Hood Canal Real Estate – 7 Reasons to Drive to Hood Canal

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7 Reasons to Drive to the Hood Canal

By Jackie Varriano | May 24, 2016
Photo by: Hama Hama Oyster Co.
Named for British Admiral Samuel Hood, Washington gem the Hood Canal is not really a canal at all – it’s a fjord. Defined by its narrow inlet and steep sides caused by glacial erosion, the waterway is so secluded it's hard to believe you can reach it after just a short ferry ride from Downtown Seattle to Bremerton.
You can also drive there by way of the Narrows Bridge, and it's a gorgeous trip any time of year — with roads snaking along the shoreline and tiny towns dotted along the way – but go now before the water gets too warm. Not only can you take advantage of the incredibly short spot prawn season (celebrate at the Brinnon Shrimpfest, May 28–29), it’s your last chance for blue pool oysters from Hama Hama. You can also grab a license from the Union gas station and the IGA in Hoodsport to dig for clams and gather seaweed on the beach.
Explore before the summer hoards descend, with seven reasons to drive to Hood Canal now.
Photo courtesy Saboteur Bakery
Technically not in the Hood Canal, this Bremerton bakery is the first stop you should make to get your road trip off on the right foot. Owned and operated by pastry chef Matt Tinder, this is the place to grab everything from ham and Emmentaler scones to mandarin brioche sucre. The bakery closes at 1 PM (and sometimes before, as it's been known to sell out), so make sure you get there early.
245 4th St.; 415-828-0517
Photo by Caven Photo
This impressive Union landmark first got its start in 1913 as an artist’s retreat, accessible only by Seattle’s famous Mosquito Fleet. Now over 100 years later, it’s a full-on foodie destination, resort and spa. Take a foraging tour with one of the chefs, spot oysters off the dock, snack on chocolate-dipped rose petals while sketching with an artist or just sit back in the plush dining room and see what locally sourced delights chef Josh Delgado has created.
Photo by Caven Photo
Inside the Hood Canal Marina, the Union City Market was transformed during the summer of 2015 into a year-round space to pick up everything your picnic basket needs (including coffee from Harstine Island roaster Barking Squirrel), art and gifts. Get there on the third Thursday of the month for a Canal Cookout, offering seasonal bites and cocktails from local chefs and vendors right next to the water.
Photo by Jackie Varriano
You’ve probably eaten oysters from this fifth-generation oyster company at spots like The Walrus and the Carpenter or seen them at farmer's markets across the city, but there's no better spot to slurp a Hama Hama oyster than on the shores of the tideflats at the owners' Oyster Saloon. Eat them fresh or grilled and slathered in butter, but also check out the steamed clams and crab cakes. There’s also a retail shop to grab oysters for the road.
35846 N. US Hwy 101; 360-877-5811
Blink and you’ll miss this tiny craft distillery just off the main drag in Hoodsport, but stopping is well worth it for fans of aquavit, distilled mead, small-batch gin, aged whiskey and vodka. The spirits at Hardware are designed to pair with food, and owner Chuck Morris is happy to give tours, tastings and pairing recommendations.
24120 N. US Hwy 101; 206-300-0877
Kelsey’s All Natural Burgers
For anyone looking to get a bit further off the beaten path, turn off the 101 toward Shelton and make a pit stop at this roadside burger stand. Grab burgers, fish 'n' chips and a natural soda to go, and head to nearby Potlatch State Park for lunch with a view.
21391 N. US Hwy 101, 360-877-5696
Photo courtesty Mosquito Fleet Winery
One of the few wineries on this side of the state, Mosquito Fleet is an award-winning, family-owned producer in Belfair, a small town that serves as the gateway to the canal. Stop here for tastings on Saturdays, private tours and to pick up bottles of vino to drink by the shore.
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