Bainbridge, WA

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Nothing Like a Good Introduction:


Known For: Beachy and relaxed, it has an upscale island feel. Home of many Seattle lawyers and an active art community. It is: laid back island life in a sort of classy way. Good restaurants. Well-organized special happenings and regular events. Lots to explore all over the island, each area has its own flavor and feel. A drive around the island is fascinating. The main street shopping is upscale, boutique-y and it is lots of fun to browse. The small town feel is enhanced by some big city activities and great museums. Bakeries galore and a great nursery. Nice drives and one day trips abound from this destination.

This Particular Getaway – What We Particularly Liked:

Late Spring, 2014: Getting to do some Seattle classic tourism on your way out of town, the ferry boat ride, the first month week-end events: First Friday Art Walk, First Saturday Art Talk, First Saturday Improve, First Sunday Chamber music. We love the library landscaping/design and book sale, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and the book collection room. Good restaurants and bakeries. Great book store: Eagle Harbor and its Used Book Annex. The Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Center Gallery. This location, accommodations and convenience to the Safeway mall complex (3 movies for $7). Mora ice creamery. Lots of fantastic day trips from here. A short drive to Chief Sealth’s grave (who Seattle was named for) and The Suquamish Indian Museum, the tribe to which he belonged, for example.

Fall, 2015: Doing some old and some new things at the Pike Place Market.
Exploring the south side of the Island – Lynwood Center Development: restaurants, hotel, event center and shops. A ride around the island. Walking the downtown area, taking to shopkeepers, exploring restaurants and bakeries. Visit to Bainbridge island Museum of Art, meeting Cynthia Sears who is the force behind the wonderful handmade book collection room there! And, the other wonderful exhibits in the Museum. Exploring some of the newest living and construction ideas in the Grow Community/Lynnwood Center’s Pleasant Beach Village.

Best A Place to Lay Your Head: Western Plus Bainbridge Island


Great rooms with mini kitchens


Children 12 and under free with adult

Pets with a fee

Free parking underground locked garage

Accessible, with 3 rooms for physically challenged

Specialty Rates, AAA etc.,



Walking Map:

Getting Around: Car, ferry, bus and feet.

Ferry Schedule: &roundtrip=true

Driving Directions:

B.I. Rides Bus:

Waterfront Loop Trails Map:

Some History:

Museums: This little island has much to offer in museums – quality as well as quantity. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is just outstanding with lots to discover about local art, architecture and landscape design. The Children’s Museum is in the same complex. There several unique and important museums and places of note to visit here.

Good Bites: Links to places not in Bainbridge Blog Posts.

On Your Way:
Pike Place Market: Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Factory, La Panier, Shy Giant Yogurt Stand, Copacabana, De Laurentis Italian market, The Confectional (mini cheesecake and cheesecake truffles)

At Your Get-Away: (links included are not in blog post)

Streamliner Diner, Town and Country Grocery

Parks, Gardens, Farms and Trails:

The Bloedel Reserve:

Hey Day Farm:

Marina Water Front Trail:

Historic Sites:

Get Bit by a Flea and Shopping:

Getting Out and About – Day Trips: You should go!

Local Wineries:

Local Breweries: 






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