If finding this type of summertime bliss is on your travel radar, then chart your course for the Kitsap Peninsula where you will find many opportunities to repeat this delightful scenario again and again. With 371 miles of shoreline, every city and nearly every town in the region is located on the waterfront or just steps away. Each one offers visitors the chance to experience the region’s natural environment even while enjoying eating and drinking awarding micro-brews, wines and spirits. Here are just a few ideas for where you can hang-out with family and friends to enjoy the “great-outdoors” before, during or after a hard day of sampling the Kitsap Peninsula’s attractions, adventures, and events…and maybe a little shopping, too.
On Bainbridge Island, the all-time favorite waterfront watering-hole is the Harbor Pub where you can see the towering buildings of Seattle from the back deck. Poulsbo, affectionately known as “Little Norway”, is where you’ll find The Loft with a large second story deck reaching out over Liberty Bay. The late evening summer sunsets are a riot of pinks and purples. In Silverdale, the region’s largest non-city community, the hot spot is the Yacht Club Broiler overlooking Dyes Inlet and minutes from the Oxford Suites and Silverdale Beach hotels. The go-to place in Bremerton is Anthony’s where you can watch boats of all sizes sailing around Sinclair inlet and watch the arrival and departure of the Washington State ferries heading to and from Seattle.
In Port Orchard, the best waterfront dining views are from the deck at Amy’s On the Bay. For a special treat, hop aboard the Carlisle II, an original 1900s Mosquito Fleet Foot Ferry that transports visitors between Port Orchard and Bremerton. In Gig Harbor, wind your way along the waterfront to the Tide’s Tavern and Green Turtle. Other outdoor dining favs in the region include Mossback in Kingston, The General Store & Café in Port Gamble looking north towards the Salish Sea and Canada, Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish, Whiskey Gulch in Annapolis, and the Boat Shed in Manette (shown above).
Whichever part of the Kitsap Peninsula region you visit, you will be rewarded with breathtaking water and mountains views and lots of places on the waterfront to eat, drink and play.
For more information about the Kitsap Peninsula region, travel to www.VisitKitsap.com.