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The best way to travel to Agate Beach House depends upon the time of day and (grrr) traffic.
The most scenic route, and usually the least congested, entails traveling 35 miles on I-5 South before crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, through Gig Harbor and Allyn.
Distance from Sea-Tac Airport: 77 miles (if traveling via Tacoma Narrows – Gig Harbor – Bremerton – Belfair)
Most of this Tacoma Narrows Bridge route is comprised of curvy two-lane highway, which, while usually not as congested as the I-5 during heavy traffic, is best traveled during daylight (the road is not well lit at night).
Along this route, you can easily stop for food and wine before arriving at Agate Beach House:
Safeway, 23961 N.E. State Route 3, Belfair, WA 98528 (360) 275-0922
Top of the Cork (wine tasting room), 18351 E State Route 3, Allyn, WA 98524 (360) 275-5657
Alternatively, I-5 from Seattle through Olympia is an efficient route if there are no traffic snarles getting out of Seattle.
Distance from Sea-Tac Airport: 79 miles (if traveling I-5 through Olympia)
Some easy stops off of the interstate for groceries are as follows:
Trader Joe’s, 1530 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 (360) 352-7440
TOP Food,1313 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia, WA 98502 (360) 754-1428
Taylor Shellfish Retail Store (open 7 days), 130 SE Lynch Road, Shelton, WA 98584 (360) 426-6178, http://www.taylorshellfishfarms.com/,
Distance from Bremerton Ferry: Bremerton Ferry is 35 miles NE of Agate Beach House
Bremerton Ferry Terminal: 211 1st Street , Bremerton, WA 98337
(Safeway and Top of the Cork, as detailed above, are also along this route.)
Seattle Ferry Terminal, 801 Alaskan Way, Pier 52, Seattle, WA 98104. Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle are a few blocks’ walking distance from Seattle Ferry Terminal.
Ferry Schedule Link: www.wsdot.com/ferries/Schedule/Default.aspx
For more information, contact Picture Properties at 206-999-1720 or visit http://www.picturepropertiesvacationrentals.com/AgateBeachHouse/request.htm.