The view from the upstairs deck is splendid. On a sunny Sunday, we were driving from Chimacum to Port Townsend and happened to see what looked like a sailboat regatta starting to form up in the blue water below. Thinking where we could stop and watch, my sweetheart pointed us straight through town and parked at the NWMC where we had a perfect view of the race from the upper deck. A small handicapped-accessible elevator allowed yours truly to gain the elevation, and a friendly bench was available for sitting. We saw boats of every sort coming in and out of the marina to our left, and watched kayakers, daysailors, the WS Ferries and the occasional cargo ship come and go, while below we saw families playing at the water's edge.
The Center has restrooms which are always clean, lots of boats and boat builders to watch, a small-but-cozy coffee shop and a chandlery full of seafarer's delights, not the least of which is a wall of books which is almost always dotted with the pernicious northwest bibliophilious habitué. My favorite feature (besides the books and the brass and the amazing collection of navigational charts) is the wall-size photo of a sailing yacht in full sail. Go anytime, true sailors don't mind the weather.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.