Fall may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean we have to settle in for a few months spent indoors, oh no - not with so many events still taking place in Kitsap County. Visit Silverdale this September and you’ll have opportunities to challenge yourself athletically and tour some classic vehicles. Book yourself into the Silverdale Beach Hotel during your stay and you’ll have comfortable, spacious accommodations to return to after you’ve finished. Our hotel features an indoor pool and hot tub, sauna, and a lounge bar - everything you need to reset those weary limbs.
Scenic Marathon Running in Bremerton
Ready for a challenge? Then sign up for the Bremerton Marathon, which takes place on the morning of September 17th. The race begins and ends in Evergreen Park, just a short 15 minute drive from our hotel, and bypasses lush landscapes, Manette Bridge, and even includes a shot or two of Mt Rainier and the Olympics Mountain range. If you’re not quite prepared to take on the challenge of a full marathon, then there is also a half-marathon option, which begins at 9am.
Classic Cars and Hot Dogs
The last ‘Cars of Summer’ event will be taking place on September 16th at Perry Ave Mall in Bremerton. Head on down and see a collection of classic vehicles, including trucks, cars, and motorcycles, all in aid of the Veterans Airlift Command. As well as the vehicles, you can also look forward to hot dogs, a prize raffle, and music.
Scenic Ride in Kitsap County
The 23rd Annual Kitsap Color Classic will be hosted on September 25. Take your bike down and take a ride along one of the three looped trails, all of which include stunning scenery. The rides, like all the best ones, are challenging yet rewarding, and by participating you’ll also be helping to raise money for local bicycling education programs.
As we head into fall, it’s time we start looking at the delicious harvests that are in season during this time of year. We have two tasty festivals coming up in September where you can get your fill of local flavors, as well as another which promotes community life in the region. Book your stay at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel and you’ll be perfectly situated to attend these trio of events. You’ll also receive free Wi-Fi and access to our indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness centre.
Blackberry Harvest Celebration
It’s back! Bremerton’s popular Blackberry Festival, now in its 27th year, returns to the Bremerton Waterfront - just a short drive south from Silverdale - on September 3, running for three days until September 5. The lively, atmospheric festival features plenty of live music, souvenir stalls, beer gardens, activities for children - and, of course, plenty of blackberry themed fun! Head on down for what promises to be a fun weekend.
Local Fun in Keyport
Indulge in local fun at Keyport Fest 2016, which takes place on September 17 from 9am - 4pm. Among the family friendly entertainment you’ll find a classic car show, a street fair where you can buy food and crafts, musical performances, and kids activities for the little ones in your party.
Taste of Fall in Late September
Ready your tastebuds, because fall is coming and it’s bringing plenty of tasty treats! Cider Swig will be taking place from 12pm - 5pm on September 24 in Gig Harbor, a thirty minute drive south from Silverdale Beach Hotel, and will feature dozens of ciders from around Washington, local foods, entertainment and play activities for kids, an apple pie contest, and much more. There’s no finer way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with cider, BBQ food, and live music - don’t miss it!
Three great events will be taking place in Silverdale this August, helping visitors enjoy the final few weeks of summer. Book a stay at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel and you’ll be treated to live music, classic cars, and an outdoor adventure. You’ll also receive affordable, spacious accommodations and access to an indoor pool and hot tub, as well as many other amenities.
Kayak trip with a view
What could be better be spending the day on the water, passing beautiful scenery as you paddle your kayak? During Paddle Kitsap you’ll paddle from Fay Bainbridge Park to Liberty Bay via the Agate Pass. On this relaxing, leisurely trip you’ll take in views of of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and the surrounding scenery. This fun kayaking trip takes place on August 20 from 9:30am - 2pm, and also includes a shuttle bus back to the Fay Bainbridge Park.
Bluegrass on a Summer’s Afternoon
If a kayak trip doesn’t sound appealing, then perhaps the 25th Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival, which also takes place on August 20th, is more to your tastes. This daylong event of music and good vibes features a great line up, who will be playing their bluegrass inspired songs as - hopefully - the sun shines down on the crowd. There’s also a berry pie contest and kids parade taking place throughout before crowd favorite Trout Steak Revival bring the festival to a close at dusk.
Classic Cars and BBQ fun for the whole family!
The Sidney Block Party and Classic Car Show takes place on August 21 in Bremerton, just a 15 minute drive from our hotel. The event takes place from 10am - 2:30pm and features a free BBQ, live music, and classic cars. There will also be activities for kids, making this an event the whole family can enjoy. Have a classic vehicle? Take it down and show it off!
In our last blog, we told the in’s and out’s of beachcombing along the d Wine Await In Silverdale and the Kitsap Pennisulashorelines of the Pacific Northwest. If that tickled your fancy, you may want to check out the Kitsap Beach Naturalists Beach Exploration tours happening through August at local beaches along the Kitsap Pennisula:
August 3 – Point No Point Hansville 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
August 18 – Kitsap Memorial State Park in Poulsbo 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
Other great things are happening in the Kitsap and Silverdale area this month as well, so check out these suggestions and be sure to book your stay at our gorgeous waterfront Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel!
Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport Authority’s Public Sailing Adventures
If you’re looking for a unique way to experience the waterways and inlets of Washington State, the Gray’s Harbour Historical Seaport Authority runs super-interesting sailing events that give you an authentic taste of 18th century war-fare on the water. We’re talking cannon fire, close quarter maneuvers and a chance to raise the sails of a tall ship and taunt your maritime opponents in an exhilarating three-hour tour. But don’t worry – no one gets shipwrecked on this voyage! The Seaport offers several other great sailing adventures, so check them out and see how those sea-legs work!
Less than two hours by car from our hotel, this is a great stop if you’re traveling by car from the coastal region to the other side of Olympic National Park to stay in the Silverdale area.
Kitsap Wine Festival: August 13
Take in the scenic Bremerton waterfront and some great food and wine as part of the Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park. About a 15-minute drive south of Silverdale, Bremeron hosts this annual event happening August 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., which features live music and a variety of wine. Tickets are $65 at the door, or $55 if purchased online up to the event date. Proceeds benefit Harrison Medical Center Foundation, so raise a glass for a good cause!
You may think sparkling white-sand beaches are the best places for beachcombing, but you’d be wrong! Beaches on the west coast are full of incredible marine creatures and the summer is the perfect time to explore our coastal treasures. You can step right outside of our beachfront hotel onto the beaches of Dyes Inlet, or you can travel further afield to Fay Bainbridge Island to the northeast (about 35 minutes) or Manchester State Park (about 35 minutes south).
Before you go, take note of these few tips and guidelines about local beachcombing, so we can both learn from and protect the natural environment and all of its living creatures.
Low tide is great news for us, who want to see and touch super cool marine life, but for many ocean animals, low tide is a high stress time and leaves them pretty vulnerable. Most creatures will be able to tolerate gentle touches, and if pick them up, do so carefully and not for too long. It’s generally best to leave the picking up to the adults, and toddlers can be a tad rough!
Flip Rocks For More Critters
Lots of beach critters live and hide under larger rocks within the tidal zone, so feel free to carefully lift or flip rocks over to see what lies beneath. All, check out small eel grass beds, especially those hanging tough in small tide pools, for even more living treasures.
While most of the beach-dwelling marine creatures in this area are totally harmless, there are a few nastier guys to steer clear off – namely, Lion’s Mane jellyfish, octopuses and large crabby crabs. Lion’s Mane jellyfish are large with red or yellowish centers. You may find a small octopus in a larger tidal pool, but you should know that they have a very sharp beak and give a nasty bite.
While barnacles don’t sting, pinch or bite, they are quite sharp so make sure to wear some kind of water shoe while you explore. Also, pay close attention to the water levels and head back to dry sand when you see the tide coming in. Make sure you don’t get stuck on a sandbar – incoming tides can be swift, with strong currents and chilly temperatures.
Summer is upon us here in Silverdale, and it’s not just the temperatures that are heating up - events, shows, and summer fun are also on the rise. Visit Silverdale during July and you’ll find Independence Day celebrations, concerts, and special nights staring up at the cosmos.
4th July on Bainbridge Island
It’s going to be a great day of American fun at The Grand Old 4th of July, which takes place on Bainbridge Island just 30 minutes from our hotel. There’ll be events all day, starting with a traditional pancake breakfast at 7am all the way to the grand finale - the fireworks - at dusk. In between you’ll be treated to parades, live music, and fun for the whole family.
Classic Rock in Shelton
On July 9th, rock veterans Foreigner bring their classic riffs and and hard rock sound to the Skookum Creek Event Center in Shelton, around 45 minutes from the Silverdale Beach hotel. Get ready to rock out as the band play their way through their famous back catalogue, which includes hits such as ‘Feels Like the First Time’, ‘Double Vision’, and the iconic ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’.
A Look at the Universe
If hard rock isn’t your thing, then there’s also another great event taking place on July 9th. “Space Oddities”, a planetarium show inspired by David Bowie, will be taking place at Ritchie Observatory in Battle Point Park, thirty minutes from the hotel. Take a look at the wonders of the universe and, if the weather is right, take a look up at the cosmos through the telescope.
To enjoy these events and more, book your stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. Our hotel features pet-friendly rooms, an indoor pool and hot tub, and free high speed internet, among many other amenities.
The weather is slowly improving here in Silverdale, and you know what that means: it’s time to strap on those hiking boots, fill those water bottles, and head out into the beautiful Pacific Northwest. From local hikes to those just a short drive away, this is a great opportunity to get out and get your fill of nature. Book your stay at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel and you’ll be close to the three hikes listed below, all the while staying in accommodation that is spacious, well-appointed, and filled with amenities such as free Wi-Fi and an LCD television.
Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail
Green Mountain’s Gold Creek Trail is located