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Find Your Solace at Bloedel Reserve This Summer

There was a period of time this spring and early summer when the Bloedel Reserve was closed to the public, but we can happily say it’s back open again and serving as the same restorative sanctuary as always. This month, Bloedel Reserve was ranked as one of the year’s 10 best Botanical Gardens in the country by USA Today.

We couldn’t agree more, of course.  Bloedel Reserve is a special place, as just about anyone who has been there can attest.  This is actually the second time Bloedel has made the top 10 list, which is determined by voting on nominees presented by a panel that includes travel and garden experts and members of the USA Today editorial staff.

Though you can explore this incredible space on a day trip from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, we recommend staying a night or two and exploring the other wonderful things this island has to offer. The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association has a variety of members, including traditional hotels, boutique inns, B&Bs, and vacation rentals to choose from, and makes it easy to find accommodations that suit your needs.  Browse through our members, and book your stay today!

Visit Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

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Find Peace and Tranquility at Bloedel Reserve

At botanical gardens like Bloedel Reserve, there’s always something in bloom. As the season’s change, so too do the grounds. Located just outside of downtown Seattle and across the water on Bainbridge Island, you’ll find 150 pristine acres of space thoughtfully showcasing and preserving a beautiful selection of plants and natural habitats. From natural woodlands to manicured gardens, there’s plenty to admire at Bloedel Reserve.

The Reserve, set amidst a traditional Northwest forest, is home to a number of curated gardens, structural features, distinctive landscapes, and environmental stewardship.  It offers every visitor an escape from the hectic world that surrounds us, with something new to explore each time you visit. Whether you freely wander the grounds at your own pace or take guided walks, listen in on expert talks, or attend one of their special events, we’re confident you’ll love every second of your time at Bloedel Reserve.

The gardens and features encountered at the reserve include:

  1. The Buxton Bird Marsh & Meadow
  2. The Moss Garden
  3. The Reflection Pool
  4. The Sand and Stone Garden
  5. The Trestle Bridge
  6. The Woodlands
  7. The Glen
  8. The Birch Trail
  9. The Japanese Guest House
  10. The Japanese Garden

The Bloedel family’s former estate home is also part of the gardens and open to the public. While Bloedel Reserve is open to the public right now, there are some changes in place to limit contact and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The reserve is strictly limited the number of visitors on the grounds at any given time, and are utilizing timed tickets for entry. Tickets through August 30, 2020, are currently on sale. 

Visit Bloedel Reserve near Seattle on Bainbridge Islnd

Relax & Unwind on Bainbridge Island, WA

A trip to Bloedel Reserve is, of course, a relaxing experience in its own right. However, why not take the relaxation a step further, and book some lodging on Bainbridge Island to stay a night or two?  That would allow you the time to explore more of the wonderful attractions on Bainbridge Island, including our wineries, a brewery, distilleries, art galleries, restaurants, and more.

Our stores, restaurants, and other island establishments are taking social distancing seriously, and of course, masks are required in Washington State, and we ask that you do the same so we can continue to enjoy the best parts of Bainbridge Island safely this summer. Whether you’re looking for lodging that’s a bit more traditional or would prefer a unique vacation rental, our members have a lot to offer.  Browse through our listings, and start planning your trip to Bainbridge Island, WA today!

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