Just northeast of Bremerton and an easy two-mile drive from the Seattle-Bremerton ferry, Manette occupies an enviable position on Point Herron, also known as the Manette Peninsula. This pretty headland juts into the body of water known as Port Orchard Bay in the central Kitsap Peninsula. Although it’s technically part of Bremerton, Manette and the other historical villages (or hamlets, if you will) located on the southern part of the peninsula are considered East Bremerton.
The small, yet chic community is home to cozy bakeries, relaxing day spas, and waterfront parks that boast beautiful vistas of the Manette Bridge, Port Orchard, and the Olympic Mountains. The Manette Bridge, as well as the Warren Avenue Bridge, span Port Washington Narrows, providing easy access to downtown Bremerton and the ferry to Seattle.
The Bridge to Bridge Urban Trail connects the various Point Herron communities, as well as both bridges, via a scenic, nearly three-mile loop that winds through parks, runs past historic houses, and offers a jumping-off point for the seasonal farmers’ market, playgrounds, shops, and community events. Go farther along the trail and you can access Bremerton’s local business and art districts.
Close enough to convenient city amenities, but removed enough to maintain its own character and charm, historic Manette is a Kitsap County gem.