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At the heart of Kitsap County South of Poulsbo and at the head of Dyes Inlet lies Silverdale. Here you’ll find Kitsap Mall, the only large shopping mall in the County The surrounded area is loaded with picturesque landscapes and is an area uniquely integrating both city life and rural living alike.

For those enjoying the feeling of the Americana towns of the past, you’ll want to be sure to visit Old Town Silverdale, where today, you’ll find various styling salons, small eateries, bakeries and specialty stores all near the waterfront at Dyes Inlet. When the kids have had enough shopping, Old Town has a park and play area, perfect for picnics.

When it comes to grabbing a bite to eat, there’s something for everyone in Silverdale. Silver City Restaurant and Brewery on Northwest Myhre Road offers award-winning brews to go along with some of Silverdale’s finest brewpub dishes. Next door is Red Robin, famous for its gourmet burgers. Chung’s Teriyaki, a local favorite offering drive-through and sit down service, is on Bucklin Hill Road next to the Silverdale Beach Hotel which also features fine dining at its in-house restaurant, Josef’s Waterfront Grill. The hotel also features the Auto Bar Lounge which specializes in martinis and offers a wide selectionof microbrews & select food options from the restaurant’s menu.

The lounge, separate from the Josef’s, is only for patrons 21 and older and occassionally features live music.

If you have a craving Thai food, you’ll love the authentic cuisine at Bahn Thai Restaurant on Mickelberry Road There are also a handful of Mexican-style restaurants including Azteca, Los Cabos and 2 Margaritas. Popular sit-down restaurants Olive Garden and Red Lobster are both located on Northwest Randall Way. A few blocks down, you can find Famous Dave’s, known for barbecue, and Applebees. For a fast bite, Silverdale has everything from Wendy’s, to Taco Bell, Burger King, McDonald’s and Arbys.

The area(like most areas surrounding Seattle) is known for coffee, and Silverdale has more than 10 different coffee houses and stands to get your fix.

For entertainment, the Central Stage Theatre of County Kitsap features year-round performances at affordable prices. Silverdale also has two movie theaters showing movies on 12 screens. More family-oriented fun can be found at All-Star Lanes and Casino located at 10710 Silverdale Way which features Rock’n Bowl on select nights and a 200-seat restaurant. Across the street, younger kids can eat pizza and play games at Chuck E. Cheese’s.

If you’re planning on staying the night, you’ll find accommodations to satisfy everyone. In downtown Silverdale, there is the newly built Oxford Suites, Red Lion Silverdale Hotel, Poplars Motel and the Silverdale Beach Hotel.

While the Silverdale area does have beautiful trails and scenic walkways like the Clear Creek Trail, those looking for an outdoor experience will be well-suited just a few miles east of Silverdale. On the other side of State Highway 3, Seabeck, an old mill community that once rivaled Seattle in size and population, awaits those looking for adventure. Less than 10 miles from the mall, the landscape changes drastically. Scenic Beach State Park at 9565 Scenic Beach Road NW, is an 88-acre camping park with more than 1,000 feet of saltwater beachfront on the Hood Canal. The park is famous for its breathtaking views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. The park has 52 tent spaces, one dump station, two restrooms and four showers. There are 18 pull-through sitesaccommodating 60-foot camping units. The park also has a kitchen shelter with electricity and both sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables. Mariners and fishermen will find a boat ramp a half mile east of the park.

Down the road, Seabeck’s old marina is getting revamped and will have up to 200 slips for visitors traveling by boat. Within walking distance is the Seabeck Conference Center and the Seabeck General Store, a Kitsap landmark rich in history. Also nearby is Seabeck Pizza, famous for serving customers with home-bake, dine in, take-out and delivery by both car and boat. Make sure to head over to the east side of State Highway 3 for other fun stops. Traveling east on State Highway 303 also known as Waaga Way, you will find the Northwest Paintball Park. The park offers an exciting time for paintballers of all ages and experience. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Both groups and individuals are welcome to play and those not in on the action can watch from a netted spectator area.

Located next to the paintball park is Timber Falls Mini Golf which has a Pacific Northwest feel and theme. Also, there are batting cages for those looking to perfect their swing. In the same facility is the NW Golf Range with 50 hitting stalls with some that are heated during the winter months. On sunny days, those practicing their swing can go upstairs and hit off the roof.

Just off of the highway is the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Destruction and roller derbies, home and garden shows and the annual county fair and rodeo are all held at the fairgrounds. The five-day fair features nationally renown music acts. Past performers have included country star Mark Wills and rock singer Eddie Money. At any time of the year, it is likely something is going on.

A little further east, the Illahee and Brownsville areas also offer scenic waterfronts, serene trails and opportunities to spend time outdoors. Illahee State Park, off Sylvan Way, has a 75-acre marine camping area with more than 1,700 feet of waterfront. The park has plenty of parking and facilities for outdoor activities. There is also easy access to the water for water sports. One of the largest yew trees in the nation can be found at the park. Nearby Rolling Hills Golf Course at 2485 NE McWilliams Road offers 18 holes with a restaurant and driving range. Traveling up north, you can visit the small community of Keyport. There you will find Whiskey Creek Steakhouse, a local favorite, as well as the Naval Undersea Museum which features a variety of exhibits regarding naval history, undersea exploration and naval warfare. The museum is open year round, but has different hours for different seasons. Bordered by Bremerton to the south and Poulsbo to the north, the Central Kitsap area and Silverdale has plenty to offer whether it be on your pass through or for an extended stay.

 Central Kitsap will show you a ‘whale’ of a good time

For 38 years now, Whaling Days has been Silverdale’s marquee summer event and is part of the annual Seafair Celebration. On the last weekend of July the sleepy streets of Old Town come alive with music, carnival rides, games and food. The family oriented event attracts thousands of people. It is volunteer driven, and the money raised goes back to the community. The weekend-long extravaganza is packed with activities, but the Great Kitsap Duck Race is one of the crowd favorites. About 20,000 yellow rubber duckies are dumped into the waters of Dyes Inlet, where they ride the current in a race to shore. Ducks are available for purchase, and the first 50 to pass the finish line earn prizes for their “owners.” And when the ducks aren’t bobbing in the water, there is plenty of competition on land. The Whale of a Run is one of the most popular competitions, attracting nearly 1,000 participants in 2009. There is a race for everyone, with entrants being split into groups based on age, and there’s a “fun run” for children. The money raised is donated to Hospice of Kitsap County. The event celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2010. Those activities and more highlight one of Silverdale’s liveliest summer weekends.

 Central Kitsap offers your ‘Fair’ to middlin’ entertainment

The annual Kitsap County Fair and Stampede, a five-day event at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds offers a taste of the local culture and an all-around Pacific Northwest experience in the heart of the Kitsap Peninsula. The event, held the last week in August, features renown musical artists, exhibits on local trades and foods, hundreds of vendors offering a variety of services and goods and a professional rodeo. The rodeo has been broadcast on ESPN and has recently become part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Million Dollar Silver Tour featuring some of the nation’s top competitors. As quite possibly the county’s premier summer event, the fair combines everything from a carnival and 4-H animals for the kids to comedians, magicians and musicians on the fair’s three different stages. Major acts in the past have included American Idol star Bucky Covington and country headliners Mark Wills and Joe Nichols as well as rock acts Eddie Money and Three Dog Night. The fair traditionally has a military day on the opening day of the fair offering free admission for all active duty, retired and their family members. Every day features a different special and you can visit the fair’s Web site for the details at

What Goes On Here: A cornucopia of Central Kitsap events all year
Summer June 19 — Fishing Derby — Island Lake County Park June 26 – 27 — Thunderbird Pro Rodeo — Kitsap County Fairgrounds July 24-26 — Whaling Days, Old Town Silverdale/Silverdale Waterfront Park August 25 – 29 — Kitsap County Fair — Kitsap County Fairgrounds Fall October 15 – 31 — Haunted Fairgrounds – Kitsap County Fairgrounds November 11 — Veteran’s Day Celebration — Kitsap County Fairgrounds November 27 – 28 – Festival of Trees – Kitsap County Fairgrounds Spring March — Military Appreciation

From West Sound Guide:


Newberry Hill

Is an unincorporated neighborhood suburb of Silverdale in Kitsap County. Many homes in this area have views either East of the Cascades, Mt. Rainier Dyes Inlet and the urban areas of Silverdale, or on the other side of the ridge, you’ll find stunning views of the Olympic mountain range and Hood Canal.

This is a desirable area for many reasons including short driving distance to Naval Base Bangor, all of the shopping and services in town including Kitsap Mall, and Harrison Hospital. Commuters will also enjoy the proximity to Hwy 3 with easy driving to Bremerton to the South or Poulsbo and Kingston to the North & East.

The average home in this area as of October 2010 is 3+ bedrooms 2.5 bath, 2600+ SqFt. And Sold for an average of $341,00. Homes with fabulous views and larger lots are typically in the $400K range.

With a suburban rural feeling, great commuting location, great schools and great lifestyle, you can see why this is a desirable community you’d like to call home.

You’ll also a great mountain biking park owned by the County called Newberry Hill Heritage Park

A recently updated map of the park can be found here.