Kitsap County boasts many miles of waterfront and is essentially an island, except for one small peninsula of land near Belfair. There are many day trip activities and nearly every city in the county includes great waterfront views, activities and dining.

Port Orchard – Has a great Marina and waterfront park and sponsors the anuual Fathoms of Fun, July Fourth Festival. The spectacular fireworks display can be seen from the cottage. Port Orchard has a Farmers Market on Saturdays from Spring through Fall. The small town also includes small shops, an antique mall, several restaurants, most notably Amy’s on the Bay with waterfront/deck seating.

Bremerton  Kitsap County’s largest city is home to Kitsap Naval Base and Bremerton Harborside Marina. You can tour the Puget Sound Navy Museum and take a naval battleship tour (USS Turner Joy). Bremerton is home of the September Blackberry Festival and has many restaurants, including waterfront Anthony’s Homeport. The Admiral Theater brings big name acts to the region.

Day trips

Poulsbo Find a touch of Scandinavia by strolling through downtown Poulsbo. With it’s Norwegian influence, it has been nicknamed “Little Norway” and includes boutique clothing stores, wine tasting, bakeries, art galleries and small breweries.

Seabeck If you are looking for a drive through scenic Kitsap County, find the Seabeck Highway for a cruise along Hood Canal shores. Scenic Beach State Park is a great place for picnics with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains. Each second Saturday in July, there is a massive community wide yard sale in Seabeck.

Gig Harbor Originally a small fishing village, Gig Harbor has grown up. Known for it’s spectacular view of Mount Rainier over the harbor, the Uptown area includes waterfront restaurants, marina, boutiques, eateries and a 10 screen theater. The Maritime Gig Festival is the first week in June. Also presented in July is an outdoor movie festival showing academy award winning movies.