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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

 

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”

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*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!

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE MUSICAL

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.

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*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

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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.

 

 

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