Comfort Inn On the Bay
1121 Bay St.
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Phone: (360) 895-2666
Fax: (360) 895-8088
If, after visiting the Pacific Planetarium, people are more knowledgeable about astronomy and science in general, then the management will heave a sigh of relief. To inspire people of the Puget Sound region, regardless of age, to take an interest in science and the world around them, is the ultimate goal. The planetarium, with its 28 seats, is a family-friendly venue where being inquisitive is encouraged. There are different categories of shows held here-public, school programs & even private events. Private shows need to be reserved at least two weeks in advance, and can only be held after 5p. This is a great place to discover a whole new world in the sky.
At Silver City Brewery, the goal is to produce brews that seasoned beer drinkers will find authentic and yet have their own, distinct touch. The beers manufactured here have become rather popular and in addition to the brewery, can be found at bars and restaurants across the Puget Sound region. If you want to enjoy original beers in a friendly atmosphere, then this is the place you want to be at.
A major landmark in West Seattle, Alki Point is constantly brimming with locals and tourists. Alki Point Lighthouse and Alki Beach being the major tourist attraction, this location offers a plethora of options to spend a delightful day. Alki Point sees numerous swimmers and surfing enthusiasts indulging in their favorite sport. Besides, concerts and live acts held here are a major crowd puller.
Located one block from Alki Beach, this little museum houses a rotating series of exhibits that focuses on West Seattle, which has been called 'the birthplace of Seattle'. Incorporating fascinating artifacts and charming audio and video presentations, the exhibits strive to combine information on settlers and the native Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. The museum's ongoing oral history project provides a continuing flow of new stories. Events are held monthly for kids and special-interest groups. A small gift shop keeps the same hours as the museum.
Just a few blocks south from the beach blanket and ice cream shack mayhem of Alki Beach, Schmitz Park is a veritable time warp back to a Seattle before the European settlers came. Home to the only remaining stand of old-growth forest in the city, it's been left alone for wanderers to discover. Some of the cedars are 800 years old!
Hidden away in the southern reaches of West Seattle, Lincoln Park in many respects is the ultimate archetype of a Seattle park. Big but not too big, woodsy but not too densely forested, everything is just right. The beach is perfect for exploring, the meadows just right for Frisbee and the picnic areas nicely sheltered. And, Colman Pool—open only during summer- lets you experience the salty waters of Puget Sound without the icy temperatures. If that doesn't provide waves enough, walk out of the park to the south and hop the ferryboat for a scenic 15-minute ride over to Vashon Island.
This two-and-a-half-mile strip of sandy beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area, and it was also where Seattle's first non-Native American settlers spent their first winter. In warm weather, Alki Beach is crowded with sunbathers, swimmers and families. For athletic types, there are volleyball games. The beach is also lined with a path, great for walking, jogging, biking and skating. Across the street there are several cafes and restaurants where you can stop in for a bite after a day in the sea air.
The community of West Seattle centers around this former streetcar crossing at Alaska Street and California Avenue SW, called the 'spine' of West Seattle. The streetcars run no more. Now other cars rule the road, but the intersection itself features the 'Walk All Ways' crossing system, which gives pedestrians a free-for-all moment free from automotive assault. The area boasts famous and award-winning murals, the largest single grouping of murals in Seattle. Long-standing area businesses include Easy Street Records, the Husky Deli, Neilsen Florists and the Classic Barber Shop.
The Holy Rosary Parish in West Seattle is a beautiful church reflecting Tuscan Romanesque architecture. In 1997, the church was completely gutted and after years of renovation, the church building was restored to its former glory. The church's music ensemble and choir perform on Sunday mornings and the youth music group performs upbeat contemporary music on Sunday evenings. The youth ministry is actively involved in conducting Eucharistic celebrations and events.
West Seattle may be the most unjustly neglected part of the city, and this park is a case in point. It is unknown even to many residents, but its 68 acres of forest are among the most breathtaking in the area. Visitors should plan a day trip or stay for the night in one of the cabins. Staff naturalists are available for rock climbing classes and interpreted nature walks.
Formerly a timber baron's private home and gardens, Bloedel Reserve is now an exquisite 150-acre pastoral preserve. The French-influenced house has been turned into a visitor's center and wedding setting, but it's the ornamental gardens that you'll be lured by. Each garden has a different style. They include the reflecting pool, the Japanese Zen sand garden and teahouse, the moss garden, the azalea garden, the rhododendron hillside, and the forested and grassy wilderness areas. Reservations are a must especially during holidays. Sadly, no picnics are allowed on these beautiful grounds, so make sure you eat before you come.
The Seattle Chinese Garden (also known as Xi Huan Yuan) is not only the largest of its kind in the United States, but also one the largest outside China. Offering gorgeous views and a continually changing array of plants, the park includes several pavilions built using traditional Chinese materials and techniques. Visitors can view slide presentations of the construction process as part of docent-guided tours. Tours are free and last 90 minutes. For easiest access, park at the north entry.