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Bremerton [1] is located on the Kitsap Peninsula in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.

Understand

Downtown Bremerton is experiencing a renaissance, starting with the new Transportation Center, Kitsap Conference Center and a new hotel on the city's waterfront. A new government center, which provides combined governmental services in a single building, anchors the town's revitalized core.

Already contributing to the downtown revitalization are art galleries, the Admiral Theatre, museums and many quaint shops and restaurants.

Bremerton is a safe, environmentally clean community within an hour's ferry ride from downtown Seattle where you can visit the Navy destroyer Turner Joy, stroll along a delightful block-long waterfront promenade and check out the new Kitsap Conference Center Plaza with it's fascinating fountains, and enjoy a bounty of seasonal community events and concerts.

Downtown has three museums, in one block, within walking distance of the ferries.

History

Prior to the founding to Bremerton, Native Americans lived comfortably in the Puget Sound area for centuries. Once settlers arrived in the mid-1800s, the economy centered on logging and the timber industry. Most timber was sent to California. In 1888, William Bremer, a German immigrant from a wealthy banking family, traveled by boat from Seattle and purchased land that is now Bremerton from a local logger.

In 1891, Bremer negotiated with Lt. A.B. Wyckoff to sell 190 acres to the U.S. Navy for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, still a major employer. Bremer platted the town around the Navy's property and gave it his name. He opened businesses to support the Navy's activities.

The City of Bremerton was incorporated in 1901. The Bremerton Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1928 with William Gates, Sr., grandfather of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, as treasurer.

The town exploded in size during World War I and II, when more than 40,000 workers arrived to work at the shipyard. Since then fortunes have been through boom and bust and the town is now revitalizing the downtown area.

Get in

Main Highways to Bremerton are WA Highway 3 from Shelton, north through the county to the Hood Canal Bridge near the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula. From Tacoma and Interstate 5, take WA Highway 16 north from Tacoma across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge until it combines with WA Highway 3 near Gorst. The Washington State Ferries ferry ride between Seattle and Bremerton is a pleasant way to spend an hour.

Get around

Kitsap Transit offers transit services throughout Bremerton and between Bremerton, to Silverdale, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard and connects with Mason Transit (Mason County), Pierce Transit (Pierce County), and Jefferson Transit (Jefferson County).

See

  • Bremerton Harborside and Louis Mentor Boardwalk - beautiful fountains and wide plaza along the Bremerton Waterfront
  • USS Turner Joy - Vietnam-era destroyer museum at the north end of the Boardwalk
  • Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum fun, hands-on place for the kids
  • Kitsap County Historical Society Museum - finest collection of historic area photographs
  • Elandan Gardens - two acres of rhododendrons, Japanese maples and Bonsai trees

Do

  • First Friday Arts Walk - Downtown Bremerton galleries, museums and businesses stay open late
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade - Be Irish for the day
  • Armed Forces Festival - nation's largest and longest-running Armed Forces Day parade on the third Sunday in May
  • All City Arts Walk - all day event held on the first Saturday in June
  • Kitsap County Fair and Stampede Rodeo - 5-day event held end of August, Stampede Rodeo consistently rated best in nation by cowboys
  • Bremerton Blackberry Festival - last celebration of summer on Labor Day Weekend
  • Winterfest - Santa Claus comes to visit
  • Lighted Boat Parade - mid-December visit by Santa on the waters around Bremerton

Buy

Wheaton Way (WA Highway 303) is a major commercial road that extends from Bremerton across the Warren Avenue Bridge several miles north to Silverdale, the commercial district of Kitsap County. Food, motels and other businesses are available along Kitsap Way between the WA Highway 3 interchange and downtown Bremerton.

Eat

  • El Coral Restaurante, 536 4th Street (Just west of the corner of Pacific & 4th), 360-479-2239. 10am - 10pm Mon - Sat. Mexican/Seafood Restaurant / upstairs lounge on Fridays offers DJ - and occasionally live - music till 1:00 am $8 - $10.


Drink

In the immediate downtown area there are three newer bars:

  • The Bremerton Bar and Grill, 190 Pacific Ave, (360) 627-8081
  • The Toro Lounge, 315 Pacific Ave, (360) 813-1910

and a beer and fry place called

  • Fritz European Fry House, 94 Washington Ave (hiding behind the taco place) (360) 479-1088

There are two other very worthy neighborhood places to go:

  • The Hi-fidelity, 2711 6th St, (360) 373-5454 (very funky)
  • Der Blocken Brewery, 1100 Perry Ave (located in the Manette neighborhood)

Sleep

  • Best Western Bremerton Inn, 4303 Kitsap Way, Bremerton, (360) 405-1111 (toll free: (800) 776-2291, fax: (360) 377-0597), [2].
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 150 Washington Ave., Bremerton, (360)405-0200.
  • Midway Inn, 2909 Wheaton Way, Bremerton, (360)479-2909, [3].

Get out

According to a Seattle newspaper, the Kitsap Peninsula has three of the top four golf courses in the state - The City of Bremerton's Gold Mountain Golf Course with its award-winning Olympic and Cascade courses, Kitsap Golf and Country Club, and McCormick Woods.



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