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A Perfect Spring Day in Gig Harbor

Where to eat, explore and indulge

By Drew Johnson

As the warmth of spring breathes new life into the Pacific Northwest, Gig Harbor emerges as an enchanting destination ripe for exploration. With its stunning waterfront views, outdoor adventures and culinary delights, Gig Harbor offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable day trip. Here’s how to make the most of your day in this picturesque harbor town — perfect for both locals and visitors alike.

Start your morning with a hearty breakfast at Devoted Kiss Café, a local favorite known for its cozy ambiance and delicious comfort food. Indulge in their signature dishes like the Scratch Biscuits & Gravy or Eggs Benedict. Pair your meal with a steaming cup of artisanal coffee and soak in the charming atmosphere of this beloved café.

After fueling up for the day ahead, hop on the Gig Harbor Gondola (be sure to make reservations in advance), which operates out of the Gig Harbor Marina and Boatyard on Harborview Drive, for a one-hour ride around the harbor. These private gondola rides can seat up to six passengers and offer a magnificent way to take in the beautiful scenery Gig Harbor has to offer. 

For lunch, treat yourself to a seafood feast at Tide’s Tavern, a waterfront eatery renowned for its mouthwatering dishes and lively atmosphere. Enjoy appetizers like their Bloody Mary Oyster Shots, Smoked Avocado Toast, Steamed Clams, and Calamari, to a variety of salads, sandwiches and seasonal specials. And don’t forget to order a bowl of Clam Chowder. Pair your meal with a local craft beer or glass of wine. Sit back, relax, and take in the bustling harbor views from their outdoor patio while savoring the flavors of the Pacific Northwest.

After lunch, venture to Kopachuck State Park for a leisurely hike where you’ll encounter a forested beach, a saltwater lake and a wildlife refuge. You can enjoy activities like beach exploration, bird watching, boating, fishing and kayaking at this scenic park.

As evening approaches, make your way back to downtown Gig Harbor for dinner at Morso Bistro. The intimate space is the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine while enjoying a variety of “Bites” like the Salmon Cakes and Herb + Ricotta Meatballs. Or opt for a charcuterie board, soup and salad, or specialty entree.

There’s so much to do, taste and see here in this maritime town. This is just a sampling of what there is to enjoy.

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