It might not seem like it, but Easter is already just around the corner. What was once strictly a religious observance has now become a cultural holiday of a very different order. First records of the Easter Bunny come from German Lutherans, whose folk legends saw the Easter Hare judging whether or not children had been good or not in the season leading up to Eastertide. In those days, well-behaved children were said to receive colored eggs and gifts from the Easter Hare’s basket.
Today, the Easter Bunny is most well-known for hiding candy eggs, other goodies and sometimes even edible chocolate caricatures of himself for children (though word has it that adults have been known to indulge from time to time).
If you want to get into the Easter spirit while in Kitsap County, then the Kitsap Live Steamers in Port Orchard, WA is where you’ll want to be. The Kitsap Steamers are a nonprofit organization that runs an impressive mini-steam railway that offers rides and educates the public about this fantastic mode of transportation. They have a fantastic network of mini railroads and an impressive collection of working railcars.
On Saturday, April 19, The Steamers will be holding their annual Easter celebration, which consists of a special Easter train for children and their parents and an exciting Easter Egg Hunt that takes place in South Kitsap Regional Park. If you’re interested in these events, make sure you contact Jessie Turner at email@example.com for more information!
Are you staying in Silverdale over the Easter break and interested in participating in the festivities with the Kitsap Live Steamers? Luckily for you, the Silverdale Beach Hotel is only a 20-minute drive (and a beautiful one at that) from Port Orchard! When you’ve had your fill of trains and chocolate, come back and relax in one of our comfortable rooms, equipped with incredible amenities!
For other Easter events happening in Kitsap, check out the Visit Kitsap website.
With Spring finally “springing”, a number of crafty, art-inspired events are kicking off in and around Kitsap county over the next few weeks! Everything from antiques shows to pottery exhibitions to art walks will be going on, so if you’re coming to the Silverdale area in the next little while, there will be plenty for you to do! Here’s just a taste of what’s going on:
Daily Bird Pottery Trunk Show
April 5 @ 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Local artists Darby & Phoebe of Daily Bird Pottery will be present at the Bainsbridge Island Museum gift shop to present their work. Their handcrafted, naturally-inspired pottery comes in the form of cookware, serving & table wear and sculptures.
Kitsap Antique Show
April 5 @ 10:00 – 4:00 pm
Kitsap County Fairgrounds
Join fellow seasoned and newbie antiquers alike at this annual antique show. Rare, valuable and unique items from all over the world will be present—You can even bring in your treasured collectives for appraisal!
Port Orchard Art Walk
April 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Downtown Port Orchard
Kicking off the first Friday of every month from April to November is the Port Orchard Art Walk. You’ll be joining local businesses, local artists and local musicians and local vendors for food, fun and entertainment!
Interested in any of these arty events? Explore some of the beautiful areas around Silverdale and get your crafting boots on and go check them out! When you’re done crafting, we welcome you to come enjoy a relaxing night (or nights!) with us at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. With fantastic ocean views, friendly staff and great amenities will leave you wanting to stay for longer! Check out our packages for our latest and greatest deals!
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.
Make the most of your stay in Silverdale and stay at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Want a hot tub, pool and in-house restaurant? We’ve got ‘em. Want all of those things, but with an ocean view for each of them? We’ve got that too. And, of course, our comfortable rooms and friendly staff are nothing less than what you’ve come to expect from Best Western Plus. Book a room today!
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!
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!
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.