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Bainbridge Island’s Delightful South End

Bainbridge Island’s south end was once a bustling hub, busier than Winslow with economic centers at Lynwood Center and Port Blakely and protective military base at Fort Ward. Now, the peaceful avenues, sheltered coves, and local watering holes are ideal places for idyllic vacations.

On a rise above the protected southwestern shoreline of Bainbridge Island lies the Bainbridge Island Beach Cottage, overlooking Rich Passage. The well-appointed cottage is a stroll away from the turn-of-the-twentieth-century holiday hub at Lynwood Center where day-trippers and holiday-makers once would dine at the Lynwood Cafeteria, enjoy ball games and plays and theater. Book early and take advantage of seasonal specials.

Lynwood Centre is now home of the historic Lynwood Theatre, a wonderful new bakery and deli called Pane d’Amore (try their croissant-based bread pudding for a slice of heaven), and Tree House Cafe and Billiards (we recommend 3-T Pizza and Spinach Salad), and Bay Massage and Skin Care. Not much farther afield are two more island restaurants and Walt’s Grocery. For a lovely flat bike ride (rare on Bainbridge Island) or a stroll, go south along the waterfront to Ft. Ward Park.

On the southeastern side of Bainbridge Island is another experience entirely. Tucked into the forest and a short walk away from the waterfront at Rockaway Beach is the Guesthouse at Wacky Nut Farm Equestrian Center. The Guesthouse not only serves the environmentally-friendly 20-acre equestrian center, but also welcomes guests who love the proximity of woods and sea as well as beautifully groomed grounds and thoughtfully-designed facilities.

Every detail is specifically designed at Wacky Nut Farm Equestrian Center for the health of the horses, equestrians, guests, and environment.  Attend riding clinics in the covered arena with state-of-the-art footing, ride trails, take lessons, or just enjoy walks on the miles of trails through the forest. The guesthouse may be rented by the room or in its entirety.  Equestrians will want to check their clinic schedule at their website (see below).

Enjoy the beauty of Bainbridge Island’s southern reaches – ideal for bike riding, hiking, riding, leisurely walking and incredible vistas.

• For more information on Bainbridge Island Beach Cottage, call (206) 999-9655 or email:  bibeachcottage@gmail.com.

• For more information about the Guesthouse at Wacky Nut Farm Equestrian Center, call (206) 780-1617 or email: guesthouse@wackynutfarm.com.

Reference: Walks on Bainbridge by Alice and Dave Shorett, available at Eagle Harbor Books on Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island.

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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Thank You For Visiting Destination Bainbridge

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all overnight lodging on Bainbridge Island. We look forward to the day when we can welcome you to this beautiful destination with a handshake or a friendly Island hug!

The governor of Washington State has issued a Stay Home Stay Healthy order, discouraging residents from leaving their homes, except to conduct essential business, through May 4.

During this unsettling time, we understand some people need to travel to Bainbridge Island to take care of family members or to conduct essential business. The proclamation identifies lodging as an essential business and our larger Inns and Hotels on the Island are open for business. Vacation rentals are available on a case-by-case basis.

Lodging owners are working hard to ensure overnight guests are comfortable in a clean, healthy environment. In addition to enhanced cleaning and sanitizing, our hosts have enhanced staff training, implemented easier check-in procedures and room quarantines. Online ordering, take-out, and curbside delivery food service are available from many local restaurants and wineries. Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and some essential retailers are also open.

Most hosts have modified cancellation and refund policies. If you need to change your reservations please contact your host directly to reschedule your visit or to request a refund.

If you are planning to attend an event or visit a favorite Island attraction, most parks, wineries, and restaurants are temporarily closed, except for takeout. We invite you to visit BainbridgeCurrents to learn what events have been canceled or rescheduled, and the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association to learn what businesses are currently open in a more limited capacity. Also, travel to our Island may be difficult, with limited flights to the Seattle area and reduced ferry service to our Island.

Please visit our Find Lodging and Promotions pages for specific details about availability and links to the accommodations currently providing overnight service. We wish you continued good health and safety, and we look forward to once again welcoming you to Bainbridge Island in the near future.