When visiting a town known for its picturesque harbor, you want to stay on or near the water, right? If you are traveling to the small town of Gig Harbor, WA you are in luck, for there are two waterfront inns – the Waterfront Inn and the Maritime Inn. Located on different sides of the harbor, both offer boutique accommodations that take in the water views.
For this post, I’ll be reviewing the Waterfront Inn (a review of the Maritime Inn will be coming shortly) which offers guests:
- Tasteful harbor view rooms
- Personalized innkeeper service
- Complimentary kayaks
- Over the water lounging patio
- Within walking distance of restaurants, museums, market and the Finholm View Climb
- Within walking distance to boat tours and water sport rentals
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The Waterfront Inn – Steps Away from the Harbor
The Waterfront Inn is a 1918 historic fisherman’s home that was converted into an inn. The seven guest rooms are tastefully decorated and each has a private entrance, a river rock gas fireplace, a sitting area, large bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, flat screen TVs, and free WiFi. In a common area, the rooms share a small wet bar with wine glasses, mugs, teas/coffee, mini-fridge and hot water. There is a range of bed sizes and spaces, so it’s best to check their website to see what fits your group size. If you are traveling as a couple or solo, I recommend the waterfront rooms – The Regatta Room, The Boathouse, and The Lookout – as they are steps away from the water and have an outdoor red brick patio.
Plenty of Ways to Enjoy the Water
One of the highlights of this property is its access to the water, which includes a dock, an over-the-water lounging patio with lots of chairs and tables, and complimentary kayaks for guests to use (you must sign a release form). The inn is also within walking distance of restaurants, museums, SUP rentals, and a couple of viewpoints that take in the harbor view with Mt. Rainier.
Tip: It can be tricky parking in the driveway. I suggest parking along the street or on the grass driveway at the top, check-in and then ask the innkeeper to help direct you.
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The Waterfront Inn – My Room
The Regatta Room
During my hosted stay, I stayed in the Regatta Room, which is the middle room on the ground level. All of these rooms face the water, and one can enter and exit via the patio door. I was the first to arrive, so I got to peek into the other rooms. All of them have a queen-sized bed with a small sitting area next to the fireplace, and everything faces the water. The room behind the bedroom is the spacious bathroom and a door to the lower level common area as well as stairs that will take you to the front door.
On my bed, was a welcome note from the innkeeper, a couple of pieces of chocolate and a list of restaurants, which also noted nearby eateries that give a discount to inn guests.
The first thing I did was open my patio doors and chill with a cup of tea. Later that night, after dinner at JW’s, I enjoyed some quiet time on the patio staring at the twinkling lights on the water. I slept very well that night.
Tip: The innkeepers can be as hands-on as you want. If you need help arranging activities or need flowers or the like for a special occasion, they are more than happy to assist you.
Tip: It is a 5-minute drive or twenty-five-minute walk to the other side of historic downtown.
The Waterfront Inn – Pros and Cons
- Water view rooms
- Complimentary kayaks
- Lounging deck -think wine/beer in the afternoon/evening and coffee/tea in the morning
- Within walking distance of restaurants, museums, store, boat tours, and kayak/SUP rentals
- Free WiFi
- Discounts to nearby eateries
- Helpful innkeeper
- While it feels much a like a B&B, it is not, and therefore does not have breakfast
- Not dog-friendly
- Tricky parking
- With the water view, you won’t want to get out of bed! (wait, I think that might be a pro?)
Would I stay at the Waterfront Inn again? Yes! While not in historic downtown, the inn’s location in the north harbor has so many things going for it. First, the view. Then, a stone’s throw away is Morso’s, Anthony’s, Devoted Kiss, Finholm Market, Lee’s SUPs, Destiny Harbor Tours, and a little further away, but still within walking distance is JW’s, and some other eateries I didn’t get to try, as well as the Harbor History Museum and park.
You could park your car and never have to use it, especially during the summer when the PT Trolley runs from June 2 to September 5 (2017 dates). There is a stop right near the inn. Rides are .50¢ one-way or a $1 all day, so its a no brainer to use this service.
What is there to do in Gig Harbor?
There is a ton of stuff to do in Gig Harbor. Do you want to ride in an authentic Venitian gondola? You can do that. Or try SUP? They have that. What about cruise under the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and learn about giant octopus? They have that too. You can also taste spirits, beer, and wine, and eat at excellent restaurants. You’ll have plenty to do and eat if you so choose. For a list of activities and restaurants check out Gluttony Encouraged – How to Eat Your Way Around Gig Harbor.
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