While Silverdale is known for its beautiful beaches, serene forests and outdoor recreation, it also has a rich history that is still celebrated today. Old Town Silverdale, the historic center of the Silverdale community, features a number of historic sites and now serves as a cultural hotspot of art galleries, cafes and boutiques. Be sure to check this spot out while you’re here for a visit!
Photo courtesy Old Town Silverdale Historical District
Silverdale’s first settlers arrived over 150 years ago. These first settlers were loggers who were looking to expand their operations up the peninsula. By the 1880s, many Scandinavian immigrants arrived to find work in the burgeoning timber industry or to farm the fertile land. By the late 1880s, a thriving Farmer’s Cooperative had formed and farmers shipped their goods from Farmer’s Cooperative Wharf to places as far away as San Francisco. During the height of the Cooperative, as many as 50,000 cases of eggs and 60,000 chickens were shipped annually!
At the turn of the century, high-capacity steamships began making regular trips to Silverdale. As a result, Silverdale became a hub of commercial trade and entertainment. Today, Old Town Silverdale celebrates its past as a lively cultural district. Want to check out some historical sites? Take a look at this interactive Points of Interest map. To keep up-to-date with the latest events taking place in Old Town Silverdale, check out their Facebook page.
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Here in Kitsap County, we’re surrounded by water and we know it. That’s why when we’re looking for some recreation or adventure, we often look to the water. One of our most popular water activities is, of course, kayaking. And with spring just around the corner, a number of kayaking events are already starting to pop up. Here are a few to keep an eye out for this upcoming month.
Grab some girlfriends (or just take yourself!) and head to the Olympic Outdoor Centre for a number of women-only kayaking trips and lessons.
Beginning Sea Kayak Skills Class - March 16; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Learn all of the basics required to get into the water and start moving! You’ll learn about the kayak, your equipment, kayaking technique and safety. After learning the basics on land, you’ll head out to the water to see if you get a glimpse of some local marine life.
Intermediate Sea Kayak Skills Class - March 16; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Already have the basics down? Get a more in-depth understanding of kayaking through training in navigational techniques as well as advanced skills and safety techniques—you’ll even get to practice capsize recovery and rescue.
Poulsbo to Suquamish Tour - March 15; 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
If you’re already comfortable with a paddle, take part in an unforgettable trip along the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail from Poulsbo to the Suquamish with a professional kayak instructor. You’ll travel through Agate Pass and stop for lunch at a local pizzeria before being shuttled back to Poulsbo.
March 23; 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
If you can’t manage to separate yourself from your favorite male counterpart, then take part in this exciting birding adventure by kayak. An expert birder will provide a quick lesson before setting out to the water to start birding! All ages and experience levels welcome. Just don’t forget your binoculars!
After a wild (and hopefully not too wet) day on the water, dry off in one of our comfortable rooms at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Offering spectacular views, exceptional service and great amenities, you’ll be sure to rest up at night while you explore during the day!
Chip Hanauer, known locally as “the Boat Guy” and internationally as a hall-of-fame hydroplane racer, can’t stand the sight of an empty dock. Unfortunately, Poulsbo doesn’t draw many nautical visitors during the winter months, which means the guest dock is usually barren. Not willing to tolerate this any longer, Chip has helped organize a winter weekend boating event and festival in Poulsbo from February 7th to 9th.
It’s called the Winter Rendezvous festival
, and it has been met with such a warm reception that tickets to its official events have already sold out! If you’re a boater, hopefully you’ve already got your tickets (if not, you can always put your name on the standby list). If you’re not a boater, though, then you really don’t need tickets (after all, they only get you into the official parties and galas—the real fun happens with all the other events that are taking place in Poulsbo over the weekend).
For this very special event, the whole city will be getting into the festival spirit. There will be beer, wine, whisky and smoked salmon tastings. There will be live music, Viking shows and a marine swap meet. There will be bonfires, dancing, pancake breakfasts, brewery tours, and art exhibitions. In summary, there will be a lot of fun things happening!
Poulsbo is known as “Little Norway” for its strong Scandinavian cultural influence, and this culture will be on full display during the Winter Rendezvous. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore one of Puget Sound’s most charming little cities. Check out this Poulsbo Walking Map
to chart your course through everything the city has to offer.
Here in Silverdale, WA, we are just a 15-minute drive from Poulsbo
, which makes our BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel popular among visitors to Poulsbo. If you’re heading to the Winter Rendezvous, we would be delighted to provide you with top quality accommodations. Our picturesque beach setting is convenient to all the major attractions in Poulsbo and Kitsap County—book your room right here on our website
for the best rates!
Kitsap County is not only home to the 2nd longest shoreline in Washington State, but also a large network of trails. Hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers will find some great trails to get out into the woods while visiting our Silverdale Beach Hotel.
Whether you’re looking to cruise the coastline in style and comfort, or want to get into the mountainous trails you’ll find what you’re looking for. There are some great road cycling routes available from Silverdale to other nearby towns in Kitsap Country. For those looking to get into some trail riding you can find some great trail for all ability levels at the Newberry Hill Heritage Park right here in Silverdale. For a longer and more advanced ride, check out the Nearby Green Mountain State Forest. The Wild Cat trail is about 10 miles round trip and takes you to the summit of the 2nd highest peak in Kitsap County. Needless to say, the views from the top of Puget Sound, Seattle, and the Bremerton Watershed are incredible! Once you’ve hit the top, enjoy a nice long cruise back to the bottom. The best part is, with the mild climate in Kitsap County, you can ride year round! Check out this video of the descent down Green Mountain from March!
Green mountain is located just a short drive south of our hotel, the park offers vehicle parking at both the Wild Cat and Gold Creek trailheads. A map is available here for route planning here.
Need to gear up before hitting the trails? Head over to the Silverdale Cyclery. They’re located near our hotel and they feature a wide range of bikes for any ability level and trail-type. Once you’ve finished a big day of riding, you’ll be able to kick back in our sauna, stretch out in the pool and soak those tired muscles in our indoor hot tub. Top that off with a cocktail at the on site Beachfront Martini Lounge and you’ve got all the ingredients for one epic day.
The city of Silverdale is blessed to be home to one of West Puget Sound’s top performing arts associations. Staging a variety of productions every year, the Central Stage Theater of County Kitsap is a pillar of the local arts community and a provider of high-quality entertainment for locals and visitors alike. CSTOCKs upcoming productions for 2014 include:
Willy Wonka – February 14th to March 9th
This delightful musical brings Roald Dahl’s children’s classic to life on the stage, featuring beloved songs from the original 1971 movie. The revitalized score by Leslie Bricusse makes this a fresh experience for those familiar with the movie or the book. Get your tickets soon, because this promises to be one of the most popular Silverdale theatre events in recent memory!
Carmen – March 28th to April 6th
Adapted from the stage play by Theodore Kremer and Friedrich Schlott and set to the music of Bizet, this exuberant musical tells of the a soldier whose life is turned upside down by a gypsy seductress. Famous for having caused great controversy upon its original release in 19th century Paris, this is sure to be a thrilling production under the guidance of the talented players of CSTOCK.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – April 25th to May 11th
Celebrate spring with this sprightly production of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. It makes a great, lighthearted introduction to the Shakespeare’s work for Children and those who have never had a chance to see one of his plays live.
Disney’s High School Musical – June 20th to July 6th
Adapted from the blockbuster movie, this musical is sure to be a hit with the whole family. It’s a wildly fun musical extravaganza that chronicles the joys and sorrows of life as a high school student.
All CSTOCK performances take place at the Silverdale Community Center (99729 Silverdale Way NW), located less than a 5-minute drive from the BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. We hope to see you here this coming year!
Just 15 minutes from Silverdale, the city of Bremerton is home to one of Kitsap County’s most historic theatres, the Admiral. Built in 1942, this charming movie house recalls the golden age of cinema, when going to the movies was really something to get excited about! For anyone visiting the Kitsap Peninsula this week, we encourage you to check out these family-friendly holiday events at the Admiral.
Sounds of the Season Concert– Dec. 19
Christmas means trees, eggnog and, of course, music! It’s amazing how powerful Christmas music can be in conjuring up holiday memories and inspiring joy in our hearts. For a special way to experience the Christmas music we all know and love, grab tickets to the Sounds of the Season concert, which features song, dance and theatrical performance from a very talented cast. Tickets are $15 each and a family pack of 4 can be purchased for $40.
Miracle on 34th Street – Dec. 20
Celebrate all the best aspects of the holiday season at this very special screening of the classic 1947 Christmas film, A Miracle on 34th Street. The screening will also featuring live caroling and festive refreshments including traditional eggnog and gourmet hot chocolate. Tickets are $15.
Breakfast with Santa – Dec. 21
With Christmas just a week away, there’s not much time left for your little ones to let Santa know exactly what they want for Christmas! Luckily, they’ll have the opportunity to converse with jolly old St. Nick this Saturday from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Admiral Theater’s “Breakfast with Santa” event. Festivities include a pancake breakfast, live entertainment and, of course, visits with Kris Kringle. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 8 and under. Every family receives a free photo with Santa!
From everyone here at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year.
Looking for a great way to ring in 2014? You won’t want to miss our Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve Gala. We’ve transported our hotel back to the 20’s for a gala party to bring in the New Year in style.
The fun starts at 9pm on Tuesday December 31st and runs until 1am Jan 1st. There will be plenty of appetizers to keep you going late into the night. Join us at midnight as we toast to the New Year with Champagne for our guests. Throughout the evening you’ll also get to enjoy the swinging jazz of The Tonze who will be playing a live set to help set the scene for the Roaring 20’s theme
Space is limited so be sure to get your tickets in advance! Tickets start at $40/person, but buy in a pair for only $75! Need a place to spend the night - we've got you covered! You can attend the gala and wake up in 2014 in a waterfront room for just $175! Make sure you call Nicole at 360-698-1000 to make your reservation for this great party!
Bookings must be made prior to Dec 27th, 2013. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.
We are very proud to be an official collection spot for Toys For Tots this year! We will have the "Toy Bins" available in our main lobby from 11/26/13 until 12/13/13.
With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start marking your calendars with all the fun events and activities taking place around Kitsap County this December. Here are a few of our favorite holiday attractions, all within a short drive of our hotel in Silverdale, WA:
Gingerbread House Parties at Farm Kitchen – Dec. 1, 8, 14 & 15
Farm Kitchen is one of Kitsap County’s hidden gems. Located on an 18-acre organic farm in Poulsbo, this multipurpose venue is host to a wide variety food-related workshops and events, including their upcoming Gingerbread House Parties, which is a delight for kids of all ages. Cost is $32 per house (for 1 to 3 people).
Bremerton Winterfest – Dec. 6 to 8
The city of Bremerton transforms into a winter wonderland for their annual Winterfest. It begins with a tree lighting ceremony on Friday night, followed by a weekend of carriage rides, free admission to museums and galleries, live entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults, and lots of delicious food
Port Orchard Festival of Chimes and Lights – Dec. 7
Wander through the charming streets of Port Orchard while they are illuminated by a dazzling array of festive lights during the annual Festival of Chimes and Lights. There will be visits from Santa, a pooch parade, tasty treats, free activities for the whole family and much more.
Light Boat Parade – Dec. 13, 14, 20 & 21
Bundle up and make your way to the Silverdale waterfront or any number of locations along Phinney Bay and Dyes Inlet to marvel at the colorful nautical displays of the Bremerton Yacht Club Light Boat Parade.
If you’re heading to Kitsap County this holiday season, consider a relaxing stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel. With luxurious rooms and a variety of onsite amenities, our waterfront hotel offers exceptional views, unbeatable service and great value. Book your room online today for our best rates.