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Contents Welcome to Kitsap.......... 9 The Navy in Kitsap.........11 Kitsap County Map........ 14 Kitsap Parks.................... 16 Cover Photo.................... 19 Bainbridge Island........... 20 Local Libations............... 26 When it Rains................. 31 North Kitsap................... 32 Kites in Kitsap................ 39 Poulsbo........................... 44 Casinos........................... 53 Water Trails Map............ 63 Ferries............................. 65 On the Water.................. 66 Bremerton...................... 70 Central Kitsap................. 78 Biking.............................. 90 Hiking.............................. 91 Arts................................. 92 Golf................................. 95 Port Orchard................... 98 Beyond Kitsap.............. 106 Sports............................114 D I S C OV ER K I T S A P 2 013





Discover Kitsap Project Coordinator Sean G. McDonald


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estled along the shore in Kitsap County with the Olympic Mountains in the background, Poulsbo maintains its old world charm and natural beauty. With 128 guest slips, fuel dock and central location on Liberty Bay “Little Norway” is an ideal destination port. Numerous recreational activities, festivals and parades, farmer’s markets, unique specialty shops, quaint bistros and world-class restaurants delight tourists and locals alike. We invite you to stay for a week or a weekend, shop all day, play all night, and discover what “Velkommen” is all about.

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Welcome to Kitsap

By Leslie Kelly

Kitsap County is the best place to escape to for enjoying Puget Sound waterways, the Olympic Mountains, and a slower, more rural way of life. We’re not the big city of Seattle, but we’re just a ferry ride away, and we offer all of the necessities of the big city — great shops, coffee stops, breweries, wineries, restaurants and entertainment. But we do so in a place that is a lot less crowded with room to relax.

With more than 250 miles of accessible shoreline, virtually every community in the county is on water, including the popular destinations of Kingston, Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Bremerton and Port Orchard. Because of that, Kitsap County is a haven for boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking and just about anything else you can do on the water. But that’s not all Kitsap County has to offer. Kitsap County has an array of unique and picturesque towns with amazing scenery, D I S C OV ER K I T S A P 2 013

fabulous festivals and fairs, superb farmers markets, and the friendliest people you’ll ever find. Stop off at any shop in the county and just whisper that you’re a visitor. Owners and salesclerks will point you in the direction of their favorite place, be it a picnic site at a local park, a great store for a bargain, or maybe even a quiet place they know so you can stretch out with a good book and feel the sun. As for the people, according to the latest continued on page



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Port Orchard (360) 876-8008

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Port Townsend (360) 385-3476 2321 Sims Way

Kingston (360) 297-2428

10900 St Hwy 104 NE

Poulsbo (360) 779-3934 19812 Viking Way

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U.S. Census, there are 251,133 people, 86,416 households and 61,355 families residing in the county. Notable people from Kitsap County include Nathan Adrian, swimmer and Olympic gold medalist; James Kelsey, sculptor; Debbie Macomber, best-selling romance novelist; Gregg Olsen, best-selling mystery/ crime novelist; Delilah Rene, American radio personality, author and songwriter; Bree Schaaf, bobsledder and 2010 Winter Olympics competitor. Kitsap County was named for Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish Tribe. Its county seat is at Port Orchard, and its largest city is Bremerton. Kitsap County was formed out of King and Jefferson Counties on Jan. 16, 1857. Its history includes: 5000 B.C. - The Suquamish begin to settle on the Kitsap Peninsula. 1792 - Captain George Vancouver, first Englishman to visit this area, named Puget’s Sound, Hood Canal, Port Orchard, Mount Rainier, Vashon Island and other places. 1852 - First non-native inhabitants on the “Great Peninsula” built a mill at what is now Kingston. 1854 - Port Gamble and its mill established. Longest operating sawmill of five original mills, it was in operation until 1996. The town is a National Historic Site. 1857 - Slaughter County established from parts of King and Jefferson Counties. Named after Lieutenant Slaughter. Six months later, the people changed the name to Kitsap County. 1866 - June 7, Chief Seattle died. Though he was born, lived, died and is buried on the Kitsap Peninsula, he is best known for

lending his name to what was later to become Washington’s largest city. 1891 - Puget Sound Naval Station established in Bremerton. The United States Navy is the largest employer in the county, with installations at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, and Naval Base Kitsap which comprises former Naval Station Bangor and Naval Station Bremerton. Kitsap County is connected to the eastern shore of Puget Sound by Washington State Ferries routes, including the SeattleBremerton Ferry, Southworth to West Seattle via Vashon Island, Bainbridge Island to downtown Seattle, and from Kingston to Edmonds. Kitsap County offers visitors from around the world the best in natural beauty: forests, unspoiled beaches, open spaces, and most importantly, accessibility. There are worldclass golf courses, some of the best bicycle trails around, and plenty of marked hiking trails, too. Inside Discover Kitsap, you’ll find stories about the various geographical locations in the county. You’ll be led through the cities and towns around here and learn about the special highlights at each location. You’ll also find suggestions of where to go for a great day of picnicking, or boating, or hiking. And there’s suggestions about where to bike, take a walk, or satisfy your need to shop. We’ll also share with you where to fly a kite, and where to visit if you find yourself here on a rainy day. The combination of Native American, Scandinavian, military and pioneer attractions, all within a one-hour radius, makes Kitsap an easy-to-tour destination rich in history and diversity.

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The Navy is anchored firmly here on the Peninsula By Kevan Moore

The Navy has a presence in just about every which way you turn here in Kitsap County. Naval Base Kitsap, formed in 2004 with the consolidation of Naval Submarine Base Bangor, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Keyport and Naval Station Bremerton, is the largest naval installation in the Pacific Northwest. This area is also home to Naval Hospital Bremerton. With three separate bases and 64 commands – each with its own distinct Navy mission – Naval Base Kitsap is also the third largest concentration of Navy commands in the United States. The Navy’s local presence dates back to 1891 with the purchase of 190 acres of wilderness for Naval Station Puget Sound in Bremerton. The first dry dock of what is now Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF) was completed in 1896 in time to support the Spanish-American War in 1898. During World War I, the shipyard

constructed many new ships including 25 sub-chasers, two minesweepers, seven ocean-going tugs, two ammunition ships and thousands of small boats. Between 1920 and 1940, the shipyard improved its capabilities, which enabled it to serve a key role repairing battle damaged ships of our fleet and the Allies during World War II. Today, PSNS resides on 179 acres of property bordered on the south by Sinclair Inlet, on the west by Naval Station Bremerton, and on the north and east perimeters by the City of Bremerton. It is a $1.5 billion ship maintenance, modernization and repair facility. The depth of skill and experience inherent in the shipyard’s highly trained work force pays dividends to the Navy as they maintain the fleet throughout the world. PSNS is focused on providing quality, timely and cost efficient maintenance, modernization, and technical and logistic support to the Navy. Production workers are busily engaged with ship and submarine inactivation and recycling, maintenance, modernization and repair activities. PSNS & IMF now includes 179 acres and

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maintains, modernizes and repairs all ships and submarines of the fleet, concentrating on nuclear-propelled vessels at its five dry docks and five piers. About 11,000 civilians contribute to this critical mission that provides the economic anchor to City of Bremerton. Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton is home to the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier. In 2012, the USS Ronald Reagan also showed up for one year’s worth of maintenance. Naval Base Kitsap Bangor is the only base to homeport all three types of submarines in the Navy fleet. It is home to the Navy’s West Coast center of excellence for nine Trident submarines, two Ohio-class guided-missile submarines, two fast-attack submarines and the USS Jimmy Carter. Bangor also trains submariners at Trident Training Facility, repairing Tridents at the Intermediate Maintenance Facility and storing, maintaining and delivering the Trident missile system to submarines through Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific. Covering more than 7,000 acres, Naval Base continued on page



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Kitsap Bangor, located near Silverdale, is a balance of untouched forestland, awardwinning operational and administrative facilities, and attractive service and housing areas, bordered by beautiful mountain ranges and the pristine waters of Hood Canal. From World War II through both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, until January 1973, Bangor served as an ammunition depot responsible for receiving, storing, shipping and disposing of conventional munitions. The Navy announced the selection of Bangor as the home port for the first squadron of Trident Submarines in 1973. On Feb. 1, 1977, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, was officially activated. Sub Base Bangor supports the Trident submarine and its associated systems which are quieter, faster, larger and more powerful than any other submarine in the Navy. Sub Base Bangor is the home port for nine submarines and also host to more than 60 tenant commands, most of which directly support the Trident submarine and its systems. Naval Base Kitsap Keyport, home to one of two divisions of Naval Sea Systems

Command, is the Undersea Warfare Division, which supports all fleet undersea warfare systems as well as developing and implementing new technologies. It also maintains undersea test, training and evaluation ranges throughout Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest. There are approximately 1,480 civilian and 670 contractor employees and 20 active military service members in Keyport’s workforce. Keyport provides a wide array of services supporting the Navy’s undersea warfare systems, countermeasures, and aircraft carrier tactical support systems, and is the Navy’s only maintenance depot for torpedoes and mobile targets. Keyport’s current annual community impact includes more than $114.5 million in government salaries, $77 million in services and $33 million in materials purchased. In 1976 funds were authorized to build Naval Hospital Bremerton at Jackson Park. The hospital originally began in 1900 aboard USS Nipsic, a converted brigantine moored at Puget Sound Naval Station. Naval Hospital Bremerton is an acute care and obstetrical hospital with 35 in-patient beds offering ambulatory acute and specialty clinics. In addition to training future family

medicine physicians at its family practice residency, it also maintains a deployable fleet hospital capable of providing a fully operational 500-bed hospital anywhere in the world in less than ten days. Naval Hospital Bremerton campus is located just off of State Route 3 between Naval Station Bremerton and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and Naval Submarine Base Bangor. As an integral part of Tricare Northwest Region 11, the hospital’s staff, in partnership with Health Net Federal Services, administers professional care to approximately 56,000 eligible military families residing within its area of responsibility. The center is adjacent to the original sevenstory structure, providing one-stop service and convenience for outpatient visitors. The hospital sits on a 49-acre campus that includes a drive-through satellite pharmacy for prescription refill pickups, a staff gym, Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, an optical shop, engineering buildings and Fleet Hospital Bremerton’s deployable medical systems tent structure training site. Those that are looking to learn more about

Kitsap Public Facilities District is dedicated to community partnerships that drive economic development throughout the County. Successful Partnerships Include: • Kitsap Conference Center, with the City Of Bremerton • Kitsap Fairgrounds and Event Center, with Kitsap County & Parks Dept. • NK Regional Event Center, with Kitsap County, City of Poulsbo and NK School District KPFD Event Fund Kitsap PFD has up to $5K each for organizations that need funds to promote/market local events being held at one of our partner facilities this year. Learn more at eventfund.html


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Navy history and the Navy’s presence here in Kitsap County can visit two local museums free of charge. The Puget Sound Navy Museum in downtown Bremerton and the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport form Navy Museums Northwest, a unit of the Naval History and Heritage Command with headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Puget Sound Navy Museum in Bremerton is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed on Tuesdays from October to April. The Naval Undersea Museum is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May through September. From October through April it is closed on Tuesdays, but open every other day of the week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SINGAPORE: Sailors wait to lower the flag during morning colors on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. The Stennis arrived home to Bremerton in May. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak

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A picnic in the park – quick eats & outdoor treats By Jessica Ginet

There’s nothing quite like grabbing a tasty bite to eat for an impromptu picnic and enjoying the scenery on a fine day in Kitsap County. Each area of Kitsap County has unique businesses and features that makes for an enjoyable day spent outdoors.

SOUTH KITSAP According to Coreen Haydock, executive director of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce in South Kitsap, “The Port Orchard Marina Waterfront Park is a popular place. There’s pedestrian pathways and places to walk and bike.” If you happen to be in the mood for something tasty to accompany your visit to the Port Orchard Marina Waterfront Park, there are plenty of delicious options. Whiskey Gulch Coffee Company, located at 2065 Bay St. in Port Orchard, offers paninis, salads and sammies to nosh as well


as a variety of baked goods. In addition to an assortment of pies, their menu includes oatmeal bacon cookies and mason jar cheesecakes. Buck’s A & W, located at 1690 SE Mile Hill Drive, is a South Kitsap institution. Grab a few burgers and a root beer float at this classic attraction before heading down Bay Street for scenery. Or Moon Dog’s Two.

Just north of Port Orchard is the town of Bremerton. A visit to Bremerton wouldn’t be complete without a stop at CJ’s Evergreen General Store for a fresh deli sandwich and slice of pie to go before walking over to Evergreen Rotary Park at 1400 Park Ave. across the street. Evergreen Rotary Park boasts beautiful waterfront views and plenty of places to spread out a picnic.

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Mike Strube of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce also recommends the Harborside Fountain Park. The park runs along Burwell Street to the ferry terminal. The area has a variety of excellent takeout food available – from authentic and delicious Hawaiian food at Kama’Aina Grill to fresh salads and sandwiches at 2 Blocks Up Cafe. “Folks are always eating takeout (at Harborside Fountain Park) at the outdoor tables and chairs,” Strube said. The park offers waterfront views of the ferry terminal and continues to the shipyard. Another notable Bremerton park is Lion’s Field Park, located at 251 Lebo Blvd. With memorable views of the waterfront, a walking trail and places for kids to play, it has something for every age group. For proper sustenance, great food is nearby! Noah’s Ark Restaurant is a second generation, family owned restaurant located in downtown Bremerton and serves delicious local food like Philly cheese steaks, Ark Burgers, fish & chips and Italian hoagies for over 35 years.

CENTRAL KITSAP Just because you’re in proximity to the Kitsap Mall doesn’t mean you can’t get outside for a while. For a relaxing break, go to Monica’s Waterfront Bakery on Byron Street in Old Town Silverdale. Choose from a tasty selection of sandwiches on homemade bread, quiche or wrap and make sure you grab one (or four) of their divine cookies or baked treats.

Bagels, a local favorite, at 9517 Silverdale Way. Park at Old Mill Park, at 2901 NW Bucklin Hill Rd., and have your picnic there before hitting the Clear Creek Trail.

NORTH KITSAP If you’re in Poulsbo and want to pack a picnic but are undecided on what to bring, Central Market is the place to start. Central Market is at 20148 10th Ave., NE. Sure to have something for every possible palate, there’s a full service deli, freshly prepared sushi, a grill for BBQ and burgers and a plethora of options at their extensive cheese, olive and salad bars. Poulsbo has perfect picnic locations. The Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park

With its close proximity to the Silverdale Waterfront Park (simply cross Byron Street), it’s quite easy to grab a homemade, locally sourced picnic feast and go claim a picnic table or bench. The park also boasts docks and a fantastic playground for kids to burn off excess energy. If you want to get outside but don’t want to plan a whole picnic, grab a coffee and a light lunch at Cafe Noir, located past Target on the corner of Randall Way. When the weather’s nice you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy views of the mountains before returning to the retail hustle and bustle. Silverdale is home to Clear Creek Trail, which meanders along the waterfront and through quiet wooded areas along Clear Creek. For an impromptu picnic that feels remote but is actually within town, go to Pip’s

is by the Liberty Bay Marina and in close proximity to locally owned and operated eateries, many of which offer to-go orders. If you’re in downtown Poulsbo and in the mood for pizza, grab a tasty slice of pizza from Poulsbo Wood-fired Pizza House, at 18937 Front St. NE., and walk to Lions Park or Oyster Plank Park, both located on Fjord Drive NE. On those warm spring, summer and fall days, treat yourself to a scoop of artisanal ice cream from Mora Iced Creamery, at 18801 Front Street NE. Part of the slow food movement, the company boasts their process: They squeeze fresh lemons, limes and grapefruit by hand, slowly melt great blocks of chocolate, and carefully roast walnuts and hazelnuts for their delectable ice creams.

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND Bainbridge Island, located Southeast along Highway 305, is a hub for the Seattle/ Bainbridge Island ferry. If staying on the west side of Puget Sound is your objective, head to Waterfront Park and City Dock - Eagle Harbor. Located on Eagle Harbor off Brien Drive, the 5.5 acre park is popular for social gatherings for island residents and visitors alike. There are sunny lawn areas for play and relaxation and tranquil views of Eagle Harbor. Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce volunteer Francis Jacobson explained the difference between two popular picnic parks: “The marina has the waterfront views and the views of the boats. Waterfront Park is a way to experience the waterfront but in a continued on page

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right in Port Gamble at 4719 NE State Highway 104. They are renowned for their tasty pulled pork, brisket, sweet potato fries and house-made smoked sausage. Mike’s Four Star BBQ also offers party packs to go, which is an excellent option for larger picnics. Beyond Port Gamble lies the town of Kingston. If sandy beaches, driftwood and beautiful scenery are what you’re after, head to Point No Point Beach, on Point No Point Road NE. For a tasty beachside feast, go to the Grub Hut, located at 11130 NE State Highway 104, and order from a menu that includes burgers, chicken sandwiches and cheesesteaks, gyros and fresh ceviche. The Grub Hut also offers 29 milkshake flavors.

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more quiet, tranquil setting.” Both parks are in close proximity to downtown Bainbridge, with a variety of restaurants and cafes that offer takeout options within walking distance. In the marina area, Doc’s Marina and Grill, at 403 Madison Ave. S., offers their entire menu to go. Their most popular picnic items, according to server Marlee Grasser, is their Big Dock burger and their fish and chips.

menu to go. They also offer outdoor seating with fantastic views if you decide to forego the technicalities of the picnic in lieu of a leisurely and delicious dining experience. For an all-American Carolina BBQ experience, go to Mike’s Four Star BBQ,

The wonderful towns dotting Kitsap County are packed with parks and locally owned and operated cafes, coffee shops and restaurants. If you’re not sure about a good place to picnic, many of the merchants throughout the area will be happy to point you toward a locale that meets your requirements. In the meantime, savor the local flavor and the fantastic scenery of Kitsap County.

“Both are extremely delicious and popular,” she said. The Blackbird Bakery, which is conveniently located to both the marina and Waterfront Park, at 210 Winslow Way E., has savory tarts for lunch and a daily flatbread special, in addition to quiche and sandwiches made with fresh, gluten-free bread. Anything on their menu can be packed to go for a day spent outside.

PORT GAMBLE Port Gamble, on the way to Kingston, is the quintessential picnicking spot ­— the picturesque town practically demands it! Port Gamble has gazebos, open stretches of lawn overlooking quaint historic homes and the waterfront of Port Gamble. Head to the Port Gamble General Store and Cafe for an order of their specialty: Indian fry bread and gravy. The signature Reuben sandwich, another local favorite, is also popular. The cafe offers anything on their


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Kitsap County vacationer wins photo contest behind our school. At recess I’d run out and take pictures of the train.”

By Leslie Kelly

Discover Kitsap’s cover was chosen as the winning photograph from among dozens of entries in a photography contest designed to depict activity in Kitsap County. The winning photograph was taken by John Haffner, a New Orleans attorney who spends his summer and winter vacations in Kitsap County. He first began visiting the area in 2009 when his girlfriend brought him here to meet her family. The Alabama native grew up around water but found the waters of the Pacific Northwest to be enchanting. “I grew up on the water and so it was quite natural for me to want to be where there is water,” he said. “But there’s something about the waterways in Kitsap. They’re so inviting.” When he visits here, he hikes the beaches, kayaks, swims and has gone fishing. “It’s become like a second home to me,” he said. “I love it out there. I have a real connection with the people. Anywhere I go, I can strike up a conversation and learn something new about the area.”

When he went to college, he got his “first real camera” a 35 mm single lens reflex model. He spent a year studying in London and took pictures everywhere. He went to college in Boston, lived in Los Angeles and graduated from law school in Alabama. He practices with a small law firm and works on public policy and political law and considers his goal in the field of law to be serving the public. And to further his photography skills, he also took a class and learned darkroom techniques.

“I had a disc camera,” he said. “I would take it to school and there was a train that ran

He loves traveling and hopes to visit Argentina, Hong Kong and someday India, all places with disco a “kaleidoscope of v er color,” he said.

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“I like the convenience of it,” he said of taking photographs with his phone. “And the connectivity.”

Haffner’s interest in photography started when he was in the third grade.

photographer, although he has had his works published in magazines and shown in galleries. He hopes to travel to Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands on future trips here to photograph scenery and nature.

With his phone he can locate and map each photo he takes and record that information. He also likes that he can immediately post it to Facebook and other social media or email it to friends and family.

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“I’m a small-town kid but I love the big cities,” he said. “That’s why I live in New Orleans with all it’s culture.”

But no matter where he gets to travel, Kitsap County will always be a second home and he’ll be back for his summer visit this July.

“And I plan to do one of my favorite things,” he said. “I like the ferries. I like to just get on and take a ride, look at the mountains and enjoy the beauty.” The cover photo was taken in Appletree Cove, just outside the Kingston marina and ferry terminal. The ferry in the photo was just arriving from Edmonds.

He considers himself a self-taught hobbyist

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Bainbridge Island By Richard D. Oxley

The attraction to Bainbridge Island hasn’t changed much since settlers first began landing on the shores of Bainbridge Island in the 1880s. It’s the scenery. It’s the water. It’s the culture. It’s all Bainbridge. The latest edition to the island’s attractions will open its doors on June 14, 2013. The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art stands at the edge of Winslow and will be the signature landmark for visitors coming off the ferry. It will house an auditorium, a cafe, gift shop, and two art galleries dedicated to local and regional works of art. The museum is the result of over three years



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of community effort. Bainbridge-based architect Matthew Coates designed the building after focus groups and local input was gathered. In the end, the museum will be approximately 20,000 square feet hosting art from around the Puget Sound.

visitors past boutiques, independent shops, and cafes. Not to mention widely renowned restaurants. Such culinary attractions include Restaurant Marche, the brainchild of local chef, author and television cook Greg Atkinson.

The museum isn’t the only new kid on the block. Across the street is the recently established The Waypoint park. The park is a humble trail weaving through a former eye sore on the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305. Now it is lush garden space and shortcut to the ferry terminal.

Marche’s neighbor down the street is Hitchcock, where chef Brendan McGill has been putting island dishes on the map. McGill was not only named Food & Wine magazine’s 2013 People’s Best Chef of the Northwest, he also garnered the title of People’s Best Chef in the Nation.

The new additions to Bainbridge serve as a gateway to the island which offers a wealth of activity and sights, starting with Winslow, its downtown core.

Both Atkinson and McGill draw heavily from the island’s own farms to supply their menus; whatever grows on Bainbridge doesn’t go far to be enjoyed.

Winslow is an easy walk from the ferry. A journey down Winslow Way will take

Winslow isn’t the only small town on the island. At its southern end is historic

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Community Calendar

What happens on Bainbridge Island Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival: From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July

27 the island’s Battle Point Park jams with the spirit of bluegrass. The day long festival attracts the genre’s top talent, in addition to buskers, artists, and food vendors. The festival even includes a beer garden.

Chilly Hilly: Cyclists in the Puget Sound region are well aware that the cycling season starts on Bainbridge Island with the annual Chilly Hilly. The island’s ranges of rolling hills helps riders stay warm in the winter weather. Generally held in February, the ride takes thousands of cyclists from the ferry terminal for a journey around the entire island. First Fridays: Every first Friday of the month, islanders and visitors flock to Winslow to experience a range of artwork featured throughout downtown businesses. With a glass of wine and some good conversation, First Fridays makes for an entertaining evening. July 4: The July 4 celebration is the largest party on the island every year. A grand parade takes over the town along with street vendors, music, dancing and more. The celebration is topped off with a fireworks display over Eagle Harbor.

and much more Lynwood, a quiet community quickly growing to become a star attraction. Lynwood could always boast its historic 1930s era movie theater, and the Treehouse Cafe, an islander hang that often features touring musicians. But now Lynwood is offering even more. The newly constructed Pleasant Beach Village compliments the dated architecture of the neighborhood and houses an array of shops and cafes. The village has slowly come online throughout 2013, adding a shop here or a cafe there. From frozen yogurt to an open space market, Pleasant Beach Village in Lynwood is one corner of the island that cannot be missed. For those inclined to hang around for a while, an inn at Pleasant Beach Village is expected to soon compliment the surrounding attractions.

The island bears a host of attractions too numerous to state. To know why so many journey to the island, and others choose to live here, one simply has to come see for themselves.

What to do: Bainbridge Performing Arts: The island’s own theater brings its stage to life with musicals, plays, symphonies, ballets and more, www. Visiting Winslow: Downtown Winslow is mere steps from the ferry making the trip an easy walk from Seattle. Winslow Way is lined with shops and restaurants that will comfortably fill an afternoon of wandering window shopping, continued on page

Rotary Auction: The popularity of the Rotary’s annual auction has grown far beyond Bainbridge. It’s part garage sale, and part Thunderdome. The 53rd Annual Rotary Auction will be July 29, 2013 and is likely to attract hordes of eager rummagers, all looking for a deal. The auction offers everything from clothes to boats and computers to antiques. On the morning of the auction, eager shoppers line up and wait for the call. Once the signal is given, hundreds of rummagers sprint, leap and charge to their prizes. The night before the auction, the Rotary usually offers a sneak peak of the goods for those who wish to develop a rummaging strategy. Jingle Mingle: Winslow lights up

for the holidays each year. The downtown offers the holiday spirit and seasonal shopping experience to help get the perfect gifts for loved ones.


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Visiting Lynwood: A drive down to Lynwood at the south end of the island will reward visitors with shops and cafes. The Treehouse Cafe is a local hangout. The Lynwood Theatre is certain to show unique and intriguing films. And Pleasant Beach Village is continually adding shops, markets and more to its emerging lineup. Lynwood is complemented by a quick drive along nearby Crystal Springs and its scenic waterfront. Imbibe tour: Bainbridge Island has been home to a burgeoning artisan wine scene for years with eight wineries crafting their own bottles and tastes.

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But more recently Bainbridge Organic Distillers has been making a name for itself with its own line up featuring gin, vodka and limited release whiskey. Across the street from the distillery is the new Bainbridge Island Brewing Company, offering beer that is uniquely Bainbridge.


not to mention the new art museum. Adjacent to Winslow Way is the waterfront park, perfect for a picnic or a stroll along the shore. Also nearby is the marina district, home to an eclectic mix of boats, a coffee shop and pub.

A weekend tour of island wineries is not uncommon. More information can be found at Both the distillery and the brewery are located on the island’s Coppertop Loop. More information about the distillery

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Did you see that? It was so fast, you might have missed it. And many do. But that is the nature of Bainbridge Island’s quirkiest tradition: the Scotch Broom Festival. The Scotch Broom Festival is the original flash mob, though predating the modern trend by about 50 years. Organized by the local Kiwanis each summer, a small group of islanders will suddenly arrive in downtown Winslow, unannounced, with piles of Scotch broom. They will engage in a battle of tiddlywinks before grabbing a random island girl from off the sidewalk, crown her with Scotch broom, and continue the parade down Winslow Way. The crowd cheers, waving Scotch broom while praising the year’s Scotch broom queen. The whole event lasts for approximately five minutes before it’s over and the crowd disperses, leaving all who witness the parade generally confused yet amused. Last year, Erin Ayriss was pulled off the street while on her way to work and bestowed with the Scotch broom crown. She was placed in a convertible and paraded up and down Winslow Way before being dropped off in front of the Town & Country Market, where she continued her walk to work. Each summer the festival is thrown, but no one knows the exact day or hour it will occur. Islanders just know that it will happen. As the local legend goes, the festival

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dates back to around 1965 when Kiwanis member John Rudolph officially founded the parade. Ever since, the Kiwanis have kept the tradition going, springing it upon downtown Winslow at a moment’s notice. The story of how the parade came about varies from person to person, but the general idea comes down to a prank. Back when Winslow was a much smaller, humble town, a shopkeeper came across a registry of community celebrations across Washington. As a joke, he submitted a note that boasted of Winslow’s annual celebration in honor of everyone’s mosthated weed, the Scotch broom. But the joke would come back to haunt him. Months after forgetting about the prank, a small crowd came to Winslow one summer day expecting to see the Scotch Broom Festival. The shopkeeper panicked and quickly got on the phone to

his friends and neighbors. And just like that, with Scotch broom pulled right out of the ground nearby, a throng of islanders hoisted the weed up high and paraded through the downtown. They plucked a random girl from the audience and crowned her as the Scotch Broom Queen, then placed her in a truck for a ceremonial drive up and down Winslow Way. Today the event hasn’t evolved and remains much the same. Kiwanis members will descend upon Winslow Way, compete in a spirited contest of tiddlywinks in the grocery store parking lot, and parade through the downtown with the goal of having the whole event over with in under five minutes. And just as in 1965, passersby tend to scratch their heads and wonder what in the world is going on.

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What to do when it rains Winslow Way provides for the coffee connoisseur a cafe on every corner – and none of them a Starbucks. Be sure to check out Blackbird Bakery, with its delicious baked goods and popular clothing. Bainbridge Bakers is just across Madison Avenue.

By Wes Morrow

Kitsap County isn’t the world’s sunniest place. Tourism photos always look nice when it’s sunny and Kitsap definitely has its share of sun, but just like most other places in the Northwest, occasional drizzle is inevitable. The region has about 160 days with recorded precipitation each year according to, 60 days more than the average city in the United States. That rain isn’t all bad. The numerous creeks and salmon runs, as well as the beautiful Olympic Rain Forest couldn’t exist without a little precipitation. Rain is often thought of as a negative for tourism, but the rain in the Puget Sound region isn’t the torrential downfall that makes the outdoors feel like a stroll through a cold waterfall. As a life-long Puget Sound resident will tell you, most of the rain comes in the form of light drizzle. It might not always make for a beautiful picture, but for Northwesterners it’s not enough to keep you locked up inside all day. Nonetheless, some of the things you might do in the sun aren’t always feasible when it’s raining, and for that the Kitsap Peninsula has had plenty of time to prepare. Here’s a short list of both generic and regional ideas for some of those gray days. Curl up with a book at one of the many small coffee shops. As spoken by the proprietor of Liberty Bay Books on Front Street in Poulsbo: “It’s a good day to read in liquid sunshine.”

Just a few miles from the island stands the town of Poulsbo, where Scandinavia is remade on the shores of Puget Sound’s Liberty Bay. Poulsbo’s Front Street serves as an instant trip to Northern Europe, with its numerously themed bakeries. The town’s main waterfront boulevard offers myriad bakeries. Simply park on the water just south of the street and you won’t be able to walk a few hundred yards without running into one. If it’s time to move on, put the bookmark in your book, and pull out the pint glass. While there’s no shortage of coffee, the bitter black beverage is best consumed in the daylight, and in the evening patrons turn their attention to the local flavor of liquor and craft beer. Bainbridge Brewing is nestled on Bainbridge Island just a couple miles up Highway 305 north of the ferry landing at Eagle Harbor. Poulsbo is home to Valholl Brewing Co., Sound Brewery and the Slippery Pig Brewery. Silver City Restaurant and Brewery serves a number of hand-crafted choices in Silverdale. Hood Canal Brewery in Kingston and Der Blokken Brewery in Bremerton also create local craft beverages.

What better place to do so than in one of the many bakeries and cafes that grace the pebbly shores of Kitsap County.


If there’s one thing the Puget Sound has no shortage of its coffee shops, and Kitsap County is home to some of the region’s best small towns to sit down and enjoy a warm beverage on a rainy day.

There’s All Star Lanes in Silverdale, 10710 Silverdale Way NW, and Hi-Joy Bowl in Port Orchard at 1011 Bethel Ave.

Two towns in particular are well-known for their many enticing bakeries and cafes. Bainbridge, an island just across the water from Seattle, is only a short 30-minute ferry ride away from the State’s largest and most well-known city. Visitors stepping off the ferry can almost instantly step onto the island’s main downtown avenue, Winslow Way.

If you’re in the mood for a strike or a spare, try the area’s bowling lanes.

Or strap on a pair of skates and practice your roller derby moves. Roller skating is available at Bremerton Skateland in Bremerton, 1740 NE Fuson Road, and Sk8Town in Port Orchard, 1501 Piperberry Way SE. Maybe you’re more in the mood for some passive recreation, like taking in a movie on the big screen. Here’s a list of the area’s movie theaters:

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Regal South Sound Cinema 10, 1435 Olney Ave. SE, Port Orchard Dragon Fly Cinema 822 Bay St., Port Orchard AMC Kitsap 8, 10055 Kitsap Mall Blvd NW, Silverdale Regal Silverdale 4, 9923 Poplars Ave. NW, Silverdale Bainbridge Cinema, 403 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd NE, Bainbridge Isl. SeeFILM Movie Theater, 655 4th St., Bremerton Bremerton Cinema, 317 N. Callow Ave, Bremerton Olympic Cinemas, 1520 NE Riddell Road, Bremerton Regal Poulsbo Stadium 10, 750 NW Edvard St., Poulsbo Firehouse Theater, 11171 NE SR 104, Kingston And there’s always the opportunity for a favorite old-time summer adventure at the drive-in theater. We’ve got one of the last one’s around near Bremerton with the Rodeo Drive-in Theatre, 7369 Highway 3. It’s just past Gorst heading toward Belfair. So, even if it’s a bit moist outdoors, you’ll still find Kitsap County a great place to explore — inside or out.


North Kitsap By Richard Walker

In North Kitsap, as much as things change, much remains the same. For thousands of years, the S’Klallam, Suquamish and other indigenous peoples thrived here off abundant resources on land and sea. Those same resources drew newcomers here in the mid-1800s. People in cities along the West Coast built their homes with lumber milled in Port Gamble and fed their families codfish and oysters canned in Poulsbo. In Hansville and Point No Point, families played, sunned and fished at fishing resorts facing Admiralty Inlet, just as families had played and fished here for preceding millennia. North Kitsap’s 21st century residents



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continue to be engaged in protecting what’s always been important about this place. A coalition — consisting of Forterra, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe and others – is raising money to buy, conserve and protect up to 7,000 acres of land and shoreline. Hansville residents are caretakers of the Hansville Greenway, a network of trails between Buck Park, Hansville and Hood Canal. The Nature Conservancy owns and manages Foulweather Bluff, where second-growth forest abuts a pristine coastal lagoon and beach. Visit North Kitsap and you’ll see why it’s a special place.

HANSVILLE Point No Point is as historic as it is beautiful. Known by the area’s First Peoples

as Hahdskus, a treaty was signed here on Jan. 26, 1855, by representatives of the United States and Chimakum, S’Klallam and Skokomish leaders, clearing the way for non-Native settlement in this region. Point No Point Light Station, established in 1879, is a major attraction for residents and visitors, with its historic structures, long stretch of driftwood beach and a marsh that attracts migratory birds. The light station is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard but leased to Kitsap County for use as a park. The lighthouse keeper’s quarters are a duplex; one half is the headquarters of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the other half is managed by the society as a vacation rental. The lighthouse and other buildings were restored in 20112012. Visitors to the area often stop at the nearby

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Hansville Store for coffee, ice cream, sandwiches, soda or other refreshments. Cup of Joy is the newest café and coffee house on the local scene. These are good places to get your energy up before you hike the Hansville Greenway (www. greenway.html) or visit Foulweather Bluff. When you visit these sensitive places, remember to leave only footprints.

INDIANOLA Indianola, nestled amid forests and beaches, is a slice of small-town America. Visitors can get a taste during Indianola Days in August, on whichever weekend coincides with the lowest minus tide. There’s a sand castle contest, car show, dance, pet parade, salmon bake and talent show.

Indianola Days is a good time to enjoy the beach, which is normally open only to members of the Indianola Beach Improvement Club. The Indianola Country Store and Deli is the only store in town. Outside, a community bulletin board keeps residents informed of local goings-on. Inside, visitors can fill up on sandwiches and other deli fare. Indianola’s most striking landmark is a curving, 900-foot long pier, a reminder of the Mosquito Fleet ferries that connected this town to other Puget Sound communities until the 1950s. Today, it’s a convenient place for fishing and taking in the sweeping views of the Sound, the distant Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier and the Olympics. continued on page

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Don’t miss the Indianola Waterfront and Woodland Preserve. It consists of 80 acres of mature mixed conifer forests and broadleaf forests crossed by a seasonal stream that meanders down to Miller Bay. The preserve includes public access to a low-bank beach on Puget Sound through a serene forested trail crossing over a tidal estuary. Bald Eagle, Cooper’s Hawk, Osprey, Pileated Woodpecker, and VioletGreen Swallow are among the many birds that call the preserve home.

KINGSTON Kingston is the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. Washington State Ferries provides ferry transportation to and from Kingston’s ferry terminal. Downtown Kingston is artsy and eclectic, with book stores, galleries, restaurants and a theater. The Firehouse Theater is one of the few independently owned theaters in Kitsap County. Mike Wallace Memorial Park at the Port of Kingston Marina is the site of the biggest community celebration – the Fourth of July 3 meal choices everyday 11 - 4

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PORT GAMBLE Port Gamble ( is in its third iteration as a seaside community. Historically, this was a S’Klallam village. In 1853, San Francisco lumbermen Andrew Pope and William Talbot opened a mill here to meet the lumber needs of growing West Coast communities. The mill operated until 1996. Around the mill emerged a vibrant company town, with homes that resembled Pope and Talbot’s hometown of East Machias, Maine. Their workforce included men from East Machias, as well as S’Klallam men whose families relocated across the bay to Point Julia after the mill opened.

concerts and fireworks show. Live music is performed in the park’s pavilion. Don’t miss the downtown Fourth of July parade. The Kingston Farmers Market takes place at Mike Wallace Park weekly April through October. North Beach is a popular place to walk. Village Green Community Park on West Kingston Road has a large lawn, tennis courts and play structure for children. Arness Park on South Kingston Road has views of Apple Tree Cove and the ferries. All told, there are seven county parks in Kingston. Visit Carpenter Creek Preserve, 14 acres of wetlands along Carpenter Creek including estuarine salt marsh at the mouth of the creek, about 3/4 of a mile west of the ferry landing. Carpenter Creek consists of critical salt marsh habitat and is an important salmon and cutthroat trout stream.

LITTLE BOSTON The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe owns two prominent destinations in North Kitsap: The Point Casino and Event Center, and Heronswood nursery and botanical gardens. The Point ( is about more than gaming. The Point is 52,000 square feet, with more than 600 machines, but also features an event center, a lounge with music stage, an

upscale restaurant and two casual dining venues. Entertainers who have performed on the Event Center stage include the Marshall Tucker Band, Smash Mouth, .38 Special and Clint Black. The Point is also a showcase of S’Klallam art; brochures available at the front desk identify the works and the artists. The two welcome figures at the entrance were carved by S‘Klallam artist Jimmy Price. Heronswood ( was founded by noted horticulturalist Dan Hinkley, then owned for several years by the Burpee Seed Co. S’Klallam bought Heronswood in 2012 and began restoring the gardens to their Hinkley-era condition. Later that year, Heronswood made history when it hosted several weddings the day same-sex marriage became legal in Washington state. Heronswood is now used for weddings and special events. The S’Klallam Tribe government campus is worth visiting. The centerpiece of the campus is the House of Knowledge longhouse. In front of the longhouse is a veterans memorial. Nearby poles carved by S’Klallam artists honor past educators. Visit here July 20 when the S’Klallam Tribe is a host on the Canoe Journey; the canoes will stop here on their way to the final destination, the Quinault Nation on the Pacific Coast. Each stop on the journey includes traditional foods, dances, songs and gifting. You can watch canoes arrive at Point

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Today, the restored 1800s village on Hood Canal is a popular visitor destination and wedding venue. Hood Canal Pavilion, on the site of the old Hotel Puget, and St. Paul’s Church are popular wedding venues. The General Store houses a restaurant, the Port Gamble Historical Museum and a display of what is believed to be the largest private collection of sea shells in the world. Visitors can stroll streets of green lawns, white picket fences and 1800s homes, many of them housing antique stores, boutiques and shops. Events are held here year-round; check the website for a calendar. This is also a good place from which to watch Northwest Coast Native canoes arrive at the S’Klallam reservation across the bay during the annual Canoe Journey in July.

SUQUAMISH The Suquamish Tribe is a major economic force in Kitsap County. Its businesses include Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, next to the Agate Pass Bridge, and White Horse Golf Course, which many golfers call one of the most challenging and fun courses they’ve played. White Horse’s clubhouse opened this year; it features a full-service restaurant specializing in Northwest dishes, meeting space and an indoor/outdoor wedding venue. Suquamish maintains cultural and historical sites that tell of the area’s indigenous history. The House of Awakened Culture, overlooking Agate Pass in Suquamish Village, is a gathering hall with architecture reminiscent of Old Man House, believed to continued on page



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have been the largest longhouse in what is now Washington state. Old Man House was the home of Si’ahl, or Seattle and Kitsap, two Suquamish leaders of the mid-1800s who signed the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. Chief Seattle’s grave site is nearby and is a historic site. The Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort Hotel features older and contemporary art. Two traditional welcome figures stand at the entrance of the hotel. Hanging above the lobby is a canoe and depiction of a reef-net fishing scene created by noted Suquamish artist Ed Carriere. Outside, overlooking the pass, is a large story pole. The Suquamish Museum, on the corner of Suquamish Way and Division Street, features exhibits and events related to Suquamish culture and history. The museum has a gift store featuring items made by Suquamish artists. Other important nearby sites: Chief Seattle’s gravesite, Suquamish Veterans Memorial, House of Awakened Culture, Suquamish Dock, and Old Man House Park. The Suquamish Farmers Market — Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m., April through

October — is located on Suquamish Way across from the government offices. Vendors include local artisans, farms and Native and non-Native artists. This year, the Suquamish Tribe will host visitors on the Canoe Journey July 19. The Tribe and the community host a public dinner – with salmon and shellfish – followed by cultural sharing in the House of Awakened Culture. Chief Seattle Days follows on the third weekend in August.

Many of the same activities from the first Chief Seattle Days in 1911 are featured today: traditional salmon bake, baseball games, canoe races, drumming and dancing, and a memorial service honoring Chief Seattle at his gravesite in Suquamish. Other events have been added to the celebration, including a pow-wow with competition dancing and drumming, a parade, Fun Runs, craft and food vendor booths, and the Chief Seattle Days Youth Royalty Pageant.



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Kite Flying on the Kitsap Peninsula While you’re near, check out Mike Wallace Park in Kingston. It’s another great place to hoist your kite high.

By Leslie Kelly

If anyone tells you to “Go fly a kite,” here are some places close by to take them up on that advice. Whether it’s one of those $5 colorful plastic kites from Fred Meyer, Target or Walmart, or something much fancier, there are plenty of parks and open spaces where kite flying is just the right adventure for a sunny, windy day. Near Poulsbo, on the northern end of the Kitsap Peninsula, check out Kitsap Memorial State Park at 202 Northeast Park St. Kitsap Memorial State Park is a 58-acre camping park with 1,797 feet of saltwater shoreline with beautiful grassy play fields, perfect for launching that kite. Once you run with your kite for a bit, give the kids a chance to enjoy the children’s play equipment while you spread a blanket for a picnic or a nap in the beautiful natural surroundings with sweeping views of Hood Canal. A saltwater beach with tide pools and shellfish harvesting opportunities is another highlight of this park. For more information on the park call 360779-3205.

The park consists of more than an acre of manicured lawns and gardens for your enjoyment. Barbecues and picnic tables are available for use. Every March, there’s the Kites over Kingston weekend where people come from far and near to sail their kites or simply to watch others do so. The park also hosts a variety of events from early May to mid October. If you’re there to fly your kite on a Saturday enjoy the farmers market which offers fresh local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, as well as locally handcrafted arts and crafts. In the evening there’s the “Concerts on the Cove” where musicians from around the state put on free family-oriented performances for the public beginning at 6 p.m. Another great place to fly a kite is Fay Bainbridge Park on Bainbridge Island. This park is a 17-acre marine park with 1,420 feet of saltwater shoreline featuring sandy beaches located on the northeast corner of Bainbridge Island. From the beach you’ll relish the sweeping views of Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains and two volcanoes, Mount Rainier and

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Mount Baker. Popular pastimes at the park besides kite flying include beachcombing, boating, bird watching, camping, saltwater fishing, crabbing and scuba diving. Conveniently, this park is open for camping year round. If you find yourself without a kite, stop by Cost Plus Imports in Silverdale, near the Kitsap Mall. The store has a great selection of inexpensive kites ($9 to $12) and extra kite string. And for the more professional kite-flyers, take a look at their Japanese-style kites with lightweight paper mache dragon heads. They run about $19. Once you have one of those flying high, there’s no doubt you’ll attract an audience. Another great place to pick up a kite is Toys Etc., at 19417 7th Ave. NE, in Poulsbo. On the south end of the peninsula, try the South Kitsap Regional Park for your kite flying. Located at 2841 SE Lund Ave. in Port Orchard, this park offers great grassy open spaces for flying kites as well as ball fields, a batting cage, hiking trails, playgrounds and picnic shelter. And when the wind is out of your sail for the day, why not enjoy watching the kids on their skateboards nearby.



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— the cacophony of gulls, the purr of a boat motor or the flap of a sail and, at 8 a.m., the national anthem over the loudspeakers at Naval Base Kitsap — Keyport. Take your after-breakfast walk to Keyport Saltwater Park, a two-acre park with beach access, a playground and a picnic area. Inevitably, you’ll make your way back to the Port of Keyport Marina, where you’ll see kayakers and paddleboarders arriving or setting off. Keyport is part of the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail; mercantile owner Jackie Lewis said Keyport was voted the Best Rest Stop during the 2012 Paddle Kitsap. The Naval Undersea Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so you’ve got time for a leisurely drive or bicycle ride to Scandia, a neighboring community with farms, gardens and farm stands, among them Scandia Farm & Garden, Scandia Patch, and Scandia Valley Farm. Products include chicken and duck eggs, fresh and dried herbs, fruits and vegetables, and homemade pickles, jams and salsa. Ah, remember Keyport Saltwater Park? You can picnic there and then go to the museum. Admission to the Naval Undersea Museum is free. You’ll see exhibits related to the ocean environment, mine warfare technology, submarine technology, torpedo technology, and diving. There are hands-on activities and very cool artifacts on exhibit: A Confederate mine captured at the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay; a Howell torpedo manufactured in 1890; a reproduction of the control room of the nuclear fast-attack submarine Greenling (SSN 614); the sail of the

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USS Sturgeon (SSN 637); the Trieste II (DSV-I), a deep-submergence vehicle which descended to 20,000 feet; the Deep Quest, the Navy’s research submersible which explored the ocean to a depth of 8,000 feet; and one of the two dome-shaped caps from the Navy’s Sealab undersea habitats. Go to for information about special events and presentations. After your museum visit, have dinner at Whiskey Creek Steakhouse, featured in 2012 on the Food Network program, “Restaurant: Impossible.” This restaurant has been a dining destination for 20 years, and has won awards for Best Steaks/Prime Rib and Best Out-of-the-Way Restaurant in reader surveys. If you decide you’d like to stay the night, see Jackie Lewis at the Mercantile; she also owns Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast (www. grandviewgardensbb. com), an updated 1920s Craftsman-style B&B on Liberty Bay. If you boated in and want to spend the night at the marina, the Port of Keyport has five 50-foot guest moorage slips, each with water and VISIT OUR NEW MARINA NOW OFFERING: power. Whether you’ll be • Beautiful new concrete slips sleeping in a boat or B&B, • 250 feet of moorage for transients (five 50-foot slips) • Free power and water available at all slips or just stopping by for the • 4 hours free moorage day, be sure and enjoy • Over 4 hours stay, $10/day for under 25 feet, $15/day 25 feet and over • Internet café and WiFi available at the Mercantile the beauty of sunset over • Boat launch ramp Liberty Bay. Keyport is the scene of WALKING DISTANCE TO: seasonal events; keep in • 6 blocks to Naval Undersea Museum touch at www.visitkitsap. • 3 blocks to Post Office com/cities.asp?ID=8 • 2 blocks to store & restaurants


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Poulsbo By Richard Walker North Kitsap Herald

Poulsbo is a suburban town with a rural heart: The quality of life here is complemented by cultural events, historic sites, parks, vibrant business districts, and a growing portfolio of public art projects.   Walk downtown, for example. Downtown has a Norwegian theme, in honor of its earliest European immigrants, but dining choices include American, English, Himalayan, Italian and Mexican.      Just one mile east of the downtown hustle is Wilderness Park, 11.5 acres of forested trails where the south fork of Dogfish Creek springs from the earth. One mile north of downtown is Fish



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Park, a 21-acre swath of habitat where Dogfish Creek meets Liberty Bay. Stroll the boardwalk along Liberty Bay (you may see seals hunting schools of fish at high tide) from downtown’s Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park to the American Legion Park arboretum (where you may see an eagle on a high perch overlooking the bay). A growing number of public art projects complement the landscape. Among them are “The Norseman,” a 12-foot sculpture by Mark Gale at Viking Avenue and Lindvig Way; a driftwood fish sculpture and rock art at Fish Park; a Viking sculpture at Waterfront Park, dedicated in honor of Poulsbo mayor Maurice Lindvig (19691976); a mural on Front Street depicting a Viking ship and crew underway; and an



Octopus sculpture, also created by Mark Gale, in front of the Poulsbo Marine Science Center. Simply put, Poulsbo is a place of diverse experiences.

FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS The annual Viking Fest signals the start of summer. Front Street is crowded with people for the parade. There’s a carnival, the Viking Village in Waterfront Park, live entertainment and contests, among them a paddle board race on Liberty Bay. In June, the summer solstice is celebrated with a Nordic-style Midsummer Fest. There are contests and live entertainment.

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What happens in Poulsbo Third weekend in May

Viking Fest The 42nd annual festival, originally created to honor Norway’s Constitution Day, Viking Fest is an annual tradition celebrating the city’s heritage. Count on Vikings cavorting down Front Street, an authentic Viking Village and entertainment at the Kvelstad Pavilion and Sons of Norway. Food booths and crafts will be at Waterfront Park and Anderson Parkway.

June 23

Midsummer Fest Join in a Scandinavian tradition of celebrating the Summer Solstice from 4-6 p.m. at Poulsbo’s Waterfront Park. Event features folk dancing, games, decorating and raising the Midsummer pole, the fish toss, food and more. At 8 p.m., the Viking Parade, lighting of the bonfire and Midsummer proclamation by Sons of Norway Vikings takes place. (360) 779-5209

July 3

Fireworks on the Fjord Celebrating Independence Day a day early has been a Poulsbo tradition that keeps getting better every year. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display on Liberty Bay.

First weekend in July Poulsbo celebrates Independence Day a day early. The 3rd of July celebration features a day of live entertainment, capped by an evening fireworks spectacular. In August, Front Street is the scene of a street dance; the street is closed to vehicular traffic. In fall, the First Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway host traditional dinners of lutefisk, lefse, meatballs and potatoes. The Classic Yacht Association presents an annual rendezvous of historic wooden boats at the Port of Poulsbo. Julefest (pronounced Yulefest) is held each December. Vikings arrive with the Lucia bride, representing charity, by boat on Liberty Bay. The arrival is followed by

a bonfire in Waterfront Park. The Lucia bride’s arrival is followed by Santa’s, who traditionally arrives in nearby Anderson Parkway on a fire truck.

A GREAT WALKING TOWN Poulsbo is a great walking town, with numerous parks, trails and walking neighborhoods. Take a walking tour through nearby neighborhoods to see the Significant Trees of Poulsbo, designated by the city for their uniqueness and size. You’ll also see heritage homes dating to the 1890s and early 1900s. You can get a tree guide at continued on page


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Teams of eight to 15 walkers from businesses, churches, schools, organizations, families and neighborhoods join with cancer survivors (the honored guests) and their families for the 24-hour relay. (800) 729-3880 or

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Poulsbo Arts Festival This annual event takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Poulsbo’s Waterfront Park, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest. Features a juried arts and crafts show, live music, food, children’s activities and more. (360) 697-1397 or continued on page




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City Hall. The city has 14 parks totaling 121.89 acres ( parks_parks_trails.htm). The largest, Fish Park, has a boardwalk, interpretive signage, nature hiking trails, and wildlife viewing platforms. Looking for a place to let your dog run off-leash? There’s an off-leash dog park at Frank Raab Park. If you like history, visit the Poulsbo Historical Museum in City Hall. (City Hall is also worth visiting for its Scandivanian architectural elements). The Martinson Cabin, across the street from Fish Park, contains artifacts, early furnishings and interpretive materials so you can get a feel for the life of early settlers. The Marine Science Center downtown has an aquarium, touch tank, activities and displays so visitors can learn about the local marine environment. The resident octopus is a popular feature.

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Clearwater & The Point offer diverse entertainment And, of course, there is gaming — and a wide range of gaming at that: Blackjack, Craps, Keno, Pai Gow, Poker, Roulette, and more than 1,200 video slot machines. Poker players can enter daily Texas Hold ’Em tournaments and Wednesday night poker tournaments.

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Although the names Clearwater and The Point are associated with casinos, they offer much more than gaming. Both are destinations for people looking for dining, entertainment and resort experiences. Suquamish’s Clearwater Casino Resort, on Highway 305 near the Agate Pass Bridge, has four restaurants, a spa, a hotel with room views of Agate Pass, displays of Coast Salish art by noted artists, a gift store, a summer concert on the lawn series, and grounds that invite the visitor outside for a salt air walk or to catch some sun. Restaurants range from buffet, deli, and sports lounge to the more elegant Cedar Steakhouse. The resort also offers stay and play packages at Suquamish’s White Horse Golf Club; new this year is White Horse’s clubhouse and The Cedar Ridge Grill. In addition, resort guests are close to cultural sites, such as the Suquamish Museum and Old Man State House Park.

Response to Clearwater’s diverse entertainment offering has resulted in the need for expansion. In the first phase, expected to be completed by December 2014: the addition of 10,000 square feet of meeting space and a 4,500-square-foot pre-function area, a new restaurant, remodeling of the Longhouse Buffet, a two-story building for support services and offices, a walkway with elevator entrance to the casino from the resort, and 700-car parking garage. By May 2015, the plan calls for the addition of a 100-room, five-story hotel; all rooms will have a water view. From Clearwater, drive straight on Suquamish Way 10 miles and you end up at The Point Casino and Event Center, owned by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.

square feet, it’s more than twice the size of the original casino. It has more than 600 machines, up from 150 when the original casino opened in 2002. The Point also has an

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Voice Works June 27 - 29 Traditional American Singing Fiddle Tunes July 4 - 6 Tapestry of Fiddle Styles Writers’ Conference July 7 - 20 Readings and Lectures Jazz Port Townsend July 25 - 27 Jazz from the Country’s Best Acoustic Blues Festival August 2 - 3 The American Blues Tradition

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event center, the upscale Little Boston Bistro and two casual dining venues, a cigar lounge, a lounge with a music stage, and a gift shop. An important feature: An interior air filtering system that renders the air smoke-free. As the north end’s only major-entertainment venue, The Point Event Center attracted national headliners its first year, among them The Marshall Tucker Band (“Heard It In a Love Song,” “Can’t You See”), Smash Mouth (“Walkin’ on the Sun,” “All Star”), .38 Special (“Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into

the Night”), and Clint Black (“Killin’ Time,” “A Better Man”). In June 2013, comedian Gallagher performs at The Point as part of his final tour. One of the distinguishing aspects of The Point: It’s a showcase of S’Klallam art. Art is prominently displayed throughout the casino; brochures available at the front desk identify the works and the artists. Among the pieces: a display of paddles behind the cashier’s cage, large carved panels in the fine dining area, baskets and cedar mats, drums and masks. The welcome figures at the entrance to The Point were carved by S’Klallam artist Jimmy Price.

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Two of The Point’s dining venues are named for landmarks: Little Boston Bistro and Point Julia Deli. Besides the 600-plus video slots, guests can test their luck at 6 Deck Black Jack, Lucky Ladies Black Jack, Spanish Blackjack, Craps, Texas Hold ‘em, and Emperor’s Challenge Pai Gow. The success of the new Point Casino and Event Center has the S’Klallam Tribe studying the feasibility of building a hotel. Until then, The Point has overnightaccommodation packages with the Guest House Inn and The Poulsbo Inn, both 10 miles away in Poulsbo. The Point is also close to important S’Klallam sites, such as Heronswood, the famous botanical gardens purchased by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in 2012; and Point No Point, which has an expansive beach, a historic lighthouse and migratory bird habitat. Representatives of the U.S. and the S’Klallam signed the Treaty of Point No Point here in 1855.


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To Port Townsend

Port Ludlow

To Port Townsend Keystone-Coupeville Ferry

Skunk Bay


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Hood Canal



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Kitsap Peninsula Launches & Amenities A0

Salsbury Point County Park

Boat Launch, Parking, RR


Port Gamble Mill Site

Kayak Launch, Rentals, Parking, Town, Store


Hood Canal Dr

Shore Access


Hood Canal Place Rd End

Shore Access


Twin Spits Rd End

Kayak Launch, Parking


Norwegian Point Park

Kayak Launch, Parking


Point No Point Lighthouse

Kayak Launch, Parking, RR


Pilot Point

Kayak Launch, Parking


Port of Eglon* (no link)

Boat Launch, Parking, RR


Ludlow Dr Rd End

Shore Access


North Beach

Kayak Launch, Parking


Port of Kingston* | Marina

Launch, Parking, Kayak Racks,


Overnight Moorage/Services,

C14-a Arness Park

Kayak Launch


South Villa Dr

Shore Access


Port of Indianola*

Boat Launch, Parking, Store


Indianola Waterfront Preserve

Shore Access


Suquamish Tribal Dock

Boat Launch, Parking, Town


Old Man House Park

Kayak Launch, Parking, RR


Skookum Rd End

Shore Access


Ona Rd End

Shore Access


Port of Keyport* | Marina

Boat Launch, Parking, Town


Overnight Moorage/Services


Oyster Plant Park

Kayak Launch, Parking


Poulsbo Lions Park

Shore Access


Olympic Outdoor Center Dock Kayak Launch, Rentals


Port of Poulsbo* | Marina

Boat Launch, Parking, Town


Overnight Moorage/Services


American Legion Park

Kayak Launch, Parking


Liberty Rd End

Kayak Launch, Parking


Keyport Saltwater Park

Kayak Launch, Parking


Port of Brownsville* | Marina Launch, Parking, Store, Camping 360.692.5498

Overnight Moorage/Services


Illahee State Park

Kayak Launch, Parking, Camping


Port of Illahee

Boat Launch, Parking, Store


Evergreen Park

Boat Launch, Parking


Lions Park

Kayak Launch, Parking


Port of Tracyton*

Launch, Parking, RR, Store


J.A. & Anna Smith Park

Shore Access Only, RR


Port of Silverdale* | Docks

Boat Launch, Parking, Town


Overnight Moorage/Services


Chico Boat Launch

Boat Launch, Parking


Port of Bremerton* | Marina

Boat Launch, Parking, Town


Overnight Moorage/Services

Port Orchard Marina

Dock, Parking, Town


Overnight Moorage/Services


H7-b Water Street Boat Launch

Boat Launch, Parking, Town


Retsil Boat Launch

Boat Launch, Parking


Manchester State Park

Kayak Launch, Parking, Camping


Port of Manchester*



Pomeroy Park


Kayak Launch, Parking


Yukon Harbor | Harper Boat Kayak Launch, Parking


Blake Island State Park



Belfair State Park

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Port of Allyn* | Dock

Boat Launch, Parking, Store


Overnight Moorage


Twanoh State Park

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Boat Launch, Parking

J11-a Union Boat Ramp

Boat Launch, Parking

J11-c Hood Canal Adventures

Kayak Launch, Parking, Rentals


Menards Landing

Boat Launch, Parking



Kayak Launch, Parking


Misery Point Boat Launch

Boat Launch, Parking


Seabeck Marina

Boat Launch, Parking, Store


Kitsap Memorial Park

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Manitou Park Blvd Yaquina Place Rd End Hawley Cove Park Waterfront Park

B12-d B12-e B12-f B15 B16 B20-a B20

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Now showing near you: A ferry trip to remember By Brian Kelly

Step aboard the boat, and ride along with a star. Long viewed as one of the state’s top tourist attractions, Washington State Ferries have been an iconic symbol of the Puget Sound that’s made appearances on theater and television screens for decades. In recent years, Washington State Ferries has popped up in ABC Television shows such as “Super Nanny” and episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy.” For “Grey’s Anatomy,” the prime-time medical drama set in fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, a television crew came aboard the Bainbridge Island-to-Seattle ferry run for filming, and backdrops of the route were also used during the three-part story arc. (Peter Horton, a co-executive producer for “Grey’s Anatomy,” is originally from Bainbridge.) Our state ferries have also had big-screen roles in movies, including “Disclosure,” a 1994 film featuring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore based on the novel by Michael Crichton, and directed by Barry Levinson of “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Rain Man” fame. Ferries also showed up in “The Ring” (2002, with Naomi Watts); “Assassins” (1995, with

Sylvester Stallone and Julianne Moore); “Black Widow” (1987, with Debra Winger and Theresa Russell); and “Cinderella Liberty,” (1973, with James Caan), to name just a few. Beyond TV Land and Hollywood, however, the ferries are popular with visitors and residents alike not only for their scenic views from the water but for the vital link between the mainland and Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. Kitsap County is served by the BainbridgeSeattle, Bremerton-Seattle, KingstonEdmond and the Southworth-VashonFauntleroy routes. The state ferry system carried 9.9 million vehicles last year, including nearly 4.7

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million vehicles on the routes to Kitsap communities. All told, approximately 12.4 million riders hopped aboard a ferry in 2012 between Kitsap and the mainland. And the Bainbridge-Seattle route boasts the highest number of foot passengers in the whole WSF system, with more than 2.9 million walk-ons last year. A printed schedule of departure and arrival times is available at any WSF terminal, and can also be found online at www.wsdot. com/ferries/schedule/Default.aspx. Visit the WSF website to also find out the best times to travel and when lines at the terminalsare the shortest.


On the water

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Kayaking in and around the Kitsap Peninsula By Leslie Kelly

there are those routes, too.

us by the hour, the day, or the week.”

“Combine that with a nice overnight at a bed and breakfast, and you’ve got a great little vacation,” he said.

Many people who go out on the water to row, combine that adventure with fishing or even photography, Kuntz said.

Still, he said, there are nice hour-long routes through Liberty Bay in Poulsbo that can quench a paddler’s thirst for a row, and then bring them back to land in time for lunch.

“Being on the water is something great,” he said. “Everybody can enjoy it.”

The Kitsap Peninsula is one of the premiere destinations for rowing. Just ask John Kuntz, owner of Olympic Outdoor Center, a boating and paddling outfitter with four locations in the area. “We have beautiful places all around us to paddle,” Kuntz said. “You can see mountains everywhere and there’s lots of marine life. There’s always something to see and do.” Kuntz said he would be hard pressed to select a favorite spot for kayaking because “there’s 371 miles of water trails around the peninsula.” “Each one offers something different,” he said. For those who want to combine camping, there are routes for overnight ventures. For those who just want to go out for the day,

With 371 miles of water way for paddlers on the peninsula, Kuntz said it would take about 100 hours to cover all the routes. “And that’s at a speed of about three miles an hour, which is average,” he added.

Here are some locations to rent or buy kayaks:

With locations in Port Gamble, Bainbridge Island, Silverdale and Poulsbo, Olympic Outdoor Center sees a lot of visitors wanting information about where to row.

Olympic Outdoor Center with locations in Port Gamble, Poulsbo, Silverdale and Bainbridge Island 360-297-4659,

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Enjoy Kitsap by boat and paddle By Richard D. Oxley Bainbridge Island Review

The Kitsap Peninsula is no stranger to the nautically inclined. Ever since explorers in wooden ships starting coming to the Northwest, the area’s waterways have been cherished for their ease of travel and many safe harbors. The Puget Sound waters are a salty highway with amazing views, intriguing destinations, and the traffic can’t be beat. From the depths of the Hood Canal to the Kingston Cove, with a range of towns and attractions, there’s no better way to see Kitsap than by boat.

the amenities of a large marina but with the charm, peacefulness and rustic setting of a small rural community, according to the port’s website, There are 25 guest moorage slips for watercraft up to 24 feet available.

It is best to check ahead to locate city docks or marinas, and the availability of transient moorage, before embarking on a journey through Kitsap waters. Many moorage facilities take reservations.

Brownsville offers two boat ramps as well, along with a deli, laundry and other amenities.

The Bremerton and Port Orchard marinas, both operated by the Port of Bremerton, are nestled on opposite sides of Sinclair Inlet.

Kitsap Lake and Wildcat Lake are popular among boaters and anglers as an alternative to the Sound, but Wildcat has a “no-wake” rule, effectively eliminating high-speed boating activities.

On the south side, the Port Orchard Marina is a great option for tying up and sampling downtown life. Many spring and summertime events, including farmers markets and bayside concerts are an easy walk from the docks, as are restaurants, marine stores and other services.

At the North End of the peninsula, Poulsbo and Kingston have expansive marinas set amid spectacular scenery. The Port of Poulsbo has 130 guest moorage slips in fjord-like Liberty Bay. A multipurpose room for group outings, and a fuel dock are also available and the yacht club is an easy row away.

The marina also boasts a 40-by-80-foot activity area, which is popular with yacht clubs. Farther north, Central Kitsap features three spots to launch boats into Puget Sound: Chico, Silverdale and Tracyton. Traditional tie ups can be found in Brownsville. There are a few freshwater boating options, as well.

Viking Fest celebrates those roots each spring. Kayaks are available for rent on the docks from Olympic Outdoor Center, which also has an office in Port Gamble, near the Hood Canal Bridge.

The Chico, Silverdale and Tracyton launches are located in Dyes Inlet, a focal point for water-oriented events in Kitsap. Silverdale is home to the only floating pier on the inlet and hosts Whaling Days, a maritimethemed festival held in July. Nearby attractions include Silverdale Waterfront Park and Old Town Silverdale, a hot spot for dining and window shopping. The Port of Brownsville sits on Port Orchard Bay, tucked away from surrounding marinas, and it likes it that way. The port is billed as a getaway spot with all

The Port of Kingston, billed as the “Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula,” is swiftly becoming one of the Sound’s most popular marinas. It has 49 guest slips sheltered behind a breakwater. The grassy park and pavilion above are home to summer concerts and farmers markets. The town overflows with visitors for its Fourth of July parade each year. Main Street is lined with friendly shops and unique restaurants. A sandy beach on the far side of the Washington State Ferries terminal is a popular place for strolls and dog walks, and four new guest mooring buoys are available offshore. Kayaks, paddleboards and bicycles can be rented from Kingston Adventures, just up the hill from the port. For a truly unique boating experience, Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor is home to several private marinas and a yacht club. Temporary moorage is also available at the city’s Waterfront Park dock. Seattle skyline views, strolls through bustling Winslow, and access to dramatic walking trails come with the territory.

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The Bremerton Marina a place to stay and play and Port Orchard to continue your explorations.

By Leslie Kelly

Here are some of the events that marina residents and visitors can enjoy:

Take it from Al De La Houssaye. Living aboard a houseboat in the Bremerton Marina can’t be beat.


“It’s clean, it’s secure and the slips are nice and big,” said De La Houssaye. “We’ve been here since last August and it’s just great.”

65th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade Saturday, May 18 This is the longest-running parade in the country. Don’t miss this fantastic patriotic event either by participating in the parade or bringing your chairs to watch along the parade route. Honor our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country by joining in the festivities.

De La Houssaye and his wife, Sherry Super, moved to Bremerton from Montana when he retired. She works in downtown Bremerton, a short 10-minute walk from the marina. The two had housed their 47-foot Chris Craft cabin cruiser in Tacoma, but knew they didn’t want to live there permanently. So they went on the hunt for a “Home Sweet Home” marina. They decided on Bremerton. “Part of it is the people,” he said. “I know all the staff and they are just great. And this marina is really well-kept. It might be a bit pricier than some. But it’s well-worth it because of how great it is.” De La Houssaye said they “fell in love” with the Bremerton Marina because it is so close to so much. “We take the foot ferry to Port Orchard for the day,” he said. “And we can walk to the ferry to Seattle whenever we want.” The convenience of living aboard a houseboat, too, can’t be beat. “You never have to mow the grass,” he said. They’ve made new friends in the marina and they will soon be sharing it with family. “Our daughter and son-in-law are going to be bringing their boat here this summer because they liked it so much when they visited us,” he said. The Bremerton Marina is the premiere boating center of Puget Sound. The state-ofthe-art marina offers 220 permanent slips available on a month to month basis, as well as room for 80 to 100 visiting boaters. Many boaters may choose to make Bremerton their “home away from home” while other just visit for the weekend to enjoy one of the many festivals and events that take place on the waterfront. The marina is conveniently located next to the Washington State Ferry for an easy commute to Seattle. And yes, like De La Houssaye, there are


seasoned boaters who live on their boats all year long, which is a perfect way to be a part of the marina and the local community. The marina features: Affordable dockage in a new state-of-theart marina; permanent and guest moorage available; ample free parking for tenants; is steps away from the Washington State Ferry; and it’s centrally located in the heart of revitalized downtown Bremerton. The marina accepts reservations at 360-3731035 or by email or at the Port of Bremerton website at Some weekends are very popular so make your plans now. From the marina you are just a short walk from many interesting experiences. The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard with its “mothball” fleet of decommissioned Navy vessels, the newly relocated Puget Sound Navy Museum, Kitsap County Historical Museum and the USS Turner Joy, a decommissioned destroyer you can board and explore. Children of all ages will find the Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum delightful. Visit the many galleries in the downtown arts district and then enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants. Or take a stroll on the boardwalk located on the waterfront. Golf is close by at one of the nation’s premier golf courses, the challenging 36 hole Gold Mountain Municipal Golf Complex. Take a ride on the historic Mosquito Fleet ferry Carlisle II that runs between Bremerton

Kitsap Harbor Festival, Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27. Events on the waterfronts in Bremerton and Port Orchard plus downtown Bremerton, including the Kitsap Car Cruz, seagull calling events, vendor booths, food and live entertainment.

July Fireworks on the Fourth of July on Thursday, July 4. Bring the whole family and watch the spectacular fireworks display. You can enjoy the show from the Bremerton Breakwater Park or take the foot ferry across to Port Orchard. Bremerton Brew Festival, Saturday, July 13, noon to 7:30 p.m. Reserve your slip now for downtown Bremerton’s Third Annual Summer Brewfest. Many local breweries will be participating in this exciting event sanctioned by the Washington Beer Commission.

August Classic Yachts, Friday, Aug. 16 to Sunday, Aug. 18. Tour classic yachts at no cost. Enjoy the Bremerton waterfront, stroll the docks and visit the surrounding stores. Blackberry Festival, Friday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 2. This is the infamous Blackberry Festival over the Labor Day Weekend on the Bremerton waterfront. Vendor booths, live entertainment and much more fun for the whole family. For a list of events go to

October Haunted Ship, Friday, Oct. 25 to Thursday, Oct. 31. Plan on having the wits scared out of you at this year’s USS Turner Joy’s Haunted Ship.

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Bremerton, with 39,051 residents as of the last official estimate, is the largest city in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. The U.S. Navy has been here since 1891 and continues to be the economic anchor and engine that makes this town tick. But a beautiful boardwalk, world-class water fountains and rock sculpture gardens, a theatre that consistently draws national headliners, more and more diverse dining options, museums and galleries and recreational opportunities galore are bringing back more and more visitors every year. Bremerton is only a 55-minute ferry ride from Seattle and many first-time and returning visitors get started there. Tucked



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in between the ferry terminal and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to the east is a Harborside Fountain Park featuring five large copper-ringed fountains, wading pools and impressive landscaping. The park is especially popular among tourists and locals alike during the warm summer months when kids and grownups can wade into the cool pools and get splashed by the fountains.

events and exhibitions. Admission is free.

Adjacent to and overlooking the park is the Puget Sound Navy Museum, dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of both the U.S. Navy and the general public. Patrons can explore the naval history of the region with exhibits of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the USS John C. Stennis and much more. The museum also offers a gift shop, research library and a children’s area, in addition to changing

The ship is open for tours throughout the year on a varying schedule (visit for details). An Overnighter Program allows visitors to remain on board overnight, enabling one to imagine what it was like while on a mission or in combat. Participants eat meals in the crew’s galley and sleep in the crew’s quarters. Memorial services are held aboard the ship as well as enlistment and re-enlistment ceremonies in addition to retirement

Folks that head the other direction from the ferry can explore a beautiful boardwalk, marina and floating break-water. At the west end of the boardwalk sits the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) which played a pivotal role in the Vietnam War and is now maintained and administered by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association.

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What happens in Bremerton JAN - DEC

First Friday Art Walks are held on the first Friday of the Month in downtown Bremerton from 5 to 8 p.m. A Charleston District Art Walk is also held on the fourth Saturday of each month from noon to 8 p.m. After the First Friday (Downtown & Manette) or Last Saturday (Charleston District) Art Walk, enjoy dinner and music! During the summer you’ll find concerts at Evergreen Park and rock and roll year round at the Manette Saloon just across the bridge, and entertainment at lots of other Bremerton venues.

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The Bremerton Farmers Market runs Thursdays and Sundays from May to October. On Thursdays, the market runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at Evergreen Park. On Sundays, the market runs at the Bremerton Ferry Terminal from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Bremerton’s Armed Forces Day Parade is the largest and longest-running event of its kind in the country. An estimated 40,000 active-duty service members, retirees and civilians gathered to witness the 64th annual Armed Forces Day Parade in 2012.

May 25-26: ceremonies. The Bremerton Harborside District is also home to two major hotels, several bars, restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses. There’s also a plethora of public parking available so that visitors can explore the area by foot. Just some of the downtown highlights include wonderful galleries, museums and a world-class theater. The historic Admiral Theatre was transformed by a magnificent renovation and reopened in 1997. The 1942 movie house is a one-of-a-kind performance venue for a wide variety of events. The main floor accommodates as many as 300 for sit-down dinners, or up to 500 in festival style or traditional theatre seating and 502 seats are available in the balcony.

Looking for a performance geared toward a slightly younger audience? The Evergreen Children’s Theatre/Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum are right around the corner. The children’s theatre conducts between three and five professional performances to the community each season. Some of the productions feature puppets and others feature live actors. The Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum features a collection of puppet styles from around the world. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Located at 257 Fourth Street in downtown Bremerton, the museum is named after Aurora Valentinetti, who was born in West Seattle in 1921. The daughter of Italian immigrants, Aurora earned her B.A. in 1943 and M.A. in 1949 in drama at the continued on page


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The Kitsap Harbor Festival marks the opening of the summer boating season and the Bremerton Marina fills up with boaters, tall ships, and the historic tug Comanche in Port Orchard or Bremerton. The festival draws boaters and visitors from outlying communities to partake in the various activities. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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What happens in Bremerton Aug. 31 - Sept. 2:

The Bremerton Blackberry Festival is held each year on the Labor Day weekend, rain or shine, on Bremerton’s boardwalk. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.

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Most people think of Silverdale when they think of Central Kitsap County. While Silverdale is surely a highlight, there’s more that makes up this part of the county. And there’s plenty to do and see here whether it’s a weekend activity for the family, or something special for visitors. Let’s begin in Silverdale. Silverdale is in the heart of Central Kitsap and although it’s not an incorporated city, it has a big variety of things to do. Old Town Silverdale, which was established in 1889, and now is home to Monica’s Bakery & Cafe, a sweet flower shop, craft and clothing stores, salons, a corner tavern and of course, the Silverdale Waterfront



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Park. It’s a great place to take a walk along the pier and see boats of all kinds. The park has plenty of parking spaces and a boat launch for those who want to try out the Dyes Inlet waters. There is a play area for the kids and the park makes for a terrific spot for picnics on a sunny day. And if needed, there’s a gazebo to keep picnickers out of the rain. For shopping, stop at Kitsap Mall at 10315 Silverdale Way NW. With 110 stores and food court stops, there’s a place for every taste. The mall boasts of the main departments stores including JC Penney, Macy’s, Sears and Kohl’s. If you brought your kids shopping with you, there’s a childrens’ play area that is the site of special events from time-to-time. At the holiday season, there’s even indoor snow.

It’s also the home to a local farmer’s market which is held outdoors from April to October and then moves inside. There’s plenty of fresh produce and arts to buy and there’s a free arts and crafts area for the kids. Many discount stores are located in strip centers surrounding the mall. Among them are Target, Michael’s and TJ Maxx. So take them in, too. As for getting something to eat, there are options for all. Silverdale has its own hometown brewery, Silver City Restaurant and Brewery, that’s located at 2799 NW Myhre Road, and serves up different beers from Scottish ales to a Bavarian Hefeweizen. The place has a complete dinner menu including sandwiches and pizzas. Hale’s Alehouse, located in Kitsap Mall, is also a good place to gather with friends to drink, eat and be merry.

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What happens in Central Kitsap June 1

Destruction Derby; Kitsap Fairgrounds

June 16

Fishing Derby — Island Lake County Park

June 22

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June 29 9th Annual Thunderbird Pro Rodeo, Kitsap Fairgrounds.

July 26-28 Whaling Days — Old Town Silverdale/ Silverdale Waterfront

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Sept. 7 and 21

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Sept. 28

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Fridays: November through May Silverdale Farmer’s Market, Kitsap Mall

Other eateries in Silverdale include chains such as Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Applebee’s and Red Robin for gourmet burgers. But if you’re needing to eat on the run, there’s a full array of fast food including Wendy’s and Burger King. And take in the specialty places that offer Japanese, Thai and Mexican dishes. If you’re looking for something more than shopping and eating, take a hike nearby on the Clear Creek Trail. Clear Creek Trail is now over six miles. It follows the creek on both sides from the estuary and loops around Harrison Medical Center to the east and has four or five looping trails in the North Valley. It’s a favorite of the locals because many kids and volunteer groups have helped with building the trail and maintaining it. This spring, area school children planted

budding trees to help create a great habitat for nature’s creatures. And not only has the trail been a community effort, it also provides visitors with a little bit of everything. At the northern end of the trail, there is the Silverdale Dog Park for furry friends to run around. Near the dog park there is a skate park for those who are ambitious enough to try some new tricks and flips. While walking along the trail, you may even happen upon a beaver or otter in the creek. For the bird watchers, be prepared to spot and identify an array of birds. The Central Kitsap Community Campus is nearby located west of the mall. It is designed to one day feature green spaces, parks and possibly a new library. But today continued on page


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In March 2014:

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Silverdale Whaling Days schedule July 26-28 Friday 10 p.m., Fireworks show Saturday 6:30 a.m., Rotary Pancake Breakfast 8:45 a.m., Whale of a Run — 5k race 10 a.m., Silverdale Dandy Lions Grand Parade Sunday 7 a.m., Tour de Kitsap — bike ride 8 a.m., Hui Hei Hei Wa’a Dyes Inlet Dash Hawaiian Outrigger races 3 p.m., Great Kitsap Duck Race


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it is home to the Haselwood Family YMCA. The 85,000-square-foot YMCA includes a pool, gymnasium, aerobic areas and youth center. One of the most important places in Central Kitsap to check out is the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Many programs are offered year-round. In late August, there is the Kitsap County Fair complete with carnival rides and food and animal exhibits. Car racing and collector’s shows take place at the fairgrounds as well as quilt shows, rockcollectors shows, and roller derby. Find out more by calling 360-337-5376. But don’t forget to explore beyond Silverdale. Try Brownsville to the east. Although primarily a residential area, Brownsville sits along the Burke Bay and the Port of Brownsville Marina offers the amenities of a large marina, but without the

crowds. There is ample moorage, restrooms, showers and a laundromat. The fuel dock has gasoline, diesel, lubricants and propane.

Wild rhododendrons are in bloom during spring and oysters can be harvested in season at the rocky beach.

There is also a sanitary pump-out station available for free. The Brownsville Marine and Deli serves food, beer and good company. The nearby Brownsville Yacht Club was established in 1971.

The Seabeck Conference Center on Seabeck Highway is a nonprofit organization that offers space for groups to rent including for retreats and meetings. At Christmas time, there’s even an Old Mill Town Christmas with a horse-drawn hayride for the public to enjoy.

Once a year the entire area comes together for Brownsville Appreciation Day on the fourth Saturday of September. It’s a time to celebrate the community and events include live music, boat rides and tours, face painting, and hot dogs. This year’s event will be Sept. 28. On the other side of Central Kitsap from Brownsville is Seabeck. Formerly a mill town, Seabeck has an even closer look at the Olympic Mountains along the Hood Canal. Scenic Beach State Park is a 20-minute drive from Silverdale and is an 88-acre camping park with 1,500 feet of saltwater beachfront.

Across from the conference center there is a quaint row of stores and food services, one which is Seabeck Landing General Store & Barbie’s Cafe. Among the others are: the Water’s Edge, a great place for a weekend getaway; BeTempted a boutique shop for women; Arkless Contemporary Art Gallery and Seabeck Pizza. Whether it’s just for a day, or even longer, Central Kitsap is a great place to enjoy nature, shopping and the wonderful people who live and work here.

Museums and history abound in Kitsap By Richard Oxley

No matter what part of Kitsap County you may travel there’s a museum just around the corner for your entertainment, education and enjoyment.


Visitors can step through the preserved entryway of the 1919 Washington School and take a stroll down “Main Street,” a permanent exhibit that features numerous local shop fronts dating from the early 1900s through mid-century. The Handson Gallery hosts one of the most popular artifacts in the museum: a working section of the Silverdale switchboard from Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company.

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era destroyer, is a Naval Memorial Ship Museum that can be toured from the boiler room to the bridge.

Admission is $4 adults; $3 seniors, youth (6-17 years) and students/military with ID (children 5 and under admitted free). Admission is free on the first Friday of each month.

The ship is the last of 18 Forrest Shermanclass destroyers and was built in Seattle and commissioned in 1959. Based solely in the Pacific Ocean, the USS Turner Joy served extensively in the Vietnam War and was one of the main ships involved in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

The Puget Sound Naval Museum offers a close-up look at life on the sea, important moments for the Navy in Puget Sound and the history of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

The Kitsap County Historical Society Museum presents a comprehensive look at Kitsap County history from the glacial age through World War II.

The museum is at 280 Fourth St., Bremerton.

Tuesdays through Saturdays, October through April. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day).

The museum’s collection numbers more than 18,000 artifacts, a permanent exhibit centers on the USS John C. Stennis, and portrays life onboard one of the Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Visitors can explore where sailors sleep, break bread, and how they spend their time and learn about the mission of an aircraft carrier and ship operations. Admission is free. The museum is at 251 First St., Bremerton, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. (Closed Tuesdays, October-April, and Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Easter.) The USS Turner Joy, a restored Vietnam-

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before it opened to the public as a museum in 1992. Located on the Bremerton waterfront at 300 Washington Beach Ave., is open for tours daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 adults; $10 seniors; and $7 for youth, with discounts for AAA members, the military and Tin Can veterans. Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum is a museum of theatrical puppets dedicated to puppetry, fun and education. The museum is named after Aurora Valentinetti, a performer, puppeteer, teacher, lecturer and author, and is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2013. It is now home to a collection of more than 1,400 puppets and related theater items. The museum showcases many different puppet types and different cultures from around the world. The museum is at 257 Fourth St., Bremerton. It is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Suggested donation is $2 for adults; $5 for families; $1 for students.

Port Orchard The Log Cabin Museum, located at 416 Sidney Ave. in Port Orchard, gives visitors a glimpse of home life in South Kitsap over the past century. The museum contains many artifacts from pioneer times to the present and is open to the public for tours during the summer months. The current exhibit is set in 1913, and shows the Orchard family (the family of mannequins that live in the Log Cabin) getting ready to welcome veterans for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Log Cabin Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, May through September. The Sidney Museum is located on the second floor of the building that houses the Sidney Gallery. The building, located at 202 Sidney Ave., dates to 1908 and was the first Masonic Temple in Port Orchard. The museum has vignettes of life in early South Kitsap on display, and includes scenes depicting a hardware store, a continued on page

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Port Gamble Visitors to Port Gamble can enjoy the sights, sounds and feel of the port’s milltown history by stepping inside the Port Gamble Museum, located right behind the landmark 1916 Port Gamble General Store. The museum presents displays thick with details of home life, as well many artifacts from the Pope and Talbot Timber Company, the mill that built the town,

including a list of the last employees of the saw mill. Exhibits include rooms fully furnished in 1800s fashion. From being onboard a ship sailing to Port Gamble to saw mills and

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Fun and competition on two wheels By Kipp Robertson

At first glance biking may not seem like a prominent activity in Kitsap County. Here and there a road cyclist will be peddling alongside traffic on the highway, or a group of cyclists can be seen unloading from a Washington State Ferry. But take some time to explore the backroads or trails in Kitsap, and there is no shortage for the opportunities for the two-wheeled sport. There are plenty of paved roads for cyclists in Kitsap to enjoy, with terrain that varies from nearly flat roads past farms, to steep hillclimbs. If someone peddled from Hansville, at the tip of the county, down past Port Orchard at the southern end, the views would range from wooded forests and panoramic views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, to urban sprawls. Though beginning cyclists and commuters can find their way without a very strenuous ride, there are options for those seeking a challenge. The annual Chilly Hilly bike ride on Bainbridge Island in February is one such challenge. Chilly Hilly offers 2,675-feet of steep cycling. The ride has kicked off the cycling season for 40 years. It is a 33-mile route around the island. Bicycling Magazine named Chilly Hilly “one of four classic rides” in the nation. And that is just one example.


In 2011, the first Seattle Echelon Gran Fondo was held in Kitsap. Don’t let the name fool you, the ride, which offered a 30-, 70-, and 100-mile route began in Kingston and toured the north end of the county and the Hood Canal. The Fondo raised more than $90,000 for LIVESTRONG and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Approximately 500 cyclists attended. The Gran Fondo — which means “big ride” — is the first bicycle ride by the nonprofit PlanetZ/Echelon to hit the streets of Kitsap. Other Fondo rides include Fort Collins Colo., Palo Alto, Calif., Hood River, Ore., Napa, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz. Often overlooked are what other areas around Kitsap can offer. A unique feature of cycling in Kitsap is the Washington State Ferries, which links residents in Kitsap to three areas across the Puget Sound. Ferry docks in Kingston, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, and Southworth connect riders to Edmonds, downtown Seattle, and Fauntleroy. There is also foot ferry access linking Port Orchard and Bremerton downtowns. One of the most interesting routes cyclists can try begins in West Seattle, and skirts Yukon Harbor to Port Orchard. Ride the foot ferry from Port Orchard to Bremerton, and it drops passengers just feet from the

Bremerton-Seattle ferry. If trails are what is on the menu, Kitsap has plenty of that as well. For mountain bikers, the most worthy trails can be found in the forest north of Poulsbo, in the Pope Resources forested land near Port Gamble and Kingston. Other notable mountain bike rides can be found at Green Mountain and Banner Forest. An example of just how popular mountain biking can get in Kitsap, the Stottlemeyer 30/60 Mile Mountain Bike Race draws competitors to the Pope land. The 2013 race was May 11. The race, now in its fourth year, is limited to 400 riders. A portion of proceeds go to the North Kitsap Trail Association that maintains the trails the race uses, along with other parks in the area. In 2012, $3,500 was raised. The race is not for beginners, as it is known as an endurance race, taking riders through difficult single-track and steep climbs. So if biking is on the to-do list for outdoor activities, don’t overlook Kitsap, it’s just a bike ride away. For more go to:

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lost in nature

On trails and in nature...hike! Anderson Landing — A loop outside Silverdale featuring approximately 68 acres of hiking trails and three scenic viewing areas. There is a trail head on NW Anderson Hill Road and Warren Road NW.

By Kipp Robertson

As an example of how important trails are to the Kitsap community, just take a look at the Kitsap Forest and Bay Coalition. The coalition has spent the past year-and-a-half raising money to preserve almost 7,000 acres of forest-land in the Port Gamble area for public open space and conservation. As of the end of March, the effort went into final negotiations. The coalition has until the end of March 2014 to raise as much money as possible for purchasing land. Much of the fundraising is focusing on a 1.8mile stretch of shoreline along the west side of Port Gamble Bay. In addition to the shoreline, funding requests have been awarded or are being considered to protect 60 miles of forested trails, rare trees in the wetlands at the North Kitsap Heritage Park, and a geoduck bed to the west of the mill site. “We’ll only get one chance at it. When it’s lost, it’s lost,” County Commissioner Rob Gelder said. There are countless access roads to explore. In the Pope Resources land near Port Gamble, for example, multiple orange gates signal the start of miles of explorable roads and trails. Just a few miles southeast of the Pope land, a network of trails has become a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts looking to hike a few miles, or just to take the dog for a stroll. The North Kitsap Heritage Park features more than four miles of trails, which takes explorers through the park and into Olympic property and along the White Horse public trail. The park is an example of the more maintained recreation areas in Kitsap. According to Kitsap County Parks and Recreation, there are eight main areas to explore:

Banner Forest Heritage Park — Walking and equestrian trails near Port Orchard include 635 acres of explorable terrain. The park features three marked ponds and marshes and dozens of looping trails. To get there, take Sedgwick Road to Banner Road and go south on Banner Road to the intersection of Banner and Overra Road. Battle Point Park — Bainbridge Island is host to 14 main trail systems. Of the most popular, Battle Point Park trails offer about 3.5 miles of trails that allow bikes. The park is surrounded by about 1.5 miles of equestrian trail. (www., for more information) Clear Creek Bike and Pedestrian Trail – This trail, completed in 2005, features a 1.4 mile, 10-foot-wide paved path along a portion of Clear Creek. The paved path connects to the Clear Creek Trail, which offers almost five miles of dirt trails through Silverdale. In all, the trails stretch from Silverdale Way to Trigger Avenue. It includes 16 marked points of interest as it follows Clear Creek into Dyes Inlet. The paved path can be accessed at the Silverdale Rotary Gateway Park. Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve — The 184 acre nature reserve includes eight trails of various length. The main access trail, which is approximately one mile long includes a big leaf maple tree forest and takes hikers over Old Sawmill Plateau. Seven other trails branch off from the main trail, none more than half-a-mile. The reserve offers beach access. The main trail can be accessed from Stavis Bay Road, off the Seabeck-Holly Road and Seabeck Highway.

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Hansville Greenway — The 265 acres of walking, equestrian and biking trails that make up Hansville Greenway is located on county property and trail easements. The trails, built and maintained by the Hansville Greenway Association volunteers, has a primary goal of protecting wildlife habitat and providing passive recreation. The trails take users past Buck Lake, Upper and Lower Hawk’s Pond and to the Hood Canal. The trails also go into Hansville itself, which provides beach access to the Puget Sound. Illahee Preserve — Walking trails inside 380 acres make this Bremerton recreation opportunity a must. The preserve features nine looping trails, which run along wetlands, and near the Rolling Hills Golf Course. Newberry Hill Heritage Park — The approximately 1,200 acres of public land was created in 2009. Kiosks, maps and trail markers help guide those new to the area. Work continues on the park, with new developments planned. The trail network passes Klahowya Secondary School and passes multiple open water wetlands, streams and ponds. Two main gates provide access, the Holly Gate located off the Seaback Highway and the Blue Gate, off Newberry Hill Road. North Kitsap Heritage Park — More than four miles of trail that passes through 443 acres of land. A total of seven trails offer access to forest that backs up to the White Horse Golf Club, through Olympic Property Group option property and connects Indianola and Kingston. Trails are marked with colors matching a map available on the county website. Trail heads can be found on Miller Bay Road, Norman Road and Indianola Road. For bike routes, visit PW/bikeplan.htm for a summary of routes through the county.




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From glass to brass, there’s art here By Megan Stephenson

Whether oil on canvas, abstract or expressionist pieces, multimedia installations, sculptures or photography, art lovers will not be disappointed by the volume of artist studios and galleries in Kitsap County. From Port Orchard to Kingston, on Bainbridge Island and around Liberty Bay, Kitsap hosts art walks, festivals and other artist celebrations year-round.


PORT ORCHARD Port Orchard hosts an Art Walk on the First Fridays of the month along Bay Street, beginning May 3. More than 20 artists set up their work inside and outside of businesses, and some artists will demonstrate their art. Many businesses serve food and beverages. The walk is very family-friendly. The Art Walk runs through October, hosted by the Port Orchard Merchant’s Association Art Walk.

BREMERTON/ SILVERDALE Old Town Silverdale hosts an Art Walk quarterly on the second Friday in March, June, September and December. The walk kicks off with an artist’s reception. Bremerton hosts two Art Walks for those that can’t get enough — the First Friday Art Walk along the waterfront, at Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue, and the Charleston District Art Walk on the fourth Saturday of the month,

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from noon to 8 p.m. Bremerton’s rich Arts District on the waterfront includes three museums, two performing art stages, numerous fine arts galleries, unique shops, eateries and venues featuring jazz and other live music. “We have artists in every corner of the county,” said Alan Newberg, co-founder of Collective Visions Gallery, one of the oldest cooperative galleries in Bremerton. “Our primary purpose is to provide a venue to see what the top artists in the West Sound area are doing,” he said of CVG.

Arts by The Bay) has been celebrated on the beautiful waterfront park in downtown Poulsbo for more than 22 years. This year’s festival will be held Aug. 16-18. The festival brings together an array of handmade arts and crafts, accompanied by food booths and live music and dance. There is something for all the family to enjoy including a children’s arts corner, original design jewelry, metal, ceramic, wood, and fabric art, plus raffles, art demonstrations and much more. North Kitsap artists also host a unique, self-guided studio tour in November, Art In the Woods. Visitors are invited into the actual studios to see and purchase current work, view demonstrations of the processes and visit with the artists. The tour, held Nov. 8-10, guides visitors through rural communities as nature shows off her own artwork.

POULSBO Mingle with artists, musicians and downtown merchants during Poulsbo’s Second Saturday Art Walk along Front Street. Many galleries host an artist’s reception for its monthly featured show, with a chance to talk with the artist and enjoy refreshments. Poulsbo also hosts a long running festival — the Poulsbo Arts Festival (previously

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KINGSTON Many artists set up their studios in the Kingston area, among quiet acreage boarding the Sound. Johnny Walker, local photographer and owner of Almost Candid Photo and Frame, also hosts a gallery of local artwork. “The art scene is vibrant, there are lots of skilled and very creative artists up here in a variety of media,” Walker said. “There is no shortage of great art in North Kitsap.” Kingston will also host the 54th annual Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival July 26-28, at Mike Wallace Park, an open green space right next to the ferry terminal. The festival hosts artist and food vendors for perusing, but the real entertainment is in the celebrations. The festival puts on a juried art exhibition and a student art show, and awards art scholarships. The festival also supports the Art Docent Program in public elementary schools. More information at continued on page



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Kitsap County is also home to two Native American reservations, whose artists contribute their own style of traditional and contemporary Native art. Local Tribal art is represented in art galleries, museums and festivals. The Suquamish Museum re-opened in their new, larger location off South Street last September, and their first temporary exhibit features contemporary native art, many from the Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes. Museum director Janet Smoak said the exhibit will extend through Chief Seattle Days, the third weekend in August. “You really do see all styles, both traditional and modern, reflected in their pieces,” Smoak said. “(Native art) provides a very unique and rich flavor to the local art scene.”

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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND As folks enter Bainbridge Island from the ferry terminal, they are greeted by the island’s new art museum at the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305. The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art plans to open June 14, and will feature local artists in its galleries. The 20,000-square-feet museum will have two art galleries, a bistro, conference room, two classrooms and a green rooftop garden and patio. The island also hosts two self-guided studio tours — the 13th annual summer tour August 9-11 and the 30th annual winter tour December 6-8. The Bainbridge Island Studio Tour attracts thousands of people a year, according to its organizers. Motorists and bikers are given maps, also available at, to explore the island and its many studios. Artists are on-hand for demonstrations and questions, as well as sales. Bainbridge’s main street, Winslow Way, also hosts the First Fridays Art Walk, 6-8 p.m. The galleries, eateries and shops stay open later, inviting folks in with artist receptions and sometimes live music.

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Home for golfing vacations By Chris Chancellor

The West Sound has long been a destination for golfers. In an effort to promote that, Bremerton’s Gold Mountain Golf Complex, and Port Orchard’s RMG Club at McCormick Woods and Trophy Lake Golf & Casting combined to form the Kitsap Golf Group. The offerings, now known as Kitsap Golf Vacations, have expanded to include five more courses — White Horse Golf Course in Kingston, RMG Club at the Classic (Spanaway)

and RMG Club at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club (Lakewood), Port Ludlow Golf Resort and Chambers Bay (University Place). Locally, golfers have the choice to lodge at Port Orchard’s Cedar Cove Inn, Bremerton’s The Baymont Inn & Suites or Hampton Inn & Suites and Silverdale’s Oxford Inn & Suites. Rates to play three championship rounds and lodging for two nights begin at $349.

deal with tourists from British Columbia.

“It just shows this is a very viable golf destination,” said McCormick Woods owner and general manager Shawn Cucciardi, adding that it is a popular

“It’s really the biggest event we’ve ever had,” former Gold Mountain director

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Gold Mountain has proved to be Kitsap’s destination for significant golf tournaments during the last decade. It was a global attraction as the Gold Mountain Golf Complex hosted the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur. It was the second national championship held on the City of Bremerton-owned complex’s Olympic Course, which hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship in 2006.

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of golf Scott Alexander said at the time. “It really is the preeminent junior tournament in the world.” He credited the United States Golf Association’s decision to return to the Kitsap Peninsula to the community. In addition to Gold Mountain’s prestige — Golf Week Magazine rated it as the best public course in the state from 2005-06 — he said USGA officials were impressed that 400 volunteers helped support the ’06 tournament. “It’s very seldom they will go to the same site twice,” Alexander said. “It’s a big pat on the back for our whole community pulling together.” One aspect that differentiates Gold Mountain from many places is that it features two separate courses. Both the Cascade and Olympic courses are 18 holes. And there also are annual passes, including some that allow the golfer to choose whichever course they want to golf on a particular day. Port Orchard’s McCormick Woods Golf Course opened in 1987. Cucciardi’s

18-hole course has nearby housing developments, but it is one of the area’s most decorated after being honored at the state level and nationally by Golf Digest several times. McCormick Woods continues to host a number of tournaments during the summer, including the 20th-annual Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Golf Classic, which is slated for June 24. Cucciardi’s course also features lessons for junior golfers that run from April through September. Its restaurant, The Clubhouse at McCormick Woods, was named as the best golf course restaurant in 2003 by Golf Northwest Magazine. When the weather has been cooperating, Cucciardi said business has been steady. Trophy Lake has been ranked among “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” by Golf Week and was also voted “Best Public Golf Course” by Seattle Magazine Reader’s Choice 2009. The course offers a true resort feel as rows of pine trees line the fairways instead of housing communities and the clubhouse is reminiscent of an old fishing lodge. To complete the experience, trout are

Rolling Hills Golf Course

stocked seasonally on two lakes which are embedded within the golf course with fishing rods available for rental. The course was designed by award-winning architect John Fought in 1999, and features sets of tees to accommodate players of all levels. The practice facility offers 40,000-square feet of natural turf, a chipping area and sand bunker for practice or warm up before playing a round. “We try and create an experience when guests visit Trophy Lake Golf and Casting,” general manager Lance Fong said. “It’s truly exciting to hear a guest get their first birdie on the golf course and catch their first trout after their round.” Tedd Hudanich, who has been the head golf professional at Bremerton’s Rolling Hills Golf Course for most of its existence, preaches value when marketing the 18-hole course. The course’s rates are cheaper than many of its competitors and there are discounts for juniors, seniors and active military. Hudanich notes that locals can play a round on a quality course without having to contend with increasing gas prices. “We have a very considerable population in a seven-mile radius,” he said. “We have potentially a shorter distance to drive and a less expensive price to pay.” White Horse, featuring stunning views of the mountains, was rated as one of America’s Best New Courses in 2007 by Golf Digest. After falling into foreclosure, White Horse reopened in late 2009 under ownership of the Suquamish Tribe. Director of Golf Bruce Christy has been busy since making upgrades, including the recent addition of a clubhouse that features The Cedar Ridge Grill restaurant.


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A place for all kinds of golfers By Wes Morrow

Out along one of the main thoroughfares in Central Kitsap County sits a place to suit all your outdoor leisure needs. If you’re feeling cooped up, or just want to get outside, Northwest Golf Range is the place to be. Northwest Golf Range offers a driving range where skilled and new golfers can practice their trade in comfort, hitting out into the rolling fields of Silverdale. Hundreds of yards of open range offer realistic drives for power shots and a number of closer holes to reign in your accuracy and practice your chipping. The range boasts double-tiered platforms, so whether you like to be close to the earth or up in the air you won’t be disappointed. For sunny days the top tier offers golfers a warm, sun-soaked environment to relax and swing away. And when the clouds inevitably roll in and the drizzle starts to fall, the lower tier serves as a welcome shelter from the elements. You can only drive for so long, however. So when the bucket runs out and the arm starts to feel sore, it might be time to think about one of Northwest Golf’s other attractions: its mini-golf course. Putting is one of the most important parts of any golfer’s game. And while it may be anything but traditional, what better way to wind down from a day of driving than to step onto the mini-golf course. Or, if your party ranges in age or interests, some can enjoy the driving range while others enjoy the mini-golf. Waterfalls, obstacles and tiny log tunnels dot the mini-golf course and challenge all comers. Despite the range’s name, Northwest Golf offers much more than just that. It’s true beauty rests in its variety. While there are no shortage of driving ranges in the Northwest, and still many that also offer mini-golf, there are few that offer batting cages and a full-size disc golf course. With so many options, every kind of golfer can enjoy Northwest Golf Range, even if your preferred golfing method takes place with a plastic disc and metal baskets for holes.

Northwest Golf sits off Highway 303 just outside Silverdale. The range’s entrance is a direct turn off the highway. If you’re coming from Highway 3, just take the Highway 303 exit and follow it a few miles east. If you’re coming from the ferry, simply

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take the Warren Avenue bridge into east Bremerton and stay on Wheaton Way. At the Bremerton city limits, the road will change to Highway 303 and the speed limit will rise to 50. From there it’s just a few miles to the range, on the right just after the long westward bend in the road.


Port Orchard By Danni Oliveaux

The home of county government, Port Orchard and the surrounding South Kitsap community is the undiscovered gem of Kitsap County. Originally platted in 1886 as Sidney, the city was re-christened to Port Orchard in 1892. In the years that followed, the population of the city and South Kitsap grew slowly. In 2009, McCormick Woods was annexed into the city and in 2012 the Bethel business corridor was annexed, bringing the city population to approximately 12,000. The population of the greater South Kitsap area is approximately 83,000. Mayor Tim Matthes states “the City of Port Orchard’s vision is to maintain the character and rural charm that South Kitsap is known for and make it the most livable city in Kitsap County.” Recently, the Port of Bremerton and the City


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of Port Orchard have partnered on several improvements including a new boat ramp at Water Street; a recently expanded Marina Waterfront Park downtown and the City is working on several segments of the Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway along the shoreline. Also slated to open in June 2013 is the Port Orchard Public Market — a year round Pike Place-style open-air market right in the middle of downtown Port Orchard. The market will feature fresh food, seafood vendors, a small stage and much more. “I am especially pleased with the strong group and association support for the city’s residents, tourists and business development,” Mayor Matthes said, “including a strong Port Orchard Bay Street Association, Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce and the Fathoms O’Fun Association.” Situated just across Sinclair Inlet from Bremerton -- the county’s current largest municipality, Port Orchard can be reached by driving south through Gorst along State

Route 16. Or better yet, take the passenger only “foot” ferry which runs at half-hour intervals from the Bremerton ferry dock to Port Orchard. The 10-minute trip to the Port Orchard Marina allows visitors to travel back 100 years to a time when cars were scarce and bridges nonexistent. In those days, the only way to transit Puget Sound was aboard a colorful flotilla of privately owned and operated ferries known as the Mosquito Fleet. The Carlisle II, which still carries passengers today, is one of the last remaining Mosquito boats. Once in Port Orchard, you’ll want to stroll through the quaint boutiques and antique shops in Port Orchard’s historic downtown business district. If you are in a vehicle then be sure and visit the other business districts in the community: in the Sidney/Sedgwick area, along the Bethel corridor, along Mile Hill, in East Port Orchard/South Park Village area and in Manchester. Not surprisingly, the downtown waterfront area is the focal point for much of what defines

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Community Calendar

What happens in Port Orchard May 25-26

Kitsap Harbor Festival

May 26

Seagull Calling Festival, Waterfront Marina Park

May 25-26

Murder Mystery Event, Waterfront Marina Park

May 31-June 1

South Kitsap Relay for Life, South Kitsap High School

May to August

Concerts by the Bay, Waterfront Marina Park  (usually Thurs. evenings)

June 24

Detlef Schrempt Golf Classic, McCormick Woods Golf Course

June 28-30

Fathoms O’Fun Summer Festival

June 29

Grand Parade, Downtown

July 4

Fathoms O’Fun Grand Fireworks,  Sinclair Inlet

July 10

Port Orchard Chamber South Kitsap Golf Classic Trophy Lake Golf & Casting

Port Orchard. Until early October, people flood to the annual Port Orchard Farmers’ Market each Saturday for fresh food, flowers and crafts. Starting in May, the Port Orchard Bay Street Art Walk is the first Friday of each month until October. Later in May, the Waterfront Marina Park is the site of the Chamber’s delightfully quirky “Seagull Calling Festival,” which includes a Seagull Calling Contest that awards prizes to those best able to attract the attention of the shore’s ever-present feathered guests of honor at the Waterfront Marina Park. Prizes are also awarded for costumes, and hundreds of visitors attend each year to take in the spectacle. It’s even been featured on national television. During the same event is the annual “Seagull Wings Cook-Off” that brings out both amateur and commercial contestants hoping to win the “bragging rights” for their wing recipes.

Fathoms O’ Fun also coordinates the annual Pirate themed Murder Mystery Event the same weekend. Starting in June, the Waterfront Marina Park will feature live, weekly outdoor concerts. A new state-of-the-art skate park, featuring a full pipe, is set to be open in June at the South Kitsap Regional Park. In late June and early July, the community’s signature festival, Fathoms O’ Fun, swings into action complete with a parade, vendors, horseshoe-pitching tournament and even a frog-jumping contest.

July 11-14

Chris Craft Rendezvous, Port Orchard Marina

July 28

Mustangs on the Waterfront, Port Orchard Marina

August 11

The Cruz-Classic Car Show & Festival by the Bay, Downtown

September 1

Taste of Port Orchard, Waterfront Marina Park

October 1

SK Rotary Beer and Wine with Wags, McCormick Woods

The event concludes with the region’s most spectacular fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

November 8-10

Later in the summer, downtown Port Orchard hosts The Cruz-Classic Car Show, one of the largest and best-attended displays of vintage automobiles in the Puget Sound

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Fathoms O’Fun Chocolate Festival, Port Orchard Pavilion Festival of Chimes and Lights. Chamber Holiday Pet Parade, Sinclair Inlet Yacht Club Christmas Lane, and Jingle Bell Run, Downtown


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region. The Festival by the Bay concurrently takes place.

Just up Beach Drive, past Annapolis, is another foot-ferry dock and in the same area you’ll encounter Retsil, home of the Washington State Veteran’s Home, with its commanding views of Sinclair Inlet and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.

In the fall, two new events will take place: the Rotary Wine Festival in early October and in early November the Fathoms O’Fun Chocolate Festival. The first weekend in December is filled with plenty of activities with the Festival of Chimes and Lights, the Chamber’s Holiday Pet Parade, Sinclair Inlet Yacht Club Christmas Lane and the Jingle Bell Run. But there’s so much more to South Kitsap

Next you’ll pass the community of Manchester, whose waterfront homes enjoy a jaw-dropping view of the Seattle skyline. Every summer, visitors enjoy more than the view, as Manchester hosts its annual Salmon Bake fund raiser for the local library.

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Thousands of passengers each day commute to jobs in the big city; and in turn, the Southworth terminal serves as the gateway to the Kitsap Peninsula for an equal number of Seattle visitors. At the southeastern edge of Kitsap County, it’s easy to miss Olalla, a rural enclave whose inhabitants value their privacy -- save for two occasions a year. In August, thousands of music buffs descend to spend a sunny afternoon soaking up the Olalla Bluegrass Festival -- one of the largest and most respected events of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. At the other end of the spectrum, thousands more visitors return to Olalla every Jan. 1 to ring in the New Year by taking the traditional Polar Bear Plunge into the icy waters of Olalla Bay.

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