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The Pacific Northwest is known for its slightly offbeat arts tradition and Kitsap County is no exception to this rule. While you’re staying with us this summer, check out a few of these great studios and artists in our region.
The Cultural Arts foundation of the Northwest sponsors this great annual summer art festival in nearby Poulsbo. Since 1985, the foundation has furthered the enjoyment of the arts in the county by supporting the festival, which will take place in downtown Poulsbo at the Waterfront Park. This is a family friendly event with a children’s art corner and a wide variety of artistic displays including jewellery, photography, metalworking, ceramics, woodworking and fabric arts. There will also be great live music throughout the day. Bring the whole family!
This contemporary visual art gallery is an association of artists working together to make their art available for purchase. The gallery showcases art many forms including paintings, drawings, woodcarvings, sculpture, ceramics, photography and digital mediums. On Friday August 15th, catch a great live concert at the gallery. Visit their website for more details about the concert.
Since 1987, Lisa has produced stunning glassware that embodies iconic scenes of the Pacific Northwest. A central figure of her work is the spawning salmon, and the figures and shapes it takes in its quest to reproduce every fall in the Pacific Northwest’s freshwater streams and rivers. Her studio contains great glassware gifts. If you’re in Silverdale, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to see what she’s been up to lately.
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Kitsap County is a cyclist’s paradise offering hundreds of miles of paved and gravel routes for recreational and professional cyclists. Around town, visit the people at the Silverdale Cyclery on Silverdale Way for up to date information about trails and insider bike route tips. Here we’ve compiled a list of great local routes to check out. Also, check out this Bike Route map of Kitsap County.
Passing through Hansville, Kingston and Little Boston, this 25 mile road ride is a good hilly workout with one very steep hill. You’ll be treated to a smorgasbord of Pacific Northwest scenery on this ride featuring pastoral countryside and majestic views of Puget Sound. For the exact route directions, click the link above.
This 36-mile loop passes through the scenic towns of Kingston, Port Gamble, Poulsbo and Suquamish. This route is one of the training rides of the Cascade Bicycle Club. For exact route directions, click the link above.
Mountain Biking in Kitsap County
The forests and hills of Kitsap County are home to a surprising number of mountain bike trails created by locals. A few favorites are 360 Park, Anderson Lake Trails and Banner Forest. A group of local enthusiasts has posted information about mountain bike trails in the county on their website. You can visit them here.
Welcome to Kitsap County only a stone’s throw from the city of Seattle yet in a world entirely its own. You’ll feel a great sense of relaxation at our hotel brought about by our superb suite of amenities including a Waterfront Patio and Fire Pit – the perfect place to relax after a day of cycling in the county. If you’re looking for great accommodations in Kitsap County, look no further than the BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel.
Kitsap County is home to a great variety of kid-friendly attractions that combine excellent entertainment with great learning opportunities. If you’re travelling in our lovely region this summer, be sure to check out a few of these family-friendly attractions. You just might learn something interesting yourself!
18743 Front St. NE Poulsbo, WA 98345
The Poulsbo Marine Science Center is a small aquarium with a handful of exhibits located near the marina at the end of downtown Poulsbo. A tidal pool and dive tanks showcase a wide variety of sea life and a movie theater shows informative films like Beach walk: A naturalist’s review which explains the natural marvels of the Salish Sea’s many beaches.
301 Ravine Lane Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
The Kids Discovery Museum is perfect for younger kids, offering a diverse range of entertaining activities, multiple hands on play areas and a separate section for infants. This Friday August 1st, curious kids can partake in what’s called STEM themed activities (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Kids will have fun building marshmallow catapults and shooters and learn skills at the same time!
25448 Port Gamble Road NE Poulsbo, WA 98370
An alpaca is “a long-haired domesticated South American mammal related to the llama, valued for its wool.” You can view and pet a handful of these wooly creatures along with lamas and chickens at this working farm which even offers amazing locally made alpaca products for sale. Kids will love it and adults will find great gift options.
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Kitsap County embodies the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest with its majestic forests and rugged inlets teeming with wildlife. If you’re staying with us this summer, be sure to get outside and check out some of the area’s amazing scenery and wildlife.
Kitsap County is home to a wide variety of birds year round with large spring and fall migrations, winter shorebirds, eagles and osprey abounding. Waterfronts are home to teeming populations of ducks, loons and herons. Some of the best places in the area to view the avian wildlife are the Clear Creek Trails, the Hansville Greenway and the Theler Wetlands. Check out the Kitsap Audubon Society’s website for more information about birding in the area.
There are plenty of nature walks through spectacular Pacific Northwest scenery in Kitsap County. One of the most accessible and well maintained is the Clear Creek Trail which meanders through wetlands, woodlands and tidelands right in the heart of Silverdale. A great feature of this trail is an interpretive centre that explains much of the local flora and fauna in an accessible fashion. For more information about nature walks in the area, visit the Kitsap Peninsula Tourism Office.
The waters around Kitsap County are home to two types of whales. The most common are orcas, which frequently journey up inlets in their pursuit of salmon. In the spring, Gray Whales become equally frequent for a brief window as they pass through Washington on their journey from Mexico to Alaska. If you’re out and about on the waters of Puget Sound, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these majestic creatures that might appear at any moment! However, if you simply can’t wait for a chance sighting to occur, check out The Puget Sound Express, a whale watching tour company offering guaranteed sightings on every excursion.
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One of Kitsap County’s most celebrated summer events is nearly here! From July 25-27, visitors from near and far descend on downtown Silverdale to take part in Whaling Days and celebrate all that makes living in this wonderful part of the world so special!
There are a ton of things going on at this year’s iteration of Whaling Days. Here are some of the highlights:
Doctors’ Cinic Whale of A Run: this charity race benefits the Hospice of Kitsap County. There are categories for people of every age and fitness level.
Tour De Kitsap: It might not quite be the 2000-mile Tour De France, but the Tour De Kitsap will feature a number of scenic routes of varying mileage around beautiful Kitsap County on July 27.
Silverdale Duck Rotary Race: Place a bet on a rubber ducky to win the race and help raise funds to benefit Kitsap Cancer Services! Great prizes are up for grabs as well.
Dye’s Inlet Dash: Grab some coworkers, family or friends and join in on the Silver Outrigger Canoe Association’s Dye’s Inlet Dash. They provide the canoe and an experienced steerer and you provide the manpower! Trophies in Men’s, Women’s, Coed and Ohana (family) categories will be on the line!
Silverdale Lion’s Grand Parade: A major highlight of Whaling Days, the Silverdale Lion’s Grand Parade is a fantastic display of community spirit and features many well-loved businesses and organizations around Kitsap. Keep an eye out for Willy, the 40-foot blue whale!
In addition to these events, there are carnival rides, an open market-style street fair, musical performances and more! For a full list of events and event registration information, check out the Whaling Days website.
We really want you to be here to enjoy Whaling Days in Silverdale, but rooms are going fast! Book a room now at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach Hotel to ensure that you’ll be here when the fun starts.
Did you know that starting June 20, we will be hosting Friday Night Patio Parties here at the hotel? Located on our beautiful waterfront patio, every Friday night will feature live music and great food and drinks from 7-10pm. All ages are welcome!
Can’t get enough Baseball action in the summer? You won’t want to miss the Kitsap Blue Jackets. Our local amateur team here on the Kitsap Peninsula is part of the collegiate summertime West Coast League. The league was developed to foster athletic talent from the regions college players. With teams from Washington and Oregon states, as well as some international teams from neighboring British Columbia (Canada), you’re sure to feel the excitement when the Blue Jackets take to the field!
In the spirit of community involvement, we have been an official sponsor for the Blue Jackets. Games run from June-August, so check the Blue Jackets’ Schedule to see when the next home game is. If you’re here during the week, $2 Tuesdays mean tickets, hot dogs, sodas and even local draft beer are all just $2 each! Thirsty Thursdays include a $1 discount on all alcohol, and Super Sundays mean free kids admission (12 yrs and younger) and all sorts of family entertainment.
The Blue Jackets play at the Gene Lobe Field, which is part of the Kitsap County Fairgrounds & Event Center – just a 6 minute drive from our Silverdale hotel! In addition to the Blue Jackets, the fairgrounds plays host to year-round special events, so be sure to check their events schedule whenever you’re in the area.
No matter what event you end up checking out during your stay here on the Kitsap Peninsula, you’ll have the comfort and convenience of our BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Beach hotel to come home to. From our on site fitness center and indoor pool, to our waterfront lounge and dining facilities – you’ll have everything you need to make the most of your stay.
Anyone visiting Silverdale, WA over the next few weeks is in for a treat, as there are a number of shows and special events happening around town, including:
Happening at Silverdale’s Kitsap Mall, just a short walk from our hotel, this exciting show is presented by Alpha Comics and features exclusive deals on merch and collectibles. Special guests at this years show include legendary illustrator Mark Brill (also known as the “Brillustrator”), whose work for Magic: the Gathering and Harry Potter trading cards has brought him international recognition. Also in attendance will be Michael Potter, best known for his work with the Agents of SHIELD series. The show will offer free comics, free Heroclix tutorials and, as always, free admission! It takes place from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio 2nd Anniversary | Friday, June 20
One of Washington’s most acclaimed Glass Art Studios is located right here in Silverdale, and on Friday June 20th, you can join their 2nd anniversary celebrations. Happening from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, the event presents an opportunity to see glass artists at work, and even get their hands dirty making some glass art of their own. Going strong for 2 years now, Lisa’s studio is a pillar of the local art community, and a big part of the monthly Artwalks program.
Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival | June 21
The newly established Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail is one of the most distinctive attractions in the state and a must-see for anyone visiting Silverdale. This festival offers you the chance to try it for yourself on a kayak, paddleboard, or Werner Paddle. Entry is $5 for youth and $10 for adults.
Heading over to Kitsap County for the summer? No problem! Whether you are travelling with friends or with the family, there are tons of activities for everyone to enjoy.
Photo courtesy of Visit Kitsap. Photographer credit Tom Woltjer
Historical Mosquito Fleet Ports
Kitsap County is rich with history, dating all the way back from the County’s tribal-native inhabitants to early settlements. As the number of residents grew, the lack of infrastructure such as roads and bridges became a huge concern. Due to the water surrounding the county, small steam boats as thick as mosquitos swarmed Puget Sound and served Kitsap’s communities from 1853- 1940. This led to the birth of the Mosquito Fleet.
Currently, there are 40 historical Mosquito Fleet Ports along the Kitsap Peninsula, all of which has a unique story behind it. Today, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, working mayors, agencies, and interested organizations are working to preserve Mosquito Fleet to maintain its rich history for everyone to enjoy for generations to come.
Kitsnap Nature & Recreation
Explore Kitsap County’s nature based attractions! See Washington State’s Official Marine Mamma, the orca whale and other whales such as the humpback whales, and gray whales. Head over to the Kitsap Penninsula for top-notch eagle watching. In the spring months (April – May), eagles are typically nesting and raising their hatchlings, so you might encounter a sight to see. If you are a bird-watching enthusiast, we recommend visiting the wetlands, Clear Creek Trail and the Old Mill Park.
If you prefer more of an indoor experience, you can also visit the Bug Museum to learn about numerous bug and reptile species.
Dining Options in Kitsap
Photo courtesy of Anthony Restaurant Group
Satisfy your hunger with Kitsap County’s variety of dining places to choose from! Check out bakeries such as Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Cafe for fresh, homemade, local taste made from organic ingredients. Drop by Hale’s Alehouse for 30 on-tap beers and 10 other guest taps selected from the founder, Mike Hale himself. And for fresh northwest seafood flavor, check out Anthony’s Sinclair Inlet Restaurant for a selection of the “Best of The Season” fish such as Silver and Sockeye salmon, Alaska halibut, ling cod, Mahi Mahi, and many more.
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Tis the season to garden! Make the most of it by checking out these gardeneing related events in Kitsap County:
Master Gardener Plant Sale | Saturday May 9th & Sunday May 10th
@ Kitsap County Fairgrounds
Happening Mother’s Day weekend, this is the prefect place to get your green-thumb mom the perfect gift. It’s also a great place to stock up for your own garden. Much more than your average plant sale, this market features thousands of plants at appealing prices. You’ll find rarities, natives, veggie starts, perennials, shrubs, trees and much more.
Events at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island:
Plant Identification Tour | Thursday May 8th & Saturday May 10th
Ever wonder what that odd-looking plant is growing out of the bog? How about that beautiful tree or that mesmerizing flower? Let one of Bloedel’s horticulturists teach you how to identify the many plants in the reserve and around the Pacific Northwest. Register online.
The Front Yard Forager | Thursday May 8th
Seattle author Melany Vorass-Herrera will share her secrets of foraging. Learn how to take everyday wild plants, found in our backyards and even back alleys and use them as delicious ingredients for your next meal. The lecture includes a trip through the reserve to put your newly acquired foraging skills into action!
National Public Garden Day | Friday, May 9th
Enjoy special $5 admission to the 150-acre Bloedel Reserve during National Public Garden Day. Print the coupon here.
Spring Propagation and Cultivation Workshop | Friday May 9th
Take your spring garden to the next level by learning how to divide perennials, peform softwood cuttings and kickstart your seeds.
If you’re a beer lover and are going to be in the Silverdale area, then have we got the place for you! Bainbridge Island Brewing is a craft brewery located on scenic Bainbridge Island, WA. This relatively new brewery is fast becoming a hotspot for locals and visitors alike to both learn about the art of making beer and to get together for a fun night out.
Photo courtesy www.bainbridgebeer.com
Brewmaster Russell Everett has local roots. A Bainbridge High School that went on to graduate law school, Everett chose to come home to the island to begin the brewery with his father instead of settling for that boring old lawyer title. Everett aims to push the boundaries of traditional beer and constantly develops exciting and original varieties. His current flagship beer lineup boasts varieties of Kolsch, IPA, Pale Ale, Amber Ale and Stout. Where he truly struts his stuff are in his limited-edition seasonals, which come and go from year to year. Currently, he offers the Spring Session IPA, Old Toe Jam (an American Barleywine), Bonnie Prince Barley (a Scotch Wee Heavy Ale) and the Puget Sound Hoptopus (Imperial Double IPA).
The brewery also hosts a number of weekly events and live performances. Every Monday night at 7:00 is trivia night, where bragging rights and (and maybe more) are for grabs. Music to Our Beers hits the brewery every Thursday for live music courtesy of the Island Music Guild. For info on upcoming special musical performances, check out the brewery’s events page.
Interested in checking out Bainbridge Island Brewing? We’d love to host you at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. Located a short, scenic drive from Bainbridge Island and offering some of the most scenic beach views & relaxing ambiance of anywhere in Washington, you’ll be happy you chose us. See you soon!