Locals know Wing Point, the north pillar of the entrance to Eagle Harbor, as the former home of a powerful former Senator from Washington State, Warren Magnuson. The house on the tip of Wing Point still hugs the low the bluff in its prime location, facing the Sound, the Mountain, the sunrise, and the storms.
Inside Eagle Harbor, a stone’s throw from the senator’s former estate, the waterfront is lined with homes of current Bainbridge Island residents, including Abode on the Sea. Abode on the Sea is an antiques-filled beach-front apartment, tucked in along the northern bank of Eagle Harbor, above the kayaks and seagrass. With dinette and kitchen, fold-out sofa and queen bedroom, the cheery Abode on the Sea can accommodate a variety of family holiday options as well as longer-term stays. In earlier days, the Harbor was alive with the clang of shipbuilding at Hall Brothers Shipyard, but now, Abode on the Sea is witness to local yachts and power boats and the hourly passage of the ferries — the island’s lifeline to nearby-by Seattle.
Just north of Wing Point on Bainbridge Island’s eastern shore is Yeomalt Point and the Yeomalt Beach House. Yeomalt Beach is Wing Point’s quieter neighbor, sitting in full view of the Cascade Mountains, the shipping lanes that bring goods from around the world to Seattle, and of the grain terminals that take Washington State wheat to far corners of the Pacific. The Yeomalt Beach House, a beautifully furnished 3-bedroom beach-front home, is perfect for the girls’ weekend, a writers’ group, or a place for the bride and her attendants to prepare for the grand event. Yeomalt Beach has an exquisite and expansive view of the Puget Sound from Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainier, and the contemporary atmosphere at Yeomalt Beach House lends itself to groups and multi-generational families — both practical and romantic at the same time.
If you choose Bainbridge Island as a destination after the clatter and clutter of the summer visitors have subsided, you cannot do better than late Autumn. The mid-Autumn weather lends itself to long beach walks into town, local fresh produce in a roast or salad, the art of local wine-makers and distillers, and sumptuous fires in the evening. This is the season locals like to keep to themselves — the reward for patience, the light revealed, the Puget Sound at its best.
- For more information on the Abode on the Sea, go to their website or call Claes at (206) 941-9747.
- For the contemporary Yeomalt Beach House, call Kinam at (206) 851-7646.