Visiting Bainbridge Island is a terrific way to experience “island time” any time of the year. Walk along Winslow Way, browse the shops, and enjoy coffee and pastry (check out Pegasus) or lunch.
Favorite places for lunch include Restaurant Marche (marvelous French cuisine, with the best French Onion Soup) and Doc’s Marina Grill (great fish ‘n’ chips).
Let me add a new find: J’aime Les Crepes. It’s a small place, close to Restaurant Marche with fabulous crepes, savory or sweet. I had the exquisite Norwegian Crepe: wild sockeye salmon, creme fraiche, green onions, lemon juice and capers. Also, very good coffee. Keep it in mind as you walk about and explore.
Fall is a beautiful time to stroll about the back streets and enjoy the magnificence of the foliage.
Savor your journeys, near or far, real or imagined, fleeting or lengthy.
A friend (who had never visited Bainbridge Island) and I went to Bainbridge Island for lunch (Doc’s Marina a favorite) and to walk about. Thanks to her, we visited several shops that I had not visited in a while.
A must visit is Millstream, a marvelous shop on Winslow Way, specializing in “Gifts from the Pacific Northwest.” We spent time looking at all of the beautiful displays: jewelry, clothing, cards, pottery, pillows, coasters, books about the area and gifts. All are beautifully displayed. The shop is conducive to have visitors browse all of the many treasures. I bought two coasters which will remind me of a beautiful day and we will definitely return.
What is always so important when browsing in a store is the customer service and the knowledge of the staff. Millstream get high marks with both. We spoke with Diana about the shop and also Bainbridge (how it has remained such a fabulous place, not getting built up and so crowded like so much of western Washington).
On your next visit to Seattle, I highly recommend Bainbridge Island and Millstream. Check out their marvelous website: http://www.Millstreamseattle.com
Savor Your Journeys… and always be open to explore new places.
Take the short ferry ride from Seattle. Experience “island time” with lovely walks along the Waterfront Trail and nearby parks. Relish the slower pace.
Explore the unique shops, restaurants, coffee houses (check out Pegasus) and the very popular Mora Iced Creamery. My favorite restaurants include Restaurant Marche (terrific French cuisine) and Doc’s Marina Grill. Both have outdoor seating which is marvelous on a beautiful sunny day.
Bainbridge Island is perfect for a quick getaway from Seattle as a walk-on ferry passenger. Or you can drive onto the ferry, spend a day or weekend exploring Bainbridge Island and continue westward to the Viking town of Poulsbo and from there continue to the Olympic Peninsula.
On each visit, I always find a unique place to explore. My next blog post will be about an enchanting shop that a friend and I discovered for the first time.
Savor your journeys, near or far, real or imagined.
Bainbridge Island is a short ferry rider from Seattle, but a world apart. Stroll along the main street (Winslow Way), stopping at the lovely, small Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (free). Browse the many local shops, including a fabulous book store (see link below), clothing shops, a toy store, a shop specializing in yarns and teas, novelties, antiques … have fun exploring! Also, walk along the beautiful Waterfront Trail.
As you stroll, check out restaurants for lunch or dinner and relax over coffee or ice cream (don’t miss Mora Iced Creamery).
My favorite restaurants include Restaurant Marche (fabulous French cuisine), Doc’s Marina Grill (on the water) and Café NOLA.
There are several good coffee shops, my favorite being Pegasus, next to Doc’s Marina Grill, where you can relax in a comfortable setting, savor their fabulous coffee and enjoy a pastry or lunch.
Bainbridge Island is perfect for a quick getaway from Seattle as a walk-on ferry passenger. Or you can drive onto the ferry, spend a day or weekend exploring Bainbridge Island and continue westward to the Viking town of Poulsbo and from there continue to the Olympic Peninsula. Enjoy your journey.
If you live near or are visiting Seattle, take the ferry to Bainbridge Island to explore Eagle Harbor Book Company.
A short walk from the ferry, on Winslow Way, you will find everything you desire in a bookstore:
- Helpful, knowledgeable staff
- Comfortable surroundings
- Terrific selection
- Genres include Military History, Native America, Northwest Travel, Local Interest
- Wide array of staff selections and book club readings
- Ample room to browse
- Interesting non-book items include “Knowledge Cards” (“Great Lines from Great Movies”), tote bags, socks, cards, calendars.
- You can go online and sign up for their monthly newsletter and check upcoming events
Catch the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, browse the shops and peruse the local restaurants. For walk-on ferry passengers, take Kitsap Transit’s “BI Ride” from the ferry to Bloedel Reserve where you can easily spend several hours exploring the 150 acre public garden and forest preserve.
The bus leaves you at the gate house / gift shop entrance where you start your adventure. Knowledgeable staff will review your Bloedel Reserve map and answer your questions. The map is easy to follow and if time is an issue, you can choose several key spots to explore and leave the full walk for your next visit.
Highlights of your visit to Bloedel Reserve include the serene Japanese gardens (comprised of traditional Japanese gardens, a Sand and Stone Garden and a Japanese Guest House), wild Moss gardens, a waterfall overlook, a boardwalk over wetlands, the bird marsh, maple lane, a reflection pool, camellia walk and the former residence, now the visitor center.
At the visitor center a docent will answer your questions. The library has a collection of 1,400 horticultural and botanical books, available for reading and research on-site. Explore the living and dining rooms on the first floor, check out the plaques on a hallway wall containing a brief history of the reserve, including a quote by Prentice Bloedel, the original owner: “Nature can live without man, but man cannot live without nature.”