Despite the lack of posts I really have been up to a lot. We have been setting up our new home here in Washington, starting new jobs and making friends. So yeah, we’ve been busy! But we’ve taken time to explore our new home, visiting local towns and attractions, restaurants and wineries. One of those explorations was the town of Bremerton, WA. This waterfront town is home to a Naval Base and Shipyard. Driving into town you see large Naval destroyers and aircraft carriers that are either in port for repairs or are retired. We headed up there on a Sunday, which I would not suggest, most of the town’s stores and restaurants weren’t open, so try to go on a Saturday or weekday if you can.
Top of our list for Bremerton was the USS Turner Joy. This retired Naval destroyer is open for self-guided tours. On board are volunteers, mainly retired Naval sailors and officers, to answer questions. The guys we spoke to had a lot of information and were happy to answer all of our questions. This was one big ship so make sure to allot time to explore all of the decks and their many spaces.
The waterfront/marina of Bremerton is newly remodeled and nice to walk along. It was pretty cold when we went so we didn’t spend much time here but if I were to go back in the summer it’d be a blast!
For food we ended up at Bremerton Bar & Grill, an American restaurant that was the only place we could find that was open when we got into town but it was delicious! I had a great BLT and refreshing sparkler. Their menu is full of American classics and tasty sounding cocktails, if they are anything like my mocktail they’ll be tasty, and a good beer list.
There are some other spots I would love to check out in Bremerton, including their Navy Museum which talks about the Navy in the area and what it’s like to be a sailor. They also have a lot of art galleries that weren’t open when we were there, but the windows looked like they had some nice pieces. I’m excited to go back to Bremerton and check out what else it has to offer.
(FYI, I am also writing about my travel excursions for Northwest Guardian, the paper where I now work. Here is my story published Feb. 17: Decommissioned destroyer a portal to PNW Navy History)