Bainbridge Island, Western Washington

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.


Photos ~ Bainbridge Island, WA

A Favorite Bookstore ~ Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA

Bloedel Reserve ~ Bainbridge Island, Washington


A Favorite Bookstore ~ Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA




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

Photos ~ Bainbridge Island, WA






Bloedel Reserve ~ Bainbridge Island, Washington

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.”

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