups and people make the trek to Gig Harbor each September for the annual Harbor Hounds Walk the Town event. A fundraiser for local animal charities, the event involves lots of fun for pets and their humans. Walk between the two downtown anchor parks (Skansie Brothers Park and Donkey Creek Park), and enjoy the views and all the other pets. The day includes fun booths and information, demonstrations, food and more. Harbor Hounds is the third weekend in September, a time that traditionally has fabulous weather. Learn more and register at www. harborhounds.com.
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Girls just wanna have fun in Gig Harbor, and November’s Girls’ Night Out is the time to do it. On a Thursday, just as the annual holiday shopping season is getting under
New to the festival lineup is the Gig Harbor Beer Festival, located at Gig Harbor’s Uptown Shopping Center. Featuring a dozen regional microbreweries, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival is sure to become a local favorite, as well as attract lots of outof-town guests in the years ahead. Supporting the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival’s $20 ticket price provides you plenty of opportunity to sip and savor a varieity of craft breweries. Located adjacent to the festival is Blazing Onion, as well as several other restaurants, for easy dining between beers. Learn more at www.GigHarborBeerFest. org.
GIG HARBOR PADDLERS CUP Each spring, Gig Harbor hosts the annual Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup, featuring kayak, canoe and standup paddlers in competition on Gig Harbor Bay. The two-day event brings competitors from across the West Coast and Canada to compete alongside Gig Harbor’s own award-winning canoe and kayak team. Additional activities include booths and demonstrations at the park. Spectators will find the races very exciting from any of the several vantage points throughout the community. Learn more about the event at www. gigharborpaddlerscup.com.
STREET SCRAMBLE The Gig Harbor Street Scramble, held every year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, is the largest Street Scramble in the United States and draws nearly 900 people from around the region. The event also is the only free street scramble in the area. What is a street scramble? It’s for families, teens, groups of friends, runners, cyclists, walking enthusiasts and anyone who loves Gig Harbor and wants to explore. Learn more at www.gigharborguide.com.
LOTS MORE EVENTS There isn’t a month in the year that Gig Harbor doesn’t have a festival or event to offer. When you plan your visit to Gig Harbor, be sure and check out the calendar of events at www.gigharborguide.com for details.
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ig Harbor rocks during the summer months — literally — as outdoor concerts and festivals bring a party atmosphere to various areas of town. And lest you think you’re off the hook for fun indoors or during the rest of the year, many of the local restaurants and cafés make sure the gap is filled with live music.
A vibrant arts community fills the calendar with events all year long, from theater productions and symphony performances to art walks and hands-on artistic pursuits.
Outdoor summer concerts Summer Sounds at Skansie, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is downtown’s signature summer event series. Every Tuesday evening from June 26 through Aug. 28, Skansie Brothers Park is packed with lawn chairs for the popular, free attraction. The 2012 lineup includes several returning and local favorites that include The Coats, Perry Acker band and Pearl Django. Not to be outdone, the Uptown Gig Harbor shopping center kicks up the heat on Thursday evenings in July and August. The Shy Boys, Common Ground and Michael Anthony Pratt are among this summer’s acts.
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CinemaGig Outdoor Movies, a longstanding tradition, create the perfect setting for a family night out or a romantic date under the stars in July and August. Watch classic
movies on Fridays at Donkey Creek Park and family favorites on Saturdays at Skansie Brothers Park, both on a big screen — and for free. For a more rustic but just-as-fun outdoor movie experience, head to Key Peninsula’s Volunteer Park. Every Friday in August, Cinema Under the Stars brings families together for a dusk screening.
Live music A dinner date or a drink on the town is certainly more enjoyable when good company and good music are present. Many local establishments schedule live music all year long. Here’s a sample:
FORZA COFFEE, every Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. MORSO WINE BAR, days vary, check schedule at www.morsowinebar.com. HALF-TIME SPORTS SALOON, karaoke and live music on alternating Saturdays starting at 9 p.m. FLOATATION DEVICE BAR AND GRILL, Saturdays starting at 9 p.m. LELE THAI & VIETNAMESE CUISINE, Fridays and Saturdays (month-by-month basis). Theater and music performances The liveperformance season lasts all year long in Gig Harbor, as several drama and music organizations showcase local talent. PARADISE THEATRE’S repertoire ranges from classics such as “Willie Wonka” and “Annie” to Broadway revivals such as “Sweet Charity.” In addition to the high-quality community theater, Peninsula and Gig Harbor high schools both have excellent drama programs that stage public productions during the school year. In the summer, Sehmel Homestead Park’s amphitheater is home to outdoor performances, many of which feature kids. GIG HARBOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, GIG HARBOR CIVIC ORCHESTRA, PENINSULA YOUTH ORCHESTRA, PENINSULA COMMUNITY CHORUS AND KEY SINGERS each stage a few concerts every year, putting the spotlight on the local stars.
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Artistic flair A vibrant arts community makes Gig Harbor a magnet both for artists and art patrons. A collection of art galleries downtown cater to all tastes and budgets, and an art walk every first Saturday of the month gives you a chance to meet some of the artists. Local arts organization Peninsula Art League coordinates a juried art show at the Gig Harbor Civic Center (Aug. 9 through Sept. 13 this year), a popular Gig Harbor Arts Festival (July 21-22), as well as member shows around town and rotating art exhibits at Kimball Espresso Café. On the Key Peninsula, Two Water Arts Alliance is known for its Spring Fling, an artsy affair that doubles as a fundraiser for its programs. Every fall, the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula areas become a destination for art lovers, who can take a scenic drive around the area and stop at various studios during the two-day, free Open Studio Tour. The self-guided tour Sept. 15-16 includes demonstrations and a peek at the magic behind the artists’ work, as well as an opportunity to buy incredible art — directly from the creators.
Art walk Historic downtown Gig Harbor is home to a lovely collection of art galleries, most of which highlight a variety of Gig Harbor and Pacific Northwest artists. The first Saturday of every month, the Gig Harbor Art Walk takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunset Magazine dubbed it “one of the five best small town art walks in the Northwest.” Pick up an Art Walk map at a gallery or our Visitor Information Center, located at 3125 Judson St., and make your way around to the galleries, all within easy walking distance. Each month, the galleries feature different artists, and many serve refreshments. At Gallery Row and Ebb Tide, co-op galleries, you will be greeted by one of the displaying artists, who take turns running the gallery. Birdsnest and Water’s Edge show
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a variety of work and also do framing. Kit Kuhn, a local jeweler, produces and displays his one-of-a-kind, original jewelry. It doesn’t need to be Art Walk Saturday to enjoy the many galleries. Stop in any time for local art, friendly service and fabulous shopping. Learn more at www.gigharborguide.com.
Other fun In Gig Harbor, it’s not enough to admire art or go on a treasure hunt — you can create it yourself. Kids may enjoy using the sidewalks as their canvas for a little graffiti showoff during Chalk the Walk. Adults, on the other hand, can create their own master-
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ommercial fishing may no longer be Gig Harbor’s main industry, but the community has maintained pride in its roots. A walk through downtown gives a glimpse into the rich maritime history of the area, thanks to efforts to preserve both the city’s historic heritage and the small-town atmosphere. The waterfront today remains the home of a busy commercial fishing fleet, and during the offseason, visitors may catch a view of fishermen getting ready for their next adventure on the seas. But there are year-round opportunities for history buffs as well, including self-guided tours to view historic buildings, such as net sheds, interpretive markers with information about landmarks and history, as well as activities at the Harbor History Museum and Eddon Boatyard, both located downtown. HISTORIC MARKERS About five dozen historic markers are scattered around the Gig Harbor Peninsula — as far as Fox Island and Key Peninsula — and they provide information about historic locations and buildings, as well as about environmental points of interest. An online tour was recently completed, making the heritage marker tour available at your fingertips from your smartphone as you make your way through the peninsula (visit www.gigharborguide.com for details). Downtown, you can take a walking tour starting at the Old Ferry Landing and look for the markers at locations such as the Skansie Brothers Park, the Eddon Boat Park and Donkey Creek Park, just to name a few. FISHING NET SHEDS Gig Harbor’s commercial fishing history began with immigrants from Croatia and Scandinavia at the turn of the 20th century. The pioneer families established a tradition that has
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lasted for many new generations. The waterfront was bustling with activity at its modest docks and net sheds — covered sheds built on wood pilings. The net sheds provided a storage area for nets and gear along with an easy way to transfer them to the boats. Today, 17 historic net sheds remain, making Gig Harbor the area with the largest inventory in Puget Sound. Some of them continue to be an integral part of the working waterfront. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation listed Gig Harbor’s commercial fishing net sheds on its 2008 list of most endangered historic properties. Boaters get the best view of these interesting structures, but there are many viewpoints from the land as well. The net shed located at the Skansie Brothers Park is the only one that that’s publicly owned, and it’s currently being restored by the City of Gig Harbor. The century-old building will
be available for tours and programming once preservation efforts are complete in 2012. Besides the park, a good vantage point from land is off Stinson Avenue, where you can get a good view of the Tarabochia, Bujacich and Lovrovich, all working net sheds. Pick up the net shed brochure “Along the Waterfront” at any of the Visitor Information Kiosks around town.
shop and interpretive center and is open for tours (check the schedule and operating hours at www.gigharborboatshop.org). In the upstairs loft, visitors can see a partially lofted Thunderbird, the first step to building a brand new Thunderbird. T-Bird No. 2, scheduled for a May 2012 launch, and T-Bird No. 11 are being restored in the boatbuilding shop. The jointer shop that was historically used for smaller projects serves as the entry into the boatyard and is heated with a huge woodstove. Stop by for a cup of coffee. The BoatShop hosts a variety of classes, from knot tying to basic navigation, but where you can really get into the action is the Boatbuilder for a Day program. Every Saturday through mid-September 2012, you can help build a 15-foot Lake George rowing boat alongside professional boatbuilder Tom Regan. Students can work on specific areas of interest, such as planking or finish work, depending on the schedule.
GIG HARBOR BOATSHOP Boat building is another major part of the maritime history of Gig Harbor, which was the birthplace of the Thunderbird sailboat. The Eddon Boatyard, where local boatbuilder Ed Hoppen experimented to create the Thunderbird, is now home to the nonprofit Gig Harbor BoatShop, as well as the Thunderbird Sailboat No. 2. The Eddon Boatyard property includes the former marine supplies store on Harborview Drive, which now serves as a gift
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HARBOR HISTORY MUSEUM The Harbor History Museum, which moved to its current building in 2009, serves as a cultural and community center that preserves and showcases the history of the area and the region. Although the museum features a broad spectrum of themes, maritime history plays a prominent role. The first Thunderbird hull and the 65-foot fishing vessel Shenandoah are displayed in the museum’s Jim and Carolyn Milguard Maritime Gallery. The Shenandoah is undergoing restoration through 2013, and on weekends you can see shipwright Nate Slater hard at work — and join him, too. Volunteers can drop in for a few hours to help with the restoration of the purse seiner, which was built in 1925 right in Gig Harbor, at the Skansie Ship Building Co. The museum’s permanent exhibit includes a photo collection of the old ferries and steamboats, a video about the commercial fishing history that you can watch in the theater, and for the kids, there’s a giant magnet wall with hands-on, beachthemed play. And if you love the maritime theme, don’t miss the annual maritime art juried show Aug. 4-13, which will feature
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THE KEY P E N I N S U L A Just a short drive across a sand spit — step back in time ... Key time.
ross the Purdy Bridge at the edge of Gig Harbor and soon you may feel like you’re driving in the middle of nowhere — but give the Key Peninsula a chance, and you’ll appreciate its unique character. Time has not touched the idyllic rural setting of the Key, as the locals call it.
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Key Peninsula is the answer when the road calls for a swift getaway from the hum of city life. Once you get there, you’ll be tempted to hide the watch and all the electronic gadgets so you can take in all the leisurely rhythms of country life. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised to find a vibrant community that loves to put together a party or two and has several annual traditions, including a community fair. RECREATION Two state parks, Joemma Beach and Penrose Point, have waterfront access and cover a range of recreational possibilities, including kayaking, hiking, saltwater fishing and birdwatching. Views of Mount Rainier from Penrose Point and the Olympic Mountains from Joemma Beach create a majestic setting, and both state parks are open for overnight camping. (Note that the state of Washington now requires a Discover Pass for all vehicle access to state parks.) Maple Hollow, another waterfront park, boasts 1,400 feet of secluded beachfront and is accessible both by land and kayak. At Volunteer Park, you’ll find a vibrant hub for local adult and youth sports, along with a popular skateboard park. The Key Peninsula Civic Center, the site of many local events, offers access to outdoor tennis courts and a newly installed children’s playground. The center also is home to the Key Peninsula History Museum, where volunteer docents are eager to share interesting facts about the community. FOOD AND SHOPPING The Key Peninsula has a descent number of dining choices, so don’t worry if you didn’t pack a picnic. Excellent Mexican food and atmosphere are the signature at El Sombrero, and if your taste buds prefer American, homey fare, try Lulu’s or The Roadhouse instead. But if you love hamburgers, many argue that the newest kid on the block, The Gourmet Burger Shop, has the best burgers around. Make a stop at Ravensara as you drive 4 2 < W W W. M E E T I N G I G H A R B O R . C O M
on state Route 302 not only for a cup of organic java but also for a treat from Two Clouds Bakery (the brioche bread and the scones are to die for but face stiff competition from the muffins and peanut butter cookies). Several farms are open to visitors during the season. They sell local produce and food, including eggs and honey. You can also tour many of these farms at a special farm tour event on the first Saturday of October. Take home a Key Pen souvenir and stock up on necessities at CostLess Pharmacy, or find a unique gift made by local artists at Sunnycrest Nursery, or do a little treasure hunting at Angel Guild Thrift Store. Oenophiles would be amiss if they don’t drop in at the Trillium Creek Winery, where French-born winemaker Claude Gahard and his wife, Claudia, are happy to give visitors a tour of the vineyards and a taste of their lowsulfite wines. And be sure not to miss a visit to Blend Wine Shop in Key Center. CELEBRATIONS AND THINGS TO DO The Key Peninsula is known for its community spirit where neighbor helps neighbor — and locals don’t turn down the chance for a party, either. Annual celebrations include a livable
community fair in May, a logging show at Old Timers Day in August and Key Fest, a community fair complete with a carnival and parade. For the 10th anniversary of the fair this July, there will even be fireworks and other surprises. The Longbranch Improvement Club, a unique building that’s on the National Historic Register, is a common venue for concerts and dances, along with the Key Peninsula Civic Center. The LIC’s annual traditions include Labor Day and Memorial Day dances. If you’re visiting in August, check the schedule for outdoor movies hosted by Key Pen Parks (www.keypenparks.com), and in the spring, dress up for the artsy Spring Fling affair organized by Two Waters Arts Alliance. Key Center is as close to “downtown” as you’ll be on the Key, and it’s a good destination if you miss nightlife during your visit. O’Callahan’s Pub gets rocked by live bands and special events, including DJ music every week, and Blend Wine Shop showcases local talent at poetry nights and open mics. Go ahead and linger on the Key. The locals understand the desire to hang on to the quiet pace. You’ll be back to civilization soon enough, but don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to return to the “middle of nowhere,” preferably sometime very soon.
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t’s no secret that one of the best views in Gig Harbor is from the water. That’s only one of many reasons that make this a popular destination for boaters.
The idyllic waterfront scenery creates the perfect backdrop for a relaxed visit, but don’t let the quiet pace fool you — there are plenty of activities to enjoy while you drop the anchor in the bay. Boaters will find several shops within walking distance that offer staples ranging from groceries and supplies to wine for a sunset picnic and munchies for the pets. Below is a sampling of available services; go to gigharborguide.com for more, or ask any friendly downtown merchant. © MINDI LAROSE W W W. G I G H A R B O R G U I D E . C O M > 4 5
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SHIP TO SHORE 3315 Harborview Drive Cleaning supplies, safety equipment, parts, some groceries
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WEST MARINE EXPRESS 3119 Judson Street Boating parts, life jackets and safety equipment, raingear and other clothing
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GREEN COTTAGE PETS AND SOPHIE’S TOUCH 3024 Harborview and 3302 Harborview Pet food and supplies ANTHONY’S RESTAURANT AND TIDES TAVERN 8827 N. Harborview and 2925 Harborview Boat slips for diners — pull up in your boat and come in!
FINHOLM GROCERY 8812 N. Harborview Drive Convenience foods — cereal, frozen pizza, milk etc. plus beer and wine WHOLEFOODS MARKET 3122 Harborview Drive Organic and natural foods, trail mixes, toiletries, supplements GIG HARBOR FARMERS MARKET Skansie Brothers Park. Wednesday and Sunday, JuneSeptember. Locally grown produce, arts and crafts
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THINGS TO DO AFTER ANCHORING DOWN Downtown is a bustling district year round, and especially vibrant during the summer with a variety of activities. In addition to exhaustive shopping opportunities, a few other things to do within walking distance: Enjoy wine tastings at Morso Wine Bar and The Keeping Room, and beer tastings within a short walk at 7 Seas Brewing (opening a new taproom on Judson Street by late summer or fall 2012).
Catch a sesonal event. Check out the event listings in this guide and at www. gigharborguide.com; summer events include popular outdoor concert series and outdoor cinema at waterfront parks. Try a water sport. If you’re missing the water already but not ready to leave, rent a kayak at Gig Harbor Rent-A-Boat or a SUP at Lee’s SUP. Learn about Puget Sound critters and ecology with Harbor WildLife. Activities include nighttime marine life investigation and beach walks. www.harborwildwatch.org LEE GILES III/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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he variety of species and the extensive access to different water bodies make Gig Harbor one of the best sought-after fishing spots in Puget Sound. There are fish waiting to be caught almost all year long, and if you get tired of hanging out at one of the many local beaches or lakes, you’re within a few hours’ drive from several major rivers in the state.
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“This is one of the best accessible areas in the Sound because we have a lot of parks and public beaches,” says Blake Merwin, owner of Gig Harbor Fly Shop, which sells fishing gear as well as offers classes and guided fishing trips. “We also have a lot of lakes in the area and the state stocks some of them with trout.” Merwin says there are many advantages to hiring fishing guides because they know the best local spots and can offer various tips. Depending on the time of year and the species of fish, you may not even have to go far — some of the trips are right on the beaches of Gig Harbor. New at the shop this year are guided flyfishing trips on kayaks. These single-person, pedal-powered kayaks are designed for fishing and use a propeller. “In the Sound, we like fishing when the tide is moving, and with the kayaks you can stay in place or move when you pedal and still continue to fish,” he says. The kayaks will also be available for sale and for rent, and the shop will offer deliveries to several local spots. The main species found off the local beaches and from fishing kayaks are cutthroat trout, but once in a while lucky anglers will catch a salmon. “That’s always a nice surprise when you hook into one of those,” Merwin says. The guided trips can be arranged for one person, but trips for two to three people offer better deals. And those who prefer to discover fishing on their own can take advantage of classes instead. The Gig Harbor Fly Shop has an extensive list of introductory, intermediate and advance classes that combine a little classroom experience with getting up close and personal with the fish. The beach classes, at $99 per person, are
especially popular. “The beach class is focused on teaching people how to fish locally on Gig Harbor beaches. We give anglers all the information and tools to be able to go out on their own,” Merwin says. During the winter season, anglers can come into the shop to take fly-tying classes instead. The classes range from teaching basic fly tying to specialized flies for different species (check the website, www.gigharborflyshop.com, for a complete schedule of classes). If you prefer lake fishing, Gig Harbor’s Sweetwater Angling & Guide Co. knows the best spots. Co-owner and local grad Gus Garcia says most of the guided lake trips are within a 45-minute drive from Gig Harbor. The company also specializes in trips to local beaches and streams, as well as several major rivers around the state. Garcia says the average local trip takes four to six hours and the main species are steelhead, salmon and trout, depending on the season. The guides provide everything the anglers need for the experience trip, including gear as needed, boat or raft, even snacks and transportation (www.sweetwaterangling.com for a list of all locations and options). “You can just focus your time and effort on enjoying yourself,” he says. In addition, the company has a licensed saltwater captain and sightseeing can be incorporated into the trips. Vacationing couples are frequent customers at Sweetwater Angling and Garcia notes that women are the fastest-growing demographic in the industry. “We have so many opportunities to do different types of things,” he says. “It all depends on your interest.” Learn more at www.sweetwaterangling.com
NOT INTO FISHING? STAND UP AND PADDLE! Stand-up paddle, a.k.a. SUP, is one of the newest and fastest-growing watersports. It requires no experience, but it can be physically challenging because it uses the body’s core to “surf.” The SUP is a large surfboard-like board that you stand on, and you use a paddle to propel it. The sport, which is believed to have been born in ancient times, was popular in Hawaii years ago and has been revived in recent years. Lee Murray, owner of Lee’s SUP located near the Jerisich Dock downtown, says stand-up paddleboarding is a very easy sport. “Gig Harbor is a great place for it,” he says. He rents SUPs at $25 for two hours, and surfers can launch them straight into the water from his location. The shop is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thursday from May 1 to mid-September, and on the weekends during the winter season.On Saturdays when the wind, tide and weather are generally good, paddlers can drop by the business at 9:30 a.m. and join in with an adventure-paddling group that explores together. For more information, go to www. lees-sup.blogspot.com. LEE GILES III/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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n the past few years, Gig Harbor has become a popular destination for runners. The local running community has embraced a variety of races year-round including a half-marathon. Many formal and informal running groups are active in the area, and a specialty footware store, Route 16, is a mecca for runners and walkers, thanks to its very knowledgeable staff and selection of gear. Miguel Galeana, owner of Route 16 Running & Walking, says when he first opened his shop in Gig Harbor, there were fewer than half-dozen races. Now, some avid run-
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ners see this area as a growing mecca for the sport. “This is one of the most active communities when it comes to physical fitness,” he
says. “Somebody started a culture here, and it continues to grow.” Some of the more popular running trails are at McCormick Forest Park, Sehmel Homestead Park and the 360 Park (on the Key Peninsula); the Cushman Trail is a top choice for those who prefer paved surfaces. But runners can also be frequently be spotted downtown, taking advantage of the scenery and low traffic. If you’d like a little camaraderie, join one of the free running group while you’re in town — call Route 16 at (253) 851-2226 for details.
2012-13 RUNS, RIDES AND WALKS IN THE HARBOR JANUARY - Resolution Run for the Heroes 5k and 10k www.active.com/running/gig-harbor
SEPTEMBER - Over the Narrows 10m run and 2m run/ walk & kids run www.overthenarrows.com Race for a Soildier 13.1m and 2m & kids run www.raceforafoldier.org
FEBRUARY - ‘You Knock My Socks Off’ 5k www.ontherunevents.com/youknockmysocksoff MARCH - Run for Burma 5K www.chapelhillpc.org
OCTOBER - Dirty Dash 5K www.penmetparaks.org Monster Dash 8k www.datavarevents.com/monster8k.asp
MAY - Gig Harbor Street Scramble www.gigharborguide.com Great Strides Walk www.gigharborguide.com
NOVEMBER - Turkey Trot 10k and 5k run or walk www.holmeschiropractic.net
JUNE - Maritime Gig Run 5K www.maritimegig.com Tacoma Wheelman’s Metric Century www.twbc.org
DECEMBER - Yukon Do It Half Marathon and Marathon ww.databarevents.com/yukon.asp
From the Maritime Gig Run in June and the Turkey Trot in November, to the Run for Burma in March, Gig Harbor is a magnet for runners who love a little competition mixed in with quaint atmosphere. Many of the local races serve as fundraisers for various causes and receive overwhelming support. Leslie Mayne, founder of Race for a Soldier half marathon, says the entire community wrapped its arms around the race, which is now in its second year. More than 350 volunteers came out in force for the inaugural event to make sure the runners — about 1,400 registered — had plenty of water stations, cheers from the sidelines and other support. The race, which also includes a 2-mile run and a kids’ fun run, raised $44,000 in its first year for several organizations that offer therapeutic programs and other services to soldiers and combat veterans. Mayne lost her son in 2009 to a drug overdose following severe post-traumatic stress issues related to his tour in Iraq. She started running as a way of coping. “Running allowed me to process my thoughts and it was good therapy. So I started thinking how I can help soldiers,” she says. “(The event) has a lot to do with my passion to help soldiers reclaim their lives.” The race is designed both for experienced runners and those trying a half marathon for the first time, while new runners will find just the right amount of challenge on the two-mile course (Sept. 23; www.raceforasoldier.org). “September in Gig Harbor is beautiful,” Mayne said. “It’s a great time of the year, and it’s a beautiful run.”
Bicycling and bike rides Gig Harbor has a good network of bicycle-friendly paths that includes paved lanes, shared-use trails and bicycle lanes. The relatively low traffic, the scenery and the mix of easy and challenging roads make this an attractive area for bikers. Stop by Old Town Bicycle on Kimball Drive for maps, gear and minor repairs, or make an appointment if your bike needs more extensive work. If you love the idea of scenic “touring”
on your bike, check out the annual Ride Around Puget Sound (RAPSody) event in August. The two-day, 85-mile experience includes riding over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and through Gig Harbor; participants may also opt for one day instead. Another organized ride through the area is The Peninsula Metric in June, and if you’re looking for serious competition, check out the Gig Harbor Circuit Race that is part of the Lake Washington Velo Circuit Race Series. Learn more at www.gigharborguide.com.
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OUTDOOR O P P O R T U N I T I E S Abundance of outdoor options make Gig Harbor an enthusiast’s paradise
utdoor recreation is bountiful on the Peninsula, and residents and visitors alike don’t wait for a sunny day to enjoy the local bounty. Water recreation is high on the list, given the area is surrounded by the beautiful Puget Sound. Additionally Gig Harbor has a variety of golf courses, hiking and walking trails and pathways and cycling is growing in popularity. Many special events and festivals take place as a result of the wide variety of recreation opportunities in and around Gig Harbor. To stay up-to-date on events visit our community calendar at www.gigharborguide.com. Here’s is a partial list of local options for recreation in Gig Harbor. Additional information can also be found at www.gigharborguide.com.
GOLF Canterwood Golf & Country Club 12606 54th Avenue NW, Gig Harbor WA (253) 851-1845 www.canterwoodgcc.com
Chambers Bay Golf 6320 Grandview Dr W, University Place, WA 877.29.LINKS (5-4657) www.chambersbaygolf.com
Gig Harbor Golf Club 6909 Artondale Drive NW, Gig Harbor WA (253) 851-2378 www.gigharborgolfclub. com
Gold Mountain Golf Club 7263 W. Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton WA (360) 415-5432 www.goldmt.com
Horseshoe Lake Golf Course 1250 SW Club House Court, Port Orchard WA (253) 857-3326 www.hlgolf.com
HIKING & WALKING TRAILS Fox Island Nature Center & Wildlife Preserve www.foxisland.net
Madrona Links Golf Course 3604 22nd Ave NW, Gig Harbor WA (253) 851-5193
Penrose Point State Park, Key Peninsula
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McCormick Woods 5155 McCormick Woods Dr. SW, Port Orchard WA (360) 895-0130 www.mccormickwoods golf.com
Trophy Lake Golf and Casting 3900 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard WA (360) 874-8337 www.trophylakegolf.com
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CYCLING Gig Harbor’s Old Town Bikes can provide additional cycling information for the region, including safe riding areas.
KAYAKING Gig Harbor Rent-a-Boat 8829 N. Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor WA (253) 858-7341 (hours change seasonally so call ahead) www.gigharborrentaboat. com
Guided Kayak Tours with Jackie Susan (253) 312-5252
The Three Ladies
Gig Harbor Fly Shop
Destiny Harbor Tours
Fox Island Salmon Charter www.foxislandsalmon charters.com
SHOOTING AND ARCHERY Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club
SWIMMING AND BEACH COMBING Purdy Spit, Hwy 302 Kopachuck, Joemma and Penrose Point State Parks
Gig Harbor Yacht Club Sailing Program 209 Stinson Ave, Gig Harbor WA (253) 851-1807
Tacoma Yacht Club Sailing Program on Wollochet Bay, 5401 N. Waterfront Dr., Tacoma WA (253) 752-3555
Cushman Trail and Gig Harbor City Parks
Gig Harbor Sailing Club 3226 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor WA (253) 858-3626
FISHING AND BOAT TOURS
Horseshoe Lake County Park
Harbor WildWatch Guided Beach Walks
Penrose Point State Park www.stateparks.com
Kopachuck State Park www.stateparks.com
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Adam Tallman Park
Austin Estuary Park
6626 Wagner Way Passive use wildlife park with walking trails and wetlands. Interpretive signage & viewing platforms. No restrooms. On-site parking.
4009 Harborview Drive Picnic table. Human-powered watercraft landing. No restrooms. Street parking only.
Civic Center Green
9702 Crescent Valley Road Bike track. Sand volleyball courts. On-site parking. Restrooms and additional parking at Crescent Creek Park (adjacent).
3510 Grandview Street Open space lawn for informal soccer and recreation. Restrooms located at Grandview Forest Park (adjacent). Onsite parking.
Bogue Viewing Platform
8803 North Harborview Drive Panoramic views of Mount Rainier with seating. No restrooms. Street parking only.
Crescent Creek park
3303 Vernhardson Street Covered kitchen with water, sinks, wood stove, play structure (5-12), swings, baseball field with bleachers, picnic tables, streambed viewing platforms. Power outlets. Free-standing BBQs and interpretive signage. To reserve shelter and tables call (253) 853-7638. Restrooms and on-site parking.
Reid Drive NW (14th Ave NW) to 96th Street NW Paved, non-motorized trail for pedestrian and bike use. Approx. 5 miles. Trailhead and on-site parking at 14th Avenue NW. Restrooms, trailhead and on-site parking located at 3908 Grandview Street.
Cushman Trailhead Park
Donkey Creek Park
2626 Hollycroft Street Trailhead for Cushman Trail biking and walking path. Drinking fountain and power. Restrooms. Street parking only.
Eddon Boat Park
Finholm View Climb
Grandview Forest Park
Old Ferry Landing
3805 Harborview Drive Historic boat building, water access park. Future amenities: landing for handpowered boats, sandy beach and kitchen facility at brick house. Restrooms. Street parking only.
8826 North Harborview Drive & 8917 Franklin Street Panoramic views of Mount Rainier with 100 stairs that scale the hillside. Drinking fountain, seating and view landings. Restrooms. Street parking only.
3488 Grandview Street Passive use wildlife park with trails next to City Hall. Benches and walking trails. Restrooms. On-site parking.
2700 Harborview Drive Landing with picnic tables overlooking the entrance of the bay with 180 degree view of the sandspit, Colvos Passage and Mount Rainier. Drinking fountain. No restrooms. Street parking only.
8714 North Harborview Drive Open space passive use park bordered by salmon-bearing Donkey Creek. Benches. Restrooms. Street parking only. W W W. G I G H A R B O R G U I D E . C O M > 5 7
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Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park
3211 Harborview Drive Dock landing, picnic tables, transient moorage for boaters and seasonal pump-out station (April 1 thru Nov 1) in the heart of downtown. 48-hour short-stay: no slips, no power, no reservations, no charge. Restrooms. Street parking only.
3580 50th Street Ct. Combined baseball/soccer field with bleachers, play structure, bike rack, drinking fountain, covered picnic area with tables, trails and open space. Restrooms. On-site parking.
Skansie Brothers Park
3207 Harborview Drive Large waterfront open space, covered pavillion, historic netshed and home adjacent to Jerisich Dock. Picnic tables, power outlet and hosebibs for water. Restrooms. Street parking only.
3510 Grandview Street Large concrete bowl for skaters, kids climbing wall, play structures, benches and trails. Video surveillance. Restrooms located at Grandview Forest Park (adjacent). On-site parking.
Sehmel Homestead Park
Wilkinson Farm Park
4118 Rosedale Street 16-acre wildlife park with wetlands, holly groves, meadows, community garden and trails. Power outlets, water fountain and water hosebib. Historic homestead includes a barn, house and outbuildings that will be stablized for public access in the future. No restrooms. On-site parking.
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10123 - 78th Ave & Sehmel Dr. NW 93 acres. Includes Boundless Playground, artificial turf soccer/football field, Boeing Mariners Care baseball field, two softball fields, tennis and basketball courts, 1000-person amphitheater, 100-person pavilion, picnic areas, 3-acre open grass meadow, heritage garden, pond, over 4 miles of trail, and 70 acres of natural area.
8050 - 86th Ave NW & Rosedale St. Includes a 200’ baseball field, picnic shelter, play equipment and two tennis courts (north of field on 86th Ave). All facilities are available to reserve.
Sand Volleyball Courts
3303 Vernhardson Street Two courts located adjacent to City Park at Crescent Creek. No reservations. Restrooms and parking at Crescent Creek Park.
McCormick Forest park
10301 Bujacich Rd NW, north of prison 122 acres. Has abundant wildlife with over four miles of trails of varying ease and difficulty for walkers, runners, cyclists, and horses. Trails wander through old growth forest and offer views down into the McCormick Creek canyon. There is also a meadow with picnic tables 100 yards from the entrance.
Wollochet Bay Estuary
20 acres in 10 parcels, Wollochet Dr & Artondale Dr NW Undeveloped but includes 854 linear feet of shoreline between the confluence of Artondale and Wollochet Creeks with the saltwater marsh and estuary area of Wollochet Bay.
Harbor Family – Knight Forest
6620 - 32nd St NW & 70th Ave) and Knight Forest 19 acres, will eventually become a park with ball fields, active recreation, and natural forest areas. Primitive trails currently cross the property.
Madrona Links Golf Course
3604 - 22nd Ave NW 79 acres. An 18-hole Ken Tyson designed course. The course includes a pro shop and restaurant. For additional course information, call 253.851.5193 or visit the website at www.madronalinks.com.
Hales Pass Recreation Area
Fox Island Fishing Pier
Sunrise Beach Park
34 acres, 1502 Lucille Pkwy NW Offers over 1000 feet of Tacoma Narrows shoreline access, excellent fishing and views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Entrance sign leads down a paved road taking visitors inside the park and its partially landscaped grounds. A paved path winds toward a gazebo and the sandy-rock beach. Two telescopes provide beach and bridge buffs alike an up-close view of the bridge.
3507 Ray Nash Dr. NW & 36th St 3.6 acres includes a rustic 1938 CCC building and picnic shelter, tennis courts and a small ball field. The site has served as a school and community hall, and is available for meetings, classes and social gatherings.
1453 Ozette Drive, south end of Fox Island 5.5 acres. The picturesque great fishing spot includes a concrete fishing pier accessible via paved pathway and handrails, restroom and picnic area.
82 acres, 10015 Sunrise Beach Dr. NW Includes beach access with over 2,400 feet of waterfront on Colvos Passage, open grass areas, walking trails, is a popular diving destination, and has spectacular views of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier.
5 miles, 3100 – 14th Ave NW to Burnham Drive Owned by Tacoma Public Utilities and permitted for use to PenMet Parks (2010) and the City of Gig Harbor. Trail heads at 14th Ave, Olympic Drive, Kimball Drive, Grandview Street and 96th Street. The Trail is a 16-foot wide paved asphalt pedestrian route exclusively for nonmotorized uses, with rolling hills, smooth pavement and easy accessibility. Trail is great for kids of all ages south of Olympic; hillier between Grandview and 96th St.
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360 Regional Park
SR 302 at 114th St. This 360 acre property located on the north end of the Key Peninsula includes over 3.5 miles of trails accessible to walkers, equestrians, and mountain bikers (non-motorized). The main trial is a 2.5 mile loop that takes about an hour to walk and smaller trails that cut back and forth through the meadow in the middle of the property. There are 6 benches along the main loop, trailhead kiosk with map, and limited parking space at trailhead.
Rocky Creek Conservation Area
SR 302 at 150th Ave. The area covers over 224 acres of park, open space, and conservation land and is managed jointly with Pierce County and Key Pen Parks for enjoyment of existing ecosystems. Rocky Creek has over 3 miles of walking (non-motorized) trails, 2 benches, trailhead kiosk with map, and limited parking space at trailhead. The property consists of wetlands, two streams, and various plants and wildlife.
Maple Hollow Park
4411 Van Beek RD KPN Lakebay, WA This 58 acre site offers a circular trail with mid-point access to a stretch of beach along Puget Sound with views of Mount Rainier. This park includes an improved walking trail, picnic area, and walking access to the saltwater below.
Cedrona Bay boat Launch Gig Harbor Bay boat launch Vaughn boat launch Home boat launch Fox Island Bridge boat launch Purdy boat launch Wollochet bay boat launch Horsehead bay boat launch
17220 8th Ave KPN Lakebay, WA This is the first neighborhood park on the Key Peninsula, complete with a playground, toddler area, picnic shelter, adult swing and concrete restroom. This park is a tremendous asset to the community and is enjoyed by all ages.
State Parks Penrose State Park Joemma Beach State Park Home Boat Launch Kopachuck State Park
Taylor Bay Park
17803 76th St. KPS Longbranch, WA This is a non-motorized water access park, which includes wetlands, pocket estuary, mudflats, lagoon, salt marshes, small creek, and patches of open space. A great place for a picnic!
5514 Key Peninsula Hwy N. Lakebay, WA (Key Pen Parks District Office location) This 20 acre park includes four ball fields, main field with lights, skate park, basketball court, 6 lit horseshoe pits, walking trail, covered picnic shelter, restrooms, limited camping sites, concession building, playground, meeting room, maintenance shop, and a 9 hole disc golf course.
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HEALTH CA R E Residents and visitors alike are safe and sound with Gig Harbor health care options
he Gig Harbor area is home to a thriving and growing health-care industry. Two major healthcare organizations, Franciscan Health System and MultiCare Health System, provide a wide range of services at three anchor facilities, and are complemented by a variety of health care practices that encompass a comprehensive list of specialties.
Franciscan Health System St. Anthony Hospital, owned by Franciscan, opened in 2009 to bring 24/7 emergency care to the Gig Harbor Peninsula. The state-of-the-art, 80-bed facility has won several awards, including for its high patientsatisfaction scores and its green design. The hospital features a quiet, warm atmosphere enhanced by an array of beautiful, original art, an outdoor healing garden and a popular café that many consider Gig Harbor’s best-kept secret. The Milgard Medical Pavilion, adjacent to the hospital, includes a cancer care center and services that range from chiropractic and physical therapy to dentistry and nephrology. In addition, Franciscan operates the St. Anthony Medical Park on the west side of town that includes a sleep center, urgent care and both general and specialty practices.
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MultiCare Health System MultiCare Medical Park, a MultiCare Health System facility located on West Side, has an expanded list of specialty services, outpatient surgery, a sleep-disorders center, a YMCA women’s fitness center and more. It is also home to the popular Healthy Reflections Medical & Day Spa, which has been voted as “best spa in Gig Harbor.” A regional cancer care center, located at the park, is affiliated with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The urgent care clinic includes the Mary Bridge Child Express, staffed with pediatricians connected with the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. The Y operates an on-site, drop-in nursery for children ages 6 months to 6 years old. MultiCare also offers massage therapy and wellness services at the Gig Harbor Family YMCA, located in the north part of town. 6 0 < W W W. M E E T I N G I G H A R B O R . C O M
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COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE Several holistic practices in Gig Harbor cater to those who prefer to take a more natural approach to their health care. Naturopathic physicians both offer primary
care services and work as part of a team that combines conventional and holistic approaches. Homeopathy, herbal medicine and chiropractic are among the choices offered locally.
sters 8 weeks to 11 years old allows parents to drop their kids off for a small fee while they work out. In addition, the Gig Harbor Family YMCA offers daily passes to visitors, allowing them to take full advantage of drop-in classes such as Zumba and cycling, fitness equipment, the pool and the on-site children’s nursery. Those who like to get guidance from a professional can purchase as few as eight personal training sessions at The Club, and receive full membership privileges during that period. Learn more at www.gigharborguide.com.
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AIRPORTS Tacoma Narrows Airport 253-853-5844 Sea-Tac International Airport 206-787-3000
PAVCO Flight Center (253) 851-5577 www.flypavco.com Executive Terminal Services (253) 853-7742 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 253 853 3882 253 853 3886 http://enterprise.com
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Visitor Information Center The official Gig Harbor Visitor Information Center is located at 3125 Judson St., in historic downtown Gig Harbor. It is open Monday through Saturday during the winter and seven days per week in the summer. The visitor information center is operated by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce and offers first-class service to guests and residents alike on all things Gig Harbor. To find online information, including a downloadable Visitor Guide and a community calendar, go to www.gigharborguide.com.
CONTRIBUTORS LAUREEN LUND is the marketing director for the City of Gig Harbor. RODIKA TOLLEFSON is a freelance writer and provided much of the content for this edition. LEE GILES III is a staff photographer at The Peninsula Gateway, Puyallup Herald and Tacoma News Tribune. MINDI LAROSE is a freelance photographer. Special thanks to JOHN PLEAU, JIM NELSON AND AL ABBOTT for sharing photos in this edition. Content design by JIM APPELGATE of the Peninsula Gateway
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CITY OF GIG HARBOR 3510 GRANDVIEW ST. WWW.CITYOFGIGHARBOR.NET City Hall: 253-851-8136 Planning: 253-851-6170 Public works: 253-851-6170
Planning Director: Tom Dolan, 253-851-6170 Marketing Director: Laureen Lund, 253-853-3554 firstname.lastname@example.org gigharborguide.com Community Development: Maureen Whitaker, 253-851-7618
Mayor: Chuck Hunter
Finance director: Dave Rodenbach
City administrator: Denny Richards, 253-851-6127
Operations: Marco Malich, 253-851-6170
City Clerk: Molly Towslee
City council: Tim Payne, Steve Ekberg, Derek Young, Jill Guernsey, Ken Malich, Michael Perrow, Paul Kadzik Police Chief: Mike Davis Police: For non-emergencies, call 253-851-2236 Gig Harbor Visitor Information: 3125 Judson St. Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Visit www.gigharborguide.com or call 253-857-4842
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PENINSULA LIGHT COMPANY www.penlight.org Main office:253-857-5950 Customer service: 253-857-1510, or toll-free at 1-888-809-8021. Engineering: 253-857-1545 Outages — emergencies: 253-857-5950 Product services: 253-857-1514 253-857-1521 253-857-1534 Vegetation management: 253-857-1571 Water department: 253-857-1511
CITY OF GIG HARBOR 253-851-8136
FIRE DISTRICTS FIRE DISTRICT NO. 5 AND MEDIC ONE: 10222 Bujacich Road NW, Gig Harbor www.piercefire.org/pcfd5 FIRE DISTRICT NO. 16 8911 Key Peninsula Hwy. N., Lakebay www.keypeninsulafire.org
TELEPHONE CENTURYLINK 8102 Skansie Ave. 811 (local) or 800-550-8110 Repair service: 611 or 800-533-4171
NATURAL GAS PUGET SOUND ENERGY 1-888-225-5773
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PENINSULA LIGHT CO. 253-857-1511 FOX ISLAND MUTUAL WATER 253-549-2671 POINT FOSDICK WATER 253-884-9089 RAFT ISLAND WATER CO. 253-265-2389 GLEN COVE WATER CO. 253-858-0228 WASHINGTON WATER SERVICE 253-851-4060
HUNTING AND FISHING 360-902-2200
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GIG HARBOR PENINSULA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 3125 Judson St. Gig Harbor, WA 98332 www.gigharborchamber.com 253-851-6865
LIBRARY PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW Gig Harbor, 253-851-8002
WELCOME NEW NEIGHBORS PO Box 2163, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, 253 509 4029 http://gigharbornewneighbors. com GIG HARBOR WELCOME CLUB PO Box No. 1122 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 gigharborwelcomeclub.com 253-857-8313
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Mind + body + St. Anthony Hospital
It adds up to exceptional health.
When you need a medical partner to help you improve your health and well-being, St. Anthony Hospital is on your side. Along with the expert Franciscan doctors who practice in clinics conveniently located throughout the Peninsula, St. Anthony offers the largest array of medical services on this side of the Narrows Bridge. From in- and outpatient surgery, a comprehensive cancer center and a 24/7 emergency department, to wellness classes and support groups. And, weâ€™re rated #1 in the nation for patient satisfaction. St. Anthony plus you. Let us help get you back to living the life you love. Looking for a Franciscan doctor for you and your family? Call our free referral line at 1 (888) 825-3227.
FOR ADVANCED MEDICINE AND TRUSTED CARE, CHOOSE ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL. 11567 Canterwood Blvd. N.W. in North Gig Harbor â€˘ www.GigHarborHospital.org
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