An interesting and likable port of call for Puget Sound boaters is not far from Seattle.
Bremerton is cited as an up-and-coming place for boaters to visit. Located just across Puget Sound from Seattle, Bremerton has remade itself, in recent years, into an appealing port of call. The U.S. Navy has been a part of the area since 1891, and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility and Naval Base Kitsap employs many of Bremerton’s residents.
ALONG THE WATERFRONT
Bremerton’s deep commitment to military service takes shape on the waterfront. The Puget Sound Navy Museum features historical exhibits about the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and an exhibit of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), which provides visitors with an idea of what life aboard a nuclear aircraft carrier was like. Out front, the sail of USS Parche, a decommissioned Sturgeon-class nuclear submarine, rises from the concrete.
A short walk toward the water is Harborside Fountain Park, which features mesmerizing synchronized water fountains, all of which mimic the shape of a submarine sail.
East of the Ferry Terminal, the Louis Mentor Boardwalk — with flowers, water features, sculptures, restaurants, and tributes to the Navy and shipyard workers — passes the marina and ends at USS Turner Joy, a renowned Navy destroyer that took part in the Vietnam War. Today it’s a floating museum that offers insight into life aboard naval vessels.
MOOR YOUR VESSEL
Bremerton Marina is one of Puget Sound’s newer and larger facilities, with 221 permanent tenant berths and room for 100 guest boats. There is gated security, 30A/120V and 50A/240V power, water, spotless restrooms, free showers, laundry, garbage and recycling, dockside pumpout by appointment, complimentary Wi-Fi, and — when staff is available — a free shuttle to the grocery store and West Marine.
We’re always pleased during our visits by the generous fairways and oversized finger piers, which come in handy when we’re negotiating the current that flows through the marina at times. Upon request the marina will provide an attendant to assist with lines.
The nearest fuel dock is one and a half miles across Sinclair Inlet at Port Orchard Marina.
TIME YOUR VISIT
The boardwalk is the site of a number of city hosted activities. A Farmers’ Market is held on Sundays, May through September. Other activities include Bremerton Summer Brewfest (July), Rock the Dock Concert Series (July and August), Kitsap Wine Festival (August), Blackberry Festival (September), and USS Turner Joy Haunted Ship (October), to name a few.
Up the stairs from the marina is the Bremerton Harborside District, which features several coffee shops, restaurants and two major hotels. A short two-block walk into town yields a variety of shops, galleries, specialty stores and plenty of restaurants. Pacifi c Avenue to the east is Bremerton’s main shopping district. F.R.O.G. Soap offers beautiful earth-friendly soap made from coconut and palm oil. Simply Renewed features antique collectibles. Art lovers will enjoy a visit to Collective Visions art gallery and the Amy Burnett Fine Art Gallery. The whimsical Pyrex Museum recalls memories of the 1950s for baby boomers.
Also located in the downtown district is the Kitsap County Historical Museum, which includes displays of an 1800s-era school room, cabin and saloon, to aid visitors in learning the ways of pioneer life.
GRAB A BITE
There are plenty of fine restaurants at which to grab a bite for lunch or dinner. Some of our favorites are Boston Pizza & Deli, Toro Lounge(Northwest cuisine and large selection of tapas, micro brews and spirits), or Bremerton Bar & Grill for a burger. For Mexican cuisine, try El Balcon, which began as a street vendor. There’s also Anthony’s Homeport overlooking the marina and Sinclair Inlet. It offers a selection of seafood one would expect from a Northwest favorite.
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