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Let’s discover what’s here By Leslie Kelly

If you ask a dozen people what makes Kitsap County so great, you’ll likely get a dozen different answers. That’s because Kitsap County is a unique mix of people and places. According to U.S. government data, there are 251,133 people who call Kitsap County home. The median age of a Kitsap County resident is 38. Eighty-three percent of residents live in urban areas, while 17 percent live in more rural settings. Blue collar workers account for 67 percent of those who work here, and the median income is $76,263. There are 99,189 households and there are 2.45 people per household, on the average; 67,053 households have no children. Among residents of Kitsap County, 23 percent are college graduates and 53 percent of residents are married. Statistics aside, there’s a lot more to Kitsap County than numbers. For the record, Kitsap County averages 39 inches of rain a year. And when it comes to

water, there’s plenty of it. With more than 250 miles of accessible shoreline in the county, virtually every community has a place where residents and visitors alike can go boating, fishing, crabbing, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving or just spend the day on the beach. If you’re more of a land-bound person, try out one of the world-class golf courses. Play a game of Ultimate at a park, or take a hike on one of the county’s scenic trails. Check out military displays or see Native American artifacts at a museum. There are many parks for walking and, for the younger set, spend some time at a skatepark. In our beautiful cities, find places to browse for everything from seashell wind chimes to take home as a souvenir, to trendy clothing, a good book by a Northwest writer, or maybe even an antique anchor from a Pacific Northwest ship. New, old, nicknacks clothing or Northwest-themed items, we have it all. Merchants are friendly and ready to help you and direct you wherever you want to go. Speaking of directions, you don’t have to look

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It was in 1852 that the first non-native settlers arrived in Kitsap County at what is now Kingston. Timber and fishing have been some of the things that have kept the local economy going throughout the years. In 1891, when Puget Sound Naval Station Bremerton was established, we added the U.S. military to our economy. Today, Naval Base Kitsap, including Bremerton, Keyport, and Bangor, is a major economic force and provides nearly 35,000 jobs, both military and civilian.

far for a great place to eat, get a coffee, or indulge in a special sweet treat. Kitsap County has plenty of places to get fine cuisine, taste locally brewed beer or local wine, snack on a donut, ice cream, or even a piece of fudge.

If you’re lucky enough to live here, or arrive here on a holiday weekend, there’s plenty to do. Our cities host special festivals almost year-round, include those on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. Each celebration has

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Outdoor adventures, shopping and even working are just some of the ways to enjoy Kitsap County. But don’t forget to just take a moment, or maybe even a day, to enjoy the nature that surrounds you. Water, forests, mountains and gardens — they’re all here for you to see. We hope you enjoy your 2017 Discover Kitsap guide to Kitsap County, whether you live here, work here, or are just visiting. Happy exploring.


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Living life outdoors, Kitsap has something for everyone By Sara Miller

CAMPING For those who enjoy camping, a highlight in Kitsap is KITSAP MEMORIAL STATE PARK. Located at 202 N.E. Park St. in Poulsbo, Kitsap Memorial State Park is a 58-acre camping park with 1,797 feet of saltwater shoreline with facilities for group and individual recreation, weddings and overnight stays. The park offers beautiful natural surroundings and sweeping views of Hood Canal. Grassy play fields and children’s play equipment, a saltwater beach with tide pools and shellfish harvesting opportunities are highlights of this park. Wedding day-use facilities and a vacation house are available for overnight rental. This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass. Reservations are accepted year round.

Other camping opportunities include: FAY BAINBRIDGE PARK 15446 Sunrise Drive NE, Bainbridge Island

17-acre marine camping park with 1,420 feet of saltwater shoreline on the northeast corner of Bainbridge Island. Reservations are accepted year round.

DEWATTO CAMPGROUND 2501 NE Dewatto Road, Tahuya

The Port of Dewatto maintains a natural and primitive campground available year around with 60 campsites, about 40 minutes drive-time from Belfair on the Kitsap Peninsula. The campsites are nestled among tall evergreen trees at the confluence of the Dewatto River and White Creek. You can drive or walk the Dewatto River 3/4-mile to the saltwater beach on Dewatto Bay, which is part of Hood Canal. Features include camping, hiking, fishing and shellfish.

ILAHEE STATE PARK 3540 N.E. Sylvan Way, Bremerton

Illahee State Park is a 75-acre marine camping park with 1,785 feet of saltwater frontage on Port Orchard Bay. The park has plenty of parking space, lots of fresh air, facilities for a number of outdoor activities and access to a variety of water sports. One of the largest yew trees in the nation grows in this park. The park is opened year round for camping and day use.

BELFAIR STATE PARK 3151 N.E. Highway 300 Belfair

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A seven-acres park featuring saltwater beach access, public boat launch, picnic shelter and playground. Each year, the dock is installed in April and removed in October. The actual dates of installation and removal are determined by the weather and the tides. Camping limited to Cascadia Marine Trail.


Four sleeper cabins, each sleeps five. Log furniture, fire pit and picnic table. Water at site and restrooms nearby. Located in Kitsap Memorial State Park. Make reservations direct with the park.

SCENIC BEACH STATE PARK 9565 Scenic Beach Road NW, Seabeck

Scenic Beach State Park is an 88-acre camping park with 1,500 feet of saltwater beachfront on Hood Canal. The park is

known for its wild, native rhododendrons and stunning, clear-day views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. ADAcompliant paths lead visitors to a country garden, gazebo, rustic bridge and huge trees. Campsites 25-50 are closed Oct. 1 and reopen May 1.


This scenic 475-acre marine camping park with five miles of saltwater beach shoreline provides magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. The park is only reachable by tour boats or private boats. It is open year round.

Hiking & Walking The Kitsap Peninsula offers walks and hikes for all levels of hikers. If you’re looking for a day hike or a weekend challenge, there is one for you.


On Day Road West, Manzanita Park is a 120-acre recreational complex with 2.27 miles of self-guided trails through diverse woods and wetlands.

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Of the 14 main trail systems in Bainbridge, Battle Point is one of the most popular offering roughly 3.5 miles of trails that allow bikes.The park is surrounded by 1.5 miles of equestrian terrain.


The forest is split into two, three-mile trail systems. The Grand Forest East can be accessed from Mandus Olson Road. Grand Forest West can be accessed from Miller Road. For those feeling adventurous, trails link from the forests to other areas of the island.


This park offers more than six acres of saltwater beach access, picnic areas, demonstration gardens and marked trails.

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, have 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 Hood Canal.


More than four miles of trail that passes through 443 acres of land. Seven trails offer access to forest that backs up to the White Horse Golf Club, Indianola and Kingston. Trails are marked with colors matching a map, which is available on the county website. Trail heads can be found on Miller Bay Road, Norman Road and Indianola Road.






Located south of Seabeck and west of Bremerton, Green Mountain offers 13 miles of trails and recreation. Along with hiking, there is mountain biking, horseback riding and other opportunities for visitors. Walking Trails inside 380 acres make this recreation opportunity a must. The preserve feature nine looping trails, which runs along wetlands near Rolling Hills Golf Course.


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 annually. 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 Seabeck Highway and the Blue Gate off Newberry Hill Road.


A restored farmhouse is the anchor for this park with walking trails, a play area and picnic areas.


A small park on Liberty Bay that offers wildlife and bird watching, as well as waterfront walks.


The 265 acres of walking, equestrian

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. The trails stretch from Silverdale Way to Trigger Avenue and includes 16 marked points of interest as it follows Clear Creek into Dyes Inlet.

Forest trails, children’s playground, ballfields, batting cages, horseshoe courts, paintball, miniature railroad, basketball, volleyball, picnic shelter and a skate park make up this expansive park. Walking and equestrian trails include 635 acres of explorable terrain. The park features three 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.


The 184-acre nature reserve includes eight trails of various lengths. 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.


A loop 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.


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CYCLING The Kitsap Peninsula offers hundreds of miles of cycling routes for recreational and professional cyclists. With the help of the Kitsap Peninsula’s Cascade Cycle Club, which boasts of more than 15,000 members, competitive bike races are growing as are other biking events throughout the year. The area is known for the Northwest Epic Series Stottlemeyer 60/30 race, the Chilly Hilly, Kitsap Color Classic, Fred Hutchinson Obliteride and Ride around Puget Sound.

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ing view on clear days. It has the most height for riding downhill. These trails will challenge riders with its technical sections. The main trail is “Wildcat” with 4.5 miles to Green Mountain Vista. A shorter, less known access trail is Gold Creek. It’s a 2.5 mile route to the Vista. From the same parking lot at Gold Creek is the TIN MINE TRAIL. It’s swampy in wet season, and it’s even more challenging with some jumps. PORT GAMBLE TRAILS is a single track with something for everyone of all experience levels. BANNER FOREST in the Port Orchard area is a tight, flowing single track through trees and dirt hills. It has the least amount of fire roads and more trails packed into an area than one can believe is possible. KLAHOWYA HERITAGE PARK has great trails to practice technical riding and is great for shorter rides. Riders can see the entire place in a couple hours, but it will keep you on your toes and leave you with an urge to return for more. ILLAHEE PRESERVE is another great area to ride when time is limited but you need a forest fix for the day. Easily located in east Bremerton.

Other trails include:

North Kitsap Bike Tour: a 25-mile ride that has a bit of everything. Start in Poulsbo or take Highway 305 from the Bainbridge Ferry. Poulsbo/Port Gamble Loop Ride: 36 miles, some hills, mostly rolling. One of the loop options of the Cascade Bicycle Club. Central Kitsap Bike Tour: A 20 mile loop ride through central Kitsap, including the Central Valley. Indianola Loop Ride: A 14-mile ride with some hill, mostly rolling. Hansville Loop Ride: A 25-mile ride with some hills, one which is very steep. To learn more about any of these trails, contact West Sound Cycling Club in Silverdale at 360-779-1819, or www.westsoundcycling.com.

KAYAKING Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced kayaker, there’s a place for you to enjoy in Kitsap County. With more than 250 miles of saltwater shoreline, numer-

Annie LaValle ous bays and inlets, the beautiful Hood Canal and many small lakes, take time and put your kayak in the water. According to John Kuntz, owner of Olympic Outdoors Center, nearly 7,000 paddlers visit the Kitsap Peninsula each year and generate $1.7 million in support for local businesses. Kuntz is a board member of the visitor and convention bureau, and the North Kitsap Trails Association. He shares his organization’s vision that trails can educate users and the public about the fragility of the region’s natural environment, and our role in protecting it. That, and getting out on the water is fun. “Puget Sound is recognized as one of the premier locations for paddling in the world,” Kuntz said, “and Kitsap County has some of the best paddling in Puget Sound. “We have beautiful places all around us to paddle. You can see mountains everywhere and there’s lots of marine life. There’s always something to see and do.” Many people who go out on the water combine the adventure with fishing or even photography, he said. “Combine that with a nice overnight at a bed and breakfast, and you’ve got a great little vacation.” The Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails showcases miles of coastline on the Puget Sound and some of the most spectacular marine environment on the planet, Kuntz said. The trail is a destination for paddlers and visitors from around the globe because of its unique marine en-

vironments, the natural scenic beauty of mountains and sound, migrating marine mammal populations, and friendly and inviting ports and towns steeped in tradition. The trail is part of the larger Cascadia Marine Trail in Washington state founded in 1993 and was also designated in 2014 as part of the National Trails System, administered by the National Park Service. The trail is divided into 13 segments, each with its own unique brand of paddling and adventures. The northern trails, outside of the protected bays and inlets, are more exposed to the open waters of Puget Sound and thus require greater paddling skills but provide some of the most spectacular wildlife encounters. Paddling in and around orca whales, gray whales, humpback whales, harbor porpoise, California seal lions and numerous other marine species can be had throughout the year. Marine mammals migrate seasonally with their food supplies, so it’s best to go looking for them when they are most likely to be around, he said. Some favorite paddling locations are Port Gamble Bay, Miller Bay and Hood Head on the west side of Hood Canal. The central trails, protected by more land masses, are ideal for day outings and family adventures. The central sound contains many more bays and inlets that terminate in lovely historic port towns. Poulsbo, Silverdale and Port Orchard are a few favorites that have easy access and lots of amenities like hotels, restaurants and shopping

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for that after-paddle rendezvous. Poulsbo is home to one of the largest seal rookeries in the sound with upwards of 150 seals from May through September that can be viewed from the water or nearby parks. The southern trails, having more islands than any other segment and numerous state parks and on-water camping, are ideal for multi-day paddling trips. Harstene, Hope and Anderson are but a few of the more popular destinations. The south also offers some of the best birding. Many of the inlets are as natural today as when Capt. George Vancouver first explored in 1792. With their tree-lined hills reaching to the water, making for quiet backwaters where flotillas of waterfowl, seals and the occasional whale can be seen. The Hood Canal trails are a far cry from the meandering island trails of the north, central and south Puget Sound, Kuntz said. The hook shaped canal boasts some of the region’s most spectacular year round scenery. Hood Canal makes for the perfect multiday paddling trip with six state parks and numerous private campgrounds providing for overnight destinations. To paddle its full 65 miles would take about five days. Favorite stops are Belfair, Seabeck, Hoodsport, Brinnon and Union. For more go to www.VisitKitsap.com/ WaterTrails. The Silverdale Waterfront also offers 17 acres of picnic and beach area, where kayaks can be put in the water. Rentals are available in the summer months. A new kayak landing area was opened nearby at the Port of Tracyton. Stop and have lunch at the nearby tavern, or picnic on the beach. An area to lock up your kayak is available so you can take time to enjoy the little town of Tracyton. Events: Paddle Kitsap is an annual event where paddlers venture from Bainbridge Park to Liberty Bay through the Agate Pass on a strong incoming tide that will propel you with ease to our destination. The 2017 event is Aug. 5. Go to the events page at www.olympicoutdoorcenter.com for more information and a full schedule of events.

Rent or buy kayaks:

Olympic Outdoor Center, locations in Port Gamble, Poulsbo, Silverdale. 360-2974659, www.olympicoutdoorcenter.com. Hood Canal Adventures, 360-898-2628, www.hoodcanaladventures.com. North Bay Kayaking, Allyn, 360-5352198, www.allynkayak.com.

Kayaking clubs: Olympic Kayak Club, www.olympickayakclub.com. Sound Rowers, www.soundrowers.org. Washington Kayak Club, www.washingtonkayakclub.org.

SWIMMING Whether you like to take a dip in an indoor pool or put your feet in the water at a sandy beach, there’s a place for both in Kitsap County. Bremerton Evergreen Rotary Park is 10 acres with 1,900 feet of public access shoreline for swimming. The park is filled with great places to have a picnic shoreside or just lay in the sun. Also in Bremerton is the Glenn Jarstad Aquatic Center, which is operated in partnership with the YMCA. Contact the YMCA at 360-337-3741 for membership and aquatic program information. The Glenn Jarstad Aquatic Center is located at 2270 Schley Blvd., Bremerton. In Port Orchard, take a swim at the Long Lake County Park and Community Center at 5100 Long Lake Road SE. There’s lake access and a swimming area. Checkout www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Parks/pages/ regionalparks/long_lake_cc.htm for hours and events. Swimming is also allowed at Wildcat Lake County Park at 9205 Holly Road NW, in Bremerton as well as at Kitsap Lake Park near Bremerton. In Central Kitsap, take a dip in Dyes Inlet from the Silverdale Old Town park. There’s a sandy and rocky beach, and places to rest in the warm sun. But if you’d rather swim indoors, try the Bainbridge Aquatic Center at 8521 Madison Ave. N. There are two pools, Ray Williamson Pool and Don Nakata Pool, both housed at the aquatic center. A variety of programs and services are offered by the Bainbridge Island Parks Department. Such services include swim lessons for youth and adults, youth swim team, adult swim team, lap swimming, leisure swimming and a variety of innovative aquatic fitness classes that cater to all ability levels. The Ray Williamson Pool is a six lane 25-yard pool and was built in 1970 as an outdoor pool. In 1977 a roof was added to fully enclose the pool. The Don Nakata Memorial Pool was built in 2001, and is a 360,000 gallon pool that includes a 180-foot wa-

ter slide, lazy river, sloped beach entry, tot pool, water features, toddler frog slide, one-and three-meter diving boards and four 25-yard lap lanes. The facility also has a spa, steam and sauna rooms. Several area athletic clubs have indoor pools as well. Go by and ask for a visitor’s pass to swim.

SCUBA DIVING It’s not Florida, but Washingtonians do scuba dive. Most people don’t think about the Pacific Northwest when planning a scuba diving trip, says Jim Gunderson, a local diver. They typically think Hawaii, the Caribbean or Belize. However, there are hidden treasures right here in Kitsap. With the colder water here, there are more nutrients, which scuba divers k n o w brings more l i f e . The sheer amount of diverse underwater life is amazing. According to Gunderson, there’s the plumose anemone, a wide variety of Nudibranchs — each of which is absolutely beautiful. There’s seals and ling cod, Dungeness and rock crabs and the largest sea stars in the world with the pink Pacific sea star and the sun star. And don’t forget the Giant Pacific Octopus. All of these are here in the waters of Kitsap County, as are a number of ship wrecks, he added. Great dive sites throughout Kitsap County include Rockaway Beach or Blakely Harbor on Bainbridge Island, Seabeck, Harpers Pier in Port Orchard and many others, he said. “Diving in these waters is not without its challenges. The water is colder, so a diver needs a thicker wetsuit or preferably a drysuit. If you are a diver and new to the area, it’s recommended you join a dive club, or go to a dive shop or take a dive tour guide to orient yourself to these waters,” Gunderson said. See him at Hula Kai Adventures LLC in Kingston, or go to www.hulakaiscuba.com. Sound Dive in Bremerton is another great resource for anyone who wants to know about scuba diving in and around


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Kitsap. Octopus, crab, sea slugs — a plethora of marine life lies just underwater off the Peninsula’s miles and miles of shoreline. Diving is best during the winter when the water is clearer. Puget Sound boasts one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, and the geography around the Puget Sound basin fosters an extremely rich and unique underwater environment. Only those who take the plunge will see the vast variety of marine life and abundant color that is just off our beaches. Favorite dive spots of local scuba divers include Manchester, Harper Pier, Illahee Dock, Fort Ward, Port Washington and the Hood Canal. Bainbridge has scuba diving at Point White Pier, where the historic former Mosquito fleet was once docked. Kitsap Memorial State Park near Poulsbo also is a beautiful setting for scuba diving. Other resources for divers are Sound Dive Center, www.sounddivecenter.com, 5000 Burwell St., Bremerton, 360-3736141; or Exotic Aquatics Scuba and Kayaking, www.exoticaquaticsscuba.com, 328 Madison Ave. N., Suite B, Bainbridge Island, 206-842-1980.

SKATE PARKS Put on your skates or grab your skateboard. There are several challenging skateboard parks to choose from including the South Kitsap Skate Park, Port Orchard, which has 7,000 -square-foot bowl, a 7,700 square-foot plaza and a 16-foot full pipe. The skate park is always busy with young people trying to improve their skills. It’s a great place to skate, or to watch skateboarders. It’s part of the multipurpose South Kitsap Regional Park. In Silverdale, the Kitsap Skate Park at Silverdale Way and Wagga Way includes a pyramid, quarter pipe and 7-foot bowl. Near to the Clear Creek Trail, this park offers lots of opportunities for fun for the entire family. And there’s parking nearby. Island Lake Skate Park at 12500 Camp Court NW, in Poulsbo is a 10,000 square-foot skate park, fully covered with lights and sound system. It boasts of an intricate and diverse street course. Kingston, too, has a half-acre skate park at 24700 Linvog Road NE. And there’s a great indoor skating rink in Bremerton SkateLand at 1740 NE Fuson Road, Bremerton; Phone: 360-479-7655.

DOG PARKS Don’t pass up the Howe Farm County Park on Long Lake Road in Port Orchard. The Howe Farm County Park has a historic farm, walking trails, off-leash dog area and parking lot in a total of 83 acres. To get there, take Highway 16 to Sedgwick. Travel east on Sedgwick about three miles to Long Lake Road. Howe Farm is located on Long Lake Road between Mile Hill Drive and Sedgwick. This is a great place to take your dog and is especially friendly to smaller dogs. Bring your own water for your pooch, and be ready to stay awhile as you and your four-footed friend walk through nature at its best, crossing wooden bridges and stopping to smell

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86th Annual


June 10th-18th “HONORED TRADITIONS. FUTURE VISIONS” You and your family are invited to join us in celebrating the 86th Annual Strawberry Festival in Marysville, WA! This is the largest festival in Snohomish County! So many fun activities such as: • Berry Fun Run • Market in the Park/Car Show / Carnival • Fashion Show • Grand Parade followed by Fireworks Show

We look forward to seeing you and your family the 3rd week in June!

For more information, please visit:

www.maryfest.org marysvillestrawberryfestival Made Possible in Part by The Marysville Hotel-Motel Tax Fund

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choose to pursue. Fishing options range from trout in local lakes to hard fighting coho salmon fresh from the ocean.

Tony Houck the forest. Don’t forget to bring along your poo bags, too. Poulsbo’s Frank Raab Park, 18349 Caldart Ave., has a smashing view of the Olym-

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pic Mountains. Near a community garden and picnic shelter is this off-leash area, with two different fenced sections for pups to play in. There are water bowls for the dogs and a bench for their counterparts. Eagledale Park, at 5055 Rose Ave. on Bainbridge Island, is a one-acre grassier version of Poulsbo’s off-leash area with a nearby labyrinth and tennis court. In Bremerton, Bark Park, at 1199 Union Ave., is a small, flat canine oasis near the play fields of Pendergast Regional Park on Union Avenue. The land is mostly dirt, rock and cropped grass, and a trail circumvents the area. Bremerton Evergreen Rotary Park at 1400 Park Ave. also is dog-friendly. And while in Silverdale, check out the Silverdale Dog Park, 11601 Silverdale Way NW. It’s a great place to let your dog run around off leash.

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Poulsbo Village • Easy Access on Hwy 305

(360) 394-1599

Kitsap life entails nothing short of numerous opportunities for the angler looking to cast a line. Kitsap County has so many beautiful fishing options, the seasons fluctuate, and so does the quarry anglers

Year round options include Kitsap and Island lakes, both stocked with healthy populations of feisty rainbows each year. Fly anglers looking to wet a line will find solitude and plenty of willing biters at Island Lake. Buck Lake, located close to the quaint town of Hansville opens during the lowland lake trout season in late April. Fly fishing and gear anglers find this gem of a lake to offer up many willing takers. Stop into the Hansville General Store after a morning of fishing and grab a reuben sandwich — they’re delicious! July 1 is traditionally the start of summer crabbing season. These iron clad creatures of the deep are pursued in all areas of Puget Sound and Hood Canal. Hot spots to try include Misery Point and Seabeck in Hood Canal. The Misery Point boat launch is a great spot to launch small car topper boats or kayaks. Crabbing is available right in front of the launch or south and north of the launch. Look for other pots as clues to where hot spots might be. Spots in Puget Sound range from Kingston all the way to Point No Point. Ledges and drop offs ranging from 40-150 feet of water will hold crab — success lies in quality bait, gear and the right location. July marks the opening of coho, pink and chinook salmon fishing in Puget Sound. Gear anglers trolling out of boats will find chinook salmon spread throughout Puget Sound. Best bets include Point No Point, Kingston and Jefferson Head, which will all produce nice catches. Fly and gear anglers fishing from Point No Point will have excellent opportunities to catch inbound pink and coho salmon. More than 7 million pink salmon area expected to return to Puget Sound this year — that’s 7 million more chances at hooking a salmon than a non-pink year. Key times to fish in Kitsap County are daylight, tide changes and dusk. Salmon are aggressive and feed on baitfish during these peak productivity periods. Fly

DISCOVER KITSAP 2017 anglers will have success using different variations of clouser patterns, retrieved quickly. Gear anglers can catch both coho and pink salmon on buzz bombs, small Point Wilson darts and herring. Herring will be by far, gear anglers most productive bait. A cut plug herring casted out and retrieved slowly will entice even the laziest of salmon. Perhaps Kitsap County’s best kept secret is the native sea-run cutthroat that inhabit our near shore habitat along our beaches. Fly anglers have pursued these feisty cutthroat for years, carefully catching and releasing them. Cutthroat travel along beaches in water ranging from 6 inches to more than 12 feet deep. Fly and gear anglers can fish for these spectacular cutthroat, but no bait is allowed and single barbless hooks are required.

Ou Su t db oj eo cr st Best boating sites, according to VisitKitsap.com:

Trophy Lake & Golf Casting, Port Orchard; Anna Smith Park, Bremerton; Silverdale Waterfront Park, Silverdale; Point No Point Lighthouse and Park, Hansville; Buck Lake County Park, Hansville; and along the Hood Canal. The best shrimping and crabbing in the area is along the Hood Canal, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.(www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing).

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Limits are Dungeness Crab - 6.25 inches, five males and you must retain back shell while in the field. Fishermen must release all soft shell females. A catch record card is required. For red rock crab of five inches, the limit is six crabs of either sex, and you must retain back shell while in the field.between Bremerton and Port Orchard. For more go to www. kitsapharbortours.com.

Shrimping season begins in May. There is a daily limit of 80 shrimp. Shrimp heads may be removed while in the field, prior to coming ashore. The minimum mesh size for shrimp pots is 1” mesh.

Best spots to try include out in front of Lions Field in Bremerton, Hood Canal around Salisbury County Park and Twanah State Park in Belfair.

From June 1 through Oct. 15, the daily limit is 10 pounds, heads and tails, of all shrimp species combined. Shrimp heads may be removed, but must be retained while in the field, until ashore and finished fishing for the day.

Enjoy Kitsap’s many fishing and outdoor options, there are relatively few places in the world where one can pursue so many unique fishing opportunities all in one day.

Crab season officially opens in June and includes Dungeness and Red Rock Crab, all fishing methods.

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Yukon Harbor | Harper Boat Kayak Launch, Parking


Blake Island State Park


Boat Launch, Parking, RR


Belfair State Park

Boat Launch, Pkg, Store, Camp

Kayak Launch, Rentals, Parking,


Port of Allyn* | Dock

Boat Launch, Parking, Store


Overnight Moorage

Town, Store A3

Hood Canal Dr

Shore Access


Twanoh State Park

Boat Launch, Pkg, Store, Camp


Hood Canal Place Rd End

Shore Access


Misery Point Boat Launch

Boat Launch, Parking


Twin Spits Rd End

Kayak Launch, Parking


Seabeck Marina

Boat Launch, Parking, Store


Norwegian Point Park

Kayak Launch, Parking


Kitsap Memorial Park

Parking, Restroom, Camping


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

E4-c E4-d

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*

Parking Kayak Launch,

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Agate Pass Bridge East Side Sanwick Street Rd End North Street Rd End West Pt Madison Nature Preserve Hidden Cove Park T’chookwop Park NE Lafayette Ave Rd End Fay Bainbridge Park

B9 B10 B12-b B12-c

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

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

Strawberry Park Japanese Memorial Park Pritchard Park Rockaway Beach Park Blakely Harbor Park Fort Ward Park Fort Ward Park

B21-b B23 B25 B26 B27 B28 B29 B30 B31 B33 B34

Wharf Street Rd End Schell Chelb Estuary Point White Dock Westwood Rd End Gazzam Lake Park Fletcher Landing Battle Point Fairy Dell Park Dock Street Rd End Hidden Cove Rd End Seabold Rd End

Kayak Launch, Parking Kayak Launch, Parking Shore Access Kayak Launch, Parking Parking, Restrooms Shore Access Kayak Launch, Parking Parking, Restrms, Showers, Camping Kayak Launch, Parking Kayak Launch, Parking Shore Access Parking, Restrooms, Dock, Town, Lodging Kayak Launch, Parking Parking, Restroom Parking, Restroom Kayak Launch, Parking Kayak Launch, Parking, RR Shore Access Parking, RR, Launch, Camping Kayak Launch, Parking Shore Access Kayak Launch, Parking, RR Shore Access Shore Access Shore Access Shore Access Shore Access Kayak Launch, Parking Kayak Launch, Parking Parking

For water trail & boating events services, gear rentals, amenities, lodging, dining and things to do 24/7.

kitsappeninsulawatertrails.com Note: This is the original map and does not include all of the excellent new water trail locations that will be identified by members of the Kitsap Water Trails Alliance made up of representatives from local municipalities, tribes, user groups and businesses in Kitsap, Pierce and Mason Counties. A new map in in progress. Map produced by Visit Kitsap Peninsula/KC/KP National Water Trails Alliance.




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Ways to get around the sound By Leslie Kelly with information from Kitsap Transit

The Kitsap Peninsula is heavily dependent on bridges and ferries. Visitors arriving by ferry can take Washington State Ferries (WSF) or, starting in July, Kitsap Transit (KT). WSF offers auto-ferry service connecting downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island (est. crossing time: 35 minutes) and Bremerton (60 minutes); WSF also operates the Kingston-Edmonds and Southworth-Fauntleroy routes. KT’s passenger-only ferry service, which is anticipated to launch in July, offers halfhour trips between downtown Seattle and Bremerton; due to high demand, reservations for seats on KT’s fast ferry are recommended. Both ferry services accommodate bicycles.


Washington State Ferries: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries: www.kitsapferries.com Puget Sound Area Travel Alerts: www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/ PugetSound.aspx


Kitsap Transit offers bus service on weekdays and Saturdays. One-way cash fare is $2; eligible seniors, disabled, youth and low-income pay half price. ORCA cards are accepted.

Local buses provide a great way to tour the area by foot and get tips on places of interest from drivers and riders. Here are just a few examples: Bainbridge Island: During off-peak hours, visitors can hop aboard KT’s ondemand service called BI Ride, which makes scheduled stops at the ferry terminal, Lynnwood Center, and Bloedel Reserve. Tell the driver where you want to go. For curb-to-curb service, visitors can call (1-844-4BI-RIDE) at least two hours in advance. Weekdays: Pickups begin at 9:15 a.m. Final drop-offs at the ferry at 3:50 p.m. Saturdays: Pickups begin at 10:35 a.m. Final drop-offs at the ferry at 4:30 p.m. During commuting hours, many buses stop at the terminal, including the #90 to Poulsbo and the #91 to Kingston. Kingston: Starting on June 5, visitors can take KT’s on-demand service called Kingston Ride, which picks up from the ferry terminal, to reach a destination in the Kingston area on weekdays during off-peak hours. To hail this service, download the TapRide app from Google Play for Android or the iTunes Store for iPhone. Select the ‘Kitsap’ application and register your number. Click on the map or enter an address to select where you like to be picked up and dropped off. The driver will respond with an estimated pick-up time. Alternatively, call 1-844-475-7433 to schedule your ride.

During commuting hours, the #91 and #92 stop at the ferry terminal. Bremerton: Visitors arriving at the Bremerton ferry terminal who want to shop at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale can take the #11 Crosstown Limited, which picks up passengers at the East Bremerton Transfer Center and continues to Silverdale as #17. Weekdays: Pickups at ferry terminal on express bus begin at 8:15 a.m. Final drop-offs at the ferry terminal at 8:45 p.m. Saturdays: Pickups at ferry terminal on express bus begin at 10:15 a.m. Final drop-offs at the ferry terminal at 5:35 p.m. Kitsap Transit operates a customerservice center (1-800-501-RIDE) that can assist visitors with questions. The call center is open 6 a.m.to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Kitsap Transit also has route information, schedules and system maps on its website. It’s a good idea to check the website for any rider alerts or changes to schedules.


Kitsap Transit: www.kitsaptransit.com/


Take a trip back in time to the days of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. The Carlisle II, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, is one of the last sur-


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Celebrate 100 Years! Join us aboard the Carlisle II as we commemorate its centennial. Get all the details at kitsaptransit.com/service/foot-ferry

connect with us! • kitsaptransit.com • kitsapride@kitsaptransit.com • 800.501.7433

Kitsap Transit / Courtesy photo viving members of the large fleet of small boats that carried passengers and freight between the islands and ports of the Puget Sound in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Washington Commission for the Humanities has designated the vessel “a floating museum”; black-and-white photos of Mosquito Fleet vessels decorate her interior.

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Ride the Carlisle II www.kitsaptransit.com

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Several taxi services operate in Kitsap County. Included are:



www.yellowcabkitsap.com www.Vikingcabco.com www.Harborsidetaxi.com www.bumblebeetaxi.com; also on Facebook

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www.KitsapAirporter.com offers rides to and from Sea-Tac Airport.


Daily Auto and Passenger Ferry Duty Free Shopping • Hotel Packages and Day Trips




www.CohoFerry.com • 1.888.99.FERRY




Kitsap County Museum / Courtesy photo

Take in a museum, get a dose of history or art By Michelle Beahm

Officially formed Jan. 16, 1857, Kitsap County has a long and storied history. For starters, Kitsap County used to be called Slaughter County, in honor of Lt. William Alloway Slaughter, who had been killed in 1855 in the Yakima War. But the name Slaughter County lasted only seven months — in the first election, on July 13, 1857, voters had the opportunity to rename the county to Kitsap, named for Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish Tribe. Now, residents and visitors of Kitsap County have plenty of chances to learn about the ensuing 160 years in museums throughout the county, as well as the history of individual communities and the naval presence in Kitsap County. There are even museums for bugs and puppets, fun for the whole family. If interested in checking out the fun and educational museums in Kitsap County,

here’s a list of where you can go: Bainbridge Island is home to the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, the Bainbridge Island Art Museum and the Kids Discovery Museum. The historical museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 215 Ericksen Ave. NE and is a great local museum located in a 1908 Bainbridge Island schoolhouse. Learn about the Japanese American internment or the Port Blakely lumber mill, the Native American families that used the island as their seasonal hunting and fishing grounds, among other aspects of the island’s history. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $10 for families and free for museum members and children younger than 10. Admission is free for everyone on the first Thursday of each month. Learn more at bainbridgehistory. org or by calling 206-842-2773.

The Bainbridge Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas at 550 Winslow Way E. and is a collecting museum with a focus on artists and collections from the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, as well as the broader Puget Sound region. Exhibited artists range from emerging and lesser known to recognized masters, with the exhibitions rotating on a regular basis. Admission is free. Learn more at biartmuseum.org or by calling 206-842-4451. Kids Discovery Museum, also known as KiDiMu, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays at 301 Ravine Lane NE. Featuring many events and activities geared toward children, the museum also includes a variety of hands-on installations encouraging sensory exploration and interactive play for the whole family. Admission is free for museum members, children under 12 months

DISCOVER KITSAP 2017 old and Gold Star families; $7 for adults and children; and $6 for military and seniors over 65. Learn more at kidimu.org or by calling 206-855-4650. Port Gamble Historical Museum is attached to the General Store and Cafe at 32400 N. Rainier Ave. in Port Gamble. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from May through September, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October through April, the Port Gamble Historical Museum focuses on the history of the mill site. The building was built in 1916 as one of the offices for the nearby mill, and opened as a museum in 1976. Admission is $4 for adults; $3 for students, seniors and military; and free for kids age 6 and younger. Learn more at www.portgamble.com/museum or by calling 360-297-8078. South of that is the Suquamish Museum, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 6861 NE South St. The Suquamish Museum tells the story of the Suquamish People in a traditional way, with seven symbolic design elements illustrating an integrated cultural view of the Tribe over time, as well as rotating featured exhibits and regular events. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 5-17 and adults 55 and older; and $15 for families. Admission is free for Suquamish Tribal members, Tribe employees and museum friends. Learn more at www.suquamishmuseum.org or by calling 360394-8499. In Poulsbo, there are a few museums run by the Poulsbo Historical Society, including the Poulsbo Historical Museum Heritage Hall, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 200 Moe St. NE. This museum captures the cultural heritage and the daily lives of early Poulsbo’s families. Changing exhibits provide visitors a reason to return again and again to glimpse the many facets of life in the evolution of Poulsbo. Heritage Hall features an ex-

tensive research library and the central office of the Poulsbo Historical Society. Admission is free. The Poulsbo Maritime Museum is another great place, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 19010 Front St. NE. It showcases the rich maritime history of Poulsbo and North Kitsap. Through imaginative exhibits and interactive displays, the new museum invites guests to explore the amazingly diverse history, from families traveling dock to dock to get to their farm products to market in Seattle, to home-porting of Alaska codfish fleets, to the tour ships and paddle boards of today. Admission is free. The third historical society museum in Poulsbo is the Martinson Cabin, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays at 317 NW Lindvig Way. Built in the late 1800s by the Martinson family, this cabin was moved to its present location in 2006 to preserve this important historical landmark and to give residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of early Poulsbo pioneers. Tools, transportation, laundry – nearly every aspect of daily living is displayed to awaken the guest’s imagination to the life of early Poulsbo pioneers. To learn more about the Poulsbo Historical Society museums, visit poulsbohistory. com or call 360-440-7354. There’s also the SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo, 18743 Front St. NE. The SEA Discovery Center is a hands-on facility. The tide pool touch tank allows you to interact with most of the animals you will find on your next Puget Sound beach walk. You can get up close and personal with several species of sea star, anemone, urchin, crab, shrimp, even a sea cucumber and other surprises. Admission is free. For hours and more at wp.wwu.edu/seacenterpoulsbo or by calling 360-598-4460. Central Kitsap has several museums, several of which preserve the area’s rich naval history.

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202 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard Visit Port Orchard’s Original Masonic Hall

National Historic Site - Est. 1908 Our gallery features eclectic works from local Northwest artists, renowned and emerging. Meander upstairs to the museum and explore old-time Port Orchard through our displays and historic photographs. Be sure to browse through the gallery for that perfect gift on your way out!

LOG CABIN MUSEUM (May-Sept) Sat 11am-4pm Sun 1-4pm

416 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard Step Ste p Back In Time over the last century and observe life through the eyes of the Orchard family. Peruse historic artifacts of home living in the South Kitsap area, and imagine what life was like back then!


202 Sidney Avenue • Port Orchard

(360) 876-3693


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The Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, except Tuesdays from October to April. Admission is free. The museum is located at 1 Garnett Way. The exhibits take the viewer through the evolution of undersea operations and warfare from the American Revolution through the present day. Exhibits include a fascinating array of actual subs, including a WWII Japanese one-man kamikaze sub and the deep sea research vessel Trieste II that examined the remains of USS Scorpion in 1969. Learn about the Navy’s undersea operations, technology, combat, research and salvage. Learn more at www.navalunderseamuseum.org or by calling 360396-4148. The Puget Sound Navy Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays from October through April, at 251 First St. in Bremerton. This museum collects, preserves and interprets the naval heri-

tage of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and general public. Admission is free. Learn more at www. pugetsoundnavymuseum.org or by calling 360-479-7447. The USS Turner Joy Museum, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from March through October, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November through February, at 300 Washington Beach Ave. in Bremerton. The USS Turner Joy is a famed Navy destroyer from the Vietnam War which is now maintained as a museum and administered by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for youth age 13-17, $8 for children age 5-12 and free for children age 4 and younger. Admission is free for active duty military in uniform with ID. Visit www. ussturnerjoy.org or by calling 360-792-2457. The Kitsap County Historical Museum is also located in Bremerton. This museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Bainbridge Arts Museum / Courtesy photo

Tuesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, at 280 Fourth St. Run by the Kitsap County Historical Society, it collects, preserves and exhibits the diverse culture, heritage and history of the county, with permanent exhibits including a timeline of the county’s residents; authentic local shop fronts from the early 1900s; and a kid-friendly, hands-on gallery. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6-17, seniors and students and military with ID. Kids 5 and under get in for free. Learn more at kitsaphistory.org/index.htm or by calling 360-479-6226.

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Port Orchard, is home to the Sidney Museum, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays and closed Mondays at 202 Sidney Ave. This museum hosts exhibits about early life in South Kitsap County and the people who lived in the area. Exhibits rotate regularly. Admission is free. Visit www. sidneymuseumandarts.com/ museum-home or call 360876-3693. The Log Cabin Museum is

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learn more. Visit. www.sidneymuseumandarts.com/log-cabin-home or call 360-876-3693. And don’t forget to visit the Bug & Reptile Museum, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. In the museum’s 15-plus exhibits, you’ll meet several tarantulas, scorpions, and a 9-foot python. On your way out, visit the gift shop, which is stocked with hermit crabs, tadpole growing kits, and six styles of ant farms. Located at 1118 Charleston Beach Road West, Bremerton. For more information, visit www. bugmuseum.com. The Valentinetti Puppet Museum celebrates the art of puppetry through creative, historical and cultural experiences for all ages. Open 11 a.m. to 4 pm. Wednesday through Saturday, and 5-8 p.m. for the First Friday Art Walk, inside the Kitsap County Historical Museum. Valentinetti Puppet Museum showcases the magnificent craftsmanship of generations of puppet artists. Sense the artists’ devotion to a unique art form, and almost hear the laughter that they lovingly created in children long ago. For more information, visit 10am-5pm ectandpuppets.org or call 360479-6226.

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Plenty of places for young ones to do their thing By Leslie Kelly

Got kids? Don’t worry.

Whether they are your own, your visitor’s or relatives who are in town for a stay, Kitsap County has no shortage of places for the kids to delight themselves in play, creativity, and scientific or athletic pursuits. For those who like to swim, try the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center. The six lane 25-yard Ray Williamson Pool is best for swimming laps; meanwhile, kids will have a ball at the Don Nakata Memorial Pool next door as they zoom down the 180-foot water slide, drift on the lazy river, and cannonball from the 1- and 3-meter diving boards. Don’t miss the monthly Float & Float Movie Nights. Pool staff dim the lights, inflate the tubes and serve root beer floats while families relax and watch “Finding Nemo” or another classic. Find the pool at 8521 Madison Ave. North, Bainbridge Island. Check the schedule at www. biparks.org. Looking for something a bit closer? Indoor pools abound: Bremerton Family YMCA: 2261 Homer Jones Drive, Bremerton. Haselwood Family YMCA: 3909 NW

Randall Way, Silverdale. Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Center: 1909 NE John Carlson Road, Bremerton. North Kitsap Community Pool: 1881 NE Hostmark, Poulsbo. South Kitsap Community Pool: 425 Mitchell Ave, Port Orchard. Some pools require a membership, so check before heading out. If you like to ice skate, there’s an indoor skating rink, open year-round. Find the Bremerton Ice Center at 1950 Homer Jones Drive, Bremerton. Indoor play spaces invite kids to bounce, move, shake, stretch, and, activate their minds while they’re at it. Ahoy Kitsap is a great location for the kids to bounce around and get their wiggles out. Check out the schedule at www.ahoykitsap.com or stop by 5934 Highway 303 NE, Bremerton. Your little ones will put their thinking caps on when they step into the interactive installations at the Kids Discovery Museum. From a pretend town to a pirate tree house, they’ll discover all sorts of

make-believe while practicing basic math, literacy and fine motor skills. Weekly events –— Messy Monday, Tuesday Tunes and 123 Wednesday, for example — are designed to encourage and develop sensory exploration. Location: 301 Ravine Lane, Bainbridge Island. The Imagination Station Enrichment Center boasts a 4,000-square-foot facility ripe for pretend play. Accompanied infants and kiddos up to age 6 will enjoy the cedar jungle gym, soft toy area and train station. The center hosts Mommy and Me music and art classes as well as a summer camp and regular Date Night events, so you can get that vital adult time in. Check it out at 1033 Bethel Ave., Port Orchard. Performance groups and venues provide kid-friendly programming that stirs up an early appreciation for the arts. In these settings, a trip to the theater isn’t stuffy or stressful, just stimulating. Pop into The Evergreen Children’s Theatre and Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum to peruse a collection of more than a thousand puppets and props, including goofy hats and singing rabbits. Kids can produce their own show in the children’s

DISCOVER KITSAP 2017 play area or attend one of the monthly make-your-own puppet workshops. Every quarter, the museum hosts performances from celebrated puppet artists. See it at 280 Fourth St., Bremerton. Full steam ahead! Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine will love the Kitsap Live Steamers Train Park, where every second and fourth Saturday from April to October, they can hop aboard the real thing. Free rides begin at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m., weather permitting, at 3101 SE Marbeth Lane, Port Orchard. Set in a 460-acre rhododendron preserve, the Kitsap Forest Theater seems like it was stolen out of a fairytale. Twice a year, catch performances from the Mountaineers Players at the outdoor venue or, during the summer, send your kids to the drama day camp. Find it at 3000 Seabeck Highway, Bremerton. From March to September, give the kids a blast from the past with a visit to the Rodeo Drive-In Theatre. With a capacity of nearly 1,000 cars split among three separate screens, The Rodeo is the largest outdoor theatre complex in the state. Turn up your radio and head to the snack bar for a pizza dog, then sit back, relax and enjoy the double feature. Located on Highway 3, near the Bremerton Airport. For those who have kids who like bugs, the Bug & Reptile Museum is the place. In the museum’s 15-plus exhibits, you’ll meet several tarantulas, scorpions, and a 9-foot python. A little afraid? You can hang out with the ants or distract yourself with the museum’s scavenger hunt, which is packed with neat facts about its inhabitants. On your way out, visit the gift shop, which is stocked with hermit crabs, tadpole growing kits, and six styles of ant farms. Located at 1118 Charleston Beach Road West, Bremerton.

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At the SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo, the staff doesn’t believe in “do not touch.” A tide pool touch tank, theater and multiple aquariums allow visitors to experience more than 100 species of marine plants and animals natural to the Puget Sound — sea stars, anemones, urchins, crabs, even sea cucumbers. Classes for young ones like “Magnificent Mollusks” and “Terrific Tools” ensure they leave with plenty of knowledge about the waterways that surround us.

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It’s located at 18743 Front St. NE, Poulsbo. A few other ideas to keep the kids busy: Dancing Brush Studio, a ceramics studio in downtown Poulsbo, where kids can create their own piece of art. Whether it by their handprint, or a vase for mom, it’s happening. Art teachers are on hand to explain the steps and help out. Go by 18846 Front St. to find out more. And while you’re in Poulsbo, check out Kitsap Mosaics. Here’s fun for the whole family. Pick a surface, choose colorful glass pieces and get busy. Average projects are from $15 to $30. It’s located at 18827 Front St, Poulsbo. Finally, if stained glass is more your style, check out Lisa Stirrett Glass House in Silverdale. Crafty parents and kids can make items — everything from a glass starfish, to coasters, tea lights and more. Classes are about two hours long. Stop by any Thursday Art Walk, and get in on a kid-friendly glass project. See more at 9536 NW Silverdale Way, Silverdale. And don’t forget the local libraries. Operated by Kitsap Regional Library, there’s a location on Bainbridge Island, in Poulsbo, Suquamish, Silverdale, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Manchester where you’ll find books galore and special programming for kids. Go to www.KRL.org to find a location near to you.

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FARMERS MARKETS Packed full of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and crafts – our markets rock! There’s no shortage of great places on the Kitsap Peninsula to buy fresh homegrown vegetables, especially during the summer. Just about every city or town has a farmers market where you can pick up fresh vegetables, flowers, some homemade honey, or even a special gift for someone back at home. At many of the markets, local artists show their crafts including paintings, pottery and jewelry.

Bainbridge Island Farmers Market

Poulsbo Farmers Market

Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April - September

Saturdays through Dec. 16, 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April through December

Suquamish Farmers Market

At town square in Winslow, Bainbridge Island www.bainbridgefarmersmarket.org

Bremerton Farmers Market

Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. May through October, at Evergreen Park, 1400 Park Avenue, Bremerton; Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May through September at Bremerton Ferry Terminal, Washington Avenue and First Street, Bremerton www.bremertonmarket.wordpress.com

Kingston Farmers Market

At Mike Wallace Park on the Kingston waterfront Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May through October www.kingstonfarmersmarket.com

Gateway Fellowship parking lot, 18901 8th Ave. NE, Poulsbo


Port Orchard Farmers Market

At the Port Orchard Waterfront Boardwalk on Bay Street, Port Orchard Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spring through fall. www.pofarmersmarket.org

Hansville Farmers Market

Behind the Hansville Market, downtown Hansville Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m., May through September. 360-297-7683

Ravenwood Market

7950 NE Little Boston Road, Kingston


At the Masi Shop parking area, 16281 Highway 305, Suquamish.

Every third Wednesday of the month, 3 to 7 p.m., June through October www.suquamishfarmersmarket.org

Silverdale Farmers Market 9551 Ridgetop Blvd., Silverdale

Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April to September www.silverdalefarmersmarket.com

Central Kitsap Farmers Market

Old Town Silverdale at Waterfront Park Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. May 2 to Oct. 10 www.kitsapag.org




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Kitsap County: A great place to shop ’til you drop By Leslie Kelly

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Vacationers, visitors and residents can always find a reason or excuse to go shopping. And here, there are plenty of stores to find that perfect souvenir to take home, a trendy shirt for yourself, or an antique bear cookie jar, just like your grandma had, for your collection. When looking for souvenirs, stop by Millstream on Bainbridge Island. There’s Native American items, handcrafted soaps and candles, fine handcrafted silver and gem jewelry, and a fishing section where you can pick up a lure or two for the fisherman in the family.

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If you want something that tells about local history, try The Nordic Maid in Poulsbo. There,

you’ll find Scandinavian-themed art, music, books, sweaters, jewelry, linens and novelties. A unique gift may be something from Lisa Stirrett’s Glass House in Silverdale. Handblown glass items including candle holders, vases, ornaments and statues are among what she makes and sells. At F.R.O.G. soap in downtown Bremerton, consider taking home a bar of handmade scented soap — maybe evergreen to denote the state of Washington to your friends. Patchouli and lavender are other favorites. If fashion is more to your liking, Kitsap’s own clothing store, Purpose now has two locations, one in downtown Bremerton

and another in The Trails shopping center in Silverdale. Purpose carries a fine line of women’s clothing and jewelry that is unlike anything you’ll find at the mall. But the Kitsap Mall is nearby, in case you want to check out places like JC Penney, Sears or Kohl’s. And check out The Trails, Kitsap County’s newest center. You’ll find Old Navy, Forever 21, Sierra and more. Another truly unique shop to find fashion is Lallie Mae’s Boutique in Port Orchard. It carries a complete array of accessories. From hip boots and blouses, to classic scarves and leather purses, it’s all there for your browsing. But shopping doesn’t always


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Purpose / Courtesy photo mean something new. There’s plenty of antique and vintage stores in Kitsap County. Probably downtown Port Orchard and downtown Poulsbo are best known for antiques. The Central Antique Mall in Port Orchard is two stories filled with everything old, including dishes, linens, furniture, toys and clothing. If you’re a collector, that’s the place to be. Or try Pastiche on Bainbridge Island for a great selection of antique furnishings for the home and office. Desks, chairs, tables, and dressers, glassware, china, and Japanese porcelain are just a few items they stock. Vintage is big in the county and there’s a vintage store in just about every city and town. In Kingston, stop by the Paisley Whale. Old pillows and paintings, signs and handmade cards are available. Poulsbo’s

vintage stores include Poulsbo Mercantile and The Red Barn. On Bainbridge Island, there’s Meli Melo Island Vintage Boutique which recently has expanded and now has more than 100 booths. Bremerton’s Suzanna’s Antiques also is two floors of a mixture of antiques, vintage and handmade art. Painted chairs-turned-planters is just one example of their inventory. If vintage clothing is on your list, try The Closet Transfer, with locations in Poulsbo and on Bainbridge Island. The store offers high quality used clothing from some of the finest closets in the Northwest. If you need to find something for the child on your list, check out Toys Etc., a place for imaginative toys for creative minds. The Poulsbo store has a large assortment of toys in-

Leslie Kelly cluding stuffed animals, puppets and kites. For the outdoorsy folks, check out Olympic Outdoors in Port Gamble where you can buy all the equipment you’ll need to take a kayak trip on our nearby water. Sign up for some lessons, too. If camping is more your style, REI, Inc. is located in Silverdale and has everything from tents and sleeping bags, to dehydrated food and flashlights. There’s also a new Dick’s Sporting Goods nearby. Buy a swimsuit, some rollerblades, or even skis for next winter. There’s fishing and hunting equipment, too. One of the best places to find something natural is at Willowtree Market, a community health and wellness store on Bainbridge Island. It

carries favorite brands of the highest quality natural health supplements, organic foods, and snacks, beauty products, as well as yoga and meditation gear. They also have a selection of natural wines and locally made products. It doesn’t matter what you’re after, it’s here in Kitsap. We’ve got great locally-owned bookstores where you can pick up the latest novel to read. We have many family-owned toy stores. Stop by and buy a kite or balls and go play with in the park. And we’ve got so many art galleries filled with creative things made by our local artisans that touring them would keep you busy for weeks. Whatever your shopping needs, we can fill them here. Now, get out your wallet and go.

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Where to go to be entertained in Kitsap By Sophie Bonomi

Kitsap offers a vibrant atmosphere for arts. from music to locallyowned cinemas and forest theaters, you will be entertained!

Be entertained by sights, sound and stage in Kitsap. Just a quick ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Kitsap County offers an exciting and vibrant atmosphere for arts and culture with the ability to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment. Taking a day trip or experiencing a night on the town isn’t difficult with a number of the community theaters, casinos, concerts and nightlife opportunities; but settling on just one avenue to explore in an evening can be difficult. On the north end, a vast selection of live music, theaters, and cinemas provide endless options. Just half a mile away from the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal is the Bainbridge Performing Arts Center. Nestled in the heart of Bainbridge Island’s downtown Winslow area (featuring a district of award-winning restaurants, wine tasting rooms, and art galleries) is the opportunity to enjoy some live entertainment, in conjunction with the ferry schedules.

What began in 1956 as the only community organization to combine theatre, dance and music on the island, the BPA celebrated its 60th anniversary last year with the same philosophies as when it was formed; to promote the appreciation of and participation in the performing arts to build, educate and inspire the vibrant, creative community. The facility boasts a 245seat theater with professional sound and light, catering to patrons from Kitsap County, the Olympic Peninsula, Seattle, and beyond. Visit www.bainbridgeperformingarts. org for more details. When traveling off the island over the Agate Pass Bridge, you can’t miss the Clearwater Casino Resort. Whether you visit for a few hours or a few days, the resort offers hotel accommodations, multiple restaurants and live shows at the Beach Rock Sports Bar and Lounge. Recently hosting big-name performers like country singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann or the Lalas burlesque show, the Beach

Rock is always full of excitement. Visit www.clearwatercasino. com/events/ for more details. If headed toward the Olympic Peninsula, Kingston and Port Gamble offer a variety of entertainment options before traveling over the Hood Canal Bridge to further explore the sounds and sights. In the quaint town of Port Gamble, catch a live show at the historic Port Gamble Theater. Located above the town’s post office, the nonprofit theater originally opened 110 years ago. It is home to quarterly performances featuring high quality set display and local talent, with seating for more than 200 patrons. Visit www.portgambletheater.com for more details. For another all-inclusive entertainment option, The Point Casino & Hotel in Kingston offers a variety of excitement. From gaming, live shows, restaurants and entertainment venues — including The Event Center and The Boom Room lounge/nightclub — this venue is a local hot spot for both locals and visitors. The Point Julia Cafe, a new 64-


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Robert Thornton seat restaurant offers made-to-order and grab-and-go meals as well as a selection of beverages, including beer and wine. Open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday, Saturday. For more details on The Point Casino & Hotel, visit www.the-point-casino.com. Like a hidden gem, tucked away right in the heart of Kingston, find the Firehouse Theater. The locally-owned cinema offers $6.50 movie tickets all day, and serves real butter on their popcorn. With a personalized introduction to the film before showing it, the Firehouse Theater owners give a real-life intro to the flick, along with some interesting information about the film and actors. The theater has two screens with comfortable stadium seating and two steps between each row. The main stage, with 144 seats with extra space for special events, includes a cry room with an independent sound system. In the back, a smaller theater containing 48 seats provides an intimate experience great for small family events. For info on showings visit www. kingstonfirehouse.com. In Poulsbo, experience live theater at the Jewel Box Theatre. Located across the street from the town’s post office, the venue offers a fair amount of accessible downtown parking. As a perfect location to start or end an evening in downtown Poulsbo, the venue is within walking distance to all of the restaurants and shopping on Front Street. As Poulsbo’s award-winning community theater, the Jewel Box Theatre offers a variety of showings from cultural arts presentations to live showings. For more details, visit www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org. Also residing in Poulsbo is the Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre. Recently recognized by the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce as the Organization of the Year, KCMT’s mission of providing Broadway-styled children’s theater to greater Kitsap County provides youth ages 8-21 to host productions twice yearly.

KCMT strives to bring quality, live stage performance by kids for all ages to Kitsap County. This theater is unique because they don’t turn anyone away, explaining on their website, “Every child who wants to participate in KCMT is welcome. Performance lifts self-esteem and teaches leadership skills.” For more show details, visit www.kcmt.org.

try to keep the cover to $5 and offer an over 21 upstairs bar section. They also discreetly provide earplugs to those in need. From bands signing about the coming metal apocalypse or acid rain, The Charleston keeps it loud and interesting, where their supply of cold domestic beer never runs dry. Visit www.thecharleston333.com/ index.html for more details.

In Silverdale, the Central Stage Theater Of Central Kitsap or CSTOCK has been presenting quality performances for the past 30 years. They have performed more than 200 musical productions in Silverdale.

Looking for an entertainment option incorporating the beautiful nature surrounding Kitsap County? The Kitsap Forest Theater is your best bet. As one of the unique theaters in the County, this theater located just off the Seabeck Highway is a great family option for a sunny day. From a short stroll down the forested trail to the outdoor theater is a memory in itself. Located just 15 minutes from the Bremerton ferry terminal, an audience of all ages can revel in this fun Northwest experience. Come early, and picnic under the trees before the show. Visit www.foresttheater.com for more details.

The theater offers classes and mentorship opportunities to those interested in stage managing and directing. Beyond traditional musicals and plays, they also perform original works written by members of the community, attracting actors from all over the country, in an opportunity to involve the whole family in the theatrical experience. For more details, visit www. cstock.org. Bremerton offers unique arts and cultural opportunities. Of the most popular, The Admiral Theatre, established in 1942 as an art deco movie house, and renovated in 1997, into the county’s premier live entertainment and events venue. The theater welcomes more than 50,000 patrons annually to diverse performances and special events including concerts, theater, dance, comedy, movies and more. For their latest happenings, visit www.admiraltheatre.org. The Charleston, a neighboring downtown Bremerton venue, offers a more alternative mix of entertainment. Offering a variety of music options, rock, the harder the better, seems to be the most preferred. Though the venue is open to all ages, they

In the south end of Port Orchard, visit the Western Washington Center for the Arts. Located in a historic building by the sea; the venue is most commonly know as “the little playhouse on the waterfront‚” it offers an intimate 77-seat venue for live theater productions. With a vision to help make Port Orchard and the Kitsap Peninsula a destination for tourism, the WWCA is centrally located by shopping and dining opportunities downtown Port Orchard. Make a night out of it, and enjoy the magic of live theater in Kitsap County. As you continue to explore Kitsap County’s sounds and stage, it isn’t challenging to locate venues boasting of unique theatrical attractions.




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A delicious destination: A county for culinarians regardless of palate By Luciano Marano We’re about so much more than salmon in this neck of the Northwest woods. Annie LaValle

‘Let’s eat’ is something that’s easy to do in Kitsap

Sure, we’ve got savory seafood. We’ve got it in spades. But Kitsap County is also a delectable destination for those seeking a profusion of palate-pleasing provisions from less familiar fish and even species further beyond. Whatever you’re craving, it can be found prepared to perfection somewhere on this side of the water. You’ll find something worth investigating, and returning to, no matter what makes your mouth water.

Breakfast / Brunch / Dinners

Whether or not to skip the most important meal of the day is a no-brainer in Kitsap County: Don’t! After sampling any of these chow-down choices, you won’t even need an alarm to get you up in time to do it again.

Try the no frills fare at Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe in Bremerton. Their most recognized specialty is “moon biscuits” – biscuit dough cooked in a waffle iron to form the lunaresque craters that hold creamy sausage gravy. “Green Eggs and Ham,” a pesto, ham and mozzarella scramble inspired by Dr. Seuss, is another signature offering. “A ‘blast from the past’ section of the menu offers classics from every Baby Boomer’s childhood: Spam, Ovaltine, Strawberry Quick, Tang and Cream of Wheat,” reports www.Visitkitsap. com. The decor is a feast for the eyes as well. The walls are adorned with more than 400 retro Thermoses and the tables are covered with vintage ads for Americana classics like hula hoops, console televisions and tape recorders. Call ahead to reserve the bus: an old-school Volkswagen van which now enjoys retirement as an outdoor

booth. On Bainbridge Island, breakfast means a trip to the Madison Diner, as seen on the Food Network hit show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Built in 1948, this classic dining car was originally located on a street corner in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. The diner was completely disassembled piece by piece and the whole lot was shipped across the country. Select any of the awesome omelettes for a savory start to your day. The Madison Diner also boasts a banging eggs bene (naturally), a sublime salmon hash some of the best huevos rancheros you’ll find this far from the border. Additional diner delicacies on tap include plenty of soups, salads, cold and grilled sandwiches, home-style hot dinners and old fashioned “hand dipped” shakes and malts. In Poulsbo, you can’t do your-

DISCOVER KITSAP 2017 self much better than to get a bellyful at the Brass Kraken Pub. This johnny-come-(fairly)lately locale serves “upscale pub food.” Cheese curds and mozzarella sticks jostle elbows on a menu that includes seafood classics, burgers, brunch and a grilled octopus special, along with ever-changing weekly dinner specials and a regiment of regional craft beers. No matter the weather, there’s something extra here too, including deck space overlooking the marina, TVs, pool tables, dart boards and even live music several nights a week.


There’s pizza and pasta aplenty in Kitsap — and more too from land of famiglia. So leave the gun, take the cannoli, and check out these Mediterranean-inspired must stops.

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made fresh daily and served with a variety of handmade sauces, fresh seafood, meats, cheeses and desserts. Paired with a selection from their extensive list of wines from the Northwest, California and Italy, the result is top-quality food and a truly great experience.

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For a more come-as-you-are vibe (Nirvana pun intended), check out Boston’s Pizza and Deli in Bremerton. This friendly downtown spot’s a baseballthemed joint serving up stonebaked pies, calzones, cannoli and sandwiches amidst a decidedly casual ambience. The one-two palate punch combo of That’s-A-Some Italian Ristorante (Poulsbo) and That’s-A-Some Pizza (Bainbridge) make a delicious duo. The ristorante has authentic, homemade Italian made with fresh, local ingredients and even its own wine club. The island pizzeria proffers a ponderously awesome array of toppings for one to consider as well as sandwiches. Fun fact: That’s-A-Some Pizza was the first restaurant in the state to deliver beer and wine with their food.

(Bainbridge) boasts locallysourced bar food with a special emphasis on gourmet and special burgers. They have a whole host of local brews and a gaggle of cocktails to choose from as well, all served with waterfront views in this renovated historic downtown island home.

sandwiches and shakes found not too far from the ferry. The menu boasts more than 30 burger varieties, chicken sandwiches, cheesesteaks and gyros, too, and also offers a special gluten-free bun option. Want to be even healthier? You can substitute a veggie patty on any burger, gyro or sandwich no sweat.

Via Rosa 11 (Bainbridge Island) is a dine in/take out pasta The Grub Hut (Kingston) is a shop and eatery in the RollThe Habit Burger Grill (Silverlaid-back eatery specializing in ing Bay neighborhood. The authentic fare fixture prepares eight sauces — vodka, marinara, basil pesto, puttanesca, porcini wild mushroom, bolognese, gorgonzola and brown butter with sage (available Burgers on request) — and five pastas We didn’t invent them — or a limited liability corporation a limited liability corporation a limited liability corporation on rotation — usually a mix of even come up with the name, two short and three long, such really — but burgers are now as pappardelle or fettuccine, undeniably all-American grub sometimes with special flavors as patriotic as apple pie. From like wild mushroom or roasttried-and-true classics to goured beet. The specialists at the met and experimental assemcounter can help take out cusblages, Kitsap County has got tomers choose a pasta/sauce buns you’ll want to grab. pairing and are quick with Bremerton’s Big Apple cooking tips, too. Diner, also a notoriously tasty Via Rosa 11 also offers labreakfast spot, is specifically sagne (meat, vegetarian or listed here because of their pesto), desserts (the tiramisu unapologetically r • 280 Charleston 1 6th Street Center • American 2801 6th Street Charleston Center • 2801 6th Street alone is worth the trip) and a WeSt of &CalloW) Wycoff • (1 Bremerton, BloCk Wa CalloW) 983 2 • Bremerton, Sixth & Wycoff (1 BloCk WeSt ofWa CalloW) •983 Bremerton, 1 Wa 298312 “built to suit” burgers. Add1 exvariety of antipasti. Their egg7-2252 ecadentchocola • amy@amysdecadentchocola 360-377-2252 • amy@amysdecadentchocolates.com tes.com actly whattes.com you want, however WEDDINGS • BIRTHDAYS • SPECIAL OCCASIONS! plant parmigiana is a popular you want it — it doesn’t get any n . a tgluten-free m c h y option, s od c e o c la ad t e es n .t c c o h m owc w wo . a ml yOPEN sd a e ct a ee nts cAhWEEK o.c c o l ao t e sm .com as are many 7 dDAYS more American. Toss in the soups and sauces. The also ofreasonable prices and the confer genuine wood-fired pizzas. stant stream of feel-good oldBurrata Bistro (Poulsbo) is ies tunes on top of a naturally Charleston Center another authentic hot spot. comfortable, homey feel, and 2801 6th Street & Wycoff, Bremerton Boasting a comfortable yet ele- this place is a surefire crowd gant setting, this Italian institu- pleaser. tion offers pasta and focaccia, www.amysdecadentchocolates.com The Harbour Public House

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Thinking sushi? Then you better be thinking SuBI (Bainbridge). This island hot spot has tempura, katsu, rice bowls, nigiri and sashimi and tons of traditional and speciality rolls. Sit at the counter and watch the sushi sanseis go to work. Still another sushi superstar on the other end of the county, Umami Kitchen (Bremerton) brings the goods to everything on the menu — Ramen, yakisoba, takoyaki and plenty of sushi stylings. For a stupendous spice experience, check out Spice Route Cuisine of India (Bainbridge), Punjab Indian Cuisine (Poulsbo) or the Curry Indian Cuisine & Lounge (Bremerton).

Annie LaValle dale) puts their focus right up front in the name of the joint. Choose a Charburger or a Double Charburger, get it teriyaki or Santa Barbara-style. You can’t lose. Also in Silverdale is the newly opened branch of Blazing Onion Burger Company, “a truly Northwest Burger Company.” The menu has dozens of staple sandwiches, plus regular specials, and all burgers here are 1/3-pound 100 percent natural ground chuck from Painted Hills, with no hormones or antibiotics, and served with endless fries.


Aye yai yai, so many choices! One bite at one of these spots and you’ll see that you don’t have to go any further south than Port Orchard to find meaningful Mexican fare. The staff at El Pueblito Family Mexican Restaurant & Cantina (Port Orchard) obviously take pride in the quality of their family recipes, specializing in the same quality and friendliness one might find the home of a good friend (who happens to be a great cook). The family of owners opened their first restaurant in Jalisco in Southeastern Mexico in 1985 and the featured fare retains the authentic spice and soul. Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar (Silverdale) earned accolades from South Sound Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, including “Best Mexican Restaurant.” Likewise, KING 5’s Evening Magazine recently recognized them as “Best Mexican Restaurant” in their “Best

of Western Washington” competition for 2014 and 2015. The menu has been carefully crafted with recipes both new and old, time-tested traditional favorites alongside exciting new selections, and the bar offers more than 100 distinguished tequilas and mezcals served in a rustic and relaxing atmosphere. There’s a lot of love on yelp.com for Taqueria Los Cazadores (Poulsbo) — and rightly so. Serving up more Tijuana-style fare than the traditionally popular Tex-Mex variety, this humble hot spot more than lives up to the hype. If you’re in Port Orchard, stop by Puerto Vallarta for something tasty in a festive, inexpensive spot. Check out their lunch and dinner deals and always new specials.


A big umbrella under which sits so many exquisite entries, you’ll be sure to find the perfect place for whatever exotic eats you’re in the mood for somewhere in Kitsap County. Make your way to Golden Star Chinese & American Restaurant (Bremerton) or Mandarin Chinese Restaurant (Silverdale) for choice chow of the chopstick variety. In Port Orchard, it’s got to be Golden Grill on the Bay for Chinese fare for the whole family. Wok Teriyaki (Poulsbo) is admittedly less than grand on the outside, but everyone who’s anyone knows that it’s what’s inside that counts and what’s inside this nondescript oasis is delicious — all of it.

A little off the beaten path but well worth the trip, Sawatdy Thai Cuisine is Bainbridge Island’s best-kept culinary secret. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. In Silverdale, visit Bahn Thai, not far from the Kitsap Mall, for a truly authentic eating experience. Also in Silverdale is some of the best Korean BBQ around at Seoul Korean BBQ. It’s the perfect place for large parties or small group lunches. Try the Meat jun — sliced beef dipped in egg batter and fried — and, of course, the all-you-can-eat barbecue special. Go way past pu pus at Bremerton’s best Hawaiian food hangout: Kama’aina Grill. They folks serve up legit Pacific Island fare like plate lunches, barbecue, mac salad and SPAM musubi (do yourself a favor and try it). Watch out, though. It gets crowded.


If you’re looking to get something in your stomach before you go sampling Kitsap County’s many beloved brews, you may as well get two-for-one at one of these sweet spots. See the “Desserts & Drinks” section for more great beers, but these places are extra special because the rest of the menu more than lives up to the suds. Try the jambalaya or the chicken pot pie at Silver City Restaurant and Brewery (Silverdale) for an unexpected delight, or any of the great sandwiches at the nearby Cash Brewing Company (Silverdale). Der Blokken (Bremerton) will leave you stuffed, try the shepherd’s pie or the mac and cheese on a cold winter night — or a burger or wrap in summertime. Grab a slice of any of the sensational specialty pizzas at Sound Brewery (Poulsbo) for a combo that can’t be beaten. Slaughter County Brewing (Port Orchard) is “South Kitsap’s first and only

DISCOVER KITSAP 2017 commercial brewery in over 70 years.” This “family owned and operated, small-batch, craft microbrewery” is also renowned for their gourmet pizzas. Try a glass of the Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Porter or the Ol’ One Eye IPA and a large “Bremelo.”

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In Poulsbo, near the waterfront, is a spot that perfectly pairs grub and suds: Slippery Pig Brewery. Try the Rhubarb IPA with absolutely anything at all, you won’t be sorry.


Ah, we come to it at last. The primo plate-worthy passion of the Northwest. Amy’s on the Bay (Port Orchard) offers seafood and steakhouse classics with a jaw-dropping view of the harbor. The Boat Shed (Bremerton) gets you even closer to the waterline with outdoor patio seating and a large waterfront deck that pairs perfectly with their upscale fare served sans frills. On Bainbridge, drop by and check out the wide array of shellfish and oyster offerings at the Manor House at Pleasant Beach in Lynwood, or the staple selections of seafood and Americana classics at Doc’s Marina Grill in Winslow.

Best of the Rest

These special spots stand alone, both in our hearts (and tummies) and on this list. They’re hard to catalogue, but easy to love. Hitchcock Deli (Bainbridge) is a sleek neighborhood joint in the heart of downtown offering house-cured meats, sausages and hearty sandwiches, plus gourmet coffee. It doesn’t get much more down-home than Noah’s Ark (Bremerton), a second generation family-owned restaurant that ha been serving up simply delicious grub for almost 40 years. They’re known for diner staples like Philly cheese steaks, burgers, fish and chips and Italian-style hoagies, but they’re just as frequently flocked to for their awesome malts, milkshakes and sundaes, all made with real ice cream. Also in downtown Poulsbo is Tizley’s Europub, Kitsap’s epicenter for rustic European-inspired fare and a bevy of beverage choices. You’ll find it up the stairs hidden by a small door tucked down a blandlooking alley, but the quality of the food is no secret at all. The menu has authentic schnitzels, sausages, Hungarian chicken goulash, spaetzela and rotkohl. Or, for something different, try the Poulsbo Pile Driver sandwich — a Reuben topped with schnitzel.

Inside Bainbridge Island’s one of only two gas stations is hiding some of the best food around at Jake’s Pickup. Owner/ head chef Jake Angel calls it “gourmet fast food.” Call it what you want, by any name at all you’re bound to love it. Islanders already do. Jake’s claimed three “Best of Bainbridge” prizes in last year’s vote: “Best Boss,” “Best Caterers” and “Best Vegetarian Fare.” Breakfast options include frittatas made with local organic eggs,

an egg sandwich and Saturday’s special: awe-inspiring jumbo cinnamon rolls. For lunch, popular choices are the “Memphis style” BBQ pulled pork sandwich, shrimp or cod Po-boy, the beef/pork/bacon TriPower Burger and Mom’s Tuna Salad on rye ($9.50), among others. And, of course, there are Sconenuts. Angel’s own creation: a scone made from doughnut dough. Not to be missed.

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Sweet treats, dessert, beer, wine and spirits: Indulgence is all around Kitsap By Luciano Marano

Kitsap County is home to many wineries and breweries

Whether you’re capping a great meal or just seeking a special treat, Kitsap County has got your vice — be it sweet, decadent or more adult libations — at the ready. Breweries, wineries and distilleries abound, as do a number of choice dessert destinations as well. Here are just a few that are more than worth the trip.


If you’re seeking to feed your sweet tooth — or teeth — consider stopping at any of these cool hot spots for a mouthful of love. For ice cream, you can’t go wrong with either Mora Iced Creamery (Bainbridge) or Viking Feast Ice Cream (Poulsbo). Or, if it’s froyo for yo, head on over to Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt (Silverdale) or Island Cool Frozen Yogurt or Sunshine Frozen Yogurt (both on Bainbridge). For all the chocoholics out there, make a beeline instead for Chocmo (Poulsbo) for for a ton of

truffles, chocolate bark, molten chocolate cake or extreme chocolate cheesecake. In Port Orchard, look no further than Carter’s Chocolates, where their truffles are made with single origin, organically grown Columbian 65 percent and 70 percent chocolate. If you’re in Bremerton, check out Amy’s Chocolates for homemade fudge, truffles and gourmet caramels. Some other sweet spots offering different treats include Bella Bella Cupcakes (Silverdale), Bon Bon Confections (Bainbridge), known especially well for their homemade fudge, Sluys Bakery (Poulsbo) for cookies, cakes and donuts; and J’aime les Crepes (Kingston and Bainbridge), which has more than 30 different delicious variations on the classic French fare.


For a spooktacular good time in Bremerton, visit Lovecraft Brewing Company, named for the late,


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Luciano Marano industrial strength tasty beer. Try the Agate Pass Amber or the Bywater Bay ESB.

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Back on Bainbridge, check out Bainbridge Island Brewing’s awesome offerings, especially the Kommuter Kolsch or the Eagle Harbor IPA. In Silverdale, investigate the offerings at Rainy Daze Brewing (We recommend the Mind Funk, a cerebral excursion that truly “Funks up your senses.” It’s a pale stout —yeah, that’s a real thing). Visit www.washingtonbeer.com/breweries for a complete list of Kitsap Breweries.


Annie LaValle great horror writer himself: H.P. Lovecraft. Hail, Cthulhu and grab a pint — while you still can, humans. Try the Innsmouth Porter for a decidedly dark drinking experience. At Downpour Brewing (Kingston), the beer to beat is the Sad Sasquatch Scotch — a “Scotch ale with a backstory.” Also in Kingston is Hood Canal Brewery, tucked into a seemingly unremarkable little industrial park and brewing up some

All three of the primary products at Tucker Distillery (Silverdale) are worth checking out: the unaged corn whiskey (aka moonshine, aka white dog), corn vodka and wheat vodka. You can’t go wrong at Tucker. Known far and wide for their spectacular spirits, and for racking up a boatload of awards, Bainbridge Organic Distillers is a must stop for anyone seeking something special to sip.

Washington’s first totally organic distillery, this Bainbridge Island institution has won awards too numerous to recount here. Every single label has brought home accolades including, most recently, Bainbridge Yama Japanese Mizunara Cask Single Grain Whiskey and Bainbridge Battle Point Organic Wheat Whiskey, which won Gold Medals and were awarded the titles “Best American Grain Whiskey” and “Best American Wheat Whiskey” by the World Whiskies Awards, one of the largest, most prestigious whiskey competitions in the world.


The Olalla Valley Vineyard wines are kept, “as clean and natural as possible, with minimal interference in the wine making process.” They use beautiful, handmade Italian clay amphorae for grape fermentation. Bainbridge Island wine is worth a day trip itself, as it boasts not one, not two, not three — but eight spots for great vino. Visit www.bainbridgewineries.com for more information and directions to them all: Amelia Wynn Winery, Bainbridge Vineyards, Eagle Harbor Winery, Eleven Winery, Fletcher Bay Winery, Island Tasting Room Cafe, Perennial Vintners and Rolling Bay Winery.



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You’ll never be far from a tasty cup of joe By Leslie Kelly

You may be a coffee drinker or prefer a cup of tea. Either way, there are many places in Kitsap County to find a good cup of both. While our area has the usual suspects, such as Starbucks and Seattle Coffee, we are proud of our local coffee roasters. In the north part of the county, take for example, Puget Sound Coffee Roasters. Described at “awesome coffee at awesome prices,” the company is located on East Owl Hill Way and offers coffee to drink on site, or beans to buy retail or wholesale. Owner Ted Whited said “we are the little guy who has the time to do it right.” They offer customers the opportunity to come to their shop and “discover your own signature blend,” or check out their expresso blends, and their blonde white coffee which is made of five different beans. they also offer chai, white chocolate and nondairy coconut dry mixes and custom teas. And they will work with you to create a coffee for your office or your fundraiser. If you want to combine your love of coffee with your love of people, take a trip to any Coffee Oasis in the county. The group began in Bremerton as a way to help youth on the streets at night with no where to go. The founders bought a coffee shop where those youth could hang out, shoot pool, and belong. That turned into The Coffee Oasis which is a faith-based, non-profit organization with six locations in northwest Washington. The coffee roasting and café business supports youth programs including outreach, mentoring, job training, a youth shelter and youth centers to homeless and street-oriented youth. Oasis coffee is roasted in the Bremerton Café, using direct trade coffee beans. Direct trade signifies a direct relationship between the coffee grower and roaster. Their goal is partnering with them for fair price to support people living in poorer countries. Cur-

rently, their coffee is imported from Mexico, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Indonesia, through a partnership with Passionate Harvest. Oasis locations in Kitsap County are: the Bremerton Cafe, 822 Burwell St., Bremerton, 360373-0461 or 360-377-0845; Poulsbo Cafe, 780 NE Iverson St., Poulsbo, 360-598-2031; Port Orchard Cafe, 807A Bay St., Port Orchard, 360-602-0407; Bremerton Drive Thru, 1502 Sixth St., Bremerton, 360-479-3512; and Port Orchard Express; Kitsap County Administration Building, 614 Division St. Port Orchard, 360-443-2743. Go to www.thecoffeeoasis.com. Majestic Mountain Coffee in Kingston is another place to try. Randy Olson and wife Annemarie were looking for an opportunity to leave the corporate business world and to fulfill a dream of owning their own coffee business. Their dream was not only to have retail outlets but also to roast and sell their own specialty coffees. “From the beginning we made a promise to search out and create long term relationships with growers and vendors in order to offer the finest coffees available, from the best coffee growing regions in the world,” he said. “Today, with over 20 years of experience, we continue to ask ourselves what makes Majestic Mountain Coffee superior to any other coffee on the market today? Quite simply, we have mastered our hand-roasted, slowdevelopment roasting methods and techniques, providing what we and our customers say is ‘Quite possibly the world’s finest coffee.’” Majestic Mountain Coffee offers a wide variety of coffees to fit every palate and occasion. They are located at 11229 NE Highway 104, Kingston, 360297-7817.

Some Coffee Roasters & Shops

Austin Chase Coffee 9621 Mickelberry Rd NW #110 Silverdale, WA 98383 360-698-9042 austinchasecoffee.com Whiskey Gulch Coffee Shop 2065 Bay St. Port Orchard, WA 98366 360-443-2922 whiskeygulchcoffee.com Hot Shots Java 18881 Front St. NE Poulsbo, WA 98370 360-779-2171 Nordic Coffee 18972 Highway 305 Poulsbo, WA 98370 360-626-1623 Cafe Noir   3261 NW Mt. Vintage Wy #101 Silverdale, WA 98383 360-698-4111 Ootopia Coffee Roasters 5885 Highway 303 NE, Bremerton 360-415-9427 www.ootopia.com Puget Sound Coffee Roasters 655 NE East Owl Hill Way Poulsbo, WA 98370 360-614-9533 pugetcoffee.com

Tea Rooms Mrs. Muir’s. 32199 Rainier Ave. NE, House Number 10, Port Gamble 360-930-6619, www.mrsmuirhouseofghostsandmagic.com Victorian Tea Room 1130 Bethel Ave. Port Orchard 360-876-5695


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Friends, weddings, conventions and more... By Leslie Kelly

Are you planning a big event, say a wedding or a family reunion? Are you looking for a nice, quiet getaway for the weekend? Or, do you have family visiting soon and want to know where to put them? Whether you’re planning a big gathering or just a weekend away, Kitsap County has just what you need when it comes to great accommodations and venues. From large business groups, to weddings and reunions, to just taking time out for yourself and your immediate family, the Kitsap Peninsula is filled with convention centers, hotels, bed and breakfasts and even great outdoor rural park or farm-like locations. For accommodations of the best kind, try the Clearwater Casino Resort just between Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo. Operated by the Suquamish Tribe, the casino offers a full array of gambling, several restaurants and a hotel. The only waterfront casino property in Puget Sound, Clearwater Casino Resort is nestled on the shores of the Agate Passage. Indoors and out,

the breathtaking property captures the rustic natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The Resort’s 85 guest rooms flank a soaring Great Room offering spectacular waterfront views amid museum-quality works of art. The Hotel Tower features an additional 98 rooms and a 10,000 square foot conference center for hosting meetings and events. For more on availability, pricing and catering options contact sales staff at sales@clearwatercasino.com. A popular locale is the nearby Kiana Lodge with a rich history as lush as the gardens. The Suquamish people have gathered on these beaches for millenia, hosting guests in traditional style. Whether you’re looking for an intimate setting for a group of 30, space for a grand event with up to 1,000 guests or something in between, the Kiana Lodge is ready to accommodate your needs. Options include weddings, banquets, graduations, meetings, corporate retreats, auctions and proms. The historic open-beam main lodge, featuring a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace,

surrounds guests with Northwest history and rustic elegance. Another casino option is The Point Casino & Hotel located on the North Kitsap Peninsula in Kingston. Just 10 minutes from the Kingston Ferry or 15 minutes from Poulsbo, The Point is open 24 hours a day, and just this year, added a new hotel adjacent to the casino. With 94 rooms, including a beautiful executive suite on the top floor, it’s a great place to stay. Entertainment options include gambling, music performances and concerts, burlesque shows and beach parties with the change of seasons. The Point Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and is being developed by the Tribe’s Noo-Kayet Development Corporation. For more, www.thepointcasino.com. A great site for large gatherings is the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton. The Kitsap Conference Center Harborside is just a short ferry ride from Seattle and

DISCOVER KITSAP 2017 offers an unsurpassed standard of excellence for meetings, conferences, trade shows, social events, reunions and weddings. The center also is a great place for conventions, association gatherings, and for government and military groups. With an ideal waterfront location, the 17,000-square-foot venue comfortably hosts up to 700 guests and offers easy access to our Bremerton hotels. The outdoor water fountains and plaza highlight the conference center’s marina setting, making it a most unique venue in Kitsap County. The center is near the waterfront boardwalk and marina which hosts many local events such as boat regattas, Bremerton’s Labor Day Weekend Blackberry Festival and the Rock the Dock concert series on Saturday evenings throughout the summer. Hotels nearby include the Hampton Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites. If you’re planning an event in the central part of the county, take a look at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. It’s a great location for everything from birthday parties to board meetings. Its 5,000-square-foot event facility offers versatile and attractive event space in a charming waterfront setting. With five rooms and space for up to 270 guests, it can host gatherings big and small for oc-

W h e r e t o M e e tS u & b Sj e ta c yt casions both casual and formal. They offer full-service catering, everything from coffee service to gourmet buffets. The Admiral Ballroom is an elegant setting for banquets, weddings, fundraisers and seminars and can host up to 270 guests with theater-style seating, 200 guests with 10-person round tables or 120 guests with classroom-style seating. Also on the water in Silverdale is the Oxford Inn and Suites. In the business district and minutes from Kitsap Mall and Silverdale Waterfront Park, the inn is within close proximity of Old Town Silverdale and the Northwest Golf Range. Make yourself at home in one of the 63 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Many rooms have water views and there’s a great indoor pool and hot tub. In Bremerton, give the Baymont Inn and Suites a try. It’s close to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and downtown Bremerton, and offers a relaxing environment on the water with many amenities at an exceptional value. When on Bainbridge, there’s the Best Western Bainbridge Island Suites, located in the heart of a city surrounded by densely forested hills and quiet harbors. This highrise hotel offers large rooms and is close to

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shopping and dining options. For those wanting to rent a hall for an central county event is the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Events Center which includes meeting rooms, fair facilities, barns, arenas, large venues, ball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts and picnic shelters. Operated by the Kitsap County parks department, there are many rooms, halls and arenas to host larger events suitable for parties, dances, sporting events, and craft shows. If you’re looking for something that’s got lots of personality, try the Red Cedar Farms near Poulsbo. From weddings to corporate and social events, discover all that Red Cedar Farm has to offer. The 100-yearold renovated farm and 25 acres of lush plantings are a great way to enjoy nature and the farm-like atmosphere. Visit with the farm animals, play in the nostalgic pinball gallery, relax in the elegantly landscaped surroundings. Red Cedar Farm is an event venue popular for weddings and is a working farm. Weddings for up to 100 guests can be hosted with indoor and outdoor seating. In Port Gamble, The Hood Canal Vista Pavilion built in 2009 seats 130 inside the reception hall and 180 comfortably un-

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der the tent. Port Gamble’s Historic Board Rooms built in 1916 possess a rich history and inviting atmosphere in which to hold your distinguished meeting. St. Paul’s church seats a maximum of 150 people in the sanctuary and is popular for weddings. The Pavilion meeting and conference space is set on a bluff with perfect views of the Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet. Capacity is 1,000-plus and makes it a great venue for fundraising auctions. There are various outdoor sites for picnics, team building events, softball or baseball games. Picnic tables are available and catering is offered by Mike’s Four Star BBQ and the Port Gamble Store. And while there, check out the Port Gamble Guest Houses, two historic homes on a bluff above Hood Canal in historic Port Gamble. Each house offers a fully furnished kitchen and laundry facilities. If staying at a bed and breakfast is more to your liking, Kitsap County has a number of great B&Bs for just a night, a weekend or an event. In Kingston, try Phoenix Bed & Breakfast. Located on five beautiful acres and surrounded by tall trees, the home is set in a quiet country setting near the town of Kingston. Contemporary rooms and

Cedar Cove Inn / Courtesy photo log cabin-like rooms are available. Now a social and economic center of the north end of the Peninsula, Kingston is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or stopover while exploring Puget Sound. Stroll the tiny town of Kingston and surrounding communities while enjoying the waterfront ambiance, cozy cafes and quaint shops. Near Bainbridge Island, Skiff Point B&B overlooks the Puget Sound with an expansive, 180 degree panoramic view — from “bigger than life” Mt. Baker to the sparkling skyline of Seattle. Two recently upgraded spacious and private suites include The Loft and Carriage House and are fully equipped and stocked with all the basics. Choose to create your own gourmet delights or enjoy some of the excellent local restaurants and deli’s. The suites are designed with an inviting Northwest classic style for your comfort and relaxation If you’re in the Bremerton area, take a look at the Bird’s Eye View B&B. The Inn has several welcoming places to curl up with a book or loved one. The cozy warmth

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of this whimsical getaway creates a retreat of peace and quiet. Delicious homemade breakfast includes meats from the local butchers, as well as entrees with home grown fruits, berries, herbs, and edible flowers. Complimentary beverages will always be available. The great room has an attached library with a one of a kind stone fireplace, beamed ceiling, leather furniture, braided rugs, and a bay window framing the panoramic view of the Olympic Mountain Range. The Poulsbo Green Cat Guest House offers comfortable, affordable guest rooms in a casual, relaxed environment featuring private full bath, scrumptious European Continental Breakfast in a stocked minifridge. All guests have access to a fully equipped guest kitchen and dining-common room, with washer and dryer. Unwind in the two-person hot tub, or the cedar-lined steam/dry Finnish sauna, then take a cup of tea or a glass of wine or sparkling water. Arrange an in-room massage and dinner for two at one of Poulsbo’s many delectable and diverse restaurants. Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel


Need lodging for a visit or out-of-town guests? Silverdale offers two waterfront hotels perfect for families, romantic getaways or golf vacations. Visit our website for details.


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Skiff Point B&B / Courtesy photo A favorite for many who visit Kitsap County is the Cedar Cove B&B in Port Orchard. The historic 1909 inn is a place of comfort, relaxation and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Settle in and enjoy the stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and Sinclair Inlet as boats sail across the sound. Relax by the fire in the summer cabin or take a stroll to town. The inn has been lovingly restored to its historic grace, offering guests a visit back in time where the pace is gentle and relaxing. The home overlooks Port Orchard Bay and is located at the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. For something really special, try the Point No Point Lighthouse Keeper’s House in Hansville. The Point No Point Lighthouse, built in 1879, is considered to be the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound. With the cooperation of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, Kitsap County Parks and the Friends of Point No Point, the historic lighthouse Keeper’s home has opened as a vacation rental. A complete list of places to stay is available at www.visitkitsap.com under “Where to Stay.”

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Sporting life: Kitsap County golf courses, semi-pro teams and where they play, how to get tickets, etc., where good fields are to just play ball with your friends or family

Where to watch, where to play By Sara Miller

If you’re interested in sports, Kitsap has many semi-pro teams for your enjoyment. For soccer fans, Kitsap County has both outdoor and indoor leagues. Since 2008, the KITSAP PUMAS have been based in Bremerton playing at Gordon Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. However, in 2017, the team has been rebranded as Kitsap Soccer Club and will be competing in the National Premier Soccer League. While known as the Kitsap Pumas while in the Premiere Development League, the team won a national championship in 2011 and advanced to the national final again in 2014. In 2016, the club advanced to the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, becoming the farthest advancing club from the Open Division after defeating the Sacramento Republic of the USL. Games are played from May through August at Gordon Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $7 for adults. Find out more at www.kitsapsoccerclub.com. Kitsap also has a professional indoor soccer team, OLYMPIC FORCE, which currently plays in the Northwest Division of the Premier Arena Soccer League. The team plays at Olympic Sports Center in Bremerton, an athletic complex with several indoor and three outdoor-turf fields, in the winter and Gordon Field Park during the summer.

To find out more, go to www.OlympicForce.com. The Force’s women’s team, a member of the Women’s Premier Soccer League, plays teams from the Puget Sound and Oregon. The team plays May through September at the Olympic Sports Center. For basketball enthusiasts, take in a Kitsap Admirals game. The KITSAP ADMIRALS were founded in 2011, and are affiliated with the American Basketball Association. The ABA has more than 1,000 players playing on 70 teams across the country. The Admirals are owned by Ashley and Erica Robinson. The Admirals play from October through March at various locations in Kitsap County including Bremerton High School and the Bremerton Family YMCA. Players are involved in the community, volunteering at local schools teaching students about sportsmanship and being good individuals with anti-bullying campaigns. General admission is $10 and children between the ages 7-12 are $3. To find out more, go to www.kitsapadmirals.com. Kitsap County has a junior ice hockey team for winter sporting entertainment. The WEST SOUND WARRIORS are a junior A hockey squad whose season starts in October. They play in the Northern Pacific Hockey League,


Su Sp bo j er ct st For something a little different, why not try a rodeo?

If you like putting on cowboy boots and watching horses, Kitsap County is home to a pair of events each summer. In June, the THUNDERBIRD PRO BENEFIT RODEO takes place the 24-26 at Thunderbird Stadium at the Kitsap Fairgrounds. All proceeds from the event goes to the Northwest Burn Foundation and Corey’s Day on the Farm, two children’s charities. Go online to www.thunderbirdrodeo.com for schedules, ticket information and other ways to get involved.

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Home bouts are at the Bremerton Skateland, 1740 NE Fuson Road, Bremerton. Tickets are $12 at door, $10 pre-sale and $5 for children age 6-12. For more information, go to www.northwestderbycompany.com.

August brings top-notch cowboys and cowgirls to compete in the KITSAP COUNTY STAMPEDE, which is part of the annual Kitsap County Fair.

Kurt Devoe and home matches are at the Bremerton Ice Arena in East Bremerton. Tickets are $8 for reserved seating and $6 for general admission. For more ticket information, call 360-479-7465 or go to www.westsoundwarriors.pointstreaksites.com. Want to head into Seattle for to catch a game? No problem! The Washington State Ferries system out of the Bremerton Marina provides safe and easy travels to Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders games. The WEST SOUND ARMADA is a regional sub-group of the Emerald City Supporters for members living on the west side of Puget Sound. While primarily based in Kitsap County, they welcome ECS members living anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula. If you take a ferry to the match, or meet up at a bar with fellow fans to watch away games, this is the sub-group for you! You can find them on Facebook.

The event has been around Kitsap for more than 60 years and is a part of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The five-day rodeo, taking place Aug. 24-28, conclude with the XTREME BULLS competition, which is televised on ESPN. Visit www.kitsapstampedeclub.com for more.

For a fun night out, how about a trip to the roller derby rink?

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The NORTHWEST ROLLER DERBY COMPANY, which began in 2012, is the county’s only adult roller derby league. Northwest Derby Company (NDC) is a nonprofit run by volunteers.

They are members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association dedicated to advancing the sport of roller derby. NDC also has KITSAP DERBY BRATS, a junior roller derby squad open to girls ages 12-18 with a “tootsie” roller team for ages 5-11.



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GOLF There are many golf courses in the Kitsap area for players to hit the links.


Gold Mountain has distinguished itself as Kitsap’s destination for significant golf tournaments in recent years. It was a global attraction as the Golden Mountain Golf Complex hosted the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Tournament, a national championship tournament for junior golfers. The Gold Mountain course in Port Orchard features two separate courses. Both the Cascade and the Olympic courses are 18 holes. They also offer annual passes, including some that allow the golfer to choose whichever course they want to golf that particular day. Gold Mountain also offers soccer golf, a game that mixes the two sports for players to enjoy. Location: 7263 West Belfair Road, Bremerton. Website: www.goldmountaingolf.com.

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Port Orchard’s McCormick Woods Golf Course opened in 1987. Shawn Cucciardi’s 18-hole course has nearby housing developments, but it is one of the area’s most decorated courses after being honored at the state and national level by Golf Digest several times. The course also features lessons for junior golfers, which run from April through September. Location: 5515 McCormick Woods Drive SW, Port Orchard. Website: www.mcccormickwoordsgolf.com.


Trophy Lake Golf Course in Bremerton has been ranked among “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” by Golf Week and was voted 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. 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 round. Location: 3900 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard. Website: www.rollinghills-golfcourse.com.


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 18hole course. The course’s rates are cheaper than many of its competitors, and there are discounts for juniors, seniors and active military.

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White Horse Golf Course in Kingston, which features 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. Several fairways were modified with new trees and the removal of bunkers to revamp the course. The late John Harbottle III, who designed the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain, lead the renovations. Location: 22795 Three Lions Place NE, Kingston. Website: www.whitehorsegolf.com.


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Need to cruise? Try one of these! By Leslie Kelly

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It’s a hot rod heaven.

p.m. and stay until dark.

Cruisin’ Bremerton takes place in downtown Bremerton at Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue beginning at 7 p.m. every Saturday from April to September. Gather in the Kitsap Bank parking and get ready to step back into the 1950s when weekends were all about muscle cars and cruising around town.

On the last Tuesday of the month from May to August, stop by the Bainbridge Island Classic Car Cruise-In at the First Baptist Church on Bainbridge Island at Highway 305 and Madison Avenue. The show combines the love of classic automobiles with a desire to help local kids. Open to the general public, come enjoy cool cars and special interest vehicles or bring one of your own. A $5 donation per hamburger or hot-dog meal includes water or soda and all proceeds benefit “Project Backpack” at the local food bank, Helpline House.

Whether you’re a fan of vintage Mustangs, old pickup trucks, or streamlined classic Corvettes, there are many opportunities to show off your vehicles in Kitsap County. Or maybe, you just want to take a look at them.

The group is self-run and has a Facebook Page at Cruisin’ Bremerton Saturday Nights.

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From April to December, on the first Tuesday of the month, there’s a car show at the parking lot near 4220 Wheaton Way in East Bremerton. More than 100 old-time cars and their owner’s show up beginning about 4 p.m. to show off their handy work on everything from bumpers to engines. For more information email rmuhleman@hotmail. com. Every Wednesday, from April to October, take in great classic cars at the Night Cruise at Buck’s A & W Restaurant in Port Orchard. The cars begin showing up at 1690 SE Mile High Drive around 4

The Handler’s Cool Car Cruise is the first Tuesday of each month, April thru Sept at the Kitsap Mall parking lot in Silverdale.

And go ahead and cruise Port Gamble every Thursday May through September when car buffs bring out their classic, new or unique cars to show off on the lawns beside Mike’s Four Star BBQ and Gamble Bay Coffee. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information checkout www. portgamble.com. Additionally, throughout the summer there are special events at which the car clubs show their best. One of those is Vettes for Vets, on Saturday, May 27 at the Port Orchard A & W. Meet at 11:30 a.m. and join the caravan to the Washington State Veterans Home at Retsil to share Vettes with vets


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for Memorial Day. July 4 brings about a large car show on Bainbridge Island as a part of the island’s Independence Day celebration. See vintage cars in the parade that begins around noon and then take a closer look at them in the afternoon when they are parked in the church parking lot at Highway 305 and Madison Avenue. “The Cruz” car show in downtown in Port Orchard is Aug. 13. This show along the waterfront is considered the largest in Kitsap County and attracts up to 20,000 visitors. Also, the Kustom Kulture car show will be Aug. 19, at the Clearwater Casino in Suquamish. Be ready to show off your car and your tattoos. As a part of the Blackberry Festival on Labor Day weekend in Bremerton, there will be a car show and fly-in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at Bremerton National Airport, 8850 Highway 3, Bremerton. Also see restored military vehicles near the boardwalk in downtown Bremerton throughout the weekend.

A number of car clubs in Kitsap County

Olympic Vintage Automobile Association: In 1959 a group of vintage car enthusiasts gathered to form a car club that would become known as Olympic Vintage Automobile Association. They gathered in various members homes while they developed the framework of that organization. They remained active participating in tours, car displays, picnics, trips and various other activities until the 1960s when the club assimilated another auto club, the Rally Masters. When the dust had settled,

they emerged incorporated under the new name of Olympic Vintage Auto Club. They began hosting swap meets which they still do today at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Find out more at www.ovaa.us. Kitsap Mustang Club: Located in Bremerton, Kitsap Mustang Club was formed in 1988, and is aimed toward anyone with a genuine interest in the Ford Mustang automobile. Anyone who owns a Mustang or has interest in Mustangs can join in. The club has monthly meeting, weekly cruise nights, our annual “Mustangs on the Waterfront” Show in Port Orchard on July 30. For more, go to www. kitsapmustangclub.org. Kitsap Corvette Club: The Glass Odyssey Corvette Club of Kitsap County (GOCC) is a nonprofit organization that was incorporated in Washington in March of 1972 to encourage the promotion and preservation in the pride of the ownership of Corvettes and to further the interest of own-

ers and drivers of Corvette cars; promote, sponsor and organize outings, meetings, exhibitions and other Corvette activities; encourage Corvette drivers and owners and to promote the exchange of ideas and general and technical information relative their Corvettes; and to encourage safe and sportsman-like driving habits on public highways. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Central Kitsap Fire Station 41/ Meadowdale, 7600 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton. Go to www. kitsapvettes.org for more. Slaughter County Cruisers: The Slaughter County Cruisers is an organization of individuals with the interest of restoration, preservation and enjoyment of all antique, classic and custom vehicles. Through the brotherhood of the International Association of Fire Fighters, members are goodwill ambassadors and foster the enjoyment of vehicles through charitable, community and social endeavors. Find out more at www.oldride.com.

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There’s a marina just about everywhere “You do not ask a tame seagull why it needs to disappear from time to time toward the open sea. It goes, that’s all.” By Bernard Moitessier

By Nick Twietmeyer

In 1969, as Bernard Moitessier was set to win the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, he decided to turn away from the finish line and continue sailing around the world.

shopping or natural beauty, the Port Orchard Marina is an ideal, friendly spot for a day, or a lifetime.

“You do not ask a tame seagull why it needs to disappear from time to time toward the open sea. It goes, that’s all,” Moitessier said.

The Port of Poulsbo Marina is located toward the northern side of Liberty Bay. From the docks, downtown Poulsbo is short walk away. The already calm waters of Liberty Bay are further calmed by the marina’s protective breakwater. The still waters at the port offer peace of mind while visitors enjoy the many recreational, cultural and dining opportunities offered in the area.

For the residents and visitors of Kitsap who enjoy answering the call of the sea, our multitude of marinas and waterfronts can offer the creature comforts needed to revitalize even the most windwearied of sailors.

Port Orchard Marina

The Port Orchard Marina is located on the pristine waters of Puget Sound. Al the charm of a walkable, friendly small-town has made this marina a favorite among boaters. Whether you want to relax on your boat, enjoy

Poulsbo Marina

Marina amenities: fuel dock: ethanol free unleaded and diesel, pump-out and water, permanent and guest moorage, live-aboard are welcome; restrooms, showers and laundry, WiFi, town park and picnic tables next to marina, public boat launch, tidal grid for hull inspection, nearby boat rentals,

sea plane dock and taxi service to other locations.

Eagle Harbor Marina

Eagle Harbor Marina is located on beautiful Bainbridge Island directly across the harbor from Winslow and the ferry docks. The newly rebuilt marina is now one of the most technologically advanced on the Puget Sound. The marina now has amenities like a state-of-the-art security system, fiber optic cable for commercialgrade WiFi, laundry, showers, U.S. Postal mailboxes and locked storage units. The marina enjoys a spectacular view of the entire harbor along with easy boating access to central Puget Sound. There are many great places nearby even for a short weekend getaway without spending a lot of fuel getting there.


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Kingston Marina

The Port of Kingston was established by the state Legislature in 1919 as one of the original Mosquito Fleet landing sites. The port is located in Apple Tree Cove where the Carpenter Creek Estuary meets the Puget Sound. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has designated the Port of Kingston as a safe harbor during storms. The geographic location of the port provides convenient access to prime, commercial, tribal and recreational fishing and crabbing grounds. The Port of Kingston is a favorite stop for boaters bound from the southern areas of Puget Sound heading to the Strait of Juan De Fuca, the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Gulf Islands, and even Alaska. Proximity to the Olympic Peninsula offers opportunities for campers, hikers and bikers as well. Washington State Ferries operate the western terminal of the EdmondsKingston run at the Port of Kingston. Marina amenities: fuel dock: ethanol free unleaded and diesel, pump-out and water, permanent and guest moorage, restrooms, showers and laundry, wireless internet, covered picnic tables on guest dock, electric vehicle available for guests, stores and marine supplies nearby. The Kingston Marina also recently began allowing visitors to reserve their slips up to one year in advance.

Silverdale Marina

The Port of Silverdale’s pier includes a marina with fresh water hook ups, pump out and power. The pier has both security cameras and random foot patrols for safety. Stay up to three nights; transient moorage fees are $10 a day for boats up to 28 feet and $20 a day for boats 28 feet and over. The Port of Silverdale’s boat launch is one of the deepest in the area so as to allow boat launchings at very low tides. Pier is available April to October which makes

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Clam Island Rowers / Courtesy photo launching your boat a breeze. Parking stalls available for both vehicle and trailer parking. The park also has a playground and Olympic Outdoor Center seasonally offers kayaks and paddle boards for rent, adjacent to the pier.

day starting July 4 the boardwalk will host the Rock the Docks summer concert series, until Aug. 26.


The marina is also conveniently located adjacent to the Washington State Ferry terminal, with transit to and from Seattle throughout the day.

As one of the premiere marinas in Kitsap County, the Bremerton Marina offers breathtaking views in every direction.

To the east lie the shipyards and Sinclair Inlet, Bremerton stands to the west, the Port Orchard Marina to the south and the Manette Bridge to the north, connecting Bremerton’s vibrant downtown to the sleepy grace of Manette. The Bremerton Marina is also home to the USS Turner Joy, a decommissioned Sherman-class destroyer. While in service the Turner-Joy performed combat operations in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War. Now it serves as a tourist attraction and museum. Tours cost $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children and typically last between one and two hours. The marina boardwalk hosts festivals during the warmer months. Every Satur-

The ultra-fast foot ferry service is available to nearby Port Orchard for only $2 on weekdays and Saturdays.

The marina’s beauty is reinforced by impeccable quality. The marina is stateof-the-art and features ample comforts to visiting and permanent sailors alike. It features 220 permanent slips, moorage over 60 feet, covered moorage 28-52 feet, slips from 36 to 120 feet, a fuel dock, full-service repair close by, laundry facilities, and the all-important free WiFi. Guest moorage rates vary by boat length and length of stay. A standard fee is $36 per night plus 90 cents per foot over 40 feet. Per night electricity prices are low: $4 per night for 40 amps and $5 per night for 50 amps. Wait list deposit is $100 as is the monthly live aboard fee. There is no charge for dinghy storage.

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Medical offices and pharmacies in Kitsap for you and your pets By Leslie Kelly

It’s never planned. But it happens. You step on a piece of glass on the beach. A fall off your mountain bike, and you break a finger. You forget to bring your medication. Whatever the emergency, there’s a place in Kitsap County to go for help. On the Kitsap Peninsula and Bainbridge Island, medical offices and pharmacies are nearby. Here’s a list of places to go: (These lists may not be all-inclusive.)

Bainbridge Island


Kitsap Medical Group 2256 Colchester Drive E 360-871-9300 www.kitsapmedical.com

In case of a serious or life-threatening medical emergency, call 911. Kitsap County has one general purpose hospital, Harrison Medical Center with campuses in Silverdale and Bremerton. In Silverdale, go to 800 NW Myhre Road, or call 360-337-8800. In Bremerton, Harrison is located at 2520 Cherry Ave. Call 360-744-3911 for more information. The hospital is open 24-7 and is the organization’s acute-care center and home to award-winning cardiovascular services, including open-heart surgery. Services also include oncology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, critical care, and 24/7 emergency care in a Level III Trauma Center. For less threatening emergencies, here’s a list of medical urgent care offices and medical centers in Kitsap:

Swedish Clinic 945 Hildebrand Lane NE, Suite 100 206-855-7700


The Doctors Clinic 19245 7th Ave. NE 360-782-3500

Kitsap Medical Group 26114 Illinois Ave. 360-297-2696 www.kitsapmedical.com

Kitsap Medical Group Immediate Clinic North Kitsap Medical Center 20730 Bond Road NE, No. 205 360-779-9727 www.immediateclinic.com



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Group Health Silverdale Medical Center 10452 Silverdale Way NW 360-307-7300 www.ghc.org


The Doctors Clinic 450 S. Kitsap Blvd., No. 250 360-782-3000 www.thedoctorsclinic.com Franciscan Medical Clinic 451 SW Sedgwick Road, No. 110 360-874-5900 www.fhshealth.org Group Health Port Orchard Medical Center 1400 Pottery Ave. 360-895-5000 www.ghc.org Harrison Port Orchard Urgent Care 450 S. Kitsap Blvd. 360-744-6275 www.harrisonmedical.org

Central Kitsap Urgent Care 10513 Silverdale Way NW 360-692-9852 www.pacificnwhc.com

The Doctors Clinic Women’s & Children’s Center 1780 NW Myhre Road, Suite 2120 360-782-3100 The Doctors Clinic 2011 NW Myhre Road 360-830-1600 The Doctors Clinic — Salmon Medical Center 2200 NW Myhre Road 360-830-1100 The Doctors Clinic 9398 Ridgetop Blvd NW 360-782-3200 The Doctors Clinic Urgent Care 9621 Ridgetop Blvd NW 360-782-3400


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or Poulsbo; Peninsula Community Health Services in Bremerton; Peninsula Community Health in Port Orchard; Cascade Specialty Pharmacy, Poulsbo; Kitsap Pharmacy at Central Market; Costco Pharmacy, Target and Northwoods Lodge Pharmacy in Silverdale.

Every community in Kitsap has a highly rated dental office that carries most plans. You can also check online for a dentist near you.


Have a cavity, chipped tooth, loose or lost crown, or other dental emergency? Call 1-800-DENTIST (1800dentist. com) or 1-866-993-2391 (DentalInfo.net) and you will be connected with a dentist closest to you in Kitsap.


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Kitsap Veterinary Hospital 3036 Bethel Road SE 360-329-6077 Poulsbo Animal Emergency and Trauma Center 320 NW Lindvig Way 360-697-7771 www.myaetc.com Silverdale VCA Central Kitsap Animal Hospital 2238 NW Bucklin Hill Road 360-692-6162 www.vcahospitals.com

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS What to do throughout the year By Leslie Kelly


19-20 Viking Fest begins in Poulsbo, which takes over downtown Poulsbo and the waterfront; a carnival, Viking village, live entertainment, contests i n cluding a paddle board races and lutefisk eating competitions. www.vikingfest.org. 27-28 Kitsap Harbor Festival Pirates Rendezvous craft and vendor show in Port Orchard. Fathom’s Seagull Calling Festival and Wings cook-off Waterfront P a r k on May 27. Festivities begin at 12 p.m. Bremerton Marina fills with boaters, tall ships and the historic tug Comanche in Port Orchard or Bremerton. Festival draws boaters and visitors from outlying communities. Hours: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JUNE 3-4

Bainbridge Island Gardens in Bloom, www.artshum.org.


Poulsbo Twilight Criterium bike race


Kitsap Medieval Faire, June 3-5, Port Gamble. Tournaments, Artisan’s Village, Merchants Row, minstrels, food vendors. www. junefaire.com.

Seagull Splat 5K Run, June 10, Port Orchard.


Midsommarfest, Poulsbo, celebrating the Summer Solstice, Scandinavian style at Poulsbo’s Waterfront Park. Features are folk dancing, games and the raising of the midsummer pole.


Concerts on the Bay music series every Thursday evening beginning June 22, in Port Orchard at Waterfront Park.


Fathoms O’ Fun Grand Parade in downtown Port Orchard, June 24. Also Festival by the Sea Craft Show June 23-26.

SK Volunteer Firemen’s Association Annual Hot Foot 5K Races, June 24 at 9 a.m., South Kitsap Regional Park. Fathoms O’Fun Dinghy Derby, June 25 noon to 3 p.m. Port Orchard Waterfront.

24-25 Water Trails Festival, Silverdale. Celebration on the water, kayaking, www.VisitKitsap.org.

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Keys to Keyport Fun Paddle, June 25, paddle from Poulsbo or Brownsville to nearby Keyport and win free raffle prizes.

Rotary Auction/Rummage Sale, July 1. Sale starts at 8 a.m., www. bainbridgeislandrotary.org.


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Bainbridge Island Downtown Association Street Dance July 3. Annual street dance in Winslow for the Fourth of July. www.bainbridgedowntown.org


Historic Home and Garden Tour in Port Orchard, beginning at Sidney Art Gallery, July 22


Bainbridge Island Summer Studio Tour, Aug. 11-13, www.bistudiotour.com.



Grand Old Fourth of July Parade celebration in downtown Winslow, July 4 (parade at 1 p.m.), B.I. Chamber of Commerce., www. bainbridgechamber.com

Live & Ride Motorcycle Show, Port Orchard, July 23

Bainbridge Island Fireworks over Eagle Harbor July 4, www.bainbridgefireworks.org

28-30 Whaling Days — Old Town Silverdale/Silverdale Waterfront, July 28-30. Old-fashioned carnival with food booths, live music, games and rides. Sunday at 3 p.m., watch thousands of rubber duckies race to the finish line on Dyes Inlet.

Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park in Bremerton, Aug. 12, a celebration of food and wine on Bremerton’s scenic waterfront, benefiting Harrison Medical Center Foundation.


The Cruz Classic Car Show and Festival by the Bay in Downtown Port Orchard, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Waterfront.


Poulsbo’s Grand fireworks display over Liberty Bay, July 3 Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park, at dusk. Live music,www.vikingfest.org.



Chief Seattle Days, Aug. 18-20, www.suquamish.org/ChiefSeattleDays.aspx


Friends of the Farms Annual Farm to Table Dinner on Bainbridge island, www.friendsofthefarms.org.

Poulsbo Arts Festival, Aug.18-20, a juried art competition that also includes a children’s arts corner, jewelry, metal, ceramic, wood, and fabric arts.


Bike for Pie, Aug. 6, Squeaky Wheels, Bainbridge Island. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., www. squeakywheels.org.


Washington Midsummer Renaissance Fair, Aug. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, at the Kelly Farm, Bonney Lake.

23-27 Kitsap County Fair and Stampede, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Aug. 23-27. Animals on exhibit, carnival rides and food, lots of homemade foods and crafts to view. Concerts in the evening and a fun rodeo nightly.

Kingston 4th of July celebration, July 3-4, Tiny Town, music festival, Kingston’s Got Talent, Great Ball Race, Fun Run.


Bremerton, Sinclair Inlet annual fireworks show, July 4.

Fathoms O’ Fun Annual Grand Fireworks Show July 4 in Port Orchard at Sinclair Inlet. Carnival on the waterfront July 6-9.

Kingston 4th of July, July 4, Kingston, www.kingston4thofjuly.com


Wednesday Evening Concerts, July-August at a variety of B.I. parks. www.biparks.org

Bloedel Reserve Summer Performances Concert Series July-Aug. www.bloedelreserve.org


Old Mill Days, July 8-9, Port Gamble, www.oldmilldays.com


Chris Craft Rendezvous at the Port Orchard Marina, July 13-16.


Bremerton Summer Brewfest, July 14, featuring 26 Washington Breweries pouring more than 60 Washington Summer Style Beers and live music.


5th Annual South Kitsap Golf Classic, July 15. Starts at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce.


Port Orchard Bay Street Association Art & Antiques Fair, July 14-15, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Virginia V Cruise Around Bainbridge July 16, aboard the last of the steam-powered “Mosquito Fleet” vessels. Reservations required.



Mustangs on the Waterfront, July 31, Port Orchard.

Presents The Annual

Grand Fireworks Show! July 4th - 10:30PM Over Sinclair Inlet

View from Port Orchard & Bremerton

Concerts by The Bay - 12PM to 10:30PM Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park Gazebo in Port Orchard



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Featuring the Jingle Bell Run/Walk and these family FREE events: the lighting of the town Christmas tree, the&arrival of Santa Claus on a fire City Hall Downtown Port Orchard truck, the Pooch’n Purr parade, hay rides, choirs, decorated boats, children’s activities, and much more. Join us for the fun!

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City of Port Orchard and the Sponsors: Festival of Chimes and Lights


Bremerton Blackberry Festival, Sept. 2-4, on Bremerton’s boardwalk. Food vendors, arts and crafts, car show, and games for the kids. 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.


Taste of Port Orchard, Sept. 2-3, Waterfront Park, Port Orchard.


Harvest Fair at Johnson Farm, www.friendsofthefarms.org.


Port Orchard Chocolate Festival, Sept. 9-10.


First Sundays Concert, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. Waterfront Park Community Center, Bainbridge Island, www. firstsundaysconcerts.org.16 Rotary Wine with Wags, Sept. 16, McCormick Woods, Port Orchard.


Kiwanis Summer Challenge Bike Ride, three routes: 16, 24 & 52 miles, www.SummerChallengeRide.org.


B.A.D. (Brownsville Appreciation Day), Brownsville Marina, Sept. 23, free kids’ games, car show ,zombie pirate treasure hunt.


Bainbridge Island First Sundays Concert, Oct. 1, 4 p.m. Waterfront Park Community Center, www. firstsundaysconcerts.org.


Bloedel Reserve Squash Scavenger Hunt on Bainbridge Island, www.bloedelreserve.org.


Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival, www.artshum.org.


Poulsbo Marathon, Oct. 14 for a marathon, half marathon, 10k or relay through the region. The races starts at North Kitsap High School.

Bainbridge Gardens’ Annual Pumpkin Walk throughout October, hundreds of lighted pumpkins, www.bainbridgegardens.com.


Trick or Treat in Downtown Port Orchard (Oct. 28, 4 p.m.) or downtown Bremerton and Manette, Oct. 31, 4 p.m.

Halloween in downtown Poulsbo, Oct. 31, Front Street closed to traffic for ghouls, ghosts, monsters and more. Families trick or treat from shop to shop.


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Haunted Fairgrounds, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Oct. 14-31. Nightly haunted buildings with costumed actors sure to scare the wits out of you.


Bainbridge Island First Sundays Concert, Nov. 5, 4 p.m. Waterfront Park Community Center, www. firstsundaysconcerts.org

Winter Farmers Market on Bainbridge, November-December, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Town Square, www.bainbridgefarmersmarket.com


Veteran’s Day Celebration, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Nov. 11. Celebrate our veterans with patriotic speeches, displays and food.


Viking Avenue Tree Lighting, Nov. 24, Viking Way and Lindvig Way, Poulsbo. Lights turned on at dusk, refreshments, singing and a parade.


Bainbridge Holiday Open House and Community Tree Lighting, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. on Madrone Lane., www.bainbridgedowntown.org.


Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, downtown Port Orchard.

Small Business Saturday and Silverdale holiday tree lighting, Nov. 25, Silverdale Way and Bucklin Hill Road.

Breakfast with Santa, Nov. 25, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. in Port Orchard at Port Orchard Eagles.


Pooch & Purr Parade, Dec. 2, 4-5 p.m. Bay Street, Port Orchard. Dress your pets in style and parade them down Bay Street.


B.I. Winter Studio Tour, Dec. 1-3, www.bistudiotour.com.

Kingston Country Christmas throughout December, www. kingstonchamber.com.

Bloedel Reserve Holiday Village & Model Train Display, throughout December, www.bloedelreserve. org.

Port Gamble Country Christmas in December,www.portgamble. com.


Community caroling, Dec. 16. Musical Theatre Bainbridge and Bainbridge Chorale from 4 to 5 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.


Noon Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Family New Year Celebration and Countdown to Noon at the Museum, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Kids Discovery Museum, 301 R a vine Lane NE, Bainbridge Island, www.kidimu.org.


Winterfest in downtown Bremerton, Dec. 2, includes tree lighting, carolers and a visit from Santa.

Julefest in downtown Poulsbo, Dec. 2. A Scandinavian arts and crafts bazaar runs throughout the day, while folk dancing, singing and horse and wagon rides continue in town. Miss Poulsbo lights the Christmas tree at Waterfront Park. Helpful links: www. portofpoulsbo.com, www.historicdowntownpoulsbo.com, www.cityofpoulsbo.com/parks/ parks.htm, www.cafnw.org, www. p o u l s b o s o n s o f n o r w ay . co m , www.poulsbochamber.com.

Gingerbread Houses at KiDiMu throughout December, www.kidimu.org

Pictures with Santa at the Log Cabin, first two weekends in December, Sidney Art Gallery, Port Orchard.

Festival of Chimes & Lights, Chamber Holiday Pet Parade, Sinclair Inlet Yacht Club Christmas Lane, Jingle Bell Run, Dec. 2, Port Orchard.







U.S. Navy / Courtesy photo

Military a major presence in Kitsap County By Leslie Kelly

If you see someone in uniform in Kitsap County, don’t be surprised. Terryl Asla

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Kitsap County serves as the home of several military installations under the Navy Region Northwest designation. According to the Navy Region NW Public Affairs Office, there are 16,200 active duty, 17,600 civilian employees, 6,000 reserve and 25,000 retirees in the Kitsap area. This is in addition to the nearly 50,000 military family members that live and work in the area, including those from the USS Nimitz and the USS Stennis. NBK encompasses five local major areas: the Bangor submarine base, Bremerton with the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility and aircraft carriers, a fuel depot at Manchester, research and torpedo maintenance facilities at Keyport and housing at Jackson Park. Additionally, centrally located between Bangor and Bremerton is Naval Hospital Bremerton, a fully accredited, community-based acute care and obstetrical hospital, and hosting a variety of specialty clinics. Hospitals and clinic staff were the fourth-largest group on NBK. NBK also includes two areas outside of Washington state: the Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility in Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as radio towers in British Columbia, Canada.

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NBK has 1,853 buildings spread out over 11,200 acres, and 70 tenants including members of the Coast Guard, Marines and the Army. NBK had a huge economic impact on the area. NBK’s annual payroll is more than $3 billion for its active duty

and civilian personnel and 7,500 contractors. Kitsap County is proud of its military connections and throughout the county you’ll find monuments dedicated to its military history. One of the most noted is the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial which was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2013. Located in Evergreen Park, at 1300 Park Ave. in Bremerton, the memorial includes two steel beams that were recovered from the World Trade Towers after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The Kitsap 9/11 Memorial Project is dedicated to the men, women, and children who lost their lives in the attack. Touch 5,000 pounds of steel pulled from New York’s World Trade Center. Feel limestone taken from the damaged Pentagon and read stories of the four destroyed airlines. The memorial wall includes tiles made by local school children. More about local military memorials can be found at www.VisitKitsap.com. And with so many veterans calling Kitsap County home, there’s a number of service organizations locally dedicated to helping veterans. Among them are the American Legion Post 245 Veterans Service Office at 19068 Jensen Way, Suite 3A, downtown Poulsbo, phone: 360-779-5456. The office is open every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Disabled American Veterans is located at 2315 Burwell St., Bremerton, phone: 360-373-2397. About the Navy Region Northwest: The United States Navy has been operating reg-


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ularly in Pacific Northwest waterways since 1841. The Navy, Marine Corps, and Revenue Marine (forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard), explored, charted, and protected the area during the mid-Nineteenth Century. Ships and cutters worked to keep the peace between natives and settlers, and helped negotiate boundary disputes over the San Juan Islands. When the U.S. purchased Alaska in 1867, the sea services began patrols to regulate fishing and sealing, assist mariners in distress, and establish forward presence in the Last Frontier. Bases and a shipyard were operating in Puget Sound by the 1890s, and on May 7, 1903, the Thirteenth Naval District was established in Seattle. It was renamed Naval Base Seattle in 1980, and subsequently renamed Navy Region Northwest in 1999. Navy Region Northwest provides consolidated base operations support for Navy activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. The Commander oversees the assigned shore organization and provides facilities and space management, exercise coordination, and support to home-ported and transient ships, submarines, and aircraft as well as afloat and ashore tenants, military and family members. Navy Region Northwest exists to support the fleet, fighter and family. Its support is essential to provide naval forces that are ready and able to execute our nation’s defense requirements. NBK enables National Security by fostering the sustainable operations of the Navy in the Northwest Region through Navy shore installation excellence, community partnerships, and environmental and energy stewardship. The U.S. Navy’s third largest fleet concentration area is located within the Puget Sound, an environmentally sensitive inland sea with an international border with Canada. The Department of the Navy infuses over $5 billion annually in the region, and region installations and facilities occupy more than 28,000 acres of land. In September 1891, 190 acres of the Pacific Northwest wilderness was purchased for $10,000 and the first Naval Station Puget Sound was established in Bremerton. In 1900, the Naval Station became a shipyard and was the only West Coast ship repair facility until 1941. By 1945, the wartime workforce reached more than 32,000 personnel. Between 1917 and 1969, a total of 85 ships were constructed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard including the largest vessels on the West Coast. In 1961, the Shipyard was certified as a nuclear repair facility. The shipyard celebrated its 125th

Terryl Asla anniversary just last year. In 1998, Naval Station Bremerton was commissioned as the Navy’s newest homeport. In June 2004, Naval Station Bremerton and Submarine Base Bangor were joined to become one regional base known as Naval Base Kitsap. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard operates as a separate unit. Naval Base Kitsap Bangor’s military history began in 1942, when it became the site for shipping ammunition to the Pacific theater during World War II. The Navy announced the selection of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor as the homeport for the first squadron of Trident Submarines in 1973. Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, was officially activated in 1977. The mission of Naval Base Kitsap is to serve as host command for the Navy’s fleet throughout West Puget Sound and to provide base operating services, including support to submarines, aircraft carriers and surface ships home ported at Bremerton and Bangor. Naval Base Kitsap also provides world-class service, programs and facilities that meet the needs of the hosted war-fighting commands, tenant activities, crew, service school and employees. Captain Alan Schrader, commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap, spoke recently about the longstanding relationship between Naval Base Kitsap and the communities in Kitsap County. “We have been good partners for years,” he said. “You have been great.” “I know there are those of you who see the fence and wonder what’s going on behind there,” he said, of the private access Navy properties throughout Kitsap County. “Well, it’s like a little city with everything, bowling alleys, chapels and childcare. And I’m the mayor.”

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The cannabis business continues to grow in Kitsap County By Leslie Kelly

Since the recreational use of marijuana became legal in the state of Washington in 2014, a number of retail marijuana locations have opened in Kitsap County. According to Washington State data, there are 15 retail stores and 14 production facilities in Kitsap County. Annual sales in the county in 2016 brought in $14,873,012 in tax revenue. Anyone 21 years of age and older can purchase up to one ounce of useable marijuana (the harvested flowers or bud), 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and seven grams of marijuana concentrates. You’ll need a photo identification that shows your age. And products can only legally be purchased in state-licensed retail stores. Just a note, most stores only accept cash, although most have ATMs. Among the most popular cannabis retailers in Kitsap County is Paper & Leaf on Bainbridge Island. Paper & Leaf has adopted an art gallery/ record store vibe. “We designed this to feel like a gallery,” said co-owner Steven Kessler. “We fully expect people to come in who haven’t tried the product in a long time and maybe just wanted to see what’s going on here. Maybe they’re not going to buy anything, but at least they’re going to pop their neck in,” said Brendan Hill, co-owner.

Display cases made of recycled wood — each with different varieties of cannabis locked inside —- grace the walls like works of art. And there’s one wall reserved as a rotating gallery with works by Bainbridge and other Kitsap-area artists. If you have time and want to “be in the know,” attend a Cannabis 101 session on the fourth Monday of each month from 4 to 7 p.m. The county also has one of the first Tribalowned and operated cannabis retailers, Agate Pass Dreams, in Suquamish. It’s close to the Agate Pass Bridge on Highway 305 across from Clearwater Casino. The store opened last year and carries a variety of cannabis blends and merchandise. Stop by even if your don’t partake and grab a commemorative T-shirt for a friend or yourself. Another great cannabis shop in the south end of the county is Green Way Marijuana, in Port Orchard. They brag of hundreds of products from more than 40 producers, and the best prices in Kitsap County. Kitsap County does have cannabis production and processing sites. However, they operate under the strict regulations of the Washington State Liquor Control Board; they are not open to the public for tours. If you want to see a tour of such a facility try Kush Tours in Seattle, which does offer tours of production facilities that have been pre-arranged with owners.

Things to know: — It remains a felony for anyone but a licensed retailer to sell or provide marijuana to anyone else. Providing or selling marijuana to a minor under the age of 18 is subject to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. — It is illegal to consume marijuana in public view. It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, and doing so may result in significant legal penalties. — You cannot take marijuana out of state. — As with tobacco, smoking marijuana in any indoor location is subject to the restrictions in the Washington Smoking in Public Places law. The law prohibits smoking in public places or places of employment, and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, open windows and ventilation intakes. If the establishment permits it, and you are either vaporizing or staying in a room where smoking is allowed, it is legal to consume marijuana in a private hotel room. — And if you are boating, remember that according to the U.S. Coast Guard, if you are in navigable waters, they will enforce federal law. Possession of marijuana is still illegal federally. And it is never OK to operate a boat while impaired by marijuana or any other drug. The law against marijuana use in public view also applies to state parks, public hiking trails, national parks, and ski resorts.

What to do:

WHat not to do:

Purchase cannabis in a legal pot shop Learn about cannabis Indica and Sativa Consume cannabis in a private location Ask ahead whether hotels have cannabis smoking rooms or areas MAKE SURE TO GET A LIGHTER!

Do not consume cannabis & drive Do not forget to have your ID when visiting cannabis shops Do not cross state lines with cannabis Do not consume cannabis in public areas Do not bring cannabis into federal property including parks, airports or buildings


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ealogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) has opened a new Bainbridge Island branch called the “Island Living Gallery” at 240 Winslow Way East. Occupying approximately one half of the Old Hardware Store – a nostalgic icon of Bainbridge Island heritage built in 1948 – the global real estate brand and its twenty licensed brokers in Kitsap County are now poised for growth. RSIR has colloborated with the adjoining restaurant and bar Bruciato, operated by famed chef and Bainbridge Island resident Brendan McGill of Hitchcock, which opened at the end of 2016. This dynamic lifestyle center at the heart of Winslow has resurrected an important landmark building which has stood vacant for more than five years. To hear more about upcoming events, please sign up for our Passport Registry at rsir.com/contact-us . “This thoughtful revitalization of an important building is a testament to our commitment to Bainbridge Island and to all of Kitsap County that we serve – it’s living history,” said Jennifer Johnsen Cameron, Vice President of Brand Development and new Branch Manager for Bainbridge Island. Despite being the newest brokerage, RSIR ranks third most productive on Bainbridge Island with the highest average listing sales prices amongst its peers, according

to Trendgraphix research. RSIR brokers participated in the listing and sale in each of Bainbridge Island’s top sales over $5 million in 2016, yet proudly serves all property types and price points. Across the Puget Sound region, RSIR was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal for the fifth consecutive year among the top 100 “Fastest-Growing Private

“It’s a blend of culture, cuisine and real estate.” Companies” in Washington and collectively holds the greatest listing sales production per broker when compared with the top ten largest real estate brands market wide. RSIR’s new 4,000-SF+ facility is a celebration of both old and new. The original structure features exposed timbers, a barrel ceiling and refinished concrete floors while stateof-the-art technology by Wipliance includes large-format video screens, projectors and entertainment systems ensures the venue can quickly transform from brokerage office by day to a multi-media venue for special events and promotions by night. Architectural upgrades include a dynamic folding door system on Winslow Way that creates an indoor/outdoor experience. Artisan touches include recycled

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historical materials, the hinges that adorn the conference room were discovered in the old Transmitter Building on Bainbridge, a space used for codebreakering during WWII which was built in the same time period as the old hardware store. Other artisan touches which compliment the space include custom metalwork by local craftsman Jeremy Loerch. A participant in First Friday Artwalk, the showroom will include works by The Island Gallery and floor coverings by Island Ambiance. The RSIR branch will also include an office for preferred lender Caliber Home Loans – a top producing mortgage banker on Bainbridge Island represented by Missy Lundwall. Having been part of this process since inception, I am extremely proud of our accomplishment and we’re just getting started,” said Marilyn Turner, Office Manager and Director of Broker Care for the brokerage in Kitsap County. “Our objective was to create a community gathering space or a third place for all to come together outside of home and work – like a living room open to the public. It’s a blend of culture, cuisine and real estate. Based on the response so far, I think we are on our way to reaching our goal.” So whether your next address is around the corner or around the world, we can help.

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JULY 5 Planet Groove

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JULY 12 Portage Bay Big Band

The Portage Bay Big Band is Seattle’s hardest workin’ big band featuring the swing hits of the ‘30s and ‘40s. The 18-piece band of musicians led by Todd Nordling has been playing dances, festivals, concerts and special events throughout the Puget Sound region since 1981.

JULY 19 The Believers

When asked to describe their music, Craig (Aspen) and Cynthia (Frazzini) don’t miss a beat saying, “We’re a rock band with a country problem.” Britain’s Rock n Reel Magazine recently wrote that The Believers are “What Johnny and June might’ve sounded like if they’d jammed with The White Stripes.”

JULY 26 St. Paul de Vence

Don Yates of KEXP says of St. Paul de Vence, “The band’s dynamic, acoustic-oriented sound includes guitars, accordion, ukulele, autoharp, banjo, mandolin, assorted percussion and more, fleshing out well-crafted songs with warm, soulful harmonies and occasional anthemic choruses.”


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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND Bainbridge Island has plenty of character By Brian Kelly

Bainbridge Island Parks & Recreation / Courtesy photo

It was a few minutes past 3:30 on a clearerthan-expected October afternoon.

and most folks arrive on the island the same way as its first visitors — by boat.

Standing at one end of the Agate Pass Bridge, next to a ceremonial, oversized lock hanging from a wire stretched across the roadway, Web Hoover, secretary of the State Toll Bridge Authority, held up a huge wooden key.

Washington State Ferries has two ferries that serve Bainbridge Island, and the route is the busiest in the state, with Bainbridge boats carrying 4.5 million people and 1.9 million vehicles last year.

Hundreds of cars lined the roads on both sides of the bridge, and a crowd of a few thousand listened as a loudspeaker blared that Hoover was “unlocking the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula.”

Bainbridge Island is an attraCTIVE Destination

A few minutes passed, and Bainbridge Island was finally and officially connected to greater Kitsap and beyond, courtesy of the new $1.4 million bridge across Agate Passage. The bridge — the dream and desire of so many islanders and others for so many years — had become a reality. And within four days of its opening on that fall day in 1950, more than 10,500 cars had crossed between the island and the Kitsap Peninsula. Now, more than 65 years later, the bridge is still the only connection by car between Kitsap and Bainbridge, and more people use the bridge each day than the span saw in its opening week. Much has changed since the Agate Pass Bridge was built. Bainbridge was known as a quiet and remote place. But one thing hasn’t: Bainbridge remains the gateway to the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas,

It’s easy to see why Bainbridge Island is such an attractive destination, and one that’s just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Thousands of visitors who come to the island every year don’t even bother to bring a car; “walkons” board one of the two ferries that serve Bainbridge from Seattle’s Colman Dock (Pier 52) and step off the boat just minutes away from Winslow, the island’s downtown. Get your bearings at The Waypoint, the city’s gateway park that was built by volunteers a few years ago, before heading into town. Just across the street from The Waypoint is the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, a crown jewel in Kitsap County’s cultural offerings, a free-admission facility that opened in 2013 and features artists from Bainbridge and across the region. You may notice a bit of construction activity along the highway next to the museum. Make a mental note of it; work began this March on the first leg of the Sound to Olympics Trail, a proposal walking-biking-hiking trail that will run alongside the Highway 305 corridor, eventually all the way to the Agate Pass Bridge, to Poulsbo, and beyond.

DISCOVER KITSAP 2017 For your current visit, though, continue along Winslow Way, the main street through downtown, to find multiple art galleries, boutiques, one-of-a-kind stores, cafes and coffee shops, remarkable restaurants and one of the best independent book stores in Puget Sound.

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Winslow Way has changed with the times but is still rooted in the past; a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare that for more than 140 years has served the diverse residents of the Eagle Harbor towns of Madrone, then Winslow, and today, the city of Bainbridge Island — which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year as an all-island municipality.

Island history

All-island cityhood was a long time coming. Settlers began establishing a community on the north side of Eagle Harbor in the 1870s, and islanders made their living in logging, farming and ship-building. At one end of downtown stands Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, built in 1896. Over time, the island’s main street added more and more shops, all independent, and that character hasn’t changed in our modern world. The venerable and iconic downtown mainstay, Town & Country Market, completed a major remodel last year but still retains its classic BI character — and iconic neon message-board sign in front. Just up nearby Ericksen Avenue, visitors can fully immerse themselves in the island’s intriguing past at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, located in a 1908 schoolhouse. Displays include an exhibit on the Japanese American internment of World War II, which details how 227 of the island’s Japanese American residents were removed and sent to internment camps during the war — a significant blow to the island’s farming industry and community. (Be sure to visit the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, on the south side of Eagle Harbor near Pritchard Park). The museum also has on display photographs of Manzanar, one of the interment camps, taken by renowned photographer Ansel Adams. Current highlights at the historical museum also include a display on the Port Blakely lumber mill, once the most productive lumber mill in the country, and exhibits on the Native Americans who once used Bainbridge Island as their hunting and fishing grounds, as well as the explorers who charted Puget Sound (including Navy Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, the sailor who named the island and now has an

island school named after him) and the settlers who came to the island from the 1870s and after. This year’s big exhibit is “WWII From an Island Perspective,” which details the history of Bainbridge during the war and how it transformed the lives of local residents. Much of the island’s growth was shaped by the water. Bainbridge has 53 miles of coastline and neighborhoods sprouted up near the 30 landings for the Mosquito Fleet. Car ferry service to the island started in the 1920s — the crossing fee for a driver and car would soar to $1 by the start of World War II — and remained the only way for Dodges, DeSotos, Fords and other fourwheeled wonders to get onto Bainbridge until the Agate Pass Bridge opened in 1950 and connected the island to the Kitsap Peninsula. Bainbridge Island, which spans more than 27 square miles and is the eighthlargest island in the state of Washington, is also the second largest city in Kitsap County. It’s been named by Money magazine as one of the best places in the United States to live, as well as one of the best places to raise children. And it was also named a Google eCity as the number one online business community in the state.

Island parks

Part of the island’s attraction is its ample amount of parks, trails and open space. Much of the public space on the island is maintained by the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary. The park district has land holdings that total more than 1,480 acres, with 33 miles of

trails and 41 parks and stand-alone park facilities, including a popular aquatic center just north of downtown. Parks on the island continue to grow, too. Two years ago, islanders voted to approve the purchase of the 23-acre Sakai property, a former strawberry farm that will eventually be developed into a central park for the island. The Bloedel Reserve is the island’s most famous park, more accurately, a 150-acre public garden. Co-owner of the MacMillan Bloedel Timber Company, Prentice Bloedel, with his wife Virginia resided in what is now the Bloedel Reserve from 1951 until 1986. The Bloedels spent many of their years on the property transforming it into a magical oasis that would become an internationally renowned public garden. Its 150 acres, located on the north end of the island, seamlessly blend natural woodlands and a variety of landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, and Reflection Pool, all surrounding

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the Bloedel’s former estate home. The impressive French country house boasts one of the best views on the island of Puget Sound. Gazzam Lake provides another spectacular island stroll, with 445 acres of forests and wetlands. Located on the southwestern side of the island, an ample trail system carves through the park offering one of the most beautiful hikes on the peninsula. Most of the area remains untouched by human development, which provides for a wellconnected habitat for animals of the Pacific Northwest. The park has two entrances. The northern entrance is located a quarter mile west of Crystal Spring Drive from Marshall Road. Another entrance is located on the south end with a four-car parking area off of Baker Hill Road on Deerpath Lane. More park information can be found at www.biparks.org.

The tastes of Bainbridge Island

The restaurant scene through downtown is certainly an eclectic mix — from

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Northwest bistros to tasty barbecue — and boasts talent from a variety of unique chefs. Many make use of the islands own farmers for their products, and diners are certain to find something new and intriguing on their menus. Beyond the restaurants, Bainbridge also offers a craft distinct to the island. Tasting rooms for local artisan wineries line Winslow Way. However, most wineries also offer a close up look of their craft at their base of operations throughout the island. The island wine scene is rather unique. Visitors taking in a wine tour can expect a quiet, intimate experience where they can enjoy a glass of wine with a view. Island wines are like the counterpart to the beer-brewing industry — they are crafted. Vintners spend significant time and effort to craft and blend to produce distinct wines, achieving signature tastes only found in their bottles. Wine is not the only flavor on the island. For palettes with more kick, Bainbridge Island Organic Distillers offers small batches of whiskey, gin and vodka. It’s all organ-

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Island events Every first Friday of the month brings out the highly prevalent arts community for a night to share work and company. Shops and showing rooms along Winslow Way hosts artwork from near and far. Another weekly attraction is the farmers market, held every Saturday from April through November at the Town Square Park just behind Winslow Way. The island is home to a wealth of farmers, who all bring their specialty selections to the market along with crafts and other products. Perhaps the largest attraction to the island is the annual Chilly Hilly, which draws thousands of cyclists to the island streets for one of the more intense bike rides of the year. Not only is it held in the brisk month of February, it takes riders on the severe gradients of the islands many hills and slopes. Bainbridge’s other big event is the Grand Old Fourth of July Celebration, an old-fashioned extravaganza that kicks off with a street dance in downtown the night before July 4. The town’s main drag is closed for the famous mile-long parade, and the holiday also features a 5K run, street fair, antique and classic car show, live music, food, arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine garden, and fireworks over Eagle Harbor at dusk.


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The Viking City is a cultural experience By Richard Walker

A 2013 visitor from Norway, after completing a tour of historic downtown Poulsbo, was moved to say, “Poulsbo is more Norwegian than Norway.”

seum in City Hall and the Maritime Museum on Front Street; and a peek into our local undersea world at the SEA Discovery Center.

Indeed. Artistic and architectural details on storefronts, street names, public art, and cuisine are reminders of the Norwegians who settled here beginning in the 1880s, incorporating Poulsbo as a town in 1907 and remaining the dominant culture until World War II.

You can meet artists and watch demonstrations at Boatworks Gallery, Front Street Gallery, Carrie Goller Gallery, Liberty Bay Gallery, and Verksted Gallery. Create your own works of art at The Bead Store, The Dancing Brush, and Kitsap Mosaic.

Downtown is a crash course in local culture, but the cultural experience continues outside of downtown. Local restaurants reflect the diversity of 21st Century Poulsbo: Asian Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Salvadorean, Scandinavian, Spanish, Vietnamese.

Let’s take a walk, shall we?

In Historic Downtown Poulsbo, you can taste, create and experience: culinary creations at American-retro, English, Italian, Mexican and Spanish restaurants; sudsy artistry at one of five craft breweries; author events at Liberty Bay Books and live poetry at Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse; live performances at the Jewel Box Theatre; history displays and presentations at the Poulsbo Historical Mu-

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Public art adds to the beauty of the local landscape and helps tell the Poulsbo story. The large octopus sculpture at the SEA Discovery Center beckons visitors inside. The octopus (is that a hint of a smile on its face?) is the work of Mark Gale, the artist who created the “Norseman” sculpture at the corner of Viking Avenue and Lindvig Way. On the side of the Boehm’s Chocolate building, a mural by James Mayo depicts a Viking ship in a Norwegian fjord. Another Mayo mural, on the nearby Fat Apple Bakery building, depicts a Norwegian woman backdropped by snowcapped mountains. In Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park, a bronze sculpture, “Viking,” faces the Sons of Norway Lodge; the sculpture was dedicated in

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ronment — in the past, today, and in the future. About Poulsbo: Poulsbo is the historical home of the Suquamish people (learn more about Suquamish culture at the Suquamish Museum, seven miles south in Suquamish Village). The Treaty of Point Elliott of 1855 made land here available for newcomers. Norwegian immigrants began arriving here in the 1880s, many after attempts at farming in the Midwest. They were drawn here by the abundance of resources and similarities to their native country. In the first half of the 20th century, fishing and timber were dominant industries.

Leslie Kelly honor of Maurice Lindvig, who served as mayor from 1969-1976. Also in the park is “The Guardian Stone” by noted artist Lisa Stirrett, inspired by a larger sculpture in Norway that commemorates the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872, when King Harald Fairhair united Norway under one crown. The natural landscape is itself a work of art. Walk the bayside boardwalk from Waterfront Park to the American Legion Park arboretum — Liberty Bay reflects the sky and all its seasonal moods. Forested hill-

sides descend to the shore. A seal’s flipper splashes the water. An eagle’s cry or osprey’s screech draws your attention. Continue down the street to the head of the bay, where Dogfish Creek flows into Liberty Bay. According to early informants, a Suquamish community, ho-cheeb, was located here and had “one or two” 55-foot by 150-foot longhouses and “about four” 25-foot by 50-foot houses. At Fish Park, murals and sculptures remind us of the interdependence of people and the envi-

Norwegian was the dominant culture until World War II, when the defense industry doubled the city’s population. Today, Poulsbo continues to grow and diversify, but all residents and visitors are drawn here by the same thing: the enduring beauty of this place. Did you know: Two Norwegian kings and one queen visited Poulsbo? King Olav came here on Oct. 22, 1975 during a visit to the United States to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Norwegian immigration to America. King Harald and Queen Sonja Vei visited on Oct. 26, 1995.



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Small communities worth the visit By Terryl Asla


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“It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage” by George william Curtis

Brownsville is a “must stop” destination, whether you’re touring the Kitsap Peninsula by car, RV or bike, or exploring the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trail by powerboat or kayak. Located on Burke Bay, Brownsville consists of a deli, grocery story, butcher shop, U-Haul, and the Port of Brownsville marina. But don’t let its rustic Norman Rockwell-style appearance fool you. Founded in 1920, the Port of Brownsville is the actually the largest marina in Kitsap County in terms of the number of boat slips and one of the most modern and environmentally responsible. The port has earned both the coveted EnviroStar and Clean Marina ratings. It’s a picturesque port, too. Photographers love that this working marina with its healthy mix of fishing boats, classic yachts and recreational vessels. Weekends during the summer, the port is apt to be crowded with visiting by boat yacht club members, partying on the wide outer breakwater docks. Looking to photograph a different kind of animal life? Paddle your kayak or canoe up Burke Bay and under the Illahee bridge into Steele Creek and you enter another world; a quiet, mile-anda-half long bayou that is home to herons, bald eagles and river otters. If you ask them, frequent visitors will tell you there are certain amenities that keep bringing them back.

Boaters love the convenient pump out stations, well-maintained boat ramps, free wifi, and low fuel prices. Then, there’s the Brownsville Delicatessen that is justly famous for its sandwiches and generous portions. Passing boaters frequently tie up at Brownsville for a few hours, just for lunch. Most Friday nights the Deli features live music, and it’s a favorite gathering place for locals on Taco Tuesdays and when its wine club meets. Third, there’s Sweeney’s Country Style Meats. Just up the road from the Port, this local butcher shop is famous for its smoked meats and seafoods. Don’t forget the facilities. The rustic, outdoor pavilion on the bay is a popular place for weddings, class parties and reunions. If you want an indoor venue, you can rent the Brownsville Yacht Club. Just up the hill, Overlook Park features a gazebo and huge fire pit along with a great view of the marina and the west side of Bainbridge Island across the channel. Overlook Park also features a number of tent camping sites. But — and this is very important — you can only rent one of those sites if you paddle in by kayak or canoe. Combine the tent camping with the port’s clean and convenient showers and restrooms, and you can see why Brownsville is a preferred stop on the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trail. If you come by “land yacht,” you’ll be happy to know that the port also offers a limited number of RV sites as well.


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Terryl Asla Finally, there’s the friendly, professional staff. A “yellow cab” is available to transport people and heavy items from the docks to the marina buildings or parks. The Host Boat, perhaps the only one of its kind in Washington, provides hotel-style concierge services to boaters, fishermen and visitors alike. And no report would be complete without mention of the popular Host Cat, who has his own group of admirers who stop by to pet him whenever they are in port. And all of this charm is just a short 10- to 15-minute drive from Silverdale, Bremerton and Poulsbo.


It’s a tiny village with great places to eat, a long history and a big undersea museum.

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Located on a small peninsula jutting out into Liberty Bay across from Poulsbo, Kitsap is a thriving, honest-to-goodness village that boasts not one, but three, great eating establishments.

modern conveniences with old-fashioned charm. There’s a lot to enjoy at Keyport and, best of all, none of it is more than a five-minute walk from wherever you are.

Craving history with your food or groceries? Try the General Mercantile. The sign on the traditional Northwestern wooden structure proudly announces it was established in 1903, only seven years after the town’s founding (it’s named after Keyport, New Jersey). Or you can go around the corner and across the street to enjoy pizza at Trendy’s Pizzaria, formerly Whiskey Creek steakhouse. Trendy’s brags of traditional East Coast pizza. If you like live music with your meal, try Casa Mexico on Wednesday nights. Picnickers can enjoy nearby Saltwater Park on Dogfish Bay and then wander over and visit the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum for free. Want to spend the weekend? The Grandview Garden Bed and Breakfast mixes

that tested and developed torpedoes for the U.S. Navy and its allies in WWI and WII. Today it is a support base for nearby Bangor Naval Station.

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Great places to see: A gateway to paradise By Sophie Bonomi

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Just a jaunt across the Puget Sound from Edmonds, the charming town of Kingston awaits. As the gateway to more than four million ferry passengers annually, according to the Washington State Ferries, Kingston welcomes mass visitors from the “big city” to a coastal, it’s culture with open arms. Literally, if the quaint surroundings don’t do the trick, the big-hearted community of Kingston will. Own your own boat? Skip the ferry and tie up at the Kingston Marina, located right downtown and walk your way up to the excitement. A stroll downtown Kingston’s tree-shaded main street down Highway 104 is bound to charm, with restaurant options at every corner and unique shops and coffee houses leading right down to the ferry terminal’s loading dock and local gathering spot — Mike Wallace Waterfront Park — a popular destination full of bustling activities in every season.

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Saturdays from late spring to mid-October, the park is host to one of the most popular farmers markets on the peninsula, offering fresh produce, handmade items, live music, intricate crafts, town

information and more. Home to some universal and unique eateries, Kingston features restaurants from the local favorites like Drifter’s Sports Bar & Grill and the Filling Station to crepes made in the traditional French style at JJ’aime les Crepes Creperie. Looking for a sustainable option? Mossback Cafe serves only locally sourced seasonal items in unique menu options bound to awaken the hibernating palette. History and adventure are never far away on the picturesque north end, as travelers embark on a short but exciting journey from Kingston to Hansville by taking Highway 104 out of town. Looking for an opportunity to explore? Take Highway 104 to West Kingston Road, then turn left and take a pause at the Village Green Community Center. Built by the community, for the community, the center is home to a park, tennis courts, forested trails, and various clubs and activities such as the Boys & Girls Club and the Kingston branch of the Kitsap Regional Library. A skate park is also located nearby. Continue on West Kingston Road to Barber


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Rest and relax in the lush forested areas and beaches in Hansville. From the sandy shore, hear the birds sing and see the distant sites of neighboring communities as you smell the crisp sea air and feel the spray on your face. To the north is Whidbey Island. To the east, stands the city of Seattle and to the west, is Hood Canal. Be sure to visit the historic Point No Point lighthouse while you’re there. Built by the U.S. in 1879, the lighthouse is restored and open for tours. Visitors can also book an overnight stay at the lighthouse keeper’s duplex headquartered by the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Neighboring the lighthouse is a section of salt marsh attracting one of the largest selection of birds to watch in Washington State called the Hansville Greenway and Wildlife Preserve. Take a healthy hike and see Buck

lake, beaver ponds, streams, and old forested areas. Cap the adventure off with a swim in the lake or the ocean. The adventure continues as you travel down the down to Norwegian Point Park to explore the remnants of one of the oldest fishing resorts in the area, but stop off and grab a cup of coffee or a sandwich at the Hansgrill Hansville Grocery and Provision Company first. Looking for an opportunity to soak in the solitude? Head west about 2.5 miles

past the grocery store and take Twin Spits Road up to the Foulweather Bluff Preserve. Maintained by the Nature Conservatory, 70-foot tall red alders welcome visitors to the 101-acre land of marsh, beach and forest. This wildlife haven creates a tranquil place for insects, fish, birds and mammals. Though the area is welcoming to visitors, this is a very sensitive habitat. Stick to the trail, be careful where you walk on the shore, and whatever you pack in — pack out.


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“A place that reminds us of a simpler time.”

The former mill town of Port Gamble is a 120acre national historic landmark complete with picturesque architecture, including the historic St. Paul’s Church, outdoor Hood Canal Vista Pavilion, breathtaking scenic coastal views, and expansive grounds surrounding the New England-style houses on maple and elm tree-lined streets. Once a mill site from 1853 to 1995, the Puget Mill Company was the oldest continuously operating mill in North America. Today, the town still evokes that same historic charm and is a popular wedding and events destination to both local and far-away sweethearts. Situated in a forested yet open community overlooking the bay, the small town overlooks the bay to Port Julia, of the Port Gamble S’Klallam reservation. While most rustic homes on Port Gamble’s main street— Rainier Avenue — have been converted to unique shops, each location seems to house some interesting stories, some of them paranormal. But none more than the famous Walker-Ames House, which opens a few times a year for holiday events

and the popular Port Gamble Paranormal Ghost Conference. While exploring the sights in Port Gamble, be sure to stop off at some of the unique shops along the way. Looking for a whimsical souvenir or a rustic charm? Check out Tango Zulu Imports. Founded in Port Gamble in 2010, they provide high quality, handcrafted, ethically sourced housewares and apparel from around the globe. Or visit The Painted Lady, a shabby-chic venture in antique furniture, repurposed items, and antiques — perfect for one looking to hunt for that special item. This shop features one-of-kind pieces in an ever-changing display in various themed rooms, offering vintage, artisan, repurposed, and rustic pieces. Be sure to take some time to “sip” on the experience, with a spot of tea at Mrs. Muirs House. Featuring an eclectic display of Harry Potter, Dr. Who and one of the largest collections of handmade tea blends on the peninsula. This shop offers free tastings and hosts events and classes for the tea enthusiast.


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File photo production, set in the classic theater setting with vintage wooden seats. Walk up the hill to the Port Gamble Cemetery. Continue on the walking loop around the backside of Rainier Avenue, you’ll pass a park, options for coffee and Quilted Strait, a popular destination for quilting enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a simple reminder of the “good old days,” Port Gamble is certainly a good candidate. Spend a few hours or the whole day exploring the variety of cafes, shops, and experiences the quaint town has to offer. And if you happen to be there on a Saturday, there’s a good chance you might spot a wedding in the works.

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Experience this waterfront jewel of the Kitsap Peninsula situated on the shores of scenic Hood Canal. We invite you to visit our unique shops and restaurants like the Port Gamble General Store & Café, Butcher & Baker Provisions, The Painted Lady, Mrs. Muir’s House of Magic, The Artful Ewe 1 and 2, The Quilted Strait, Wish & Rainy Day Antiques, Olympic Outdoor Center, Gamble Bay Coffee and Divine Cafe at Port Gamble. Explore our extensive trails, exchange vows, celebrate an event, kayak Gamble Bay, or simply take a leisurely stroll through this quaint, authentic 19th century New England style town that was once home to America’s longest running sawmill. Take a tour of the Port Gamble Historic Museum and experience the full history of Washington State’s oldest unincorporated towns. Visit www.portgamble.com and make your next trip to Port Gamble one for the history books.




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SUQUAMISH & LITTLE BOSTON Native culture is prominent in Kitsap By Richard Walker

As the story pole was raised March 23 on the grounds of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s Point Hotel, noted Coast Salish artist Andy Wilbur-Peterson commented on what the pole means — not necessarily the story it tells, but what it represents. Such work “is keeping the culture alive,” he said. “It represents the roots of our heritage” — the spirituality of the work; the artist creating in the way of the ancestors; an oral history handed down, generation by generation, made visual in cedar. The pole, by Port Gamble S’Klallam master carver Jake Jones, is the fifth pole raised on the grounds of the hotel, which is a showcase of Coast Salish culture. As you arrive at the hotel, your attention is immediately drawn to the four-story steel welcome sculpture, “Paddles Up,” by S’Klallam artist Brian Perry. The courtyard floor features several totems and a design resembling a Coast Salish spindle whorl, also by Perry. Backdropped by a forest of cedars and firs are honor poles and story poles carved by well-known Northwest Coast Native artists: The Point Casino & Hotel features an upscale bistro, a buffet with traditional foods, a deli, and a cigar club. The event center has featured major entertainment as well as some of the best tribute bands performing today. Visit the House of Knowledge in the Poet Gamble S’Klallam government center in Little Boston. A longhouse, carved cedar poles tell of the S’Klallam people’s

culture of welcoming and teaching. Nearby, the Port Gamble S’Klallamowned Heronswood features 15 acres of botanical gardens, established by famed horticulturalist Dan Hinckley, Heronswood’s founder who is now on staff and lectures there. The gardens feature native plants as well as plants collected from around the world by Hinckley; many of the collected plants are now endangered. For hours and events, go to www.heronswood.com. Drive 10 miles south on Hansville Road and you’re at Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort. Clearwater is an entertainment destination: a hotel with views of beautiful Agate Passage; a spa, restaurants, and live entertainment; a sports lounge with a stage, dance floor and the largest screen in the Pacific Northwest; and shuttles to Suquamish-owned White Horse Golf Club. A quiet stroll on the resort grounds is worth the time, even if you’re not staying at the hotel or shy away from gambling. In the resort’s public spaces, you’ll find prominent works by noted Coast Salish artists. At the entrance to the original hotel, built in 2006, you’ll be greeted by traditional welcome figures carved by Squaxin artist Andrea Wilbur-Sigo. Suspended above the lobby is a reproduction of a reefnet set and canoe created by Suquamish master artist Ed Carriere. In the hotel, artwork includes a wool weaving by Danielle Morsette, Suquamish;

Richard Walker carvings by Suquamish carvers Randi Purser and Sammy Mabe; and works by Dr. Michael CHiXapkaid Pavel, Skokomish. The casino features fine-dining restaurants, cafes, a buffet, a deli, and a lounge. The gift shop features items made by local artists. And, of course, you can try your luck at table games, poker, slots, and keno. The hotel can arrange a round of golf at White Horse, a challenging course with old-growth cedars, firs and pines. The Cedar Ridge Grill is an ideal place for a postgame meal. In nearby Suquamish Village, you can explore thousands of years of Suquamish culture at the Suquamish Museum, pay respects at Chief’s Seattle’s gravesite, and breathe the sea air at Old Man House Park, the former site of the largest winter longhouse on the Salish Sea. The Suquamish Veterans Memorial features carved house posts depicting chiefs Kitsap and Seattle, by Wilbur-Sigo. Nearby is the House of Awakened Culture longhouse, overlooking Port Madison.



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A city on the move and a community in nature By Leslie Kelly

Silverdale can best be described as a little bit of old and a whole lot of new. What was once a farming community settled in the late 1800s, the area has grown to become a bustling shopping and service district that caters to many residents throughout Kitsap County. Although not an incorporated city, despite several efforts, the area falls under the jurisdiction of the Kitsap County government. There are 20,364 residents in the greater Silverdale area, many of them affiliated with local Navy facilities serving as active duty or civilian employees. The estimated median household income in 2016 was $64,074 and the estimated median home value was $319,200. When founded, Silverdale was going to be named Goldendale, but Scandinavian settlers discovered that name was already in use in Washington state and so they settled in Silverdale. More than a century ago, Silverdale’s claim to fame was first logging, then its large scale egg production and farms. Today, it’s better known as Kitsap’s shopping and outdoor recreation mecca. In Silverdale, you’ll find plenty of places to meet your shopping needs. There’s the Kitsap Mall, located in the heart of Silverdale at 10315 Silverdale Way NW, which just this year added Dick’s Sport-

ing Goods and several new restaurants including Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Moctazuma’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar. At the mall you’ll find major department stores as well as Barnes & Noble books and Cost Plus World Market. Sports fans (and BBQ wings fans, too) might want to check out Buffalo Wild Wings, which opened in early 2015. The mall has more than 100 stores and also features an indoor children’s playground. Learn more at www. shopkitsapmall.com. Nearby is the area’s newest shopping center, The Trails, which features HomeGoods, Total Wine and Ulta Beauty stores. Located at 11999 Pacific Crest Pl., additional stores added this past year include Old Navy, Corner Bakery, Sierra Trading Post and DSW shoes. And take note of Silverdale’s 24,500 square-foot REI outdoor gear and apparel store, located nearby at 10903 Myhre Pl NW. For those of you who like a slower pace of shopping, head toward the waterfront to Old Town Silverdale near the intersection of Silverdale Way and Byron Street. Old Town is a more relaxed area of the city. Be sure to check out Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Cafe for a great sandwich or wrap and a homemade muffin, or Cash Brewery, the best

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Silverdale Chamber / Courtesy photo place around for a hamburger and a locally-brewed beer. The Silverdale Waterfront Park, at the end of Byron Street, features beautiful views of Dyes Inlet and also has a children’s playground. Pick up some locally grown potatoes, carrots, strawberries and other produce at the Silverdale Farmers market, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through September at 9551 Ridgetop Blvd. Flowers, New York Strip steaks, jerky, honey and gift items are also sold at the market. Another farmers market, also on Tuesdays, is located at the Old Town Waterfront Park. Hikers will enjoy the Clear Creek Trail, which stretches from Old Town Silverdale northward to Trigger Avenue. Trail users get a view of Dyes Inlet where the “mosquito fleet” once ferried passengers and goods, Old Mill Park, Clear Creek ponds, forest wetlands and more. Keep an eye out for salmon, great blue herons and bald eagles. At the north end of Clear Creek Trail is Silverdale Rotary Gateway Park, 11601 Silverdale Way NW, along with a nearby skate park and the Silverdale Dog Park. A map of the trail is available at www.clearcreektrail.org. Silverdale has several dining options including Silver City Restaurant and Ale House, Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Red Robin, Hop Jack’s, Chung’s Teriyaki, Spiro’s Pizza and Pasta, Chipotle, Blazing Onion and more options to please every palate. Bowlers will delight at All Star Arcade Bowling Casino, located at 10710 Silverdale Way. All Star has 40 bowling lanes with automated scoring and comfortable couches. Be sure to try out the “Rock n’ Bowl” sensory experience on Friday and Saturday nights. Movie lovers have eight screens to enjoy. The newly remodeled AMC Kitsap 8 is

John Rodriguez located at 10055 Kitsap Mall Blvd. NW. One popular destination in town is the Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio at 9536 NW Silverdale Way. One-of-a-kind glass art is used for decorative purposes, for lighting and even as sinks. Stirrett also creates beautiful works of art using encaustic, metal and Gyotaku fish imprinting. Learn more or find a class schedule at www.lisastirrett.com. Don’t miss the Central Kitsap Community Campus, which now houses the YMCA, and has expansion plans to possibly include a veterans center and senior housing, and other retail service stores. Funding continues for a new library to the east of the campus on 1.3 acres of land bordering the Clear Creek trail at the corner of NW Bucklin Hill Road and Blaine Avenue. The new 10,000 square-foot Central Kitsap library is hoping to become a focal point of the community. The library would replace the current small library located in Old Town. Community rooms and places for classes for young readers are planned. And, while in town, if you see construction up on the hill by Ridgetop and Myhre Road, it’s a new addition to Harrison Medical Center, the county’s largest hospital. A five-story parking garage will be the first structure completed in a massive, fouryear expansion of the hospital campus, overseen by parent company CHI Franciscan Health. An addition of 640,000 square feet of acute and ambulatory care space is

underway. Future projects include a ninestory hospital tower, renovation of the existing hospital, a new cancer center and a medical office building. The new facility could be open to patients in the winter of 2019. The hospital current is licensed for 94 patient beds.


And while you’re in the area, take a drive out to Seabeck, a small community with some of the best views of the Olympic Mountains in the county. You’ll find Seabeck nine miles to the west, along the shores of Hood Canal. Seabeck, with a population of around 1,000 people, was founded in 1856 as a mill town. Today Seabeck is mostly rural but has a conference center, general store, coffee shop and pizza parlor. Olympic View Marina is located at 15376 Seabeck Highway NW. Seabeck Conference Center celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. The center was first a logging camp and later became a private nonprofit where other nonprofits can use the cabins, dining hall and meeting rooms for events. Visit www.seabeck.org. Scenic Beach State Park is one of the popular areas of Seabeck, with 88 acres of camping and 1,500 feet of beachfront.



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A fantastic place to call home By Michelle Beahm

Bremerton, located in the center of Kitsap County, is home to numerous art galleries, museums and parks. Within walking distance of the Bremerton-Seattle ferry dock, there are numerous community features to strike any fancy, including the marina and the Harborside Fountain Park, on either side of the terminal. Venture a little further into Bremerton and you’ll come across locally owned stores, restaurants, breweries and more, anything that may strike your fancy. F.R.O.G. Soap, located at 530 Fifth St., offers beautiful earth-friendly soap made from coconut and palm oil. The shop smells fantastic. Learn more at frogsoap.com. Also downtown are the Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum and the Evergreen Children’s Theatre. The puppet museum offers guided museum tours for families and also features puppet making workshops. It is located at 280 Fourth St. Learn more at www.etcandpuppets.org or call 360-373-2992. Kitsap County’s historical museum is also there, and includes displays of an 1800s-era school room, cabin and saloon. Spend an afternoon going back to the 1850s and learning the ways of pioneer life.

Also downtown, the historic Admiral Theater is one of Kitsap County’s premier live entertainment and event venues. The Admiral opened in 1942 as an art deco movie house and was renovated in 1997. The Admiral hosts more than 50,000 visitors and 110 performances and community events annually. Fine and casual dining is featured at the events. The Admiral is at 515 Pacific Ave. in downtown Bremerton. Visit www.admiraltheatre.org or call 360-373-6743 for more information. Art lovers will enjoy a trip to Collective Visions art gallery, at 331 Pacific Ave., and the Amy Burnett Fine Art gallery, located at 402 Pacific Ave. Visit www.collectivevisions.com and www.amyburnettgallery.com. “There is so much to see and do in Bremerton,” Gena Wales, president of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce, said. “We have fabulous restaurants, museums and art galleries.” Interested in some outdoor adventure? “On any given day you can explore the beaches or go kayaking,” Wales added. “There are hiking and biking trails throughout the area. If you enjoy

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Nearby is the Puget Sound Navy Museum, which tells the story of the Pacific Northwest’s naval heritage and how the U.S. Navy has worked for the public over the years. A short walk away to the Bremerton Marina, you can’t miss the awe-inspiring sight of the USS Turner Joy, a Forrest Sherman class destroyer that served 1958-1982. One-hour tours of the ship are conducted regularly. The Turner Joy was the first ship in action in the Vietnam War and was involved in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. Now, it is a historical museum. From there, you can take a short walk across the Manette Bridge — and enjoy picturesque views of the Puget Sound as you do —  to experience a bit of one of Bremerton’s neighborhoods, Manette.

Manette features great restaurants such as The Bridge Deli and Coffee Company, La Fermata Italian restaurant and The Boat Shed; and bars such as the Manette Saloon, antiques shops, a bike shop and a small

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PORT ORCHARD The best little town around By Bob Smith

The South Kitsap city of Port Orchard is home to 13,800 residents, a bustling county government and a spirited small-town atmosphere that coexists with its desire for economic growth.

Port Orchard houses a substantial number of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard employees, activeduty and retired military, and a growing community of people who ferry into Seattle for work.

Founder Frederick Stevens would scarcely recognize the place. Neither would his father Sidney, who first became enamored with the pristine location later to become Port Orchard. He traveled to the Kitsap Peninsula in the late 1800s and bought 88.5 acres in 1885, then platted and incorporated the little village. In honor of his father, the community was christened by Stevens as Sidney, the first incorporated city in Kitsap County.

City leaders are planning for a steady growth in the city over the next two decades. The Bay Street Pedestrian Pathway project is being built to connect walkers, runners and bicyclists at Port Orchard’s downtown waterfront area with a path leading to the Annapolis ferry dock. Progress is slowly being made to improve the Tremont Avenue transportation corridor — the lion’s share of funding was allocated early in 2017 from the state, ensuring improvements to the busy transportation network connecting Port Orchard with industrial Bremerton.

Sidney’s future was ensured when voters decided to make Sidney the county seat. Two years later, at the request of town leaders, the state Legislature approved changing its name to Port Orchard. From its humble beginnings along Sinclair Inlet on Puget Sound, Port Orchard today is a vibrant, beautiful town. It’s a growing, go-to location that has become a favorite nesting spot for families seeking a waterfront to visit, more moderate housing, close proximity to shopping and a setting that still retains a bit of the country.

Along Bay Street downtown, quaint antique stores and a growing Port Orchard Public Market, which houses Carter & Co., a chocolate dessert shop, along with the Dock Bar & Eatery, The N9NE & Co. women’s clothing store, and a number of other small retail spaces. Also, just down Bay Street is Amy’s On The Bay, a landmark restaurant offering scenic views of Sinclair Inlet. The city is renowned for its festive spirit during the summer. Several annual festivals under the

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Carrie Griffis 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, and the Carlisle II, which still carries passengers today, is one of the last remaining Mosquito boats. Fathoms O’ Fun Festival umbrella draw thousands to the waterfront. The prime events of the summer include the quirky Seagull Calling Contest and Wings Cookoff in May, where young and old try their hand at making shrieking calls to bring in the seagulls. The summer grand parade down Bay Street and the traditional July 4th fireworks show also pack the waterfront. Kitsap County’s largest car show, Cruz Classic Cars, is a must-see event for auto enthusiasts. Up to 20,000 visitors descend on the waterfront to see vintage



and restored automobiles of all makes and models. Situated on the Sinclair Inlet of the Puget Sound, Port Orchard can be reached by driving south through Gorst along State Route 16. Or better yet, visitors can take the foot ferry, which connects the city with neighboring Bremerton. Running at half-hour intervals from the Bremerton ferry dock, the 15-minute trip to the Port Orchard Marina allows visitors to travel back 100 years to a time when

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Named in honor of Manchester, England, South Kitsap’s Manchester is a small town with a fabulous water view of Puget Sound, its own public boat dock, charming restaurants and a misty, marine atmosphere ideal for bikers and boaters. Manchester also is home to an annual salmon bake and the Manchester Library’s Father’s Day book sale.


Olalla is a quiet burg on Colvos Passage just north of the Pierce County line. Despite being just a blip on Kitsap County maps, Olalla is big on celebrations. It’s home to the Olalla Bluegrass and Beyond Festival, the celebrated Strawberry Festival and, on New Year’s Day, the annual Olalla Polar Bear Jump.


Southworth is South Kitsap’s link to West Seattle and the urban and suburban areas of King County on the mainland. Washington State Ferries has regularly scheduled runs from the Southworth dock to Vashon and Fauntleroy. Voters approved a passenger-only fast ferry system that will link Southworth, and other county ports, with downtown Seattle. Service from Southworth is expected to begin in 2020.


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WEATHER The weather is always great for something By Leslie Kelly

No matter what kind of weather you like, you’ll find it somewhere in Kitsap County throughout the year. While last year’s summer was a bit more wet than normal, with temperatures on the cool side, Kitsap County gets an average of 49 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall in Kitsap County averages seven inches annually while the average city in the U.S. gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days in Kitsap County with any measurable precipitation is 161. On average, there are 153 sunny days per year in Kitsap County. Although some days in May in 2016 hit the high 80s mark, the July high is usually around 75 degrees. The January low is 30. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 71 out of 100. (The higher the number, the more comfort.) The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.

2016 annual data: Rainfall: 38.02 inches

Snowfall in 2016: No measurable (But the average year sees 3 inches) Precipitation Days: 161 Sunny Days: 153 Annual high temperature: 81 Annual low temperature: 29

Westerly air currents from the ocean and the shielding effects of the Cascade range produce a mild and moderately moist climate, with warm dry summers and mild winters. While Puget Sound has a reputation for rainy weather, the average annual rainfall is actually less than that of many other cities in the United States, including New York and Atlanta. On average, December is the wettest month of the year with in Kitsap County with nine inches; July is the driest with less than an inch. Snowfall is rare in the lowlands where most people live. The typical summer day seldom heats up above 82.

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There’s a park for everyone in Kitsap County By Leslie Kelly

Got some time to spend relaxing? Want to just take a nice drive? Or are you more the swimming or volleyball type? Whatever your pleasure, there’s a state, county, or city park nearby. Finding the perfect park to meet your need is easy. Information (and street addresses) for all parks is available at www.visitkitsap.com. Among the more popular of the state parks is KITSAP MEMORIAL STATE PARK, a 58-acre camping park with 1,797-feet of saltwater shoreline and facilities for group and individual recreation, weddings and overnight stays. The park offers beautiful natural surroundings and sweeping views of Hood Canal. Grassy play fields and children’s play equipment, a saltwater beach with tide pools, and shellfish harvesting opportunities are highlights of this park. For day picnics, the park has one kitchen shelter with electricity and one without, plus four sheltered and 20 unsheltered picnic tables. Activities at the park include 1.5 miles of hiking trails, clamming, crabbing, saltwater fishing, swimming, beach exploration and bird watching. There are two soccer fields and a volleyball field. The park has two open grass fields suitable for Frisbees, croquet, kite flying and ball tossing. A recreational license is required for fishing at

Washington state parks. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to dusk. A top-rated county park is the SOUTH KITSAP REGIONAL PARK in Port Orchard, a multipurpose recreational area encompassing wooded 193 acres. It features three ball fields, batting cages, hiking trails, a skate park, walking trails and a miniature railroad that travels through parts of the park. Another popular park is Horseshoe Lake Park, a 20-acre park with ball fields, picnic area, playgrounds, restrooms, swimming area, volleyball courts and water access. The park in located in the southern portion of the county. There are more than 45 parks in Kitsap County owned and operated by the Kitsap County Parks Department. All are available for a variety of use including picnics, dog-walking, playing ball, or just relaxing. In all, there are 4,699 acres of heritage parks used for walking and hiking trails, 339 acres of neighborhood community parks, 590 acres of regional parks, and 1,053 acres of natural resource areas within the control of the county. And it doesn’t matter where you go in Kitsap County, there are plenty of parks throughout its cities and communities. Many offer hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters and courts for bas-

Whatever your pleasure, there’s a state, county, or city park nearby.

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BREMERTON has Evergreen Rotary Park: A 10-plus acre community park located that hosts Evergreen Rotary Park Inclusive Playground that offers opportunities for children of all abilities, the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial which includes a metal tower made from portions of the World Trade Towers and home to the Thursday Bremerton Farmers Market (April to October). Amenities include playground, shelter, tables and benches, drinking fountain, trails/pathways, restroom, basketball court, water access, boat ramp and 75 parking spaces. POULSBO has 14 city parks totaling 121.89 acres. About half the acreage is developed while the rest is undeveloped or in open space designation. There are 3.75 linear miles of trails within the city parks. Fish Park has 20.73 acres and features nature hiking trails, boardwalk, winding paths, lawn/sitting areas, arboretum, wildlife/bird viewing, viewing platforms, pedestrian bridges, interpretive signage, kiosk, parking. The majority of the development has been through volunteers, service organizations, businesses and individuals. PORT ORCHARD has Central Park with a basketball court, large field for informal games, playground, picnic area, and restrooms. It’s a particularly popular sunny place for toddlers and their young families. KINGSTON’s favorite is Mike Wallace Park, a one acre-plus park includes manicured lawn and gardens for outdoor enjoyment. Barbecues and picnic tables are

available. An event tent and stage are available upon request. Apply with the Port of Kingston. The use of Mike Wallace Park is free. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND Metropolitan Park & Recreation District offers a wide variety of places to recreate, get together with friends and have fun. From local heritage properties to past military sites to scenic treasures to neighborhood play areas, there are more than 1,600 acres of parks and 32 miles of trails just waiting to be discovered. Fay Bainbridge Park is a 17-acre marine camping park with 1,420 feet of saltwa-

ter shoreline on the northeast corner of Bainbridge Island. The park offers sweeping views of Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains and features sandy beaches. On clear days, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker are visible from a sandy beach. The campground has 15 tent sites at $15 per night with a central water location and a portable toilet. There are 26 sites with water at $23 per night; two restroom facilities, one with showers. No matter where you decide to “park it” in Kitsap County, fun and relaxation awaits.



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There’s lots to do in Kitsap County. But while you’re in the area, why not check out these places that you can get to in a day?

Port Townsend Port Townsend was founded in 1851 and is located approximately 40 miles Northwest of Seattle. Port Townsend has a population of approximately 9,355 and is the county seat and the only incorporated city in Jefferson County. Port Townsend prides itself on its historic charm and stunning natural setting. In addition to its natural scenery, the city is known for many Victorian buildings remaining from its late 19th-century heyday, numerous annual cultural events, and as a maritime center for independent boat-builders and related industries and crafts. Port Townsend’s Historic District is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District. With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Whether on land or sea; indoors or

outdoors — Port Townsend has activities for every taste. From historic and unique hotels to modern getaways, and everything in between — Port Townsend has a wide range of accommodations available to choose from. For shoppers, if you’re looking for something different, Port Townsend is your ideal shopping destination. You won’t find cookie-cutter, bigbox stores here. Rather, you’ll find individual store owners who know their stuff running small shops that cater to the customer. And when it’s time to eat, from Olympic Coastal Cuisine to Indian specialities, from burgers and brats to oysters on the half-shell, Port Townsend’s restaurants are the stuff of legend. Blessed with an abundance of farm-fresh local food, and the culinary talent to transform it into something magical, Port Townsend is a foodie’s paradise. Don’t miss the old-fashioned drugstore counter service at Don’s Pharmacy. There’s plenty of great shopping, dining and overnight accommodations in town. Stay in a bed and breakfast in a Victorian home, or try a waterfront inn. If you so desire, take in a movie at the

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historic Rose Theater downtown, and afterward, enjoy a cocktail at one of many nearby bars. Port Townsend is home to some of the most outstanding public parks in the state of Washington. Fort Worden State Park is a turn-of-the-century army base located just two miles from the downtown core. Fort Worden offers an unmatched combination of natural beauty and historic interest. Acres of saltwater beaches, wooded hills, and open fields are framed by stunning vistas of the Olym-

pic and Cascade ranges and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In addition to being a mecca for nature lovers, the park and it’s nonprofit campus partners is a center for lifelong learning. Perched between downtown and Fort Worden is the lovely Chetzemoka Park. This city-owned gem is on the water and has a stunning view of the Cascade Mountains and Whidbey Island. The park has flower gardens, picnic areas, play equipment and a bandstand modeled after the Victorian original, as well as access to the beach and tidelands.

Port Townsend is just miles away from the mighty Olympic National Park. One the nation’s crown jewels, the national park showcases Pacific Ocean beaches, rain forest valleys, glacier-capped peaks and a stunning variety of plants and animals. Roads provide access to the outer edges of the park, but the heart of the Park Olympic is wilderness; a primeval sanctuary for humans and wild creatures alike. If you want to explore the history of Port Townsend, your first stop should be the Jefferson County Historical Museum next to city hall downtown. In

addition to impressive exhibits and helpful staff and volunteers, the museum leads walking tours through the downtown and uptown districts, helping visitors to glean the exciting history of the area. Some of the more impressive and notable sites to explore include: The Rothschild House: located at the corner of Jefferson and Taylor Streets in uptown Port Townsend, the Rothschild House is virtually unchanged from a hundred years ago. Managed by JCHS, the home features original furnishing and decor; and the Jefferson County Courthouse:



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Brenda Hanrahan the courthouse majestically overlooks Port Townsend Bay and the entrance to Admiralty Inlet. Approved for construction in 1890, the Courthouse’s deep red, smooth bricks were shipped in from St. Louis, and nearly 800 tons of sandstone were brought in from Alaska.

Alderbrook Remember when days used to stretch out forever? When you’d wake up with the sun on your face, have breakfast, sit on the deck all morning and do nothing at all? Dig clams for dinner, then have a fire on the beach? That’s how it is at Alderbrook Resort. Just a short drive from Kitsap, the Alderbrook Resort takes you worlds away. Surrounded by the Olympic Mountains, the Resort & Spa rests on the shores of the Hood Canal, a glacier-carved fjord home to eagles and osprey, salmon and seals. Luxury guest rooms and accommodations are designed with thoughtfully appointed amenities. Like premium linens and comfy duvets. Daybeds and soaking tubs. A lobby with a massive stone fireplace and leather couches to sink into. A waterfront pool. A world-class full service spa. A neighboring PGA-class golf course. Plus some of the best food in the region,

with fresh local seafood and world-class wines. And a marina only steps away. So your boat can come with you. The Alderbrook opened in 1913. It was a resort destination, unique to the Pacific Northwest. No roads existed, so visitors arrive by boat. Twelve years later, the business sold to Clara Eastwood and Eloise Flagg, known affectionately as the “Alderbrook Girls.” Accommodations then included tent frames with orange and black striped canvas sides and wood stoves. After World War II, the Alderbrook Girls sold the resort to the Schafer Logging and Lumber Company, and 21 new cottages were built. For the next 50-plus years, Alderbrook changed hands a few times, including a brief stint as a Christian conference centre. But in 2001, it was bought by North Forty Lodging. Virtually everything on site has been redesigned and rebuilt. The cottages and lodge have been remodeled. Beautifully re-furbished, the indoor canal-front swimming pool and whirlpool provide visitors with endless enjoyment. Gorgeous landscaping design includes a revitalized stream for salmon habitat, with resting pools that run throughout the property. Alderbrook Resort also offers 15 twobedroom cottages and one one-bedroom cottage which are like your own private beach house; perfect for your family getaway. The peaceful views from the cottage’s porches makes you want to pause,

take a deep breath and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the resort and Hood Canal. Each cottage has a fully-equipped kitchen with all the basic essentials to create your favorite meals. Each cottage features a TV and DVD player, luxury linens and down comforters. Enjoy a friendly game of badminton, volleyball, or frisbee on the grassy common area and fire up a gas grill to enjoy your own beach side barbecue. Or take a walk on a nearby nature trail, rent a kayak, paddle boat or motorboat, or go crabbing or fishing.

Port Ludlow Escape to a nationally recognized, master planned community known as the “Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula.” Port Ludlow has a variety of activities available that will appeal to any traveler. Adventure seekers can kayak, bike, or hike. Golfers can play a round on our 18-hole Championship Golf Course that Esquire magazine called “The Most Scenic in the World.” Those looking for relaxation can charter a yacht, go whale watching, fish or simply relax in beach chairs along the pristine shores of Ludlow Bay. The Resort At Port Ludlow provides breathtaking views of Ludlow Bay, the lush tree lined coast and the mag-

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Peninsula Daily News nificent Olympic Mountains beyond. Nestled among acres of majestic forests, woodland trails, and saltwater beaches, The Resort at Port Ludlow is Washington’s premier waterfront resort community. This quintessentially Northwest destination is located on the pristine shores of tranquil Ludlow Bay and provides views of the majestic Olympic Mountains at every turn. Offering first-class, personalized service, luxury accommodations, award-winning dining, championship golf, full-service marina, outdoor adventures, and a myriad of other amenities, The Resort at Port Ludlow is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and indulge. Wildlife is abundant in the area; raccoons and black-tailed deer are spotted frequently. Otters can be seen frolicking in the bay with blue herons standing stoically in the mist. One of the most beautiful local attractions is Ludlow Falls, an active salmon stream and, in season, visitors can watch as salmon fight their way upstream to begin a new generation. Osprey and kingfishers can be spotted, as well as pileated and other woodpeckers. The Olympic Peninsula is home to the only temperate rainforest in North America as well as hundreds of species of plants that are native only to the Olympic Peninsula. Area museums and Burner Point celebrate the Native American heritage of the Northwest, and Seattle

even derives its name from Chief Sealth, a famous Native American leader who negotiated with pioneers in the creation of the city. The surrounding area offers plenty of options that compliment a fun filled day in Port Ludlow. A scenic 30-minute drive to Sequim allows visitors to explore the world’s longest natural sand spit complete with a 4.5-mile beach walk and endless wildlife viewing opportunities. Families can take children to the Olympic Game Farm located in Sequim to view an assortment of wild animals including: zebras, tigers, bears, bison, and much much more.

Port Angeles/ Sequim Options aren’t scarce when you visit Port Angeles, in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula. Whether your interest is kayaking, wine tasting, antiquing, eating or just spending time on the beautiful beaches, Port Angeles has something for every traveler. Ride your bike along Discovery Trail, a waterfront trail that stretches from the west end of Port Angeles into Port Townsend. Taste locally grown food at the farmers markets. Enjoy the water view from Francis

Street Park. Or, explore the Fine Arts Center, which features works by more than 500 Northwest artists. Port Angeles is also the gateway to one of Washington’s most popular natural spaces, the Olympic National Park and Hurricane Ridge, conveniently located 17 miles from downtown. Additionally, Port Angeles is also home to several unique, boutique style wineries. No matter what time of year you plan to visit the city, the abundance of community events and local attractions draw visitors from far and wide. The Peninsula is a mosaic of past and present: a rich Native American heritage, pioneer farm families and a new community of young farmers who want to put down roots, work the land and preserve it for the future. Port Angeles is the site of the “largest prehistoric Indian village and burial ground found in the United States,” according to a senior archaeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Seattle. In August 2003, a $275 million construction project was started in the city. The construction site ultimately uncovered about 300 graves and 785 pieces of human remains in addition to numerous ritual and ceremonial Indian artifacts of the Tse-whit-zen village site. Some of the unearthed remains date back between 1,700 to 2,700 years.


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Many of the graves uncovered held entire families that seemed to have died suddenly. Archeologists project that this was likely the result of pandemics of smallpox and other illnesses brought by European immigrants to North America that caused massive death tolls in 1780 and 1835. Interactions with European fur traders purportedly wiped out about 90 percent of the Indians living in the Northwest. Today, the city offers golfers the Peninsula Golf Club which is located on the east side of Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. A semi-private club with more than 200 golfing members, Peninsula Golf Club offers 18 holes of challenging yet rewarding golf. The course has a tree-lined setting with beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The championship tees boast 6,400 yards with a par of 72. Peninsula Golf Club offers an impressive variety of holes to test every club in your bag. Many fairways are wide with rolling terrain while others will demand precision to leave a straight forward approach. Highlights include the risk-reward of a drivable par 4 as well as reachable par 5s. The smooth greens predominately slope towards the harbor and provide ample challenge testing golfers of all abilities. For shoppers, there’s lots to choose from: antiques and collectibles, books, clothing, fabric, furniture, gifts, greeting cards, home decor, housewares, jewelry, kayak sales/rentals, shoes and souvenirs. Close to downtown, there are 20-plus restaurants that serve everything from Italian cuisine to seafood. Other choices include burgers, comfort food and even Chinese. The Port Angeles area is outdoor-friendly with scores of campgrounds, hiking and biking trails. The Olympic Discovery Trail spreads out 30 miles from Ediz Hook near downtown Port Angeles to Blyn, east of Sequim, and is suitable for walkers and road bikes. Port Angeles is served by Olympic Medical Center with 126 inpatient beds, a Level III trauma center, a state-of-the-art surgery suite, 22 private short-stay rooms, laboratory, imaging and rehabilitative departments. The medical center also has its own cancer center in Sequim and home health agency.

the Clallam County Historical Society’s Museum at the Carnegie, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Olympic Coast Discovery Center, Ediz Hook and Hurricane Ridge. Sequim, pronounced “Skwim,” is a growing community of about 6,600 in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. The valley is bounded by Jefferson County on the east, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, Port Angeles on the west and the Olympic National Forest on the south. In the rain shadow of the 8,000-foot Olympic Mountains, Sequim is one of the driest locales in Western Washington, receiving an average of 16 inches annually. The town and valley gladly have adopted the moniker of “Sunny Sequim” as they are blessed by an average of 300 days of sunshine. Sequim also is known as the “Lavender Capital of North America” and draws crowds of 30,000 to its Lavender Festival in July. Approximately two hours from Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia, the SequimDungeness Valley is home to some 27,000 residents, many of whom retired to the area from across the country. Sequim is situated just off of scenic U.S. Highway 101, which connects with state highways to Port Townsend to the east and Washington’s coastline to the west. The area is served by one airline from Fairchild International Airport, connecting to Seattle, and the MV Coho ferry, both in Port Angeles, 15 miles west, and a countywide transit system. Sequim Valley Airfield, four miles north of town, offers charter flights, business courier service and general aviation. John Wayne Marina at Sequim Bay is popular with small boat traffic.

The Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park cover the majority of the Olympic Peninsula, making Sequim and its environs a prime viewing area for birds and wildlife. Just outside the eastern city limits is where a resident Roosevelt elk herd grazes much of the year. Several of the herd’s leaders are tagged with radio



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Points of interest in or near Port Angeles include the Arthur Feiro Marine Life Center at Hollywood Beach downtown, the Gateway Plaza for the summer farmers market,

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The fresh scent of hemlock and fir wafts on the breezes that sweep Hurricane Ridge. Delicate mountain flowers, from early-blooming alpine lilies that to the bright red Indian paintbrushes and tiny pink phlox blossoms, there is a plenty of pretty. The Big Meadow Loop leads to the Cirque Rim Trail, with scenic overlooks past the Elwha Valley to the west. The deep blue water of the Strait of Juan de Fuca is visible past fire-scorched Griff Peak. Because there is so much to see so easily, summer crowds can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are two easy ways to get beyond the crowds. In the summer, the sun rises early, providing light to even the earliest risers. Beat it — and you beat the crowds. The longer you sleep in, the more elbows there are to bump.

South Whidbey Record collars and occasionally elk-crossing warning signs flash yellow on Highway 101. It’s wise to heed them — bull elk can weigh up to 1,100 pounds. In addition to the federally managed park and forest, several state parks and campgrounds are within a 25mile radius of Sequim. Points of interest in or near Sequim include Olympic Game Farm, the New Dungeness Lighthouse on Dungeness Spit, the Olympic Discovery Trail, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center, 7 Cedars Casino, the Dungeness River Audubon Center, area lavender farms, the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.

Olympic National Park/Hurricane Ridge Olympic National Forest is a distinct area, its 633,000 acres in two sections bordering the much larger Olympic National Park (922,000 acres) west of Hood Canal and south of Sequim and at the northwest corner of the park. It was established in 1897 as a reserve and was designated as a national forest in 1907, some 30 years before the park was established.

The forest’s topography includes a temperate rain forest where annual precipitation often exceeds 120 inches, yielding ferns the size of dining room tables and skyscraping Sitka spruce and Douglas-fir; the Olympic Mountains with Mount Olympus looming to about 8,000 feet; large lowland lakes with Lake Crescent, a turquoise gem 12 miles long and 625 feet at its maximum depth; cascading rivers and waterfalls. A green cathedral, the forest has 2,178 miles of canopied roads, 200 miles of trails for hikers, bicyclists and horses, several providing access to Olympic National Park, and 19 developed campgrounds. It also has five boating sites, four nature trails and one viewpoint. Five wildernesses in the forest, totaling 88,480 acres, provide solitude and scenic beauty where the only access is by foot or horseback. The forest receives more than 1.2 million visitor days annually. See www.fs.fed.us/r6/olympic. Hurricane Ridge has a mountain experience for everybody. Seventeen miles south of Port Angeles at an elevation of 5,242 feet, the ridge is Olympic National Park’s most easily reached mountain destination. Paved meadow loop trails traverse the ridge top near the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Black-tailed deer often are seen browsing among the meadow flowers. The trails are handicapped accessible with some assistance and provide magnificent views. Stretching from the east to the south, the snowcapped peaks of the Olympics have an awe-inspiring alpine majesty, especially Mount Olympus at 7,980 feet.

If early rising isn’t for you, but you’re willing to foray a little farther, there are two eye-popping trails that head out from Hurricane Ridge. The first is the 3.8-mile trail leading from Sunrise Point to Klahhane Ridge. The steep High Ridge Trail climbs to a stunning view before dropping to a fourway juncture. To the left, the trail loops back to the meadow trails, ahead is a short climb to Sunrise Point (worth the detour) and to the right is the Mount Angeles Trail. This trail parallels Sunrise Ridge to Mount Angeles. It offers gorgeous mountain views as it traverses flowered meadows and stands of sub-alpine forest. It also offers relative solitude as few venture far from the meadow loops. After about 2.8 miles, the trail encounters the Switchback Trail for a steep 1-mile climb up Klahhane Ridge and a perfect picnic point. The trail continues down the shale slope past Lake Angeles to the park entrance but it’s a long trek and might be best to turn back here. The second option involves a drive beyond the Visitor Center to Hurricane Hill. The road is narrow and winding and deters many would-be hikers. The 1.6-mile trail is paved for much of the way and is accessible, with assistance, though there are no guardrails. For a relatively easy hike with beautiful views, scenery and a modicum of isolation, Hurricane Hill is a pleasant option.

Whidbey Island Whidbey Island is the largest of the islands composing Island County, Washington. It’s just a short ferry ride from Port Townsend, which is just north of Kitsap County in Jefferson County.


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Whidbey offers nature hikes, camping, shopping and much history. There are hotels and bed and breakfasts, which means visitors can make a weekend of it.

Take the opportunity to camp, or take a nature hike, or for those who aren’t afraid of heights, walk across the Deception Pass Bridge.

Whidbey is about 30 miles north of Seattle and lies between the Olympic Peninsula and the I-5 corridor of western Washington. The island forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound. It is home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Washington State Parks located on the island include Deception Pass State Park, Joseph Whidbey State Park, Fort Ebey State Park, Fort Casey State Park, Possession Point State Park, and South Whidbey Island State Park. There is also a series of county operated parks throughout the Island.

Whidbey Island has 58,211 residents. An estimated 29,000 of Whidbey Island residents live in rural locations. The economy of Whidbey Island south of Oak Harbor relies heavily on tourism, small-scale agriculture and the arts. Langley and Freeland both have a number of art galleries and antique stores. Coupeville’s Penn Cove Mussel Farm exports large quantities of its highly renowned Penn Cove Mussels. This aquaculture facility, along with a number of small farms, reflects the rural agricultural nature of most of central Whidbey Island. Many of these small farms host farm stands onsite, where customers may buy produce, flowers, meat, eggs and other locally raised products directly from the farmers. Often referred to as Puget Sound’s largest artists colony, Whidbey is home to numerous working artists, writers, and performers. These include many well-known painters, sculptors, glass artists, wood workers, metal workers, mixed media artists, photographers, authors, poets, actors, and musicians. Whidbey Island contains Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, the first national historic reserve in the U.S. created by the National Park Service to preserve the rural history and culture of the island and to protect the area’s rare and sensitive plants. And any visitor to Whidbey should be sure to visit Deception Pass State Park.

Sites not to miss on the island include the Greenbank Farm, at mid point on the island. There’s several artists shops, and a local wine tasting room, along with gardens to view. A small cafe offers in-season specials that are great for a lunch time picnic nearby. Just a ways south of there is Meerkerk Gardens. Meerkerk Gardens is open every day of the year, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a stroll through 10 acres of display gardens and walk along four miles of nature trails. It’s a dog friendly garden, so bring Rover with you. Prime bloom season at the nationally-known rhododendron garden is May and June. But the gardens are filled with other flowers throughout the summer.

Another great event is Whidbey Island Race Week, a week-long sailing regatta every summer based out of Oak Harbor with daily racing in Penn Cove and/or Saratoga Passage. Usually on the third week of July, it can vary slightly due to tidal conditions. Check with the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce for more. Gray whales migrate between Whidbey and Camano Islands during March and April and can be seen from both ship and shore. Orcas also make use of the waters surrounding Whidbey Island. There are a number of whale-watching tours including Deception Pass Tours at www.Deceptionpasstours.com. There are two ferry routes to Whidbey, the Clinton to Mukilteo run on the south end, and the Coupeville to Port Townsend route. Check with the Washington State Ferries for time and rates. During the summer months, reservations are suggested when traveling the Coupeville ferry route. Access on the north end is via the Deception Pass Bridge routing travelers to Highway 20 which then connects to I-5 at Mount Vernon.

Whidbey Island hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Among the most popular is the Island Area Fair, July 20-23. It includes rides, food, and 4-H animal shows. The Maxwelton Beach Fourth of July Parade and fireworks show offers a smalltown feel and a parade that includes everything from antique fire engines to kids on their decorated bikes. It takes place at the southern end of Maxwelton Road at Dave Mackie Park. After the parade, there are events for all ages, including threelegged races, divided into age groups, and the most popular event, the egg toss.

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August 25-27, 2017

Largest Selection of Used Cars In Mason County!

Original U.S. Flag-raising August 26, 1913 Join us for a multitude of activities which honor our ancient Makah customs & traditions and commemorate the history of our Tribe Street Fair Traditional Canoe Racing Slahal Tournament Talent Show Royalty Coronation Fireworks Extravaganza Modern Dance

Fri., Sat., Sun Fri., Sat., Sun Fri., Sat., Sun. Friday evening Friday evening Friday evening Fri., Sat. evening

Grand Parade & Flag-Raising Saturday morning Traditional Dances - Youth Sat. (after parade) Traditional Dances - Adult Saturday evening Traditional Salmon Bake Sat., Sun. afternoon Youth Field Competitions Fri., Sat.. afternoon Bahokus Peak Challenge Sunday Morning Softball Tournament Fri., Sat., Sun.

SALES • SERVICE • PARTS Edith McCarty-Corpuz 2017 Makah Days Queen

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Contact Alana Claplanhoo, Makah Days Chairperson • 360-645-2201 alana.claplanhoo@makah.com

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West 180 Hulbert Rd • Shelton 2nd Shelton Exit off Hwy 101





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Dungeness & Salt Creek Recreation Areas Offering: Playgrounds Picnic Sites Beach Recreation Hiking Trails


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All Sizes & Locations Furnished & Nice Amenities

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VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER 1411 South Forks Avenue • 360-374-2531

For Information on lodging and the area

800-443-6757 • ForksWA.com


Camping Year-Round Campsite Reservations Full-Service Restrooms Birding Opportunities

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B Su eb y oj en cdt Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery est. 2003


Beyond Kitsap Campground & RV Park Shadow Mountain

Northwest Waterfront Dining at John Wayne Marina

Close to Olympic National Park 15 miles W. of P.A. on Hwy. 101 Across from Lake Sutherland

Full Hookups, Tent Spaces, Laundry, Store, Deli, Fuel

WiFi Hot Spot

Discounts for Active Military, Police & Firemen www.shadowmt.com


232951 Hwy. 101 Port Angeles (360) 928-3043 (877) 928-3043

• NAUTICAL • PIRATE • • STEAMPUNK • 1020 Water Street, Port Townsend 360.379.6906 Open Daily 10 am - 6 pm WWW.WORLDSENDPORTTOWNSEND.COM


2634 West Sequim Bay Rd., Sequim, WA 98382 • 360-681-DUKE www.johnwayneswaterfrontresort.com



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On the cover:

Poulsbo waterfront in full sun, a favorite place for biking, walking and viewing. Photo by Patty Graf-Hoke, Visit Kitsap. Kelsey Thomas

Luciano Marano

Robert Smith

Luciano Marano

Purpose Boutique

Seabeck Marina

Brian Kelly

Green Cat B&B

Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Nick Twietmeyer

Skiff Point B&B

Port of Kingston

Michelle Beahm

Kitsap Transit

Chris Tucker

Robert Smith

Keyport Merchantile

Port Gamble Community

Sara Miller

Carrie Griffis

Poulsbo Farmers Market

Richard Walker

U.S. Navy

Bremerton Parks Department

Terry Asla

Robert Zollna

Debbie Gilman Photography

Sophie Bonomi

Green Mountain Golf Course

Kelsie Donleycott

Leslie Kelly

Bainbridge Island Parks

South Whidbey Record/Justin Burnett

Annie LaValle

Port of Kingston

Peninsula Daily News staff photographers

Jack Crockett

Port Gamble Community

Tony Houck

Holly Duggan

Janet Madden

Josh Jakola

Richard Thornton

Kitsap Pumas

Lynne Ferguson

Kitsap Admirals/Kurt DeVoe

Jennifer Zuver

John Rodriguez

Visit Kitsap

Kelsey Thomas

Olympic Outdoor Center

Silverdale Chamber of Commerce

Kitsap Historical Society Museum

Seabeck Conference Center

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ADVERTISERS INDEX Ace Hardware-Bainbridge.....................140

Closet Transfer..................................................... 91

Island Church......................................................117

Acupuncture & Wellness Ctr................ 139

Comfort Inn On The Bay..............................51

Island School........................................................33

Alder Creek Pet Lodge................................121

Cookie’s Pet Corner & Wash....................114

Jacobs Treasures...............................................115

Alina Korotkina Corporation.................... 81

Crimson Cove, LLC.........................................90

Jakes Pickup........................................................ 84

All Creatures Animal Hospital..............122

Cross Sound Church.....................................117

John Wayne’s Waterfront Resort........135

Amy’s Decadent Chocolates....................41

Crystal Delights................................................132

Ken’s Northwest Automotive.................86

Amy’s Decadent Chocolates................109

Day Smokers Club.........................................108

Key City Players..................................................131

Anderson Denture Center........................... 5

Dennis Paige / Sotheby’s............................72

Keyport Auto Repair...................................... 93

Animal Rescue Families...........................122

Destination HWY 420..................................141

Kingston Ale House.......................................96

Anthony’s Home Port.................................108

Directors Mortgage.........................................74

Kingston Mercantile.............................. 23, 97

B & B Repair Auto........................................... 110

DIY Tobacco........................................................109

Kitsap Flooring Outlet................................108

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts............................. 82

Dockside Grill.....................................................132

Kitsap Museum...............................................108

Bainbridge Gardens...................................... 82

Doctors Clinic.....................................................144

Kitsap Property Management Inc..... 76

Bay Street Bistro................................................43

Edmonds Arts Festival................................132

Kitsap Public Facilities Distr....................... 9

Bethel Saloon.....................................................115

Elmo’s Book Exchange.............................. 110

Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Ctr..................... 54

BI Park & Recreation......................................77

Emmanuel Apostolic Church...............122

Kitsap Transit........................................................27

Black Ball Ferry Line.......................................27

Explore Port Orchard..................................143

Lavender Festival.............................................133

Black J.......................................................................114

Fairbank Construction..................................74


Blue Heron Jewelry Co................................... 6

Fathoms O’fun ........................................ 63, 142

Liberty Bay Bank.................................................12

Blue Heron Jewelry Co................................90

First Federal..............................................................2

Liberty Shores...................................................... 61

Boehm’s Chocolates.....................................90

First Lutheran Church.................................122

Lifecare Ctr of Port Orchard....................... 5

Boomers Pet Boutique................................ 91

Four Seasons Pools & Spas.....................105

Makah Tribal Days..........................................133

Bremerton United Methodist...............122

Frasers Gourmet Hideaway....................129

Maryfest Inc............................................................21

Brigadoon Vacation Rentals..................134

Galletta School Of Dance.........................89

Maxwell Salon..................................................105

Bruce Titus Port Orchard Ford..................4

Gateway Christian School..........................34

McKenna Sportfishing............................... 130

Bubble N Squeak Home LLC................134

Gillis Auto Center............................................132

Port Gamble General Store.................... 101

Bug Museum........................................................34

Good Property Management................ 76

Monica’s Waterfront Bakery..................105

Butcher And Baker...................................... 100

Green Tiki Cannabis.......................................69

Montessori Country School..................... 84

CK Church Of Christ.....................................122

Poulsbo Red Apple........................................ 87

Mora Iced Creamery....................................... 81

Catherine Arlen, Windermere............... 97

Hansville Grocery............................................. 95

Mosquito Fleet Winery............................... 110

Cats Meow.............................................................. 91

Hear For Life.......................................................... 61

Mrs Muirs House of Ghost...................... 100

Chamber Of Commerce - Forks........... 91

Herbal Healing...................................................... 6

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist....................122

Chamber Of Commerce - Forks.........134

High Country Outfitters...............................34

Naturally 4 Paws...............................................121

CHS Northwest.................................................. 87

HWY 420...........................................70, 104, 108

Naval Undersea Museum...........................34

Chung’s Teriyaki..............................................109

Hist Downtown Poulsbo Assoc............90

New Dungeness Light Station.............132

Churchmouse Yarns & Teas...................... 81

Homemade Cafe.............................................115

North Point Church.......................................117

City Of Port Orchard...................................... 64

Hoodsport Winery...........................................131

Oak Harbor Block Party.............................129

Clearwater Casino.............................................13

Irene’s School Of Dance..............................34

Olde Central Antique Mall.......................115


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ADVERTISERS INDEX Puget Sound Navy Museum...................34

Toys Etc............................................................34, 89

Olympic Flight Museum...........................134

Purple Haze Lavender.................................127

Tried & True Tattoo..........................................115

Olympic Game Farm...................................132

Reid Property Management.................. 76

VCA Central Kitsap Animal......................121

Olympic Gymnastic Center...................104

Reid Real Estate............................................... 76

Veneto Ristorante Italiano...................... 104

Olympic Music Festival..............................134

Reserve At Bucklin Hill.................................75

Village Green Apts-Kingston...................75

Olympic Outdoor...............17, 90, 100, 104

Rings & Things....................................................114

Visit Kitsap.............................................................. 10

Olympic Peninsula Wineries Association....................................124

Robert Heay Port Orchard....................... 59

Vlist Motors...........................................................112

Olympic Property Group...............100, 101

Rolling Hills Golf Course............................. 55

WA Renaissance Arts & Ed Soc.......... 130

Sail Bainbridge.................................................. 84

West Coast Mining Supply Inc.............. 53

Olympia Harbor Days...................................131

Our Lady Star Of The Sea..........................116 Our Saviours Lutheran Church.............117 Oxford Suites............................................50, 105 Oyster Fest........................................................... 130 Pane D’amore....................................................135 Paper & Leaf...........................................................71 Paul Davis Restoration...............................109 Paws And Fins...................................................122 Paws Of BI.............................................................122 Pawsably Home, LLC....................................122 Peace Lutheran Church.............................117 Peace Lutheran School................................34 Pelindaba Lavender........................................ 81 Peninsula Federal Credit Union........... 67 Peninsula Outfitters Inc...............................22 Peninsula Property Management..... 76 Perfect Party Rentals LLC..........................115 Phase II Grooming..........................................115 Pho’ T & N...............................................................89 Po Bay Street Association.........................113 Port Gamble Guest Houses LLC....... 100 Port Madison Lutheran Church..........122 Port Of Bremerton............................................12 Port Of Kingston...............................................96 Port Orchard First Lutheran....................117 Port Orchard United.....................................117 Poulsbo City.........................................................86 Poulsbo Mercantile........................................86 Poulsbo Village..................................................88 Puget Sound Express.....................................31

Saints Car Club...................................................57

Westside Pizza Kingston............................ 97

Scott Mclendon’s Ace Hardware........114

Winter Summer Inn B & B......................133

Sequim Spice & Tea......................................134

Winton Woods I & II........................................75

Shadow Mt General Store.......................134

Wish......................................................................... 100

Shoomadoggie Enterprises.................... 87

Woodside Animal Hospital.....................122

Sidney Museum & Arts Assoc................ 29

Worlds End...........................................................135

Silverdale Autoworks..................................104

YWCA Kitsap........................................................ 53

Silverdale Beach Hotel................................ 49

Zufelt-Krei John L. Scott.............................96

Skiff Point Guest House.............................. 83 Smoking Exodus..............................................112

Bainbridge Snap Shop

Sole Mates............................................................. 83

BI Barkery

South Park Rexall Pharmacy..................115

Bainbridge Is Lodging Assoc

Sport Haus.............................................................89

Bainbridge Organic Distillers

St Olaf Catholic Church..............................117

BI Brewing Company

Stedman Bee Supply.................................105

BI Farmers Market

Sue’s Fresh Juice Bar....................................114

BI Historical Museum

Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm.......133

BI Museum Of Art

Suquamish Museum....................................30

BI Studio Tour

Sweet Life Cakery LLC.................................. 97

Bloedel Reserve

Tango Zulu Enterprises LLC.................... 79

Bon Bon Enterprises Inc

Taqueria Los Cazadores.............................. 87

Cafe Nola

That One Place...................................................114


The Brass Kraken Pub................................... 91

Lawson Design Studio

The Grub Hut....................................................... 97

Pastiche Antiques

The Kingston Bookery.................................. 97

Pleasant Beach Village

The Paisley Whale............................................ 97

Westside Pizza

The Point Casino...................................................3 Tizley’s Europub................................................90 Town & Country Market................................. 9

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Travel Journal As you wander through the Kitsap Peninsula, we invite you to use this page to record your favorite places. We’d like you to share them with us by mailing this page to us at Discover Kitsap/Sound Publishing, PO Box 278, Poulsbo, WA., 98370. Or email to publisher@northkitsapherald.com. Write “Travel Notes/Discover Kitsap” in the subject line. Put your name and hometown on the page. We plan to use some of these comments in Discover Kitsap 2018. And if you have any great photographs of Kitsap you’d like to share, email them to us. We need 180 dpi. or larger jpeg format. Once again, enjoy the Kitsap Peninsula, and safe travels!

While you’re in the area be sure to check www.kitsapdailynews.com & www.bainbridgereview.com for the latest news and updates.


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Receive discount with same day receipt from Destination HWY 420 Visit our website for a virtual tour, menus, original video content, and more

destinationhwy420.com (360)627-8754 • 1225 Hollis St. Bremerton, WA Sun-Thurs 9am-11pm Fri-Sat 9am-11:30pm

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Honoring Veterans register @ Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard


Sponsored by in Sinclair Inlet @ Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard



Craft & Vendor Show!

Sponsored by


Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard

South Kitsap Regional Park

Bay Street, Port Orchard





with Butler Amusements, Inc.

Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard

@ City of Port Orchard & Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard

Sponsored by

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at the SAINTS CAR CLUB CRUZ Bay Street, Port Orchard


Enter the race with your homemade watercraft! in Sinclair Inlet @ Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard

SAT-SUN, SEPT 9-10 THE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Sample & shop locally made treats and gifts! TBA - please check website

EMPOWERING YOUTH • STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY FATHOMS O’ FUN is a community organization operated by local

volunteers who are dedicated to Empowering Youth & Strengthening Community. Proceeds from our annual events support our Youth Scholarship Program as well as other community resources. Traditions live on as we continually celebrate South Kitsap through family-friendly events & activities. So come on down and be a part of all the fun in store, we look forward to seeing you!

Fathoms O’ Fun ENJOY FREE LIVE MUSIC EVERY THURSDAY AT 6:30 PM June 1st - August 31st • Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard Rain or Shine See Our Website for Full Concert Listing!

FOR EVENT DETAILS & TO LEARN MORE CONTACT US www.FathomsOFun.org • (360) 871-1805 OR (360) 876-3505

Sick of the Daily Grind? It’s time to decompress... Enjoy a relaxing day trip or weekend getaway!

Explore Find your new favorite escape destination. This time - there’s no need to make elaborate plans, deal with pesky traveling or break the bank. Relax & recharge in this beautiful place - so close, yet so far away. Breath in the fresh air as you take a stroll on our scenic waterfront trail, peruse a diverse collection of local downtown merchants, or treat yourself to something delicious from a variety of fine dining choices. Yes, Port Orchard has the works when it comes to a delightfully quaint place to visit!




• Nearby & budget friendly • Kids & pets welcome - bring the family! • Easily accessible by car, boat or ferry • Relaxing waterfront views • Easygoing change of pace

• Thursday Concerts by the Bay - June-Sept. • Saturday Farmers Market - April-October • Festivals & Events, Classic Car Shows • Playground, Gazebo & Observation Deck • South Kitsap Skate Park

For trip planning details & a complete list of events visit


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