May 2016                                                                                     Poulsbo, WA
Love to Ride? Kitsap Peninsula Cycling is the Best!
Cycling the Liberty Bay shoreline

Whether you have kids in tow or want to take on some serious hills, cycling on the Kitsap Peninsula is for you. There's plenty of shade and more than 370 miles of gorgeous shoreline to follow, plus lots of parks and charming communities for rest stops along the way.

Read our blog for expert route suggestions and advice from Silverdale Cyclery owner Dave Brumsickle. He has recommendations for an easy family route, scenic routes and the best north-south route for cycling tourists. For more info and to plan your trip, go to the VKP website

Kitsap is also a popular location for some of the region's premiere group rides and races:
 - May 16 - Stottlemeyer 30/60 
 - May 22 - Viking Tour 
 - June 11 - Poulsbo Twilight Criterium 
 - July 31 - Tour de Kitsap 
 - August 12-14 OBLITERIDE 
 - Sept. 17Ride Around the Sound
 - September 25 - Kitsap Color Classic 

Featured Destination - Kingston
City on the Sound
Kingston is a charming waterfront city with easy access to parks, beaches, trails, inviting shops and unique eateries. Arrive by ferry from Edmonds, tie up your own boat at one of the marina's 49 guest slips  or come by car or bike.
Be sure to visit Mike Wallace Park next to the ferry and marina for a host of community activities, including the Saturday farmers market and free summer concerts. Golfers can hit the links at the world-class White Horse Golf Club. There's fine art at Almost Candid and an amazing array of food choices, including creative locavore restaurant Mossback. Sip some vino at d'Vine Wines or try a farmhouse-style ale at the family-friendly Downpour Brewing.  Read our blog for more and click here to plan your trip.
 Things To Do in May

 May is Festival Month   
Poulsbo kicks off the festival season May 20-22 with Viking Fest, a celebration of the town's Norwegian heritage. There's a street race, parade, doughnut-eating contest, carnival, stand-up paddle board race and much more small-town fun.  On May 21, Bremerton hosts the largest and longest-running Armed Forces Day Parade in the nation. The event includes a Heroes' Barbecue for active-duty, reserve, retired and veteran service personnel.  Celebrate Memorial Day weekend on the Bremerton Marina Boardwalk at the Kitsap Harbor Festival. There will be historic ships visiting, pirates roaming the boardwalk and a Kid's Zone with STEM activities. Popular bands will play the main stage and there's a beer garden. Visit our website to plan your trip.
Featured Trips & Tours
Military & Veterans Memorials
The Kitsap Peninsula has a rich military heritage and that's reflected in dozens of memorials dedicated to honoring our veterans and remembering their sacrifices. You could easily spend a day or two touring the historic sites. Examples include the Kitsap County Veterans Memorial at Silverdale Waterfront Park, a flag pavilion and plaque honoring Kitsap Medal of Honor recipient John Druse "Bud" Hawk at Lent Landing in Bremerton, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Bremerton's historic Ivy Green CemeteryClick here for a complete list and driving directions.
 Kitsap Region Foodie Finds

Port Orchard Comfort Food
Suanne Martinsmith will nourish your body and your soul at her Home Made Cafe housed in the basement of a historic downtown church. Everything is made from scratch, including biscuits with sausage gravy, tasty breakfast scrambles and hearty sandwiches. Expect to be treated like family at the cozy eatery, w hich is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesdays through Sundays. The thrift-store decor is charming and there's an outdoor courtyard for sunny days. Read our blog to learn more and v isit the VKP website for more dining  ideas.
Master Gardener Plant Sale
It's a Mother's Day weekend tradition! Master Gardeners will have thousands of plants at great prices from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  May 7  at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Sheep Barn. This is not your average plant sale. Choose from unusual varieties, plus you can ask the experts for advice.  Learn more.
Tibetan Sand Mandala 
The monks of Gaden Shartse will create an intricate sand mandala at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art May 2-7. Watch the monks create the mandala and then sweep up the sand and pour it into the sea in a ritual meant to carry blessings to the world. Come see this manifestation of healing energy.  Learn more.
Wings Cook-Off
Amateur and professional chefs will face off at the Port Orchard Waterfront Park May 28 for the title of "Seagull" wing king (or queen). After the judging, the wings are for sale. It's all part of the fun at the 28th annual Seagull Calling Festival. The calling contest is at 1 p.m. and there's also a 5K and Kids Dash.  Learn more.

A Few More Things to Do in May
Kitsap Roller Derby Brats - May 7 , Kitsap County Fairgrounds
Corey's Day on the Farm - May 9-10, for special needs kids, Kitsap County Fairgrounds
Kitsap Live Steamers train rides , May 14 & 28  
Ride the Tide June 18-19
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The Kitsap Peninsula's National Water Trails Festival includes a 5-mile paddle from Bremerton's Evergreen Park to Silverdale Waterfront Park, a 4-mile paddle from Poulsbo to Keyport, kayak and paddle board demos and instruction, paddle board races, live entertainment and more.  Click here for details and visit our website for a list of summer water trails activities.

Coming in the June eNews:
June is Great Outdoors Month and there's no better place to celebrate than the Kitsap Peninsula. Make plans now to escape the city and enjoy our natural beauty on land or on the water. Go to visitkitsap.com to start planning your region-wide tour.
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The mission of Visit Kitsap Peninsula is to create positive economic growth on the Kitsap Peninsula by marketing the region as a major destination and for visitors and events. The VKP was founded in 1983 and is a 501c6 non-profit recognized as the official visitor information and destination marketing organization for the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State.

The VKP is a proud member of the Washington Tourism Alliance, VisitSeatle, Washington Destination Marketing Association (WSDMO), local Chambers of Commerce and many local and regional business, outdoor recreation groups.