This Valentine week, if you’re seeking a romantic retreat filled with award-winning craft beers and wines, outdoor adventures, and places to explore, the Kitsap Peninsula has lots to offer. In fact, we have all you and your Valentine need – romantic beach walks, mountains to climb, and delicious chocolates to pair with your beer or wine.
Wine on the Rock Wine & Chocolates Tasting – February 16 & 17th
Brought to you by Wine Alliance of Bainbridge. Bainbridge Island wineries are open for their annual red wine and chocolate tasting the weekend after Valentine’s Day. Saturday, the wineries will pair their award-winning red wines with exquisite artisanal chocolates. Tickets include a glass, tasting at each of the wineries, and chocolate to complement the wine. Ticket purchase is good for both days, one visit per winery. Participating wineries: Amelia Wynn, Eagle Harbor Wine, Eleven Winery, Fletcher Bay Winery, and Rolling Bay Winery. Tickets available here.
Admiral Theatre – Be My Valentine Dinner & A Movie: Sabrina – February 14
Enjoy an evening of flowers, chocolate, and romance. After an extravagant dinner, let the sparks fly between you and your sweetheart while enjoying the 1954 classic romantic comedy, “Sabrina,” starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden. Tickets available here.
Craft Brews with Chocolate – Silver City & ChocMo
For beer lovers, the award-winning beers from Silver City Brewing are romantic with names like French Kiss, Mi Amor, and Time Goddess. The Brewery and Taproom kicks off the month of romance with a tasting of their 2019 Valentine Barrel Aged Series & Chocolate Pairing. Valentine 4-pack sets include bottles of Strange Love, a bourbon-barrel aged Imperial Mocha Porter; French Kiss, a barrel-fermented Saison with cherry, rose hips, and Passion fruit; Mi Amor, a Bourbon-barrel aged Imperial Stout with Mexican chocolate and Gujillo Chilies; and Time Goddess, the Bourbon-barrel aged Imperial Stout made with raspberries. Each 4-pack includes a set of chocolate truffles made with each beer by ChocMo! What a sweet deal!
Romantic Beach & Trail Walks – Anytime!
Point No Point Lighthouse Park is about sixty acres with an easy walk around old growth forest, sandy beaches and low dunes with stunning views of Mount Rainier and Mount Baker. The Point No Point Lighthouse was built in 1879, one of the oldest on Puget Sound, and now a vacation rental.
Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve has breathtaking views of the Hood Canal and Olympics from a secluded cove with trails lined with cedars, firs, and hemlocks. The historic 184-acre reserve is a birder’s paradise. In fact, the cove was named for the black and white pigeon, Guillemot. After a heavy rain, you may be sloshing rather than hiking to the sandy beach so pack a pair of waterproof boots for this outdoor adventure. The hike to the beach is about a mile with the inevitable climb back up on the return.
Green Mountain State Forest with 16 miles of trail, provides opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, motorcycles and dogs on leashes. The Gold Creek Trail is about a five-mile round trip walk in the woods. A state working forest, you’ll find clear-cut areas with views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. The summit of this peak has wonderful views Cascades and the Seattle skyline. On the north side, the Wildcat Trailhead off Holly Road is a 10-mile round trip steep climb with the same fantastic views. You’ll need a Discover Pass on Green Mountain.
Cozy Suites to Stay In
Oxford Suites Silverdale has outstanding water view in most rooms. they also have a wonderful Bistro with an evening wine reception and full country breakfast buffet. Waterfront walks early in the morning will delight you watching wildfowl feasting around the estuary. Old Mill Park and Clear Creek Trail, shopping, restaurants, and more are just a stroll away. Other places to stay to enjoy our scenic water and mountain views include the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel, Bremerton Harborside Hampton Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn & Suites on Bay St. in Port Orchard. On Bainbridge Island, Holly Lane Gardens Bed & Breakfast has gardens, woods, and mountain views.
From the comfort of the expansive porch of the historic Cedar Cove Inn, the beauty of the Kitsap Peninsula unfolds. Settle into one of seven suites and enjoy the stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and Sinclair Inlet as boats float across the water.
Hood Canal Grand Cottage is an amazing 5-acre estate with private waterfront on the Hood Canal two miles south of the Hood Canal Bridge. You may even see a submarine and its tenders going in or out of Naval Base Kitsap.
Find more lodging options at: www.Visitkitsap.com/lodging.
From mountains to Puget Sound, the Kitsap Peninsula offers plenty of things to do, whether you’re looking for adventure or a quiet stroll on a sandy beach. And we’re just a relaxing ferry ride away. Find more places to stay and things to do on the Kitsap Peninsula by visiting our website, VisitKitsap.com