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Our Favorite Things to do on Bainbridge Island This Fall

There’s no secret to the fact that Bainbridge Island is largely considered a summer destination – but did you know there are plenty of things to do on Bainbridge Island in the fall, too? Visit on any warm summer day, and you’re bound to witness throngs of people disembarking the ferry and heading up the hill and onto Winslow way for a day of shopping, wine tasting, and dining at our incredible restaurants. But come fall, this changes!

As we head further into the crisp, cool days of fall, you can expect to encounter far fewer crowds competing for space in local stores, restaurants, and tasting rooms.  That’s one of the many perks of visiting at this time of year!  But moreover, there’s no reason to let the potentially rainy weather of fall and winter keep you away from this charming island getaway!  There’s plenty to do on Bainbridge Island rain or shine!

This fall, give yourself the chance to experience the best of Bainbridge Island.  Take a look at our lodging properties, check our availability, and start planning your getaway today! Continue reading

Disc Golf & More at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island

Battle Point Park is easily one of the most popular Bainbridge Island parks. It’s located on the northern end of Bainbridge Island and is home to the island’s only disc golf course. That’s not all Battle Point Park has to offer, though. There are also a number of sports fields, walking trails that connect up to other island parks, a beautiful pond, an astronomy tower, and so much more.  It also happens to be extraordinarily beautiful in the fall!

As fall colors begin to crop up around Bainbridge Island, consider escaping from the city and enjoying a day or two of all of the many great things to do on Bainbridge Island. There’s a great variety of lodging options on the island, too, including traditional hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Airbnb’s, and other vacation rentals.  The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is the best place to see who has availability for a given timeframe, too.

Hop on the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island this fall, and explore charming places like Battle Point Park with us.  Check our availability, and book your getaway now!

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The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is Open!

Bainbridge Island has long been an art-loving community, which is evident in the state-of-the-art Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA).  In fact, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is one of the first things you’ll see after exiting the ferry terminal – it stands at the intersection between Highway 305 and Winslow Way, the main arterial through downtown Bainbridge.  Though BIMA closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on the even of unveiling their new exhibits, they are now open to the public again.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art truly is a must-see activity when visiting us, but there are many more art galleries, studios, and spaces to explore, too.  In order to have time to adequately see them all, we recommend spending at least 1 night on Bainbridge Island.  There is a variety of lodging on Bainbridge Island, including hotels, B&Bs, and Airbnb properties.  You can see all the listings and check availability on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association website. Continue reading

Visit Amelia Wynn Winery on Bainbridge Island

Whether you want to visit all seven Bainbridge Island Wineries or just one, make sure Amelia Wynn Winery & Bistro is on your list. The Amelia Wynn Winery has long had a presence on Winslow Way, the main street in downtown Bainbridge Island, but it changed in delicious ways in 2020. Not only has this incredible Bainbridge Island Winery moved a bit further into downtown, but they’ve added a bistro that is serving up some of the most delicious food and wine available on the island.  It’s truly been an incredible addition to the Winslow area.

Many of the visitors that come to Bainbridge Island come for just a day, to walk our picturesque streets, browse the shops, and dine in the well-known restaurants that call this island home.  While you can experience the downtown portion of Bainbridge Island pretty easily in a day, there is truly so much more to this island worth seeing – including 6 more delicious Bainbridge Island Wineries!  You might want to consider extending your day trip into at least one overnight stay.

There are quite a few delightful choices for lodging on the island, too, ranging from traditional hotels and Inns to quaint B&B’s, Airbnb’s and VRBO’s. We’d love to help you find a place to stay, so you can truly experience the best of Bainbridge.  Check out our listings and availability offered by the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association. 

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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! Continue reading

Mora Ice Cream is the Sweet Ending You Need

It’s not unheard of for people to make the trek across the Puget Sound for a tasty bite of Mora Ice Cream.  Like many of the other famous ice cream shops in the Northwest, like Salt & Straw and Molly Moons, Mora Ice Cream has a devoted following (and for good reason).  Though there’s a lot to love about a summer visit to this beautiful island, ending your trip on a sweet note from this charming and hip ice cream shop is about as good as it gets.

Before you get in too big of a hurry to leave Bainbridge Island, consider spending the night in one of our incredible hotels or vacation rentals.  Destination Bainbridge members offer a variety of cozy places to call home for the night. From high-end luxury and quaint waterfront cabins to boutique hotels and rentals that rank high in walkability, there’s plenty to choose from.

There’s no better way to get to know the charms of Bainbridge Island than by staying a night or two.  Besides, an extended stay also gives you more opportunities to eat at our incredible restaurants, and sample a few more flavors of Mora ice cream.  What could be better than that?  Bring your mask, plan for some social distancing, and come relax with us on Bainbridge Island this summer. Continue reading

Visit A Bainbridge Distillery & Enjoy Other Tastings!

We just wrote a blog about visiting Bainbridge Brewing and sampling their delicious craft beers.  So what about the Bainbridge distillery, and all of the other great tastings this island has to offer?  There are plenty of delicious tastings to choose from, whether you’re into beer, fine spirits, or wine, and this summer seems the perfect opportunity to get your tastings on!  Bainbridge Island is open, and many of these locations have outdoor seating and plenty of room for social distancing.  Masks are required in Washington state, too, so don’t forget to bring yours along on your incredible tasting journey.

Between a craft brewery (with 2 great locations), 2 wonderful distilleries, and 7 local wineries, there’s more than enough to spread out to at least two days.  Combine that with the great restaurants, shops, and natural beauty on Bainbridge Island, and you have the recipe for a perfect getaway.  There are a number of great lodging choices on the island, too, from traditional hotels and Inns to charming Airbnb and VRBO rentals.  Whatever it is you’re looking for, we’re sure you can find it on Bainbridge Island.  Make this a summer to remember, and come visit us for a few days! Continue reading

Visit Bainbridge Brewing This Summer

If you have a penchant for traveling around the state (or country) sampling craft beer and using these tastings as an opportunity to explore charming communities on the way, then Bainbridge Island, the home of Bainbridge Brewing, might just need to be next on your list.  It’s summer, and for Bainbridge Island, that usually means boatloads of tourists as they hop on the Washington State Ferry in downtown Seattle and head over for the 35-minute ride to our quaint paradise.  COVID-19 has definitely changed some things here, not least of which are the numbers of people coming to the island.

Rest assured, though, that businesses like Bainbridge Brewing, and other island restaurants and shops, are open, all with protocols in place and ready to welcome you to the island. We understand just how important getting out for a change of pace can be, even if all it entails is an afternoon of beer flights and other great tastings. Maybe you want to extend your trip to something more than an afternoon?  There are a number of small and clean options for lodging on the island, many of which involve no additional exposure for you (or for us!).  Browse through our unique selection of accommodations, and enjoy a restful few days on Bainbridge Island with us this summer. Continue reading

Wondering What to do on Bainbridge Island This Summer?

Do you find yourself wondering what to do on Bainbridge Island this summer, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic when most things are still closed?  You’re not alone!  We’re not sure what this summer is going to look like on Bainbridge Island. As a town that pretty heavily relies on tourism throughout the year, but especially in summer, the prospect of remaining closed or having limitations one just how many people can visit us in downtown Winslow is certainly something we’re thinking and worrying about.

Luckily, though, one of the many draws to Bainbridge Island is its rural character and the variety of things to do here that you just don’t find in the city.  This includes things like biking, hiking, and enjoying our parks and trails.  And, as per the order by Washington’s Governor, these things are all currently opened, with social distancing strongly encouraged.  Some of the best parts of Bainbridge, then, will still be open and available to you this summer. Your vacation might be a little more creative than it otherwise would have been, but we think this presents the perfect opportunity to experience what life on this quaint rural island is really about!

When it does come time for those mini-getaway and staycations that will surely be popular this summer, the lodging accommodations on Bainbridge Island will be waiting.  From a small boutique hotel in downtown Winslow to a variety of unique rental properties, the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association has something that will fit the needs of anyone who wants to visit here.  Browse through our listings, and discover your perfect getaway to Bainbridge Island just as soon as it’s safe to travel. Continue reading

Saturday Morning at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market

Though things certainly look different these days at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market, it’s still one of our favorite places to spend a part of our Saturday. Like most farmers’ markets, the one on Bainbridge offers a beautiful cross-section of our community and is one of the best ways to get a feel for this incredible place. In normal times, the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market is buzzing with people of all ages and from all backgrounds, there to pick up their produce for the week, to sample the delicious foods offered at the market, to check out the latest work of local artisans, and to listen to music and mingle with friends.

It’s a delightful Saturday morning tradition, and one we think everyone should experience.  Washington State is still largely in phase 1 of reopening after the Coronavirus pandemic, and likely won’t be fully open to travel between communities for some time yet. We think it’s important to stay home to keep all of our incredible communities safe, including our own.  But as we do get to the point of reopening, we hope you’ll join us for some quiet R&R on Bainbridge Island, where you’ll experience a wonderful variety of things to do, including the weekly Bainbridge Island Farmers Market.

Until it’s safe to travel, please honor our community by staying home. In the meantime, engage in a little travel planning and plan a future escape to our charming island.  The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association has a wonderful range of lodging properties to choose from, each of which offers a different glimpse into the charmed life on our beautiful island. We really do hope to see you soon! Continue reading

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