Kingston is a cozy waterfront community along the shores of Appletree Cove and Puget Sound. It is home to a major Washington State Ferry terminal linking it to Edmonds.
Washington State Route 104 runs through the community from the Washington State Ferry terminal, leading northwest 7 miles to Port Gamble and the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. Bremerton is 26 miles to the southwest by highway. You can be in the Olympic Mountains in less than one hour across the Hood Canal Floating Bridge.
Kingston's charming main street is lined with shops, pubs with local brews, and assorted restaurants. For delicious french-styles crepes, stop in at J’aime les Crepes. Mossback features mouthwatering farm-to-table cuisine and creative cocktails. A renovated Kingston Ale House provides a varied menu, karaoke and a popular deck. For hearty appetites, try a juicy burger at The Grub Hut or biscuits and gravy at Borrowed Kitchen Bakery & Farmhouse Cafe. Another local favorite is Kafe Neo which serves fresh Mediterranean food. D’Vine Wine is a small wine bar and retail shop which specializes in boutique wines from the Pacific Northwest. The family-friendly Downpour Brewing serves handcrafted ales and CB’s Nuts gets raves for its tasting room, which showcases both fresh-roasted snacks and a section of the old Mariners dugout from the Kingdome.
The Port of Kingston Marina and The Port of Kingston offers a double-lane boat launch and a fishing pier. Also, the kayak/small boat facility provides 28 covered slips that can accommodate 8′ to 24′ kayaks or small boats. Access to Saltair Beach is east of the ferry terminal or drive around Appletree Cove to play on the beach at Arness Park. Mike Wallace Waterfront Park hosts the Kingston Saturday Community Market and many local events. There are also playgrounds close to the ferry at Kola Kole and Village Green parks.
There are several wooded walking trails close to downtown, including A Quiet Place Park on Ohio Ave northeast of the ferry terminal, the PUD trails, Carpenter Lake wildlife sanctuary at Gordon Elementary and Stillwaters Environmental Center.
The population was 2,099 at the 2010 census.
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Port Gamble is a waterfront community on the northwestern shore of the Kitsap Peninsula in Kitsap County, Washington, United States. It is also a small, eponymous bay, along which the community lies, near the entrance to Hood Canal.
Port Gamble is a 15 minute drive to the Ferry at Kingston and a 35 minute drive to the Bremerton Ferry.
The communities of Port Gamble and Little Boston, part of Kitsap County, lie on the west and the east side, respectively, of the mouth of this bay. The Port Gamble Historic District, a U.S. National Historic Landmark, covers one of the nation's best-preserved western lumber towns.
The community of Port Gamble has a wide range of shops from antiques to a tea shop to an old-fashioned general store. It is a popular tourist destination, due to its location near Bremerton, Port Townsend, Bainbridge Island, and Seattle. Port Gamble is home to the grave of Gustave Englebrecht, the first U.S. Navy sailor to die in the Pacific.
Hansville is located on the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula, affording sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet, Whidbey Island, and Puget Sound. The ferry to Edmonds is 10 miles south at Kingston and at the Hood Canal Floating Bridge is just 13 miles away around Port Gamble Bay. Poulsbo is 16 miles away
There is an abundance of wildlife viewing including whale watching at the right times and loads of bird watching. Fishermen enjoy catching salmon from the beach while taking in the views and watching the parade of marine traffic. This picturesque rural community enjoys some of the areas lowest rainfall totals, making it an ideal outdoor recreation
Hansville Greenway is a combination of Kitsap County property and trail easements making a rough square around the community of Hansville. The heart of the trail system is accessed via Buck Lake Park and encompasses not only the trails around Buck Lake and Upper and Lower Hawk's Pond, but community trails that link the park to Point No Point Park and Lighthouse, Norwegian Point Park, even a 1.2 mile detour to Hood Canal on the Sid Knutson Trail.
Other attractions are the Quiet Place Park and the Foulweather Bluff.
A popular hangout is the charming Hansgrill and Hansville General Store and Cafe. Open daily, the shop is a popular ice cream stop after a day at the beach. It also stocks snacks, beer, wine, bait and tackle. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating with stellar views and a classic diner experience.
Its population was 3,091 as of the 2010 U.S. Census
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