October 2016                                               Sound Brewery, Poulsbo

Oktoberfest Starts on the Kitsap Peninsula
Silver City is Kitsap's craft brew leader

Beer and autumn go together. Maybe it's the way the amber hues in the glass echo the golds and browns of the leaves outside. Maybe it's the comforting atmosphere of a brew pub on a chilly day. Whatever the reason, there's no better place for a fall beer tour than the Kitsap Peninsula. From established masters like 20-year-old Silver City to hops-forward newcomers like Rainy Daze, we have more than a dozen award-winning craft breweries ready to fill your glass or growler. Read our blog for details and visit the VKP website to plan your trip and find lodging options and restaurants, including brew pubs like Cash Brewing Co. and  Der Blokken Brewery

One of the newest additions to the Kitsap Peninsula brew scene is Hale's Ales Barrelhouse and tasting room in Bremerton. There are 23 beers on tap, including a rotating selection of local guest brews. "There are unique and lovely beers on the Kitsap Peninsula and they have very individual styles," said owner Mike Hale.

Click here to create a personalized Kitsap Peninsula tasting tour or make it easy on yourself and let Peninsula Brew Tours do the driving. Owner Jeremy Hicks will set up a customized weekend excursion for you and your beer-loving friends. The Kitsap Peninsula is one of seven sites in the state that hosts a Washington Beer Commission Open House each year. Check here in early 2017 for the schedule and here in 2017 for the dates of the annual Bremerton Summer Brewfest on the beautiful waterfront boardwalk.

Featured Destination - Port Gamble

History, Scenery & Thrills
Port Gamble is glorious in the fall. The streets of this New England-style village are lined with colorful maples and elms. Local restaurants are dishing up warming comfort food. And if you're looking for a chill up your spine, Port Gamble Paranormal has ghost walks, a three-day conference and the annual Spirits & Spirits Fest. The town dates back to the 1850s and was home to the oldest continuously operating lumber mill in the United States. Now, the well-preserved buildings house museums, shops and restaurants. Mountain bikers love the 4,000-acre Port Gamble-Stottlemeyer Trails. For tamer fun, visit the quirky Of Sea and Shore shell museum, learn about spinning and weaving with hand-dyed fibers at The Artful Ewe or enjoy a performance of the Port Gamble Theater's October production of Clue - The Musical. Read our blog for more and click here to plan your getaway.
 Things To Do in October

Halloween on the Peninsula
Pumpkin patches, hay rides and corn mazes, oh my! Fall is filled with fun on the Kitsap Peninsula. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly outing or a night of thrills and chills, we've got you covered. Choose the perfect pumpkin and explore farm life at Creek House Farm in Port Orchard or Pheasant Fields Farm in Silverdale, which also has a small corn maze. Ready for a challenge? Try the big maze at Bremerton's Minder Farms. Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge has a Super Squash Scavenger Hunt all month long and is hosting "spooky" creatures from West Sound Wildlife Shelter Oct. 29. There's an old-time Harvest Fest Oct. 20-23 at South Kitsap's Miracle Ranch, Haunted Hayride Oct. 25 on Bainbridge and Ghost Train Oct. 29 with Kitsap Live Steamers in Port Orchard. See hundreds of lighted jack-o-lanterns on the Bainbridge Gardens Pumpkin Walk Oct. 14-15. For full-on scares, try Kitsap's Haunted Fairgrounds Fridays and Saturdays plus Oct. 31. Lights-on tours at 5 p.m.; full scare 6-11 p.m. 
Featured Trips & Tours

Salmon Watching
There are few natural spectacles more thrilling than the annual return of the salmon to Kitsap Peninsula streams. These quintessential Northwest creatures struggle upstream each fall, completing a multi-year migration to the sea and fulfilling their destiny to lay and fertilize eggs in the creeks where they were born. Mark your calendars for Kitsap Salmon Tours 10-2 Oct. 29 at Poulsbo's Fish Park and Nov. 5 at Clear Creek Sa'qad Interpretive Center, Cowling Creek, Dickerson Creek, Otto Jarstad Park, Chico Salmon Park and Mountaineers Rhododendron Preserve. Fish biologists will be on hand to answer questions and there will also be activities for the whole family, informational booths and refreshments. Click here for a map of easily accessible locations to view salmon and check out this amazing video.
Featured Foodie Find

Bay Street Bistro
This eatery offers fine dining in a historic former hardware store in the heart of downtown Port Orchard. The food might be elegant - Alaskan Weathervane scallops in a cream sauce and classic Beef Bourguignon - but the atmosphere is relaxed. Owners Brady and Deanna Miller were regular patrons, who loved the place so much, they bought it. Look for a November expansion that will add a wine and tapas bar next door. The bistro is known for inventive Sunday Suppers that have become the highlight of the week. The four-course meals cost $28 or $37 with a cocktail or glass of wine. Check the restaurant's Facebook page for weekly themes, that have included everything from the Basque region to beer and bacon. Read our blog for more information and visit the VKP website for more dining ideas and things to do in Port Orchard. 

Redeemed Revival
More than 80 vendors of vintage, repurposed and restored items will be on hand Oct. 14-15 for Josephine's Redeemed Revival Fall Vintage Market at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. With more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, this is Kitsap's largest vintage market. General admission is $5, $10 for Early Birds. More info.
Ukulele Festival

Whether you want to learn the ukulele or are a master of the traditional Hawaiian instrument, this Oct. 22 festival is for you. Start with a day of skills workshops, then enjoy an evening concert with virtuosos Brittni Paiva, Del Rey, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel at the beautiful Admiral Theatre. Click here for tickets and information. 
Wild Mushroom Show
If you don't know a chanterelle from a morel, come learn from the experts at the Kitsap Peninsula Mycological Society Oct. 30 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Taste wild mushrooms and get help identifying them. There will also be kids' crafts, mushroom kits, displays and info about foraging trips. Free admission. More info. 
More Things to Do in October 

Pop-Up Art & Craft Fair- Oct. 8-9 - BI Museum of Art
Kitsap Live Steamers - Oct. 9, 22 - South Kitsap Regional Park

Kitsap Wedding Tour - Oct. 9 - four venues

Gig Harbor Film Festival - Oct. 20-23 - Uptown Gig Harbor
Polynesian Holiday Bazaar - Oct. 22 - Kitsap Fairgrounds

Magnificent Mollusks - Oct. 22 - SEA Discovery Center, Poulsbo
Halloween 5K & Kids Dash - Oct. 29 - Kitsap Fairgrounds
Find more Events & Things To Do at VisitKitsap.com
Save the Date: Art in the Woods, Nov. 11-13                                      
Don't miss this unique self-guided tour around the scenic northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. Visit artists in their studios and do some early Christmas shopping or bring home something special for yourself. This is a great excuse for a girlfriends' weekend getaway. More info.
No reservations required on routes serving the Kitsap Peninsula region.


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