SENIORS VISIT GIG HARBOR

May 22nd, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Gig Harbor–One of America’s Best Towns

The Smithsonian Magazine recently selected America’s 20 Best Small Towns and Gig Harbor,Washington ranked No. 5. Seniors citizens are attracted to this little fishing village on Puget Sound that sits on a scenic inlet framing a postcard-perfect view of Mount Rainier. The Magazine chose from among cities with a population under 10,000 and Gig Harbor known as “The Maritime City” has 7,000+ happy folks.

Gig Harbor locals like to call their town…”The gateway to the Olympic Peninsula”. It is steeped in maritime history with boat building and commercial fishing playing a major role in the development of the area. But Gig Harbor was more – an agricultural center, logging and lumber area and Native American fishing grounds.

Seniors are Flocking to the Town

Due to its close access to several state and city parks, and historic waterfront that includes boutiques and fine dining, Gig Harbor is a popular senior tourist destination. There are miles of shoreline, deep water bays, and scenic islands that have made the area famous for water sports and boating of all kinds. Check out TripAdvisor’s photos as well as their listing of Things to See and Do. I noted right away there were not one or two, but several top-rated B&Bs and they each look quite inviting.

ALOHA BEACHSIDE BED AND BREAKFAST
BEACH BAY BED & BREAKFAST
BEACHSIDE BED & BREAKFAST
BEAR’S LAIR BED & BREAKFAST
CHILDS’ HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
GREEN GABLES EDGEWATER BED & BREAKFAST
NO CABBAGES BED & BREAKFAST

The Cushman Trail

One of the highlights of Gig Harbor is Cushman Trail.  If you love hiking, print off this pdf file to provide a trail map. Additional information is available  for both pedestrian and bike use.  If you are not up for a walk, then how about a cruise and in Gig Harbor it is easy to rent a boat by the hour or by the day.

Gig Harbor’s downtown area  is a senior tourist’s delight with antique shops, kitchen shops, art galleries and fabulous restaurants. If you are into art, sailing, scuba diving or fishing, Gig Harbor is the place to be.
Located on the historic waterfront in this beautiful maritime community the 2012 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival presented by the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association, will take place on the grounds of Gig Harbor’s Harbor History Museum. Gig Harbor’s Homepage is a fun site to explore to become better acquainted with the area.  Be sure to view the Photo Gallery.

Recognized by Sunset Magazine as one of the 5 best small town Art Walks in the Northwest, the Gig Harbor Art Walk takes place the first Saturday of every month from 1-5pm. Gig Harbor is blessed with an abundance of performing arts opportunities throughout the year from concerts, outdoor movies, live theater and more.

Gig Harbor, More Quiet in Winter

Quieter in winter but a beautiful time to be on the water, you’ll see fewer boats but a great deal of marine life and waterfowl.  Opportunities for visitors to enjoy the water and other recreational activities include:

Fox Island Salmon Charters
Cushman Trail Route Map
Marinas
Parks
Gig Harbor Yacht Club
Destiny Harbor Tours
Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Club
Gig Harbor Rent A Boat
Gig Harbor Sailing Club School
Gig Harbor Boat Works
Harbor WildWatch
Paddle The Harbor With Jackie
Ship To Shore
City Walking Tours

As the saying goes…Just the Facts, Just the Facts and Gig Harbor has them for Senior visitors who want to know the seasonal temperatures, rainfall, distances to the airport and much more. The good folks who live in Gig Harbor say that it like being on vacation every day.  You will feel the same as well.  Double click a few of these photos and you’ll see why the Smithsonian Magazine was right on. I can’t wait to visit Gig Harbor.  How about you?  jeb



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