Visit this inviting cove by the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry Terminal.
On the Kitsap Peninsula across from Edmonds, the charming seaside enclave of Kingston is centered on the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry Terminal. It’s a busy place: The ferry carries more than 4.1 million passengers annually. Many pass through on their way to or from the Kitsap Peninsula or Olympic Peninsula, but visiting boaters in the know plan time to enjoy the gift shops and eateries of Kingston’s compact, attractive downtown.
Kingston is possibly the only city in Washington where you can get an authentic French crepe at five o’clock in the morning while you’re waiting for the ferry. That unique fact only begins to capture what makes Kingston so darn special.
Kingston’s tree-shaded main street is lined with restaurants and shops with great food and colorful names like J’aime Les Crepes, Mi Sueno Tacos y Mas, Drifters, Little City Candy & Gifts, Majestic Mountain Coffee Roasters and Café, Main Street Ale House, Mora Ice Cream, Filling Station Pub & Restaurant, and Downpour Brewing, just to name a few. So bring your appetite.
IN THE PARK
On a nice day, get your food to go and enjoy eating it in the beautiful Mike Wallace Park, more than an acre of manicured lawn and gardens with barbecues and picnic tables to enjoy. It’s also a great place to toss around a Frisbee, relax in the sun and be glad you’re not one of the motorists waiting in line for the ferry.
The sprawling Kingston Farmers’ Market, held in the park on Saturdays (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) from May through mid-October, offers fresh local and eastern Washington produce, baked goods, honey, chocolates, flowers and live music. Local artisans sell handmade arts and crafts, creating a festival feeling.
Mike Wallace Park is also where the free, family oriented “Concerts on the Cove” are held every Saturday in July and August. The fun begins a 5 p.m. and runs for two hours. There is also a beer and wine garden and food vendors.
The park is the site of other community events throughout the year, including Fourth of July festivities and the annual North Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival.
MOOR YOUR VESSEL
Port of Kingston Marina is in a cozy cove adjacent to the state ferry terminal, with dramatic views of the snow-covered Cascade and Olympic mountains.
Transient moorage is available on the dock behind the riprap breakwater. Port of Kingston offers 45 guest slips ranging from 24 to 50 feet. All 40- to 50-foot slips and fifteen 30-foot slips can be reserved. There are also 20- and 30-foot slips available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The marina is clean and well maintained, with a fuel dock, 20- and 30-amp power, a pumpout, water and Wi-Fi. There are also a couple of covered picnic gazebos, popular for group gatherings, available on a first-come, first-served basis in the guest moorage area. The harbor office, restrooms, free showers, laundry and a book exchange are located in the two-story building at the head of the dock ramp.
Port of Kingston offers visiting boaters the use of one of two electric cars, at no charge, for running errands such as provisioning or going to the hardware store.
Equipped with open storage, the glorified golf cart makes it easy to run errands in Kingston’s larger commercial center, about a half a mile up the hill. The cars are loaned out in one-hour blocks, and drivers are required to stay within the limits of the town, where the speed limit is 25 mph.
During the season, dropping a crab trap in the cove or trolling a lure for salmon may provide a fresh seafood meal. The guest slips have occupied signs, so you can go check your pots or fish without worrying if you will have a slip when you return.
Free shuttle services are available from the marina to White Horse, one of the state’s top golf courses, as well as to Clearwater Casino.
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