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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 stay at one 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 also something magical about getting outside and experiencing this outdoor lovers’ paradise in the winter. Add to your winter adventures a stay at one of our lodging properties, and you have the perfect getaway. Experience Bainbridge Island for yourself this winter, and book a room at one of our member properties today. Continue reading

Beauty and Bounty on Bainbridge

Thanksgiving Week Adventures 

It’s Thanksgiving week and you’re heading to Bainbridge Island for feasts and festivities.  At the Seattle ferry terminal, you have the quintessential experience, you miss the boat by two cars.  Well, that’s perfect! Time enough to grab a “three piece” from Ivar’s Fish Bar or a quick drink from Ivar’s bar bar inside.  With a young one in tow these days, Fish Bar it is.  But travel to the island is only a part of the fun. Once on the rock, there are a couple of decades-old Bainbridge traditions the entire family will enjoy.

Thanksgiving week on Bainbridge is an island-wide adventure.  This is not a sit-at-home-and-chat-over-cheese kind of place. Your family and friends will want to take you out and show you their favorite parks, beaches, bakeries, restaurants, and watering holes.  

The night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest nights of the year in local pubs.  If kid-free, check out The Alehouse on Winslow, or The Harbour Public House.  If you have young ones with you, welcoming places to unwind are Bruchiato, the Treehouse Cafe or the Bainbridge Brewery Taproom, where upstairs pinball machine will keep kids of all ages entertained.

Black Friday on Bainbridge can only mean one thing — stay out of the mall and enjoy nature! On Bainbridge we call it Green Friday.  You will see more islanders walking, biking, and jogging on Black Friday than any other day.  Burn off those post-feast calories (to make room for more) in the most beautiful settings at Bloedel Reserve, Fort Ward Park, The Grand Forest, or Islandwood at their free Black Friday Open House, Afternoon on the Trails. Register online and enjoy Islandwood trails, ponds, the ravine suspension bridge and the birds-eye view canopy tower.

We are thankful for Bainbridge Island’s abundant bounty — family, friends, food, holiday night-life, and accessible natural beauty everywhere you turn. It’s a perfect place to getaway, during the holidays, or any time of the year

 

 

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

Autumn is Awesome on Bainbridge Island

Wine Tasting this fall on Bainbridge IslandIt’s harvest season!  And it’s a perfect time to slip away from the hustle-bustle of the city to enjoy the glorious fall color, drink in the sights and smells of nature  — and some local wine! Wine on the Rock is a great way to experience Bainbridge Island and our award-winning artisanal wineries. The final Wine on the Rock for 2019 is Nov. 9 & 10. 

Enjoy the festive fall color, sip wine and taste charcuterie, listen to local music, and meet the winemakers to learn how they turn gorgeous Washington grapes into luscious local wine. Enjoy a charcuterie pairing with 4-pour tasting at each winery, receive a specially branded wine glass and a tote to take home wine purchases too! 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

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