People & Places

West Sound has an incredible number of talented artists, interesting people, fascinating places and popular destinations. We love to share their stories with our readers. These articles are only a sample of what we have in WestSound Home & Garden magazine each issue — subscribe to the print version to see all of what we have to offer!

Manchester

The Waterfront Village of Manchester

Located just a 10-minute drive from downtown Port Orchard on Puget Sound is Manchester, an unincorporated community in southeast Kitsap County. Established in the 1860s, the town was named after Manchester city in England. More than 7,000 people currently live in Manchester, which … read more

Cruising through Wu Gorge
Travel Bug

Cruising on China’s Yangtze River — The Ancient and The New

It’s mind-boggling. China’s population is more than 1.4 billion. Yes, billion with a B. Eclipsing the United States with the 2019 population count at 330 million (India fast gaining on China with 1.3 billion). Billions of people. Where to put them all? How … read more

Time to Explore

Bringing Images to Life through Yarn

When you see Cecilia Blomberg’s work from a distance, you think it’s a painting. Look closer and you see that the “paints” she uses are actually yarn. Blomberg is a tapestry weaver, known the world over for her creativity and skill. Her tapestries … read more

The McMenamins Historic Tacoma Elks Lodge under renovation
Design|Build 2020A

Harbor Construction Co. — High-Quality Craftsmanship Runs in the Family

Gig Harbor business owner Alfredo Linares began his apprenticeship in ornamental plaster work when he was just 12 years old, working alongside his father and his uncle in Mexico. At age 17, Linares had become a full-fledged professional and began to make his … read more

Carlisle II

The Last of the Famous Mosquito Fleet

The Carlisle II is the last remnant of the once-famous Mosquito Fleet and is the oldest continually operating ferry boat in the Pacific Northwest. The wonderful old ferry is currently in dry dock but will resume its hourly service between downtown Bremerton and … read more

Tropical Livingston on the Carribean
Travel Bug

Central America’s Diamond in the Rough — Discovering Guatemala

Colorful and shy Mayan women go about their day, much the same way they have for centuries in Guatemala. Within the country, there are 21 indigenous groups, many existing in traditional style. But look around and you find a more modern Mayan/Spanish ethnic … read more

Kitsap History Museum

A Journey Back through Kitsap Time

To really understand a place, take a look at its past. Knowing what things were like a century or two ago gives us clues to how we got to where we are today. A trip to the Kitsap History Museum in downtown Bremerton … read more

The Colosseum, the most iconic structure from Ancient Rome
Travel

Best Bet for Visiting Italy? The Off-Season

Ah, Italy! Ancient ruins, century-old churches and basilicas, wonderful restaurants and markets, picture-book scenery, canals, rolling hills, vineyards as far as the eye can see, boutique wineries and friendly people. What’s not to like? Well, it all depends on when you go. If … read more

Hearing

Keeping Loved Ones with Hearing Difficulties Connected this Holiday

Keeping the people you love in the conversation and part of any celebration or family gathering is one of the most meaningful things you can do. Have you noticed someone in your family withdrawing to a corner at your family gatherings? Were they … read more

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