Port Orchard Travel Guide

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Port Orchard Things to Do

  • Manchester Art Gallery

    Located in the core of downtown Port Orchard, the Manchester Art Gallery features a number of works by local artists. Among the works are some eccentric sculptures, beautiful wood turnings, and paintings of all kinds. Items range from tiny ear rings and other jewelry to some fairly large sculptures.I wound up talking to the eccentric art gallery...

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  • Kitsap Harbor Tours: Charter for Small...

    It is certainly a "thing to do" in Port Orchard, and on a clear day a Kitsap Tour would offer some fairly wonderful scenery. Kitsap Harbor Tours offers "shipyard harborside tours" (that is, they gat as close as they can to the big Navy ships without getting anyone upset at them), various event hostings, and all with a view.However, no regularly...

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  • Sidney Museum

    Located on the upstairs floor of the 1908 building that used to serve as the local Masonic Lodge, this little museum is only accessible by first going through the Sidney Art Gallery and then up a steep staircase at the back of the building. The staircase and upper floor are decorated with historic items from the history of this small town.Many of...

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Port Orchard Hotels

  • Days Inn Port Orchard

    220 Bravo Ter, Port Orchard, WA 98367

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Comfort Inn Port Orchard

    1121 Bay Street, Port Orchard, WA, 98366

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Port Orchard Restaurants

  • Amy's on the Bay

    The whole experience is one to savour. Amy's on the Bay overlooks Bremerton and Sinclair Inlet, giving a lovely evening view over the water. The ambience is so enjoyable and there is no doubt about the nautical feel of the place. The food is undoubtedly the main attraction of Amy's, however the whole package makes is a superb dining experience....

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  • El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant

    I have eaten at El Sombrero for many years without complaint. Today, however, I killed 8 fruit flies while eating my meal. I saw countless others flying around near our table. The large tub of salsa was left uncovered on the counter. It was disgusting. When I brought the issue to the attention of the server, she said, "Oh, I know. We always have...

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  • You can count on great food

    The whole experience is one to savour. Amy's on the Bay overlooks Bremerton and Sinclair Inlet, giving a lovely evening view over the water. The ambience is so enjoyable and there is no doubt about the nautical feel of the place. The food is undoubtedly the main attraction of Amy's, however the whole package makes is a superb dining experience. The...

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  • Mexican on the South Side of Downtown

    While this is a chain restaurant, it is also true that it is one of the lesser known Mexican chains in the region and generally speaking it is a step above the fast food type chains that you will find everywhere. There are a dozen of these scattered across the state of Washington, mostly in smaller communities fairly far from major cities. They are...

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  • Great Food with Indoor and Outdoor Views

    While this restaurant serves good food and is decorated in an attractive fashion, one of the reasons to eat here is that in all of Port Orchard there is probably no other restaurant that has anywhere near as good a view as does the Lighthouse. It sits right on the edge of Sinclair Inlet, and on a clear day it is possible to see the summits of a...

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  • If you want DELICIOUS FOOD...

    My husband and I came across this restaurant while doing the downtown trick or treating that Port Orchard downtown businesses offered as an alternative to not having a festival for lack of funding. I thought that it was cute when we walked in so we put it on our "list of things to do." On date night we chose Amy's on the Bay and we were not...

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  • Disgusting

    I have eaten at El Sombrero for many years without complaint. Today, however, I killed 8 fruit flies while eating my meal. I saw countless others flying around near our table. The large tub of salsa was left uncovered on the counter. It was disgusting. When I brought the issue to the attention of the server, she said, "Oh, I know. We always have...

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  • Mmm...good BBQ with a view!

    The view from this modest BBQ restaurant is quite beautiful. The food is amazing! Free corn bread with meal. Smokey, no knife or sharp teeth needed, fall off the bone style meat! I love the boneless beef ribs myself. They come with three sides. I always get the deep fried corn-on-the-cob as one of them. The BBQ sauce is amazing and compliments the...

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  • Ambience & Great Food in South Kitsap!

    There is finally a great place with GREAT food that is freshly prepared and not deep fried!This Restaurant and Deli is locally owned with the community in mind. They make there own fresh breads, soups, and sauces. They have a take-out deli where we find gourmet foods, meat & cheeses sliced while we wait, and ITALIAN ESPRESSO. It is our favorite...

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Port Orchard Nightlife

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    by glabah Written May 21, 2010

    In 2002, a group that had previously been known as First Onstage Productions went through a reorganization. Their efforts produced what is now known as Western Washington Center for the Arts, after the aquisition of theatre performance space along Bay Street in Port Orchard.

    The 1918 building, affectionately called "The Little Playhouse on the Waterfront", hosts regular evening live theatre shows, as well as some childrens programs.

    The current schedule has some fairly significant breaks during the summer months, but otherwise a fairly extensive schedule of shows fairly far into 2011.

    The theatre organization is a non-profit, and as an all volunteer organization you can expect some things to be lacking that you might find in the big theatres in Seattle. One of the things you will find lacking is a high priced ticket: the most expensive ticket in the house is a $16 adult ticket.

    Dress Code: Wearing clothes is highly recommended. Some sort of "semi-formal" would be preferred.

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Port Orchard Transportation

  • Port Orchard Welcome Map and Sign

    As you get off the Bremerton to Port Orchard ferry, one of the signs you will find very close to the entrance to the ferry, and facing the walkway coming from the ferry pier, is a "Welcome to Port Orchard" sign.You may want to take a close look at this sign, as it features a map of downtown Port Orchard, along with a list of various businesses that...

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  • Kitsap Transit Services: Ferry and Bus

    Getting around downtown Port Orchard is fairly easy, as for the most part there are sidewalks and the core downtown area is fairly small. Once you get outside that area, roads become quite narrow, and public transit service is very limited.There is some public transit service here, though, which is operated by Kitsap Transit.While there are several...

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  • Port Orchard Hotels

    2 Hotels in Port Orchard

Port Orchard Shopping

  • Porcelain Bells by Salamander Pottery

    Port Orchard had a long history of creating ceramics as the mineral deposits were apparently quite suited for creating certain types of clay from which to make certain ceramics. A huge factory existed here for some decades but closed many years ago. However there are still those who practice ceramics here, among the various other local arts.One of...

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  • Eccentric Bits from All Over

    Elsewhere in my Port Orchard information you are able to read my tip about Elandan Gardens, which is an eccentric little bonsai garden along Sinclair Inlet a little bit outside Port Orchard.However, the gardens also host an eccentric shop which features eccentric odds and ends from all over. Some of the items you will find here are works of art by...

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  • Local Delights

    Every day, between 12 and 6, you can find the artists at work making some of the most wonderful chocolate treats in Puget Sound. Their work is available for consumption at a number of stores in Seattle, Bremerton, and other places in the region.However, their retail outlet and display kitchen are right here in Port Orchard. You can watch the making...

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Port Orchard Off The Beaten Path

  • Huntington's Children's Park and Marina...

    While the most obvious city park that you come to as you walk off of the pedestrian-only ferry from Bremerton to Port Orchard is the Port Orchard Waterfront Park, if you turn left and follow the concrete walkway you will quickly come to another small park - or rather two smaller parks that are joined together to form a somewhat larger park.The...

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  • Port Orchard Waterfront Park

    Westward from the Ferry Pier you will find that there is a very attractive park (especially in the spring when the flowers are in bloom) with open grass and a scattering of picnic tables and other places to relax.There is a concrete walkway that runs along Sinclair Inlet from the ferry pier all the way behind one of the local banks and to the Port...

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  • Elandan Gardens: Bonsai along Sinclair...

    "Part of the art of bonsai is seeing the potential, and converting a raw and scarred tree into a thing of beauty. In this case I carefully sculpted the scars...."- Elandan Gardens statement regarding working with a 120 year old Korean Hornbeam treeWhile the statement above from the owner and primary force behind Elandan Gardens was regarding a...

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