Indianola, within the boundaries of the Port Madison Reservation, started in 1916 as a summer/weekend community with the only access via steamboat. Today this rural residential area, located between Kingston and Suquamish, remains a small and friendly community. The Indianola dock, built when the Mosquito Fleet supplied the majority of transportation on Puget Sound, is a local landmark that's considered one of the best places in the area to watch the stars or any major celestial event since it juts hundreds of feet out into the water. A small community center, at the base of the community dock, includes a country store, Post Office and community center.
Nearby attractions include Old Man House and the Clearwater Casino in Suquamish, the historic Scandinavian town of Poulsbo, the historic lumber town and museum in Port Gamble and Kingston, recent star of an episode of a "reality" TV home show. No, you don't really need a landing craft to get to Kingston and yes, they do have indoor plumbing.
Swim, fish, play on one of the best beaches in the State, crab or do nothing at all and watch the sun reflect off of the skyline of Seattle. On clear days, Mt. Ranier is visible across the Sound, with remarkable views and photo opportunities at (and of) the Indianola Dock. One of the more interesting things in town is the annual summer festival, Indianola Days, normally held on the lowest tide weekend in July. The spectacular beach and family atmosphere, complete with fun run, amateur sand castle building, salmon bake, talent show, and beach games for children and adults bring families from across the region to the tiny waterfront community. Also a summer treat, the church-organized Indianola Strawberry Festival is a more humble affair, but offers amazing pies, shortcakes, live music and handcrafts to a smaller, more local crowd.
Some high quality local artists are in town, otherwise shopping is limited the The Indianola Country Store.
Again; The Indianola Country Store. Not a long list. You may be fortunate enough in the summer to find an occasional beach party with which to imbibe.
No lodging in town. Occasionally there are summer homes in town that people are willing to rent out.