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ON CASE INLET … Allyn
Nestled along the shores of Case Inlet’s North Bay on South Puget Sound, the charming town of Allyn is well known for its friendly, tranquil environment and strong community spirit as evidenced by the dedicated volunteers who power the Allyn Community Association (ACA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the communities of Allyn, Victor, Grapeview, South Shore, Mason, Benson and Trails End Lakes. The ACA is known for its ever-popular two-day event – its annual Allyn Days and Geoduck Festival, occurring at the beautiful Allyn Waterfront Park and gazebo, which is managed by the Port of Allyn. Public boat launching is available adjacent to the historic Allyn Pier, first built in 1922 and revamped with a pump-out station and guest moorage.

On sunny days, residents enjoy an unobstructed view of 14,410-foot Mt. Rainier as it looms on Allyn’s southeast horizon. Allyn features a shopping center, post office, a chainsaw carving school and wine-tasting shop, kayak rentals, two restaurants and specialty coffee houses.

AT HOOD CANAL … Belfair
Belfair is recognized as one of the county’s largest designated urban growth areas, serving as its main commercial center. Located on State Route 3 midway between Bremerton and Kitsap County to the north and Shelton to the south, Belfair enjoys the status of increasing recognition as the little Hood Canal town poised on the brink of an explosion of business and residential development. Belfair serves as North Mason’s commercial core, with three shopping centers, two major grocery stores, several financial institutions, medical, chiropractic and dental care, and a variety of shops and restaurants. The North Mason Chamber of Commerce, located in downtown Belfair, serves as headquarters for licensing and visitor information, and is a frequent source of information for travelers headed to nearby Twanoh and Belfair state parks and the Olympia National Park and Forest.

ON CASE INLET … Grapeview
Grapeview is a serene waterfront community located along Puget Sound, just south of Allyn. The small town is recognized as the site of the first vineyards and winery in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors are offered easy access to Fair Harbor Marina and Port of Grapeview public boat launch located near both Treasure Island and Stretch Island. The Grapeview Community Association hosts the popular Grapeview Water and Art Festival the last Saturday in July, which is attended by thousands – some by car and some by boat.

ON SOUTH PUGET SOUND … Shelton
Shelton is the largest and only incorporated city in Mason County, serving as its county seat of government. The city is located along the shores of Oakland Bay, at the southernmost tip of Puget Sound, and features quiet harbors, waterfront homes, an award-winning hospital system and a historic downtown core highlighted by a collection of antique shops, restaurants, a movie theater and more. In addition, Shelton is home to the Mason County Historical Museum and Little Creek Casino, and is recognized as one of the top logging exporting centers in the U.S. In addition to the one in its own offices, the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce manages two additional visitor centers – the Caboose located in downtown Shelton and the Hoodsport Visitor Information Center. For information, visit sheltonchamber.com

ON HOOD CANAL’S NORTH SHORE … Tahuya
Set at the tip of the Tahuya Peninsula is the remote community of Tahuya. This tiny town is located 15 miles south of Belfair along Hood Canal’s North Shore Road. It overlooks the Great Bend in Hood Canal and is home to Summertide Resort & Marina and the 23,000-acre Tahuya State Forest, home to off-road vehicle (ORV) trails, campgrounds and freshwater lakes. Tahuya residents enjoy the town’s seclusion, celebrating its quirky heritage and lifestyle at the annual Tahuya Day Parade, held the first Saturday of July.

ON HOOD CANAL’S SOUTH SHORE … Union
Union, a picturesque little town positioned along Route 106, is a charming community recognized as the first arts colony in Washington State. That heritage is still felt today through Union’s unique local shops and eateries. Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Anna’s Bay Center for Music are both located in Union. This hilly beachfront community also features a sprawling par-72 golf course, world-class lodging facilities at Alderbrook Resort & Spa and unmatched recreational offerings – with many launching from the Hood Canal Marina and nearby Twanoh State Park.

ON HOOD CANAL … Seabeck
Located on the western shores of the Kitsap Peninsula, Seabeck offers historic charm in a serene environment on Hood Canal. It is a former mill town that today features a general store, gallery, restaurants, marina and the modern Seabeck Conference Center, which offers far-reaching views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. The modest community is near Scenic Beach State Park, as well – an ideal place for picnicking and camping.

KITSAP COUNTY … Bremerton
The city of Bremerton, located on the Sinclair Inlet in Kitsap County, is a diverse community with a long list of things to see and do. It is home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard – the oldest Naval installation in Puget Sound – as well as one of the country’s best public golf courses and a revitalized downtown district. Here, residents and guests enjoy the new Boardwalk & Marina, a permanent mooring of the USS Turner Joy, the recently renovated Admiral Theatre and the largest fine arts district in the Pacific Northwest. This vibrant district is lined with museums, performing arts venues, galleries, shops, eateries, clubs and more.

ON SINCLAIR INLET … Port Orchard
Port Orchard is a beautiful waterfront city along the Sinclair Inlet in Kitsap County, just across the water from Bremerton and a short ferry ride from West Seattle. The community is characterized by historic homes, 365 degrees of scenic views and plenty of opportunities for shopping, entertainment and dining. Port Orchard has a strong maritime heritage and is the site of a full-service marina downtown.

GO OUTSIDE … AND PLAY!

STATE PARKS
www.parks.wa.gov/parks

Belfair State Park
Hood Canal North Shore • (360) 275-0668
3151 NE State Route 300, Belfair

The park features swimming, shellfish harvesting, over 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline and 3,700 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. Kayaking, camping, RV sites, picnicking and a playground for children.

Twanoh State Park
Hood Canal South Shore • (360) 275-2222
12190 E. State Route 106, Union

182-acre marine and camping park has 3,167 feet of saltwater shoreline and one of the warmest saltwater beaches on Hood Canal. Large covered BBQ areas, tennis courts and hiking. Open year-round for camping. Boat launch, picnicking.

Illahee State Park
3540 Bahia Vista • (360) 478-6460
Bremerton

75 acres along Port Orchard Bay, across from Bainbridge Island, with scenic views of Puget Sound, various outdoor activities, veterans’ war memorial, Kitsap County’s last stand of old-growth timber and one of the country’s largest yew trees.

Joemma Beach State Park
20001 Bay Road • (253) 884-1944
Longbranch

122-acre marine and camping park with 3,000 feet of saltwater frontage on Key Peninsula near Gig Harbor; boat ramp and 500 feet of dock space; fishing, boating and crabbing.

Manchester State Park
7767 E. Hilldale • (360) 871-4065
Port Orchard

111 acres on the shore of Rich Passage on Puget Sound; lush fir and maplewoods and a picturesque lodge for events and meetings.

STATE FOREST
www.dnr.wa.gov

Tahuya State Forest
Tahuya State Forest is a 23,000-acre working forest located on the southeastern portion of the Hood Canal west of Belfair in Mason County. This popular year-round destination area attracts more than 200,000 recreational users each year. Tahuya offers recreation opportunities for a variety of activities, including off-road vehicle (ORV) riding, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, camping and other uses.

KAYAKING

North Bay Kayak Park
(360) 535-2198
Allyn | www.explorehoodcanal.com

Hood Canal Paddle & Row Center
(360) 359-3308
Union | www.paddleandrow.com

Alderbrook Resort & Spa
(360) 898-2200
Union | www.alderbrookresort.com

GOLFING

Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club
(360) 898-2200
Union | www.alderbrookgolf.com

Gold Mountain Golf Complex
(253) 627-8904
Bremerton | www.goldmt.com

LakeLand Village Golf & Country Club
(360) 275-6100
Allyn | www.lakelandliving.com

Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club
(360) 874-8337
Port Orchard | www.trophylakegolf.com

BIKING

Banner Forest Heritage Park
www.kitsapgov.com/parks

Cushman Powerline Trail
www.penmetparks.org

Key Peninsula Biking
www.keypen.org/bike

Kitsap Mountain Biking
www.kitsapMTB.com

Mason County Biking
www.explorehoodcanal.com/biking

EVENTS

Travelers Day and Arts Exhibition
Earth Day through Mother’s Day, 2014

An annual arts-focused public festival which celebrates the return of “The Traveler” and spring.

Union | www.visitunion.com
Blue Grass From The Forest Festival
May 16-18, 2014

Shelton High School Auditorium 3737 North Shelton Springs Road Shelton | www.bluegrassfromtheforest.com

Mason County Forest Festival
May 29 - June 1, 2014
Various locations in Shelton

This event celebrates the rich timber history in Mason County with downtown Shelton Paul Bunyan Parade, runs, fireworks, logging show, Mason County Historical Society Car Show and more. Shelton | www.masoncountyforestfestival.org

Mason County Historical Society Car Show
June 29, 2014
Shelton

Annual event features 350 to 400 beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles, pie and ice cream social.

Shelton | www.masoncountyhistoricalsociety.org
Tahuya Days

First weekend in July
This event features a parade showcasing everything from show cars and tractor-pulling pirate ships to water canons. It’s a day of adventure celebrating the tiny town of Tahuya’s history.

Taste of Hood Canal
August 9, 2014
Downtown Belfair on Clifton Lane

Hosted by the North Mason Rotary, this Seafair-sanctioned event features family entertainment, such as live music, food booths, arts and crafts, fire engines, a car show, and more. www.tasteofhoodcanal.com

Hood Canal Highland Celtic Festival
August 30-31, 2014
Belfair State Park

Enjoy Highland and Celtic entertainment including pipe bands, Celtic dancers, Scottish and Celtic vendors and delicious food. www.hoodcanalscots.org

Celebrate Hoodsport
July 4-6, 2014
Hoodsport

This three-day event features a street fair with a variety of vendors and entertainment, a live auction at the Model T Pub & Eatery on Saturday afternoon followed by the grand finale event – fireworks at dusk off the Port of Hoodsport dock.

Allyn Days / Geoduck Festival
July 18-20, 2014
Allyn Waterfront Park, Allyn

Two days of activities starting with the North Mason Lions breakfast at the Fire Station, the legendary alder-smoked salmon dinner, wine and beer garden, music and dancing, geoduck and other shellfish delicacies, a low-tide mud run, and more. www.allynwa.com

Grapeview Art and Water Festival
July 26, 2014
Fair Harbor Marina, Grapeview Loop Road

Hosted by the Grapeview Community Association, this festival boasts a large art show featuring pottery, sculpture, jewelry, glass, woodworking and photography, food, a floating golf tee, plenty of free hands-on activities for the kids including a fishing derby. www.grapeviewwa.com

OysterFest
October 4-5, 2014

Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and so much more come together for two days every year on the first weekend in October. Hosted by the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club Foundation and attended by thousands, OysterFest is home to the West Coast Oyster Shucking Championships and is Washington State’s official seafood festival.
www.oysterfest.org

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