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 just 15 miles south of our hotel, and offers a straightforward yet challenging hike that can be completed by people with a base level of fitness. It’s a five mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of around 1000 ft. Along the way you’ll pass beautiful dense forests, which will eventually clear away as you reach the summit for excellent views over the surrounding area.
Anderson Landing Trail
This trail is the perfect length for those who are looking to get out into nature without having to commit to a long afternoon. Located just 4 miles from the hotel, the Anderson Landing Trail is a brisk 1.3 miles there and back, and features those unique Pacific Northwest features we love: dense, lush forests, moss, and a rustic beach where you can hunt crabs or just enjoy the view.
Grand Forest Park Trail - Bainbridge Island
Take yourself over to the beautiful Bainbridge Island and hike the Grand Forest Park Trail, a 2.8 mile loop trail that features large trees and a lake, among other highlights. Well maintained and easy on the feet, this is a pleasant stroll great for families.
Photo Credit: Mark Virtue
You, dear guest, are cordially invited to the 34th anniversary of June Faire! Held on June 4 and 5 at the Norseland Site, this exciting festival celebrates Middle Ages life with activities like archery, a marketplace, medieval cooking, and much more.
Make your way to the Artisan Village to watch demonstrations of crafts in woodworking, blacksmithing, scribal arts, coin making, pottery, calligraphy, and shoemaking. Even try your hand at one of them! Then, continue onto Hamsterley Hall, where you can observe artisans working as they would have back in the day and talk to them about their daily lives — visit a 10th century farmer, a 15th century tailor shop, a painter’s studio, and a textile shop.
Get a taste for the fare from the days of yore at the Medieval Cuisine demonstration kitchen where you’ll get the enjoy roasting fruits and meats, freshly baked bread, fried delicacies, and pottages.
You’ll have the chance to learn various European dances, a well as Renaissance dances, and peasant-style line dancing. Take part in a variety of board, card, and dice games, as well, alongside an exciting Living Chess game, where YOU are the playing pieces. Or, test your aim with archery or watch a weapon throwing competition.
There will also be plenty of live entertainment to enjoy, including musicians, jugglers, dancers, and storytellers.
If you’re in Kitsap for this special occasion, be sure to book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. We’re conveniently located, with beautifully-appointed accommodations, upscale amenities, and affordable rates.
The Kitsap Harbor Festival — the annual kick-off of the summer boating season — celebrates its 8th year this Memorial Day weekend on May 28 and May 29. This family-friendly affair attracts boaters and visitors from surrounding communities to enjoy the many activities that take place on the boardwalk and the waterfront.
Opening ceremonies will be hosted by festival fan-favorite, Carrie Kay, who’ll perform the Star Spangled Banner and more crowd-pleasing patriotic songs. There will also be plenty of entertainment taking over the Main Stage, with bands like the Bobbers, Pirates of the Coast, Pint N Dale, and Second Addition playing live and dance performances by groups including Synergy Dance Group, the Bremerton High School Drill Team, and the Hula Halau Polynesian Dancers.
All weekend long, the Venture Crew 1517 will be diving the water for sea creatures and telling festivalgoers all about what they find. Kids can see these creatures up close and even touch them. Also for children, there will be special interactive booths where youngsters of all ages are able to experience technology, engineering, math, and science hands-on.
The boardwalk will host over 50 vendor booths that will offer everything from fair food to crafts to purchase. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a beer from the beer garden located on the marina viewing platform, which also boasts a beautiful view of the Port of Bremerton Marine as well as the Main Stage.
If you’re spending this Memorial Day weekend in Kitsap, be sure to book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. We’re conveniently located, with luxurious accommodations (with options for sweeping views and pet-friendly rooms), upscale on-site amenities, and affordable rates.