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A Guide to Riding the Bainbridge Island Ferry

wine tasting after you ride the ferry to Bainbridge IslandHave you ever ridden the Bainbridge Island Ferry? If not, this winter could be your perfect opportunity.  The views you’ll enjoy from the Bainbridge Island Ferry alone are worth the trip. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful journey and actually rated as one of the top tourist attractions in the Seattle area.  For those who don’t live around water, it’s a unique experience, and it is one that is exceptionally beautiful.

There are a few people who simply ride the Bainbridge Island Ferry only to turn around and head back to Seattle.  Before you hop back on that boat, though, you should come to explore at least a little bit of this charming island community.  There are more than enough things to see and do, including wine tasting, visiting a world-class art-museum and an array of art galleries, some great boutique shops to explore, and some of the best-rated restaurants in the Seattle area.

Make it a weekend, and book a room at any of our delightful Bainbridge Island Lodging properties.  You won’t regret a second of the time spent in our charming island community.  Visit us today! Continue reading

10 Things to do on Bainbridge Island This Winter

Things on do on Bainbridge Island This WinterBainbridge Island is often considered a summer destination, but there are actually plenty of fun things to do on Bainbridge Island in the winter months as well. If you happen to find yourself on Bainbridge Island this winter, whether you’re visiting friends and family or are here just for fun, consider yourself lucky. There is an incredible number of exciting things to do on Bainbridge Island. Moreover, our Innkeepers and lodging hosts are your perfect guide to help you enjoy the best of the island!  Don’t let Washington’s cold and potentially rainy weather keep you from this beautiful destination. There’s no reason to spend this entire winter inside.

Though Bainbridge Island is definitely a fun place to spend time during the warm summer days, there’s something that just feels even more special when you’re outside during the winter.  It might have something to do with fewer people around, allowing you to be quiet and still in a way that isn’t always possible during the busy seasons. Experience Bainbridge Island for yourself this winter, and book a room at one of our member properties today. Continue reading

Current Exhibits at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in 2019There are so many wonderful reasons to visit Bainbridge Island. While things like the natural beauty and charm of this small town draw people in, great attractions like the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art keep them here.

Bainbridge Island has consistently been ranked as one of the top getaway destinations in the state of Washington. It’s easy to reach via the Washington State Ferry system from downtown Seattle but feels as though it’s miles away. Whether you’re here to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, want to get out and experience nature in the Pacific Northwest, want to spend some time shopping and dining out, or just want some romantic one-on-one time, you’ll see that Bainbridge Island is an ideal place for all of that and more.

Downtown Winslow has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, with a number of new restaurants, shops, wineries, and other venues opening up. The most notable addition to Winslow Way has been the construction of a new state-of-the-art Bainbridge Island Museum of Art facility.  Come visit us this winter, and enjoy the current exhibits before they change.  To get started, simply find and make your reservation at one of our many unique and luxurious lodging properties on Bainbridge Island. Continue reading

Get Ready for the Holidays: Shopping on Bainbridge Island

Holiday Shopping on Bainbridge IslandThe holidays are coming up, and we couldn’t be more excited.  It’s a great time to gather with loved ones, but also a time to hit the stores and go shopping for special gifts that will brighten the lives of those you love. Friends and family will gather around Thanksgiving tables around the country next week, and soon after, Bainbridge Island will officially kick off its holiday shopping with the annual tree lighting in downtown Winslow.  We thought we’d take the time now to talk about some of our favorite shopping on the island, which includes the upcoming Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. Continue reading

7 Places to try Bainbridge Island Wine This Fall

7 Places to Try Bainbridge Island WineIt may come as a surprise, but the small island of Bainbridge Island is home to 7 wineries, each of which is producing some of the best wine around. Have you had the chance to sample some of this Bainbridge Island wine, yet? If not, this fall is the perfect opportunity to discover these hidden gems of the wine world.

Like most wines produced in Washington state, the wine made here on Bainbridge Island is delicious and has earned a solid reputation for quality around the region. In fact, each of the Bainbridge Island Wineries has won gold and double gold for several of their wines. Come get your sample of these incredible wines today, and stay at one of our amazing lodging properties on beautiful Bainbridge Island. Continue reading

10 Bainbridge Island Restaurants to Try in 2019

Proper Fish, one of the best Bainbridge Island Restaurants in 2019Bainbridge Island has been on the radar of Seattle foodies for some time. Some of the bigger name Bainbridge Island restaurants include chef Brendan McGill’s Hitchcock Restaurant and chef Greg Atkinson’s Marché.  There have been a number of newcomers to the Bainbridge Island Restaurant scene; so much so that you’ll need more than a day to try them all!  That’s where we come in.

As Bainbridge Island’s premier lodging association, you’re bound to find the perfect home away from home during your stay at this charming little Island. Our properties are located all over the island, including downtown Winslow, and offer the perfect glimpse into our quaint community.  Search availability on our website, and book your vacation to Bainbridge Island today. Continue reading

Upcoming Exhibits at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

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There are so many wonderful reasons to visit Bainbridge Island, the natural beauty and charm of this small town being just a start.  Bainbridge Island has consistently been ranked as one of the top getaway destinations in the state of Washington, and is easy to reach via the Washington State Ferry system from downtown Seattle. Visitors can choose between a variety of hiking and biking trails, boating, shopping, wine tasting, dining out, and so much more. Beyond that, Bainbridge Island is an incredible cultural destination. Downtown Winslow has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, most notably with the addition of the state-of-the-art Bainbridge Island Museum of Art facility.  Come visit us in 2019, and see what’s happening at this incredible arts destination.  To get started, simply find and make your reservation at one of our many unique and luxurious lodging properties on Bainbridge Island. Continue reading

Entertainment Venues on Bainbridge Island

Live Music and Evening Entertainment on Bainbridge IslandBetween browsing the boutique shops of downtown Winslow, walking our beautiful park and trails, touring the art museum and galleries, and maybe even taking your own arts class or two at Bainbridge’s BARN, there’s plenty to do during the daytime hours on Bainbridge Island. But what about those quieter evening hours?  It’s true that Bainbridge Island is home to some truly incredible restaurants, such as Hey Day Farm’s community dinners, Hitchcock, Cafe Marché, Treehouse, and the newly opened Agate Restaurant. But there are a few other great opportunities for evening entertainment on Bainbridge Island as well. So come stay with one of Destination Bainbridge’s lodging properties, and enjoy Bainbridge by day or by night. Continue reading

Visit Bainbridge Island’s Local Distillery

Bainbridge Island Distillery Tastings and ToursThere are many great reasons to visit Bainbridge Island this winter. It’s an easy day-trip from downtown Seattle, there are far fewer crowds competing for space in our charming island boutiques and restaurants, and there are plenty of opportunities for a variety of delicious tastings, including at Bainbridge Island Organic Distillers. With 7 wineries, a micro-brewery and a distillery calling Bainbridge Island home, there’s no shortage of great wine, beer, and spirits flowing around the island. Browse through our many delightful lodging properties on Bainbridge Island, and come get a taste of Bainbridge Island with us this winter. Continue reading

New Restaurants on Bainbridge Island

New Restaurants and Dining on Bainbridge IslandIf there’s one thing we’re lucky to have in Bainbridge Island, it’s a variety of Great restaurants. For years, Bainbridge Island has been home to staples such as Hitchcock Cafe, Restaurant Marché, Streamliner Diner, SuBi, and so much more. With so many great restaurants to choose from, Bainbridge Island has earned quite the reputation as a foodie destination. Places like Brendon McGill’s Hitchcock have even been listed as Seattle’s #1 restaurant by Eater Seattle. Despite this, in recent months Bainbridge Island has seen the closure of favored local restaurants like Café Nola and Thuy’s Phó House. In this ever-changing food scene, there are a few bright spots and new openings on Bainbridge Island worth mentioning.  The next time you’re in the mood to get away from the city, hop aboard the Washington State Ferry system and head to Bainbridge Island to try these newest establishments with us. We offer more than great food, though! Browse through our complete listing of lodging properties and availability, and book your room on Bainbridge Island today. Continue reading

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