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The quaint town of Port Gamble is great afternoon getaway from Seattle (Rebecca Mongrain/Seattle Refined)

Get away to quaint Port Gamble

Washington is packed with great places for a fun afternoon visit and one of our favorites at Seattle Refined is the historic waterfront town of Port Gamble. It's just a short ferry ride from Edmonds and a quick 6 mile drive from Kingston. The tree-lined streets are filled with great shops and the New England style homes make for a delightful getaway to the Kitsap Peninsula.

Founded in 1853 by timber entrepreneurs, Port Gamble has retained its character and much of the original architecture. Rumors of paranormal activities inside the homes by ghosts of former residents keep paranormal investigators busy with lots of ghost walks and even a ghost conference. Port Gamble's streets are lined with quaint shops, fun activities and old world charm.

Shopping & Eating

Port Gamble General Store: This historical landmark is a beautiful place to shop and eat! The General Store was once the place the community relied upon for its many needs but when the mill closed in 1995, the need for a general story diminished. The General Store now is a historic building with a cafe and retail store selling a variety of items from ice cream, candy, cards to souvenirs, home decor and NW wines. Make sure to imbibe in the yummy desserts and pastries after enjoying some slow-cooked, delicious food. Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. - 4p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. - 9p.m., Friday - Sunday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Quilted Strait: Located in the Old Stables Building, the Quilted Strait Quilt Shop has almost 4000 bolts of eclectic fabric and sewing supplies for the most discriminate sewer. The shop also has a large collection of embroidery flosses and cross stitch linens and supplies. Hours: Monday - Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Artful Ewe: Knitters, spinners and fiber lovers will adore The Artful Ewe. The store is stocked with natural, hand-dyed artisan fibers of the finest quality, tools for spinning, weaving, and knitting. The store's friendly dog is an added bonus for pet lovers. Hours: Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tango Zulu: This small, family owned business is located in the historic Morrill Pope House and specializes in fair-trade African baskets along with artisan products. Most of their offerings come from developing countries but they also offer a selection of items made in the USA. You're sure to find the perfect item in this fun shop. Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mrs Muir's House of Ghosts and Magic: Looking for a bit of paranormal activity? Mrs. Muir's House of Ghosts and Magic is an eclectic paranormal and metaphysical gift shop. You'll find everything you need for magical designs along with one of kind jewelry, wands and pendulums. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Explore and Play

Port Gamble Playground: The kids in your group will enjoy being able to get their wiggles out at this playground, nicely located next to Quilted Strait behind the main street of town. The five slides, swings, playhouse and picnic tables are a great place to let the kids run wild while taking a break from exploring Port Gamble.

Port Gamble Historic Museum: Take a step back in time at the Port Gamble Historic Museum to learn about the beginnings of Port Gamble and its' founders, Andrew Jackson Pope and Frederick Talbot. Packed with interesting facts and artifacts dating back to the 1800s, a tour of the museum will provide an abundance of fun. Hours: Daily (May 1st through September 30th) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Friday - Sunday (October 1st through April 30th) 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Olympic Outdoor Center: Open year-round, the Olympic Outdoor Center can be found in the old fire station and provides everything you need for kayak rental, mountain bike rides and any other outdoor gear you might need to explore the Kitsap Peninsula. If you ask nicely, they might even run the fire siren for you. Hours: Times vary depending on the season; check their website for specifics.

Lodging

Port Gamble Guest Houses: Staying the weekend in Port Gamble is great when you spend the night in the Port Gamble Guest Houses. Situated on the hill overlooking the entrance to Hood Canal, both guest houses have three guest rooms, which together can accommodate up to 18 people . Both houses come with fully stocked kitchens, towels and linens along with books, games, kites, horseshoes and sand toys. Sit back and experience the serenity and beauty surrounding these craftsman homes.

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