Where to bring visitors when they come to downtown Gig Harbor
I still remember the first time I came to Gig Harbor to visit one of my dearest friends…heading down Pioneer towards the harbor, passing by the (cutest) Harbor General Store and Kelly’s, my daughter already spying that they have the largest ice cream cones in Gig Harbor, it appeared we were headed right into the harbor. It was a picturesque day, in October, where the sun was still out, days were still long and the weather hadn’t turned yet…the perfect day to sell real estate! I was visiting from California (yep, I’m a transplant) and this was what postcards were made of. We loaded up with snacks at the Harbor General store, popped into the family friendly Heritage Distillery Tasting Room to check out their store and then headed to take a tour of the harbor with Gig Harbor’s own Gondolier, John Synco III of Gig Harbor Gondola. Seriously, if you haven’t done this yet, it is wonderful. John is full of authenticity, Nellie, the Italian Gondola is cozy and the harbor of course is always breath taking. It was a lovely introduction to this sweet town, full of history and kindness, this sequence of events is my go-to when I bring friends from out of town to get a taste of the Pacific Northwest. Although, if we are sans kiddos, I always sneak in a trip to Tides Tavern and every time Mount Rainier is out and puts the icing on the cake.
Other awesome spots to explore are some of the great shops downtown Dolly Mama’s, Tickled Pink, Ship to Shore, Weathered Cottage, The Beach Basket, Charlie Barnes (cute kids’ clothing for birth to 3) and tons more!
Dining downtown boasts a great atmosphere, especially if you snag a table with a view of the harbor great spots include, Morso, Anthony’s, Susanne’s (their CAKES!), Millville Pizza, El Pueblito, Devoted Kiss, Netshed No. 9 (their deck!), JW (snag reservations first), the JW food trolly is a fun experience during the summer and so many more great options!
Finally, if you are headed downtown with kids to entertain or what to learn some of the history in the harbor there are some unique spots for things to do. Java & Clay is a favorite among locals or visiting grandparents, they offer ceramic painting, Harbor History Museum can walk you through the history of our quaint fishing village, Harbor WildWatch and Visitors center provides science opportunities throughout the year to learn more about the Puget Sound and marine life, their are local sewing classes offered downtown, music lessons, walks along the pier, the trolly runs during the summer and trips round trip are $1 and the drivers are full of Gig Harbor fun facts finally there are a ton of different events throughout the summer that allow you to soak up the energy and kindness of harbor life.
There’s a reason Gig Harbor is always on the list of best small towns in Washington. My family enjoys exploring every year, there’s so much do outdoors and as our community continues to grow so will our options for getting out and meeting our fellow neighbors!
Have fun exploring!
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