visit the Tides Tavern. A...
visit the Tides Tavern. A quaint tavern located on the water. In the summer it's fabulous to sit outside on the deck and take in the beauty of the Harbor and view of Mt. Ranier. Also, if your a sailor, pull right up to their dock and tie up. They need to make the outside seating area larger. Gig Harbor is like the Sausilito of the Pacific Northwest. Art Galleries, resturants and the general beauty of a harbor village. I lived there for 4 years and will be returning for good this fall to open a bed a breakfast. If you sail, it's a beautiful harbor to sail into. I miss walking through the harbor on summer afternoons. I found the residents of Gig Harbor very friendly. Everyone you pass walking on the streets always has a smile and a friendly hello. Try to find that in a big city.
Gig Harbor Tip
In Gig Harbor, I love to go walking along the waterfront in downtown, especially on a sunny day. It's just nice to walk along the sidewalk and go in and look around the little shops with friends. A good way to spend your Saturday afternoon.
Shortly after crossing the famous Narrows Bridge from Tacoma there are information signs to access Gig Harbor. The first exit takes you straight way into Gig Harbor and business section. As you descend the steep hill, take in the wonderful scenic views. I recommend that slow speed while entering Gig Harbor is essential because the possibility of missing the architecture. And besides that the local police are very touchy about speeding through their district!
The second exit takes you through the residential area, and the descent is more gradual than the first entry. There are Victorian homes here, and one can easily shoot an entire roll of film here if so inclined.
My Home Town
"Welcome to Gig Harbor"
Gig Harbor is a small but gorgeous community of hillsides and waterfront. If you haven't been on a boat, walked on a beach and had a beer at the Tides, then please do so immediately! We're famous for our commercial fishing fleet, but private boats in all sizes and shapes are the best way to enjoy yourself around here. Gig Harbor includes not just the town, but miles & miles of countryside, most with waterfront or waterfront views. There are a few public waterfront parks, but they are nice. Try to get friendly with the locals, some of the best places are privately owned. You definitely need a car or a v. good boat and a bicycle with strong legs (remember the hills!). A map from the telephone book or from the Fire Station is an excellent idea. Be sure to include both the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula in your visit.
This is an excellent spot to enjoy the wonders of Puget Sound and still be within driving distance of Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Peninsula, Pt. Townsend, Pt. Angeles and Victoria B.C., Eastern Washington, Vancouver B.C. and Bellingham, WA and Portland, Oregon are easy overnight trips from here.
July and August provides warm enough weather and water for a few great places to swim in the Sound. Public pools are limited to the high schools. Canterwood has a nice private club & pool. Boating of all kinds is a year-round sport but be aware of your limits, please. You'll also be pleased by the various ferry service offerings -- four different ways to get to Seattle via ferry, plus ferries to various islands and British Columbia. Have a grand time!