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.
Welcome to Washington! And welcome to the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel, featuring a gorgeous waterfront patio and seasonal firepit, large indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi, and more. You’ll love coming home to our comfortable rooms and stunning grounds, so book your stay today and check out these amazing local events on the May calendar in the Kitsap area:
Epic One-Day Only Plant Sale: May 7
Calling all green thumbs! One of the inspiring aspects of spring is the endless opportunity of your soon-to-be garden. Coming from Canada or elsewhere in Washington to get in on the Master Gardener Foundation’s Plant Sale at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on May 7? You won’t be alone – the one-day only extravaganza for flora for all is a popular local event and you’ll want to be close by. Our Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel is less than 10 minutes from the garden sale.
Wine Tasting on Bainbridge Island: May 7 -8
A nice half-an-hour drive from our waterfront hotel, Bainbridge Island is home to the charming Rolling Bay Winery and the perfect setting for a casual afternoon sampling vino with family and/or friends. This small winery specialized in limited quantities of hand-crafted premium wine. The grapes come from Snipes Mountain, one of Washington States newest AVAs and oldest vineyards. The winery is only open twice a month, with the next wine tasting event happening Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8 from noon to 5:30 p.m. This experience includes premium wine tastings, barrel samplings, local artisan appetizers and a stunning view.
Free Comic Book Day: May 7
Pop into Avalon Comics near Kohl’s at Kitsap Mall here in Silverdale for Free Comic Book Day to pick up a treat for your kiddo – or maybe yourself? There are several titles to choose from, as well as a chance to meet local artists and comic-inspired activities. Get there early – select comics are free while supplies last!
The art of beading really took off here in the U.S.A. about 10 years ago, and it’s still a hot trend today. If you have plans to get your bead on this summer to craft your own personal jewellery, you’ll want to come to Silverdale at the end of April for the amazing bead show presented by Beauty in the Bead. These guys have really beefed up their bead stock and will bring 20,00 new strands and 1,500 new pendants and cabochons to their already impressive selection. It’s the perfect chance to make a gorgeous one-of-a-kind piece for yourself, or stock up on all the essentials for your beading business.
From Tigereye to opals freshwater pearls, you’ll be able to find everything you need for your upcoming jewellery, craft and art projects. The show includes something for every budget and requirement, from stone to chips, dyed magnesite shell, coral, Chinese-cut crystal and a Private Collection Grid for unique and exquisite beads. Collect all your favorite stone beads
New to the show are trays of stone beads selling for $4.99 and $6.99 – a fantastic deal!
This year’s show happens April 28, 29 and 30. Thursday and Friday hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why not stay where all the action is? The Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel offers amazing accommodation and impressive hotel amenities, all at incredible rates. Fuel up for a full day of browsing by enjoying a complimentary breakfast buffet, and rest your aching feet after the show closes in our gorgeous whirlpool and sauna. Book your room online today and get ready to fill your boots with all the beads, charms and pendants you could ever dream of!
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is home to contemporary art and crafts locally made in the Puget Sound. The museum exhibits, collects, and preserves works of both proven cultural value as well as those of up and coming artists, which makes for a well-rounded array of presentations that well-represents the region. Take a look at what’s currently on display below and, if you’re visiting Silverdale, this museum located in nearby Bainbridge Island makes for a great day trip. Book your stay with us here at the Silverdale Beach Hotel for a wide variety of accommodation styles, fabulous on-site amenities such as our Beach Front Martini Lounge and daily breakfast buffet, and affordable rates.
This exhibition, which runs from now through until June 5, was curated by BIMA founder Cynthia Sears using her own collection. In Artist’s Books, the books of various artists are used as works of contemporary art. Mostly mixed-media, the books are composed of many different steps and progresses, and are encouraged to be experienced and touched so that visitors may get “the whole story.”
A Story Place
A Story Place, BIMA's exhibition of clay artist Nancy Thorne Chambers, is a ceramic installation that features 30 life-size animals and insects sitting in a forest, listening to a child reading a story that’s about them. Creating a sense of story within visual relationships is what inspired Chambers, a former family therapist who here explores the simple yet complex notion of “relationships.” Each sculpture has been hand-built, fired glazed, fired again, and then painted with layers of color to depict hair and fur. Their gestures, expressions, and position in the group setting has been carefully chosen.
With themes ranging from fantasy to personal loss, this group exhibition showcases the ideas and experiences of various journeys. Including in Journeys, which runs until June 5, are local artists Marita Dingus (Auburn), Denise Harris (Bainbridge Island), Steve Jensen (Seattle), Phillip Levine (Burien), Susan Lowrey (Vashon Island), Ann Morris (Lummi Island), Steve Parmelee (Poulsbo), and Kay Walsh (Bainbridge Island).
With a mission to protect, educate, and preserve the history and culture of the Puget Sound Salish Tribes (with a particular emphasis on the Suquamish Tribe), the Suquamish Museum Mission strives to provide all of its visitors with a newfound understanding of the Native Peoples of the Puget Sound.
With the assistance of Tribal elders, scholars, and other professionals, the museum, which opened in 1983, is home to a wide variety of exhibits that showcase photography, artifacts, replication, and audio/visual productions.
Until May 8, the Suquamish Museum is presenting Woven: Contemporary Salish Wool Weavings by Danielle Morsette. The exhibition is designed to introduce the viewer to the techniques of Coast Salish Wool Weaving and presents individual small woven panels of each style. Alongside the panels, contemporary designed blankets, skirts, shawls, and more by crafted by Morsette, the artist will also demonstrate how a weaver translates knowledge of traditional styles into their work. Her loom with a work in progress will also be on display in accompaniment, to allow the viewer an intimate view of the process. Together, these two elements will create both a journey in time and the journey of a student.
The Suquamish Museum is just a 20-minute drive from us here at the conveniently located BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. Book your stay with us today for comfortable, spacious accommodations (with options for water views and jetted tubs) and affordable rates.
There is never any shortage of great things to do here in the Kitsap and this month is a testament to that. Whether you’re into antiques, roller derby, or just want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the family, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Book your stay with us here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel to make the most of it all. Our beautiful guestrooms offer options for breathtaking water views, jetted tubs, and fireplaces, and be sure to take advantage of our fabulous on-site amenities including the Beachfront Martini Lounge, complimentary bicycle rentals, and daily breakfast buffet.
Josephine’s Redeemed Revival Spring Market
Make your way down to the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 for the very first annual Josephine’s Redeemed Revival Spring Market. Hosted by beloved local vintage shop Josephine’s Redeemed Boutique, this exciting event showcases more than 50 of the region's best vintage artisans, crafts people, and businesses. The two-day event celebrates also includes classes, food, music, and a special book signing on Saturday with New York Times best-selling author and blogger Melissa Michaels, who will be on hand to sign copies of her latest, The Inspired Room.
Wild West Showdown
From March 4 to March 6, the Kitsap County Fairgrounds will be filled with hard-hitting action with some of the best role derby leagues in the nation for the 2016 Wild West Showdown. The jamboree will be holding spots for six WFTDA Women's teams, six MRDA Men's teams, six JRDA All-Female teams, a