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Best Western Plus Silverdale Blog

August
22


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September bridges between the hot summer season and the cool fall period. What perfect way to shed your summer skin and welcome the cozy upcoming months than to get nourished with grilled cheese and tasty pasta?


Check out these three upcoming festivals that will make you want to box up your summer clothes and cuddle by the fire.

Seattle Nourished Festival

Wouldn't it be awesome if we could enjoy the same hearty meals we love, but without all of the harmful and unhealthy substances it usually comes with? Some people have dietary restrictions that don't allow them to enjoy the foods that we often take for granted, like pizza or cheese!


The Seattle Nourished Festival is a gluten-free, allergy-free and special diet foodie festival offering food alternatives to with certain restrictions or preferences. Notably, the festival offers five food zones to visit: Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Keto, and Plant-based.  The festival takes place on September 21-22 at the Exhibition Hall in the Seattle Centre. Festival-goers can find over 100 exhibiting brands, free samples, discounted products, and a plethora of coupons. Get nourished and grab a ticket today!

Grilled Cheese Grand Prix

You heard that right... there's a grilled cheese festival. On Saturday, September 14 the third annual  Grilled Cheese Grand Prix returns to Seattle at the South Lake Union Discovery Centre. The emerging food festival celebrates all things bread and cheese. Festival-goers can purchase an all-inclusive 21+ ticket which offers access to a beer garden and unlocks samplings from all participating food trucks and drinks vendors. For those looking for a big bite, attendees can also purchase full sandwiches of any grilled cheese or half-sized signature sandwiches from participating food trucks outside the 21+ area. Get your ticket now and crown Seattle's best grilled cheese!

Festa Italiana Seattle

On September 29-30, the Seattle Center Festál presents The Italian Festival at the Seattle Centre. Explore Italian heritage through food, games, activities, live performances, visual arts, and a bustling marketplace. Now in its 32nd year, celebrate the "old country" with authentic eats and a lively celebration. Don't miss out!


After eating and drinking your way through Seattle, rest easy at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Only a quick drive from all of these fantastic events - get a beautiful beachfront view and comfortable rooms. Book your stay today!

August
14
 

Image taken by Tim Gouw


If you're visiting Seattle at the end of this summer, you're in for a sports-filled treat! Seattle is lucky to have not one, but a plethora of sports teams representing the city proudly. Seattle is graced with a strong football team, a promising baseball team and an even stronger fan following. Bring the whole family out to these upcoming sporting events!


Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

On August 29, Seattle's beloved Seahawks face the Oakland Raiders in a pre-season game at CenturyLink Field. This pre-season exhibition is a great opportunity to scope out the young talent from both teams and watch teams prep for the season ahead.


If it's your first time attending a Seahawks game, take in the iconic CenturyLink Field with a friend or a family member and get ready for a wicked afternoon. Tickets go on sale starting at $75 - buy yours today!


Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays

For west-coast Canadian baseball fans, get the chance to cheer on a Canadian team, close to home! The Toronto Blue Jays face the Seattle Mariners on August 23-25 for a weekend-long baseball extravaganza.


This weekend is iconic not only because it's a battle between Canada and the US but between two fan-made rivals. Fans on either side can enjoy three days jam-packed with MLB games, peanuts, and ice-cold beer.  Check out the game schedule and get your tickets now.


After screaming for your favourite player and cheering on your favoured team, be sure to choose Silverdale Beach Hotel as your accommodation.  You can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, then find sanctuary at the beautiful beachfront Silverdale Beach Hotel properties. Find relaxing rooms, luxurious amenities, and world-class service at an affordable price. Only an hour drive away from Safeco and CenturyLink happenings, Silverdale is the perfect city getaway. Book your stay today!

 
 

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While the Kitsap Peninsula is known as a great place for gardens and outdoor recreations, this August proves it's also the place to be for wine. Spend your time at the wineries next month and check out—not only the wines but also the live music and fun events taking place at the vineyards. What's happening at the vineyards? Scroll down for a listing of events.

Kitsap Wine Festival 

On Saturday, August 10th, head to Harbourside Fountain Park for the 11th Annual Kitsap Wine Festival. Explore a wide selection of food and wine while taking in Bremerton's stunning waterfront view. Find new favourite wines by sampling bottles featured by the growing slate of participating wineries. Festival-goers can also enjoy live music, cornhole, ladder golf, and munch of bites from fan favourite food trucks. Ticket proceeds go towards the Kitsap Humane Society—buy your ticket today!

Olalla's Dinner in the Vineyard 

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with alfresco dining at the Olalla vineyard. Each ticket includes a three-course meal and wine pairings, prepared by locally renowned Chef Sunshine, and an intimate reception and vineyard tour. Tickets are already sold out for the July 27th dinner but are still available for August 31st and September 7th. Make this a date night special and book your seat asap!

Summer Rooftop Music

The Fletcher Bay Winery presents the Summer Rooftop Music series atop the Winslow Tasting Room—the only rooftop venue in Bainbridge. Enjoy spectacular views while listening to stellar live music and sipping on wine. This series is a summer gem and the perfect spot for a night with friends or loved ones. 


After spending a day at the vineyards, head to the Silverdale Beach Hotel for a snooze in a cozy room and comfortable bed. Hotel guests can enjoy an indoor heated pool, sip on cocktails at the Beachfront Martini Lounge, and experience quality service from hotel staff. Hurry and book your stay now!

July
15
 

Photo Credit: Wendy Wei


If you're visiting the Seattle area, the summer's hottest festivals will end your summer off right. Leave summer behind with a bang and be sure to check out these three upcoming hot-ticket events. 


The Thing - August 24 & 25


Here's the Thing, you NEED to make your way to Fort Worden on August 24-25 and experience this new, one-of-a-kind music and arts festival. This multidisciplinary exhibition includes music, comedy, dance, food, podcasts, and visual arts, all wrapped up in one weekend. 


See exceptional live performances from renowned artists including De La Soul, Violent Femmes, Calexico, and Iron & Wine. And meet your heroes—like the faces of Napolean Dynamite, Jon Heder 'Napolean Dynamite', Efren Ramirez 'Pedro,' and Jon Gries 'Uncle Rico,' and catch a screening of the cult classic. There's also more comedy, live podcasting from Macaulay Caulkin, delicious food vendors, yoga and guided hikes. This festival has something for everyone.


Bumbershoot - August 30-September 1


Labor day weekend gets a shot of energy with Bumbershoot festival taking over the Seattle Centre. A cultural touchstone for the Seattle community, this festival has been around since 1971. People from all over the pacific northwest flock to this popular annual music festival, which features music, comedy, dance, film, and the performing arts. 


Musicians headling the event includes Tyler the Creator, The Lumineers, Rezz, Carly Rae Jepsen and Louis the Child. Three days of jam-packed music also includes a number of fun activities like a Laser Dome, where festival-goers can listen to popular tracks set to a stunning laser show. Returning for its second year is Silent Disco, in partnership with Chihuly Garden and Glass, where attendees can enter a personal electronic music experience inside a beautiful glasshouse.


Don’t miss out on one of the most beloved festival experiences in the Pacific Northwest—get your tickets today!


While you're booking your trip to catch these back-to-back festivals, be sure to book your stay at Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. Spend your evenings escaping the noise and ruckus and tuck yourself in a comfortable bed at a hotel with great amenities and quality service. 


Image taken by: Joseph Keil


Visiting Silverdale this summer? Head over to the Kitsap County and experience a beloved tradition and the county's largest free event this summer—the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede. The fair has been ongoing for over 60 years, serving as a staple summer event for the community.  


From August 21-25, the annual Kitsap County Fair and Stampede is back, and it's not just for cowboys and cowgirls. The event-filled week features activities for the whole family, those who've attended for years, and strangers to the rodeo scene.


The fair includes a rodeo, live music performances, bull shows, and a pavilion of vendors. Headlining the evening concert series is country artist Craig Morgan, a multi-faceted musician, and veteran of the US Army. Also taking the stage serving country tunes are performers John Wesley Satterfield, John Gurney, Stevie Monce, and David Borné.


Get pet-friendly at the carnival with the daily Animals and Livestock shows and the Pet-Me-Barn where visitors can pet a chick, bunny, and miniature donkeys. Families and kids can get their face painted, enjoy arts & crafts, and of course get a thrill from the rides.


To get a load of rodeo, check out the numerous rodeo events happening each night of the fair. From Wednesday to Friday, see the PRCA pro rodeo in action and experience world-class rodeo action. Each night is an entertainment-filled evening where riders participate in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding. On Saturday, kick it up a notch and attend the Xtreme Bulls Rodeo show. PRCA's top bull riders and strongest bulls compete for a $10,000 grand prize.


Newly announced is FREE admission to the fair. Mark your calendars and book your stay at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel—only a six-minute drive from fairgrounds. Its convenient location, luxurious rooms, and quality service can't be beaten.

Image taken by Seb Hamel

Nothing screams of summer like a lineup of outdoor festivals featuring food, music, and community. This summer, check out these three festivals in or near Kitsap County.

1) West Seattle Summer Fest

West Seattle Summer Fest returns this July for its 37th run to bring local music to the forefront. What better way to celebrate the city's booming music scene than gathering all of your beloved Seattle artists in one venue. Check out your favourite band or make new ones and support musicians from the local area. You can also find European cafes and food vendors, visit the Pet Junction, drop your kids off at the Kids Area, and shop at Vintage Alley. This Summer Fest has no shortage of activities in store for festival-goers and city-dwellers. Best of all—the event is completely free! Be sure to mark your calendars for July 12-14 for an event you won't want to miss.


2) Tour de Terrace

The Tour de Terrace is a volunteer-led festival with the mission of fostering a strong community through food, friendship, and fun activities. From July 26-28, the Mountlake Terrace community comes alive with a number of celebrations throughout the weekend including a parade, a fireworks show, and musical performances. You can also partake in the daily pancake breakfast, check out the car show, visit the street fair, or participate in the 5K fun run. This event gets the whole town up and on the street!


3) Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival

The Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival returns on July 26-28 for its 60th year, proof of its claim to being the second-longest running festival in Washington State. The festival takes place in Kingston's Village Green and features artisan craft booths, local food vendors, and Juried and Student Art Shows. Support the arts and discover your newest living room accent piece.


After spending your days wandering through the fairs, escape the activity of the city and be sure to book a stay at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Experience peace, serenity, comfort, and affordability at this beautiful beachfront location.


 

Image by: Chris Lawton

If you’re heading to the Kitsap Peninsula this July, don’t miss Silverdale’s annual Whaling Days festival from July 26 to 28. Each year, the local community comes together for 3 days of fun in the summer sun in Old Town Silverdale.

One of the highlights of the festival is the live music performances. This year’s performer lineup includes The Sunset Grooves on Friday July 26 (stick around for fireworks over the Dyes Inlet at dusk) and daytime concerts by DooWop and the Shoo B Doos, Joel Gibson Jr and the Hired Guns, and Skinny Blue on Saturday and Sunday.

Beyond live music, each day’s festivities also includes carnival rides, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden for attendees 21 and up.

On Saturday morning, check out the Whale of a Run event benefitting Meals on Wheels Kitsap. The Whale of a Run event includes a 4 mile race, 1 mile run/walk, a Kids Dash for the little ones, and a non-competitive Fun Dash with Special Olympics athletes. Other Saturday events include a parade from 10 to 11 am and the Kitsap Destruction Derby from 4:30 to 8 pm. 

On Sunday, don’t miss the Dyes Inlet Dash canoe races, where you can either participate in or sit back and watch the 500 meter Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe sprint race across the picturesque Dyes Inlet. If you wish to register to participate, the canoes, paddles, and steers person are all provided, as well as life jackets and snacks.

This community festival is family friendly and totally free to attend! By attending the festival, the proceeds of any money you spend on food, rides, or entertainment either benefits local charities or contributes to scholarships for high school graduates of the local school district. Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel is conveniently located less than a 15-minute walk away from the event grounds at Silverlake Waterfront Park. We’re so proud to support our local community and look forward to hosting our guests as they get to know the locals through this awesome event.

 

 Explore the markets of the Kitsap Peninsula this summer
 
The Kitsap Peninsula is the perfect place for a summer getaway, and everyone knows that a summer getaway is never complete without a trip to the market. Be it a farmer’s market, flea market, or artisan market, there’s no better way to spend a morning than strolling with your friends or family, coffee in hand, through stalls of fresh produce, vintage treasures, or beautifully crafted works of art. Here are just some of the markets happening around the Kitsap Peninsula this summer:

 

Bremerton Community Farmer’s Market | Every Thursday from May to October

 

Beyond the usual fresh produce and locally-grown eggs you can expect from a farmer’s market, the Bremerton Community Farmer’s Market also features live music, activities for kids, and lots of other cool local vendors to shop and explore. This market strives to make high-quality local food accessible to the entire community, including low income families, and also provides education about food and sustainable agriculture. Pick up some fresh berries and other goodies and lounge in the sun at the Bremerton Community Farmer’s Market every Thursday this summer, all while supporting the local community. This market is conveniently located just a 15 minute drive away from our hotel, so you can buy as much fruit, cheese, and other perishable treats as you want.

 

June Bug Flea Market | June 1

 

The June Bug Flea Market is perfect for a day of shopping with a cause, with 100% of the proceeds from this market benefitting local animal rescue groups. This market and fundraiser features “50 vintage and artisan vendors will be selling recycled, repurposed, and antique items, as well as awesome collectables and unique handmade creations!” There will also be great food vendors on site with delicious treats, including lots of healthy and/or vegan options, plus a live jazz band for entertainment. Find the June Bug Flea Market at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, less than a 10 minute drive away from Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel.
 

Gig Harbor Night Market | First Saturday of each month

 

Not an early riser? You don’t have to miss out on the fun of a summer market in Kitsap! The Gig Harbor Night Market happens on the first Saturday of every month from 4 pm to 9 pm. You can shop for local hand-made jewelry, clothing, edible goodies and treats, and much more. Grab a beer or other drink of your choice and mingle with members of the local community as you enjoy those long summer evenings we all know and love. The night market is approximately a 30 minute drive away from our hotel, and you can enjoy the late summer sunset as you drive back to your comfortable, cozy room at Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel.

 

April
24
 

Photo by Michael Morse

Looking for ways to spend quality time with your family? Well there’s no better place to do that than in Kitsap!

 

FATHOMS O’ FUN 5K COLOR RUN

It’s tough to get out for runs – you know it’s good to do, but it’s so daunting some times.

If you’re looking for a reason to get out, get active, and have a great time, then come to Port Orchard in Kitsap County for the Fathoms O’ Fun 5K Color Run! Taking place May 25, this is a short run that’s just over three miles. With multiple categories for age and gender, it’s fun for the whole family!

The big difference here is that instead of just plodding around, there will be multiple “seagull splat” zones where you’re splashed with colored water! Get out there and wear something white and disposable so you can cool down in a fun way!

 

KITSAP HARBOR FESTIVAL

This yearly tradition marks the opening of boating season on the Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-26! Come out and enjoy vendors, live music and face painting, and even go on a tour of the USS Turner Joy! Every year it’s a fun day in the sun and we think your family will love it.

 

KITSAP FOREST THEATER: NEWSIES

A beloved Kitsap family tradition, Kitsap Forest Theater is a kid-friendly, one-of-a-kind theater experience! Instead of taking place in a boring, stuffy old theater, Kitsap Forest Theater takes place under the sun and the trees! Come to the natural ampitheater outside of Bremerton on May 27 and watch a production of the Broadway classic Newsies! This is the kind of exerpeince your kids will remember forever – definitely check it out!

Kitsap is full of family fun. If you’re travelling with your family then book a room at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel. Your kids will love exploring the beach and swimming in the indoor heated pool, and you’ll love enjoying a cocktail at our Beach Front Martini Lounge!

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of words for what Kitsap County looks like in spring. Beautiful, obviously, but also stunning, gorgeous, awe-inspiring. We’re even partial to splendid.

There’s really no better time to visit Kitsap than May because everything is just so overwhelmingly scenic – but if you need another reason, maybe some of these upcoming events will appeal!

 

ALAN DOYLE

Best known as one of the principle songwriters and singers of Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is a talented songwriter who brings incredible, infectiously upbeat energy to his Celtic-influenced songs! On May 4, you can catch Doyle at the Admiral Theater for a special performance with his touring band, The Beautiful Gypsies. Doyle is on record saying “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down” and we’re sure he won’t fail to deliver!

 

KITSAP WEDDING TOURS

A wedding show with a difference! Instead of taking place in a stuffy convention centre, Kitsap Wedding Tours takes you to multiple scenic venues and shows you the vendors vying to create your special day doing what they do best – creating unforgettable weddings! It’s a more relaxed take on the traditional Wedding Expo, letting you go on a romantic tour while making your plans!

 

KITSAP DESTRUCTION DERBY

It doesn’t matter who you are, or how above it you think you are. When you see an old, beaten up sedan drive HARD into another car in a destruction derby, you flinch – then you CHEER. There’s something viscerally entertaining about a destruction derby, and the Kitsap Destruction Derby Association are kicking off their 2019 season on May 19 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds!

If you want to experience the best of Kitsap, book a stay at the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel! We’re perfectly situated in the landscape of Kitsap to show you all its incredible beauty from your room!