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If this isn’t on your bucket-list, then put it on - and cross it off! Now is your chance to experience the gorgeous Dyes Inlet in Washington’s Puget Sound in an authentic Hawaiian outrigger canoe.  

It’s the 2015 Silverdale Whaling Days Dyes Inlet Dash Outrigger Canoe Races Sunday, July 26, and all you need to bring is ... you and four other people up for a good time! Hui Heihei Wa’a (Sliverdale’s Outrigger Canoe Association) provided everything else. Really - they’ll give you a PFD, the boat, the paddles, and even an experienced steerer to guide you. There is no experience necessary, and family teams are welcome. 

The races happen at Silverdale Waterfront Park, in 500-meter sprints in three separate divisions: Men, Women and Family.   Book your team before July 19 for $125, or after for $150. All team members get a thrilling canoe experience and a commemorative T-shirt.  

For more race information or to register your team (c’mon, we know you wanna!), check out the official website. The park is less than 15 minutes from our hotel, which is also located along the beautiful beachfront at the northern end of Dyes Inlet. 

 

Where’s Waldo? A Classic Search For A Classic Guy

 

It’s a challenge none of us can resist ... find Waldo! If you are up for a scenic 20-minute drive up to the next inlet of Liberty Bay, you can stop off at the town of Poulsbo and hunt for the funny looking guy in the striped shirt, blue pants, and black-rimmed glasses.  

Pick up your Where’s Waldo passport at Liberty Bay Books and head out on the big search in 33 businesses along Front Street. The hunt is on for the entire month of July.  

If you’re heading to our lovely area this summer, we invite you to stay with us at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Experience our great rates, friendly staff and gorgeous location by booking your room online. We look forward to hosting you!

June
26

Just a short drive north of our cozy, Silverdale hotel, you’ll find The Point Casino. Alongside a fantastic roster of gaming and gambling options, the casino is also home to frequent concerts, any of which make for a great night out for our valued guests.

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Here are a few Casino shows we think you might enjoy!

Johnny Cash Tribute | July 11

On July 11th, the talented Philip Bauer takes the Casino stage as Johnny Cash in a can’t-miss tribute event. For tickets that cost as little as $10, catch all your favourite cash songs, from Ring of Fire to Walk the Line. Enjoy the show!

Greg Rolie | July 17

Santana, The Storm, Abraxas Pool, and Journey—just a few of the bands that talented keyboardist and vocalist Greg Rolie has been a founding member of. On July 17th, this accomplished musician takes the stage at the casino for a concert that you don’t want to miss.

Woodstock Revisited | August 7-8

On the second weekend of August, head down to the casino for an unbeatable trip down musical memory lane. Woodstock Revisited is a two-night event highlighted by tributes to some of Woodstock’s most iconic performers—Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Tickets to this one cost just $10 a night or $15 for both nights. Don’t miss it!

Yes, thanks to The Point Casino, guests of our comfortable hotel never have to look far for terrific, live music. This summer is perfect evidence of that claim as the aforementioned acts and others are set to take the casino’s stage!

Book a room at our hotel today to enjoy these awesome concerts, and everything else that beautiful Silverdale and surrounding Kitsap County have to offer. You won’t regret it!

June
15
 Silverdale July Events, things to do in Silverdale, Live music, Whaling Days

It’s almost that time of year again!

From July 24th to 26th, Whaling Days returns to sun-soaked Silverdale, Washington. The festival, which is summer staple for those who reside in the area, is also a can’t-miss experience for visitors to the region—including guests like you!

So, what’s this festival all about? Here’s a quick rundown of the details.

Whaling Days, which makes its 40th return to the Kitsap region this year, is a not for profit event with a simple goal: providing fun for guests of all ages. Operated entirely by volunteers, with all profits being distributed to worthy charities, Whaling Days aims to be as family friendly as possible—great news for guests traveling with children.

Each year, the event features dozen of great live bands—including the winner of the festival’s recent battle of the bands series. In addition, guests can expect to enjoy festival mainstays like a canoe race, a pancake breakfast, a 21 and up club, a funky street fair, a hypnotizing fireworks display and, of course, plenty of delicious food and cool vendors. Needless to say, Whaling Days has something for everyone.

Here’s where the news gets even better. All the fun goes down just a short distance from our hotel at Silverdale Waterfront Park. You can walk there in about 10 minutes, or drive there in less than five! The important thing is that you get there, because this is an event that you don’t want to miss. Head over to the festival website for all the information you need.

When the fun has wrapped up, head back to our hotel for a comfortable night’s sleep, alongside unbeatable amenities like a waterfront patio, an indoor pool and hot tub, a well-equipped fitness centre, and a sauna. Book your room today for an unforgettable visit to Silverdale. We look forward to welcoming you to town!

May
30
 Kids discovery museum kitsap silverdale hotel accommodations

The KiDiMu—that’s the Kids Discovery Museum—is an incredible place that combines imagination and education. The museum holds plenty of fun activities, ands kids can climb the Pirate Tree House, take a drive in a real electric car through “Our Town”, become a scientist-in-training in the Science Hall, and plenty more. The KiDiMu also hosts some great events, so next time you’re visiting the peninsula, let your child’s imagination soar with these awesome camps.

Ahoy, Matey! Pirate Training – July 6th-9th

As the KiDiMu is home to the peninsula’s only Pirate Tree House, it’s the perfect place to get your certification in professional pirating. At this four-day camp, kids will learn to speak the language of the pirates and sing their songs, build a true pirate ship, make a map (treasure optional), and much, much more. If your kid prefers a hook to a hand, this is the camp for them. Learn more here.

Junior Firefighters – July 13th-16th

If pirates are out setting ships on fire, someone has to be around to put those fires out. If your children prefer donning an oxygen mask and fire-suit over buccaneer garb, they’ll love the junior firefighters camp. Over four days, the junior firefighters will get to climb aboard a real fire truck and get real tips from real firefighters. They’ll also visit the police department to learn how the two departments work together. There will also be emergency training, games, and much more. Learn more here.

Mad Scientists – July 27th-30th                                                                 

Roving the seven seas and fighting fires are very exciting, but if your children prefer to work within a controlled lab, they’ll love the mad scientists camp. All junior scientists will get to explore various chemical reactions and kitchen experiments. They’ll learn how to test theories and undertake scientific observation. This fun blend of science and math just may uncover the next Einstein—will it be your kid? Learn more here.

Your kids may be more than happy to sleep in a hammock on a pirate ship, but most parents prefer something a little more comfortable. Fortunately, you can still enjoy an ocean view from our comfortable beds. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!

May
18
 Pumas football washington soccer hotel events kitsap Silverdale

In Europe, football—or soccer—is more of a religion than a sport. Stadiums fit tens of thousands, and friend-groups are often determined by the colour of the jerseys they wear. Soccer in North America has yet to reach this status, but this is far from a bad thing. In fact, soccer fans should see this as a huge positive: tickets are inexpensive, seats are usually great, and the crowds are not only more intimate but are often just as passionate about the game they love. Nowhere is this more evident than in Kitsap, where the local football club, the Kitsap Pumas PSC, reign supreme.

We don’t mean that lightly either. The Pumas are currently head of their league, with nine wins, four draws, and only one loss. Not only that, the Pumas’ signature defence and goalkeeping have kept their goals-against to nine, only 0.65 a game. This is Kitsap’s year to take home the trophy, so what more are you waiting for? It’s time to get your tickets and join the club! To make it even easier, we’ve compiled the upcoming home games. Take your pick—we’ll see you in the stands!

May 22nd – Kitsap Pumas vs. Calgary Foothills

The Calgary Foothills are coming off a win against the Puget Sound Gunners. Will the Foothills’ momentum block the Pumas’ paths, or will the Pumas climb over the Calgary team?

May 31st – Kitsap Pumas vs. Puget Sound Gunners FC

The Pumas face off against their coastal rivals. Both places are known for their beautiful scenery, but which will prove the better soccer scene?

June 27th – Kitsap Pumas vs. Lane United FC

The Pumas recently bested Lane United in a 2-0 matchup. Will they be able to defend their title, or will red-sweatered Lane United find a way to exact revenge?

The forests of Kitsap are a beautiful green, but for these three days all the peninsula will be seeing are the blue and yellow of the Kitsap Pumas. So don your scarf, get out your book of chants, and get your tickets today. While you’re in town, be sure to stay with us at our hotel. It’s no coincidence that our logo is also blue and yellow! And while you’re here, you can enjoy our ocean view, jacuzzi, and indoor pool. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!

USS Turney Joy Kitsap Silverdale Washington Hotel Accommodations

Silverdale is renowned for its beautiful waterfront location. The town sits in Kitsap County, which is almost entirely rung by beautiful Pacific coastlines. This makes it the perfect place for the incredibly historic       USS Turner Joy, an American naval destroyer turned American museum. This is a piece of our history that is not to be missed by anyone!

Built almost 60 years ago, the USS Turner Joy is over 400 feet long and 45 feet wide. It served as a flagship for Destroyer Squadron 13 and Division 131 during the Vietnam War. This included the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident and extended service in Chu Lai.

There’s plenty to do on your tour of the USS Turner Joy. Spend your time on deck, where you can get a photo with one of the ship’s massive turrets, or in the ship’s bridge. Or, tour the mess hall, where the sailors used to take their meals (and where you still can on occasion!). Imagine yourself living for years at a time in the cabin quarters, and moving back and forth from the decks to the holds in the hallways lined with pipes and complex instruments. Just remember to duck your head as you go up the ship’s steep metal staircases!

If you’re not content with a simple tour, you can sign your children up for the Overnighter Program, where they’ll get to enjoy a pizza dinner in the galley and sleeping overnight in the crew quarters. They’ll even get to carry out ship duties!

The USS Turner Joy is only open for parts of the year, and May is considered one of the best times to visit as the weather is perfect for viewing the immense destroyer as the powerful piece of mechanical engineering that it is. Next time you’re in Silverdale, be sure to stop by this incredible attraction. Learn more here.

Large naval destroyers aren’t the only ship you’ll see in our waters, though. There’s plenty of room left for you to take out a smaller craft, or simply look out and enjoy the view. And there’s no better place to do so than the Silverdale Beach Hotel, where you can enjoy beautiful views right from our comfortable accommodations or our indoor hot-tub. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!

April
14
Silverdale Hotel Seagull Splat run walk port orchard


Everyone likes to help out those in need, everyone loves beautiful scenery, and everyone wants to get more exercise. This May you’ll have an opportunity to have all three at once with the Fathoms O’ Fun Seagull Splat 5k Run or Walk, a great waterfront event that is sure to be plenty of fun for all.


On Sunday, May 24th, runners and walkers of all ages will congregate at the Marina Waterfront Park to take their marks. Then, at the starter’s signal, they’ll all race (or walk leisurely) off towards the finish line 5km down the line. Sound simple? There’s more to it than that—as you make your way along the course, you’ll have to take care to avoid the titular “seagull splats” that will be dropping from above and attempting to land themselves square on your festival t-shirt. But don’t worry—these splats are only made of paint and are completely washable!

There are plenty of other events once the walking and running is done. A band of pirates will be making a rendezvous in the midst of a vendor show. They’ll even have their cannons with them! Attendees will also be invited to take their hand at seagull-calling—an incredibly difficult feat with a prize going to they who can lure the gulls best. And if all those flying birds start making you hungry, there’ll be a wings cook-off to sate all who worked up an appetite in the race. Learn more about the event’s activities here.


Aside from the fantastic fun and the beautiful location, there’s another great reason to support this event. A portion of all proceeds will be going towards the Retsil Veterans Building 9, a part of the Veterans Transitional Housing. This 60-bed facility helps veterans assimilate back into their normal lives, a cause that can’t be achieved without the help of their fellow Americans.


As if you needed more reasons to go, our hotel is just a short drive from the festivities. When you’re done your run, you’ll want a bed as comfortable as ours. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit—and watch out for those seagulls!

March
27
Silverdale may be a small town, but we’re big on culture.  From award-winning Broadway musicals to classic symphonies, here’s a look at what’s coming up this side of the Kitsap Peninsula.
 

Spring Musical: Next to Normal - March 13 to April 12

Spring Musical: Next to Normal


Written by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, and directed by Gwen Adams and Erin McKiernan, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical has received critical acclaim on Broadway for its freshness and originality. Next to Normal introduces us to a complex family and their friends who are trying to cope with tragedy, loss, and mental illness. Though indeed a serious topic, the music and dialogue will make you laugh out loud, as will its score that includes side-splitting gems like “Who’s Crazy? My Psychopharmacologist and I.” The show is playing at the Jewel Box Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm from March 13 to April 1, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm, on March 22, 29, and April 12. Tickets are available online

Carpe Librum: The Art of the Book - April 3 to 26 

Carpe Librum: The Art of the Book

 

In Carpe Librum: The Art of the Book, visual art meets letter writing meets technical expertise, in an extraordinary showcase of artist books. The exhibit, held at the Bainbridge Arts & Crafts gallery and curated by Cynthia Sears and Hidde Van Duym, displays the work of more than 30 artists. 

The Bremerton Symphony Presents: Berlioz and Bruckner - April 11 


The Bremerton Symphony


The Bremerton Symphony presents a concert in the style of Abendconzert on the Danube and featuring Berlioz’s Grande Symphonie Finale, Mahler’s Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, and Bruckner’s Symphony #4. A pre-concert discussion sponsored by Slippery Pig Brewing will feature microbrews along with Maestro Alan Futterman’s interesting insights into the music of Berlioz, Mahler, and Bruckner. The concert will be held at Our Lady Start of the Sea Church at 7:30 pm. Call the BSA office to order ticket at 360-373-1722. Formed in 1942, the Bremerton Symphony Association is a non-profit organization that includes the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, the Bremerton Symphony Concert Chorale, The Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra, and The Bremerton Symphony League.  

If you’re planning on visiting the Kitsap Peninsula, look no further than our waterfront BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel for your most comfortable, convenient, and affordable accommodation. We look forward to welcoming you today!     

 

March
14
 

We know how stressful planning a wedding can be. From finding a venue to accommodating the guests, there are about a million things to keep in mind. At the Silverdale Beach Hotel, we want to make things a little bit easier for you. When you book your wedding and reception at our hotel, we take care of all the little things you need to help you plan (and enjoy) and beautiful and most memorable event. After all, this is your special day—the day you and yours will remember for the rest of your lives!
 

Our professional and knowledgeable staff is here to assist with all of the advance party, logistics, and menu planning. Our stunning Admiral Ballroom, priced at $1,500.00 for a five-hour event, accommodates up to 200 people on round tables that seat eight guests each. This also features a dance floor, gift table, guest book take, cake table, and any other required tables and chairs that you need. Catering services are exclusively provided by La Garmache and include a private bartender for your reception. Any special linen or napkin colors (based on availability) are $4.50 per linen and $0.20 per napkin. And, of course, our gorgeous Bridal Suite is reserved for you for the wedding night.
  

As well, we have a variety of other rooms that may also suit your needs. Our spacious Waterfront Patio, priced at $1000.00 for a five hour event, seats up to 176 guests and includes a floor runner, extra tables, and, if needed, standard folding chairs. The Beachfront Room, priced from $500.00 to $750.00 for a five-hour event, accommodates up to 75 guests. The East & West Bay, priced at $500 for a five-hour event, accommodates up to 75 guests.
 

To book an appointment to discuss your special event and to view our banquet space, please call Kristie Woodrall, our Sales and Catering Coordinator, at (360) 698-1000 Ext. 503.

February
26
This March, guests of our hotel will have the chance to carve up some real fun with the Kitsap County Woodcutters Annual Juried Show—a fantastic returning event that you’ll find just 15 minutes’ drive from our beautiful Silverdale hotel. It all goes down at the Westside Improvement Center, in Bremerton, Washington. Just what is this fabulous event all about? Well, let us give you, are valued guest, a preview!

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The event, which runs on Saturday, March 14 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday, March 15 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, is a showcase of the amazing wood art that comes from the area surrounding our hotel. That means an opportunity to get acquainted with the artists of Silverdale, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Seattle, Sequim, and Bremerton, and of course, their amazing art.

On display will be an array of impressive wood carvings of all kinds, from beautiful renderings of birds and fish, to caricature carvings, as well as styles like whittling, chip carvings, relief carvings. In laymen’s terms, that means there will be a lot of amazing art available for sale!

Woodwork, Art, Tools, Trade Show 

 

But there’s more to this funky event than the breadth of wood carving for sale. Several other styles of woodwork will also be available, including wood-burning, driftwood arts, cabinetry, furniture, and chain saw carving. On top of that, there will also be an exciting raffle (drawing starts Sunday at 3:00), as well as fantastic wood carving classes! Best of all, this event is free to the public. Donations are encouraged, but otherwise, it won’t cost you a dime!

Whether you’re after a gift for a friend or family member, a new decoration for your home, or simply just to explore this region’s thriving art scene, this is not an event to miss. And because it happens just moments from our beautiful hotel, there’s no reason not to go!

Book your cozy room today to enjoy our beachside location and all the fantastic events that happen nearby!