A Day in Gig Harbor?

Have you been to Gig Harbor lately?

It’s a fun place to spend a sunny day or two.  There really is a lot to see and do in this charming little town.  You can stroll along the waterfront exploring the interesting shops and art galleries.  They have their Art Walk on the first Saturday of every month with spotlighted artists in the galleries.  You can spend most of the day just poking around, from the antique mall, to Java & Clay. to looking at the boats in the marina. to checking out the Harbor History Museum and much more.

If you want to get out on the water you might want to take a tour with Destiny Harbor Tours.  Captain Tom Drohan is an expert on the history of the area, and makes it fun and entertaining.  You will go out of Gig Harbor, under the Narrows Bridge.  Narrows Bridge - Close UpYou’ll also cruise by the interesting community of Salmon Beach and past Point Defiance Park before turning around and heading back to Gig Harbor.  If you’re lucky you might see some eagles Bald Eagleor harbor seals.

Back on land, you’re probably getting hungry.  If you’ve brought the kids, Kelly’s Espresso and Café is a great place to eat.  It’s bright and friendly with a varied menu so there’s something for everyone.  If you like Mexican food, El Pueblito is right across from the water on Harborside Avenue.  If it’s just the grownups, you will definitely want to go to The Tides and sit out on the deck of this historic eatery.  You might also want to venture up the hill away from downtown and check out The Wine Studio – a charming, warm and inviting wine bar and shop.  They have tastings on Friday night and Saturday afternoons.  You might also check out Gig Harbor’s own 7 Seas Brewery.  Both of these are located next to The Inn at Gig Harbor, a good choice if you decide to stay the night (which after tasting wine and beer might be a good idea).  You can book this hotel as well as the Best Western Plus Wesley Inn and Suites on my website.

There is a lot more to do here.  There are parks and beaches, which are always fun for the family.  You can drive out to Key Peninsula to visit Blue Willow Lavendar Farm. There is the Maritime Gig Festival in June, the Gig Harbor Food and Wine Festival in July and more.  Outdoor music in the park on Tuesdays and Movies in the Park on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer.  A good place to find all the happenings is at www.gigharborguide.com.

So get out and play tourist in your own Pacific Northwest.  I love to explore out area.  We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place with so many exciting places to see and things to do.

Destiny Harbor Tours – Gig Harbor, WA

I met Captain Tom Drohan through my local Chamber of Commerce.  He always has some info regarding his business, Destiny Harbor Tours with him and is happy to share.  I’d been wanting to go out on his boat, but finding the time during the good weather (especially with the “summer” we’ve been having in the NW this year) was difficult.  Finally today I decided if I didn’t just go, I wouldn’t make it until next year.  The weather report was saying that today was the last really nice day for the foreseeable future.

I decided it would be fun for my nephew to go with me.  He is 11 and was complaining about being bored today.  So, we headed down to the Rent-A-Boat dock by Anthony’s Restaurant and got onboard. 

This is a fabulous place to start the tour, from the very inside of the harbor.  You can see the new Harbor History Museum, you sail past the marinas, net sheds, Skansie Brothers park, The Tides Tavern, and the Lighthouse.  Captain Tom is very knowledgeable about the area and talks about the history while pointing out sites of interest.

Once out of the Harbor, we headed towards the Narrows Bridges.  This is a unique experience, seeing them from underneath and watching the cars go across.  We stopped just after we passed under and Tom told the story of Galloping Gertie.  He calls the current bridges Sturdy Gertie and New Gertie, although he said that people tell him he should call the newest one Thirdy Gertie since it is the 3rd span built there. 

Tom also pointed out the Wurlitzer mansion and another house with (I believe) a squash court set into the side of the cliff.  Amazing.  Along this shore we saw a couple of seals and an Osprey.  We went as far as Point Fosdick so that we could get a look at the Olympic Mountains.  They were pretty hazy, but we could see them. 

We then headed back under the bridges and past Salmon Beach.  This is a very interesting little community.  There are no roads down to these houses.  You must park up above and take stairs down.  The houses are fabulous – mixed big new houses, with the small bungalows that started it all.


After Salmon Beach we passed Point Defiance Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country.  Along the beaches here we saw people enjoying small private spaces.  On one beach were some people with their dog.  We saw a couple of seals here, watching the dog.  As we got closer, they ducked under the water and disappeared.

Just past here we saw an eagle soaring overhead and then spotted another one in a tree. 

Then it was time to head back to the Harbor.  We motored quite quickly back until we had to slow down entering the harbor.  There were lots of boats out enjoying this perfect, Northwest summer day.  Soon we were at the dock and our tour was over. 

I would recommend this tour to anyone, whether a local or visiting from out of the area.  You probably want to bring a light jacket, as even on a day as nice as today it got a little chilly out on the water.  A camera is a must, and binoculars would be a good idea.  The best places to sit are probably the very back or towards the front where you can stand up to see.  The seats are benches along the sides and back of the boat, so while sitting on the side you have to twist a lot to see everything.  Otherwise, it was a fabulous way to spend an afternoon.