Port Gamble is the perfect place for a romantic day off | Port Gamble Gazette

Looking to cook up a perfectly romantic Valentine’s Day?

Looking to cook up a perfectly romantic Valentine’s Day? Mix fine dining and picturesque strolls with unique gifts for your special someone and — voila! — you’ve created a perfect recipe for a romantic day-cation in Port Gamble.

Start the day with a hot cup of coffee from Gamble Bay Coffee before strolling through town to check out all of the fantastic local shopping. Then cap off the morning with lunch at Mike’s Four Star BBQ, named one of the top five BBQ restaurants in the Puget Sound region by Evening Magazine.

Or, start your day-cation later in the day and cap it off with a Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner Feb. 14-15 at Bistro by Night, or a special Valentine’s Day dinner at the Port Gamble General Store Feb. 14. Visit www.tasteportgamble.com or www.portgamblegeneralstore.com for information.

Don’t forget to take care of your heart in February, which is National Heart Disease Awareness Month. The Quilted Strait in Port Gamble is helping the cause with Quilt Red for Women’s Heart Health. This event takes place Feb. 14-28 at the Quilted Strait and will include red and white quilt displays, door prizes, giveaways and important information about heart health for women.

Share in our love of history with the Port Gamble Historic Museum. The museum reopens at 11 a.m.,  Feb. 1 after being closed in January during the remodel and expansion of the Port Gamble General Store & Café.

The Tea Room at Port Gamble is now serving breakfast.

The Tea Room at Port Gamble/Bistro by Night is expanding its food service to include breakfast at 8 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

“I wanted to offer a breakfast service to Port Gamble, surrounding communities and commuters in an effort to support all of the local businesses while the other restaurants in town are closed during the month of January,” said Tea Room owner Janis Kelley.

Kelley said she plans to keep breakfast on the menu permanently.

The new breakfast menu features big breakfast sandwiches, classic platters, biscuits and gravy and a selection of waffles such as the ChocoWaffle, the Maple Bacon Waffle and the Apple Cinnamon Waffle.

The Tea Room will also serve Chef Walter Santschi’s favorite, Swiss Roetsi, his twist on hash browns served with Raclette cheese and fried eggs on top.

The Tea Room is continuing its popular Sunday Champagne Brunch as well as an expanded lunch menu, weekend dinners and, of course, hand-crafted chocolates. Later this year, the Tea Room will incorporate service on its new outdoor patio as well as table-side cooking.

Go to www.tasteportgamble.com to see menus, upcoming events, cooking classes and more.

Did you or someone you know get engaged over the holiday season? Why not consider one of the Puget Sound region’s 10 best wedding venues for that special day?

Port Gamble Weddings offers great off-season pricing November through April on our beautiful and unique venues for weddings and reception. Port Gamble Weddings has some great summer dates available in 2014 and 2015.

Call one of our experienced venue coordinators at 360-297-8074 and find out why Port Gamble Weddings was voted Top 10 for wedding/reception venues in the Evening Magazine’s Best of Western Washington 2013 Contest. You also can go to www.portgambleweddings.com or tune in to Port Gamble Weddings to learn more.

Ghost Walks

Port Gamble will be spooky as ever in 2014. Space is still available in the ever-popular Ghost Walks on Feb. 15 and March 15. Ghost Walks are $20 per person and for ages 16 and older.

For those interested in the Walker-Ames House, we still have space available Feb. 8 in the Special Investigation Series, a paranormal investigation suitable for novice and experienced investigators. The cost is $30 per person and for ages 16 and older.

Contest winners

The 2013 contest attracted more than 20 entries in the professional and home-baking divisions, including entries from Oregon and Georgia. More than 100 spectators watched the live judging and had the opportunity to taste many of the contest entries at the end of the event.

Kelly Munk, a professional baker/pátisser who owns Torts & Tartes in Gig Harbor, won the professional division with a fruitcake recipe handed down through her family for 40 years.

Alyssa Woods of Federal Way won the home-baking division.

Business news

Mike’s Four Star BBQ reopens on Feb. 6 after an extended holiday break. Go to www.mikesfourstar bbq.com for menus and hours.

The Port Gamble General Store & Café was closed in January for an exciting upgrade and expansion to the kitchen and dining room. It will reopen in early February. For information, go to www.portgamblegeneralstore.com.

2014 calendar

Port Gamble is set for an exciting year of events — from the free Alive After 5 outdoor summer concert series and Old Mill Days to monthly trail activities. You can stay up to date with activities at Port Gamble by subscribing to the monthly Port Gamble e-newsletter.

For information or to sign up for the e-newsletter, contact the events office at 360-297-8074 or email portgamble@orminc.com. Find more details at www.portgamble.com.

— Shana Smith is general manager of Port Gamble. Contact her at ssmith@orminc.com.