Kitsap 2Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula offer so much to vacationing families that we were immensely glad we had scheduled a tour with Kitsap Tours to get a real taste and overview of the area’s bounty. Kitsap Tours will even pick you up from the ferry, taking care of all the details. Jim and Jean Boyle offer several different tours throughout the week and you cannot go wrong with any of them.

A class act through and through, Jean’s vast knowledge and background in tourism and travel make every second a pleasure. Her ability to share the culture, history and beauty of the area in a relaxed yet invigorating way make this tour intriguing and anything but boring. Our tween was even engaged and interested throughout the tour!

Jim, a former secret service agent, drives the luxurious bus with reclining leather seats. His warmth and humor make it all the more enjoyable. Highlights of our Kitsap Tour were viewing Chief Seattle’s gravesite, and a fascinating tour of the Suquamish Museum. A new ten million dollar museum is being built and is the excitement of the area.

Kitsap 3We toured the charming little town of Poulsbo, a little Norwegian village where we diverted from the bus to take a wonderful electric boat ride along the harbor gazing at marine mammals and their young. Later when walking this charming little town, you have to stop at the Marina Market where eclectic goods, including hundreds of types of licorice are a novelty. The kids loved it.

During your Kitsap Tour, you’ll find that the photo opportunities are astounding. It’s no wonder since Kitsap Tours also offers photo tours and Jean is an amazing professional photographer in her own right. After a delightful lunch overlooking the bay in Poulsbo, we continued on to Port Gamble, a company owned timber town with a strong New England flavor.

We enjoyed the perfect balance that our Kitsap Tour offered, whereas we could walk and explore on our own and also enjoy sitting and relaxing on the bus while Jim and Jean narrated points of interest with an occasional short video to compliment the experience. We felt that we got the perfect opportunity to savor the beauty of today but also enjoy a glimpse of the heritage of yesterday.