PORT ORCHARD

Port Orchard is a rapidly growing waterfront community between Bremerton and Gig Harbor. It has many amenities including shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, parks, and marinas. There's also a convenient passenger-only Port Orchard/Bremerton ferry to decrease the commute time to Seattle.

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Discover Port Orchard

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History

Port Orchard became Kitsap County's first incorporated city in 1890. It was originally called Sidney after Illinois inventor Sidney M. Stevens who came to the area in 1885 and purchased an 88-acre homestead for $900. In 1892, residents petitioned to have it renamed Port Orchard after Harry Masterman Orchard, clerk to English explorer Captain George Vancouver.

 

Small communities sprung up along the waterfront, and Port Orchard was established as the county seat. Port Orchard's settlers established the first post office, newspaper, logging mill, pottery, and terra cotta businesses. In fact, many of the bricks that helped pave Seattle were produced in Port Orchard. The city has grown significantly over the years and is now a vibrant waterfront community.

Vibe

Capitol Hill is funky and fast-paced, with an endless number of cool blocks to explore and, unfortunately, a limited number of parking spaces. During the day, markets, boutiques, and salons are a big draw. Nightlife is hopping with clubs, bars, and music venues, and you’ll often find coffee shops that moonlight as cocktail lounges. Individuality and fashion statements are encouraged, and there always seems to be some sort of block party or community forum to encourage residents and visitors to mix and mingle.

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Activities and attractions

Since the area is known for its music scene, make sure to check out a concert at one of the venues like Neumo’s, pick through a record store like Sonic Boom, or do the extreme and attend the Capitol Hill Block Party in July. You can also say hello to the Jimi Hendrix statue on the corner of Broadway and Pine. If you’re into film, see a movie at the Landmark Harvard Exit – a classic building turned into theaters. Despite being one of the most densely populated areas of the city, Capitol Hill also has a surprising amount of green space, including Volunteer Park, Cal Anderson Park, and Interlaken Park, not to mention the Washington Parks Arboretum on the northeast corner.