Kitsap Peninsula Destination: Kingston

Sparkling like a jewel in its scenic waterfront setting, Kingston beckons visitors who arrive by personal boat, ferry or car to explore parks, beaches, trails and unique eateries sure to satisfy any palate.

Mike Wallace Park next to the marina and ferry dock is a gorgeous expanse of green that hosts the Saturday farmers market, free summer concerts and July 4th festivities. It’s an inviting place for a picnic or just to let kids run free.

The Port of Kingston offers guest moorage, a double-lane boat launch and a 24-hour fishing pier. Access to Saltair Beach is east of the ferry terminal or drive around Appletree Cove to play on the beach at Arness Park. There are also playgrounds close to the ferry, at Kola Kole and Village Green parks.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, one of the best ways to explore the warm waters of Apple Tree Cove is on a stand-up paddleboard from Kingston Adventures. For a special treat, try an after-dark bioluminescence paddle to watch undersea creatures put on a light show.

There are several wooded walking trails close to downtown, including A Quiet Place Park on Ohio Ave northeast of the ferry terminal, the PUD trailsCarpenter Lake wildlife sanctuary at Gordon Elementary and Stillwaters Environmental Center, where you can rent discovery packs with field guides, binoculars and activities for all ages.

Other highlights:

Golf – The award-winning White Horse Golf Club is a challenging course in an idyllic setting among old-growth fir and cedar trees. Relax afterward on the patio at Cedar Ridge Grill, a gorgeous place for drinks and dining. There’s a free shuttle from the ferry for golfers who make a reservation.

Arts and Shopping – Almost Candid Fine Art Gallery is featuring a solo exhibition by renowned Kingston artist Max Hayslette May 3 through June 15. Cleo’s Landing near the ferry offers Thistle Floral and Home, Sweet Life Cakery and d’Vine Wines. Happy Hour at the wine bar is 2-6 p.m. and the patio has fire barrels to keep you cozy.

More dining: Mossback features mouthwatering locavore cuisine and creative cocktails. A renovated Kingston Ale House is slated to open in May with a varied menu, karaoke and a popular deck. Mi Sueno Tacos y Mas offers authentic Mexican take-out near the ferry. For hearty appetites, try a juicy burger at The Grub Hut or biscuits and gravy at Borrowed Kitchen Bakery & Farmhouse Cafe. The family-friendly Downpour Brewing serves handcrafted ales and CB’s Nuts gets raves for its tasting room, which showcases both fresh-roasted snacks and a section of the old Mariners dugout from the Kingdome.

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