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    Seven Things to do in Seabeck Washington

    My Summer in Washington State

    Location: Seabeck, Washington, USA

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington.

    Visitors to the west sound area of the Kitsap Peninsula rarely make their way out to Seabeck on the Hood Canal.  The little gem of a community has no hotels, malls or big

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Sunset on the Hood Canal

    grocery stores.  It sits quietly as it has for generations, in one of the most picturesque spots in the world.  Less than 15 minutes drive from the overrun and out of control growth town of Silverdale where you can find services and stores to your hearts content, Seabeck is an anomaly – a fragile reminder of days past.

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Historic Chapel Seabeck Conference Grounds

    A visit to Seabeck can easily be done in one day, but we were lucky enough to have 23 days to relax and enjoy this area at our spectacular waterfront Airbnb right on Hood Canal in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains. We found many things to occupy us, including our favorite seven things to do in Seabeck Washington.

    During our time here we did several hikes

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Dungeness Crab

    around the parks and nature preserves, rode our bikes on the quiet and nearly deserted roads, enjoyed fresh Dungeness crab right from our front yard, went kayaking on the calm and beautiful waters of the canal and enjoyed pizza from the towns only food service facility.

    Additionally we made a point to learn some history about our surroundings, and were

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Fascinating historic cemetery

    surprised to find that Seabeck was at one time a booming lumber mill town.  Little remains of that era now, nor of the generations of Native Americans who once spent their summers here enjoying the bounty of the sea and forest the area offered.

    Here are our favorites – the seven things to do in Seabeck Washington, nestled on the North Hood Canal in Western Washington. Visit soon.

     

    1. Scenic Beach State Park – a beautiful

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Emel House Scenic Beach State Park

    waterfront state park covered in beautiful forests this park offers swimming, beach combing, camping, picnic area as well as the historic Emel home.  Events and weddings often occur here.

    2. Gillimot Cove –

    The Stump House at Guillemott Cove

    The 158-acre Kitsap county nature reserve Guillemot Cove located only six miles from the city center is a great place to enjoy the many trails that provide a pathway through this nature reserve. Visitors can also enjoy attractions such as a hollowed-out stump of a red cedar referred to as the Stump House, or simply enjoy the scenery provided by this preservation of nature.

    3. Seabeck Conference Grounds – built in

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Meeting House Seabeck Conference Grounds

    1914 by Lawrence Colman and Arn Allen originally a YMCA operated camp, the camp is now a faith based non-profit camp and  is alive and well more than 100 years later.  You can stroll around the grounds and admire the many historic structures and the glorious view.

    4. Anderson Landing Preserve – once upon a

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Puget Sound from Anderson Landing

    time this was the site of a boat landing for supplies and lumber.  Today you can walk around the forested preserve and cautiously peer over the cliff to the Puget Sound below.  Trails take you down to the location of the old landing site.

    5. Seabeck Pizza, General Store and Historic Landing- at this location once a booming

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Seabeck General Store

    lumber town operated.  Today the four small buildings house a nice general store, massage studio, espresso stand and the popular Seabeck Pizza take-away pizza joint. Take time to stroll out on to the marina pier for a nice view back at the historic old town.

    6. Seabeck Cemetery- just a half a mile south from

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Seabeck Cemetery

    the old landing watch for a tiny sign pointing to the historic Seabeck Cemetery. Graves dating back more than a hundred years are now overgrown with salal but an effort is currently underway to refurbish and preserve the site.  Many of Seabeck’a founders lie here. Including some of my own ancestors.

    7. Get on the water – you can arrive by boat

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Kayaking on Hood Canal, Seabeck

    and make use of the marina at the landing.  Or bring your SUP or kayak. Both are very popular pastimes in the summer when the canal is calm and warm.  Fishing and crabbing are also popular.  Seals, otter, porpoises and the occasional orca whale can be spotted as well as bald eagles, osprey and much more wildlife from the water.

    Seven things to do in Seabeck Washington

    Wildlife

    Seabeck – a hidden gem seemingly stuck in a bygone century. Worth a visit. Fabulous!

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    A Wednesday in Gig Harbor Washington

    Day 44 in the USA

    It’s day 44 in the USA, the longest we have stayed in one place in the last two years.  It’s starting to feel like home again.  But today on Day 44 we really played the tourist card and enjoyed a Wednesday in Gig Harbor Washington.

    Wednesday in Gig Harbor

    The beautiful Cushman Trail

    Wednesday in Gig Harbor

    Kayaking in Gig Harbor Bay

    We used to live in Gig Harbor, a beautiful town in South Puget Sound.  So we know it well.  And yet much has changed in the two years we have been gone, and it’s a lot of fun to get out and enjoy the community from a tourists point of view.

    I got up early this morning and decided to do my morning run ending at my dentist appointment.  I began running at the farthest North point on Gig Harbor’s Cushman Trail, a 6.2 mile paved trail that runs through the heart of Gig Harbor.  I love this trail for how peaceful it is.  As I ran four miles of the fairly hilly trail I saw bunnies, a deer, a squirrel and so many birds including a Pileated Woodpecker, a Flicker, an Osprey and a beautiful Goldfinch (the Washington State bird).  It’s a beautiful and peaceful trail and one of the best things about Gig Harbor.  A great start to my very full Wednesday.

    After my dentist appointment I walked back home via Soundview Drive, aptly named for the spectacular views of Puget Sound, Point Defiance in Tacoma and Vashon Island.

    Wednesday in Gig Harbor

    Colorful kayaks Gig Harbor Yacht Sales

    Wednesday in Gig Harbor

    A perfect day on the water

    Then we headed out to Kayak Gig Harbor Bay.  We usually spend Wednesday’s with our Moms, so Arne’s Mom joined us for a lovely hour and half on the water.  She had only kayaked once, and it was really a nice calm day so we sliced through the water and circled the bay on our kayaks we rented from Gig Harbor Yacht Sales.  It was very enjoyable.  Just like the Gondola ride I did with my Mom a couple

    Wednesday in Gig Harbor

    The Trolley at the Boat Yard

    weeks ago, getting out on the water is one of the best things to do when you are in Gig Harbor.  And kayaking gives you a work out too.

    Wednesday in Gig Harbor

    Making our project at AR Workshop

    Next we headed to lunch at the outdoor Trolley at the Boat Yard, a fun little spot right in the middle of the historic downtown. It wasn’t a hot day, but it was dry and comfortable so we ordered up and enjoyed our lunch on the outdoor picnic tables at this popular and affordable spot.

    Wednesday in Gig Harbor

    My canvas pillow in the works

    But our Wednesday in Gig Harbor didn’t stop there!  Later in the afternoon my Mom arrived at our cottage and we headed out to AR Workshop in downtown Gig Harbor.  This darling little shop is new to Gig Harbor and worth a visit.  AR Workshop is a do-it-yourself craft paradise where you can make wooden signs, canvas art and more.  My mom and I had a really great time making stenciled canvas pillows.  It took about two hours and anybody can do it, yet it turned out very professional looking.

    Wednesday in Gig Harbor

    All done!

    I hope to go back again to AR Workshop and make one of their wooden signs. It was a great activity.

    So that was my Wednesday in Gig Harbor – where you can enjoy nature, the harbor, exercise, lunch and arts and crafts all in one day – a perfect Wednesday or anyday.  Gig Harbor, Washington – Fabulous!

    Watch for more USA blogs coming soon.