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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

These Bainbridge Island Restaurants Will Need Your Support This Summer

If you live in the Seattle area, odds are you’ve heard of at least some of our acclaimed Bainbridge Island restaurants.  Bainbridge Island has consistently been considered a top destination for foodies in the Puget Sound area, thanks to big-name restaurants like Brendan McGill’s Hitchcock Restaurant, chef Greg Atkinson’s Marché, and newcomer Ba Sa.

You’ve always been able to count on a great meal from Bainbridge Island. And now, after being largely shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, these restaurants are going to need your help now, more than ever before. And truly, there are more great restaurants than you can try in a single day, so make sure you plan in a few overnight stays when it’s safe to do so.

Our lodging properties are located all over the island, including downtown Winslow. Browse through our great offerings, and when it’s safe to travel again, come stay with us for a few days on Bainbridge Island. Continue reading

Bainbridge Island Parks and Trails Perfect for Social Distancing

The entire world, and especially the tourism industry which is so important to Bainbridge Island’s economy, is struggling in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hard to talk about things to do and places to go as if times were normal, and that includes making trips to Bainbridge Island parks and trails. Washington State is currently on a stay at home order until at least May 4, but an extension looks likely.

Though we are still required to stay home to keep our homes and communities safe, Governor Inslee did announce that Washington State Parks and public lands would reopen to the public starting May 5th. We’re grateful for the ability to get out to our Bainbridge Island parks and trails again, and we thought we’d take some time to share some of our favorites with you.

We also think that, in the face of the extensive social isolation we’ve all been facing in recent months, it’s important to look forward and plan in some special trips and “you” time.  When it’s safe to do so, Bainbridge Island will still be here ready, and waiting to welcome you back as we have before. Many of our parks and trails, which really are one of the best parts of Bainbridge Island, can be enjoyed while keeping social distancing guidelines in mind, too.

When you do find your way to Bainbridge Island later this year, we hope you’ll stop and stay for a while, staying at one of our incredible lodging properties.  Browse through our collection of properties, and give yourself permission to start dreaming. Continue reading

A Guide to Riding the Bainbridge Island Ferry

Have 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 book a room at any 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

Bainbridge 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 something that just feels even more special when you’re outside during the winter.  It might have something to do with fewer people around, allowing you to be quiet and still in a way that isn’t always possible during the busy seasons. Experience Bainbridge Island for yourself this winter, and book a room at one of our member properties today. Continue reading

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