You can look forward to being less than 3 miles from the Chamber’s Bay Trail & Golf Course - The trail head is only 3.25 miles round trip, but the hills will really work your calves because there is a serious incline. The views of the Olympic Mountains will reward your efforts! If you enjoy golf – Chamber’s Bay Golf Course is one of the top courses in the nation and the first course in the Northwest to welcome the U.S. Open Championships. Their onsite restaurant – The Grill offers a nice weekend brunch and sunset dinners. They also have special events throughout the year like the upcoming Wine & Canvas event at the end of the month, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day brunches. Check their page for upcoming events.
You can also easily access the Chamber’s Bay Park - open field with picnic tables and the Playground by the Sound - Fenced-in playground helps keep the kiddos from roaming. The equipment is nicely maintained and varied; swings, tunnels, slides and monkey bars. There’s a shaded picnic area on a concrete slab. One table is completely covered and the other is open, plus a few more tables out in the grassy areas. The bathroom is across the field, but is close.
There are also a series of short trails that are located within the Chambers Creek Canyon Trail. All trails are primitive in nature and allow people to experience a true urban forest setting. Watch for our deer and coyotes; they call the canyon home. Future plans call for an extension of this nature trail system, providing improved trail heads and linked trail segments.
Another local favorite hot spot is the UP Skate Park - There is a prefab kiddies section, a prefab mini ramp/spine set-up and a good size concrete park. It has interconnected bowls varying from 3’ to 9’ in depth and a detached 10’ peanut bowl. There are a few rails on the decks and one stair/ hubba / rail, so it’s great for newbies & experienced skaters and is only a mile away.
For groceries, dining and other needs, you won’t have to go far. Most everything is just a few minutes away. Locally owned and operated Harbor Greens is minutes away off Bridgeport Way. They have a great selection of local & hard-to-find specialty items, an in-house butcher and a full-service deli with gourmet sandwiches are really good pizza that you can eat there or take to go. Just 7 minutes away is the The University Place Town Center where you can shop at Whole Foods for natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products, get coffee and more at Anthem Coffee & Tea, Top Pot Doughnuts, check out 80,000 books, movies, audiobooks and more at the University Place Library, grab small batch ice cream at Bliss Ice Cream, get wraps and subs at Jersey Mike’s Subs plus more shops coming to this popular area!
You’ll also find the Green Firs Towne Center just a few minutes away too - Safeway, Starbucks, Sapporo Japanese Steakhouse, Home Goods, Trader Joe’s, Mud Bay, Gyro Zone and Fresh Rolls, Soggy Doggy and the Hand & Stone Massage Spa.