Visiting Port Gamble, Washington
Port Gamble is a darling little town located on the shores of the scenic Hood Canal. I understand Port Gamble to be owned by one entity, the Port Gamble Mill, which is the only company-owned town left in the Puget Sound area—all the homes and businesses are leased to its occupants. Prior to its closing in 1995, the Port Gamble Mill was the oldest continuously operating sawmill in North America.
The town is immaculately maintained…all the homes and buildings are colorfully (but tactfully) painted, each with their own distinct personality. It reminds me of a “Pleasantville” of sorts, or a movie set even.
For such a small community, Port Gamble has a lot to offer its visitors…from a community center right on the bluffs of Hood Canal, to spacious parks, wedding venues, a museum to quaint shops and stores like Dauntless Books and the General Store and Cafe, which is still just that. The General Store sells groceries, clothing, a wide variety of gifts, toys and gourmet foods along with a deli that features homemade favorites, including ice cream. There are also antique shops, a trading company featuring local artists, a day spa, a truffle shop and much, much more . . .
It seems nearly ever week there is something going on in Port Gamble…from ghost walks, Medieval Faire, bike races and runs, Civil War re-enactments, music festivals, etc.
The 120-acre National Historic Landmark is complete with picturesque, turn-of-the-century buildings filled with antiques, historic church, breathtaking views, expansive grounds and New England style houses on maple and elm tree-lined streets…it’s certainly a place worth stopping.
For a video overview of Port Gamble, click below: