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Month: December 2010

Welcoming Walk-ons to Bainbridge Island

“Walk-ons.”

That’s Bainbridge Island insider lingo for those who walk on the ferry rather than driving on in a car. Walking on the ferry from Seattle is a lovely option for visitors to Bainbridge Island. Why bother with a car when you have so many entertaining options within walking range from the ferry – whether you stay on Bainbridge for a couple of days or a week?

Downtown Winslow’s historic nature gives you many rich opportunities to check out downtown Winslow, once the little hamlet of Madrone. The name changed in 1903, but madrone trees are still scattered here and there, survivors of the three clear-cuts that changed the nature of Bainbridge Island view property over and over again.

One of these historic properties is Captain’s House. A traditional B&B, Captain’s House was built in 1906 by E.L. Franks who gained the honorary title of “captain” for linking Bainbridge Island to Seattle with his passenger steamer “Florence K.” Turn of the century charm at Captain’s House wouldn’t be complete without a four-poster bed and period furniture. Across the street from the historic Harbour Pub, Captain’s House has that old-world feel that makes memories.

Just steps around the corner from Captain’s House is a boutique Euro-hotel, The Eagle Harbor Inn. Built around a central courtyard, the Inn offers eight lodging alternatives, including rooms, suites, and townhomes, many with views of the harbor, the marina, and the soaring eagles that give the harbor its name. Each unit has a distinctive feel, embellished with art and artifacts from all around the Pacific Northwest.

Slightly farther afield but within walking distance of downtown Winslow are three more lodging options for guests afoot or on bicycles.

One of them,the Inn at Vineyard Lane is a small private accommodation, located north of the ferry terminal, about a 15 minute walk from downtown Winslow. Set in a former vineyard and tucked into a contemporary condominium complex, the rooms are stylish and comfortable. The Inn has meeting rooms as well as a catering service, and is surrounded by exquisite landscaping.

The second option, for those comfortable with walking, is just south of downtown Winslow, about a 10 minute walk. Down a secret footpath near the historic strawberry cannery dock is Nicholson Place. Its contemporary studio apartment lies in a quiet neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from downtown Winslow, but secluded and protected from late-night revelry. Walk through the gardens, and up the drive to your own private entrance. If your get-away is about togetherness, then Nicholson Place is an affordable self-contained studio to regenerate and reconnect. And just around the corner is a beach access at the old strawberry processing plant to explore, now a community park.

The third lies two blocks west of downtown, up Madison Avenue. The Madison Townhouses – East and West, are located in a contemporary townhouse complex. Stylishly furnished and spacious, they can accommodate a family or together, a group. Their location, close to the library, to the high school, and to the cinema complex, give them another dimension in proximity to businesses and shopping on High School Road as well as a downhill stroll into Winslow.

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of more than 20 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.
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