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Dinner at The Farm

One of the most special things about Bainbridge Island is its community. Hey Day Farms has successfully captured the spirit of community on Bainbridge Island by hosting Community Dinners on Tuesday nights at their farm located at 4370 Old Mill Road NE. On a recent Tuesday evening, I attended this Community Dinner with my husband. We parked our car and arrived to the scents and sights of a blooming garden with the Inn at the Farm in the background where Tadao Mitsui was preparing the dinner in the kitchen of the Farmhouse. No reservations are taken at the Community Dinners which are offered year-round from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
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Upon arrival at around 5:30, we were asked for our name by the chef’s wife Tifanie who wrote it on a list at which time we were directed to the Adirondacks on the lawn where we were permitted to order drinks and bites. We ordered the Paella Bites with our drinks and enjoyed listening to the music as we drank and ate the elegant morsels, making the wait for our seats at the dinner table pleasant and enjoyable. On a busy summer night, expect to wait around 30-45 minutes for a table and allow plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery, as we did. The scents of the garden and the dinner combined with the relaxing melodies combine to soothe the soul and erase any sense of time.

At last, we were taken to our seat at a community table and enjoyed meeting tourists from Texas who were just finishing their dinner and were sharing our table. We ordered the Halibut served with basil couscous, green beans, and pickled pearl onions and the Pork Loin served with Yukon mash and braising greens with bing cherry. While we waited for our dinners, we were served a wonderful homemade bread and veggie spread. The fresh farm to table ingredients were combined by Tadao to create epicurean masterpieces in every dish. For dessert, we ordered the fruit crumble with cream and salted caramel sauce if only to extend the time spent in such a heavenly place.

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Upon leaving, we were invited to check out the rooms in the Inn which offer views of the gardens and farms and cozy beds and furniture. Because they are located inside a historical home built in 1897, two of the four rooms share a bathroom across the hall while the other two rooms have bathrooms in the rooms. All the rooms at the Farm House accommodate 2 people and are priced from $179-$199 during the busy season and weekends and $159-$179 during off-peak times.

If there are no rooms in the Farm House available, you can inquire about staying in the Heyday Annex above their Store in Lynwood Center across from the Marketplace and next to the old historical Lynwood Movie Theater. From there, it is only a short drive to the Farm House for dinner.

Come and enjoy some time at Heyday Farm on the sunniest part of Bainbridge Island and immerse yourself in the welcoming arms of the Community with good food and cozy accommodations.bainbridge island, washington, seattle tourism, heyday farm, dinner at the farm, farm-to-table, destination bainbridge bainbridge island, washington, seattle tourism, heyday farm, dinner at the farm, farm-to-table, destination bainbridge bainbridge island, washington, seattle tourism, heyday farm, dinner at the farm, farm-to-table, destination bainbridge

How To See Bainbridge Island Without a Car

How to Get Around Bainbridge Island WIthout a CarBainbridge Island is only 8.5 miles away from downtown Seattle, and is best reached via the 35-minute Washington State Ferry from Coleman Dock. Getting here can require a little bit of patience and advanced planning, but luckily, it’s one of the few destinations on this side of the Puget Sound that is not only easy to get to, but easy to get around. We recently posted a blog that serves as an excellent guide to the many different options for transportation on Bainbridge Island. But truly, we think one of the easiest and most interesting ways to get around Bainbridge Island is without a car. Much of Bainbridge Island is walkable, and when things get a little too far, there are always bikes available to rent. Once you start exploring, we don’t think you’ll want to stop. Check availability at the many Bainbridge Island Lodging properties, so you can keep the adventure going. Continue reading

Oktoberfest 2018

Oktoberfest 2018 Bainbridge Island, WA Beer Garden

Oktoberfest is a tradition that started over 200 years ago when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. Everyone in Munich was invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. Since then, this local German party has grown to a worldwide festival and even here on Bainbridge Island, Oktoberfest is given a place in Fall Festivities. The Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Oktoberfest at the Treehouse Café in 2016 complete with a beer garden and the festive Hometown Band led by Bainbridge Island legend Jas Linford. Last year the location was moved to a large parking lot area near Eleven Winery on Day Road. This year, the party is conveniently coming closer to town and will be easier for visitors coming off the ferry to get to. Oktoberfest 2018 Bainbridge Island, WA Beer Garden Oktoberfest 2018 Bainbridge Island, WA Beer Garden Oktoberfest 2018 Bainbridge Island, WA Beer Garden It will be held this Saturday, September 29 at Waterfront Park from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and the Hometown Band will be there again to get islanders and visitors dancing and getting in the spirit of Fall. There will be delicious bratwurst plates featuring Uli’s Famous Sausage, soft pretzels from D’Back German Bakery as well as kettle corn from Reigning Kettle Corn for your eating pleasure. Cold brew coffee will also be available. For fun, there will be Manuela Horn, Queen of Oktoberfest, also referred to as an Austrian Amazon, in addition to the Hometown Band. She has been featured at Bainbridge Island Oktoberfest since its inception and is sure to draw an enthusiastic crowd with her songs and antics.

Oktoberfest is known as the biggest beer drinking festival in the world so it wouldn’t be complete without our hometown brewery present with its variety of tasty brews.

Oktoberfest 2018 Bainbridge Island, WA Beer Garden

This year, BainbridgeBrewing will be pouring their best brews along with Rainy Daze Brewing Company and Silver CityBrewery. And for those of us who prefer wine to imbibe, Eleven Winery will do the honor of providing favorite local wines. As the cooler Autumn weather slowly settles in, come warm up with a fun celebration for all at our island’s annual Oktoberfest this Saturday at Waterfront Park. See you there!

Transportation: Getting To and Around Bainbridge Island

Modes of Transportation and Getting to Bainbridge IslandBainbridge Island is only 5 miles away from downtown Seattle as the crow flies, but getting here can require a little bit of advance planning.  Luckily, it’s one of the few destinations in Washington State that you can get to, and get around on, using only public transportation and your own two legs.  But, don’t worry; there are also plenty of other options for transportation if you don’t want to walk and/or bike everywhere you go! Bainbridge Island offers a variety of different modes of transportation that will get you around the island, whether or not you have your own car.

By far the easiest way to enjoy the charmed life on Bainbridge Island is to leave your car at home, and arrive via the Washington State Ferry system.  The Ferry departs from Coleman Dock in downtown Seattle on a regular schedule. Once you’re here, navigating around the island is easy. The Downtown Winslow core of Bainbridge Island is easily walkable from the ferry terminal, and the Bainbridge Downtown Association has produced a walkabout guide. The guide inludes the locations of Art Galleries, Museums, shops, restaurants, outdoor activity areas, and even real estate. Definitely take your time exploring our charming downtown; there are some really great shops and hidden treasures worth exploring! Continue reading

The Best Beaches on Bainbridge Island

Exploring the Best Beaches on Bainbridge IslandBainbridge Island lies just west of Downtown Seattle, and is easily accessible via the Washington State Ferries. We are known for our iconic Northwest beauty, rustic character, and quaint downtown. Unlike our neighbors to the east, we appreciate living on island time, never forgetting to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. On any given sunny day, especially those rare ones during the lead-up to summer, you’ll often find locals sprawled out at the local beaches, soaking up as much vitamin D as possible.  Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city this summer, and come explore the best beaches on Bainbridge Island with us.  There are a variety of great lodging choices for you on this beautiful island.  You won’t be disappointed.   Continue reading

Celebrate Bainbridge – Fabulous 4th of July

Guest Blogger – Brenda James

At this time of year, it seems everyone asks if there have been plans made and trips to be taken.  My response is always that Bainbridge Island is the best place to be in the summer.  Many people come from off the island for the festivities and their “go to spot” to find lodging is Destination Bainbridge Here are some ways that you can Celebrate Bainbridge! 

 Starting off the summer, community members are hard at work collecting items for the annual Rotary Auction.  The big sale this year is on Saturday, June 30, at Woodward School and will feature everything from boats and cars to skis and bikes plus clothes, furniture, and loads of books and toys.  The fun begins at 8 a.m. with a Preview Night from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on June 29.

On July 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park City Dock, right in downtown Winslow, the Boater’s Fair invites you to Learn to Row, Sail and Paddle.  There will be a Helicopter Rescue Demo and the chance to meet the women of team “Sail Like A Girl” who won this year’s Race to Alaska, a 750-nautical mile race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska and many other activities for the whole family! 

I was so surprised to learn the other day that there are actually islanders who go away for the 4th of July because it seems that everyone off the island is drawn to Bainbridge Island for the fun and festivities of our Nation’s holiday.  My family is always here on Bainbridge to begin celebrating on July 3 at the annual Street Dance in downtown Winslow.  Starting at 6 p.m., Winslow Way will only be open to pedestrians who fill the street to hear live music from different bands, eat dinner at food booths along the way, and dance and play for as long as they can.  The event is open until 11 p.m.  

Some families prefer to get to bed early on July 3 so they can be up bright and early for the  Grand Old 4th of July starting with a Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m.  Following breakfast, Bainbridge Youth Services has their annual Fun Run!  Register by July 3 for the Early Bird Discount and choose from a 1 mile run at 9 a.m., a 5K run at 9:15 a.m., or a Kids Dash at 10:30 a.m. in Winslow Green at the corner of Madison Avenue and Winslow Way.  The rest of the day features a Street Fair of more than 100 arts-and-crafts, food, non-profit and information booths. Open from 9 AM to 5 PM, it is located in the heart of downtown Bainbridge: The Town & Country parking lot, on Bjune and Brien streets and in the newly-renovated Waterfront Park.  There will also be a classic car show, beer and wine garden, and Young Artisan Marketplace.  But the big event happens at 1 p.m. when the Mile-Long Hometown Parade begins with more than 100 participants featuring businesses, nonprofit organizations, and many island programs all vying for the prize of Most Humorous parade entry.  Who will it be this year?  

The 4th of July would not be complete without a fantastic Fireworks show.  This year’s Bainbridge Island Fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. and can be seen from all around the shore of Eagle Harbor.  Reservations can be made to view the fireworks at such restaurants as Doc’s and Bainbridge Thai Cuisine and another popular place for “adults only” to view the show without needing reservations is the Harbour Public House. An exciting new option this year offered by one of my favorite wineries is the 4th of July Rooftop Party, in a location right off the ferry at the corner of Winslow Way and Hwy 305.  Make reservations for this super fun event here.   Buy a ticket for in and out privileges and enjoy the rooftop from noon until 11 p.m. when the fireworks are finished.  Prefer a beach blanket view of the show? Across the harbor, a popular beach off Eagle Harbor Drive called Pritchard Park is a favorite spot for islanders and visitors to spread out blankets and towels, have a picnic, and watch the fireworks. Click here for a map of viewing locations.

 

Wine & Cheese… make it a weekend!

Announcing our newest “Wine on the Rock” Getaway Package! (May 12-13, 2018)

Come spend a beautiful weekend on Bainbridge Island in May while enjoying Wine & Cheese! 

Treat yourself  to a special wine tasting weekend! Join all seven Bainbridge Island wineries for wine & delicious cheee. Some wineries will have live music and each winery will be pairing their wines with amazing cheese.

Event will take place from 12-5pm Saturday & Sunday May 12th and 13th, 2018.  Ticket purchase is good for both days.

Book a two night or more getaway with one of our participating accommodations and enjoy a weekend full of activity.

  • You will receive a complimentary bottle of wine from one of Bainbridge Island’s own award winning wineries upon check-in.
  • A $5.00 off per ticket discount will be included with your package. The wine tour can be booked here. The tour ticket cost is $40.00 each and the discount code will be provided once you book your lodging package. (Ask your host for a coupon code before booking your wine tour.)
  • Invitation to private winemaker’s reception on Friday, May 11th.  This event will be included complimentary with your overnight package.
  • Some lodging properties are offering  additional special discounted rates for the weekend special. Please inquire and be sure and mention the coupon code “wineontherock5-18”

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*Participating Properties: (Check back as we add more properties each day.)

The Cedar Tree House

The Eagle Harbor Inn

Manitou Beach Waterview Apartment

HeyDay Farm House

Quality Inn & Suites

Rockaway Beach Retreat

Guest House at Wacky Nut Farm

Azalea Garden Hideaway

Rising Moon Beach House

Fletcher Bay Landing

Skiff Point Guest House & Retreat

*Wine tour Tickets include:
– Wine tasting at each of the 7 wineries. Taste 28 different wines total.
– Special event wine glass
– 6 bottle wine tote
– Local chocolates paired with the wines

 

BAINBRIDGE IN BLOOM!

Rain, sleet, hail and wind. It’s officially Spring on Bainbridge Island!

Spring brings many wonderfully blooming things to Bainbridge Island.  The Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour, now celebrating its 30th year, showcases a variety of these in our local gardens. This year, The Bloom will feature five spectacular, private gardens reflecting the creativity and diversity of our island’s flora and landscapes and will be held Saturday-Sunday, June 2 and 3rd. from 9 am to 5 pm each day. From a charming downtown pocket garden to a sprawling 12 acre, owner-designed garden replete with orchards, veggie gardens, winding trails, ponds and chickens, the Bloom tour has a garden for every taste. Certified Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Bainbridge in Bloom is presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge to support cultural organizations and artists.

The Bloom is only two months away. Think SPRING!

Bloom tickets are currently for sale online at Brown Paper Tickets for $35.

Cyclists who wish to Bike the Bloom can purchase discounted tickets for $25 on Bainbridge Island at the Bloom Hub (Filipino Hall) on the days of the event.

“Glamping” on Bainbridge Island!

A new overnight treasure is tucked away on the northeast end of Bainbridge Island in our own little Fay Bainbridge Park.

 

Two darling cabins are nestled in the woods a short little trail hike from the beach. These cabins are pet and family friendly but would lend themselves to a romantic “glamp” by the beach as well.

This is a perfect spot to set-up base for an island adventure of hiking, beach combing,   wine tasting, or just exploring this amazing island.

Especially lovely are the private front viewing porches with sturdy but comfortable Adirondack chairs.

Leave the city lights and noise behind, relax in the woods, hike the beach and watch the wildlife but sleep in a warm cozy cabin. “Glamping” at it’s best!

 

 

These are beautifully constructed with much of the material used to construct the cabins reclaimed from Williams-Olson Park’s caretaker building after it was recently demolished in order to make space at the park.

Each cabin has electricity and heat and will sleep four comfortably. The bunks/beds are comfy but you will need to bring your own bedding. An included tent site is right next to the cabin for the heartiest of your group.

Each cabin comes equipped with a picnic table, firepit/grill and outdoor running water.

A third, larger cabin and group campsite will be built soon (summer 2018.) Cabins can be rented for up to 10 days.

Booking details can be found here. An outdoor toilet facility is just steps away with showers beachside. Fay Bainbridge is a wonderful campground and much care is taken to keep it beautiful and usable. These darling cabins open up the “camping” experience to a larger audience and offer a great opportunity to enjoy the park in the winter. A recent stay during freezing temperatures is an attest to the winter comfort factor!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine on the Rock weekend package

Announcing our newest “Wine on the Rock” Getaway Package! (February 9-11, 2018)

Come spend a beautiful weekend on Bainbridge Island in February while enjoying Wine & Chocolate! 

Treat yourself  to a special wine tasting weekend! Join all seven Bainbridge Island wineries for wine & delicious chocolate. Some wineries will have live music and each winery will be pairing their wines with amazing sweets.

Event will take place from 12-5pm Saturday & Sunday February 10th and 11th, 2018.  Ticket purchase is good for both days.

Book a two night or more getaway with one of our participating accommodations and enjoy a weekend full of activity.

  • You will receive a complimentary bottle of wine from one of Bainbridge Island’s own award winning wineries upon check-in.
  • A $5.00 off per ticket discount will be included with your package. The wine tour can be booked here. The tour ticket cost is $40.00 each and the discount code will be provided once you book your lodging package. (Ask your host for a coupon code before booking your wine tour.)
  • Invitation to private winemaker’s reception on Friday, February 9th.  This event will be included complimentary with your overnight package.
  • Enjoy “Cupid’s Walk” and discover the real love story at the heart of Bloedel Reserve, before you head to the wineries!  Receive a special custom chocolate at the Gatehouse.  A discount coupon included with your booking.
  • Some lodging properties are offering  additional special discounted rates for the weekend special. Please inquire and be sure and mention the coupon code “wineontherock2-18”

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*Participating Properties: (Check back as we add more properties each day.)

The Cedar Tree House

The Eagle Harbor Inn

Manitou Beach Waterview Apartment

HeyDay Farm House

Quality Inn & Suites

Rockaway Beach Retreat

Guest House at Wacky Nut Farm

Azalea Garden Hideaway

Rising Moon Beach House

Fletcher Bay Landing

Skiff Point Guest House & Retreat

*Wine tour Tickets include:
– Wine tasting at each of the 7 wineries. Taste 28 different wines total.
– Special event wine glass
– 6 bottle wine tote
– Local chocolates paired with the wines

 

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