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Gig Harbor is tied to the water; our heritage, our economy, our entertainment. The water ﬂows intricately through all aspects of living, working and playing in Gig Harbor. Named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s Top Five Small Towns for culture, heritage and charm, Gig Harbor offers something for everyone whether you are here for a day, a weekend or a lifetime. Join us. www.gigharborguide.com
ON THE COVER Gig Harbor Photographer John Pleau has provided the beautiful photo we chose to use as the cover for this year’s Ofﬁcial Gig Harbor Visitor Guide. The image perfectly showcases Gig Harbor’s contrasts of living, working and playing in this spectacular little bay.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS ACCOMMODATIONS WEDDINGS MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS GETTING HERE AND THERE SHOPPING HISTORIC WATERFRONT DINING SPIRITS THE ARTS THE GREAT OUTDOORS PARKS OUTDOOR RECREATION
40 BOATING 42 FISHING 44 GOLFING 46 FOUR�LEGGED FRIENDS
48 THE KEY PENINSULA 50 HISTORY 53 GETTING 54 57
CREDITS A PUBLICATION OF THE PENINSULA GATEWAY A Division of The McClatchy Company 3555 Erickson Street Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253-358-4141 www.gateline.com
In Partnership with THE CITY OF GIG HARBOR ©2013
Design by Jim Appelgate Peninsula Gateway, Marketing and Design
Content Coordinator Laureen Lund City of Gig Harbor Marketing Director
CONTRIBUTORS Writers Rodika Tollefson and Laureen Lund Photographers Lee Giles III, Laureen Lund, Jim Nelson, John Pleau, Samantha McAlpin, Erin Hicks, Ann DiAngelo, Ronnie Glover, Josh Sherwin, Emily Cross, Hugh McMillan, Mindi LaRose and Scott Turner Advertising Evelyne Lloyd, Meridith Hatch, Fran LeMasurier, Clyde McDade, Hugh Merritt, Cristy Rivero, Sasha Korthuis, Terri Armour
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2013 ALL SUMMER LONG
CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY
25 I Gig Harbor Street Scramble! hunt! The largest in North America!
Free and fun urban treasure www.gigharborguide.com
Harbor Maritime Gig 1/2 I Gig Festival
– Parade, entertainment and more. The Gig Harbor Community comes together at this annual event celebrating our maritime history with a parade, live entertainment, classic cars and more. www.maritimegig.com
SUMMER SOUNDS AT SKANSIE OUTDOOR CONCERT AT SKANSIE BROTHERS PARK Every Tuesday in the summer brought to you by the City of Gig Harbor, St. Anthony Hospital and CenturyLink. Enjoy a free music festival in the park featuring everything from rock to country.
FARMERS MARKETS Fresh ﬂowers, produce, plants, baked goods, food, handmade crafts, expert advice from master gardeners, a kids’ tent, live entertainment, and much more.
MAKE IT A PICNIC!
Gig Harbor Farmers Market at Uptown
Returning in 2013 is the popular restaurant delivery service to the park by many of Gig Harbor’s favorite downtown eateries. Bring chairs or blankets.
Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April through September.
Gig Harbor Farmers Market at Skansie Brothers Park Every Wednesday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June through August in downtown Gig Harbor.
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25 I “Gothard Sisters”
– A dynamic all-female Irish music and dance group from the Paciﬁc Northwest. The three girls (who are truly sisters!) perform Celtic arrangements. 6:30 p.m. www.gothardsisters.weebly.com
Harbor 29/30 I Gig Garden Tour
Private gardens through the area. The Gig Harbor Garden Tour is a two day event. Proﬁts go to fund literacy programs in the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula area. www.gigharborgardentour.com
JULY SUMMER SOUNDS AT SKANSIE PRESENTS
2 I “Blue Rocket Music”
– Four seasoned musicians with strong lead vocals and 3-part harmony. Music from the likes of Carl Perkins, Robert Cray, Queen and Tom Petty. 6:30 p.m. www.gigharborguide.com, www.pnwmusic.com
Based in Gig Harbor, Washington, Harbor WildWatch is a marine and environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring stewardship for the Puget Sound. Our educational programs are fun, intereactive, and aim to engage participants in the preservation of our natural marine resources. www.harborwildwatch.org
CINEMAGIG OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT EVERY OTHER WEEKEND A free event at Skansie Brothers Park. All shows begin at dusk. Movies are cancelled during rain or high wind. Bring chairs or blankets. Special thanks to Gig Harbor MultiCare Medical Park and Taylor Thomason Insurance for their sponsorship, the Gig Harbor Kiwanis and Kitsap Bank for popcorn, Harbor WildWatch and the Gig Harbor YMCA for special activities and the Gig Harbor Film Festival for support.
CINEMAGIG OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT PRESENTS
5 I “Field of Dreams”
at Skansie Brothers Park at 9:15 p.m. Brought to you by the City of Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor MultiCare Medical Park and Taylor Thomason Insurance. www.gigharborguide.com
6 I “Sandlot”
at Skansie Brothers Park at 9:15 p.m. Brought to you by the City of Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor MultiCare Medical Park and Taylor Thomason Insurance.
DID YOU KNOW... Harbor WildWatch’s “Pier Into the Night” program investigates marine life from a night-time perspective, placing underwater lights into the darkness drawing marine species into view that are seldom seen during the day. Visit www.harborwildwatch.org for more information
UPTOWN THURSDAY NIGHT
Live music every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Uptown Gig Harbor Pavilion.
July MICHAEL ANTHONY PRATT 11 (Country) July ROB RIGONI AND BUDAPEST 18 WEST (Hungarian Soul) July THIRD IN LINE 25 (Classic Rock)
2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS JULY
6 I Wings & Wheels Air Show
at Tacoma Narrows Airport. Aircraft displays, ﬂy-bys, helicopters, motorcycles, a custom bike show, race cars, a bicycle rally and hot rods. www.freedomfair.com S U M M E R SO U N DS AT S K A N S I E P R ES E N TS
Aug. COMMON GROUND (Modern Rock) 1
9 I The New Blues Brothers
Aug. ROCKIN’ CHAIR MONEY 8 (Country)
Aug. BLUES REDEMPTION 15 (Blues) Aug. THE SHY BOYS 22 (Classic Rock)
LIVE MUSIC AROUND TOWN Catch a variety of live entertainment at Gig Harbor establishments throughout the year. Popular spots for live music include Forza, Morso Wine Bar, LeLe Restaurant, Java and Clay, Halftime Sports Saloon and more.
–A tribute band that presents a dynamic stage show featuring hits and humor. 6:30 p.m.
12/13 I Blue Willow Lavender Festival
– Join us as we celebrate the summer splendor of lavender at your local lavender farm - Blue Willow Lavender Farm! www.bluewillowlavenderfarm.com U PTOW N T H U R S DAY N I G H T CO N C E RT S E R I ES B EG I N S
11* I Uptown Outdoor Concerts
– Summer series kicks off with country artist Michael Anthony Pratt. 6 to 8 p.m. *See the full schedule at the left of this page. www.gigharborguide.com
12-14 I Key Peninsula Fair
at Gateway Park – Carnival, live entertainment, ﬁreworks, car show. www.keyfair.org
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Army National 16 I “133rd Guard Band”
– Music throughout the spectrum of military operations to foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad. 6:30 p.m. ww.washingtonarmyguard.org, www.gigharborguide.com
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19 I “American Graﬁtti” 20 I “The Princess Bride
at Skansie Brothers Park All shows are free and begin at dusk. Approx. 9 p.m. ” at Skansie Brothers Park Catch a movie under the stars. Approx. 9 p.m.
20 I Chalk the Harbor 12-14 I Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival
– Outdoor chalk art on downtown www.ghhwa.org sidewalks! Fun for the whole family.
– One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the region happens every July in downtown Gig Harbor! “Voted Best Festival in the South Sound 2012 and 2013 www.peninsulaartleague.com by readers of South Sound Magazine.
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23 I “The Beatniks”
First Saturday Art Walk
Music of the 60’s & 70’s (and 80’s, too); with energy and passion that you won’t ﬁnd anywhere with their charisma, chemistry and natural talent. 6:30 p.m. www.thebeatniks.com www.gigharborguide.com
S U M M E R SO U N DS AT S K A N S I E P R ES E N TS
“Steve Stefanowicz & Too Many Cooks” – The press has
dubbed him “the human jukebox.” 6:30 p.m.
AUGUST C I N E M AG I G O U T D O O R M OV I E N I G H T P R ES E N TS
2 I “The Lorax” 3 I “Fern Gully the Last Rainforest” at Skansie Brothers Park All shows are free. Approx. 8:30 p.m.
Gig Harbor’s First Saturday Art Walk was listed as “One of 5 Best Art Walks in the NW” by Sunset Magazine. On Harborview Drive in Downtown Gig Harbor’s beautiful historic waterfront district. Look for the Red Shoe banners and enjoy the art. www.gigharborguide.com
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at Skansie Brothers Park. Fun for the whole family. Approx. 8:30 p.m. www.gigharborguide.com
2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS AUGUST Cruise the Narrows 4 I Classic Car Show” “
presented by the Gig Harbor Cruisers Classic Car Club- Fun for the whole family at Gig Harbor’s Uptown Shopping area. www.ghcruisers.org
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“Bump Kitchen” I Bump Kitchen cooks up the 6 hottest grooves and funkiest blues. Their
high energy stage presence combined with a unique, original sound will deliver the perfect mix of original tunes and spicy twists on popular favorites. 6:30 p.m. www.bumpkitchen.com www.gigharborguide.com
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13 I “Rye & Barley”
– Barley & Rye is an a acoustic band steeped in the traditions of Irish ﬁddle tunes, Irish ballads, Americana Roots music, and Old Time music. 6:30 p.m. ww.facebook.com/rye-and-barley www.gigharborguide.com
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16 I “Casablanca” 17 I “The Sound of Music”
at Skansie Brothers Park. All shows begin at dusk. Approx. 8:15 p.m.
at Skansie Brothers Park. Fun for the whole family. Approx. 8:15 p.m.
17 I Olalla Bluegrass Festival
Featuring local and national bluegrass, folk and jam bands, great food, handmade arts and crafts, old time craft demonstrations, Berry Pie Contest. www.olallabluegrassfestival.com
Harbor History Museum
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4121 Harborview Drive Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Admission Members Adults Military/Seniors (65+) Youth 7-17 Children 6 and under
FREE $7.00 $6.00 $5.00 FREE
17 I “Kim Archer Band”
– Known for her raw, powerhouse performances and personable interaction with her audiences, Archer has attracted a large and loyal following. ww.kimarcherband.com www.gigharborguide.com
the Narrows Gig Harbor-Tacoma 10-mile 31 I Over run and 5k run, Tuesday Rotary Club.
begins at Uptown. Presented by the Gig Harbor
Hounds Walk the 14 I Harbor Town
Gig Harbor Boatshop
– Bring your pup and people too for this fun family friendly event in historic downtown Gig Harbor. Vendors, entertainment and fun. Skansie Brothers Park www.harborhounds.com
20-22 I Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour
– Visit local artists in their personal studios all around the peninsulas.
Donkey Creek Chum Festival “It takes a ﬁsh to raise a village” Learn about salmon and their connection to Gig Harbor.
Come experience Gig Harbor’s Working Waterfront at the Gig Harbor Boatshop! Birthplace of the Thunderbird Sailboat! Have you always wanted to build a boat, but didn’t want to go it alone? Join us as we build a classic 15’8” rowing boat. You’ll develop a combination of traditional and contemporary skills as part of a small crew guided by experienced boat builders. www.gigharborboatshop.org www.gigharborguide.com
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28 I Glass Pumpkins Shopping Center.
– A beautiful array on display at Uptown www.uptowngigharbor.com
29 I Race For a Soldier half-marathon supports local veterans and post traumatic stress disorder. A fun and inspirational weekend in Gig Harbor. www.raceforasoldier.org
OCT. Parks Scarecrow Festival and Dirty 5 I PenMet Dash 5k ������� � ���������� ��������������������� ������������������ ������������������ ���������������� ��������������
-Family fall event at beautiful Sehmel Homestead Park including a trail race around the dirt trails at Sehmel Homestead Park, and there will also be a free Kids Dash! www.penmetparks.org
5 I Key Peninsula Farm Tour Peninsula, Food, fund and much more.
– Tour the farms on the Key
5-6 I Annual Gig Harbor Yacht Club Art “Sail” More than 20 local artists works on “sail.”
An independent ﬁlm festival with well known celebrity guests at Uptown’s Galaxy Theatre. Enjoy three days of events and ﬁlms including the annual 72 hour ﬁlm competition. www.gigharborﬁlmfestival.com
– Watch a giant pumpkin being carved at beautiful Uptown
31 I Trick or Treat on Harborview 31 I Halloween trick or treating Uptown tradition continues in the downtown corridor.
18-21 I Gig Harbor Film Festival 27 I Giant Pumpkin Carving
tricks and treats from Uptown merchants.
– The annual Halloween www.ghhwa.org
– Get your
TIDBIT: There are only six weekends during the year in Gig Harbor that do not have an event, festival or performance happening.
14 I Gig Harbor Girls Night Out
– Gather your girlfriends for a fun shopping and events in historic downtown Gig Harbor.
Arts & 30/ 1 I Winterfest Crafts Fair Dec.
– Hundreds of craft vendors all under one roof. (253) 530-4400 www.phs.psd401.net
2014 JAN. 2014
Steppin Up Women’s Conference – An inspiring
weekend of motivating speakers, friendship and pampering. Best Western Wesley Inn. www.steppinupconference.com
Turkey Trot 5K & 10K – 10th
Annual Harbor Chiropractic Turkey Trot 2013. Run for Gig Harbor F.I.S.H. and Peninsula Communities of Faith Food Banks. ww.holmeschiropractic.net
Third Annual Gig Harbor Paddler’s Cup – Featuring
TideFest Art Fair – First class and well known Northwest artists exhibitors at this well known event. An annual tradition of ﬁne art on display at Gig Harbor High School. www.tidefest.com
Gig Harbor’s Annual Tree Lighting event kicks off the
holiday season the ﬁrst Saturday of December every year with live music, Santa’s ofﬁcial arrival, refreshments and fun. Free! www.gigharborguide.com
Harbor Lighted Boat 14 I Gig Parade
– View all sorts of lighted boats as they circle the harbor. Great family fun -- and good viewing from Skansie Brothers Park. ww.gigharboryc.com
Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor
competitive paddle racing for kayaks, canoes, outriggers and SUP (stand up paddle boards), beneﬁting the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Club. www.gigharborpaddlerscup.com
Gig Harbor Lighthouse 25th Anniversary Celebration and opening of the time capsule.
Harbor Beer 10 I Gig Festival
– Featuring a wide variety of Northwest craft brewers offering event-goers a splendid mix of familiar favorites and new brews to taste. Uptown Gig Harbor area restaurants will offer patrons a wide variety of food to choose from. Live music.
Historic downtown Gig Harbor and its merchants celebrate the holidays with music and special events.� www.ghhwa.org
A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
Finding the perfect room in Gig Harbor is easy -- because every room in Gig Harbor is perfect. Boasting a full service hotel, a cozy hotel plus suites, a quaint inn, one family motel, four guest homes, houseboats, an RV Park and multiple Bed & Breakfasts, the variety of styles and prices ﬁts every need. Escape to Gig Harbor at any time of the year and enjoy the best kept secret in Washington.
BEST WESTERN PLUS WESLEY INN AND SUITES 6575 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 1-888-462-0002 www.wesleyinn.com “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.”
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82 beautiful sleeping rooms and suites designed with a classic Northwest ﬂair in a stunning garden setting 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.
THE INN AT GIG HARBOR 3211 56th St. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 1-800-795-9980 www.innatgigharbor.com 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!
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Full-service restaurant and lounge with Northwest-inspired cuisine 4,000 square feet of meeting space and inhouse catering service Door-to-door Kitsap Airporter shuttle service and Enterprise car rental on site Heated outdoor jacuzzi Exercise room Complimentary continental breakfast, WiFi, parking and in-room bottled water Walking distance to Uptown Gig Harbor shops and restaurants
THE MARITIME INN 3212 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 1-888-506-3580 www.maritimeinn.com Gig Harbor’s only Waterfront Boutique Hotel is located in the Historic Waterfront District, just steps from the water’s edge. 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.
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Guests will be delighted with a welcoming glass of Washington wine The friendly, personal service provided by our charming, professional staff has made us one of Washington’s best places to visit Experience harbor views, walk to great restaurants, shops, parks and galleries Each room offers ﬁne bedding, down comforters, ﬁreplaces, views and free Internet access. Complimentary continental breakfast. Recipients of West Sound Home & Garden Magazine’s 2013 readers choice for “Best Hotel” of the West Sound
THE WESTWYND MOTEL 6703 144th St. NW Purdy, WA 1-800-468-9963 www.westwyndmotel.com Budget-friendly rates. Located in nearby Purdy, just minutes from downtown Gig Harbor, the Westwynd offers: > > >
Full-size apartments, complete with kitchens 24 units, Nearby access to beach Courtyard with picnic area and barbeque
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The Cottage at Gig Harbor Vacation Rental
Above Gig Harbor Guest House
The Edgewater House
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Fox Island Beach House www.vrbo.com/143605
Harborside Bed & Breakfast email: tjassoc.comcast.net
High Cottage Guest Cottage www.vrbo.com/247567
Madronita House & Beachwood Cabin www.ﬁlucybay.com
Neve’s Nest on Fox Island www.vrbo.com/307000
Rainbow View Cottage www.vrbo.com/467251
BED AND BREAKFASTS Aloha Beachside Bed & Breakfast www.alohabeachsidebb.com
Beach Bay Bed & Breakfast www.gigharborbeachbay.com
Beachside Bed & Breakfast www.beachsidebb.com
Bear’s Lair Bed & Breakfast www.bearslairbb.com
Cape E Farm & Vineyard www.cape-e.com
No Cabbages Bed & Breakfast www.nocabbages.com
Olde Glencove Bed & Breakfast www.glencovehotel.com
The Gig Harbor Guest House
The Moosehead Cabin
Westbay Guest Cottage www.westbaycottage.com
Wurlitzer Manor & Garden Vacation Home www.wurlitzermanor.com
The Edge Water House
The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast
CONCIERGE SERVICES Abigail’s Concierge Service www.abigailsconcierge.com (253) 432-1888
Gig Harbor Home Management
www.gigharborhomemanagement.com (253) 225-4864 www.gigharborguide.com
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Wesley Inn & Suites of Gig Harbor
• Pet Friendly • Gig Harbor’s ONLY outdoor heated pool & spa • Experience ﬁrst class hospitality & professional staff • Complimentary full hot breakfast • Over 5,000 sq. ft. of Meeting Space • Onsite Laundry
www.wesleyinn.com • 1.888.462.0002 6575 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor
Come as Guest, Leave as family!
Gig Harbor’s Only Full Service Hotel and Conference Center Featuring small Inn ambience with world-class service All rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves, and ﬂat screen HDTVs, as well as complimentary WiFi, parking, and bottled water. Luxurious high-thread count sheets and pillow top mattresses ensure a great night’s sleep. Enjoy a fresh brewed cup of coffee from your in-room Keurig®.
New to the Area?
Ask About Our Extended Stay Plans.
Our rooms are pet friendly and we welcome you and your dog or cat.
Kitsap Airporter provides convenient shuttle service to SeaTac Airport
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3211 56TH ST. NW • GIG HARBOR, WA 98335 WWW.INNATGIGHARBOR.COM • (253) 858-1111 • 800-795-9980 • FAX: (253) 851-5402 www.meetingigharbor.com
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Beautiful setting, unique venues, convenient location, small-town atmosphere, extensive professional services — Gig Harbor has the perfect formula for an unforgettable day. It’s no wonder the town continues to receive national attention, including being named last year as one of the ﬁve best small towns in America by Smithsonian magazine. Here are just a few reasons Gig Harbor is consistently the top choice for one of the most memorable occasions in your life:
A romantic, charming backdrop that will make not only the bride and groom feel special, but their guests, too;
Many hidden but dramatic venues allowing for a private yet conveniently located “retreat”;
Choices from beachfront and English gardens to classic elegance and rustic Northwest;
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Several options of overnight accommodations for guests who want to linger and enjoy a mini getaway;
A broad range of services, from ﬂorists and caterers to wedding photographers;
A relaxed, slower-pace atmosphere to help create long-lasting memories;
Plenty of recreational opportunities, from beach walking and kayaking, to shopping and bird watching.’
For ideas and inspiration, go to www. MeetInGigHarbor.com, where you can also contact some of the venues to help get your planning underway.
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Offsite venues of various sizes can accommodate both intimate groups and those with several hundred people, indoors and outdoors. The list includes: Unique venues such as a modern museum, state-of-the-art theatre and a historic schoolhouse; Outdoor settings such as a luscious English manor, an elegant golf course with a club, a lodge complete with a labyrinth, and an outdoor pavilion situated in a recreational complex with a variety of amenities. www.meetingigharbor.com
SERVING TACOMA NARROWS AIRPORT SINCE 1982! Since that time, the Pickett aviation company has grown from a one airplane, one instructor operation, into a full service operator with 12 aircraft and 18 employees. Family owned and operated since the beginning, Pavco has conducted over 150,000 ﬂight operations with a remarkable no-injury safety record. Pavco turns out several successful ﬂight students each year from private pilots, to commercially trained professionals ready for airline and military careers.
Gig Harbor’s idyllic setting is perfect for everything from family reunions to corporate retreats — and the convenient location to major transportation hubs makes event, meeting and business planning a breeze. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful backdrop for your family event or a place where your team can get reenergized away from the bustle of the big city, you’ll find just the right venue. Plus, getting here is as convenient as you need it, thanks to Gig Harbor’s proximity to a major highway system, an international airport and Amtrak trains — not to mention its own airport for private and charter planes and its many marinas for guest mooring. Whatever your needs, you’ll find a gorgeous setting framed by the majestic Mount Rainier, a small-town atmosphere with friendly merchants, access to incredible recreational opportunities and all the amenities you’ll need for a successful event.
The INN at Gig Harbor, a fullservice hotel with conference rooms, an award-winning restaurant and an Enterprise Rent-A-Car outlet; Best Western Plus Wesley Inn and Suites, offering more than 4,000 square feet of meeting space along with catering services; Maritime Inn, a small, quaint hotel with beautiful waterfront views; Numerous bed & breakfasts featuring intimate accommodations and themes ranging from Hawaiian to Northwest and maritime.
Abigail’s Concierge • www. abigailsconcierge.com “Whether you’re planning a small company retreat or a large family reunion, Abigail’s can assist you for all your GIg Harbor needs.” Gig Harbor Home Management www.gigharborhomemanagement.com “Helping with concierge services in Gig Harbor.”
GETTING HERE AND THERE Gig Harbor makes it easy to get here. Arrive by car, boat or air — whatever your pleasure, you’ll ﬁnd the right services. Tacoma Narrows Airport, owned by Pierce County (www.co.pierce.wa.us/ index.aspx?nid=1624) is home to 150 aircraft and sees more than 60,000 landings and takeoffs per year. The 644-acre facility offers support such as aircraft repair and maintenance, storage and parking, fuel and oil, supplies and equipment. You can also charter a plane for business or pleasure, including sightseeing ﬂights. * Pavco Flight Center (www.flypavco. com) and Tacoma Narrows Flight Center (www.tacomanarrowsﬂightcenter.com) both offer a variety of services and amenities, from red carpet services to lounges with wireless internet. *(Note: The runway is undergoing a rehabilitation project in 2013 that will bring some runway closures; check with the airport prior to planning your trip.)
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RENTALS/SHUTTLE Enterprise Rent a Car Located at the Inn at Gig Harbor.
enterprise.com or (253) 853-3882
Kitsap Airporter Shuttle from Gig Harbor to SeaTac Airport.
www.kitsapairporter.com or (360) 876-1737
Gig Harbor Taxi & Towncar www.gigharbortaxi.com or (253) 666-6796
Gig Harbor Transportation Service www.gigharborlimoservice.com or (253) 777-4377
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AIRPORT Tacoma Narrows Airport 1202 26th Ave. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335
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Black Diamond Towncar & Limosine
Open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Local Pierce Transit Service: Adult: $2.00 Youth Fare: 75¢* Discounted Fare: 75¢^
* Ages 6 - 18. Children 5 and younger ride free with fare-paying passenger. ^ To be eligible for Discounted Fare, passenger must be a senior, have a disability or be a Medicare Card holder.
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June Art Walk At participating merchants
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WALK AROUNDTHE SHOPS From the smallest little shop to the full size box stores, Gig Harbor has you covered for all your shopping needs. Enjoy shopping at the wide variety of locally owned and operated shops in the historic downtown waterfront district interspersed with dining, ice cream and a microbrewery. Check out Kimball Drive for jewelry, scrape booking and so much more. Find your inner gardener in the Rosedale neighborhood, as well as beautiful Scandinavian treasures and more. Head North to Gig Harbor North for many large commercial stores. Don’t miss Uptown and the West Side for great dining, women’s clothing, cupcakes, kitchen store and many more treasures. Take a drive out the beautiful Key Peninsula for more hidden treasures. What you looking for? Find it in the greater Gig Harbor area. Learn more about the area’s shopping at www.gigharborguide.com
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THE HEART OF THE CITY Once you visit Gig Harbor’s downtown, you’ll understand why the city has been called a maritime village. But the nickname of a sleepy ﬁshing town is more of a tribute than an actual description. Sure, there are hints throughout the waterfront about Gig Harbor’s quiet days, and downtown does pay tribute to the town’s heritage. But there’s nothing sleepy about it — downtown Gig Harbor is a vibrant destination where commercial and recreational activities, history and community events all happily collide. Quaint shops sprinkled along the waterfront and beyond cover hobbies such as ﬁshing, bird watching and skateboarding, and offer hours of browsing for gifts, home décor, jewelry, apparel and antiques — the list goes on. No matter what time of the year you visit, you’ll ﬁnd something to do. U© JOHN PLEA
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Summer brings outdoor movies and concerts, as well as several festivals and a farmers market. Winter includes a lighted boat parade and Santa visits. Fall and spring celebrate the seasons with unique events such as a beer festival and a dog event. Then, there’s year-round fun, from family-friendly art walks and pottery painting, to beer and wine tastings for some adult time. And for history buffs, all roads lead to the waterfront, where you’ll ﬁnd a state-of-the-art maritime museum, a historic boat-building shop and self-guided walking tours — and that’s just for starters. Indulge your sweet tooth or your craving for microbrew; rent a kayak, paddle board or a boat; hop on a tour boat to see Gig Harbor from the water; visit the many art galleries for just the right artsy “souvenir.” And in between, treat the kids to ice cream, grab a cup of latte or a home-made mufﬁn, or stop in at one of the many restaurants for a casual or ﬁnedining atmosphere. Whatever your mood, downtown will gladly oblige — whether you arrive by car, foot or boat.
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2013 EVENTS CHALK the HARBOR July 20, 2013
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Color the sidewalks throughout the downtown waterfront. Chalk provided! Held in conjunction with the Peninsula Art League’s Summer Arts Festival.
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Your Local Discovery of Wildlife, History, Ecology and Adventure on Puget Sound!
October 31, 2013
Safe and fun Halloween along Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront. Singing Pumpkins, professional photos, candy, and more!
Guided Sightseeing : Charters : Memorials
GIRLS NIGHT OUT November 14, 2013
A day of shopping, friends and prizes. An evening of dining & spirits. A fun way to kick off your holiday shopping season!
Go to See!
HARK the HARBOR December 8, 2013
Community Caroling in Skansie Park while awaiting the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship.
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS in the HARBOR
and by charter
December 13-14, 2013
Holiday Hayrides with Santa, Shopping, Music, Window Decorating Contest, Scavenger Hunt, and more!
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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: Visit the Harbor History Museum where you will ﬁnd toprate exhibitions, larger than life experiences, and lots of opportunities for hands-on exploration of our region’s rich history. Catch a seasonal 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 WildWatch. Activities include nighttime marine life investigation and beach walks. Find out more at www.harborwildwatch.org. 26
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Locals Favorite Waterfront Fine Dining 253-851-3167 www.thegreenturtle.com
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NEW LOCATION IN PORT ORCHARD Close to the Ferry • 360-874-7690 7806 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor • 253-851-8697 KellysGigHarbor.com
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Hours: Tues-Sat 11:30-10:00 Sun 4-9
DINING OUT Gig Harbor and the surrounding area have transformed in recent years into a great dining destination with a unique and delicious mix of options. The array of dining establishments offer everything from burgers and beer to Thai Curry or a wine bar with the fashionable “Small Plates”. Outsiders are beginning to notice as well and local eateries and local
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chefs have recently been featured in Northwest Palate Magazine, Sunset Magazine and the Seattle Times. Whatever your culinary passion you’re certain to ﬁnd it in Gig Harbor.
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If you’re in the mood for something original for breakfast or lunch, drop in at NetShed No. 9, Gig Harbor’s newest addition to downtown. Owners Thad Lyman and his wife, Katie Doherty, have been in the business for a long time and are responsible for another downtown dining destination, Brix 25. At NetShed No. 9, you’ll ﬁnd some familiar names on the menu, like wafﬂes, paninis and biscuits. But take a closer look and you’ll realize that each item has a twist. Thad Lyman, who is the creative brain behind the menu, loves to show off with bold ﬂavors and unique spinoffs on old classics. He says ﬂavor and technique are important, but just as important is for his dishes to be fun. The french toast and the breakfast burger are two examples. Frenchy’s French Toast, one of the most popular items, is made with crème brulee batter and topped with Chantilly and Bartlett pear fruit compote. The Sausage Breakfast Burger is the ultimate English mufﬁn “sandwich” with sausage, bacon, fried egg and cheese. It’s a good thing NetShed No. 9 serves breakfast all day long! (Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.)
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Everything on the menu is made from scratch, even the hot chocolate and the English mufﬁns. The food is fast — the goal is to have it prepared within 15 minutes — and nothing is fried. The menu includes clam chowder, wafﬂes made in 100-year-old cast-iron wafﬂe makers (kept warm in the oven), several kinds of paninis and stuffed biscuits, among other things. Don’t miss the cinnamon roll skillet — order it to go if you must.
Summer dining comes with a bonus: NetShed has the biggest dining deck in the Harbor. Enjoy the warm sunshine outdoors while watching sailboats come and go. The atmosphere is family friendly but adults can enjoy beer and wine, too. The name, NetShed, is not coincidental. The restaurant is located in what used to be “Netshed No. K” in local inventory. No. 9 comes from its location: It was the ninth netshed as the ﬁshing boats
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returned home. The décor pays tribute to maritime history with Coast Guard maps, nets, purse seiners’ blueprints and other memorabilia. If you sit at the bar, check out the counter — you may (or may not) recognize a plank, which was rescued from a wrecked ship. The restaurant owners say they wanted to create a place that fits the community. Which means whether you’re local or visiting, NetShed has a seat just for you.
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THEGREEN.HOUSE Uptown Gig Harbor’s Green.House has become a popular local hangout in the two-plus years since its opening. The restaurant’s casual but elegant atmosphere and organic, made-from-scratch food attracts regular crowds — becoming one of those places where everyone seems to know each other.
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And now, the new owners, chef Scott Fuller and his wife, Gail, are kicking things up a notch. The couple, who took over the restaurant in March, brought more than 30 years of industry experience to Green.House and have been adding their personal touches to the menu and the atmosphere. Steak and seafood take the center stage on the menu and Chef Scott likes to feature seasonal items that are sourced from sustainable farms, ranches and ﬁsheries. He kept all the menu favorites but added a few things of his own — from award-winning recipes he has perfected over the years, such as crab cakes made from fresh crab. The menu will rotate every season. Summer, for example, will showcase Alaska’s bounty: salmon from various rivers. Toward the end of August, the salmon will come from local and Washington state spots. Once the salmon season is over in the fall, seafood such as oysters will be served and winter will bring things like comfort foods. Part of the appeal is the variety. Lunch choices vary from pasta and salads to burgers and seafood entrees, and the lunch hours have been extended to 4 p.m. There’s also a “small and bigger bites” menu for the bar and the patio, with items priced in the $6-$14 range. The casually elegant atmosphere m a k e s G re e n . Ho u s e a p e r f e c t destination, whether it’s a business lunch or a romantic dinner. There are two ﬁreplaces—one inside and another on the patio (open April through midSeptember) — and an extensive beverage menu that includes spirits, boutique wines and microbrews. Specialty cocktails are being added to the Happy Hour menu and a Wine Night and other events are in the works. The Fullers love the “everybody knows everybody” atmosphere of Green.House and say they are looking forward to getting to know the community and visitors alike.
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Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, planning a date or going out with a group of adult friends, you won’t be disappointed by all the options. Where else can you ﬁnd a brewery, a distillery, a winery and wine shops, all in the same area?
1 I 7 Seas Brewing:
Now located in the downtown area, this craft microbrewery mixes tradition with innovation to create beers that have a unique character. The 7 Seas Tap Room and the newly open NW Beer Garden are the place to be for those who want to enjoy fresh beer right at its source — and get an insider’s view of the production facility. Locals have been raving about 7 Seas for years; ﬁnd out what the buzz is about for yourself.
Distilling 2 I Heritage Company:
A relative newcomer to Gig Harbor, this craft distillery lives by its tagline, “Every spirit has a story.” More than a place for ﬁne spirits, Heritage offers a program that allows you to customize your spirits to your own ﬂavor proﬁle. Or, come in for a hands-on session of making your own — the only place you can legally do so yourself! Heritage Distilling also offers tours complete with tastings, as well as special event and corporate meeting hosting.
The newly remodeled Wine Studio of Gig Harbor, located by the INN at Gig Harbor, is a charming place where you’ll ﬁnd Friday night tastings, Ladies Nights every Wednesday and other special events.
Morso Wine Bar offers a casual atmosphere and a complete menu, in addition to an overwhelming list of wines as well as live music and special events.
The Keeping Room, located downtown for nearly 20 years, is a must-stop not only for great wines from around the world but also a variety of gifts, tastings and more.
Blend Wine Shop, in Key Center, is hopping with activities every week, from tastings to poetry readings and art shows.
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IMAGINATION Gig Harbor’s greatest treasure is its vast collection of artists, many living and working quietly among us. There are sculptors and painters, dancers and musicians - art abounds in this small town, abundant with imagination. Visitors can enjoy the wealth of art on any given day at galleries, performances and festivals. The ﬁrst Saturday of every month is First Saturday Art Walk in historic waterfront Gig Harbor. During the summer Tuesday evenings explode with music at the free Summer Sounds at Skansie outdoor concerts. Enjoy movies throughout the year at the state-of-the-art Galaxy Theatre, and in the summer outdoors at CinemaGig Outdoor movies at Skansie Brothers Park and at Key Peninsula Parks Outdoor movies. Symphony, Civic Orchestra, Community Theatre, and Ballet performances take place throughout the year. Several art shows also occur at multiple locations many including sales and art auctions. Art focused festivals such as the Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival, Chalk the Harbor, the Open Studio Tour, the Longbranch Fibre Arts Show, the Olalla Bluegrass Festival, Tidefest, Winterfest and Hark the Harbor dot the calendar of events throughout the entire year. Learn more about art in Gig Harbor and check out the calendar of events at www. PARADISE THEATRE © gigharborguide.com
What’s Happening Find a listing of performance and artrelated events and festivals daily by visiting Gig Harbor’s most comprehensive community calendar of events at www. gigharborguide.com
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Outdoor 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.
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City Parks Adam Tallman Park 6626 Wagner Way
Eddon Boat Park
3805 Harborview Drive Historic boat building, water access park. Future amenities: landing for hand-powered boats, sandy beach and kitchen facility at brick house. Restrooms. Street parking only.
Passive use wildlife park with walking trails and wetlands. Interpretive signage & viewing platforms. No restrooms. On-site parking.
Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park 3580 50th Street Ct.
Combined baseball/soccer ďŹ eld with bleachers, play structure, bike rack, drinking fountain, covered picnic area with tables, trails and open space. Restrooms. On-site parking.
Sand Volleyball Courts 3303 Vernhardson Street
Austin Estuary Park
Two courts located adjacent to City Park at Crescent Creek. No reservations. Restrooms and parking at Crescent Creek Park.
4009 Harborview Drive
Picnic table. Human-powered watercraft landing. No restrooms. Street parking only.
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 ďŹ eld 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.
9702 Crescent Valley Road Bike track. Sand volleyball courts. On-site parking. Restrooms and additional parking at Crescent Creek Park (adjacent).
Civic Center Green 3510 Grandview Street
Open space lawn for informal soccer and recreation. Restrooms located at Grandview Forest Park (adjacent). On-site parking.
Finholm View Climb
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.
Grandview Forest Park 3488 Grandview Street
Passive use wildlife park with trails next to City Hall. Benches and walking trails. Restrooms. On-site parking.
Old Ferry Landing 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.
Cushman Trailhead Park 2626 Hollycroft Street
8714 North Harborview Drive Open space passive use park bordered by salmon-bearing Donkey Creek. Benches. Restrooms. Street parking only.
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.
4118 Rosedale Street
Paved, non-motorized trail for pedestrian and bike use. Approx. 5 miles. Trailhead and onsite parking at 14th Avenue NW. Restrooms, trailhead and on-site parking located at 3908 Grandview Street.
Donkey Creek Park
Skansie Brothers Park
Wilkinson Farm Park
Reid Drive NW (14th Ave NW) to 96th Street NW
Trailhead for Cushman Trail biking and walking path. Drinking fountain and power. Restrooms. Street parking only.
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.
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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Sehmel Homestead Park
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.
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
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
Fox Island Fishing Pier
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.
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
3604 - 22nd Ave NW
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.
Hales Pass Recreation Area 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.
Off-Leash Dog Park 10222 Bujacich Rd. NW
1453 Ozette Drive, south end of Fox Island
Sunrise Beach Park
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 non-motorized uses. Trail is great for kids of all ages south of Olympic; hillier between Grandview and 96th St.
Key Pen Parks 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. 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.
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3003 Harborview Drive Pier and 12x20-ft. load/unload ﬂoat for mixed use. Load/unload facility for commercial vessels. Restrooms and seating. On-site parking.
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3211 Harborview Drive
15 Lorenz Road KPS Lakebay, WA 98349 (253) 884-3350
Restrooms and seating. On-site parking.
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.
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.
Providing parks, recreation, and family events on the Gig Harbor Peninsula
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.
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!
Provider of parks, recreation, and special events on the Key Peninsula. www.keypenparks.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 253-884-9240
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TIDBIT: The Cushman Trail, being built in stages, is currently 5 miles long. A new 1/3 mile spur will be built late in 2013 with the ﬁnal 2/3 mile constructed in 2014.
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KAYAKING Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Club www.ghck.org
Gig Harbor Rent-a-Boat
8829 N. Harborview Dr. Gig Harbor WA (253) 858-7341 – Hours change seasonally www.gigharborrentaboat. com
Guided Kayak Tours with Jackie Susan (253) 312-5252
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Gig Harbor Sailing Club
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FISHING AND BOAT TOURS The Three Ladies
Gig Harbor Fly Shop
Destiny Harbor Tours www.destinymarine.com
Fox Island Salmon Charter
FISHING AND BOAT TOURS Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club
SWIMMING AND BEACH COMBING Purdy Spit, Hwy 302 Kopachuck, Joemma and Penrose Point State Parks www.stateparks.com
Horseshoe Lake County Park
Harbor WildWatch Guided Beach Walks
CAMPING Penrose Point State Park
Kopachuck State Park www.stateparks.com
Gig Harbor RV Resort email@example.com
HIKING AND WALKING TRAILS Fox Island Nature Center & Wildlife Preserve www.foxisland.net
Penrose Point State Park
Key Peninsula www.stateparks.com
Key Peninsula Parks www.keypenparks.com
PenMet Parks, Parks and Trails www.penmet.org
Cushman Trail and Gig Harbor City Parks www.gigharborguide.com
SPINNING YOUR WHEELS
In 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.
RUNS, RIDES ANDWALKS JANUARY
Resolution Run for the Hero’s 5k and 10k
Summer Fun Run – 360 Trails
FEBRUARY ‘You Knock My Socks Off’ 5k
MARCH Run for Burma 5K www.chapelhillpc.org
MAY Street Scramble
JUNE Maritime Gig Run 5K www.maritimegig.com
AUGUST Over the Narrows 10m run and 2m run/ walk & kids run www.overthenarrows.com
SEPTEMBER Race for a Soildier 13.1m and 2m & kids run www.raceforasoldier.org
OCTOBER Dirty Dash 5K
NOVEMBER Turkey Trot 10k and 5k run or walk
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.
BEST PLACES TO GO ...
Harbor 1 I Gig Waterfront:
2 I Cushman Trail
: This 5-mile walking and biking trail meanders through Gig Harbor from the Narrows Bridge to Gig Harbor North with rolling hills, smooth pavement and easy accessibility.
This beautiful walk around Gig Harbor Bay is two miles round trip. Enjoy beautiful scenery and heritage and environmental markers as well as parks and open spaces along the way. LESLIE SMITH ©
DESTINATION: GIG HARBOR It’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.
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GROCERIES AND SPIRITS LEE GILES
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Ship to Shore
3315 Harborview Drive (253) 858-6090 Ice, sundries, marine supplies
Java & Clay
3210 Harborview Drive (253) 851-3277 Beer, wine, food, coffee
Kelly’s Café and Espresso 7806 Pioneer Way (253) 851-8697
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MISCELLANEOUS Gig Harbor Fly Shop 3115 Harborview Drive
Insulated apparel all year round, polarized glasses, plus ﬁshing gear
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!
7 Seas Brewing 3006 Judson St. Beer
The Keeping Room 7811 Pioneer Way
Wine plus gifts and décor
Morso Wine Bar
9014 Peacock Hill Ave. Wine, food to go
Wholefoods Market 3122 Harborview Drive (253) 851-8120
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FISHING AROUND The Gig Harbor area is one of the best sought-after ﬁshing spots in Puget Sound, thanks to its access to many water bodies and the variety of fish species. Fishing happens here almost all year round. Cutthroat trout is in abundance, as is salmon if you know where to look. Popular spots include Kopachuck State Park, the Olalla beach, Purdy Sand Spit, Minter Creek Hatchery and Bay Lake. And if you get tired of the local lakes and beaches, Gig Harbor-based guides will gladly swoop you away to one of region’s hot spots or major rivers and lakes. They’ll even outﬁt you with whatever you need, whether it’s gear or a water craft, and throw in some tips for best ﬁshing.
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If you’re feeling a little rusty, you can always start with a class. The Gig Harbor Fly Shop offers them year-round, with winter classes focused on skills like ﬂytying and the summer ones complete with practice on local beaches. The shop is also your stop for any gear you need, including rentals of sturdy kayaks that are perfect for ﬁshing. SAMANTH A
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U.S.OPEN IS COMING June 2015 will be a busy time for the Puget Sound area, as Pierce County-owned Chambers Bay Golf Course hosts the U.S. Open national golf championship. Located in University Place, just on the other side of the Tacoma Narrows from Gig Harbor, Chambers Bay is only the third municipally owned facility to have this honor bestowed upon it. More than 200,000 people are expected to descend on the area for the U.S. Open week of June 15-21. All local hotels and other overnight accommodations will be in high demand — and in shortage — during this exciting event. That means planning your trip early for the best and most convenient accommodations. Gig Harbor is the perfect place to stay during the U.S. Open. Not only are Gig Harbor’s local hotels the closest ones to the site, the drive from Gig Harbor is much less crowded. Plus, when you’re not out on the links watching the champions, you’ll ﬁnd everything you need in town, from exquisite dining and shopping to recreational outlets — not to mention a relaxing atmosphere with gorgeous views and friendly locals. And if you ﬁnd the urge for some hands-on golf action, we’ve got you covered: The Gig Harbor area boasts close to 10 golf courses, some right in town and some within a short drive. Go to gigharborguide.com for a complete list of places to stay and play including hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals.
Trophy Lake Golf and Casting
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TIDBIT: Gig Harbor’s hotels are closer to Chambers Bay Golf Course (home of the 2015 US Open) than any hotel in Tacoma.
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TIDBIT: Merchants around Gig Harbor leave doggy water bowls outside their shops for thirsty pups.
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GIG HARBOR CATERS TO CANINES Gig Harbor’s hospitality doesn’t extend only to two-legged visitors. Dogs of all breeds, sizes and inclinations are not only welcome but pampered — if they’re well-behaved, of course. The two main hotels, Wesley Inn and the Inn at Gig Harbor, are both pet-friendly, as are many of the bed & breakfasts. While visiting around town, doggies should also be on the lookout for the many friendly shops that stock up on free treats — all they have to do to get one is use their manners. When it’s time for exercise, pooches have plenty of choices. They can say hello to fellow dogs while strolling downtown. Or they can take their owners for a walk at any of the local parks, as long as they keep those owners
on the leash and remind them to pick up (complementary bags for scooping are available throughout town). Dogs not too fond of restrictions have their own place where they can freely play Frisbee or socialize with each other to their tails’ content. Thanks to a partnership among several local groups, Gig Harbor has a new offleash dog park, a piece of forest with more than a mile of trails and an open area. Leased from the Peninsula School District and managed by PenMet Parks, this fully-fenced area is located across Bujacich Road from McCormick Forest Park (park at Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One headquarters and go south from the parking lot). Gig Harbor loves its four-legged friends so much, it has an entire party for them every year. Harbor Hounds, hosted downtown each September, is an opportunity for dogs and owners alike to show off, meet each other and raise money for a good cause at the same time. Best kissers (the furry
kind), best tail-waggers and other talented dogs even get to take home some prizes. Several dog groomers are ready to pamper the dogs for any occasion, even if it’s “just because,” and pet lodges are on standby for those that need a little vacation from their humans. Of course, no visit would be complete without a little shopping. Discriminating dogs will ﬁnd just about everything they need in town, from organic food and gourmet treats at Green Cottage Pets and Mud Bay, bandanas and blankets at Sophie’s Touch, to all sorts of toys and accessories are The Dog House, Petco and Pets & Pals.
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THE KEY PENINSULA
A RURAL PARADISE
Gig Harbor’s rustic neighbor is a unique community that mingles an idyllic rural setting with a range of recreational possibilities, from bird watching to kayaking and boating. You’ll ﬁnd views of the Olympic Mountains from Joemma Beach and of Mount Rainier from Penrose Point, both state parks with overnight camping and beach access. Several other parks offer abundant beaches, hiking, kayak access and playgrounds. Nicknamed the Key, the area is also home to several ﬁshing hot spots. If you love history, don’t miss a stop at the Key Peninsula History Museum, or take a driving tour of the peninsula and
be on the lookout for historic markers at different landmarks. Also watch for signs for one of the many local farms, which sell fresh produce during the season. Additionally, the farms welcome visitors in the fall during a popular farm tour. Dining choices range from Mexican fare at El Sombrero to home-style American food at Lulu’s, and there’s no shortage of espresso stands. Or stock up on baked goodies at the Two Clouds Bakery (located inside the Ravensara coffee shop), assemble a picnic at the new Food Market in Key Center and stop
by Blend Wine Shop for a suggestion of best wine for your open-air meal. Shopaholics will ﬁnd local souvenirs, items by local artists, vintage treasurers, lavender gifts and more at several Key Peninsula shops. Check the community schedule for seasonal events, which include outdoor movies in August and a variety of festivals and fairs in spring and summer, along with dances, feasts and holiday celebrations. You’ll also ﬁnd year-round live music, poetry readings and open mics — the Key is full of surprises.
must-stop on the Key Peninsula April through October is the Blue Willow Lavender Farm. The farm, located on a 15-acre property, boasts 15 lavender beds on about an acre and a half. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the ﬁelds, take photos, even bring a picnic lunch. Lavender blooming season starts around the third week
of June and goes through the end of August or early September, peaking midto end-July. Stop by the lavender store on the farm, pick your own lavender and enjoy the sights and smells of this magic plant. The farm is open Tuesday through Saturday but if you stop by on a Saturday in June, July or August, you will ﬁnd owners Bill and Tracy Ketts dressed in American Revolution costumes. The couple tell visitors about life on a lavender farm in Colonial times, show how candles were made, give tours and answer questions. For all things lavender — and more — visit the farm for its third annual Lavender Festival, hosted this year on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13. Blue Willow will have food and craft vendors, live music and, of course, u-pick lavender and lavender products. And if you visit outside of the blooming season, you can still enjoy this wonderful farm. Take a tour of the grounds, shop at the lavender store and say hello to lavender experts Bill and Tracy.
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TIDBIT: Gig Harbor and the surrounding region are dotted with heritage markers as well as environmental markers that tell the story of the region.
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espite its major growth, Gig Harbor has stayed true to its roots. The community proudly honors its maritime and boat-building heritage, and a visit to downtown will give you a glimpse into one of Northwest’s most-intriguing historic grounds. A busy commercial fishing fleet still calls the Harbor home and during the off-season, you’re likely to spot local fishermen working on their boats or equipment. Many Croatian and Scandinavian families settled in Gig Harbor at the turn of the 20th century, and descendants of those pioneers continue the tradition. Several historic netsheds owned by 50
THE CLOCK ﬁshing families for multiple generations remain working today. One of oldest, the Skansie Netshed, is city owned and is located at the Skansie Brothers Park. It has become a public jewel, thanks to local restoration efforts. Known as the birthplace of the Thunderbird sailboat, Gig Harbor continues to pay tribute to its boatbuilding history. The historic Eddon Boatyard, now called The Gig Harbor Boatshop, is where the Thunderbird was perfected, and is now a maritime educational facility that hosts various
classes and displays. Another great stop for history and boating buffs is the Harbor History Museum, where the first Thunderbird hull and the 65-foot fishing vessel Shenandoah are displayed. You can watch the Shenandoah restoration in action and even join other volunteers on the weekends to help shipwright Nate Slater do some of the work. Other permanents exhibits feature artifacts about Native Americans, ferries, steamboats and the three Tacoma Narrows Bridges, among other things. Additionally, special exhibitions rotate throughout the year. Watch for historic markers sprinkled throughout the waterfront to learn interesting facts about local landmarks. You’ll also find the heritage markers beyond downtown, as far as Fox Island and Key Peninsula, providing information about historic and environmental points of interest. Use your smart phone to take the tour via the community mobile website at www.gigharborguide.com.
TIDBIT: Three bridges have spanned the narrows leading to Gig Harbor. Bridge #1, nicknamed Galloping Gertie, famously lies on the bottom of the narrows. Bridge #3 opened in 2007.
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GETTING CONNECTED 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.
HOSPITAL St. Anthony Hospital 11567 Canterwood Blvd. N.W. Gig Harbor, WA 98332 253-530-2000
FIRE DISTRICTS Fire District No. 5 and Medic One: 10222 Bujacich Road NW, Gig Harbor www.pierceﬁre.org/pcfd5
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
NATURAL GAS Puget Sound Energy
Fire District No. 16
8911 Key Peninsula Hwy. N., Lakebay www.keypeninsulaﬁre.org
WATER City of Gig Harbor 253-851-8136
Peninsula Light Co.
8102 Skansie Ave. 811 (local) or 800-550-8110
Public Works: Jeff Langhely, director: 253-851-6170
Mayor: Chuck Hunter
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
Gig Harbor Welcome Club
Raft Island Water Co. 253-265-2389
PO Box No. 1122 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 gigharborwelcomeclub.com 253-857-8313
City Administrator: Denny Richards, 253-851-6127
Finance Director: Dave Rodenbach
City Clerk: Molly Towslee
Operations: Marco Malich, 253-851-6170
Planning Director: Jenn Kester, 253-851-6170 City Hall: 253-851-8136
Washington Water Service
Point Fosdick Water 253-884-9089
3510 Grandview St. www.cityofgigharbor.net
Fox Island Mutual Water
Repair service: 611 or 800-533-4171
Glen Cove Water Co.
PO Box 2163, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, 253 509 4029 http://gigharbornewneighbors. com
CITY OF GIG HARBOR
7,200 residents Incorporated in 1946
Marketing Director: Karen Scott, 253-853-3554 firstname.lastname@example.org gigharborguide.com Community Development: Maureen Whitaker, 253-851-7618
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
CONNECT • ALIGN • LIVE SUNDAY WORSHIP 10 a.m.
Come join us for worship on Sunday mornings!
253-851-9972 3114 - 45th St. Ct. NW www.welcometopcf.org
We are a vibrant community of people, with a passion to know God the Father, Son & Spirit and who long to participate in what God is doing in the neighborhood, school, workplace, community and world. 1375662V01
For information call 253.851.7779 or visit www.chapelhillpc.org. Chapel Hill is located at 7700 Skansie Avenue in Gig Harbor.
BY THE NUMBERS TRAVELING DISTANCES Tacoma ................................................................................11 miles Bremerton ........................................................................ 30 miles Sea Tac Intn’l Airport ......................................................33 miles Tacoma Narrows Airport ...................................................5 miles Olympia (State capitol) .................................................. 45 miles Seattle ............................................................................... 49 miles Olympic National Park (Staircase Rapids area)................................................... 65 miles Mount Rainier (Paradise Area) ................................................................ 83 miles Mount St. Helens (Johnstons Ridge Area).................................................. 141 miles Portland, Ore. ..................................................................146 miles
Driest month is July Wettest month is December Average rainfall: 37 inches Altitude: Sea level to 440 feet Area code: 253 Zip codes: 98335, 98332, 98329 Square miles: 6.13 State parks: 3 City parks: 17 Swimming pools: 2 Golf courses: 3
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Gig Harbor Welcome Club PO BOX 1122 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 857 8313
Gig Harbor Yacht Club Altrusa International Club and Foundation of Gig Harbor PO Box 1394 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253-858-7699 www.altrusagigharbor foundation.org
PO Box 993 Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Beta Sigma Phi
13912 55TH Ave NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332 253 851 3192
Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound
8502 Skansie Ave Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 502 4671, 253 572 8449 www.jcmfhc.org
Crista Ministries DBA Miracle Ranch
Gig Harbor Commercial Fisherman’s Club
PO BOX 429 lAKEBAY, WA 98349 253 318 4811, 253 884 4863 email@example.com
Gig Harbor Eagles
4425 Burnham Drive NW Gig Harbor, WA 98332 253 851 2809
Gig Harbor historic Waterfront Association
3125 Judson Street POB 771 Gig Harbor, WA 98332 253 514 0071, 253 851 2644 www.gigharborwaterfront.org
Gig Harbor Lions CLub 1016 29th Street Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 858 8109 www.gigharborlions.org
Gig Harbor Mid-day Rotary
19303 Freemont Avenue N Seattle, WA 98133 206 546 7200
PO BOX 611 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 858 4411
Fox Island Yacht Club
Gig Harbor Professional Fireﬁghters Union
PO Box 1 Fox Island, WA 98333 253 549 2603 www.ﬁyc.com
Gig Harbor Bulldogs Football & Cheer
5500 Olympic Drive, Suite A1-05 PMB 182 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 206 214 5618, 253 267 6059 www.ghbulldogs.org
PO BOX 2625 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 851 3111 www.iaff3390.org
Gig Harbor Toastmasters 3025 14TH Ave NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 265 3405
8209 Stinson Avenue Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 851 1807 www.gigharboryc.com
Habitat For Humanity/ GHKP Chapter
PO BOX 7124 Tacoma, WA 98417 253 627 5626, 253 284 2805 www.tpc-habitat.org
Harbor Soccer Club
PO BOX 1123 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 514 1894 www.harborsoccerclub.com
Key Peninsula Business Association
PO BOX 439 VAUGHN, WA 98394 253 884 5433, 253 884 5434 www.kpba.org
Kiwanis Club of Peninsula Gig Harbor 3604 22nd Ave NW PO Box 1491 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 970 9950 www.gigharborkiwanis.com
3303 Vernhardsen Street Gig Harbor, WA 98335 www.maritimeplayzone.com
Narrows Baseball Club
3110 Judson Street Box 189 Gig Harbor, WA 98332 360 98103513 www.narrowsbaseballclub.org
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New Neighbors of Gig Harbor
Peninsula Youth Football Association
PO Box 2163 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 509 4029
Peninsula Amateur Radio Association 3877 SE Mullenix Rd Port Orchard, WA 98367 Ken Baker N7KDB 253 851 9345 firstname.lastname@example.org www.penpara.org
Peninsula Athletic Association
7108 Pioneer Way PO Box 1220 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Sandra Kern, Athletic Director 253 858 7678 www.paayouth.org
Peninsula Branch of the Pierce County Library
4424 Pt Fosdick Drive NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 548 3305 http://piercecountylibrary.org
Peninsula Education Association
5209 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Karin Ashabraner, President 253 851 8710, 253 851 8229 email@example.com
Peninsula FISH Food Bank
4425 Burnham Drive NW PO BOX 154 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 851 8800, 253 858 6170 www.gigharborpeninsulaﬁsh.org
Peninsula Spay/Neuter Project PO Box 306 Gig Harbor, WA 98332 Holly Bukes, President 253 884 1546
PO BOX 306 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 253 973 1163, 253 851 8356
Rotary Club of Gig Harbor PO Box 342 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Regan Gonzalez 253-851-6397 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North
11511 Canterwood Blvd, 2nd Floor Gig Harbor WA 98332 http://www.clubrunner.ca
Safety First Personal Protection Strategies, LLC 8307 27TH St W University Place, WA 98466 253 238 6556 www.safetyﬁrstpps.org
Soroptomist International of Gig Harbor PO Box 2761 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 Dianna Putnam 877-435-4474 www.soroptimistgh.org
United Way of Pierce County
1501 Paciﬁc Avenue 4th Floor POB 2215 Tacoma, WA 98402 253 597 6231, 253 597 7481 www.uwpc.org
Veterans of Foreign Wars Gig Harbor PO Box 2282 Gig Harbor, WA 98335
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Gig Harbor has an extensive choice of health-care services that range from a state-of-the-art hospital and a variety of specialty providers, to complementary medicine and dental care. Two major nonprofits, Franciscan Health System and MultiCare Health System, serve the area with a comprehensive array of services including urgent care. Additionally, independent practices range from primary care and pediatrics to chiropractic and naturopathic medicine. St. Anthony Hospital, owned by Franciscan, is a green, award-winning facility with an innovative emergency department that ranks in the top in
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TIDBIT: Gig Harbor’s ﬁrst hospital, St. Anthony, opened its doors in 2009.
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the country for patient satisfaction. St. Anthony Medical Park, located in west Gig Harbor, is home to Olympic Pharmacy, which attracts customers from all around the region. MultiCare Gig Harbor Medical Park, also on West Side, includes a popular medical and day spa, a Mary Bridge Child Express clinic and a YMCA women’s ﬁtness center and an on-site YMCA dropin nursery, among many other services. Massage therapy, homeopathy and herbal medicine are among the holistic services available in Gig Harbor. And whether you’re visiting for a short time or a longer stay, you have no excuse for not staying ﬁt. Not only is Gig Harbor a mecca for outdoor ﬁtness, it also has many ﬁtness clubs offering everything from classes and personal training to swimming pools. Those who love fresh air and scenery will ﬁnd running and biking trails, tennis courts, skateboard parks and BMX facilities. Two very active park districts, one on the Gig Harbor peninsula and another on the Key Peninsula, offer year-round classes and recreational opportunities for kids and adults alike.
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An active life + 24/7 emergency care
It adds up to peace of mind. Should you or a loved one have an emergency, St. Anthony Hospital is at the ready – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And we’re close by in north Gig Harbor, just seconds off Highway 16. Rated #1 in the nation for patient satisfaction, our emergency department has the latest imaging technology, state-of-the-art operating rooms and the area’s most advanced critical care unit. St. Anthony plus you. Let us help you get 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.
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Advanced primary care, close to home in Gig Harbor. Franciscan Medical Clinic 6401 Kimball Drive N.W. Suite 201 (253) 858-9192 Franciscan Medical Clinic on Pt. Fosdick 4700 Pt. Fosdick Drive N.W. Suite 202 (253) 858-9192 Franciscan Women’s Health 11511 Canterwood Blvd. N.W. Suite 145 (253) 530-2955 St. Anthony Prompt Care Walk-ins welcome 4700 Pt. Fosdick Drive N.W. Suite 102 (253) 853-2050