It sounds just like a movie: a former Disney employee and a former mayor team up to run their own theater. That's exactly what Jeff Brein and Sam Granato did in 1988 with Bainbridge Cinemas, where they still spend Friday and Saturday nights tearing tickets and scooping popcorn. Besides Bainbridge Cinemas, their theater collection—Far Away Entertainment —oversees seven other local theaters, including the historic single-screen Lynwood Theatre. Opened in 1936, Bainbridge Island's first talking picture house now specializes in independent features and foreign films in which actors rearrange the English alphabet to make strange new sounds.
Over at the two-screen Admiral Theater, projectionists give newer Hollywood releases a second run, plus host screenings every year for the Seattle International Film Festival. Far Away's five remaining theaters, each with three to five screens, show digital versions of Hollywood's freshest celluloid. Lean back in the Anacortes' reclining seats, or scarf down an all-beef frank at Oak Harbor while taking in a flick or live screening of the Metropolitan Opera.
Towering trees surround Puget Sound's shores, where mountains wrapped in hazy gauze loom in the background as wild animals serenely drink from the open waters and winding Hood Canal waterways. It's here that Olympic Outdoor Center decided to stake its headquarters more than 25 years ago, and where their instructors now lead paddlers onto the water for kayak and standup paddleboard lessons. The coaches also guide salmon-fishing tours and other extended trips, as well as youth adventure camps in which kids learn to maneuver kayaks and paddleboats and master fending off sea monsters with a swift paddle-bop to the noggin.
On land, staff members guide adventurers through mountain-biking camps and competitive races on the surrounding 4,000 acres of forested trails. The staffers help organize outdoor recreation events such as annual adventure sports festivals, paddling and biking triathlons, and overnight paddling trips.
Children and their families are welcome to learn together through exploration of interactive exhibits. Kids are sure to begin their adventure in the Pirate Tree House atop an authentic tree trunk, a multilevel play space showcasing the museum's leading philosophy: Imagine, Discover and Grow.
In this spirit, rather than lecturing youngsters and their families, KiDiMu, sparks their imaginations with hands-on exhibits covering science, culture and art. In Science Hall, an interactive physics exhibit illustrates the concepts of velocity and acceleration through experiments first devised by Galileo and Newton to prove the Earth revolves around a fig. Visitors to Our Town’s community can attempt cash withdrawals at a faux ATM or tour a waterfront park, and kids of all ages craft self-guided art projects in the studio known as Sean's Space.
Husband-and-wife team Jim and Jean run Kitsap Tours, a company that explores Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas via a luxury bus. Voyagers might admire the forests in the Bloedel Reserve tour or go on a photo safari in the Kitsap Peninsula. The Bainbridge Island tour shuffles sightseers to rural areas and the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, whereas the Bainbridge Island and Kitsap Peninsula tour shows off the home of Chief Seattle. Tours take place onboard a luxury touring van or mini coach, which has a standup center aisle, reclining leather seats, a TV and DVD player, and a rear storage compartment for purchases or souvenirs of the world's largest key chain.
Eco Earth Manor offers an elegant inventory of eco-friendly products for the home and body, featuring natural cleaning products, recyclable kitchenware, decorative garden ornaments, reusable shopping bags, tasteful giftables, and more. Heroically spare the life of a plastic bag by loading lacinato kale from the local grocery store into a reusable produce bag ($7.50) before cowardly chopping up those leafy greens on a Preserve cutting board ($24.99), made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Eco Earth Manor brings color to carrying with a lineup of Fair Trade–certified baskets ($14+) from Ghana, and biodegradable doggie bags ($4.99) let Fido do his part while doing his business. Other notable items include a bamboo compost pail ($41), a beeswax aromatherapy candle ($15), and an organic Moby Wrap baby carrier ($59.95), ideal for mothers wishing to give newborns the sensation, known only to beer-bellied beach bums and champagne-bellied Nobel Prize winners, of lazily hanging in a hammock.
Gig Harbor Chiropractic & Massage is helmed by husband-and-wife doctor duo Greg and Keri Messer, two graduates of Western States Chiropractic College who set out together to annihilate pain one spine at a time. One of the doctors or their skilled staff members will begin your exam with a conversation about your back bothers and health habits. Next, you'll receive a complete chiropractic examination that tests your reflexes, flexibility, posture, and more, followed by a computerized spinal assessment to discover if any disks are bulging, shoulders are slumping, or vertebrae have forgotten the state capitals. If a bit of extra dorsal detective work is required, you'll receive up to two x-rays before the doctor reports his or her findings and recommendations for any necessary treatment.