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.
Olympic Peninsula’s Port Townsend has retained its small town charm. As you stroll along the waterfront, browse the many unique shops and note the interesting architecture.
My favorite restaurants include Silverwater Café, The Fountain Cafe and Doc’s Marina Grill (on the water).
In Season (May-Sep), you can go on a full day whale watching tour including a two hour visit to Friday Harbor. Every September, the town hosts the Wooden Boat Festival.
You can take the ferry to nearby Whidbey Island (great place to explore) where you can continue your journey (to Seattle or Anacortes and the San Juan Islands) or after touring Port Townsend, you can continue your drive west to Port Angeles and the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. It’s a gorgeous area for you to explore and create memories.
Updated Aug 22, 2018 ~ Hazy, smokey day due fires in eastern Washington. Unhealthy air quality. Mt Rainier not visible.
April 11, 2018
Kitsap Peninsula’s Gig Harbor has retained its small town charm. Walk about the harbor ~ gaze at Mt. Rainier in the distance ~ explore the local shops and art galleries ~ check out the local coffee shops & restaurants, including Il Lucano (fabulous, Italian), Cutter’s Point (local artisan roasted coffee), Green House, Morso, Tide’s Tavern and Devoted Kiss Café ~ rent a kayak, take a gondola ride, walk Cushman Trail. Located near Tacoma (take time to explore Point Defiance Park), Bremerton (ferry to/from Seattle) and Port Orchard, Gig Harbor is a terrific stopover when exploring the Pacific Northwest.