2019 Gig Harbor (Wash.) Official Visitors Guide

cityofgigharbor

Annual visitors guide for Gig Harbor, Washington, USA. A co-production from the Peninsula Gateway and City of Gig Harbor.

Dining • Shopping • Accommodations • Recreation • Events

Gig Harbor

Washington

2019-20 Official Visitors Guide


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SHOP • SIP • STROLL • DINE • DISCOVER

More than 30 Shopping, Dining &

Entertainment Options!

Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm • Sun 11am - 6pm

UPTOWN EVENTS 2019

Relay for Life May 4th

Gig Harbor Beer Festival May 18th

Gig Harbor Plant Swap June 8th

Sidewalk Sale July 12th-14th

Cruise the Narrows Car Show August 3rd

Gig Harbor Film Festival September 26th-29th

Gig Harbor Plant Swap October 12th

Halloween Trick or Treat October 31st

Directions: Hwy 16 • Exit 10 • Follow

Olympic Drive to 4701 Pt Fosdick Dr.

Gift Cards & More Details Available at:

www.uptowngigarbor.com

Thursday Summer Concerts 6-8pm

July 11th Flur de Luna, Latin

July 18th The Shy Boys, Rock

July 25th The Dark Horses, Country

August 1st Wounded Mic, Rock

August 8th Indigo Jazz Band, Jazz

August 15th Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek

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• CONTENTS

ABOUT

THE CITY

PAGES 6-7

Free waterfront

activities and a

list of things to

do in the harbor.

GETTING

AROUND

PAGES 8-9

Mayor’s

welcome;

transportation

options for

visiting the area.

PAGES 10-11

Skip the drive,

try the Pierce

Transit Trolley

instead.

WHERE

TO STAY

PAGES 32-33

Check out our

area museums

that focus on

the water and

its history and

marine life.

PAGES 34-35

Summer Sounds

at Skansie Park

are musical

fun on select

Tuesday nights

in the summer.

ALE TRAIL

PAGES 36-37

Drink up at local

taprooms,

tasting rooms

to quench your

thirst.

EATERIES

PAGES 38-39

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Kit Kuhn / City of Gig Harbor

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PAGES 12-14

Local inns/

hotels, bed

and breakfasts

and unique

homeshare

options.

THINGS

TO DO

PAGES 18-19

Gig Harbor

Film Festival

organizers

expand offerings

year-round.

PAGES 20-21

Take the

fun inside at

Ocean5, other

options for

indoor activities.

PAGES 22-31

Calendar of

events include

movies in the

park, holiday

celebrations,

local festivals.

Casual dining

options abound

in the harbor for

date nights.

ON THE

WATER

PAGES 42-43

Personal tours

— either by

pleasure craft

or gondola —

offer a different

perspective.

PAGES 46-47

Enjoy the free

access points

throughout the

city which offer

fantastic views

of the water.

PAGES 48-49

Explore 22 miles

of the Cascade

Marine Trail

where you can

spend the day or

camp overnight.

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HERITAGE

MARKERS

PAGE 50

Discover the

history of the

area through a

series of selfguided

heritage

marker stops.

OUTDOORS

Pages 52-56

Where to launch

your boat, take

a walk or enjoy

the amenities at

area parks.

Pages 58-60

Cushman Trail,

golf courses

and fishing

gets everyone

outdoors and

playing.

RESOURCES

Pages 64-66

New to the area?

See our list of

area services,

clubs and

organizations.

ON THE COVER

A woman paddles into the

harbor where the Ancich

netshed is home to the

latest city park, Ancich

Waterfront Park.

The Ancich Pier on the

west side features a fullyfunctional

rehabilitated

netshed serving as

the focal point of the

view from the platform

atop the kayak and

paddleboard storage

facility. Future plans call

for incorporating use

of the bay — allowing

human-powered,

nonmotorized watercrafts

via a paddlers dock —

while still focusing on

the history of Gig Harbor

with the importance

of commercial fishing.

Also, on a clear day,

Mount Rainier is visible

throughout the harbor.

Photos courtesy of

Terry and Debbie Grahn


GIG HARBOR OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

A publication of The Peninsula

Gateway, 1950 S. State St., Tacoma,

WA 98405; 253-358-4150

In partnership with

the City of Gig Harbor

Editor/designer: Liz Wishaw,

LizWishaw.com

Content contributors: Craig Hill and

from City of Gig Harbor: Mimi Jansen,

Kit Kuhn, Diane Bertram

Photography: Joshua Bessex, Drew

Perine, Peter Haley, The News

Tribune; City of Gig Harbor

Advertising sales: Erin Stargel, Tom

Allen, Karly Larsen, Bernie Fernandez,

Kate Miner, Dana Eggleston, Diane

Stojakovich, Devon Hansen, and Alex

Pellegrini .

Advertising managers: Dawn Leibold,

Rob White, Swati Puri

Assistants: Robin Dent, Ashley

Pearson

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• ABOUT THE CITY

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THREE FREE

WATERFRONT

ACTIVITIES

• Visit the

state-of-the-art

Harbor History

museum

• Enjoy handson

learning

fun at Harbor

WildWatch

• Help build

a boat at

community

boatyard,

Gig Harbor

BoatShop

Welcome to vibrant,

beautiful Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor is your perfect destination — close to

metropolitan centers — yet situated on a quiet and beautiful

peninsula. Plus there is plenty to see and do year-round.

Gig Harbor offers three shopping districts; along the

waterfront as well as the West Side and Gig Harbor North,

fine and casual dining, and overnight stays in small to

midsize inns and bed and breakfasts.

Water is the way of life in Gig Harbor. Boating is big here

with private marinas and a public boat dock. The new welcome plaza at Skansie

Brothers Park has a viewing platform that allows a bird’s-eye view over the


TOP 10 THINGS TO

DO IN GIG HARBOR

1

On the water: Tour the harbor.

2

Float away: Rent a kayak or go

with a guide and paddle the

harbor.

3

Take a sip: Drink wine or

beer at local wine shops and

microbreweries.

4

Our local icon: Visit the world

famous Tides Tavern on the

waterfront.

5

Leave some cash: Shop in the

historic downtown waterfront

district or visit the West Side

and Gig Harbor North.

6

Walk and learn: Take the self

guided history walk.

7

waterfront. Kayak, paddleboard and boat rentals are

available, as are harbor boat tours. The community’s

fishing village heritage is evidenced at the Harbor

History Museum and public landmarks.

Several top golf courses, including Chambers Bay and

Gold Mountain, are a short drive away, while trails,

parks and charming neighborhoods invite walking and

cycling. Delightful festivals and inspiring events add to

the mix.

Named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s top five small

towns for culture, heritage and charm, the city is home

to wonderfully appointed inns and hotels with many

options in between.

Gig Harbor has you covered. We encourage you to

take your time and explore the entire peninsula area.

For additional visitor information on Washington’s

Maritime City, see gigharborguide.com.

Getty Images

A view of

the inlet in

downtown

Gig Harbor.

Take a trek: Hike one of the

many city park trails.

8

Hit the links: Golf at Madrona

Links, Gig Harbor Golf Club or

Canterwood Country Club.

9

Play time: Try your hand at

Laser Challenge, duckpin

bowling and arcade games

at Ocean5 or watch IMAX at

Galaxy Theatres.

10

Relax and enjoy the view: This

is Gig Harbor after all!

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• GETTING AROUND

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A welcome

from the mayor

BY KIT KUHN

Sign up for Gig

Harbor Mayor Kit

Kuhn’s blog at

cityofgigharbor.

net.

In Gig Harbor, it’s no secret that

the story of our town begins at

the water’s edge.

We celebrate the heritage of

our working waterfront while at the

same time embrace the paddleboard,

kayaks, and pleasure craft that choose

to call our modern Harbor home.

We love that our harbor is healthy

and teeming with a variety of wildlife

including crabs, moon snails and sea

cucumbers. As you walk along the

beach, there is a good chance you can

make eye contact with the harbor seals

— or have the good fortune of spotting

a bald eagle resting on a piling. You

may even see one of the enormous

lion’s mane jellyfish that randomly

float through during a July afternoon.

In the summertime, the harbor is

buzzing with a variety of watercraft

while the surrounding parks and

streets are host to festivals, an arts

fair, a farmer’s market, free concerts

and movies at Skansie Park. When

sweater weather arrives so does the

desire to duck into one of the local

eateries and linger over a coffee, beer

or spirit, and watch the romantic

Courtesy of Terry and Debbie Grahn

mist settle on the harbor. No matter the

forecast, year-round experiences await

on the waterfront as our three maritime

museums live side-by-side with a variety

of local restaurant fare, unique shops and

long-standing businesses.

But there is so much more to Gig Harbor

than our waterfront and its breathtaking

views of Mount Rainier.

Although we are only six square miles,

we boast 19 beautiful parks, eight miles

of picturesque trails for walking, jogging

or biking, and three distinct shopping

districts. The first district encompasses

the West Side, Uptown and the Olympic

Towne Center. Uptown is home to more

than 30 shops and restaurants and a new

IMAX cinema. The West Side is where

bowling, laser tag, and farm-to-table

dining all live under one roof allowing for

adults to have a grown-up meal while the

kids play the evening away. Gig Harbor

North is where most of the must-have big

retail stores are located.

Make sure you look for the tucked away

local craft breweries that serve beer with

locally-inspired monikers, or visit the

warm and welcoming local coffee shops.

Both sets of venues often host local bands

and open mic nights.

Whether you arrive by land or by sea —

float, paddle, dine, shop, stroll, play and

stay. We have it all!

I look forward to seeing you around town

and encourage you to stop by city hall to

say “hi.”

The Skansie

Brothers

netshed is

aglow from

the lighted

city tree in

the harbor

during the

holidays.


TRANSPORTATION

RENTALS/SHUTTLES

TAXI SERVICES

Perhaps the newest, and most

popular, ride-share services are

Uber and Lyft. These are safe,

convenient and inexpensive

options to get you where you need

to go. Download and register on

the free apps, enter your credit

card information, select your

location/destination and your

driver is on the way. You will be

provided with the driver’s details,

an estimated time of arrival and

can track their arrival on the app!

No need for cash to change hands,

the app handles it for you.

Sit back and enjoy your ride!

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Located near the Inn

at Gig Harbor

enterprise.com

253-853-3882

Kitsap Airporter

Shuttle from Gig Harbor

to Sea-Tac Airport

kitsapairporter.com

360-876-1737

TACOMA NARROWS AIRPORT

A Blessing to Serve

Ablessingtoserve.com

253-307-5928

Around the Sound

atstrans.org

253-858-7088

Gig Harbor Taxi

253-241-6701 or 360-621-8819

PIERCE TRANSIT

TACOMA/GIG HARBOR

In addition to the low-fare Gig

Harbor Trolley service, Pierce

Transit also offers Tacoma/

Gig Harbor bus routes with

connections to area Park & Rides.

Visit piercetransit.org for times and

locations.

Fares

Adults: $2

Youths (6-18): $1

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Children 5 and younger ride free

with a fare-paying passenger.

Discounted fares: $1

*To be eligible for discounted fare,

passenger must show a Regional

Reduced Fare Permit. Visit Pierce

Transit at piercetransit.org or call

customer service at 253-581-8000

for details.

1202 26th Ave. NW,

Suite 201

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-798-8550

tinyurl.com/narrowsairport

Office hours: Monday-Friday

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FAA Control Tower open daily:

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Runway lit from dusk to dawn,

24 hours per day, 365 days a

year.

*weather permitting

TIW offers a superb Pierce

County location, 24/7 IFR

operations (including an ILS),

a brand 5,002-foot runway, a

control tower, jet fuel and two

fixed based operators (FBOs).

Gig Harbor Guided Waterfront Walking Tours

For information visit

Free guided walking tours,

June - August beginning June 5th!

Tacoma Narrows Aviation

tacomanarrowsaviation.aero

253-853-7742

Conveniently located near the main

airport gate. A great alternative to the

busy Seattle airports, with competitive

fuel prices. A great tech stop location

with quick turnaround. Rental cars, hotel

discounts, U.S. Customs clearance, lav

cart, power cart, catering, internet access

offered.

PAVCO Flight Center

flypavco.com

800-645-3563

Local flight school and fixed base operator

for Tacoma, Gig Harbor and greater

Puget Sound. Full FBO services including

flight training, red-carpet transient ramp

service, scenic flights, aircraft sales,

aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance FAA

repair station, and friendly aviationenthusiast

hangout! Local service station

that services Cessna, Beechcraft, Piper

and other piston aircraft needs.

Saturdays

Enjoy our exciting new tour focused on

wildlife and the intriguing history of the

Gig Harbor downtown waterfront!

10:00am - 12:00pm

Wednesdays

“From Skiffs to Spirits”

5:30pm - 6:30pm

@waterfrontwalkingtours or call 253-514-0071

A partnership of

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• GETTING AROUND

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Travel between

the historic

downtown

Gig Harbor

waterfront

district, Harbor

Hill and the

Uptown

shopping district

on Pierce Transit’s

101 route.

Let us drive you

around the harbor

Try the Gig Harbor Trolley, Pierce Transit’s Route 101

Come ride the Gig Harbor Trolley this summer! Throughout the

summer season, the vintage-style Gig Harbor Trolley offers a

convenient and fun way for visitors and locals to travel between

the historic downtown Gig Harbor waterfront district, Harbor Hill

and the Uptown shopping district. Passengers can catch a trolley at one of the

brightly-branded stops every 30 minutes. Along the way they will experience

beautiful parks, great shopping, delicious dining options, a thriving waterfront

and all sorts of recreational activities. While on board, your trolley driver will

share information about the many points of interest along the route. You can

even bring your bike along for the ride!

Rides cost 50 cents one way or $1 for an all-day pass and are free to people with

a Regional Reduced Fare Permit. Bicyclists are welcome too.

Pierce Transit, in partnership with the City of Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor Chamber

of Commerce, merchants of Uptown, Heron’s Key and the Gig Harbor Downtown

Waterfront Alliance, is excited to offer seasonal trolley service from June 1

through Sept. 2. piercetransit.org/pt-trolley

SCHEDULE

Pierce Transit

Trolley runs

every 30

minutes, June 1

through Sept. 2.

Weekdays:

11:10 a.m.

– 8:40 p.m.

Saturdays:

10:40 a.m.

– 9:10 p.m.

Sundays:

12:10 p.m.

– 6:40 p.m.


Harbor Hill Dr

Stinson Ave

Pt Fosdick

Dr NW

McCorm

ick Creek Dr

Burnham Dr

Borgen Blvd

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YMCA

Little

League

Fields

DOWNTOWN

16

Finholm

District

Harbor History

Museum

KIMBALL DRIVE

PARK & RIDE

G

Rosedale

Park your car and hop on

the PT Trolley! You can also

connect with Pierce Transit

Routes 100 and 102

and Sound Transit

Route 595.

3

Peacock Hill Ave

108th

105th

Ancich

Park

N Harborview Dr

Harborview Dr

2

L

Pioneer Way

Grandview

Kimball Dr

L

G

L

L

56th St NW

Olympic Dr NW

Hunt St

NW

G

Skansie

Park

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TIMEPOINTS:

1

2

3

V

L

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Soundview Dr

Olympic Dr NW

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UPTOWN

1

45th St

Ct NW

PT TROLLEY ROUTE

PT TROLLEY STOPS

Uptown Shopping Center

Kimball Drive Park & Ride

Peacock Hill & Borgen Blvd

VISITOR CENTERS

LODGING

GROCERY

FARES

Fares are subsidized this

year by the PT Trolley

Partners.

50-cent fare for one ride

Everyone age 6 and

older.

Drivers do not carry

change.

Ride all day for just $1

Adult and youth

trolley passengers

may purchase a Pierce

Transit all-day pass for $1

onboard the PT Trolley

Route 101.* Just tell the

driver you want an allday

pass, then insert

exact cash into the fare

box.

Free for children age 5

and under.

Free with valid Regional

Reduced Fare Permit

for seniors and persons

with disabilities. For

details about how

to obtain a Regional

Reduced Fare Permit or

for help planning your

trip, call or visit us online.

ORCA cards may be

used. Just tap your card

on the ORCA logo.

Valid monthly Pierce

Transit passes, class

passes and one-ride

tickets will also be

honored for fare payment.

* Pierce Transit

all-day passes purchased

onboard other Pierce

Transit routes or loaded

onto ORCA cards are $5

for adults and $2.50 for

youths or riders with a

Regional Reduced Fare

Permit.

piercetransit.org,

253-581-8000

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• WHERE TO STAY

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BEST WESTERN WESLEY INN

& SUITES

6575 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

888-462-0002, wesleyinn.com

First class customer service is at the heart of everything

we do at the Best Western Wesley Inn & Suites, where the

whole family is welcome.

Taking care of business or going on an adventure, our

classic Northwest-style hotel and gracious staff will ensure

details are taken care of and your needs are met.

Easy freeway access makes us simple to find and get

around town. As pet-friendly lodging known for great

service, and the area’s only outdoor heated pool and spa, we

have everything a guest needs for an enjoyable stay.

Take advantage of the best customer service in town;

contact the hotel directly for the best available rates and

specials.

Amenities

• 82 beautiful sleeping rooms and suites designed with a

classic Northwest flare.

• Extended stay rates and accommodations personalized to

guests’ needs.

• Complimentary hot breakfast buffet.

• Select pet-friendly rooms.

• Seasonal outdoor heated pool and spa located in a

stunning garden setting.

• Complimentary fitness pass.

• Over 5,000-square-foot event space. 3 event rooms.

Includes ballroom (250 people). 2 breakout rooms. Room

blocks, group rates, corporate rates available.

• Specialize in retreats/conferences/retirement parties/

celebration of life/weddings.

THE INN AT GIG HARBOR

3211 56th St. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

800-795-9980, innatgigharbor.com

Reader poll winner of Showcase Magazine’s Best of 2017

Best Hotel and Lodging, The INN at Gig Harbor Hotel

& Event Center offers 64 comfortably-appointed rooms

and suites and on-site café, catering, massage studio

and transportation options. An overnight stay includes a

cooked-to-order breakfast from our café menu.

We offer 4,000-square-feet of newly renovated, sleek,

modern, flexible and scalable meeting space for events

hosting two to 220 guests; full-service, on-site catering;

professional events staff and complete audiovisual services.

Best of all, guests can take the elevator home!

Our wedding packages for 50 to 150 guests include many

amenities, or we can customize a package for any size

group. We specialize in business meetings, conferences,

retreats, parties, auctions, reunions, seminars and more!

Amenities

• Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and parking.

• Kitsap Airporter door-to-door service to and from SeaTac,

and Enterprise Rent-A-Car next door.

• On-site business center, massage studio, hospitality

center, fitness center and guest laundry.

• Over one-third of hotel rooms are pet-friendly.

• Executive, jacuzzi, fireplace, extended-stay and family

suites.

• ADA-accessible rooms and elevator to all floors.

• Convenient freeway access and walk to Gig Harbor’s

newest shopping, dining and entertainment center. Only

1.5 miles to scenic and historic downtown waterfront. Many

world-class golf courses within a 20-mile radius.


GIG HARBOR WINE

& FOOD EXPERIENCE

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront

Alliance is pleased to present the 2019 Gig

Harbor Wine & Food Experience, a full day

celebration of the region’s wine, brews,

spirits and food.

THE MARITIME INN

3212 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

888-506-3580, maritimeinn.com

Gig Harbor’s only waterfront boutique hotel is located in

the historic Waterfront District, just steps from the water’s

edge. Whether you are staying for business or pleasure,

The Maritime Inn is the retreat that will rejuvenate you,

mind, body, and soul. Come and stay with us.

Amenities

• Guests will be delighted with a welcoming glass of

Washington wine at check-in.

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• The friendly, personal service provided by our charming,

professional staff has made us one of Washington’s best

places to visit.

• Experience harbor views, walk to great restaurants, shops,

parks and galleries.

• Each room offers a view of the harbor with fine bedding,

down comforters, fireplaces, flat-screen televisions,

minifridge, free Wi-Fi, complimentary continental

breakfast.

• Recipients of West Sound Home & Garden Magazine’s

2013 reader’s choice for best hotel of the West Sound.

Taking place on Saturday, July 27, the

experience kicks off with the return of

classes and demonstrations at several

downtown waterfront businesses. Wine

and food tastings continue Saturday

afternoon during the fun-filled Waterfront

Block Party throughout the downtown.

Attendees will enjoy wine and food tastings

featuring the finest wines,

brews, spirits and food,

with entertainment

interspersed

throughout to

enhance your

experience.

On Saturday

evening,

complete

your day by

attending

an exclusive,

limited

ticket dining

experience at

Brix 25 where you

will enjoy the magical

talents of Chef Thad

Lyman, paired with local wines.

For the latest details to Gig Harbor’s

Wine & Food Experience, visit Gig Harbor

Wine & Food Experience on Facebook or

harborwineandfoodfest.com. Tickets are on

sale at eventbrite.com.

This popular event is a fundraiser for the

Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance

and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. Proceeds

support projects throughout the downtown

waterfront.

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• WHERE TO STAY

VACATION RENTALS/INNS

Above Gig Harbor Guest House

homeaway.com/vacation-rental/

p193859

Gig Harbor Beach Bay Getaway

gigharborbeachbay.com

The Cottage at Wisteria Hollow,

Lakebay

tranquilityvacations.com

Westwynd Motel

6703 144th St. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

800-468-9963

Westwyndmotel.com

Seacliff Guest House & Vacation

Home Rental

seacliffguesthouse.com

BED & BREAKFAST

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Abigail’s Vacation Rentals

& Concierge

7805 Pioneer Way

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

53-432-1888,

abigailsvacationrentals.com

• Wonderful accommodations with

the comforts of home only better

• From rustic cabins to luxurious

waterfront estates

• Stay for a weekend or a month

• Abigail properties are spotlessly

clean

• All our properties are furnished

for the comfort of our guests

Our joy is…

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Providing peace of mind for owners

and a quintessential NW experience

for guests.

Del Mar Vacation Homes

delmarvacation.com

Del Mar Chateau

vrbo.com/418938

Fox Island Beach House

vrbo.com/143605

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

Apartment Rental

vrbo.com/723970

Harborview

vrbo.com/459846

Pleasurecraft Houseboats

pleasurecraftrentals.com

Snug Harbor Hide-Away

affordabletravelclub.net/snugharbor

The Gig Harbor Guest House

vrbo.com/305653

The Moosehead Cabin

mooseheadcabin.com

Watersedge

vrbo.com/384260

Come in &

Tasteit!

Enjoy wine tasting while sampling our unique olive oil &

balsamic vinegar’s, and our handcrafted teas and spice blends

with abeautiful view of the harbor!

•Unique local &Imported wines

•Variety of Handcrafted Teas

•Over 30 balsamic vinegar’s

•Over 60 handcrafted spice blends

3104 Harborview Dr.

253.858.0272 | www.loveofspice.com

Aloha Beachside Bed & Breakfast

alohabeachsidebb.com

Beachside Bed & Breakfast

beachsidebb.com

Bear’s Lair Bed & Breakfast

bearslairbb.com

No Cabbages Bed & Breakfast

nocabbages.com

Olde Glencove Bed & Breakfast

glencovehotel.com

The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast

vrbo.com/316109

HOUSEBOAT RENTALS

Pleasurecraft Houseboat

pleasurecraftrentals.com

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

Fleet Suites @ the Boatyard

gigharbormarina.com/product/

floating-inn-boatyard

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Whether looking for a charming

beach house, a waterfront home with

a view, a cozy cottage or even a luxury

yacht, web-based vacation rental

companies such as Airbnb, VRBO,

and HomeAway offer a wide variety of

Gig Harbor properties. For a variety of

listings in and around the Gig Harbor

area, visit airbnb.com, vrbo.com and

homeaway.com.


Amazing Trips to Remember!

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PRIVATE CHARTERS : BYO SUNSET CRUISES

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Coming Soon!

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FOR SCHEDULES AND RESERVATIONS CALL 253.225.6306

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SEE YOU

AT THE P

Rentals, Classes, Eve

www.penmetparks.org

253.858.3400

Welcome to the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District

(PenMet Parks). Our mission is to enhance the quality

of life on the Gig Harbor Peninsula by providing park

and recreational opportunities for all citizens.

We are excited that you have decided to learn more

about our District! We offer the most beautiful parks

and the finest recreation programs in the Pacific

Northwest. Whether you are observing passing

whales at Narrows Park, biking the Cushman Trail,

or participating in one of our athletic leagues, PenMet

Parks has something for everybody.

The Gig Harbor Peninsula has consistently been

rated as one of the most livable communities—known

for its remarkable atmosphere, natural beauty, and

exceptional waterfront access. PenMet Parks is

honored to contribute its services to over 40,000

residents and visitors from around the world. We are

committed to providing top-level park and recreation

services that make the Gig Harbor Peninsula an

amazing place to live.

On behalf of the staff and Board of Commissioners,

“See YOU at the park!”


ARK!

nts & Sports Leagues


• THINGS TO DO

Photos courtesy of Gig Harbor Film Festival

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Gig Harbor Film Festival

knows how to pick a movie

Organizers expand offerings year-round with monthly movies, events

ABOVE: The

festival shows

more than 100

movies each

year. RIGHT:

Screenings of

the 72-hour Film

Competition in

March drew a

large crowd.

BY CRAIG HILL | Contributing writer

Try it. You might like it.

That’s all Jenny Wellman

asks when it comes to

independent film.

“If you’re thinking, ‘Indie films,

what’s that all about?’ the Gig Harbor

Film Festival is really eye-opening,”

said Wellman, the festival’s director.

Using the keen eye of award-winning

filmmaker Josh Hope to select films,

the festival shows more than 100

movies each year. Some are short,

some are feature-length, some are

comedies, some are documentaries,

some are animated, and all are made

without the backing of Hollywood

studios.

Founded in 2007, the festival has

built a reputation as one of the

nation’s most beloved. The website,

filmfreeway.com, where filmmakers

submit their work for festivals, lists

Gig Harbor as one of the nation’s 100

best-reviewed festivals.

“That is quite an honor for us,”

Wellman said.

But the festival isn’t about to rest on

its laurels. The 2019 event is scheduled

SAVE

THE DATE

2019 Gig Harbor

Film Festival is

Sept. 26-29

at the Galaxy

Uptown Theatre.

Buy your tickets

at gigharborfilm.

org.

• The annual

fundraising

auction is June

7 at Canterwood

Country Club.

• The next

72-hour Film

Competition is

in March 2020.


for Sept.26-29 at the Galaxy Uptown

Theatre, but this year the festival

is taking a year-round approach to

promote itself and indie films.

It staged its 72-hour Film

Competition in March (participants,

many of them students, have three

days to make a short film) and its

annual fundraising auction is June

7 at Canterwood Country Club. The

festival’s newest presence is a monthly

independent film series.

On the last Wednesday of each

month, an indie film is showcased

at the Galaxy. Entry is $10, but free

for film festival members. Films are

selected about a month in advance,

Wellman said. Some of this year’s

screenings included a block of Oscarnominated

shorts and “Stan & Ollie”

starring Steve Coggan and John C.

Reilly.

Wellman hopes the series further

boosts the festival’s profile.

She credits the festival’s success to

several factors: hospitality, venue, the

audience and its volunteers.

Last year, organizers brought 85

filmmakers to the festival. Many were

from the Northwest, but Scotland,

Turkey and other far-flung locales

were also represented.

“We are a destination film festival,”

Wellman said. “Gig Harbor is special

and people are realizing that.”

One thing that makes it special, is the

Galaxy and its luxury seating and giant

screens. Each year the facility sets aside

FILM

BUFFS

HAVE

MORE

CHOICES

On the last

Wednesday

of each

month, an

indie film is

showcased

at the Galaxy

Uptown

Theatre.

Entry is $10,

but free for

film festival

members.

three of its theaters for the festival.

“It’s a top-notch theater and a lot of

filmmakers have never seen their film

in such a venue,” Wellman said.

When filmmakers are present, the

screenings are followed up with

question-and-answer sessions.

“This is a great chance to find out

what their motivation was and learn

a little more about the film,” said

Wellman, who added that Gig Harbor

audiences have delighted filmmakers

with their enthusiasm.

The festival has a roster of more than

100 volunteers who make the event

possible.

Among the hundreds of films shown

during the four-day festival are a

series of parties where film buffs can

meet directors, cinematographers,

actors and others and discuss their

craft.

And if you think more than 100 films,

a few parties and the Sunday award

brunch is a lot to shoehorn into a fourday

weekend, you’re right.

“But it is possible to do everything

and we have some people who do,”

Wellman said.

It is the approach she recommends

and encourages purchasing a VIP pass

for the entire event.

Wellman also recommends

checking out the monthly series at

gigharborfilm.org and make plans to

experience indie films.

“See what it’s all about,” she said.

“It’s a lot of fun.”

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Take the

fun inside

at Ocean5

Try the center’s laser tag, arcade,

traditional and duckpin bowlingº

BY CRAIG HILL | Contributing writer

Like red, blue and green

lights cutting through the

darkness of a laser tag

arena, Ocean5 brightens

rainy days in Gig Harbor.

Sunny days, too, for that matter.

With a two-story laser tag arena,

traditional and duckpin bowling

and an arcade packed with new and

retro games, the 57,000-square-foot

facility opened in spring 2018 and has

emerged as a gathering place.

“It’s designed to be a place where the

community comes together and has

fun,” said Tomoko Senechal, Ocean5’s

director of sales and marketing. “We

ABOVE: Up to

40 people can

play laser tag in

Ocean5’s

two-story arena.

Consider it for

your next work or

family gathering.

RIGHT: Electronic

games abound

in the arcade

area, where Table

47 will serve its

menu, too.


Photos courtesy of Ocean5

want to inspire connections.”

Closer connections with friends and

family. Connections with the community.

Connections that lead to new

friendships. Even connections to the

environment.

The facility is named for the world’s

oceans and owner Troy Alstead hopes

his business will set an example that

you can have fun and make a positive

environmental impact. From the lights

to the string pin-setting system, the

facility is designed to save energy. In

September, Ocean5 became the first

multiattraction entertainment venue

to earn a Leadership in Energy and

Environmental Design certification.

The centerpiece of the huge facility is

its two-story laser tag arena.

Players can tag each other from

above or below give the game an added

element of strategy compared to

most facilities. Women play for free on

Wednesday nights and the facility also

offers “special opps” events for players

looking for a little more serious game.

Ocean 5 also plans to add another tier

for “elite teams,” Senechal said.

As many as 40 people can play in the

arena.

The bowling alley is also a big draw,

Senechal said. The lanes aren’t home

to bowling leagues, a big deal for anybody

who’s ever made the spur-of-themoment

decision to go bowling only

to show up and find out the lanes were

reserved for league night.

“But it can get busy, so we do recommend

making reservations,” Senechal

said.

Twelve lanes are set up for one of

Ocean5’s most distinguishing features:

duckpin bowling. The game

uses smaller pins and smaller balls

than traditional bowling. It is also

more challenging. A 2016 New York

Times article on the game said there’s

never been an official 300 game (a

perfect score) in duckpin bowling.

Ocean5 also offers movie and comedy

nights.

With so much to do, “Ocean5 is a

great place to spend a few hours or all

day,” Senechal said.

Find Ocean 5 at 5268 Point Fosdick

Drive NW (253-857-7529) and learn

more at o5social.com.

INDOOR FUN

IN THE HARBOR

For more ways to keep rainy

days from taking the fun out of

your day, here are a few more

ideas for having a blast inside:

Discovery Village

More than a preschool,

Discovery Village offers an

array of fun learning activities

for kids offered on a drop-in

basis. Open play hours are 10

a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Kids, ages 1-8, can take part

in activities inspired to spark

interest in art, cooking, music,

science and more. Parents

can play with their kids or

watch and enjoy lunch and a

beverage from the café.

4835 Borgen Blvd.,

253-858-4835,

discovery-village.com

Escape Hour

Summon your inner Sherlock

Holmes to find your way out of

a locked room at Escape Hour

Gig Harbor. With a variety of

themed experiences (some,

perhaps, not suitable for all

kids), participants must solve

puzzles, navigate mazes and

find secret codes to figure

out how to get out of the

locked room. 3212 50th St.

Ct. NW, No. 104, 253-313-0107,

escapehourgigharbor.com

IMAX at Galaxy

Escape the weather and reality

in a big way at

the Gig Harbor

Galaxy

Uptown

IMAX

theater.

With a

screen so

huge the

theater sits

10 feet below

the parking lot

surface, the IMAX

facility has 300 seats and a

movie-watching experience

more immersive than

traditional theaters.

4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW,

253-851-8300,

galaxytheatres.com

— CRAIG HILL

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Courtesy file

Performances, events,

activities for all ages

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Danny Vernon

from Wally

and the Beavs

performs at a

past Sounds of

Skansie summer

event.

MARCH 16-SEPT. 21

Peninsula Marketplace

5503 Wollochet Drive NW. Offers

quality handcrafted items, bakery

goods, plants, art, toys, antiques,

salmon, flowers, and so much more. 9

a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

gigharborfarmersmarket.com

MAY 18-19

7th Annual Tides Tavern

Classic Boat Show

This fun, free event along the dock at

Tides Tavern gives boat enthusiasts

an close-up view of the brightly

varnished mahogany and glistening

chrome that highlight classics from

the 1920s to 1960s. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

tidestavern.com

MAY 18

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

This festival features a wide variety

of Northwest craft brewers offering

event-goers a splendid mix of familiar

favorites and new brews to taste. Area

restaurants outside the festival gates

offer patrons a wide variety of food

to choose from. This year’s festival

will feature over 25 local brewers,

cider, live music, games and Heritage

Distillery. Cost includes admission, 5

oz. festival pilsner cup, 8 taster tokens,

and programs while they last.

gigharborbeerfestival.com


MAY 25

Gig Harbor Street Scramble

Free and fun urban treasure hunt –

the largest free scramble in North

America!

gigharborguide.com

JUNE 1 – SEPT. 2

‘Get Around Gig Harbor

Trolley on route

Provides convenient service between

waterfront district and Uptown

shopping. It’s the easy way to get

around town!

piercetransit.org

JUNE 1-2

Maritime Gig

Festival/

Blessing of

the Fleet

The

community

comes together

at this annual

event celebrating our

maritime history with a parade, live

entertainment, classic cars, and more.

gigharborchamber.net

new tour features a focus on wildlife

of the area and the intriquing history

of Gig Harbor’s waterfront. This free,

family-friendly tour is 1.3 miles for two

hours on mostly flat grades and is a

one-way trip through downtown Gig

Harbor with stops at scenic points of

interest.

On Wednesday evenings , the popular

“From Skiffs to Spirits” Tour runs at

5:30 p.m. June 5 – Aug. 28. This onehour

tour focuses on Gig Harbor’s

historic fishing fleet to the impacts

of prohibition. It is geared for adults,

ending with an optional tasting at

Heritage Distilling Company.

gigharborwaterfront.org

Facebook: @waterfrontwalkingtours

JUNE 8

Plant swap at Uptown

The Gig Harbor plant swap

allows free gardener-togardener

sharing of plants,

plantlets, seeds, cuttings,

divisions, etc. as well as

accessories, tools and other

gardening-related materials. The

plant swap occurs on second

Saturdays in January, April, June and

October.

uptowngigharbor.com

FRIDAY FUN

FAMILY MOVIE

NIGHTS IN THE

PARK

Mark your calendars for

free summer movies in the

park on Friday nights July

5-Aug. 2. Bring the family,

chairs and blankets, and

watch movies playing on

an outdoor jumbo screen

at Skansie Brothers Park.

Movies are FREE and start

at dusk.

Come early to

enjoy preshow

activities

provided

by Harbor

WildWatch

and grab a

bag of free

popcorn

from Kitsap

Bank. Movies

are brought

to you by the

City of Gig

Harbor, Taylor

Thomason

Insurance and

Jaycox-Gig Harbor

Police Benevolent

Fund.

JUNE 5 – AUG. 31

Waterfront walking tours

Join tour guides from the Gig Harbor

Downtown Waterfront Alliance,

Harbor WildWatch and Harbor History

Museum for free, guided walking

tours of the downtown waterfront

during the summer months!

At 10 a.m. Saturdays, this exciting

JUNE 6 – AUG. 29

Waterfront Farmers Market

(Thursdays)

1 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Skansie

Brothers Park. You will find a variety

of produce, beautiful flowers, berries,

honey, baked goods, seafood,

entertainment, chef demos and

more!

waterfrontfarmersmarket.org

16 Local Artists display their work

in Watercolor, Acrylic, Encaustic, Oil,

Wood, Sumi-e, Bead Work, Jewelry,

Ceramic, Stained and Fused Glass,

Monotype and Collage.

Original Art and Reproductions are

available. Please come and visit one of

the nicest Galleries in Gig Harbor and

bring your friends. The artists would

love to meet you.

Times are

approximate. Bring

chairs and blankets,

and water bottles for

the refillable water station

at the park.

July 5, 9:15 p.m.

“The Neverending Story,”

rated PG

July 12, 9 p.m.

“Inside Out,” rated PG

July 19, 9 p.m.

“Mary Poppins” (1964),

rated G

July 26, 8:30 p.m.

“Mary Poppins Returns,”

rated PG

Aug. 2, 8:30 p.m.

“Sgt. Stubby: An American

Hero,” rated PG

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JUNE 15

Food Truck Feast at Sehmel

Homestead Park

Kick off the start of summer

with tasty food trucks,

local beverages and

bands. This is the only

food truck event

in the greater Gig

Harbor area. This is a

great way to spend

Father’s Day weekend

with dad, friends and

families. Free admission.

penmetparks.org

JUNE 29-30

Gig Harbor Garden Tour

Gardens featured have unique

stories to tell. Each one reflects the

gardener’s heart and style. Profits go

to fund literacy programs in the Gig

Harbor and Key Peninsula.

gigharborgardentour.org

JULY 4

Community Hot Dog Social

at Gateway Park

keypenparks.com

JULY 5-AUG. 2

Family Fun Movie Nights at

Skansie Brothers Park

Every Friday night, movies begin at

dusk. All movies are free. Brought

to you by the City of Gig Harbor,

Taylor-Thomason Insurance

and Jaycox-Gig Harbor Police

Benevolent Fund.Special friends at

Kitsap Bank provide free popcorn.

Harbor WildWatch provides family

entertainment prior to each film.

gigharborguide.com

JULY 6 – JULY 7

Wings & Wheels

Sponsored by Tacoma

Narrows Aviation. Air

show featuring

the US Navy F-18

Super Hornet,

beer garden,

food vendors,

car show

and more

throughout the

weekend. Check

website for details

and tickets.

gigharborwings

andwheels.com

JULY 11 - AUG. 15

Uptown Summer Concerts

Every Thursday at Uptown Pavilion

featuring free weekly shows (rain

or shine) from 6-8 p.m. under the

pavilion in the center of the shopping

area.

uptowngigharbor.com

JULY 20

Chalk the Harbor

Outdoor chalk art on downtown

sidewalks! Fun for the whole family!

gigharborwaterfront.org

FULL-SERVICE

CATERING

with Texas Hospitality.

4814 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-313-5656

JULY 20 -21

35th Annual Gig Harbor

Summer Arts Festival

One of the largest outdoor art festival

in the region happens every July in

downtown Gig Harbor. Voted Best

Festival in the Region by readers of

South Sound Magazine.

peninsulaartleague.com

JULY 27

Gig Harbor Wine-Food Experience

The Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance

presents the 2019 Gig Harbor

Wine & Food Experience, a full-day

celebration of the region’s wine,

brews, spirits and food.

Facebook: @gigharborwineandfood

harborwineandfoodfest.com.

gigharborwaterfront.org

AUG. 3

Cruise the Narrows Car Show

Join in as the Gig Harbor Cruisers

Automotive Club celebrates special

interest autos at the 21st annual

Cruise the Narrows Car Show at

Uptown Plaza, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. This

is a family-friendly event, and all

models are welcome to enter the

show. Proceeds from this annual

community event support local youth

activities and scholarships.

gigharborcruisers.com

AUG. 6

National Night Out

Enjoy food, fun and music downtown

at Jerisich Park. Gig Harbor Police

Department is sponsoring this

community-wide block party

designed to increase crime

prevention awareness and promote

neighborhood spirit as well as build

police-community partnerships.

National Night Out is held in

conjunction with Summer Sounds at

Skansie featuring the Funaddicts.

gigharborguide.com


WALKING TOURS

Downtown waterfront

guided tours

The Downtown Waterfront

Alliance, in partnership with

Harbor WildWatch and the

Harbor History Museum offers

free, guided waterfront walking

tours.

Gig Harbor’s waterfront has

many stories to tell, and few tell

them better than the volunteer

tour guides who offer fun and

entertaining ways to learn about

the history and wildlife of the

area. They are not

historians, but

are history

enthusiasts,

and each

has

something

unique

to add.

Saturday

tours start at

10 a.m. June 8

through Aug. 31.

Wednesday tours start

at 5:30 p.m. June 5 through Aug.

28 and run one- hour.

Green Cottage Pets

See what a difference a good diet will do for your pet.

A Health Food Store

for Dogs & Cats

Featuring Human Quality Foods,

Treats and Supplements Since 2002

3028 Harborview Drive

Gig Harbor, Washington

253.851.8806

greencottagepets1@gmail.com

www.greencottagepets.com

For meeting locations,

visit Facebook (@

waterfrontwalkingtours) or

call the Gig Harbor Downtown

Waterfront Alliance at 253-514-

0071.

Self-guided walk

A free, self-guided waterfront

history walk takes people to 43

local points of interest, mostly of

historical buildings – including

the Pioneer Electric Company

and the Old Ferry Landing.

The guide includes a map and

everything visitors need to

know about the history of each

location. Guides are available

at the Skansie Information

and Interpretive Center, 3207

Harborview Drive, and the

Harbor History Museum, 4121

Harborview Drive.

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AUG. 10

Galloping Gertie

half marathon run

A day of fitness and

fun for running

enthusiasts and

families includes

a 5k, 10k and half

marathon.

galloping-gertie.

com

AUG. 10

The Vintage Fair

Featuring The Round Rock

Contest and The Rooster Race!

harborhistorymuseum.org

AUG. 10

Gig Harbor’s Rockin’

Rhythm-Blues Festival

Benefitting the Permission to Start

Dreaming Foundation, the festival

includes food and beverage vendors,

beer garden, craft vendors and more

at the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club.

rockinrnb.com

SEPT. 14

Harbor Hounds Community

Fair

A pet-friendly family fun

day in downtown Gig

Harbor and along

the waterfront.

Event sponsors

set up booths to

display and/or sell

their products

and services in

Skansie Park. Enjoy

a day of fun and

entertainment with

neighbors, family and your

furry best friend! All proceeds support

Prison Pet Partnership and other local

and international charities.

harborhounds.com

SEPT. 15

Race for a Soldier

10-mile run, 5k or virtual run

Many soldiers need help in working

through the stress of war and the

hurt they keep inside. Race for a

Soldier is one way you can help.

Whether you walk, run, volunteer or

give, you can positively impact the life

of a returning soldier.

raceforasoldier.org

SEPT. 20, 21 & 22

Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour

Visit local artists in their personal

studios all around the peninsula.

gigharboropenstudiotour.org

SEPT. 21

Cidermaker Dinner at Sehmel

Homestead Park

The exclusive, limited seating dinner

will be held at Sehmel Homestead

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Park’s Volunteer Vern Pavilion.

Cidermakers will be present to share

tasting techniques and cider lore,

explain the process – from orchard

to glass, and more. Ciders will also be

used throughout the dishes prepared.

Six small-plate courses will be paired

to each cider course.

gigharborfoundation.org

SEPT. 21

SUP in the Harbor

Join us for this fundraiser at Skansie

Brothers Park. SUP in the Harbor is a

standup paddleboard event for all ages

and skills, targeting all community

members, especially families.

standup4schools.org

SEPT. 22

Cider Swig at

Sehmel Homestead Park

Nearly two dozen regional

cidermakers will

present a range of

80+ hard ciders

to the growing

community of

cider lovers and

the cider-curious

alike traveling

from near and

far to join in a day

of sampling the best

ciders west of the Mississippi!

gigharborfoundation.org

SEPT. 26

Gig Harbor Film Festival

Opening Gala

gigharborfilmfestival.org

SEPT. 26-29

12th Annual Gig Harbor

Film Festival

Come see why filmmakers from

around the world are choosing Gig

Harbor as one of their top locations

on the international film festival

circuit! Four days of independent

films and fabulous parties make this

an event not to be missed.

gigharborfilm.org

OCT. 5

Scarecrow Festival

at Sehmel Homestead Park

The festival is an autumn celebration

with live entertainment and music,

farm animals, hay rides, camel and

pony rides, hay maze, carnival

games, food and fair treat vendors.

penmetparks.org

OCT. 5

Key Peninsula farm tour

Come explore the wide variety of

farming activities, feed the animals

and pick apples.

kpfarmtour.com

OCT. 5

Pier into the

Night

Join Harbor

WildWatch’s

biologists,

staff and

volunteers

as they have a

live video feed

from underneath

Gig Harbor Bay at

Jerisich Dock.

harborwildwatch.org

OCT. 12

Autumn Sip & Stroll

The Gig Harbor Downtown

Waterfront Alliance presents its

Autumn Sip & Stroll. The alliance’s

Find Out What’s Happening!

Events | Venues | Resources

HONORING

GIG HARBOR’S

HEROES

In 2018, the

Downtown

Waterfront

Alliance

introduced

a new

banner

project to

honor Gig

Harbor’s

military

heroes. The

project offers the

community the opportunity

to honor a veteran or

someone currently active in

the military with ties to Gig

Harbor.

Proceeds from the Veteran

Banner roject pay for the

production costs of the

banners. Any remaining

funds are donated to Gig

Harbor's Permission to Start

Dreaming Foundation.

The veteran banners will

hang from streetlights

in the community mid-

September (coinciding

with the “Race for a

Soldier” event) through

late November. After that,

banners will be available to

the veterans’ families.

The proudly displayed

banner’s message is clear:

“We honor and appreciate

our local heroes.”

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popular tasting event takes patrons

on a tour along Gig Harbor’s beautiful

waterfront sampling Northwest

wines brews, spirits and tasty small

bites at businesses serving as “stroll

stops.” The alliance will provide

complimentary shuttle transportation

throughout the stroll.

gigharborwaterfront.org

OCT. 26

History Rocks: Mid-Century

Maritime Dinner-Auction

harborhistorymuseum.org

OCT. 31

Trick or Treat in the Harbor

The annual Halloween tradition

continues in the downtown corridor

and Finholm.

gigharborwaterfront.org

OCT. 31

Trick or Treat at Uptown

Get your tricks and treats from

Uptown merchants, 4-6 p.m.

uptowngigharbor.com

NOV. 1 - 2

NOV. 14

Downtown

Waterfront Alliance

presents

‘Girls Night Out’

Gather your girlfriends

for a fun shopping and

dining event in historic

downtown Gig Harbor.

gigharborwaterfront.org

NOV. 16

Donkey Creek Chum Festival

“It takes a fish to raise a village.”

Learn more about salmon and their

connections to Gig Harbor.

gigharborguide.com

NOV. 28

Turkey Trot 5k-10k

Annual Harbor Turkey Trot – Run

for Gig Harbor FISH and Peninsula

Communities of Faith Food Banks.

gigharborturkeytrot.com

NOV. 30 – DEC. 1

Winterfest Arts-Crafts

Hundreds of craft vendors,

all under one roof!

phswinterfest.com

DEC. 6

Light Up the Night:

6th annual St. Lucia Festival

Celebrate Gig Harbor’s Swedish

heritage at Harbor History Museum’s

annual Light Up the Night festivities.

Crafts, games and traditional Swedish

snacks are the star at this familyfriendly

event.

harborhistorymuseum.org

DEC. 7

Gig Harbor Annual Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season the first

Saturday of December every year

with live music, Santa’s official arrival,

refreshments and fun. Free!

gigharborguide.com

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NOV. 2

Pier into the Night

Join Harbor WildWatch’s biologists,

staff and volunteers as they have a

live video feed from underneath Gig

Harbor Bay at Jerisich Dock.

harborwildwatch.org

NOV. 11

Veteran’s Day

ceremony

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Harbor Civic

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Summer Concert Series

Uptown hosts a Summer

Concert Series at Uptown

Pavilion featuring free

weekly shows (rain or shine)

on Thursdays 6-8 p.m. in

the center of the shopping

area. A concert lineup with

something for everyone –

eat, dine, shop and enjoy all

in one stop!

July 11

Flur de Luna, Latin

July 18

The Shy Boys, rock

July 25

The Dark Horses Band,

country

Aug. 1

Wounded Mic, rock

Aug. 8

Indigo Jazz Band, jazz

Aug. 15

Michael Crain Band, rock

The Indigo Jazz Band’s

specialty: swing music that

you dance to! Catch them

Aug. 8.

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DEC. 7

PenMet Parks-Peninsula

Athletic Association

Breakfast with Santa

Join us for the 8th

annual PenMet Parks

and Peninsula Athletic

Association

Breakfast

with Santa.

Celebrate

the holiday

season and

have your

pictures

taken

with Santa!

Holiday music,

arts-crafts and

letters to Santa!

The Gig Harbor Kiwanis will provide

a pancake breakfast. Children under

age 2 are free! Children must be

accompanied by paid adult.

penmetparks.org

DEC. 7 - 8

Tidefest Fine Arts-Crafts

Celebration

Gig Harbor High School’s annual

TideFest brings in artists and highquality

artisans from all over the

Northwest. 150 artists sell everything

from glass art, sculpture, pottery,

jewelry and clothing to paintings,

wood products and leather bags. The

festival raises money for the school’s

activities and athletics programs,

including the speech and debate

team and the school newspaper.

tidefest.org

DEC. 7-9

It’s a Wonderful Waterfront

Enjoy festive holiday events and

shopping on the downtown

waterfront, including caroling, Santa,

hayrides, music and more.

gigharborwaterfront.org

DEC. 8

Gig Harbor Yacht

Club presents

Lighted Boat

Parade

View lighted boats

as they circle the

harbor. Great

family fun – and

good viewing from

the newly renovated

Skansie Brothers Park!

gigharboryc.com

COMING IN 2020

FEBRUARY

Winter Sip & Stroll

Enjoy a selection of Pacific Northwest

wines, spirits, brews and ciders along

the harbor. The Winter Sip & Stroll is a

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience

event, presented by the Gig Harbor

Downtown Waterfront Alliance and

the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.

gigharborwaterfront.org

Empty Bowls

Organized by Altrusa Club &

Foundation of Gig Harbor, Empty

Bowls is an international grassroots

effort to raise money and awareness

to end hunger. Purchase a handmade

bowl by a local artist and enjoy a

simple meal of delicious soup from

one of our premier Gig Harbor

restaurants.

altrusagigharbor.org

MARCH

Taste of Gig Harbor

This live and silent auction is the

Rotary’s most productive public

fundraiser of the year. Each diner

walks among the many kiosks by

our sponsors and selects the best-ofthe-best

of Gig Harbor. While picking

and choosing dinner delights, guests

browse the auction offerings, bidding

on the silent items and surveying the

live auction items.

tasteofgigharbor.com

WATERFRONT

FARMERS

MARKET

The Waterfront Farmers

Market will be celebrating

its fifth season this summer!

The market offers a variety

of fresh produce, beautiful

flowers, delicious prepared

foods, farm-fresh eggs and

meat, sustainably harvested

seafood, unique food

products, handcrafted

body products, and

arts and crafts

– produced,

grown or

created in

the state of

Washington.

In addition

to these

amazing

products,

enjoy informative

cooking

demonstrations, fun

activities for all ages

and featured weekly

entertainment.

The market is easily

accessible by car, boat,

kayak, bicycle, on foot and

the Pierce Transit Trolley.

Come experience what the

market has to offer along

with the incredible views,

fresh air, and the multiple

modes of maritime activity

visible from the water’s

edge.

Contact the Waterfront

Farmers Market at

253-514-0071 or

marketmanager@

ghhwa.org.

Also find them on

Facebook, Instagram and

Twitter.


The Green Gig

The Green Gig, a Greater Gig

Harbor Foundation event, provides

the community an opportunity

to join in an evening of great

food, heartwarming stories and

bidding for unique items and

experiences to benefit early

childhood education in our

community.

gigharborfoundation.org

APRIL

Paddlers Cup

Annual community event

features paddle racing

for kayaks, canoes, SUPs,

outriggers and

para-canoes, as well as

dragon boat races,

and benefits the

Gig Harbor

Canoe and

Kayak Racing

Team. The

team is a

nonprofit

community

organization

committed

to introducing

children ages 9

to 18 to the sports of

Olympic canoe and kayak racing

and is the proud winner of the USA

National Team Championships in

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

gigharborpaddlerscup.com

Arbor Day Celebration

at the Gig Harbor Civic Center

This free event features

complimentary refreshments,

THE

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Cocktails ~

Premium Beers ~

Extended Wine List

interactive environmental booths,

children’s nature craft activities,

and more! Student poster, poetry

and essay winners are honored. An

arborist is on hand to answer your

tree questions. Free trees for all.

gigharborarbor.org

Spring Easter Egg Hunt

at Sehmel Homestead Park

At this seasonal favorite, egg hunt

areas are divided into age groups

and flow continuously throughout

the event so every child is

guaranteed a chance to

find eggs and win a prize.

penmetparks.org

MAY

Gig Harbor Film

Festival

72-Hour Film

Competition

Local filmmakers of all ages

create a short film within

72 hours. All entries will be

screened at Galaxy Theatre.

gigharborfilm.org

Relay for Life

A family friendly event to honor

cancer survivors, those who have

lost their battle and rally behind

those currently fighting this battle.

Fundraiser for the American Cancer

Society.

life.org/gigharborwa

Cinco de Mayo Party presented

by Greater Gig Harbor Foundation

The festive evening brings the

community together with live music,

delicious south of the border inspired

foods, fine wine and local brews as

we honor extraordinary people, share

transformative projects, and reflect

on works of building, bridging and

enriching our community.

gigharborfoundation.org

Great Strides Gig Harbor to

benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Join walkers on the Cushman

Trail to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis

Foundation.

cff.org

Classic Boat Show

at the Tides Tavern

Enjoy the varnished mahogany and

glistening chrome that highlights

these classics from a former era of

yachting. It is a fun (and free!) event

featuring boats from the 1920s to

1960s.

tidestavern.com

Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Featuring Northwest craft brewers

offering a splendid mix of familiar

favorites and new brews to taste. Live

music.

gigharborbeerfestival.com

Join us Sundays at 10:30AM

5775 Soundview Dr #E-103

in Gig Harbor

www.intrepid.church

GIG HARBOR

Fine Dining with Endless Views

of Mt. Rainier and the Gig Harbor Lighthouse.

Walk-Ins & Reservations

Lunch Mon ~ Sat 11am to 2pm

Dinner Mon ~ Sat 4pm to close

Closed Sunday

2905 Harborview Drive NW

www.thegreenturtle.com

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GIG HARBOR BOATSHOP

The BoatShop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

organization dedicated to preserving

the historic Eddon Boatyard and its

traditional uses to build awareness

of the cultural livelihoods on Gig

Harbor’s working waterfront. It hosts

monthly music events, family boat

building program, community boat

restoration program, small craft livery

(boat rental) service, and various

marine and water safety workshops

throughout the year.

3805 Harborview Drive

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-857-9344

gigharborboatshop.org

Hours

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays; 10

a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays

Boatyard open to the public:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

HARBOR WILDWATCH

AT THE SKANSIE

HOUSE VISITOR AND

INTERPRETIVE CENTER

Courtesy of Carly Vester / Harbor WildWatch

Rachel Easton, Harbor WildWatch Education Director, shows program guests some

of the marine life from the Puget Sound.

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Harbor WildWatch is a local

environmental nonprofit whose

mission is to inspire stewardship of

the Puget Sound and greater Salish

Sea by providing equitable learning

opportunities about the environment

to our local community and beyond.

They are located in historic downtown

Gig Harbor at the Skansie Visitor &

Interpretive Center, which is free and

open to the public. Visitors can learn

about the ecosystems in, around and

under Gig Harbor Bay and our local

watershed through their exhibits.

Experience touch tanks with local

marine life, an augmented reality

sandbox, microscopes, a dynamic

animal skulls collection, and a live

underwater video feed of Gig Harbor

Bay.

In 2018, Harbor WildWatch reached

over 30,000 individuals by providing

more than 600 environmental

education programs, primarily in

Pierce and Kitsap counties. Outside of

the Visitor & Interpretive Center, they

offer free and low-cost environmental

education programs year-round, both

in and outside of local schools, for all

ages. Favorite local public programs

include summer interpretive low-tide

beach walks, Donkey Creek Chum

Festival, wintertime Pier Into the

Night virtual dives, monthly Cocktails

& Fishtales science socials for ages

21 and over, and opportunities for

community scientists to survey local

beaches.

For those interested in getting

involved, Harbor WildWatch has

volunteer, diver, intern and donation

opportunities. Their annual Make

Waves fundraiser takes place in mid-

September. They also have a Steward

Club for individuals to support

Harbor WildWatch with an annual

contribution while participating in

fun, members-only programs. Learn

more about all of these opportunities

at harborwildwatch.org.

Hours

October-March: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thursdays-Saturdays

April-September: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesdays-Sundays

KEY PENINSULA

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

AND MUSEUM

Saturdays (June 15, July 20 and Aug.

17)

17010 S. Vaughn Road KPN,

Vaughn, WA 98394

253-888-3246

keypeninsulamuseum.org,

facebook.com/

KPHistoricalSociety

Hours

1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Saturdays. Open by

special request, phone ahead.

Free admission, donations

appreciated.

FOX ISLAND HISTORICAL

SOCIETY AND MUSEUM

1017 Ninth Ave.

Fox Island, WA 98333

253-549-2461

Foxislandmuseum.org


Hours

1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and

Sundays.

Admission: $1 (donation),

current members free

Group tours: Call Karen Kretschmer

at 253-514-5884

HARBOR HISTORY MUSEUM

The museum offers 7,000 square

feet of galleries showcasing the rich

heritage of the Gig Harbor peninsula.

Unique artifacts, video kiosks, handson

exhibits and a small theatre

bring Peninsula history to life in our

permanent galleries.

Visiting the Maritime Gallery

featuring the Shenandoah

The 65-foot Shenandoah is a Gig

Harbor-based purse seiner built

by Skansie Shipbuilding Company

in the winter of 1925. It was built

for Pasco Dorotich, a pioneer Gig

Harbor fishing boat owner and

skipper. It was originally powered

by a 65-horsepower Atlas Imperial

diesel engine, a somewhat

Hugh McMillan /

Peninsula Gateway file

advanced conception of marine

power for fishing vessels in 1925.

The Shenandoah operated almost

exclusively at the Salmon Banks in

the San Juan Islands, but also made

several trips to Alaska in its early days.

The fishing vessel was later owned

by Tony Janovich, who donated

it to the museum shortly after

his retirement in 2000.

Special Exhibitions

Now – June : “Bomber

Boys: Portraits from the

Front”

June 21 – Sept. 1 : “Recent

Acquisitions: The Sutt

Native Basket Collection”

Sept. 6 – Nov. 1 : “Peninsula

Art League Open Juried

Show”

Nov. 8 – June 6, 2020 :

“Treasures from the Shenandoah”

Special events

Saturday, Aug. 10: HHM Vintage Fair

featuring The Round Rock Contest

and The Rooster Race!

Saturday, Oct. 26 : History Rocks:

Harbor History Museum’s Annual

Fundraising Auction

Friday, Dec. 6: Light Up the Night:

Harbor History Museum’s Annual St.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society

Dedicated to exploring the literary

world of historical fiction, nonfiction

and other works of interest.

Humanities in the Harbor

A monthly lecture series that explores

unique and engaging topics for the

Gig Harbor community.

Hours, admission and information

Thanks to support from the City of

Gig Harbor, Harbor History Museum

admission will be complimentary for

all public visitors through 2019.

November – March: Wednesday –

Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 10

a.m. – 4 p.m.

April – October: Tuesday – Saturday:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Book your private event at the

museum.

4121 Harborview Drive,

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-858-6722

Harborhistorymuseum.org

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Summer Sounds

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JUNE 25

JULY 2

JULY 9

Mark Hurwitz & Gin Creek

133rd Army Patriots Brass Band

The Beatniks

Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek is a two-time nominee

for best band by the Washington Blues Society.

They play a variety of blues styles, as well as roots

rock, New Orleans funk and soul that keeps dance

floors packed. The band features the rocking

piano and vocals of leader Mark Hurwitz, sizzling

saxophone of Sheryl Clark, and dynamic lead vocals

of Adrienne Thompson.

facebook.com/gincreekband

Celebrate Independence Day with patriotic

tunes. The 133rd Army band is a diverse group

of musicians and ensembles, which serve the

community and represent the Washington

National Guard to audiences across the state.

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JULY 23

The Olson Band

Courtesy

The Olson Band burst onto the country music

scene in 2013 when they won a national

songwriting contest for their hit song “Sunrise.”

From Olympia, they are led by singer/songwriter

brothers Luke and Isaac Olson with recent addition,

Kaylee Rose Olson. Single “If I Find You” hit over 1.5

million streams on Spotify. The band’s third studio

album, “Dancin’ In Headlights,” is now out.

theolsonband.com

JULY 30

Ruthie Craft

Courtesy

Gig Harbor native Ruthie Craft is a pop singer/

songwriter whose fun, yet soulful voice and

commanding stage presence compliment her

goofy personality. In 2019, she competed on the

second season of ABC’s American Idol, and in 2015

she won a competition to sing with Keith Urban

at the Washington State Fair. In October 2018, she

released her debut single, “Outside.”

ruthiecraft.com

AUG. 6

The Funaddicts

Take a walk down m

bunch performing

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infectious, and thei

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hottest dance move

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JULY 16

Sounds Like Dolores

Courtesy

A favorite in Gig Harbor and the surrounding areas,

Sounds Like Dolores plays a diverse song list of

energetic rock, pop, and country dance music

from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s. The quintessential

party band that will surely get you on your feet and

dancing!

facebook.com/SoundsLikeDolores

IF YOU GO

Don’t forget your blanket

and chairs

CHI Franciscan Health,

Harbor Hill and the City

of Gig Harbor bring you

live music in the beautiful

outdoor concert venue

along the water at Skansie

Brothers Park in downtown

Gig Harbor 6:30 – 8 p.m.

on select Tuesdays in the

summer. Enjoy a free

music festival featuring

music from rocking dance

tunes to country favorites.

Harborview Drive will

be closed on July 9 (The

Beatniks performance) and

on Aug. 6 (in partnership

with National Night Out).

Plan ahead

Chairs can be set up after

3 p.m. on the day of the

event. There will be no

set-up allowed on the

lawn of unoccupied chairs

or blankets PRIOR TO

3 P.M. THE DAY OF THE

EVENT. Roping off seats

and chairs/blankets on

the Jerisich Dock Viewing

Platform is not permitted.

No tents or canopies but

small umbrellas are OK —

please be respectful of your

neighbors. All Gig Harbor

parks are smoke-, vape- and

alcohol-free.

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emory lane with this boisterous

songs from Glenn Miller to

stalgia is heart-warming, energy

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Nate Botsford

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Portland, Oregon's Nate Botsford and band bring

the country party with recognizable hits that span

different genres as well as original songs. His

music will keep you dancing all night. Botsford

began playing piano when he was only five, but the

Taylor acoustic guitar given to him by his dad at

age 14 became the instrument that helped lay the

foundation for his musical career.

natebotsfordmusic.com

Pack a picnic or order

delivery from downtown

eateries

Returning in 2019 is the

popular restaurant delivery

service to the park by Gig

Harbor’s favorite eateries.

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• ALE TRAIL

Local brewers quench

your thirst at taprooms

Ale Trail features

6 breweries/distilleries

BY CRAIG HILL

Contributing writer

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The way Jim Digman sees

it, if he had to make the

same beer every week, Fox

Island Brewing would be a

job instead of a passion project.

Each week his nanobrewery produces

three barrels of a new creation from

a 500-square-foot space in Digman’s

house. “It’s a science project just to get

everything to fit,” Digman said.

“When I started this, I said I wasn’t

going to have a consistent beer,” he

said, “because I enjoy the artistry. I

like trying new things.”

He does brew Red Rye-der quite

frequently because it’s so popular, but

mostly he crafts creative beers that fit

one of eight beer styles: dark, light,

wheat, pale ale, malty, single IPA,

double IPA and seasonal.

“Those eight lanes represent every

beer,” Digman said.

Sharing his work was a bit of a

challenge because he couldn’t open

a tap room on his property and

commercial real estate is scarce on the

island. But Zog’s on Fox Island Deli

showcased the beer.

In June 2018, Digman broadened

his reach when he opened Fox Island

Brewing Tap-IN (241 14th Ave. NW,

facebook.com/foxislandbrewing)

in a space at the Performance Golf

Center. His daughter, Courtney,

and son, Josh, run FIB Tap-IN with

him. The name isn’t just a nod to

golf. The IN stands for independent

nanobreweries.

There are 16 craft beers on tap. Half

are Digman’s creations. The other half

are from other area nanobreweries.

Also available: local wines, ciders

and spirits. The food menu includes

Photo courtesy of Fox Island Brewing

ABOVE: Fox Island

Brewing is familyfriendly

with games

for entertainment, live

music, and a dogfriendly,

sunny patio.

LEFT: Owner Justin

Stiefel with a few of

Gig Harbor-based

Heritage Distillery

popular Batch No. 12

line of spirits.

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gourmet hotdogs and pizza.

Digman calls his young business a

family-friendly spot where people can

come and hit a bucket of balls at the

driving range or play the putt-putt

course with their kids.

It’s location at the first exit on the

west side of the Narrows bridges, also

makes it a good spot to launch a trip

on Gig Harbor’s Ale Trail.

Here are some more worthy stops if

you make a quick side trip west then

head north:

The HUB at Gig Harbor (1208 26th

Ave. NW, harmonbrewingco.com):

Located at the Tacoma Narrows

Airport, the HUB is one of Harmon

Brewing Company’s four South Sound

locations. With indoor and outdoor

seating, visitors can enjoy a menu that

includes pizza, pasta and an array of

brews.

Wet Coast Brewing Company (6820

Kimball Drive, wetcoastbrewing.

com): Wet Coast specializes in a regularly

rotating collection of Northwest-inspired

ales and lagers like the

Hi Jack! Red Ale and Helles Lager.

Heritage Distilling Company (3207

57th St. Ct. NW, tasting and tours;

3118 Harborview Drive, tastings

only, heritagedistilling.com): Sample

award-winning vodkas, gins and flavored

spirits. Heritage offers a variety

of program including “My Batch”,

which allows participants to get up

close to the stills and help bottle

spirits.

7 Seas Brewing Company (3006

Judson St. No. 110, 7seasbrewing.

com): Enjoy a Broken Mast Brown

Ale, Trident Triple IPA or another

brew while watching the brewing

process through the picture windows.

Take a brewery tour on Thursday

nights at 6 p.m.

Gig Harbor Brewing Company

Taproom (3115 Harborview Drive,

gigharborbrewing.com): The search

for an affordable location led Gig

Harbor Brewing to open in Tacoma

in 2015. But as the brewery and beers

like Sturdy Gertie Double IPA and

Giggly Blonde grew in popularity,

owner John Fosberg was able to open

a taproom adjacent to Gig Harbor’s

Skansie Brothers Park in 2018.

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• EATERIES

Casual dining

for date night

Come-as-you-are Table 47 serves

a locally-sourced lunch/dinner menu

BY CRAIG HILL | Contributing writer

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Burgers are the

most popular

menu items

at Table 47,

who sources

food from local

farmers to reduce

its environmental

footprint.

Photos courtesy

of Table 47/

Ocean5

As buzz grew after the

opening of Gig Harbor’s

Table 47 last spring, the

owners kept hearing a

few well-intentioned descriptors they

feared sent the wrong message.

“We kept seeing headlines saying,

‘fine dining’ or ‘fancy,’” said Tomoko

Senechal, director of sales and

marketing. “That’s the last thing we

want people to think.”

While those terms might conjure

images of a stuffy, formal dining

experience, Table 47 is a come-as-youare

restaurant with a locally-sourced

menu.

“It’s a place to go for a date night or

with friends and have fun,” Senechal

said of the restaurant that shares

a building with the entertainment

center Ocean5, also owned by Troy

Alstead. “We don’t want there to be

any confusion.”

So, Table 47 evolved. It expanded

its menu in January and has more

seasonal options. And now you can

order from the menu whether you are

sitting at the restaurant’s 16-person

community table or playing duckpin

bowling over at Ocean5.

A coffee lounge was added. While the

restaurant doesn’t open until 11 a.m.

on weekdays (and 9 a.m. for breakfast

on weekends), the coffee lounge opens

at 7 a.m.

The name Table 47 comes not just

from the Puget Sound’s proximity to

the 47th parallel, but also from the

idea that the dinner table is a place

for people to come together. While

terms like “fancy” and “fine dining”

might have the opposite connotation,

Senechal says Table 47 successfully

evolved and is now perceived the way

it prefers.


OTHER DINING OPTIONS

NEW TO GIG HARBOR

IN THE PAST YEAR

Animarum

Enjoy oysters Rockefeller, osso buco,

duck confit, steak and Dungeness crab

in an intimate dinner-only setting where

mobile devices and photography are not

permitted. 4107 Harborview Drive,

253-720-6005, facebook.com/

animarum253

BBQ2U

The Central Texas-style barbecue

restaurant opened in March 2018 and

serves up brisket, chicken, ribs and turkey.

4814 Point Fosdick Drive NW.

253-313-5656, texasbbq2u.com

Brimstone PNW Smokehouse

From coffee-rubbed brisket and smoked

trout to dessert art built on big fluffy

donuts and drinks served with a bacon

chaser, Brimstone’s menu overflows

with creativity and variety. “This is a

quintessential Northwest mash-up

borrowing elements from a number of

cuisines and scrunching them up into

something else,” writes Sue Kidd, food

critic for The News Tribune.

7701 Pioneer Way, 253-858-6626,

bbqbrimstone.com

Table 47 sources food from local farmers

to reduce its environmental footprint. This

means visiting more than 15 local farms to

study everything from the history of soil

care to how they treat animals.

Burgers are the most popular menu

items.

“It’s a place to go for a date night

or with friends and have fun.”

The Parallel Burger is made with a beef

and mushroom patty. “It’s a great burger,

but it uses less beef, which is good,”

Senechal said.

The Tahoma Burger has an explosion

of flavor that comes from rosemary and

a topping that surprises some: A piece of

apple.

Find Table 47 at 5268 Point Fosdick

Drive NW (253-857-4777) and learn more

at t47.com.

Brix 25

The fine-dining restaurant isn’t new,

but the location is. In April 2018, Brix

25 moved from Pioneer Way to the

waterfront where steak and seafood are

now served with a breathtaking view

of the harbor and Mount Rainier. 3315

Harborview Drive,

253-858-6626, harborbrix.com

O’Neill’s Bar & Grill

Formerly the Tanglewood Grill, O’Neill’s

Bar and Grill has an array of Irish food

offerings (shepherd’s pie, corned beef and

cabbage, lamb stew), a variety of steak

options (tomahawk ribeye, filet mignon,

T-bone ribeye) as well as burgers, fish and

chips and more. 3222 56th St. NW,

253-858-5555, oneillsbarandgrill.com

Pho & More

Opened in early 2019, Pho & More offers

a variety of pho styles including beef,

brisket, meatball, chicken, seafood and

vegan. But, wait, as the name implies,

there’s more. Additional menu options

include bubble tea, pot stickers, fried tofu

and banh mi sandwiches.

5315 Point Fosdick Drive NW,

253-313-0459, bit.ly/2MaTc0d

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• SENIOR LIVING

The

Cottesmore

Story

We’re the first nursing home in Gig Harbor

BY THE COTTESMORE STAFF

When Inez Glass

and her husband,

Eugene, moved to

Gig Harbor after

World War II, she began working as

a nurse and found her true calling:

caregiving. After her husband

passed away, the mother of three

was motivated to pursue her dream:

to build a quality nursing home.

Named after the British military base

where Glass first met her husband,

Cottesmore opened in 1969. Glass

believed in quality care, Christian

ethics and a loving environment. In

1996, Life Care Centers of America

purchased Cottesmore keeping Glass’

vision and beliefs at the core of their

services.

Photos courtesy of Cottesmore

Addition of Independent

Retirement & Assisted Living

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Cottesmore Celebrates 50 Years with New Construction

Cottesmore has been transforming with new construction! They have

opened their newly constructed rehab unit with private rooms and

new common areas. Their state-of-the-art therapy gym offers physical,

occupational, speech, and aquatic therapy to both inpatient and outpatient

clients.

The Cottesmore Campus is honored to continue providing exceptional care

to the greater Gig Harbor community for years to come!

In 2006, Cottesmore expanded their services

by adding Harbor Place at Cottesmore, a

premier independent retirement and assisted

living community. Designed for people wanting

the best from life, they provide luxury living

apartments, fine dining, enjoyable daily

activities, and caring staff dedicated to making

all residents happy.


Discover Our

CAMPUS OF CARE.

As Gig Harbor’s premier continuum-of-care campus, we offer independent living,

assisted living, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation

and skilled nursing care. Come discover the difference for yourself!

Harbor Place at Cottesmore

Independent Retirement and Assisted Living

• Variety of Outings,

Daily Activities, Exercise Classes

• Restaurant-Style Dining Served All Day

• Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, Fitness Rooms

• On-Site Salon, Day Spa, Therapy Services

• 24/7 Wellness Staff

253.853.3354

1016 29th St. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

HarborPlaceRetirement.com

Cottesmore of Life Care

Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the

Gig Harbor Community

• Come see our newly constructed rehab wing and

state-of-the-art rehab gym

• 24-Hour Skilled Nursing

• Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation

• Physical, Occupational, Speech and

Aquatic Therapies

253.851.5433

2909 14th Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

LCCA.com

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• ON THE WATER

The view is

great from

the water

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Personal tours — either by pleasure craft

or gondola — offer a different perspective

A

view

TOP: During his

hourlong cruise,

John Synco offers

appetizers and

encourages riders

to bring their own

food and wine

for a real Italian

experience. He

provides cups, ice

and napkins for

his guests on the

water.

RIGHT: You are

the captain on

a two-hour, selfguided

tour of

Gig Harbor.

of Puget Sound

from Gig Harbor is

beautiful, but if you

desire a personal

experience on the water then there

are a variety of affordable and unique

options.

Gig Harbor Gondola provides

extraordinary excursions aboard an

original Venetian gondola led by experienced

Venetian rower John Synco.

It’s ideal for couples or groups of up

to six people. “I’m open year-round,

but summer is my peak season,”

Synco said. “Rides close to sunset are

extremely beautiful, so I tell people to

try and book a few weeks in advance

to secure the time they want.” Synco

offers the cruise (one hour) at $85 per

couple and the extended cruise (90

minutes) at $115 per couple. Each additional

person is $20. Children ages

five and under are free. Guests are

allowed to bring wine or a beverage of

their choice. The rides are ideal for all

occasions. Call 253-432-0052 to book.

Additional options are:

Destiny Harbor Tours

and Riviera Cruises

Destiny’s daily two-hour tour goes

under the Narrows bridges and comes

back along Point Defiance and Salmon

Beach, the historic “community on

stilts.” Riviera Cruises offers a threehour,

BYO sunset cruise leaving from

the Maritime Pier next to Tides Tavern.

“The trips are very interactive,”

said Captain Tom Drohan. “The real

star of the show is the scenery of the

Puget Sound.” For reservations, call

253-225-6306. Courtesy of Gig Harbor Yachts


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Duffy Electric Boat Rentals

at Gig Harbor Yachts

Holds up to 10 people comfortably,

drive them yourself or hire a skipper.

Food, drinks and all ages welcome.

For reservations, call 253-857-6060 or

visit gigharboryachts.com/boat-rentals-and-charters.html

On-Time Tours

Private, personalized boat tours of

Gig Harbor, Tacoma, the Narrows

bridges and beyond. Up to 6 passengers

for a unique and affordable

experience with a professional tour

guide and licensed captain. It’s where

lifetime memories are made and captured

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File

Holiday lights beautify the

Skansie netshed in Skansie

Brothers Park.

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HISTORIC

NETSHEDS

As early as 1910, Gig

Harbor’s first netsheds

began appearing along

the waterfront. These

simple structures, many

constructed with rough,

hand-hewn fir, were used

by local fishermen to store

nets and fishing gear.

As the town grew, many

netsheds were displaced

by new development and

commercial marinas. Today,

only 17 netsheds remain

along the western shoreline,

but Gig Harbor Bay still

boasts the largest inventory

of historic netsheds on

the Puget Sound. Visit

the Skansie Visitor and

Interpretive Center to pick

up a netshed map.

Visit our Waterfront tasting room

or our Flagship location

and experience why

BSB® - Brown Sugar Bourbon was

named “World’s Best Flavored Whisky”

at the World Whiskies Awards.


Welcome to Jim’s Classic Garage &TeachingMuseum

Teaching Kids Business -One ClassicCar at aTime

Does your sonor daughter dream of working at, or running a successful company one day, but struggle with where to start, or how to ask for

help? A full-service collector car concierge company run by high school, and college kids, is coming to Gig Harborsoon.

In our second year of working with kids from Henderson BayHigh School, we’ve learnedalot ourselves. The art of learning how to work on classic

cars is not for everyone. Theskills needed take time, especially when working on a variety of different makes and models. Then there’s the money,

or lack thereof!Although we need to keep these cars in the forefront of everyone’s thoughts, it’s definitely not a job for everyone, especially

generation X, and the Millennials. After talking to a few of our students, they agree that introducing a different element in our training/teaching,

would help them significantly. Currently, our one-sided training gives these kids one sided benefits.With a real business to run, this model can be

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CALL JIM AT 206-406-1313 AND SCHEDULE A TOUR OF OUR MUSEUM.

Our Non-Profit 501c (3)Teaching Museum and the Concierge program we are building shouldn’t have to replace college either. Our program is

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206-406-1313

We are located in Gig Harborat

3028 14 TH Ave NW

Gig Harbor WA 98335

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• ON THE WATER

Courtesy of Kathleen North / Peninsula Gateway

The view of the water

is fantastic

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The newlyopened

Ancich

Waterfront Park

offers a viewing

platform with

pavers listing

historic fishing

boats and

families, and a

grand staircase

leading from the

platform down

to a lower-level

plaza, featuring

picnic benches

and restrooms.

Enjoy the free access points throughout the city

With its town

history rooted

in commercial

fishing and the

water as its signature feature, the city

of Gig Harbor invests significantly in

ensuring visitors have plenty of access

points to view its crown jewel. Here

are a few places to get you started:

Ancich Waterfront Park

The newly completed Ancich

Waterfront Park is a beautiful

preservation development of the

historic working waterfront, serving

to highlight the heritage and tradition

of commercial fishing. The park offers

a viewing platform with pavers listing

historic fishing boats and families,

and a grand staircase leading from

the platform down to a lower-level

plaza, featuring picnic benches and

public restrooms. An ADA lift can

transport those with disabilities down

to the water level. The Ancich Pier

on the west side features a fullyfunctional

rehabilitated netshed

serving as the focal point of the view

from the platform atop the kayak

and paddleboard storage facility.

While there are a lot of netsheds in

the harbor, the Ancich Waterfront

Park’s netshed is the only publiclyowned

netshed that will be used for

PARK RULES

• All parks are

open from dawn

to dusk.

• Restrooms are

generally openat

5 a.m. and close

at 10 p.m. but

hours fluctuate

with seasonal

parks use.

• Alcohol,

smoking, and

dogs running

at large are

prohibited.


its original historic purpose. Future

plans call for incorporating use of

the bay — allowing human-powered,

nonmotorized watercrafts via a

paddlers dock — while still focusing

on the history of Gig Harbor with the

importance of commercial fishing.

This gem of a park was forged by years

of effort from the community, the city

and state and federal agencies, and is

now available for the enjoyment of the

public!

Joshua Bessex/ Peninsula Gateway

The city’s newest

park is 2.5 acres

with trails and

dog-friendly

amenities.

Welcome Plaza

at Jerisich Dock

The Welcome Plaza on Harborview

Drive features rooftop deck seating

and views of the harbor. A word of

caution: no dogs are allowed on the

deck.

Underneath the deck in the

breezeway is a digital-touch screen

menu featuring a directory of

restaurants, retailers and serviceoriented

businesses; a city map;

the weather; and a comprehensive

list of citywide events. In that same

breezeway are public restrooms and

restroom/shower facilities for paidmoorage

guests.

The Welcome Plaza features a

sculpture of a Gig Harbor fisherman

working his nets in honor of the

fishermen who went to sea at great

risk and were forever lost.

Visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch at

the picnic benches near the street or

on the dock. Life jackets are available

to borrow. Visitors can walk the pier,

reveling in the beauty of the harbor.

Finholm View Climb

The 100-step Finholm View Climb

was installed in July 1999 by the

Gig Harbor Lions Club, saluting

the memory of Edward and John

Finholm, who operated the Finholm

Market nearby.

Located across from Anthony’s

Restaurant and other shops and

restaurants, the view climb features

multiple landings, offering different

vantage points for viewing the harbor,

the marina and Mount Rainier on a

clear day, and nearly a dozen benches

for resting. The view climb is well

lit, providing access from dawn to

dusk. Restroom facilities and visitor

information are available at the North

Harborview Drive entrance.

With a good book and a good camera

(to take breathtaking photography),

the view climb is a relaxing getaway.

Soundview Forest

The city’s newest park, an exquisite

triangular forest, provides a

woodland haven in the downtown

waterfront area. This 2.5-acre park

has over 300 trees, many more

than 100 years old. Located on the

HISTORY HAPPENS HERE

• The Museum offers 7,000 square feet of

galleries showcasing the rich heritage of

the Gig Harbor peninsula. Unique artifacts,

video kiosks, hands on exhibits, and a

restored 1901 schoolhouse bring Peninsula

history to life.

• Thanks to support from the City of

Gig Harbor, Museum admission is

complimentary for all visitors through 2019.

• Visit the Maritime Gallery featuring the

Shenandoah: This 65-foot fishing vessel is

a Gig Harbor-based purse seiner built by

Skansie Shipbuilding Company in 1925.

WINTER HOURS (November - March)

Wednesday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

SUMMER HOURS (April - October)

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

corner of Soundview and Harborview

Drive “just prior to the old ferry

landing,” the park boasts trails, a

picnic table, bench and dog-friendly

amenities. Lauded by the community

as an important preservation for

its woodland forest where herons

gather above, this new park is a gem

near the mouth of the harbor. City

parking is available next to the park.

Future developments include a new

gazebo donated by local residents

and nonprofit groups, more native

planting, benches and trails.

4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-858-6722

harborhistorymuseum.org

Book Your Private Event at the Museum!

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• ON THE WATER

Photos courtesy of Peninsula Metropolitan Parks District

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Explore 22 miles

of water trails

Cascade Marine Trail allows day use, some camping areas

BY CRAIG HILL | Contributing writer

ABOVE: Paddle to

Kopachuck State

Park and you’ll

pass Fox Island

Fishing Pier. FAR

RIGHT: Camp at

Narrows Park

and possibly spot

some whales

while there.

From the boat launch on

the spit in Purdy, it’s less

than a six-mile drive to Gig

Harbor’s newest city park.

But why drive when you can shove

off in a kayak for an epic, roughly

22-mile paddle that links some of the

area’s finest parks.

“This section of the Cascadia Marine

Trail is quite the hidden gem,” said

Chuck Cuzzetto, spokesman for the

Peninsula Metropolitan Parks District.

“Regular kayakers are generally aware

of the opportunities, but most local

recreational kayakers may not be.”

The Cascadia Marine Trail is a

collection of 66 campsites and 160

day-use spots scattered around Puget

Sound. It is designated a National

Recreation Trail and one of 16

National Millennium Trails. Paddlers

can grab a map from the Washington

Water Trails Association (wwta.

org) and plot their course. While few

paddle to all locations, many create

short trips like the unofficial Gig

Harbor Water Trail.

Paddling past Fox Island, under the

Narrows bridges and into Gig Harbor,

paddlers can visit Kopachuck State

RESOURCES

Washington

Water Trails

Association:

wwta.org

Peninsula

Metropolitan

Parks:

penmetparks.

org

Gig Harbor

Parks:

cityofgigharbor.

net

State Parks:

parks.wa.gov

State Fish and

Wildlife:

wdfw.wa.gov

Tides and

currents:

tidesandcurrent.

noaa.org


Park, Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit

Nature Preserve, Fox Island Fishing

Pier, Narrows Park and even make

a quick (about two miles each way)

detour north of the harbor to Sunrise

Beach Park.

And, in the harbor, visit Austin

Estuary Park, Eddon Boat Park and

Gig Harbor’s newest park. In March,

the city celebrated the completion

of the first of three phases of Ancich

Waterfront Park.

The park has a restroom, picnic

tables and will eventually have boat

storage. “We want to have a place

where residents and visitors can put

a boat in the water and enjoy an open

view of the harbor separate from

Skansie Brothers Park,” said Jeff

Langhelm, Gig Harbor’s public works

director. Officials hope the new park

will take some pressure off popular

Skansie Brothers Park.

While a fun adventure, linking parks

by kayak shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Knowing the tides and currents is vital

especially when navigating the strong

currents and heavy boat traffic of the

Tacoma Narrows. “And always make

safe decisions – including wearing a

life jacket,” Cuzzetto said.

Cuzzetto says visiting PenMet Parks

via the water trail gives visitors “the

most diverse and unique perspective

in relatively close proximity, making

the most out of your trip at your own

pace.

“The most interesting experiences

have to do with the combination of

the paddle itself, to the immersion

of nature at your destination. While

paddling the PenMet Parks leg of the

WWTA trails you have the unique

experience of taking in the historical

features of our area along with the

generous landscape. Once you arrive

at any of our locations, your adventure

IF YOU

WANT TO

CAMP

Reservations

to camp at

PenMet Parks

(both Fox

Island locations

and Narrows

and Sunrise

Beach parks)

are required

and available at

penmetparks.

org. Camping

is not

permitted

at city parks

(Austin Estuary

and Eddon),

which are

not part of

the Cascadia

Marine Trail.

Kayak rentals

are available

at several

locations in

Gig Harbor

including

Lee’s SUP

(leessup1.com),

Gig Harbor

Watersports

(gigharbor

watersports.

com) and Gig

Harbor Yachts

(gigharbor

yachts.com).

can truly begin.”

Here are some potential highlights

of a paddle between Purdy and Gig

Harbor:

Kopachuck State Park: The park

on Carr Inlet has two miles of trails

and an ample beach. It’s been closed

to camping since 2011 except for one

spot available for marine trail users.

Visit parks.wa.gov for more info.

Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit

Nature Preserve: The 3.5-acre

preserve on the northwest end of Fox

Island has a sand and cobble beach

and a large grassy area for camping.

Fox Island Fishing Pier: The

5.5-acre spot on the eastern tip of the

island, is a good spot for fishing (learn

regulations and how to get a license

at wdfw.wa.gov). The fishing pier was

built by WDFW and is managed by

PenMet Parks. A grassy area is open

for marine trail campers.

Narrows Park: Paddlers can spend

the night at one of two campsites and

enjoy the view of the Narrows bridges.

Some visitors have caught glimpses of

whales.

Sunrise Beach Park: A side trip

if you’re paddling between Purdy and

Gig Harbor or a worthy destination,

the 82-acre park on Colvos Passage

has hiking trails with views of Puget

Sound and is a popular SCUBA diving

spot. A short uphill hike leads to a

campsite with room for as many as

five tents.

Austin Estuary Park: Site of the

old Austin Mill, the park offers picnic

tables, access to the Harbor History

Museum and a gravel trail to Donkey

Creek Park.

Eddon Boat Park: The park has

interesting public art in the form of

giant granite mussels and is on the site

of a former boat yard. Find restrooms

and a life jacket loaner station.

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• HERITAGE MARKERS

The last minutes

of the original

Narrows bridge.

Peninsula Gateway file

Tour the area’s heritage, history

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Harbor WildWatch,

a marine and

environmental

education organization,

in partnership with the City of

Gig Harbor, has posted several

interpretive natural history and

marine signs in parks and beaches of

Gig Harbor bay. Through the harbor,

you will learn about:

The salmon life cycle

Find out more about the chum

salmon and what exactly are those

black barrels for? The black barrels

are remote site incubators and they

can be seen from the viewing platform

at Donkey Creek Park.

Respect the riparians

A riparian is where water and land

meet. It plays a vital role in the health

of our entire ecosystem. Learn about

the riparian, aquatic and upland zones

at Donkey Creek Park.

Habitats of the harbor

Located near the home of the Harbor

History Museum, this interpretive

sign explores the variety of habitats

found in the waters off (and on) the

shores of Gig Harbor.

The wetlands around us

At Wilkinson Farm Park — along

Rosedale Street, blocks up from

Harborview Drive — view a true

wetland buffer area. Maybe even catch

wildlife!

And there is self-guided tour of the

heritage makers, too.

Galloping Gertie

At Ferry Landing Park near the mouth

of the harbor, learn about the collapse

of the Narrows Bridge that fateful day

in which the road tilted, swayed, and

eventually began to break up.

First settlers

At 3207 Harborview Drive,

near Jerisich Dock, you will find

information about three friends

fishing on Puget Sound when they

were forced into a protected harbor

to wait out a storm, only to eventually

call the area they discovered, home.

From Croatia to Millville

At the Dorotich Public Dock, near

3323 Harborview Drive, is where

the first homes in the harbor were

built and the town of Millville was

established. In 2014, Gig Harbor city

officials, Washington state leaders

and local residents welcomed the

then-Prime Minister of Croatia, Zoran

Milanovic, in a public ceremony

including a tour of the Millville

District. Gig Harbor’s ties to Croatia

remain strong today.

Heart of the harbor

At the corner of Harborview Drive

and North Harborview, you will

find the heart of the harbor. The

community’s last and longest running

sawmill called this corner home for

close to 100 years, and where the

Austin Erickson-style log homes

originated.

From valley to bay

Crescent Creek Park sits at the

northernmost corner of the bay and

is where families began to homestead

throughout Crescent Valley in the late

1880s. Today, families still visit the

park and play on the all-inclusive play

structure while admiring the wood

carving by local artist Jeff Samudosky.

For a complete list of markers, see

gigharborguide.com.


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• OUTDOORS

BOAT LAUNCHES

DOCKS/MARINAS

CITY PARKS

Gig Harbor Public Boat Launch

Arabella’s Landing

Adam Tallman Park

8750 Randall Drive NW

3323 Harborview Drive

6811 Wagner Way

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-305-1000

Fox Island Public Boat Launch

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-851-1793

arabellaslanding.com

Passive-use wildlife park with walking

trails and wetlands. Interpretive

signage and viewing platforms. No

restrooms. On-site parking.

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2607 Fox Island Bridge Road

Fox Island, WA 98333

Vaughn Boat Launch

17999 Hall Road NW

Vaughn, WA 98394

Home Boat Launch

1922 A St.

Lakebay, WA 98349

Horsehead Bay Public Boat Ramp

Horse Head Bay Drive NW & 38th

Street NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Joemma Beach State Park

20001 Bay Road SW

Lakebay, WA 98459

fee may apply

Longbranch Boat Launch

15603 72nd St. SW

Longbranch, WA 98351

Point Fosdick Boat Launch

10th Street NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Purdy Boat Launch Ramp

Goldman Drive NW/State Route 302

Gig Harbor, WA 98329

Wollochet Bay Boat Launch

37th Street NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Gig Harbor Marina and Boatyard

3117 Harborview Drive

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-858-3535

gigharbormarina.com

Jerisich Dock

3211 Harborview Drive

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Dock landing, picnic tables, seasonal

water and pump-out (April 1-Nov. 1)

in downtown. Transient moorage

for boats (Friday before Memorial

Day-Labor Day: $1 per foot, with

a minimum charge of $20/night.

All other days: $.50 per foot, with a

minimum charge of $10/night). Water,

power available; free day use. Boats

moored past 8 p.m. must register at

kiosk. Maximum stay 3 days in 10-day

period.

cityofgigharbor.net/parks

Lakebay Marina Resort

15 Lorenz Road NW

Lakebay, WA 98349

253-884-3350

lakebaymarina.com

Maritime Pier

3003 Harborview Drive

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Pier and 12x20-foot load/unload float

for mixed use. Load/unload facility for

commercial vessels. Restrooms and

seating. On-site parking.

cityofgigharbor.net/parks

Ancich Waterfront Park

3525 Harborview Drive

Viewing platform, grand staircase

leading from the platform down to a

lower-level plaza. Lower- level plaza

has picnic tables and public restrooms.

An ADA lift can transport those with

disabilities down to the water level.

The Ancich Pier on the west side

features a fully-functional rehabilitated

netshed. Views of the harbor, limited

access to the shoreline.

Austin Estuary Park

4009 Harborview Drive

Picnic table, human-powered

watercraft landing. No restrooms.

Street parking only. Trail extends

under bridge next to Harbor History

Museum to connect with Donkey

Creek Park.

Bogue Viewing Platform

8763 North Harborview Drive

Panoramic views of Mount Rainier

with seating and tables. No

restrooms. Street parking only.

Civic Center Green

3510 Grandview St.

Open-space lawn for informal

soccer and recreation. Restrooms at

Grandview Forest Park (adjacent).

On-site parking.

Crescent Creek Park

3303 Vernhardson St.

Covered kitchen with water, sinks,

wood stove, play structure, swings,

climbing structures, basketball,

volleyball and tennis courts, baseball

field with bleachers, picnic tables,

streambed viewing platforms. Power

outlets. Free standing barbecues

and interpretive signage. To reserve

shelter and tables, call 253-851-8136.

Restrooms and on-site parking.


70TH AV NW

WOODHILL DR NW

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BURNHAM DR NW

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CRESCENT VALLEY DR NW

HALLSTROM DR NW

SEHMEL DR NW

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BUJACICH RD NW

Adam Tallman Park

Ancich Waterfront Park

Austin Estuary

Bogue Viewing Platform

City Park at Crescent Creek

Civic Center (Greens and Skate Park)

Cushman Trail Park

Donkey Creek Park

Eddon Boat Park

Finholm View Climb

BURNHAM DR

?u@ 16

Future Sports Complex (Presently Trails,Forest)

Grandview Forest Park

Jerisich Dock

Veterans Memorial Park

Maritime Pier

Old Burnham Property

Old Ferry Landing

Shaw Park

Skansie Brothers Park

Soundview Forest

Wilkinson Farm Park

Cushman Trail

Stanich Trail

Harborview Trail

Cushman Trail

54TH AV NW

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SKANSIE AV

46TH AV NW

EAST BAY DR NW

From Narrows Bridge (14th Avenue

NW) to Borgen Boulevard

SKANSIE AV

I*

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ROSEDALE ST

WOLLOCHET DR NW

56TH ST NW

Approximately 6.2 miles with mixed

grades, 16-foot-wide pervious

pavement, nonmotorized trail

for pedestrian and bike use. Five

restrooms along trail. Four on-site

parking locations. Bike racks, benches

and picnic tables along the trail.

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38TH AV NW

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DANA DR NW

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22ND AV NW

32ND ST NW

Cushman Trailhead Park

2626 Hollycroft St.

MOLLER DR NW

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TRAILHEADS

Biking and walking path trailhead.

Drinking fountain and power.

Restrooms. Street parking only.

Donkey Creek Park

8714 North Harborview Drive

Open-space passive-use park

bordered by salmon-bearing Donkey

14TH AV NW

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• OUTDOORS

Creek. Benches and Restrooms.

Street parking only. Trail extends

under bridge next to Harbor History

Museum to Austin Estuary Park.

Eddon Boat Park

3805 Harborview Drive

Historic boat-building, water-access

park. Landing for hand-powered

boats, sandy beach and kitchen

facility at brick house. Public pier and

float, up to 2-hour moorage (no fee),

public kayak launch access. Life jacket

loaner station, public viewing. Public

art. Restrooms. Street parking only.

Finholm View Climb

8826 North Harborview Drive

(bottom), 8917 Franklin St. (top)

Panoramic views of Mount Rainier

with 100 stairs that scale the hillside.

Drinking fountain, seating and view

landings. Restrooms at base of stairs.

Street parking only.

Grandview Forest Park

3488 Grandview St.

Passive-use wildlife park with trails

next to City Hall. Benches and walking

trails. Restrooms. On-site parking.

Courtesy of Carly Vester / Harbor WildWatch

Jerisich Dock has

a welcome plaza

with restrooms,

seasonal

splash pad/

water feature,

accessible

viewing deck

with picnic tables.

Harbor

WildWatch

meets there for

its evening Pier

into the Night

programs.

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Jerisich Dock

3211 Harborview Drive

Dock landing, picnic table, seasonal

water and pump-out (April 1-Nov. 1)

in the heart of downtown. Transient

moorage for boats (Friday before

Memorial Day through Labor Day: $1

per foot, with a minimum charge of

$20 per night. All other days: $.50 per

foot, with a minimum charge of $10

per night). Water, power available;

free day use. Boats moored past 8

p.m. must register at kiosk. Maximum

stay 3 days in 10-day period. Life

jacket loaner stations. Welcome plaza

with restrooms, seasonal splash pad/

water feature, accessible viewing

deck with picnic tables.

Maritime Pier

3003 Harborview Drive

Pier and 12x40 foot load/unload float

for mixed use. Load/unload facility

for commercial vessels. Year-round

pump-out. Life jacket loaner station.

Restrooms and seating. On-site

parking.

Old Ferry Landing

2700 Harborview Drive

Landing with picnic tables

overlooking the entrance of the bay

with 180-degree view of the sand pit,

Colvos Passage and Mount Rainier.

Drinking fountain. No restrooms.

Street parking only.

Skansie Brothers Park

3207 Harborview Drive

Large waterfront open space,

covered pavilion, historic netshed

and home adjacent to Jerisich Dock.

Power outlet and water hose bibs.

Restrooms. Street parking only.

Skate Park

3510 Grandview St.

Large concrete bowl for skaters,

kids climbing wall, play structures,

benches and trails. Video surveillance.

Restrooms at Grandview Forest Park

(adjacent). On-site parking.

Soundview Forest

2888 Harborview Dr. (corner of

Soundview Dr. and Harborview Dr.)

Over 2 acres of forest, with trails,

picnic table, bench and dog-friendly

amenities.

Veterans Memorial Park

3580 50th St. Ct.

Combined baseball/soccer field with

bleachers, play structure, bike rack,

drinking fountain, covered picnic area

with tables, trails and open space.

Restrooms. On-site parking.

Wilkinson Farm Park

4118 Rosedale St.

16-acre wildlife park with wetlands,

holly groves, meadows, community

garden and trails. Power outlets,

water fountain and water hose

bib. Historic homestead includes a

barn, house and outbuildings. No

restrooms. On-site parking. Park is a

landmark along the Cushman Trail.


PENMET PARKS

Cushman Powerline Trail

Reid Drive NW (14th Avenue NW) to

Borgen Boulevard

6.2 miles. Owned by Tacoma

Public Utilities and permitted for

use to PenMet Parks (2010) and

the City of Gig Harbor. Trailhead

parking areas are on 14th Avenue

Northwest, Hollycroft Way, Kimball

Drive, Grandview Street and Borgen

Boulevard. The trail is a 16-foot-wide

paved asphalt pedestrian route

exclusively for nonmotorized uses.

Bike racks, benches and picnic tables

along the path.

Fox Island Fishing Pier

1453 Ozette Drive

5.5 acres. The picturesque fishing spot

includes 635 linear feet of shoreline

and has a 1,200-square-foot handicap

accessible pier, paved pathway,

handrails, restroom and picnic area.

Hales Pass Park

3507 Ray Nash Drive NW

4 acres include a rustic 1938 CCC

building and picnic shelter, tennis

courts and baseball field. The site has

served as a school and community

hall, and is available for meetings,

classes and social gatherings.

Harbor Family Park

6620 32nd St. NW

This 18.7-acre park is open to the

public with access via primitive trails..

McCormick Forest Park

10301 Bujacich Road NW

122 acres. Has abundant wildlife with

over four miles of trails of varying

difficulty for walkers, runners, cyclists

and horses. Trails wander through

old growth forest and offer views

down into the McCormick Creek

canyon. Parking is across the street

on Bujacich Road Northwest in the

fire station lot.

Narrows Park

1502 Lucille Parkway

35 acres. Offers over 1,000 feet of

Tacoma Narrows shoreline access,

excellent fishing and views of the

Tacoma Narrows bridge. A paved path

winds to a gazebo and the sandy rock

beach. Two telescopes provide up-close

views of the bridge and beach. The

6-acre waterfront has paved parking,

grassy play and picnic area, picnic table

and nonmotorized boat launch.

Rosedale Park

and Community Hall

86th Avenue Northwest and Rosedale

Street

This 2-acre site is located across from

Rosedale Market. Rosedale Playfield

has a combined fenced grass youth

soccer field, a grass 200-foot softball

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are two outdoor tennis courts and a

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• OUTDOORS

Sehmel Homestead Park

Key Central Forest

360 Trails

10123 78th Ave. NW

10527 Wright Bliss Road NW

10905 144th St. NW

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98 acres. Includes boundless

playground, artificial turf, soccer/

football/lacrosse field, Boeing

Mariners Care baseball field, two

softball fields, tennis and basketball

courts, 1,500-person amphitheater,

100-person pavilion, picnic areas,

open grass meadow, heritage garden,

pond, over 4 miles of trail and 76

acres of meadow, pond, wetlands and

forest conservancy area. Art/artifacts.

Drinking fountain. Restrooms.

Sunrise Beach Park

10015 Sunrise Beach Drive NW

The 6-acre beachfront portion of the

park includes designated parking

areas, picnic tables, day-use areas,

2 miles of walking trails and forest

paths with views of Mount Rainier

and Puget Sound, and beach access

to the 2,400-linear-foot shoreline on

Colvos Passage. The beach provides

access to a popular scuba diving

destination. Portable toilets, unpaved

parking, fishing.

KEY PEN PARKS

Gateway Park

10405 state Route 302

72 acres. This is Key Pen Parks newest

park.This park features plenty of

parking, restrooms, play areas for all

ages and a large pavilion. Key Pen

Parks purchased this 39-acres of

property in 2012 (and another 33 acres

in 2016). A master plan was adopted

in April 2015 for Gateway Park. The

master plan includes sports fields,

playground, restrooms, a splash

pad, amphitheater and more. Its

proximity to the 360 Trails has allowed

for a trailhead from Gateway Park.

Construction will continue to take

place as funds allow.

Home Park

17220 8th Ave. Ct. NW

This is the first neighborhood park

on the Key Peninsula, complete with

a playground, picnic shelter, adult

swing and restroom. This park is a

tremendous asset to the community

and enjoyed by all ages.

480 acres. The property is off Wright

Bliss Road. Visitors may park at the

gate just off the road and walk in. The

property consists of forested land

and Vaughn Creek, a salmon habitat

creek. While there are many trails

in Key Central Forest, they are not

through trails. Wildlife viewing.

Maple Hollow Park

4411 Van Beek Road NW

This 58-acre site offers a circular trail

with midpoint access to a stretch

of beach along Puget Sound with

views of Mount Rainier. This park

includes an improved walking trail,

hiking trails, handicap-accessible trail,

picnic area and walking access to a

saltwater beach on Carr Inlet. There

are three campsites via water access

only. The park is open to the public,

even when the gate is closed.

Rocky Creek Conservation Area

State Route 302 at 150th Avenue

The area covers over 224 acres of park,

open spaces and conservation land

and is managed jointly with Pierce

County and Key Pen Parks. Rocky

Creek has over 3 miles of walking

(nonmotorized) trails, two benches, a

trailhead kiosk with map and limited

parking space at the trailhead. The

property consists of wetlands, two

streams, and various plants and

wildlife.

Taylor Bay

17916 76th St. SW

This is a nonmotorized boat access

park, which includes 40 acres of

wetlands, pocket estuary, mudflats,

lagoon, salt marshes, creeks, forested

uplands, riparian areas and patches

of open meadows. A great place for a

picnic!

Volunteer Park

5514 Key Peninsula Highway N.

This 20-acre park includes three

baseball fields with lights, picnic

areas, skateboarding park, horseshoe

pits, half-court basketball, quartermile

ADA paved walking trail.

Restrooms, outside concert area,

9-hole disc golf course, picnic shelter

rental. Home of the Snack Shack.

Accessible through Gateway Park

by using the trailhead. This 360-acre

property located on the north end of

the Key Peninsula includes trails which

are accessible to walkers, equestrians

and mountain bikers. The main trail

is a large 2-mile open loop that takes

about an hour to walk with smaller

trails that cut throughout the woods

to rejoin with the main trail. Whatever

level of mountain bike experience

you have, our trails are designed for

beginner, intermediate and advanced

riders. Pump track. Picnic tables and

benches. Trailhead kiosk. Wildlife

viewing. Available for events.

DOG PARKS

McCormick Forest

Off-Leash Dog Area

10123 78th Ave.

Area of 122 acres of old forest growth

that is fenced in for dogs to play offleash.

Water stations and refuse bags

at each entrance. All handlers must

carry a leash per dog. Outside of this

area dogs must be leashed within the

rest of McCormick Park. No bicycles or

horses permitted within this fenced

area.

Rotary Bark Park

10100 Bujacich Road NW

This 97-acre natural area contains a

15-acre off-leash dog area with over

one mile of fenced trails. The property

includes older forest, regenerating

forest, abundant wildlife, and over

3 miles of trails for hikers, bicycles

or horses. Features off-leash area

with play meadow, paved parking,

portable toilet, refuse bags. Park in

Fire District No. 5 headquarters lot.

Tubby’s Trail Dog Park

2120 14th Ave. NW

Small dog off-leash area with play

meadow for dogs under 25 pounds.

Large dog off-leash area with play

meadow. Additional features include

parking, portable toilets and refuse

bags. Tubby was a black, male cocker

spaniel who fell into fame when

Galloping Gertie collapsed on Nov. 7,

1940. As the only victim of that great

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• OUTDOORS

Stretch out on

Cushman Trail

Local trails, golf courses, paddling, fishing

let everyone get outdoors and play

BY CRAIG HILL | Contributing writer

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The six-mile

Cushman Trail

is popular for

walkers, runners

and cyclists (far

right). Future

plans include

expansion at

both ends.

File

Some like walking the

mellow, shrub-lined

stretches of the Cushman

Trail south of Gig Harbor.

Some use the trail to commute. Others

appreciate the challenge of the steep

sections toward the north end.

The paved, 16-foot-wide Cushman

Trail stretches from 14th Avenue

Northwest to Borgen Boulevard

and has something for just about

everybody.

Much of the trail is ADA-compliant

even though the trail undulates more

than any other paved multiuse trail in

Pierce County. For cyclists, the trail

can easily be linked with Tacoma’s

Scott Pierson Trail, which adds a

scenic trip over the new span of the

Tacoma Narrows Bridge. (There is no

toll for crossing the bridge by bike.)

“Residents and visitors really enjoy

this trail,” said Jeff Langhelm, Gig

Harbor’s public works director. “I

think they are impressed by how

unique it is.”

Listening to birds chirping and

watching an occasional deer wander

along the path, it’s easy to see why

Langhelm says the Cushman Trail

“is also a natural area.” A natural

area that presents a recreational

opportunity just minutes from

anywhere in Gig Harbor.

In 2017, the Puget Sound Regional

Council awarded the city a Vision

2040 Award. The award honors

projects and programs helping ensure

a sustainable future for the region.

The PSRC lauded Gig Harbor for

increasing mobility options and called

the trail “safer, ADA accessible and

environmentally sound.”

There are five restrooms along

the trail. A running store (Route 16


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MAY

YMCA Street Scramble

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JUNE

US Bank Family 5k fun run

Grab your running shoes and

run in the annual Maritime Gig

celebration in downtown Gig

Harbor.

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Peninsula Metric bike ride

The Peninsula Metric Century is

a challenging ride through the

scenic Kitsap Peninsula. Enjoy

panoramic waterfront views,

rural countryside, and lots of

rolling hills. Choose from routes

of 60k, 100k or 100m. Riders will

enjoy a well-marked course,

support vehicles, stocked rest

stops.

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“Residents and

visitors really

enjoy this trail.

I think they

are impressed

by how unique

it is.”

Peninsula Gateway file photos

Running and Walking) and bike shop

(Old Town Bicycle) are located near

the trail on Kimball Drive. Dogs are

permitted on the trail but must be on

leashes and cleaned up after.

The Cushman Trail remains a work

in progress. In 2019, officials will work

to extend the trail at both ends.

On the south end, the right-of-way

is expected to be secured for an

extension to 24th Street Northwest,

said Chuck Cuzzetto, spokesman for

the Peninsula Metropolitan Parks

District. The extension would make it

even easier for users to link up with

the Scott Pierson Trail.

At the north end, officials are ready

to start planning what route the

Cushman Trail will take as it travels

beyond Borgen Boulevard.

Even as these projects take shape,

the present incarnation of the trail is

up to the task of providing recreation

for thousands. But if you’re looking for

more places to play, there are plenty

of options:

Biking: Gig Harbor is a beloved

destination for cyclists, especially

AUGUST

Galloping Gertie half

marathon run

A chip-timed half marathon

offering spectacular views

across the Tacoma Narrows

Bridge and back. Also a 5k/10k

walk/run available.

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Tacoma Narrows Half

Marathon & Relay

Starts at the Tacoma Narrows

Airport, crosses over the

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, runs

on Scott Pierson Trail, into

Cheney Stadium and around

the infield and finishes in

downtown Tacoma.

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SEPTEMBER

Race for a Soldier 10-mile

run, 5k and virtual run

Giving our soldiers permission

to start dreaming.

raceforasoldier.com

NOVEMBER

Turkey Trot 5k

and 10k run or walk

Annual harbor Turkey Trot –

Run for Gig Harbor FISH and

Peninsula Communities of

Faith Food Banks.

gigharborturkeytrot.com

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• OUTDOORS

those eager for Puget Sound views

and a hilly workout. Mountain bikers

don’t have to go far to find trails at

places like 360 Trails Park (west of

Purdy) and Banner Forest (north of

Olalla). BMX riders can find a place

to play at BMX Park (near Crescent

Creek Park).

Hiking: With nearly 40 parks, the

Gig Harbor area has plenty of places

to roam. Sehmel Homestead Park

has four miles of trails. Or head to

McCormick Forest park where you

can use your imagination to build a

route using the network of trails but

be sure to explore the many shades of

green on the paths running through

the McCormick Creek drainage. This

section is closed to bikes and horses,

but there are areas of the woods open

to both.

Paddling: With a rich maritime

tradition, Gig Harbor is an ideal

place to head out for a paddle. Find

kayak and stand-up paddleboard

rentals on Harborview Drive at Lee’s

SUP (leessup1.com), Gig Harbor

Watersports (gigharborwatersports.

com) and Gig Harbor Yachts

(gigharboryachts.com).

Golf: Gig Harbor is an excellent

basecamp for golfers looking to play

heralded courses. Canterwood Golf

and Country Club (canterwoodgcc.

com) was rated the sixth best course in

Washington by Golf Digest. Madrona

Links (madronalinks.com) is known

for its meticulously groomed course.

More options are close, including

Chambers Bay (chambersbaygolf.

com), site of the 2015 US Open, across

the Narrows Bridge in University

Place.

Fishing: Whether trolling Puget

Sound or fishing local lakes and

streams, Gig Harbor is an ideal

place to launch a fishing trip. Be

sure to check wdfw.wa.gov for latest

regulations. Gig Harbor Fly Shop

(gigharborflyshop.com) is an excellent

resource for planning, taking a casting

lesson or hiring a guide.

Fresh Northwest Seafood on

the Gig Harbor Waterfront

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Enjoy our outside deck!

8827 Harborview Drive N.

(253) 853-6353 • www.anthonys.com


One Hope is all about loving and serving our Gig Harbor Community

One Hope Church is a multi-denominational Christian Church committed to the

ministry and mission of Jesus. We serve and support various local, national, and

international Christian efforts. We don’t own our building, but rather we rent

Sunday morning worship space at the Ocean5 social gathering place. This enables

us to release additional funds toward our mission and ministry efforts as well as

supports our vision to take the church to where the community gathers.

Worshipping

Community Groups

We gather each Sunday

at 9:30am for large

group worship at Ocean5

and also facilitate other

community based worship

gatherings in Gig Harbor.

Life Together

Groups

These home-based

groups meet regularly

for fellowship, worship,

prayer, Bible exploration,

outreach and fun.

Discipleship

Groups

These are groups

where we go deeper

in God’s Word, have

more discussion and

where more intentional

discipleship happens.

Join us Sundays at 9:30am at

Olympic Towne Center, Gig Harbor

Find more info at www.ohcgh.com


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• RESOURCES

Stay connected

Repair service:

800-201-4099

centurylink.com

NATURAL GAS

VISITOR INFORMATION

Skansie Visitor and Interpretive Center

3207 Harborview Drive,

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

gigharborguide.com, 253-853-3554

Puget Sound Energy

888-225-5773

pse.com

HUNTING AND FISHING

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Open Wednesdays through Sundays

during the summer (and Thursdays-

Saturdays in the off-season). This charming,

historic waterfront building in the heart

of downtown is operated by the City of

Gig Harbor in partnership with Harbor

WildWatch. Make this your first stop to

Courtesy

learn more about picturesque Gig Harbor

and the Puget Sound. The cheerful visitor center volunteers can answer your questions

about the history of the town, current events and the best place for lunch. Linger a little

longer to explore the family-friendly Harbor WildWatch exhibits, from a large year-round

touch tank to an augmented reality sandbox, and a live camera feed that shows an

underwater peek into Gig Harbor Bay. For information, including a downloadable visitors

guide and a community calendar, visit gigharborguide.com.

Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

3125 Judson St., Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-851-6865, gigharborchamber.net

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

HOSPITAL

St. Anthony Hospital

11567 Canterwood

Blvd. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-530-2000

fhshealth.org/

St-Anthony-Hospital

FIRE DISTRICTS

Fire District No. 5

and Medic One

10222 Bujacich Road NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-851-3111

gigharborfire.org

Fire District No. 16

8911 Key Peninsula

Highway NW

Lakebay, WA 98349

253-884-2222

keypeninsulafire.org

POWER/WATER

Peninsula Light

& Water Co.

253-857-5950

penlight.org

City of Gig Harbor

253-851-8136

cityofgigharbor.net

Fox Island Mutual Water

253-549-2671

foxislandwater.org

Rainier View Water Co.

253-537-6634

rainierviewwater.com

Washington Water

Service

253-851-4060

wawater.com

TELEPHONE

CenturyLink

8102 Skansie Ave.

253-851-8118

WA Dept of Fish

and Wildlife

360-902-2200

wdfw.wa.gov

LIBRARY

Gig Harbor Library

4424 Point Fosdick Drive

NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-548-3305

piercecountylibrary.org

WELCOME

Gig Harbor Chamber

of Commerce

& Visitor Center

3125 Judson St., Gig Harbor,

WA 98335

253-851-6865

gigharborchamber.net

Gig Harbor

Welcome Club

P.O. Box 1122

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-857-8313

gigharborwelcomeclub.

com


CITY OF GIG HARBOR

3510 Grandview St.

cityofgigharbor.net

City Hall

253-851-8136

City Administrator

253-851-6127

City Clerk

253-853-7613

Administration

253-853-7638

Planning Department

253-851-6170

Police (non-emergency)

253-851-2236

Public Works/

Engineering

Department

253-851-8136

Tourism and

Communications Office

253-853-3554

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Mayor: Kit Kuhn

City Council: Jeni Woock,

Bob Himes, Jim Franich,

Spencer Hutchins, Ken

Malich, Michael Perrow,

Spencer Abersold

PARK DISTRICTS

PenMet Parks

10123 78th Ave NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-858-3400

PenMetParks.org

Key Pen Parks

5514 Key Peninsula

Highway N

Lakebay, WA 98349

253-884-9240

KeyPenParks.com

SERVICE

ORGANIZATIONS

AND CLUBS

Altrusa Foundation

of Gig Harbor

3110 Judson St., PMB 80

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-853-3149

altrusagigharbor.org

American Legion

Department of

Washington

For Gig Harbor

information:

360-491-4373

Beta Sigma Phi

(Laureate Gamma Eta

and Xi Delta Lamda)

4021 10th St. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-851-3192

wdwheels@aol.com

Boys & Girls Club

of South Puget Sound

8502 Skansie Ave.

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-502-4670

bgcsps.org

Celebrate Recovery

Chapel Hill Presbyterian

Church (Entrance B)

7700 Skansie Ave.

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-853-0291

crnarrows.com

Fox Island Yacht Club

1061 12th Ave.

Fox Island, WA 98333

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1,

Fox Island, WA 98333

253-549-2603

fiyc.com

Gig Harbor Commercial

Fisherman’s Club

P.O. Box 429

Lakebay, WA 98349

253-318-4811

randallbabich@

centurytel.net

Gig Harbor Downtown

Waterfront Alliance

3311 Harborview Drive

#101A

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-514-0071

gigharborwaterfront.org

Gig Harbor Eagles

4425 Burnham Drive NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-851-2809

foe.com

Gig Harbor Kiwanis

P.O. Box 1491

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

gigharborkiwanis.org

Gig Harbor Lions Club

P.O. Box 331

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

941-962-3913

gigharborlions.org

Gig Harbor Peninsula

FISH Food Bank and

Community Services

4425 Burnham Drive NW

P.O. Box 154

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-858-6179

ghpfish.com

Gig Harbor Professional

Firefighters Union

IAFF Local 3390

P.O. Box 2625

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-851-3111

iaff3390.org

Gig Harbor Toastmasters

3025 14th Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-313-5711

gigharbortoastmasters.

com

Gig Harbor Yacht Club

8209 Stinson Ave.

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253-851-1807

gigharboryc.com

Habitat for Humanity/

GHKP Chapter

4824 South Tacoma Way

Tacoma, WA 98417

253-627-5626

tpc-habitat.org

Harbor Soccer Club

2416 14th Ave. NW

P.O. Box 1123

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-851-2099

harborsoccerclub.com

Key Peninsula

Business Association

P.O. Box 439

Vaughn, WA 98394

kpba.org

Narrows Baseball Club

10421 Burnham Drive

Building #1

Mailing Address: 3110

Judson St. PMB #189

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-851-6265

narrowsbaseballclub.org

New Neighbors

P.O. Box 2163

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

gigharbornewneighbors.

com

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• RESOURCES

Peninsula Lacrosse

Association

of Gig Harbor

P.O. Box 2584

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-851-1232

peninsulalax@gmail.com

Peninsula Athletic

Association

8502 Skansie Ave.

Peninsula Emergency

Preparedness

Coalition PEP-C

P.O. Box 1217

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

prepare@pep-c.org

Peninsula Youth

Football & Cheer

P.O. Box 306

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Rotary Club

of Gig Harbor Midday

P.O. Box 611

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-858-4411

gigharbormiddayrotary.org

Rotary Club

of Gig Harbor North

11511 Canterwood Blvd., 2nd

Floor

St. Vincent DePaul

Society

St. Nicholas Church Gig

Harbor

3510 Rosedale St. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-851-8850

tinyurl.com/stvincegh

United Way

of Pierce County

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

peninsulayouthfootball.org

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

1501 Pacific Ave.,

253-858-7678

paayouth.org

Peninsula Education

Association

Rotary Club of Gig

Harbor

P.O. Box 342

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

gigharbornorthrotary.org

Soroptimist

International

of Gig Harbor

Suite 400

Tacoma, WA 98402

253-272-4263

uwpc.org

5209 Point Fosdick Drive

NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-851-8710

portal.clubrunner.ca/707

P.O. Box 2761

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

info@ghsoroptimist.org

West Sound Amateur

Radio Association

n7ig.org

peninsulaea.com

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