2020-2021 Gig Harbor Visitor's Guide

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2020-2021 Gig Harbor Visitor's Guide

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO | WHERE TO STAY | HARBOR EATS | EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

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WASHINGTON

2020-

2021

OFFICIAL

VISITORS’ GUIDE

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KIT KUHN | Mayor

A Welcome From The Mayor

“THIS CITY IS

THE PLACE I MET

MY WIFE, WHO

WAS BORN HERE,

IT’S WHERE WE

RAISED OUR

TWO CHILDREN,

AND IT’S WHERE

I CHOSE TO

LOCATE MY

BUSINESS.”

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As many people know, before

becoming mayor, I was the owner,

manufacturer and entrepreneur

behind a successful jewelry shop for

29 years here in Gig Harbor. We were honored

to provide jewelry for three generations of

customers. I like to think I developed a specific

skill for finding hidden gems. The greatest gem

I found was Gig Harbor. This city is the place I

met my wife, who was born here, it’s where we

raised our two children, and it’s where I chose to

locate my business.

I grew up in Colorado, where I developed a

love of nature and was lucky to live in many

picture-perfect destinations, from Depoe Bay in

Oregon to Northern California, and even a few

years in Sweden. But none of those destinations

impressed me as much as Gig Harbor—I knew

I’d found the place I wanted to call home.

This year, it didn’t matter where you were in the

world—even the cities with the most beauty

and charm weren’t immune from the impacts

of COVID-19; they’ve all been affected and

will be remarkably different than in the past.

We’ve shuttered businesses or worked from

home, we’ve been cooped up and followed

stay-at-home orders to protect the health of

our communities, and our perspectives on

travel have changed—we’re more cautious, and

further-flung trips may not make as much sense

for the remainder of 2020, and perhaps even

into 2021.

Our community has continued to impress me

during this time with the support we’ve all

shown to each other and our local businesses,

and how we’ve bonded with each other and

worked together to weather this storm. We have

a great community which encompasses all of

the greater Gig Harbor area.

As we stay closer to home, the city of Gig

Harbor welcomes exploration—we invite you to

come join us, whether by land, by air or by sea.

Named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s top five

small towns for culture, heritage and charm, we

hope you join us in discovering Gig Harbor’s

hidden gems.

Our history centers around the working

waterfront, and there are fun ways to explore

our history while enjoying pursuits on the


PHOTO BY TERRY AND DEBBIE GRAHN

PHOTO BY DIANE FETZNER

PHOTO BY TERRY AND DEBBIE GRAHN

water, from crafting a boat of your own with the Eddon Boat

Shop or Gig Harbor Boat Works, to renting a paddleboard for a

peaceful, solitary exploration, or packing up a dinner party on an

electric boat, all in the shadow of Mount Rainier.

There’s plenty to do in Gig Harbor throughout the year. In the

summer, the city is host to festivals, an arts fair, a farmers’ market,

and free concerts and movies at Skansie Park. In this guide,

we list events which were current as of publication. We’ll have

them updated as things change in our digital edition, located at

GigHarborGuide.com.

When there’s a nip in the air, Gig Harbor is one of the Pacific

Northwest’s most cozy and romantic waterfront destinations. You

can settle into a fine dining experience with the harbor mist in

the background, or take a sweet tour of the best bakeries in town.

Stop into a coffee shop and listen to some live music, explore

downtown’s art galleries, or take a self-guided tour of downtown’s

independent breweries and distilleries. In the fall, harvest time

brings out some incredible farm experiences to view first-hand.

Experiencing our city goes beyond just our postcard-perfect

waterfront.

Despite the official city limits being only six square miles, there

are 21 unique parks to enjoy, eight miles of trails to see a different

side of the city by foot or bicycle, and three commerce districts:

the West Side, Uptown and the Olympic Towne Center. Uptown

features an indoor/outdoor setting for more than 30 shops and

restaurants and an IMAX cinema, where the Gig Harbor Film

Festival hosts film-centered events throughout the year. On

the West Side, you’ll find duckpin bowling, laser tag and farmto-table

dining all live under one roof, and Gig Harbor North

is where most of the must-have big stores are located. We also

encourage you to explore the communities just outside the city

limits: Cromwell, Arletta, Artondale, Fox Island and others.

Whether you arrive by land or by sea, we’re looking forward to

having you. Whether you float, paddle, dine, shop or play, you’ll

make some fantastic memories here. I look forward to seeing you

around town and encourage you to stop by City Hall and say “hi.”

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GIG HARBOR

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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WELCOME FROM THE MAYOR

Mayor Kit Kuhn welcomes you to the

City of Gig Harbor

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ABOUT THE CITY

Welcome to scenic, charming

Gig Harbor

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

Our recommendations on the best of

Gig Harbor

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GETTING AROUND

Let us drive you around the harbor!

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WHERE TO STAY

Local inns, hotels, bed and breakfasts

and unique vacation rental options

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OUTDOORS

Boat Launches and City Parks - 22-25

Hiking, Biking, and Hitting the Links - 26-27

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ON THE WATER

Float the Harbor - 30

Waterfront Parks - 31

Epic Water Experiences - 32-33

Historic Netsheds - 34-35

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THINGS TO DO

Take the Fun Indoors - 38-39

Gig Harbor Film Festival - 42-43

Summer Sounds at Skansie - 44-45

Calendar of Events - 46-55

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HARBOR EATS

Gig Harbor Sip & Strolls - 57

Dining Guide - 58-61

Harbor Dates Await - 62-63

Ale Trail - 64-67

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HERITAGE MARKERS

A sign marks the spot

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SENIOR LIVING

An unparalleled lifestyle

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RESOURCE GUIDE

View a list of our services, clubs

and organizations

ABOUT THE COVER

Whether you’re exploring its peaceful

inlets by boat or wandering its shores on

foot, Gig Harbor’s stunning views and

picturesque seaside homes, restaurants

and businesses make the Maritime City

the perfect restful place to get away.

Hop aboard, and enjoy all that the city

on the sound has to offer.

Photo by Diane Fetzner


YOU

BELONG

HERE.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELONG?

It means being a part of something that’s really

you, but more than just you. Like a family. A

tradition. A team. A community. Or a dream.

At Kitsap Credit Union, we believe in the power of

belonging.

For more than 86 years, we’ve been a part of life in

the Pacific Northwest – the place where we began,

the place we never left. Though now, of course,

we’re anywhere you need us. Through hard times

and good times, we’ve been right here where we

belong. Building communities with members, like

you, every day.

Whether your dream floats, or rolls, or flies. Whether

it’s a business opening or a home closing. Wherever

you are on your journey. Wherever your journey

began. You belong here.

Find out what it means to belong.

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WASHINGTON

MARKETING

WASHINGTON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Julie Reed | 253.273.8524

julie@like-media.com

WASHINGTON DIRECTOR

Cassie Riendeau | 360.798.3061

cassie@like-media.com

DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Whitney Lebsock

EDITORIAL

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Jillian Chandler | jillian@like-media.com

STAFF WRITERS

Colin Anderson | colin@like-media.com

Abigail Thorpe | abigail@like-media.com

DESIGN

GUIDING YOU HOME.

www.GigHarborHomes.com

CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Maddie Horton

LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Darbey Russo

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | Kennedy Pew

PHOTOGRAPHY

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER | Samantha Elise Tillman

OPERATIONS

MANAGING PARTNER | Kim Russo

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Steve Russo

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | Rachel Figgins

LINDA PETERSEN & SEANA GLADSTONE

Over 30 years of real estate experience in the Puget Sound

Brokers, Realtors®, Coldwell Banker Danforth, Global Luxury Specialists

Linda: 253.549.6290 | Seana: 253.549.3386 | info@GigHarborHomes.com

Gig Harbor Visitors’ Guide is produced and published by Like

Media Inc. and no part of this publication may be reproduced

or transmitted without the permission of the publisher.

Opinions expressed in articles or advertisements do not

necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Like Media Inc.

is not responsible for omissions or information that has been

misrepresented to the magazine.

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About the City

WELCOME TO SCENIC, CHARMING GIG HARBOR

A

close-knit and friendly community set along one of

the most picture-perfect backdrops imaginable, Gig

Harbor is the quintessential Pacific Northwest small

town. Deep blue water shimmers in the shadow

of snow-capped Mount Rainier, while sailboats and fishing

trawlers gently rock with the tide. Explore waterfront fine dining,

independent art galleries, or rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard

to get out on the water.

The city has become a brewing and distilling magnet, featuring

well-known tasting rooms located downtown from 7Seas Brewery

to Heritage Distilling. Enjoy local libations, stunning views and a

boat-up arrival option at the Tides Tavern, a local favorite—and

ranked as a top seafood destination by Travel + Leisure, Food &

Wine, Coastal Living and others.

Back on land, explore the city through self-guided walking tours,

visit the town’s three waterfront museums, and drop into an

independent art gallery or boutique to do a bit of shopping. Plan

a hike on one of numerous trails offered at city parks or embark

on a number of self-guided walking tours for in-depth insights to

the city’s history.

Active pursuits take center billing in Gig Harbor, with outdoor

and indoor options. Hit the greens at the Gig Harbor Golf Club,

Madrona Links or Canterwood Golf & Country Club, or explore

indoor options with Ocean5’s laser challenge, duckpin bowling

and arcade games.

Whatever your interest, Gig Harbor welcomes you for an

adventure you’re sure to remember.

For additional visitor information on Washington’s Maritime City, visit GigHarborGuide.com.

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TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN

gig harbor

THREE FREE WATERFRONT ACTIVITIES

1 2 3

Visit the state-of-the-art

Harbor History Museum

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Help build a boat at

community boatyard

Gig Harbor Boat Shop

Enjoy hands-on learning

fun at Harbor WildWatch


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EXPLORE BY WATER: Whether by sail,

powerboat, kayak, SUP or electric boat, many of

the city’s charms and natural wonders are best seen

from the water. View favorite options on page 30.

2

SUPPORT LOCAL: Gig Harbor’s independent

boutiques, artists and specialty shops dot the

harbor—visits to the Westside and Uptown

business districts are a fun excursion as well. See

more on page 40.

3

TIP A GLASS: Brewery, Winery, Distillery—take

your pick. Many favorites were born here in the

harbor, and tastings are a great way to preview local

libations. Drop in for a cocktail at Heritage Distillery,

or try a local brew from favorites Seven Seas Brewery

or Wet Coast. For suggestions, visit page 64.

4

SHARE A PLATE: Inventive eateries vary

from casual grab-and-go spots to fine dining

and top-rated seafood shacks. See a few

favorites on page 62.

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HAVE A BALL: Entertainment options

abound, from Galaxy’s IMAX theaters or

arcade games, duckpin bowling and a laser tag

venue at Ocean5 to creative art classes with

AR Workshop. Go to page 38 for

more information.

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MAKE FRIENDS: Events and live music

are a cornerstone of the harbor’s year-round

calendar. From live music in the park to family

movies, fall fun runs and cultural fundraisers,

there’s always a gathering to suit any interest.

Turn to page 46 for options.

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TAKE A LOOK BACK: Gig Harbor has a rich

maritime history, showcased through gems like the

Harbor History Museum, or guided tours on the

harbor’s Prohibition days. Learn more on page 68.

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TEE UP: Hit the greens at several courses,

including Madrona Links, the Canterwood Golf &

Country Club or the Gig Harbor Golf Club. For

details, turn to page 26.

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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Grab a set of

wheels and glide on the Cushman Trail, which

winds through the harbor and connects to the

Narrows Bridge. Nearby Sehmel Homestead Park

offers hiking trails, play areas and gardens to

explore. See more on page 27.

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CAPTURE THE MOMENT: In one of America’s

most picturesque towns, photography options

abound—choose from an array of backdrops: a

lighthouse framed by Mount Rainier and the Puget

Sound, sailboats dotting the harbor, or a beach set

against the Narrows Bridge.

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TRANSPORTATION

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, the Westside and Uptown Shopping Districts. 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 each

summer. Due to the current health crisis, dates may be modified. Please check the digital version of the Visitors Guide

at GigHarborGuide.com and PierceTransit.org/Route-101-GH-Trolley.

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Stinson Ave

Pt Fosdick

Dr NW

HOP ON THE

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Burnham Dr

Borgen Blvd

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Harborview Dr

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Skansie

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PT TROLLEY ROUTE

PT TROLLEY STOPS

Uptown Gig Harbor

Shopping Center

Kimball Drive Park & Ride

Peacock Hill & Borgen Blvd

VISITOR CENTERS

LODGING

GROCERY

>> SCHEDULE

The Pierce Transit Trolley runs

every 30 minutes.

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.

>> FARES

Fares are subsidized this year by the PT

Trolley Partners.

50-cent fare for one ride

Everyone ages 6 and older. Drivers do

not carry change.

Ride all day for just $1

Adults and youth trolley passengers may

purchase a Pierce Transit all-day pass for

$1 on board the PT Trolley Route 101.

*Just tell the driver you want an all-day

pass, then insert exact cash into the fare

box.

Free

Children age 5 and younger;

With valid Regional Reduced Fare

Permit;

Seniors and persons with disabilities.

KIMBALL DRIVE

PARK & RIDE

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.

2

Kimball Dr

L

L

56th St NW

Olympic Dr NW

Hunt St

NW

G

Soundview Dr

Olympic Dr NW

G

UPTOWN

1

45th St

Ct NW

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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TRANSPORTATION

New and easy-to-access rideshare services include 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 and an estimated time of arrival, and

you can track his or her arrival on the app! No need for

cash to change hands; the app handles it for you.

Sit back and enjoy your ride!

>> 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

Children 5 and younger ride free with a fare-paying passenger

Discounted fares: $1

*To be eligible for discounted fare, passengers must show

a Regional Reduced Fare Permit. Visit Pierce Transit at

PierceTransit.org or call customer service at 253.581.8000 for

details.

>> RENTALS/SHUTTLES

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Located near the Inn at Gig Harbor

Enterprise.com

253.475.4500

Gig Harbor Taxi

253.241.6701 or 360.621.8819

>> TACOMA NARROWS AIRPORT

1202 26th Ave. NW, Suite 201

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.798.2478

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 new 5,002-foot runway, a control

tower, jet fuel and two fixed base operators (FBOs).

Tacoma Narrows Aviation

1306 26th Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.853.7742

TacomaNarrowsAviation.aero

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

At Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW)

1110 26th Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

800.645.3563

FlyPavco.com

Local flight school and fixed base operator for Tacoma, Gig

Harbor and greater Puget Sound. Full FBO services including

flight training, red-carpet transit ramp service, scenic flights,

aircraft sales, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance FAA repair

station and friendly aviation-enthusiast.

Kitsap Airporter

Shuttle from Gig Harbor to Sea-Tac Airport

KitsapAirporter.com

360.876.1737

>> TAXI SERVICES

A Blessing to Serve

ABlessingToServe.com

253.307.5928

Around the Sound

ATSTrans.org

253.858.7088

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WHERE TO STAY

>> THE INN AT GIG HARBOR

63211 56TH St. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.1111 or 800.795.9980

InnAtGigHarbor.com

Reader poll winner of Showcase Magazine’s Best of 2019 Best Hotel

and Lodging, The Inn at Gig Harbor Hotel and Event Center offers

64 comfortably appointed rooms and suites, catering, conference

center, massage studio and transportation options.

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

flexible and scalable meeting space for events hosting two to 220

guests; 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 much more!

Amenities:

• Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and parking.

• Kitsap airporter door-to-door service to and from SeaTac.

• On-site business center, massage studio, hospitality center,

fitness center and guest laundry.

• Pet-friendly rooms.

• Executive, jacuzzi, fireplace, extended stay and family suites.

• ADA accessible rooms and elevator to all floors.

• Convenient freeway access and only 1.5 miles to scenic and

historic downtown waterfront. Many world-class golf courses

within a 20-mile radius.

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WHERE TO STAY

>> BEST WESTERN WESLEY INN & SUITES

6575 Kimball Drive

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.9690 or 800.780.7234

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 to get around

town. With 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. Three event rooms.

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

blocks, group rates, corporate rates available.

• Specialize in retreats/conferences/retirement parties/

celebration of life/weddings.

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>> THE MARITIME INN

3212 Harborview Dr.

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253.858.1818 or 888.506.3580

MaritimeInn.com

Gig Harbor’s only waterfront boutique hotel 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.

• 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

and 2018 reader’s choice for best hotel of the West Sound.

>> VACATION RENTALS/INNS

Lighthouse Beach, Gig Harbor

A unique property in Gig Harbor surrounded by water on

three sides and adjacent to the historic Gig Harbor Lighthouse.

Deep water dock moorage available. VRBO.com/1525000

VRBO 1525000

Captain’s House

Literally on the water, the Captain’s House is at the mouth

of Wollochet Bay. Once home to the Cromwell Ferry Ticket


PHOTO BY STAY WATERFRONT GIG HARBOR

At Waters Edge on Sunrise Beach

VRBO.com/772213

Seacliff Guest House & Vacation Home Rental

SeaCliffGuestHouse.com

Westwynd Motel

6703 144th St. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.857.4047 or 800.468.9963

WestwyndMotel.com

>> BED & BREAKFAST

Aloha Beachside Bed & Breakfast

AlohaBeachsideBB.com

Booth. YouTu.be/uNAUl1kFJFk; VRBO.com/1045099

VRBO 1045099

Del Mar Chateau

Nestled on a forested freshwater creek, this stunning country

home offers a private hot tub and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy

the peace and beauty of nature. Krusenvacationrentals.com.

Million Dollar Beachfront Home

Super private location and beach. 3,400 square feet. Sleeps 12.

VRBO.com/1414069

VRBO 1414069

Vacasa Gig Harbor

Vacasa.com/USA/Washington/Gig-Harbor

Beachside Bed & Breakfast

Facebook.com/AlohaBeachsideBB

Bear’s Lair Bed & Breakfast

BearsLairBB.com

No Cabbages Bed, Breakfast & Labyrinth

NoCabbages.com

Nadeau’s Olde Glencove Hotel

GlenCoveHotel.com

The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast

Airbnb.com/rooms/2710439

Home Away Gig Harbor, WA

HomeAway.com

Airbnb Gig Harbor

Airbnb.com

Above Gig Harbor Guest House

HomeAway.com/vacation-rental/p193859

Gig Harbor Beach Bay Getaway

Facebook.com/pages/category/Vacation-Home-Rental/Gig-

Harbor-Beach-Bay-Getaway-296022545785

Grand ‘Del Mar Chateau’

BedroomVillas.com/property/grand-del-mar-chateau-gigharbor-house/AB-20889635

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Apartment Rental

VRBO.com/723970

>> HOUSEBOAT RENTALS

Pleasurecraft Houseboat

PleasurecraftRentals.com

Gig Harbor Marina Fleet Suites

GigHarborMarina.com/Fleet-Suites

Pleasurecraft Houseboats Gig Harbor

PleasurecraftRentals.com

Snug Harbor Hide-Away

AffordableTravelClub.net/SnugHarbor

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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, webbased

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.

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BOAT LAUNCHES

Gig Harbor Public Boat Launch

8750 Randall Drive NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.305.1000

Fox Island Public Boat Launch

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 St. 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 St. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Purdy Boat Launch Ramp

Goldman Drive NW/State Route 302

Gig Harbor, WA 98329

Wollochet Bay Boat Launch

37th St. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

>> DOCKS/MARINAS

Arabella’s Landing

3323 Harborview Drive

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.851.1793 | arabellaslanding.com

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

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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

>> CITY PARKS

Adam Tallman Park

6811 Wagner Way

Passive-use wildlife park with walking

trails and wetlands. Interpretive signage

and viewing platforms. No restrooms. Onsite

parking.

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.

Cushman Trail

From Narrows Bridge (14th Ave. NW)

to Borgen Boulevard. 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.

Cushman Trailhead Park

2626 Hollycroft St.

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 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. Street parking only.


TAKE ME

TO THE

park

Skansie

Brothers Park

features a large

waterfront open

space, covered

pavilion, historic

netshed and

home adjacent

to Jerisich

Dock.

Grandview Forest Park

3488 Grandview St.

Passive-use wildlife park with trails next to City

Hall. Benches and walking trails. Restrooms.

On-site parking.

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.

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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 Drive

Over 2 acres of forest, with trails, picnic table,

bench and dog-friendly amenities.

Veterans Memorial Park

3580 50th St. Court

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.

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GET OUT AND EXPLORE

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.

>> PENMET PARKS

Cushman Powerline Trail

Reid Drive NW (14th Ave. 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.

Cushman Powerline

Trail offers a 16-footwide

paved route

exclusively for

nonmotorized uses,

and bike racks,

benches and picnic

tables along the path.

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Rosedale Park and Community Hall

86th Ave. Northwest & 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 diamond. Down

and across the street are two outdoor

tennis courts and a half-basketball court.

Rosedale Hall is located adjacent to the

tennis courts. The 2,400-square-foot

building provides 2,000 square feet of

meeting space with a 400-square-foot

kitchen and can be rented for community

and organizational events.

Sehmel Homestead Park

10123 78th Ave. NW

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.

Key Central Forest

10527 Wright Bliss Road NW

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 Ave.

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, halfcourt

basketball, quarter-mile ADA paved

walking trail. Restrooms, outside concert

area, 9-hole disc golf course, picnic shelter

rental. Home of the Snack Shack.

360 Trails

10905 144th St. NW

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 off-leash.

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 offleash

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 offleash

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

disaster, Tubby has earned a special place

in the hearts of many.

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HIKING, BIKING,

AND HITTING

THE LINKS

COURTESY OF CANTERWOOD GOLF

& COUNTRY CLUB

GIG HARBOR AN ABUNDANT AREA

FOR LEISURE

BY COLIN ANDERSON

Other than seeing the beauty of

Gig Harbor from the water, using

your feet or pedal power is the

next best option. There are some very

well-maintained trails across the region

that bring you through many of the most

interesting and beautiful stretches of the

city. And if golf is your thing, be sure

to check out some of the fantastic local

courses.

The Cushman Trail is the most popular

in Gig Harbor. It’s been continually

expanding and now encompasses over

6 miles of paved pathway. The trail is

16 feet wide and accommodates bikers

as well as leisurely foot traffic. The fact

that the majority of the trail is ADA

compliant is a great bonus, as those who

might have trouble getting around can

also utilize the trail.

If you begin your journey at the southern

end, located at 14th Street, you will

soon find yourself amongst beautiful

shrubbery and wetlands where birds

chirp and the occasional deer crosses

your path. This is also the flattest portion

of the trail.

The Grandview Trailhead is roughly

the midpoint of the trail and very close

to downtown. If you head north from

here you will encounter more hills with

grades as steep as 10 percent. There are

restrooms and drinking fountains at

several locations.

Recent construction also connects the

Cushman Trail with Tacoma‘s Scott

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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.) From the bridge you can see Point

Defiance and Vashon Island as well as the

original Narrows Bridge. Keep an eye on the

sky and the sea for wildlife as well. Dogs are

permitted on the trail but must be on leashes

and cleaned up after.

Cyclists looking for more will find it not far

from downtown. Challenging mountain bike

trails can be found at places like 360 Trails

Park, west of Purdy, and Banner Forest,

north of Olalla.

With nearly 40 parks, the Gig Harbor area has

plenty of places to roam. Sehmel Homestead

Park and McCormick Forest Park are a

couple of local favorites.

THE

CUSHMAN

TRAIL IS

THE MOST

POPULAR IN

GIG HARBOR.

Mild year-round temperatures make Gig

Harbor a great place for golfers of various levels. Built in the late

1970s, Madrona Links prides itself on being a course for all levels.

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At the end of your round enjoy a bite or beverage on premise at

Hacker’s.

If you are looking to just get in a quick 9 holes

then consider a trip to the Gig Harbor Golf Club,

now in its 59th year in operation. The course

is regulation length, and many of the tee boxes

include spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. There is

a driving range and adult and youth instruction

available as well.

The full country club experience can be found

at Canterwood Country Club. An 18-hole

championship course is flanked by tennis courts,

swimming pool and delicious dining options.

Golf Digest has rated the course Top Ten in all of

Washington.

Whether it’s a leisurely game of golf, scenic

peddling, stroll on a paved trail or exhilarating

hike, you will be impressed by what Gig Harbor

has to offer for those who utilize the parks, trails and other great

recreational outlets.

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ON THE

WATER

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ON THE WATER

Float the Harbor

PERSONAL TOURS ADD SPECIAL TOUCH

By Colin Anderson

Taking in the beauty of the Puget Sound from the shores of Gig Harbor is an absolutely wonderful sight. If you are really

looking for a memorable experience, try taking in the view while floating on the water in one of several great locally

operated experiences. You’ll see the Sound from vantage points you simply can’t see from shore while learning about your

surroundings from local guides. From Italian gondolas to restored classic boats and pleasure crafts to paddle boards and kayaks,

Gig Harbor has something for everyone when it comes to affordable—and unique—options for exploring the Puget Sound. Pack

the snacks and drinks and enjoy a fantastic day on the water.

>> GIG HARBOR GONDOLA

GigHarborGondola.com | 253.432.0052

Step aboard Gondolier John Synco’s beautiful gondola shipped

from Venice, Italy, for a peaceful and unforgettable evening on

the water. John can accommodate up to six guests and cater the

experience just for you. Guests are free to bring along whatever

food and beverages they wish. While the gondola is available yearround,

summer is the most popular time—so book early!

>> DESTINY HARBOR TOURS AND

RIVIERA CRUISES

DestinyHarborTours.com | 253.225.6306

Whether you seek beautiful scenery, a Puget Sound history lesson

or wildlife viewing, Captain Tom has you covered. Step aboard one

of two refurbished naval boats that offer 360-degree views during

your tour. Points of interest include the Tacoma Narrows Bridges,

Gig Harbor, Salmon Beach, Point Defiance, Foss Waterway and

the Port of Tacoma. Private charters are also available for up to

33 people. “The real star of the show is the scenery of the Puget

Sound,” says Captain Tom Drohan.

>> DUFFY ELECTRIC BOAT RENTALS AT

GIG HARBOR YACHTS

GigHarborYachts.com/boat-rentals-and-charters | 253.857.6060

Whether you hire an experienced skipper or drive the boat

yourself, your party is sure to have a memorable experience on

these unique, all electric boats. Grab a cooler, picnic basket and

10 of your favorite family members or friends for the ultimate

relaxing harbor cruise. Rates start at $195 per hour.

>> GIG HARBOR BOATSHOP RENTALS

GigHarborBoatShop.org | 253.857.9344

Rent a classic boat from this nonprofit located in the historic

Eddon Boatyard on Gig Harbor’s working waterfront. Seasonal

boat rentals in one of the shop’s carefully restored classics is the

perfect way to explore the area.

If you prefer to paddle yourself around the harbor, there are

multiple outlets to rent solo or tandem kayaks, canoes, and stand

up paddle boards (SUPs). Gig Harbor has many access points

for launching personal watercraft along Harborview Drive.

Maritime Pier is a local favorite that has easy access and a life

jacket loaner station. Ancich Waterfront Park is one of the city’s

newest attractions. The park contains a beach and a unique garage

that will soon allow SUP and kayak storage right near the water.

You can launch at Skansie Brothers Park where you can get a mini

history lesson as well. Take a peek at the red brick house and

historic netshed before or after your day on the water. Adjacent to

Skansie Brothers Park is Jerisich Park where there is an additional

launch as well as moorage for daily boat visitors. Across the

Harbor, Pierce County maintains the Randall Drive Boat Launch

which was just recently upgraded with new concrete slabs.

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Waterfront Parks

GIG HARBOR’S TOP SPOTS TO RELAX, PLAY AND ENJOY THE VIEW

The Maritime City, located on Puget Sound’s Gig Harbor bay,

is as picturesque as it is steeped in fishing history. Covering

just over six square miles, the area boasts a population of

around 10,500 and is home to a collection of beautiful parks.

Explore the picturesque waterfront parks that dot the shores

of the harbor, or venture inland for some exploring amidst the

woods and trails. Breathtaking views are found at each park

location, and Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound can be viewed

from several vantage points. City parks are open from dawn to

dusk, and several allow dogs on or off leash.

>> SUNRISE BEACH PARK

Located on Sunrise Beach Drive, the park offers 82 acres of trails

and shoreline access. Swimming and fishing are allowed, and

guests can enjoy incredible views of the Puget Sound, Vashon

Island and Mount Rainier, as well as the beautiful shoreline on the

Colvos Passage. Picnic tables are available for day use, and dogs

are allowed throughout the park on a leash.

>> NARROWS PARK

Thirty-five acres off Lucille Parkway boast a particularly

undiscovered and off-the-beaten-path park that offers a relaxed

place to picnic and explore. The 1,315 feet of sandy-rock beach

provides a picturesque setting to explore the shoreline, with views

of the Narrows Bridge and Tacoma. Dogs are allowed in the

park on a leash, and a non-motorized boat launch, picnic tables,

telescopes and a gazebo overlook provide some fun opportunities

to make the most of the waterfront.

>> ANCICH WATERFRONT PARK

A new addition to the Gig Harbor waterfront, Ancich Waterfront

Park is situated on one of the last undeveloped waterfront

properties along the shoreline. The public park serves to highlight

the heritage and significance of commercial fishing in the area,

and provides a viewing platform, fully functional rehabilitated

historic netshed and space to picnic. Art installations throughout

the park celebrate the rich fishing history of the area.

>> FINHOLM VIEW CLIMB

The 100-step Finholm View Climb offers multiple landings

with benches to sit and admire the incredible vantage points

overlooking the harbor and the marina. On a clear day you can

see Mount Rainier. The climb was installed in July 1999 by the

Gig Harbor Lions Club, in memory of Edward and John Finholm,

who operated the Finholm Market nearby. Bring your camera to

capture the amazing views, and relax for a bit at the top of the

half-mile-long climb. Restroom facilities and visitor information

are available at the North Harborview Drive entrance.

>> SOUNDVIEW FOREST PARK

A woodland haven in the downtown waterfront area, this small

new waterfront park boasts over 300 trees, many more than 100

years old, and is the product of a significant community effort to

preserve the woodland forest where herons nest. Located on the

corner of Soundview and Harborview Drive, the park offers trails,

a picnic table and dog-friendly amenities.

>> MCCORMICK FOREST PARK

While situated in the interior of Gig Harbor instead of along the

waterfront, McCormick Forest Park offers a paradise for hikers,

bikers and horseback riders. Over 4 miles of trail on 122 acres offer

lots of opportunity and include views of McCormick Creek. Dogs

are allowed on a leash, and the McCormick Dog Park is located

nearby. Just down the way off Bujacich Road is the Rotary Bark

Park, which offers trails where you can take your dog off leash and

enjoy the abundant wildlife and serene forest. You’re just a short

drive from the harbor, and can head down to the waterfront after

your exploring.

Explore picturesque waterfront parks that

dot the shores of the harbor

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Epic Water Experiences

CASCADIA MARINE TRAIL PROVIDES EPIC

EXPERIENCE ON PUGET SOUND

PHOTO BY JEFFREY RITTER

It’s just a short drive from Purdy to Gig Harbor‘s

Ancich Waterfront Park on the harbor, but an

alternative route along a portion of the Cascadia

Marine Trail offers an epic, roughly 22-mile kayak

paddle that links some of the area‘s finest parks.

“This stretch brings a sense of serenity to those who enjoy

being one with nature. From the beauty of communing

with the sea life in our area to listening to the sounds of

the waves on our shores, you really won’t find anything

quite so tranquil than this water trail,” says Chuck

Cuzzetto, spokesman for the Peninsula Metropolitan

Parks District. “You may even spot one of the many Great

Blue Herons or catch a glimpse of the Bald Eagles nesting

in our parks. If paddlers are really lucky, the visiting

whales might make an appearance and raise a fin to say

‘hi!’”

The Cascadia Marine Trail is a 140-mile saltwater trail

on the Puget Sound that links the capital of Olympia

to the Canadian border and includes a collection of 66

campsites and 160 day-use spots for visitors. Designated

a National Recreation Trail and one of 16 National

Millennium Trails, it offers paddlers incredible views and

an unforgettable experience on the Sound. You can plan

a multi-day overnight trip or opt for a shorter day trip

throughout the Gig Harbor area.

Launch your boat at Purdy and paddle out past Fox Island, under

the Narrows bridges and into Gig Harbor. Along the way, stop

for a visit at Kopachuck State Park, Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit

Nature Preserve, the Fox Island Fishing Pier, and the Tacoma

Narrows Park. If you’re adventurous, take the two-mile (each

way) detour north of the harbor to Sunrise Beach Park, an 82-

acre waterfront park that offers stunning views of Puget Sound,

Vashon Island and Mount Rainier.

In Gig Harbor, visit Austin Estuary Park, Eddon Boat Park and

Ancich Waterfront Park, a popular new park on the harbor that

celebrates the area’s rich fishing history and includes picnic area,

a historic netshed and public art installations.

Visiting PenMet Parks via the water trail gives visitors a unique

perspective of the diverse parks. “The highlights of this paddle

include being able to go at your own pace along the shores and

raise a paddle to a passersby, or challenge yourself through some

of the currents running at a brisk pace,” says Cuzzetto. “One of my

favorite highlights of this paddle is just taking in how beautiful

the landscape is when you stop to take a rest. It’s almost surreal to

see how majestic Rainier is painted against the never-ending sky.”

A must-see on the paddle between Purdy and Gig Harbor includes

Kopachuck State Park and Cutts Island State Park, nestled on

Carr Inlet. The park offers 2 miles of trails and ample shoreline.

The park is closed to camping except for one spot available for

marine trail users. Visit Parks. State.WA.us/530/Kopachuck for

more info.

Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve is a 3.5-acre preserve

on the northwest end of Fox Island and has a sand and cobble

beach and large grassy area for camping. The Fox Island Fishing

Pier 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),

and a grassy area is open for marine trail campers.

Further along the trail, paddlers can spend the night at one of

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two campsites in Narrows Park and enjoy the view of the Narrows

bridges. Austin Estuary Park in the harbor was once the site of

the old Austin Mill, and the park offers picnic tables, access to the

Harbor History Museum and a gravel trail to Donkey Creek Park.

Nearby, Eddon Boat Park is a historic boatyard that includes the

Gig Harbor BoatShop, a nonprofit organization that provides

traditional shipwright educational classes and programming

to the public in an effort to preserve the community’s maritime

heritage.

Several miles north of the bay lies Sunrise Beach Park on the

Colvos Passage, a popular Scuba diving spot. A short uphill hike

leads to a campsite with room for as many as five tents.

Reservations are required to camp at some PenMet parks. Visit

PenMetParks.org. Camping is not permitted at city parks (Austin

Estuary and Eddon), which are not part of the Cascadia Marine

Trail.

While a fun adventure, a paddle on the water trails shouldn’t be

undertaken without some experience and knowledge of the tides

and currents, especially when navigating the strong currents and

heavy boat traffic of the Tacoma Narrows. It is also essential to

wear a life jacket.

Kayak rentals are available at several locations in Gig Harbor

including Lee‘s SUP (LeesUp1.com), Gig Harbor Watersports

(GigHarborWatersports.com) and Gig Harbor Yachts

(HarborKayaks.com).

>> ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Washington Water Trails Association: WWTA.org

Peninsula Metropolitan Parks: PenMetParks.org

Gig Harbor Parks: CityofGigHarbor.net

State Parks: Parks.wa.gov

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: WDFW.wa.gov

Tides and currents: TidesandCurrents.noaa.gov

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Historic Netsheds

GIG HARBOR’S HISTORIC NETSHEDS BACKGROUND

By Stephanie Lile, Executive Director – Harbor History Museum

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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 disappeared, displaced by new development and commercial marinas. Today, only 17 netsheds along

the western shoreline remain, but Gig Harbor Bay still boasts the largest inventory of historic netsheds on the Puget Sound.

In 2008, the City applied for and received a Washington State Historic Preservation Grant from the Department of Archaeology and

Historic Preservation (DAHP). The 2009 project was completed by National Park Service HAER Maritime Program Coordinator

Todd A. Croteau in the summer of 2009. Croteau worked in partnership with the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM)

and provided on-site demonstrations for Bates Technical College students to complete each Historic American Engineering Record

(HAER). University of Washington students Brian Diveley and Shelly Leavens also participated under the management of Croteau.

Each structure includes a historical context narrative, measured drawings (24 by 36 mylars) and individual large-format black-andwhite

photographs transmitted to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. for inclusion in the Prints and Photographs Division’s

HAER Collection. View the Library of Congress website for more details. The documents will be held in the public domain and be

available through the Library’s website “Built in America”.

>> PRESERVATION EFFORTS

Gig Harbor’s Historic Commercial Fishing Netsheds were listed by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation on their 2008 Most

Endangered Structures List. You can read more in the National Trust’s Preservation Magazine article, “Washington’s Fishing Sheds Get

Boost.”

View the Fishing in the NW YouTube Video by Jim Gillette that records a day during the 2011 fall fishing season outside the mouth

of Gig Harbor. Andy Babich is skipper of the purse seiner, “Ocean Dream”. He and his crew fish for Chum Salmon in West Pass. More

history on Gig Harbor and its commercial fishing fleet can be found on the Harbor History Museum website.

For more information about registering a historic netshed, check the Historic Waterfront Dock / Netshed Eligibility Checklist on the

Registering Your Netshed page or call our Planning Department.

>> SIGNIFICANCE

The 17 extant netsheds in Gig Harbor, Washington, are significant as remnants of the community’s cultural heritage and economic

development. Families, mostly of Croatian ancestry, have passed down the netsheds and fishing vessels for several generations. Many of

the extant netsheds are an integral part of successful commercial fishing operations and are used for storing and mending fishing nets as

well as repairing the equipment used for commercial vessels. Except for the remaining commercial fishing boats in the harbor, netsheds

are the only surviving architectural connection between the community and what was once one of the most successful fishing fleets on

the west coast. This would not be complete if we did not give tribute to our Native Americans, the band from the Puyallup Tribe called

Squababsh that came here before the 1800’s.

>> PROJECT INFORMATION

The City of Gig Harbor has taken steps to provide incentives for property owners who retain historic netsheds, and in 2006 conducted

a general survey of the seventeen remaining structures lining the harbor’s waterfront. In 2008, Mildred Andrews of the Andrews

Group completed an independent survey of Gig Harbor’s historic downtown. The city secured grant funds from the Washington

State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to document the netsheds for the Historic American Engineering Record

(HAER), a division of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Todd Croteau, of the HAER Maritime Program,

supervised the documentation team, which consisted of Brian Diveley and Shelly Leavens, both Sally Kress Tompkins Maritime

Documentation interns. A survey team of students from Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Washington, also lent support to the

documentation effort. The documentation team’s liaison to the netshed owners was Special Projects Coordinator Lita Dawn Stanton.

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SEE YOU

AT THE

PARK

Rentals, Classes, Events

and Sports Leagues.

www.penmetparks.org

253.858.3400

PHOTO COURTSEY OF CLINT WARD

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THINGS TO DO: INDOORS

Take the

Fun Indoors

GIG HARBOR’S TOP INDOOR

AVENTURE SPOTS

OCEAN5

Ocean5 is a local favorite spot for families

and individuals to gather and have fun. The

57,000-square-foot building in Olympic Town

Center off Point Fosdick Drive is home to a

two-story laser tag facility, 22 bowling lanes

and an extensive game room featuring new

and retro arcade games.

The sustainability-centric venue is named for

the world’s five oceans and is built on the idea

that you can have fun and make a positive

environmental impact. Owner Troy Alstead

prioritizes sustainability—from the carpet tiles

made of recycled fishing nets to geothermal

heating and cooling, the facility is 40 percent

more efficient than typical buildings of its

size and has a Leadership in Energy and

Environmental Design certification (LEED).

The center offers traditional ten-pin bowling

as well as duckpin bowling, which uses pins

half the size. Private bowling suites are

available, and the full-service restaurant Table

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with a bite or drink.

“It‘s designed to be a place where the

community comes together and has fun,” said

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Tomoko Senechal, Ocean5‘s director of sales and

marketing. “We want to inspire connections.”

Ocean5 offers private event and party options, and

was voted the 2019 Best of South Sound by South

Sound Magazine and 2018 Gig Harbor Living Local’s

Finest. Visit Ocean5.com for more information.

HARBOR HISTORY MUSEUM

An interactive hands-on museum, the Harbor

History Museum is the perfect place for families

and kids to learn about the region’s rich history. The

museum offers permanent exhibitions as well as

three to five special exhibitions throughout the year

and provides a variety of public education programs.

The Pioneer School Experience serves more than

1,500 students every year and provides an authentic

pioneer school classroom experience, including

period dress. Visit HarborHistoryMuseum.org to

find out more.

ESCAPE HOUR

For the thrill-seeking, Escape Hour in Gig Harbor

offers a 70-minute escape experience where

participants must find clues and solve puzzles

to get out of custom-made, elaborately designed

escape rooms. They offer several different escape

room experiences like The Legend of Therodonia

or The Cabin—the perfect spot for an indoor family

adventure. Visit EscapeHourGigHarbor.com for

more information.

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ART

Art Programs for Everyone

ONLINE, VIRTUAL & IN CLASS

Drawing • Painting • Sculpting • Printmaking

Workshops • Adult Youth • Ateliers

Plein Air • SAI • Lectures • Events

Gage Academy of Art

1501 10TH AVE E.

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206.323.4243

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Virtual chat with our design team on the house. 253-376-7935

Let’s talk while you show

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We specialize in small spaces & big dreams.

compact design, accessory dwelling units (ADUs),

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on-grid-off-grid, new build & remodel

First consultation is complimentary.

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ENJOY YOUR

UPTOWN LIFE!

SHOP • SIP • STROLL • DINE • DISCOVER

More than 35 Shopping, Dining &

Entertainment Options!

Open 7 Days a Week

Directions: Hwy 16 • Exit 10 • Follow

Olympic Drive to 4701 Pt. Fosdick Dr.

www.uptowngigharbor.com

UPTOWN EVENTS 2020

Relay for Life September 12th

Gig Harbor Plant Swap October 10th

Giant Pumpkin Carving TBD

Halloween Trick or Treat October 31st

Veterens Day Celebration November 11th

Thursday Summer Concerts 6pm-8pm

Michael Crain Band

The Fabulous Roof Shakers

The Profits

The Shy Boys

Wounded Mic

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THINGS TO DO - GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

Gig Harbor Film Festival

Q&A WITH FESTIVAL COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR MELANIE KERR

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

The Gig Harbor Film Festival is known as one of the top

places for filmmakers to showcase their art, bringing

filmmakers from far and wide to the beautiful Galaxy

Theatre in Uptown Gig Harbor. The 2020 event, scheduled to run

September 24 through 27, was sadly forced to cancel due to health

concerns and fundraising difficulties in light of COVID-19, but

attendees look forward to the last week of September 2021, which

promises a return of the beloved festival.

We recently caught up with Festival Communications Director

Melanie Kerr on what makes the Gig Harbor Film Festival such a

wonderful community event, and what visitors can look forward

to in 2021!

What can first-time festival visitors expect?

The Gig Harbor Film Festival is a four-day celebration of cinematic

storytelling featuring the work of independent filmmakers from

around the world. A selection of thoughtfully programmed films

in a variety of genres are screened throughout the weekend to

large audiences of local and visiting film-lovers at our beautiful

Galaxy Theatre, Uptown Gig Harbor. Many visiting filmmakers

choose to attend the festival to promote their films in person, and

audiences enjoy the opportunity to meet and interact with them

during post-screening Q&A sessions and parties.

What makes Gig Harbor’s Film Festival unique when compared

to some of the others around the country?

I believe it’s because of our exceptional standard of hospitality.

We roll out the red carpet for our filmmakers and guests with

accommodations, a ride service, catered parties and their own onsite

lounge. Also, our filmmakers regularly comment on what a

thrill it is to see their work in such a beautiful world-class theatre.

In addition to the luxurious viewing environment the Galaxy

provides for audiences, our theatre delivers state-of-the-art film

projection quality that is simply unrivaled anywhere else. This is

incredibly appealing for many filmmakers who are accustomed to

seeing their films shown in older art house theatres, community

centers, and occasional makeshift venues.

What do you want people to know about and what are the

differences between independent filmmakers in comparison to

studio-backed filmmakers?

We strive to share the message that this festival is about people

coming together to share the art of storytelling through film. It’s

about cultivating a community of filmmakers and film-lovers

who come together to experience stories in their most pure

and undiluted form about things that matter most to those who

created them. Stories about these kinds of things, told in this way,

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are what is special about independent film and worth

celebrating.

Can you tell me about the youth film competition

that was held this year?

Our annual 72 Hour Film Competition, scheduled

for late March, was cancelled. This event is so well

loved by our community and is particularly popular

with our local youth. In light of that, we wanted to

provide a safe alternative for our young filmmakers to

share their stories. In the early days of our statewide

lockdown, we knew this group in particular carried

their own unique set of thoughts, feelings, and

burdens that needed to be heard. As the submissions

came rolling in, we were stunned by the power these

clear, thoughtful films had to inspire and uplift us

during such a difficult time. We were reminded how

important it is for all of us to feel heard, and the

essential role of the arts to provide platforms for all

voices.

Now, with our annual film festival cancelled for

the fall of this year, we are particularly grateful to

our Youth Film Competition participants. Their

resilience and ability to find such simple truth, beauty,

and optimism during a global crisis gives us hope for

the future. In the meantime if, as they say, “we’re all

in this together”, we consider ourselves fortunate to

be sharing today with the talented, thoughtful youth

of our community.

Is there anything new and exciting you would like

to share with our readers?

There’s always something new and exciting happening

for us. Year after year, we just keep growing and

expanding on our offerings. For the second year in

a row, we made the list of FilmFreeway’s Top 100

Film Festivals in the World. This honor is especially

rewarding for us as the list represents the top 100

of approximately 8,000 festivals worldwide, and

our place on it was earned by excellent filmmaker

reviews. We’re also very excited about the continued

expansion of our Youth Initiative which, so far, has

been an excellent way to engage our local youth in

filmmaking.

For up-to-date information on the Gig Harbor Film

Festival, including events and the 2021 Gig Harbor

Film Festival, visit GigHarborFilm.org.

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THINGS TO DO - SUMMER SOUNDS AT SKANSIE

Summer Sounds

at Skansie

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Summer concerts in Skansie Park are one of the most beloved warm-weather events in Downtown Gig Harbor. Situated on

the waterfront, near the mouth of the harbor, the park is accessible via boat, kayak or paddleboard, or concert goers can

bring a blanket and snag a seat on the lawn. A dance floor is provided for those moments when the music and the mood

combine in just the right way.

Whether coming by land or by sea, the Tuesday night series welcomes one and all with live entertainment from local musicians and

well-known bands. A celebration of local talent set against one of Washington’s most picture-perfect backgrounds, the evenings are

provided free of charge.

Each Tuesday night throughout the summer, concerts go from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Concert goers can visit nearby downtown eateries

like the Tides Tavern for elevated pub fare, Brix 25 for Pacific Northwest cuisine and a knockout wine list, or El Pueblito for authentic

Mexican fare. Dine-in or pick up carryout at local favorite Susanne’s Bakery for sandwiches and pastries, or stop for a wood-fired pizza

from Millville Pizza Company. Within walking distance, visitors can sample local brews from Seven Seas Brewery, or stop in for a

tasting at Heritage Distilling Co.

Should you choose to view by water, Gig Harbor Yachts offers electric boat rentals, perfect for an on-the-water picnic. For a vintage feel,

rent an electric classic motorboat, a canoe or skiff from the Gig Harbor BoatShop.

To host a viewing party, the adjacent Club @ the Boatyard offers a private rental space just above the concert. For an overnight stay, the

two-bedroom, two-bathroom Guesthouse @ the Boatyard offers outdoor seating and private decks overlooking the concert and the

harbor. Within walking distance are The Maritime Inn, The Waterfront Inn, and a number of outstanding Airbnb or VRBO options if

an overnight stay or long weekend is in the cards.

Due to the current health crisis, concert dates are uncertain, however the City will make every effort to continue concerts as soon as

Pierce County reaches Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan. Find the most up-to-date concert dates in the digital version of the Visitors’

Guide at GigHarborGuide.com.

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CALENDAR

OF Events

GIG HARBOR

FRIDAY FUN FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS IN THE PARK

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for free summer movies in the park

on Friday nights! Each summer, the City of Gig Harbor invites you

to bring the family, chairs and blankets, and watch movies playing

on an outdoor jumbo screen at the waterfront Skansie Brothers

Park. Movies are free and start at dusk.

Come early to enjoy pre-show activities provided by Harbor

WildWatch and grab a bag of free popcorn from our friends at

Kitsap Bank. Movies are brought to you by the City of Gig Harbor

and local sponsors.

Times are approximate. Bring chairs and blankets, and water

bottles for the refillable water station at the park. Dates below are

currently pending based on the current health crisis. Please view

updates in the digital Visitors’ Guide at GigHarborGuide.com.

>> DUE TO COVID-19 AND CURRENT HEALTH CONCERNS, ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE VISIT THE EVENT

WEBSITE FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION, OR VIEW UPDATES IN THE DIGITAL VISITORS’ GUIDE AT GIGHARBORGUIDE.COM.

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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.

>> JULY 2020

JULY

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. Sponsored locally and

in partnership with our friends at Kitsap Bank who provide free

popcorn. Harbor WildWatch provides family entertainment

prior to each film. Dates are pending for 2020 based on the

current health crisis. Please view the digital version of the

Visitors’ Guide at GigHarborGuide.com for current dates.

JULY 15

COCKTAILS & FISHTALES: SHORELINE MANAGEMENT

Join the Harbor WildWatch team as they discuss shoreline

management. HarborWildWatch.org

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 10:00

a.m. June 13 through August 29. Wednesday tours start at 5:30

p.m. June 10 through August 26 and run one hour.

For meeting locations, visit Facebook (@ waterfrontwalkingtours)

or call the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance at

253.514.0071.

SELF-GUIDED WALK

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local points of interest, mostly 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.

JULY 16 - AUGUST 20

UPTOWN SUMMER CONCERTS

Every Thursday at Uptown Pavilion featuring free weekly

shows (rain or shine) from 6 to 8 p.m. under the pavilion in the

center of the shopping area. UptownGigHarbor.com

JULY 17 - 19

UPTOWN GIG HARBOR SUMMER SIDEWALK SALE

UptownGigHarbor.com

JULY 18

CHALK THE HARBOR

GigHarborWaterfront.org

JULY 18 & 19

36TH ANNUAL GIG HARBOR ARTS FESTIVAL

One of the largest outdoor art festivals in the region happens

every July in downtown Gig Harbor. Voted Best Festival in

the Region by readers of South Sound Magazine. Due to the

current health crisis, this event has been canceled for 2020.

PeninsulaArtLeague.com

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JULY 29

GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT

Galaxy Uptown Luxury Theatre

GigHarborFilmFestival.org

>> AUGUST 2020

AUGUST 1

CRUISE THE NARROWS CAR SHOW

Join in as the Gig Harbor Cruisers Automotive Club celebrates

special interest autos at the 22nd annual Cruise the Narrows

Car Show at Uptown Plaza, 8 a.m. to 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. This show has been

postponed until 2021. GigHarborCruisers.com

AUGUST 1

GALLOPING GERTIE HALF MARATHON

A day of fitness and fun for running enthusiasts and families

includes a 5k, 10k and half marathon. Galloping-Gertie.com

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AUGUST 4

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 policecommunity

partnerships. For the past seven years, our Gig

Harbor National Night Out event has ranked within the top 10

leading National Night Out events in the nation. This event is

held in conjunction with Summer Sounds at Skansie Brothers

Park featuring the Funaddicts. National Night Out has been

canceled for 2020. Set to return in 2021. GigHarborGuide.com

>> SEPTEMBER 2020

SEPTEMBER 12

HARBOR HOUNDS COMMUNITY FAIR

A pet-friendly family fun day in Downtown Gig Harbor 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. Facebook.com/Harbor-

Hounds-208308170109/about

AUGUST 15

GIG HARBOR’S ROCKIN’ RHYTHM & BLUES FESTIVAL

Benefiting 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

AUGUST 19

COCKTAILS & FISHTALES: SHARKS IN THE PUGET SOUND

Join the Harbor WildWatch team as they discuss sharks in the

Puget Sound. HarborWildWatch.org

AUGUST 22 & 23

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. While usually held in early June, the event

in 2020 will be held in late August. Visit the digital edition of

the Visitors’ Guide at GigHarborGuide.com for updates as

available. GigHarborChamber.net

PHOTO BY RACHEL BRAATEN

SEPTEMBER 12 & 13

WINGS & WHEELS

Sponsored by Tacoma Narrows Aviation, the air show features

the US Navy F-18 Super Hornet, a beer garden, food vendors,

car show and more throughout the weekend. Check website

for details and tickets. Set to return to July dates in 2021.

GigHarborWingsAndWheels.com

SEPTEMBER 13

RACE FOR A SOLDIER

Many soldiers need help in working through the stress of war

and the trauma 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. Choose

from the 10-mile run, 5k or virtual run. RaceForASoldier.org

AUGUST 26

GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT

Galaxy Uptown Luxury Theatre

GigHarborFilmFestival.org

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SEPTEMBER 14

CIDERMAKER DINNER AT SEHMEL HOMESTEAD PARK

This exclusive, limited-seating dinner will be held at Sehmel

Homestead Park’s Volunteer Vern Pavilion. Cider makers will

be present to share tasting techniques and cider lore, and


more. Cider will be used throughout the dishes prepared, and

the six small-plate courses will be paired to each cider course.

This event is pending for 2020 at the time of publication, based

on the current health environment. Updates can be found in

the digital edition of this guide, located at GigHarborGuide.

com. GigHarborFoundation.org

SEPTEMBER 16

COCKTAILS & FISHTALES: “ALL AGES”

GEOTHERMAL ENERGY

Join the Harbor WildWatch team as they discuss geothermal

energy. HarborWildWatch.org

SEPTEMBER 18 - 20

GIG HARBOR OPEN STUDIO TOUR

Visit local artists in their personal studios all around the

peninsula. GigHarborOpenStudioTour.org

SEPTEMBER 19

HISTORY ROCKS: MID-CENTURY MARITIME DINNER &

AUCTION

This event is pending for 2020 at the time of publication, based

on the current health environment. HarborHistoryMuseum.

org/events. Updates can be found in the digital edition of this

guide, located at GigHarborGuide.com.

SEPTEMBER 20

RELAY FOR LIFE - VIRTUAL EVENT

Uptown Gig Harbor and our Gig Harbor community invite

you to this family friendly event to honor cancer survivors

and those who have lost their battle, and rally behind those

currently fighting this battle. Fundraiser for the American

Cancer Society. Usually held in June, the 2020 event was

rescheduled and made virtual, and is set to return 2021.

SEPTEMBER 25 - 27

13TH 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 makes this an event not to be missed.

Awards Ceremony and Brunch, September 27 at Galaxy IMAX

Theatre. The Film Festival has been cancelled for 2020, based

on the current health environment. Set to return in 2021.

GigHarborFilmFestival.org

SEPTEMBER 26

CIDER SWIG AT SEHMEL HOMESTEAD PARK

Nearly two dozen regional cider makers will present a range of

more than 80 hard ciders to the growing community of cider

lovers and cider-curious alike, traveling from near and far to

join in a day of sampling the best ciders west of the Mississippi.

This event is pending for 2020 at the time of publication, based

on the current health environment. Updates can be found in

the digital edition of this guide, located at GigHarborGuide.

com. GigHarborFoundation.org

SEPTEMBER 30

GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT

Galaxy Uptown Luxury Theatre

GigHarborFilmFestival.org

PHOTO BY MIKE BALES

SEPTEMBER 24

GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT GALA &

AFTER PARTY

The Film Festival has been canceled for 2020, based on the

current health environment. Set to return the last week of

September 2021. GigHarborFilmFestival.org

COURTESY OF THE GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL

>> OCTOBER 2020

OCTOBER 1

6TH ANNUAL MAKE WAVES FUNDRAISER

All proceeds from Make Waves directly support youth

environmental education programs. The event will include

a lively Raise the Paddle, food, drinks, a short program from

Harbor WildWatch and live music. HarborWildWatch.org

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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 project 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. Afterward, the

banners will be available to the veterans’ families.

The proudly displayed banners’ message is clear: “We

honor and appreciate our local heroes.”

GigHarborWaterfront.org

OCTOBER 3 & 4

9TH ANNUAL PADDLERS CUP

The ninth annual community event features paddle racing

for kayaks, canoes, SUPs, outrigger 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 sport of Olympic canoe and kayak racing. Since 2012, the

Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Team has won the USA National

Team Championships seven times. This event is typically

held in early April. For 2020, however, the event has been

rescheduled to occur October 3 and 4. GigHarborPaddlersCup.

com

OCTOBER 3

SCARECROW FESTIVAL AT SEHMEL HOMESTEAD PARK

The festival is an autumn celebration with live entertainment,

farm animals, hayrides, camel and pony rides, hay maze,

carnival games, food and fair treat vendors. PenMetParks.org

Autumn Sip & Stroll. The Alliance’s 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

OCTOBER 21

COCKTAILS & FISHTALES: “ALL AGES” ORCA BEHAVIOR

Join the Harbor WildWatch team as they discuss Orca behavior

in the Pacific Northwest. HarborWildWatch.org

OCTOBER 30

UPTOWN TRICK OR TREAT & GIANT PUMPKIN CARVING

UptownGigHarbor.com

OCTOBER 31

TRICK OR TREAT IN THE HARBOR

The annual Halloween tradition continues in the downtown

corridor and Finholm. GigHarborWaterfront.org

OCTOBER 3

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

OCTOBER 10

GIG HARBOR PLANT SWAP

Uptown Gig Harbor southeast parking lot near HomeGoods.

Facebook.com/groups/GHPlantSwap/events

OCTOBER 10

AUTUMN SIP & STROLL

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance presents its

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OCTOBER 31

2ND ANNUAL RATTLE DEM BONES

Halloween-themed cycling event and costume contest for

cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Grab your friends, significant

other, or round up the family and get out to enjoy the crisp

autumn air and a fun time. GigHarborFoundation.org

OCTOBER

KEY PENINSULA FARM TOUR

Come explore the wide variety of farming activities, feed the

animals and pick apples. This event has been canceled for

2020. Set to return October 2, 2021. KPFarmTour.com

>> NOVEMBER 2020

NOVEMBER 6 & 7

WRITE IN THE HARBOR WRITER’S CONFERENCE

TacomaCC.edu

COURTESY OF TANNER KEELING-GARCIA

NOVEMBER 18

COCKTAILS & FISHTALES: MICROPLASTICS

Join the Harbor WildWatch team as they discuss Microplastics.

HarborwWildWatch.org

NOVEMBER 21

DONKEY CREEK CHUM FESTIVAL

“It takes a fish to raise a village.” Learn more about salmon and

their connections to Gig Harbor. GigHarborGuide.com

NOVEMBER 24 & 25

GIG HARBOR BASKET BRIGADE

Sponsored by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation the Basket

Brigade provides full Thanksgiving meals to unsuspecting

deserving families in need. In 2019, nearly 1,300 Thanksgiving

baskets were distributed to local families and military families.

GigHarborFoundation.org

NOVEMBER 25

GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT

Galaxy Uptown Luxury Theatre

GigHarborFilmFestival.org

NOVEMBER 26

TURKEY TROT 5K/10K

Annual Harbor Turkey Trot – Run for Gig Harbor FISH

and Peninsula Communities of Faith Food Banks.

GigHarborTurkeyTrot.com

NOVEMBER 28 & 29

WINTERFEST ARTS-CRAFTS

Hundreds of craft vendors, all under one roof! PHSWinterfest.com

NOVEMBER 7

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

NOVEMBER 11

VETERAN’S DAY CEREMONY AT THE GIG HARBOR CIVIC

CENTER GREEN

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NOVEMBER 11

KIWANIS VETERAN’S DAY LUNCHEON

UptownGigHarbor.com

NOVEMBER 12

DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT ALLIANCE PRESENTS ‘GIRLS

NIGHT OUT’

Gather your girlfriends for a fun shopping and dining event in

historic Downtown Gig Harbor. GigHarborWaterfront.org

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DECEMBER 11 & 12

IT’S A WONDERFUL WATERFRONT

Enjoy festive holiday open house events and shopping on the

downtown waterfront, including caroling, Santa, hayrides,

music and more. GigHarborWaterfront.org

DECEMBER 11

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: 7TH 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 highlights of this familyfriendly

event. HarborHistoryMuseum.org

DECEMBER 12

GIG HARBOR YACHT CLUB PRESENTS LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

View lighted boats as they circle the harbor. Great family fun—

and good viewing from Skansie Brothers Park!

gigharboryc.com

PHOTO BY DIANE FETZNER

>> DECEMBER 2020

EARLY DECEMBER

UPTOWN GIG HARBOR MENORAH LIGHTING (DATE TBD)

DECEMBER

HARK THE HARBOR!

Come join the festivities as carolers sing while we await the

arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship. There is a choir on board

the Christmas Ship to entertain both passengers and everyone

drinking cocoa on shore. Dates TBD.

PHOTO BY CHRISTY ASH

DECEMBER 5

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

DECEMBER 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

DECEMBER 5

PENMET PARKS-PENINSULA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Join us for the 9th Annual PenMet Parks and Peninsula Athletic

Association Breakfast with Santa. Celebrate the holiday season

and have your pictures taken with Santa! Holiday music, artscrafts

and letters to Santa! The Gig Harbor Kiwanis will provide

a pancake breakfast. Children under age two are free! Children

must be accompanied by a paid adult. PenMetParks.org

DECEMBER 5 & 6

TIDEFEST FINE ARTS & CRAFTS CELEBRATION

Gig Harbor High School’s annual TideFest brings in artists and

high-quality artisans from all over the Northwest. One hundred

and fifty 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

>> JANUARY

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

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>> FEBRUARY

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

COCKTAILS & FISHTALES

Join Harbor WildWatch to discuss local marine life and the

environment to inspire stewardship of the Puget Sound.

HarborWildWatch.org

WINTER SIP & STROLL

Enjoy tasting a selection of Pacific Northwest wines, brews,

spirits, cider and small bite foods along the harbor. The

Winter Sip & Stroll is presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown

Waterfront Alliance and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.

GigHarborWaterfront.org

MARCH

ALTRUSA - EMPTY BOWLS

This is an annual event to raise funds for feeding children in

our community who may otherwise experience hunger during

the summer. ​Purchase a handmade bowl by a local artist and

enjoy a simple meal of delicious soup from one of our premier

Gig Harbor restaurants. Take your bowl home as a reminder

of the empty bowls in our community. AltrusaGigHarbor.org/

empty-bowls

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

THE GREEN GIG

Join the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation for a memorable

evening to enjoy a completely farm-to-table meal to help

benefit and support early childhood education in our

community. Complete with beverages and music.

GigHarborFoundation.org

GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL 72-HOUR FILM COMPETITION

Screening event. GigHarborFilmFestival.org

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 sport 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,

interactive environmental booths, children’s nature craft

activities, and more! Student poster and essay winners are

honored, and an arborist is on hand to answer your tree

questions. Free trees for all. GigHarborArbor.org

SPRING EASTER EGG HUNT AT SEHMEL HOMESTEAD PARK

RELAY FOR LIFE

A family friendly event to honor cancer survivors and those who

have lost their battle, and to rally behind those currently fighting

this battle. Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

SecureACSEvents.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=relay_find_event

GIG HARBOR PLANT SWAP

Uptown Gig Harbor in the southeast parking lot near Home

Goods. Facebook.com/groups/GHPlantSwap/events

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 programs,

community boat restoration programs, small craft livery

(boat rental) services, and various marine and water

safety workshops throughout the year.

3805 Harborview Drive

Gig Harbor, WA 98332

253.857.9344

GigHarborBoatShop.org

Hours:

Tuesdays - Fridays: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Boatyard open to the public: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

>> APRIL

PADDLERS CUP

Annual community event features paddle racing for kayaks,

canoes, SUPs, outriggers and para-canoes as well as dragon

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MAY

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION

Enjoy a night of South-of-the-Border inspired food, fun and

drinks, while getting your cha-cha on to music, challenging your

friends in a game of Duckpin Bowling, spinning the Wheel de la

Fortuna for great prizes, and more. GigHarborFoundation.org

GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL’S 72-HOUR FILM COMPETITION

Local filmmakers of all ages create a short film within 72

hours. All entries will be screened at the Galaxy Theatre.

GigHarborFilm.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

PHOTO BY CHRISY DORSEY PHOTOGRAPHY

STUDENTS OF DISTINCTION AWARD DINNER

Awards ceremony to celebrate students’ accomplishments.

Nominees are Peninsula School District graduating seniors

who have made a significant contribution to their field or

mankind in general. For more information contact the Greater

Gig Harbor Foundation. GigHarborFoundation.org

>> JUNE

UPTOWN GIG HARBOR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Uptown Gig Harbor Summer Concert Series hosts a Summer

Concert Series at the 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.

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

GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT

Galaxy Uptown Luxury Theatre. GigHarborFilmFestival.org

RELAY FOR LIFE

Uptown Gig Harbor and our Gig Harbor community invite

you to this family friendly event to honor cancer survivors

and those who have lost their battle, and rally behind those

currently fighting this battle. Fundraiser for the American

Cancer Society.

GIG HARBOR GARDEN TOUR

Each featured garden has a unique story to tell and

reflects the gardener’s heart and style. Profits go to fund

literacy programs in the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula.

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VISITOR AND INTERPRETIVE CENTER

By Carly Vester, Harbor WildWatch

Photos Courtesy of Harbor WildWatch

The Skansie Visitor and Interpretive Center offers yearround

family exploration through Harbor WildWatch’s

interactive exhibits and the City of Gig Harbor’s helpful

information about the surrounding harbor. Located in historic

downtown Gig Harbor, the Center is housed in the 1908 home

of the Skansie brothers, who were foundational to the history

of the city.

Upon entering, visitors will be greeted by a friendly volunteer

who is happy to share insider-tips about Gig Harbor or

assist with maps and brochures. The Center is also home

to Harbor WildWatch, an environmental organization that

inspires stewardship of the Puget Sound and greater Salish

Sea. Their free exhibits include salt water touch tanks with

live sea creatures (with popular sea star and crab locales),

microscopes, an augmented reality sandbox, and a robust

animal skull collection with a gray whale vertebrae.

Harbor WildWatch is a community gem, educating more than

30,000 visitors and residents every year about the surrounding

marine and terrestrial environments. They offer over 600

programs for all ages: from STEM (science, technology,

engineering, and math) workshops in Pierce and Kitsap

county schools, to live SCUBA dives in Gig Harbor Bay, and

science socials at a local brewery with regional researchers.

Their small staff of four believes that STEM-learning should be

fun and, equally, that providing free education about the local

environment inspires the community to protect it.

“We truly believe that exposing people to the unique creatures

in the Salish Sea will inspire them to care about those animals,”

says Executive Director Lindsey Stover. “They are then more

likely to take steps to protect that creature and the habitat it

relies on through personal behavior choices at home, work

and school.”

The organization was founded in 2004 by a resident concerned

with pollutants from a house project entering her local waters.

Since this time, with the help of a knowledgeable team of

volunteers, they have grown to become a locally recognized

name. Volunteers are truly the lifeblood of Harbor WildWatch.

They receive naturalist training from staff to assist with

programs and range in age from students to retired residents.

And Harbor WildWatch is always looking for more volunteers!

One of their most popular programs takes place in the summer

to introduce beach-goers to their aquatic neighbors. Harbor

WildWatch’s biologists, clad in recognizable blue, step lightly

as they lead walking tours across public and state park beaches

at low-tide. The result is recognition of not only local species,

but also a hearty lesson on beach etiquette and how to respect

these creatures. Programs span from Tacoma all the way up to

south Kitsap County shores. Oftentimes program-goers leave

with a new appreciation and curiosity for the environment.

The team jokes that they are “all weather people,” and indeed,

year-round, their programs can be enjoyed throughout

both Pierce and Kitsap Counties. A full schedule of Harbor

WildWatch’s programs can be found on their website at

HarborWildWatch.org.

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Sip &Strolls

Sip & Strolls are presented twice

a year—in the Winter and again

in Autumn—by the Gig Harbor

Downtown Waterfront Alliance and

the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. This popular

tasting event takes patrons on a tour along

Gig Harbor’s beautiful waterfront while

sampling Northwest wines, brews, spirits,

ciders and tasty small bites at businesses

serving as “Stroll Stops.”

A Wine Store will be open for guests to

purchase the wines tasted during the day,

and complimentary shuttle transportation

will be available to make it easy to visit all of

the Stroll Stops.

Participants will receive a commemorative

tasting glass, a map of all of the Stroll Stop

locations and exhibitors, and sip tickets for

alcohol.

Sip & Strolls are popular and nearly always

sell out in advance. For all the latest Sip &

Stroll details, visit Gig Harbor Sip & Stroll

on Facebook. For more information, contact

the Alliance office at 253.514.0071. Proceeds

support projects throughout the downtown

waterfront.

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DEVOTED KISS

A cozy home-away-from-home casual dining spot where the service

feels like family. Offering patrons coffee, breakfast and lunch on a

beautiful open air deck with a stunning view of the harbor.

8809 NORTH HARBORVIEW DRIVE #203 | GIG HARBOR

253.851.0055 | DEVOTEDKISSCAFE.COM

>> MARKETPLACE GRILLE

American cuisine with a Caribbean flair. The best fish and chips

and clam chowder in Gig Harbor! Located next to Anthony’s

Restaurant, they offer an expansive view of the harbor. Family

owned and operated. Beer and wine, take-out menu available.

Monday through Thursday 11am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday

11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 8pm.

8825 N. HARBORVIEW DRIVE, UNIT C | GIG HARBOR

253.858.3487 | FACEBOOK.COM/MARKETGRILLE

>> MOCTEZUMA’S

Voted best Mexican Restaurant in South Sound

Magazine for 2019! Since 1978, Moctezuma’s has

been the favorite of those seeking authentic Mexican

food and award-winning Margaritas. Go visit their

Gig Harbor location and enjoy their Tequila Bar for

daily happy hour specials and an array of delicious

appetizers.

4628 PT. FOSDICK DRIVE NW | GIG HARBOR

253.851.8464 | MOCTEZUMAS.COM

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IL LUCANO RISTORANTE ITALIANO

From the small town of Oppido Lucano, Italy, Chef

Michele grew up learning family recipes while creating

his own unique recipes which now delight patrons of

his own at Il Lucano Ristorante Italiano. Fresh local

ingredients are always used, and all meals are made

to order. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from the

extensive Italian wine selection.

3119 JUDSON ST. | GIG HARBOR

253.514.8945 | ILLUCANORISTORANTE.COM

>> MILLVILLE PIZZA CO

At Millville Pizza you will be treated to a variety of flavors.

Choose from starters like their Pub Board, Wood-Fired

Flatbread or Burrata Caprese. Whether you decide on one of

their savory calzones or delicious house-made pizzas, you can’t

go wrong. Pair with a bottle of wine or cold brew, and finish your

meal with one of their homemade Wood-Fired Chocolate Chip

Cookies.

3409 HARBORVIEW DRIVE | GIG HARBOR

253.514.8626 | MILLVILLEPIZZACO.COM

>> TIDES TAVERN

Housed in an old general store on the waterfront, Tides Tavern

has been family-owned and run since its opening in 1973. Sip

on a delicious beverage while enjoying a local favorite like one

of their Tides Burgers, a delicious sandwich or the Ahi Poke. 21

and over only.

2925 HARBORVIEW DRIVE | GIG HARBOR

253.858.3982 | TIDESTAVERN.COM

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TABLE47

Table 47 is known for providing its guests a casual farmfresh

dining experience. Serving up tasty dishes made with

responsible ingredients and offering a menu of familiar

classics and globally inspired twists, menu items often change

seasonally—meaning there are always new flavors to discover.

Table 47 is also available for full-service off-site catering for that

special event.

5268 POINT FOSDICK DRIVE | GIG HARBOR98335

253.857.4777 | T47.COM

>> NETSHED NO. 9

Snag a spot on the waterfront deck and dine from a mouthwatering

breakfast and lunch menu of local favorites like the

Ricotta and Sourdough Pancakes and Sandwich de Monte Cristo.

This local, family owned restaurant is now open for dinner

Fridays and Saturdays.

3313 HARBORVIEW DRIVE | GIG HARBOR

253.858.7175 | NETSHED9.COM

>> GREEN.HOUSE RESTAURANT

Located in the heart of Uptown Gig Harbor, unparalleled

guest service, exquisite atmosphere and artistic presentation

come together to create a unique experience at Green.

House Restaurant. Offering fine dining with a modern

twist, menu offerings are fresh, seasonal and simple. Find

local seafood and fresh cuts sourced from local farms,

ranches and fisheries, all with a focus on sustainability.

4793 POINT FOSDICK DRIVE NW, SUITE 400 | GIG HARBOR

253.514.6482 | GREENHOUSEGIGHARBOR.COM

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BBQ2U

There’s nothing like a plate of pure Southern comfort.

BBQ2U brings all the smoky flavors of Texas-style

barbecue right here to our backyard. Patrons are

treated just like family and will enjoy the unique dining

atmosphere. Open seven days a week from 11am to

8pm.

4814 PT. FOSDICK DRIVE NW | GIG HARBOR

253.313.5656 | TEXASBBQ2U.COM

>> ANTHONY’S

Nestled in the Finholm Marketplace with views of Mt Rainier

and the harbor, Anthony’s offers patrons specialty Northwest

seafood and an unforgettable experience. Head downstairs to the

Shoreline Room for a more casual dining experience and lighter

fare.

8827 N. HARBORVIEW DRIVE | GIG HARBOR

253.853.6353 | ANTHONYS.COM

>> EL PUEBLITO

Patrons are treated to some of the best Mexican food in the area

when they enter El Pueblito. Locals drive from miles just to buy

the Lopez family’s famous salsa. Stop in for some tried and true

favorites, prepared for you just as if you were family.

3226 HARBORVIEW DRIVE | GIG HARBOR

253.858.9077 | ELPUEBLITORESTAURANT.COM

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WHERE TO LOOK FOR INVENTIVE DINING

EXCURSIONS IN THE HARBOR

Gig Harbor is known for its natural beauty and charming

community, meaning there are a multitude of places to pop

in for a romantic evening. From sipping craft cocktails to

inventive fine dining, the city’s cuisine options are varied, offering

refined American fare to Italian, Japanese and some of the freshest

seafood out there. Many restaurants also offer an option for a packand-go

picnic.

Stroll through downtown, stopping at art galleries and independent

boutiques before popping in for a happy hour preview of Harborcreated

spirits at Heritage Distillery, or local brews at Seven Seas

or the Finholm Market taps. For the perfect view of a Gig Harbor

sunset, grab a patio table at the award-winning Tides Tavern—

voted by Travel + Leisure as one of the Best Seafood Shacks in the

country, and by Coastal Living Magazine as one of the Best Seafood

Shacks of All Time.

Step up the ambiance with a complimentary glass of bubbly along

with refined New American cuisine at Brix25, or head to The

Marketplace Grille after a day on the water for come-as-you-are

dining with local favorites like Fish and Chips and Pan-Fried

Oysters.

For a brunch date, settle into a spot on the outdoor

deck of NetShed No.9, overlooking the harbor’s

morning paddle, and test out an amazing plate of French

Toast. You’ll find many other casual and up-scale dining

options along the waterfront—a perfect opportunity to

wander and explore the next destination to whet your appetite.

For sustainable dining options, head inland to Table 47, where

“Fresh to the Core” is their motto. Explore a variety of options,

from sharable plates to sustainably sourced entrées in an upscale

yet casual setting. Attached to the Ocean5 complex, this is a perfect

setting for parents to unwind while the kids explore the arcade,

laser tag arena, or bowling alley.

Heading over to Uptown, you’ll find Green.House, an American

eatery from Chef Scott Fuller featuring seasonally-driven menus

focused on local seafood, and locally-sourced meats and produce.

Not to miss are the standout wine-tasting flights.

In any neighborhood you explore, Gig Harbor is full of exceptional

destinations to discover while enjoying a romantic evening—or

weekend—away.

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Local Libations

sampling GIG HARBOR

by COLIN ANDERSON

After a fun day paddling the harbor, hiking the trails, or strolling through

beautiful downtown, many are in search of a refreshing beverage to

cap off an already fantastic day. Thankfully there is no shortage of local

offerings in greater Gig Harbor. From brands known throughout the

Pacific Northwest —even the nation— to small capacity microbrews, there

are many options in which to sample.

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Fox Island Brewing Tap-IN

This unique setup is all about supporting

up-and-coming brewers who are

looking to take their passion and turn

it into a profession. A three-barrel

brewing system allows multiple brewers

to share equipment and encourages the

creation of new nano-breweries. You’ll

get to sample beers not found anywhere

else while supporting a local small

business. It’s not just beer here, as you’ll

find other small-batch wine, spirits and

hard cider as well. The tasting room is

family friendly, and there are snacks and

gourmet hot dogs to enjoy while you

sample.

2416 14TH AVE. NW

FOXISLANDBREWING.COM

>> The HUB at Gig Harbor

Located at the Tacoma Narrows Airport,

The HUB brings one of Tacoma’s longest

standing breweries right here to Gig

Harbor. The large space includes both

indoor and outdoor seating where you

can watch the planes come and go. Classic

Harmon beers are served up alongside

seasonal offerings and occasionally

experimental ales and lagers as well.

Where you stay for delicious pizza or

their well-known burgers and a pint or

fill up a growler to go, your thirst will be

quenched!

1208 26TH AVE. NW

HARMONBREWINGCO.COM/HUB-GIG-

HARBOR

>> Wet Coast Brewing Company

The brewers at Wet Coast Brewing

Company believe that there is a beer

for everyone and are on a mission to

deliver that beer. The brewery puts out

stouts and brown, pales and IPAs, and

Northwest-inspired seasonal offerings.

The variety of dark or light, hoppy and

malty provides guests a chance to find

a style they appreciate or discover a

beer that might just become their new

favorite. Visitors get to see the brewing

process directly from the tasting rooms,

where you can order a pint, flight, or

beer to go.

6820 KIMBALL DRIVE

WETCOASTBREWING.COM

>> finholm’s market

A Gig Harbor staple, Finholm’s Market

has been around for what feels like

forever. Stop in the taproom located

along the historic waterfront for a

refreshing pour from one of its 13

rotating taps featuring craft brews from

throughout the Pacific Northwest. Or

you can browse the over 100 varieties of

bottled and canned beers and grab some

bites at the deli. For non-beer drinkers,

the market also offers wine and cider,

making it a great stop for everyone.

8812 N. HARBORVIEW DRIVE

FINHOLMS.COM

>> Olalla vineyard & winery

This small, family-owned vineyard

boasts views of Vashon Island, the Puget

Sound and Ollala Bay. Its tasting room

features a variety of reds and whites

from renowned winemaker Matthew

Loso made from grapes grown on

the premises as well as throughout

Eastern Washington. Sip on a selection

from Pinot Gris and Viognier to the

local favorite, Golubok, a traditionally

European grape reminiscent of Cabernet

Sauvignon that is particularly well-suited

to the Puget Sound climate.

13176 OLALLA VALLEY ROAD

OLALLAWINES.COM

>> zog’s

Located on Fox Island, this local

gathering space offers fun and libations

for the entire family. Explore the twostory

restaurant and pub space that

includes a family-friendly upstairs, or

relax with a brew in hand on the beautiful

patio which features two outdoor fire

pits, a fountain and gazebo.

587 76TH AVE.

FOXISLANDWA.NET/ZOGS_ON_FOX_

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>> Heritage Distilling Company

One of Gig Harbor’s most successful brands, you’ve probably seen a bottle of Heritage’s Brown Sugar Bourbon (BSB) in just about

every well-stocked bar in the state. BSB is just the tip of this massive operation that creates not just whiskeys but vodka and gin as well.

Heritage Distilling Company is the most awarded craft distillery in North America six years in a row from the American Distilling

Institute. With two locations, you can visit a tasting room or schedule a tour to see how different spirits are made and aged.

3207 57TH STREET COURT NW, TASTING AND TOURS

3118 HARBORVIEW DRIVE, TASTINGS ONLY

HERITAGEDISTILLING.COM

>> 7Seas Brewing Company

Now with more than 10 years in business, 7 Seas Brewing is an absolute local favorite. You won’t find any TVs here (other than a

projector setup for Seahawks games), so conversations over a quality craft beer are encouraged. You can order a flight of four, six or

eight different beers. Feel free to bring your kids as well as your own food or take out from any local restaurant as you relax with a

beautiful view over the harbor.

3006 JUDSON ST. # 110

7SEASBREWING.COM

>> Gig HarBor Brewing Company Taproom

Easy drinking traditional-style ales are what Gig Harbor Brewing Company is all about. Flagship, seasonal and specialty brews are all

available, and be sure to ask about the story behind the naming of ‘Round Rock IPA.’ Head brewer Mike O’Hara brings nearly 20 years’

experience to the brewery, ensuring you will be sipping quality, no matter what you order.

3115 HARBORVIEW DRIVE

GIGHARBORBREWING.COM

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FINHOLM’S MARKET

8812 N. Harborview Dr.

Deli • Beer • Wine

OLALLA VINEYARD & WINERY

13176 Olalla Valley Rd.

Wine • Tasting

GIG HARBOR BREWING COMPANY TAPROOM

3115 Harborview Dr.

Beer • Wine • 21+

Heritage Distilling Company

3118 Harborview Dr.

Tasting

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7SEAS BREWING COMPANY

3006 Judson St. #110

Beer • Cider • Family

WET COAST BREWING COMPANY

6820 Kimball Dr.

Beer • Wine • Family

HERITAGE DISTILLING COMPANY

3207 57th St. Ct. NW

Tasting • Tours

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THE HUB AT GIG HARBOR

1208 26th Ave. NW

Full bar • Food • Family

ZOG’S

587 76th Ave., Fox Island

Food • Bar

Gig Harbor

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HERITAGE MARKERS

Heritage

Markers:

A Sign Marks the Spot

By Stephanie Lile, Harbor History Museum

Photos Courtesy Harbor History Museum

Along Gig Harbor’s waterfront, a series of markers note

the sites and scenes of key events in our area’s history.

As you might imagine, Gig Harbor has not always

looked as it does now, and heritage markers serve as

a window to the past.

SIDE NOTE: THE NATURALISTS

AMONG US WILL ALSO ENJOY THE

INTERPRETIVE MARKERS EXPLAINING

THE REGIONAL NATURAL LIFE PLACED

ALONG THE ROUTE AS WELL.

For example, did you know that before the Narrows Bridge

was built in 1940, ferries did all the heavy lifting of cars and

passengers around the sound. Some of the first passenger ferries,

nicknamed the “Mosquito Fleet,” docked at the north end of the

harbor at what is now the Peninsula Yacht Basin. Later ferries

docked at what was once “People’s Dock” next to today’s Tides

Tavern. After the Narrows Bridge collapsed on November 7,

1940, the ferry landing just outside the mouth of the harbor

was immediately recommissioned and the ferries put back into

service.

Other markers around town tell of first peoples, early settlers, and

local heroes. At Donkey Creek Park, former location of Borgen’s

Building supply, a marker tells of Gig Harbor’s first residents,

a band of the Puyallup Tribe. The native settlement was at the

current site of the Harbor History Museum, and according to the

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1880 census, was home to more than 60 people, including men

from the Pacific Islands.

Early settlers included immigrants from the Dalmatian Coast of

what is now Croatia, as well as Norway, Sweden, Finland, and

Denmark. Samuel Jerisich and his wife Anna, a first nations

woman from the Penelakut Tribe located near Vancouver, BC,

arrived here in 1867. They claimed a large homestead near the

mouth of the harbor all the way up what is now Soundview

Drive. A fisherman by trade, Jerisich and two other immigrants,

Goldman and Farragut, began fishing the local waters with seine

nets, a technique brought with them from the old country.

The most recent marker to be placed is one devoted to local

mountain climbers Luther Jerstad and Marty Hoey. As you stand

at the north end of the harbor, you can see Mount Rainier rising

high above the horizon. Jerstad and Hoey trained on Rainier in

preparation for the bigger climb to come—Everest. Check out the

marker at the Bogue viewing platform to learn their fates.

The truth of it all, is that Gig Harbor would not be the unique,

beautiful city it is today were it not for the historic preservation

efforts taken by citizens throughout the city. The Gig Harbor

BoatShop building, once Eddon Boat and before that Glein Boat,

is an important historic site that harkens back to Gig Harbor’s

strong boat building history. The Skansie Netshed and the Ancich

Netshed are both unique historic structures that provide insight

to the region’s commercial fishing industry.

Even the original Peninsula Light Company and Austin Mill sites

are identified with historic markers that allude to the changing

waterfront that we know as Gig Harbor. But what is the point of

historic markers other than serving as a signpost of a long dead

past? They are sparks for the imagination that help us contemplate

other times and other ways of thinking. They are the reminders

that human history is ever changing, for good and bad, and that

these sites hold a resonance that is worth remembering and

acknowledging across time.

From the City Park to the old Ferry Landing at the mouth of the

harbor, you’ll find no less than 20 historic markers. Each one

bears a unique story of Gig Harbor’s journey from then to now.

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SENIOR LIVING

COURTESY OF HERON’S KEY

Senior Living in the Harbor

AN UNPARALLELED LIFESTYLE

BY RACHEL KELLY

Gig Harbor is large enough for a sense of community

but small enough to know your neighbor. It’s a perfect

place to settle down. From downtown waterfront

concerts, swing dancing under the stars and moonlit

walks on the waterfront, there is no shortage of things to do. It

is no surprise that Gig Harbor boasts and supports a variety of

senior living options.

For the healthy and independent individual who is interested in

living in a community of peers, there are more than eight 55-plus

active living communities. Individuals who wish to live in these

communities can buy affordable, single-story, easy-to-maintain

lots with access to various outdoor amenities. These communities

range from the Hillcrest mobile park to Laurelwood Senior

Apartments.

For the independent senior who does not wish to cook, clean, or is

no longer driving, there are five independent living communities.

These apartments are rentable and usually include a vibrant

community and homelike feel, with interactive mealtimes and

communal space. Each apartment in each community is its own

private space to the couple or individual, allowing for ownership

while not sacrificing civil engagement. Examples include The

Lodge at Mallard’s Landing.

There are eight assisted living communities in Gig Harbor for

individuals in need of further care for dementia, medications,

meals, housekeeping and daily self-care. These homes host

community activities, encouraging activity and independence,

while providing for specialized needs. Usually these homes or

apartments have private or shared rooms for rent and benefit

from close community. There is the more affordable option of

Mercycare Adult Family Home, and the more comprehensive

Sound Vista Village of Village Concepts of Gig Harbor.

There are five nursing homes in the larger community that

provide 24- hour care for a variety of medical issues associated

with age, two of these specializing in memory care. These homes

and facilities are for individuals who are no longer able to care

for themselves, and their loved ones are also ill-equipped for fulltime

care. These include the smaller and more personable highend

Family First Adult Family Home to the larger ManorCare

Health Services.

Lastly, there are several continuing care communities. These

communities are meant to be neighborhoods that support

seniors from age 55 until the end of their lives. Continuing

care communities provide the variety of services meant for

independent active living, while also providing for the medical

services that seniors may need as they age. You will find a diverse

group of people of all ages in these communities, as well as a

variety of experiences. These include, but are not limited to,

Penrose Harbor at Heron’s Key, Kensington Gardens, Harbor

Place at Cottesmore, and Cottesmore of Life Care. At Kensington

Gardens, seniors enjoy independent resort-style living, with

personalized care options as they age. Harbor Place at Cottesmore

offers independent retirement and assisted living, with an on-site

salon, spa, fitness center and restaurant-like dining, while it’s

sister community Cottesmore of Life Care offers 24-hr skilled

nursing and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

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Harbor Place

& Cottesmore

Discover Our

CAMPUS OF CARE.

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

retirement living, assisted living, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and

skilled nursing. 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

Cottesmore of Life Care

Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the

Gig Harbor Community

• 24-Hour Skilled Nursing

• Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation

• Physical, Occupational,

Speech and Aquatic Therapies

• Come tour our new rehab wing, state-of-the-art

rehab gym, and newly remodeled facility!

253.853.3354

1016 29th St. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

HarborPlaceRetirement.com

253.851.5433

2909 14th Ave. NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

LCCA.com

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RESOURCE GUIDE

PHOTO BY DIANE FETZNER

RESOURCE GUIDE KEY

VISITOR INFORMATION

HOSPITAL

FIRE DISTRICTS

POWER/WATER

TELEPHONE

NATURAL GAS

HUNTING AND FISHING

LIBRARY

WELCOME

CITY OF GIG HARBOR

PARK DISTRICTS

SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND CLUBS

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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 HWY. NW

LAKEBAY, WA 98349

253.884.2222

KEYPENINSULAFIRE.ORG

>> POWER/WATER

>> VISITOR INFORMATION

SKANSIE VISITOR AND INTERPRETIVE CENTER

Open Wednesdays through Sundays during the summer

(and Thursdays through 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 learn

more about picturesque Gig Harbor and the Puget Sound. The

friendly 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 familyfriendly

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 visitor guide and a

community calendar, visit GigHarborGuide.com.

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

GIGHARBORGUIDE.COM

253.853.3554

GIG HARBOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTER

3125 JUDSON ST.

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

GIGHARBORCHAMBER.NET

253.851.6865

HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY, 10 AM – 4 PM

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

253.851.8118

REPAIR SERVICE:

800.201.4099

CENTURYLINK.COM

>> HOSPITAL

ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL

11567 CANTERWOOD BLVD.

GIG HARBOR, WA 98332

253.530.2000

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>> NATURAL GAS

PUGET SOUND ENERGY

888.225.5773

PSE.COM

>> HUNTING AND FISHING

WA DEPT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

360.902.2200

DFWD.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 AND

VISITOR CENTER

3125 JUDSON ST.

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

253.851.6865

GIGHARBORCHAMBER.NET

NEW NEIGHBORS

P.O. BOX 2163

GIG HARBOR WA 98335

253.857.8687

GIGHARBORNEWNEIGHBORS.COM

GIG HARBOR WELCOME CLUB

P.O. BOX 1122

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

253.857.8313

GIGHARBORWELCOMECLUB.COM

>> CITY OF GIG HARBOR

CITY OF GIG HARBOR

3510 GRANDVIEW ST.

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

253.851.8136

CITYOFGIGHARBOR.NET

CITY HALL

253.851.8136

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

BOB LARSON

253.851.6127

CITY CLERK

MOLLY TOWSLEE

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

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TOURISM AND COMMUNICATIONS

253.853.3554

PHOTO BY DIANE FETZNER

MAYOR: Kit Kuhn

CITY COUNCIL: Jeni Woock, Bob Himes, Jim Franich, Tracie

Markley, Robyn Denson, Le Rodenberg, Spencer Abersold

MON – THURSDAY

10 AM – 2 PM

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

PHOTO BY DIANE FETZNER

>> PARK DISTRICTS

PENMET PARKS

10123 – 78TH AVE. NW

GIG HARBOR, WA 98332

253.858.3400

PENMETPARKS.ORG

KEY PEN PARKS

5514 KEY PENINSULA HWY. N

LAKEBAY, WA 98349

253.884.9240

KEYPENPARKS.COM

>> SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

AND CLUBS

ACTIVE RETIREMENT AND SENIOR CLUB OF GIG HARBOR

PENINSULA LUTHERAN CHURCH FELLOWSHIP HALL

6509 38TH AVE. NW

GIG HARBOR, WA

BETA SIGMA PHI (LAUREATE GAMMA ETA AND XI DELTA

LAMDA)

4021 10TH ST. NW

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

253.851.3192

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

CHAPELHILLPC.ORG

FOX ISLAND YACHT CLUB

1061 12TH AVE.

FOX ISLAND, WA 98333

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. BOX 1

FOX ISLAND, WA 98333

253.549.2603

FUYC.COM

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GIG HARBOR COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN’S CIVIC 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, WA 98332

253.858.6179

GHPFISH.COM

PHOTO BY CATHY KASPERBAUER

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

GIGHARBOR.TOASTMASTERSCLUBS.ORG

GIG HARBOR YACHT CLUB

8209 STINSON AVE.

GIG HARBOR, WA 98332

253.851.1807

GIGHARBORYC.COM

NARROWS PARK

PHOTO BY KELLY WILLIAMS

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

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

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NARROWS BASEBALL CLUB

10421 BURNHAM DRIVE

BUILDING #1

MAILING ADDRESS: 3110 JUDSON ST. PMB #189

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

253.851.6265

NARROWSBASEBALLCLUB.ORG

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.

GIG HARBOR, WA 98332

253.858.7678

PENINSULA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

5209 POINT FOSDICK DRIVE NW

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

253.851.8710

PENINSULAEA.COM

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

PENINSULAYOUTHFOOTBALL.COM

ROTARY CLUB OF GIG HARBOR

P.O. BOX 342

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

PORTAL.CLUBRUNNER.CA/707

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

GIG HARBOR, WA 98332

GIGHARBORNORTHROTARY.ORG

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF GIG HARBOR

P.O. BOX 2761

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

INFO@GHSOROPTIMIST.ORG

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY

ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH GIG HARBOR

3510 ROSEDALE ST. NW

GIG HARBOR, WA 98335

253.851.8850

UNITED WAY OF PIERCE COUNTY

1501 PACIFIC AVE.,

SUITE 400

TACOMA, WA 98402

253.272.4263

UWPC.ORG

WEST SOUND AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION

N7IG.ORG

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VISIT THE TASTE OF

AUTHENTIC TEXAS BBQ

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LIVING LOCAL’S

2019

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