McCormick Charity Classic Golf Tournament | August 14th, 2024
Life at McCormick

7 Ways to Celebrate Sun-Filled Spring, Friends, Family, and Moms at McCormick

Posted May 3, 2019

Every day spent with those you love counts as a special day. But in May, celebrating Mother’s Day is an extra special occasion.  The timing is perfect, as McCormick’s May weather is sunny and refreshing.   For those who are apart from their mom, you can still relish these experiences to celebrate this sun-filled spring season of cheer and vitality.   It’s a great opportunity to take a much-deserved break!

If you’re looking for ideas, here are some of our favorite things to do this weekend at or close to McCormick.

Dinner and a movie (or entire day trip!) in Gig Harbor

The quaint “little” town of Gig Harbor is a fast and easy getaway from McCormick, located just minutes away. If you only have a few hours, take in dinner and a movie at the state-of-the-art Galaxy Theatre at Uptown Gig Harbor. Galaxy has one of the few IMAX theaters in the Puget Sound region, but even the regular theater experience at Galaxy is memorable — dramatic sound, unobstructed view of the screen and — possibly the best part — cushy, reclining chairs.

For dinner, choices are tough because Gig Harbor has so many great options. In Uptown alone, there are several excellent options, like Blazing Onion, Pizzeria Fondi and Green House, among others. Plus, Ben & Jerri’s or Menchi’s (nearby) has dessert covered, and Cutter’s Point Coffee gives your caffeine fix. There are close to another dozen options in the uptown area alone — and we haven’t even covered downtown and other areas yet!

Gig Harbor Dining

Gig Harbor Dining

If you could spare an entire day –  there are plenty of places to add to your itinerary in Gig Harbor. These are just some options:

  • Downtown shopping — visit boutiques, art galleries, and unique shops.
  • Uptown Shopping shop your heart away!
  • Waterfront sightseeing — take a leisurely stroll to enjoy the postcard-perfect views of the harbor and the sailboats, with a backdrop of the dreamy Mt. Rainier.
  • Historic attractions — check out the must-see attractions for history buffs, Skansie Brothers Netshed, the Gig Harbor BoatShop and the Harbor History Museum.
  • Indoor recreation — if it’s been ages since you’ve tried your hand at bowling, check out Duckpin bowling at Ocean5 (and for a real trip down memory lane, enjoy the arcade games while there).
  • Tasting rooms — visit the popular tasting room of local microbrewery 7 Seas Brewing or the one-of-a-kind Heritage Distilling
  • Take a Gondola Ride – wish you could transport yourself to Venice, Italy?  You can, in Gig Harbor!  Enjoy a fantastic gondola ride through the stunning Harbor.  This experience has been featured in many news stories! From the Kitsap Sun,  to the front page of the Tacoma News Tribune, to KOMO news.

Olalla Winery

For locally made wine, then Olalla Winery is your destination. You can stroll the grounds and even have a picnic — and, of course, sample some wines.  Olalla is just minutes from McCormick.

Since its inception in 2008, the winery’s been fermenting grapes using an ancient method that originated centuries ago in Greece and Rome. Make sure to visit with the winemaker and learn more about this fascinating tradition.

The winery has regularly scheduled wine tastings, plus live music on Fridays. You may also want to come back in summer for one of the popular Dinner in the Vineyard events, a unique, Tuscan-style experience in the midst of the vineyard and gardens.

OLALLA Vineyard and Winery

Olalla Vineyard and Winery.  Source:

Elandan Gardens

For those who love to garden, the gorgeous Elandan Gardens is a truly inspirational experience. Elandan is home to a waterfront garden that features a world-class bonsai collection. Landscape artist Dan Robinson is a bonsai pioneer whose trees are sought after as far as China, and the Elandan bonsais mingle with points, waterfalls, sculptures and other plants.

Once you’re done marveling at the bonsai collection and the waterfront gardens, make sure to stop at the gift shop and gallery. You may just find a treasure from around the world that would make a fun gift to celebrate.

Bremerton Waterfront

And since the stroll through Elandan will no doubt leave you hungry, end your trip with a quick drive to the Bremerton waterfront for dinner. Anthony’s is a great choice if you want to have a beautiful view, but you’ll find several other restaurants downtown.  The Boatshed is also a favorite with a great setting and seafood choices, just across the Manette Bridge.

Dine Waterfront in Bremerton

Dine Al Fresco Waterfront in Bremerton


Bremerton Dining

Dine Al Fresco Waterfront in Bremerton

Valley Vintage Market in Poulsbo

The Valley Vintage Market located north of McCormick in Kitsap County is a fun place to shop for vintage treasures.  For opening days and hours see the market’s facebook page.  Lucky you, this once-a-month vintage market is open May 10 and 11!  The market specializes in home decor and special pieces to decorate that beautiful McCormick home of yours.  You’ll love the nostalgic setting, in a historic community hall dating back to the early 1900’s.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Clubhouse and Free Golf on Mother’s Day for Moms!

Living at McCormick you can enjoy a fantastic Clubhouse, just out your door. With a wonderful restaurant and bar to let someone else do the cooking!  The McCormick Woods Clubhouse puts on a fantastic Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12th. Guests can enjoy Seared Pacific Salmon, Strawberry Mango French Toast, Omelets and more.  Reservations are required and space is limited.  Visit McCormick Woods Golf Club for more details.

McCormick Woods Golf Club is also offering a Mother’s Day Special on May 12th, where Moms Play GOLF for FREE when playing with a paying guest.   This offer is only valid on May 12, 2019. See the McCormick Woods Golf Club website for more details and to book your tee-time.

McCormick Woods Clubhouse

McCormick Woods Clubhouse

Yoga and Mimosas at the Clubhouse

Bring a yoga friend or mom, and enjoy this fun and relaxing activity at the McCormick Woods Clubhouse. Yoga and Mimosas will be on Saturday, May 11th from 10-11am and costs $20 per person which includes the class and two mimosas. For more details and to register, email Andrea Harris.

Happy Spring!  Happy Mother’s Day.

We hope you can enjoy this beautiful spring season and Mother’s Day at McCormick, or wherever you may be in Kitsap County or beyond.  If you are in the market for a new home in the Seattle area, visit us at McCormick.  You’ll be glad you did! Check out our website at

Latest Articles

Water Activities around the Puget Sound
July 3, 2024

In need of summer activities? Here at McCormick, we want to make sure all residents are made aware of the fun summer activities that are all around them!

Read More
Building Community: Pacific Lifestyle Homes Unveils the Giving House
June 10, 2024

Building Community: Pacific Lifestyle Homes Unveils the Giving House

Read More
Sign Up To Stay Updated With McCormick
Sign Up

Join Our Interest List

"*" indicates required fields

Builder Preference

Which community are you interested in?
User Type

For more information about how McCormick uses your information, please see our Privacy Policy.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.