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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”


*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


It’s a sweet time to stay on Bainbridge Island!!

Announcing a delightfully delicious mid-winter promotion.

Come for the night … stay for the sweets. (For guests checking in January 8th through February 8th)

A Sweet Welcome to 2018!!

Guests receive a decadent piece of iconic Bon Bon chocolate fudge at check in at any of our participating properties below:

The Eagle Harbor Inn

Rockaway Beach Retreat

Azalea Garden Hideaway

Green leaf Japanese Retreat House

Rising Moon Beach House

Skiff Point Guest House & Retreat

Island Country Inn

Hey Day Farmhouse

Shop for Local Art on Bainbridge! Handcrafted Bainbridge Shopping Guide…

Click on the expanded version of the map to see the legend!  Or, click on the legend if using a smart phone to see details for each site.

On the website click on each location to see details about open times and artists at this location; on your phone, click on “legend” to see these details.

Printable Map

(This printable map can be printed and used with a Bainbridge street map provided by the Chamber and the addresses can be plugged into car GPS systems.)

Shop and Crafted Bainbridge for the Holidays!  Gather a carload and shop all over the island…

Unique gifts thoughtfully selected telegraph the value of personal connections, and the holidays are a common time to reaffirm sentiments of love, compassion and care. Bainbridge Island gets into the spirit of Christmas. Downtown is a bustling festive hub of activity; merchants dress up their displays with sparkle and pizazz, Santa comes to town, and the giant star on top of downtown’s tallest tree shines brightly for the winter solstice. Islanders take pride in shopping locally, and greet one other on the streets as they make the rounds of the local businesses.

Every year, the first Fri-Sun in December following Thanksgiving offers a unique opportunity to shop beyond the glitter of downtown, to connect with a bevy of local makers and creators all over the island, where you can select hand crafted gifts made by friends and neighbors to really personalize your gift giving. Many studios and most of the community spaces open their doors to showcase a wide, interesting variety of handmade goods. Some venues highlight one person’s work, while others are a collection of both local and regional artisans sharing a space for the weekend.

The prices and goods vary widely, from inexpensive stocking stuffers to practical gifts to high end art. While cajoling little kids into trekking to every site could take some of the fun out of the adult experience, parents can successfully integrate their children into the joys of giving by carving out a morning or afternoon to make the rounds of selected sites as a family. Photos with Santa are offered at Hazel Creek Farm, and Countryman Stables has no artists, but offers free pony rides. The Christmas House has a bountiful supply of $2 items curated from around the world. Santa comes to downtown Bainbridge that weekend, just in time for the tree lighting ceremony, so plan accordingly!

Individual studios put out their signs, and several groups promote tours of venues and artisans; and it all happens this weekend. Everyone feels the spirit of the season, and it is always exciting to discover the new works of favorite artisans. Many folks shop all three days, and allow themselves time to return to favorite places more than once…

The mere number of options, websites, brochures and maps can be daunting. Signs proliferate up all over the island, and it can be difficult to figure out who’s where, what’s there and how to plan your outing. For the first time, Destination Bainbridge assimilates all known options into one map, with links to various websites of individual studios and collective tours to provide the details of what to expect at each destination. With this all-in-one map, shoppers can streamline travel time and maximize their time enjoying handmade Bainbridge Island! Pull the map up on your phone, and click on the sites to view the address, open hours and details of each site.

Note: The studios listed in the Working Studios group and the Independent Studios group all open their doors throughout the holiday season. Click on the site to view their open days/hours besides the first weekend in December.

Bainbridge Island Studio Tour

Bainbridge Working Studios



Fall Wine on the Rock Getaway

Announcing our “Wine on the Rock” Getaway Package! (November 10-12, 2017)

Come spend a beautiful fall weekend on Bainbridge Island in November while enjoying Wine & Charcuterie! You may just want to make this your new Fall getaway tradition and we hope you do.

Treat yourself  to a special wine tasting weekend! Join all seven Bainbridge Island wineries for wine & meats to kick off the holiday season. Some wineries will have live music and each winery will be pairing their wines with amazing nibbles.

Event will take place from 12-5pm Saturday & Sunday November 11,12, 2017.  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 $35.00 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.)
  • A wine makers reception will be held on Friday night. This event will be included complimentary with your overnight package.
  • Enjoy a beautiful fall walk at Bloedel before you head to the wineries!  A discount will be included with your overnight booking!
  • Some lodging properties are offering  additional special discounted rates for the weekend special. Please inquire and be sure and mention the coupon code “wineontherock11-17”


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

Olympic View Cottage

Manitou Beach Waterview Apartment

The Eagle Harbor Inn

Rockaway Beach Retreat

Guest House at Wacky Nut Farm

Fletcher Bay Landing


A FABULOUS Overnight Special!

A journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

Announcing our “FABULOUS” Getaway Package! (Selected dates through October 29th, 2017)

Get your Glam on and come spend a weekend on Beautiful Bainbridge Island while enjoying a FABULOUS show!


Performances: October 13 – 29, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. + Sundays @ 3:00 p.m.
Opening Night Reception: Friday, October 13 @ 6:30 p.m.

Book at least two nights for a getaway with one of our participating accommodations and enjoy a weekend full of activity.

  • Two complimentary tickets to the show of your choice.
  • A “drag” bag full of fabulous goodies to help you “shake your groove thing.”
  • A complimentary bottle of Australian wine upon check-in.
  • Enjoy a beautiful walk at Bloedel before you head to the show!  A discount will be included with your overnight booking!
  • Please be sure and mention the coupon code “BPA October” in order to secure your package.


*Participating Properties:

HeyDay Farm House

TreeHouse Studio

The Guesthouse at Wacky Nut Farm

Rockaway Beach Retreat

Abode On The Sea

The Eagle Harbor Inn

Fletcher Bay Landing

Green Leaf Japanese retreat house


Book now and mention Getaway Coupon Code: “BPA October” to receive your package special!

*Please check back as more properties are added to this getaway package.

Two night stay required.



Let’s Talk Wine!

Let’s Talk Wine!

Bainbridge Island is home to seven unique wineries. When planning a visit to Bainbridge Island, be sure to include a stop at one or more of the wineries.  Bainbridge Island Wineries

Fletcher Bay Winery recently completed an extensive remodel and we sat down with the owners to talk about the change.   Check it out….

Tucked away in an unassuming business park on the north end of Bainbridge Island, Fletcher Bay Winery is a boutique winery with big things happening.  Jim Wilford began creating wine at his Bainbridge Island home back in 2008. Using his garage as the winery and a cottage as the tasting room he developed a unique blend of full bodied, unfiltered red wines, as well as a few flavorful whites.  Fletcher Bay Winery was in his garage until production and popularity increased and the winery moved to its current location in Coppertop Business Park in 2012.  The winery is named after Fletcher Bay, where Jim and his wife live on Bainbridge Island. “I didn’t discover wine until I was almost 30 years old”, says Wilford.  “I first fell in love with wine when I was asked to bring a bottle to a dinner party. The host was making something Italian, so I asked the store clerk what kind of wine went well with Italian food. I showed up to the dinner with a bottle of Sangiovese. It was at that party that I discovered how great food and wine worked together and how a meal can be enhanced with the right wine paring.  After that, I was hooked!”

After five years in the current Coppertop Business Park location (located next to Bainbridge Brewing and across the parking lot from Bainbridge Distillery) the homey and eclectic winery underwent a major remodel. The winery worked with Bainbridge Island interior designer, Ruth Cashell, on setting the vision for the new winery space. The look and feel is nautical and was inspired by their logo and location. The walls and floors were painted, new furniture, fixtures and custom lighting was purchased and they hired Alan Vogel and David Kotz, two Bainbridge Island wood workers, to build a completely customer bar and 13-foot communal table.  Both were built using reclaimed wood from a mill in Portland, Oregon and the winery sourced other materials as locally as possible.  Brooke Huffman (along with her husband Johnathon) are the new minority owners of the winery. Brooke is the marketing and operations director and was the driving force behind the winery remodel. “We wanted the winery to reflect the nautical vibe of island life and be sophisticated yet approachable.  Our regular customers tell us that the winery feels like an extension of their living room and we hope to continue with the warm and welcoming feeling, with an upscale twist”, Huffman said.  The winery hopes the remodel will elevate the tasting experience and attract more Seattle millennials as well as locals. Their robust wine club and special wine club only events will certainly help. The wine club offers four annual shipments of 3, 6 or 12 bottles of wine at a 20% (3bottle member), 22.5% (6 bottle member) or 25% (12 bottle member) discount. The winery also offers a 15% military discount.

Fletcher Bay Winery is in growth mode, increasing production from 800 cases last year to just over 1450 this year.  Their focus and the wine maker’s passion remains full bodied red wines, but they are also aware of their consumer and try to make a variety of wines that will appeal to all levels of wine drinker preferences.  They recently brought on a fruit wine maker sourcing local, Kitsap Country fruits to make wines with flavors like strawberry, cranberry and plum when customers started asking for sweeter, fruit wines.  The next wine to be bottled will be a 2016 Rose of Sharon named after the winemaker’s wife and made from 100% Dolcetto grapes.  The next red to be released is “The Bainbridge”, a red blend, predominately Petit Verdot.


Don’t miss Wine Down Wednesday for a great mid-week happy hour.  Every Wednesday from 6-8pm with live music, $5 glasses of wine and a food truck.  The winery is a comfortable place to enjoy a glass of wine among barrels of wine. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram @fletcherbaywinery to stay up to date on events and wine releases.


Fletcher Bay Winery is located at 9415 Coppertop Loop NE, Suite 102, Bainbridge Island, WA and is open Monday1-5pmWednesday, 2-8p, Thursday & Friday1-7pm,  Saturday & Sunday12-7pm.  Choose any 5 wines to taste for $10. Tasting fee is waived with a two-bottle purchase.  Fletcher Bay Winery

3 parks and a trail hike for your next Bainbridge Island overnight visit!

by Trish Bittman

Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation

Whether you’re visiting for the day, staying a few days or live on our beautiful island, there are many great parks and trails to enjoy.  These are a few of our favorites!

Fort Ward Park

Fort Ward is a shoreline park on the sunny south end of Bainbridge Islandnear Lynwood Center.It’s a great park for all ages. The trails of Fort Ward Park are great for biking, walking or running. You may even see a horse on the trail, and most certainly seals and sea lions out in Rich Passage. There’s a lovely view of the Passage where you’ll also see a variety of marine traffic, including ferries and occasionally submarines and coast guard vessels.There are tide pools along the shore where you will be treated to a variety of marine life. Also at Fort Ward is an old bunker to explore, picnic tables and a boat launch. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset. If you continue further along South Beach road directly south of the park, you will be rewarded with a stunning view of Mt. Rainier. FortWard Trail map

Blakely Harbor Park

You can hike to this waterfront park from Fort Ward Park if you’d like to take in two parks in one day. This 40-acre park is on the former site of Port Blakely Mill, the world’s largest sawmill in the late early 1900’s. Blakely Harbor Park is a scenic and perfect spot for passive recreational use such as picnicking, swimming, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. If your timing is right, it’s a great location for blackberry picking. Eagledale to Fort Ward-Trailmap

Owen’s Playground

Owen’s Playground opened on July 16th, 2016.  At the heart of this inclusive playground is quality, play that engages the changing population of children and adults who utilize wheeled mobility devices, who have sensory processing issues, who have visual and hearing impairments, and who live with the challenges associated with autism, Asperger’s and other disorders. Owen’s Playground aims to serve ALL ages and ALL abilities throughout Bainbridge Island, the Kitsap Peninsula and areas of Seattle who will be attracted to and served by the inclusive nature of the playground and its proximity to the Winslow core. Ask any local kid which is their favorite playground on Bainbridge and you are likely to hear, “Owen’s Playground!” Located mid-island adjacent to the Rotary Park ballfields, this is a convenient location from the ferry, 305 freeway and near to restaurants and shops.


Our Trillium Trail 10k and 5k routes through from Battlepoint Park through the Grand Forest

Go for a hike, run or walk through forest and meadow along our longest contiguous trail system. The Grand Forest seems to be lifted from lowland Olympic Peninsula, with majestic trees and vibrant understory ecosystems. On any given day you may see owls, views of the snowy Olympic mountains, deer grazing in the Hilltop meadow, and of course beautiful Trillium flowers. Follow our map for a 10k loop, along this Cross-island Trail system, or pick your own section of trail to explore from multiple trailheads. trillium 10k and 5k map

Cross Island Trail Map


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

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