Appletree Cove was purchased by the Port of Kingston in 1919 to improve facilities for the "Mosquito Fleet". Today Appletree Cove is home to a public marina, and host to recreation programs including Sail Kingston Cove, a youth learn to sail and high school team racing program. The Kingston fast ferry run to Seattle is run by Kitsap Transit. Residents, commuters and visitors can enjoy a 40 minute direct route to downtown Seattle. The new fast ferry is in addition to the Washington State car and passenger ferry to Edmonds.
Kingston has a village on the green and delightful main street feel in the heart of its downtown area. The marina and small business shops cater to ferry traffic, boaters, and residents, offering up coffee, bakery goods, good food, breweries, ice cream and gift shops within walking distance of the ferry. The Mike Wallace Park is located next between the ferry terminal and the marina. It has picnic tables, restrooms and a village green which is perfect for farm's markets, festivals and community events. Kingston also has a wonderful Village Green Community Center, Picnic Pavilion and park. Further along Highway 104, the business district expands to Bradley Center and then King’s Crossing Shopping Mall. Kingston also has several light industrial centers with a surprising number of small and medium size companies serving Poulsbo and surrounding Kitsap communities as well as Edmonds and Seattle due to ferry access.
Kingston is just a 30-40 minute ferry ride from Edmonds and Seattle, making it a great day trip or the start of a longer trip on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. There are coffee shops such as Aviator Coffee and Teas at the ferry terminal, Borrowed Kitchen and Bakery, or J’aime Les Crepes to start your day. Events at the Mike Wallace Park village green, a beach walk at Saltair Park adjacent to the ferry, or shopping at gifts stores, candy shops or Kingston Mercantile and Marine can round out your visit. Kingston is home to several excellent coffee roasting businesses as well as CB’s Nuts, a peanut roasting business. The Point Casino and Hotel, North Kitsap Heritage Park, and Heronswood Garden are a short drive and worth a visit or overnight stay. The nearby communities of Hansville, Port Gamble and Indianola are unique small communities beloved by locals and residents alike. Kayaking, beach and trail walk opportunities are abundant.