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Visit Bainbridge Island’s Local Distillery

Bainbridge Island Distillery Tastings and ToursThere are many great reasons to visit Bainbridge Island this winter. It’s an easy day-trip from downtown Seattle, there are far fewer crowds competing for space in our charming island boutiques and restaurants, and there are plenty of opportunities for a variety of delicious tastings, including at Bainbridge Island Organic Distillers. With 7 wineries, a micro-brewery and a distillery calling Bainbridge Island home, there’s no shortage of great wine, beer, and spirits flowing around the island. Browse through our many delightful lodging properties on Bainbridge Island, and come get a taste of Bainbridge Island with us this winter. Continue reading

New Restaurants on Bainbridge Island

New Restaurants and Dining on Bainbridge IslandIf there’s one thing we’re lucky to have in Bainbridge Island, it’s a variety of Great restaurants. For years, Bainbridge Island has been home to staples such as Hitchcock Cafe, Restaurant Marché, Streamliner Diner, SuBi, and so much more. With so many great restaurants to choose from, Bainbridge Island has earned quite the reputation as a foodie destination. Places like Brendon McGill’s Hitchcock have even been listed as Seattle’s #1 restaurant by Eater Seattle. Despite this, in recent months Bainbridge Island has seen the closure of favored local restaurants like Café Nola and Thuy’s Phó House. In this ever-changing food scene, there are a few bright spots and new openings on Bainbridge Island worth mentioning.  The next time you’re in the mood to get away from the city, hop aboard the Washington State Ferry system and head to Bainbridge Island to try these newest establishments with us. We offer more than great food, though! Browse through our complete listing of lodging properties and availability, and book your room on Bainbridge Island today. Continue reading

Winter Lodging Promotion and Island Holiday Events!

Come Shop, Play and Stay!

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As the crisp cool air of Autumn makes way for the bite of Winter and the holiday season, Bainbridge Island has some fun activities in store for everyone, from the littlest lads to the young at heart and everyone in between.  Putting candy and wilting jack-o-lanterns aside means making room for cornucopia, wreaths, and candles.  It also means it’s time to shop for others during the holiday season.  Just in time for the season, participating merchants on Bainbridge Island are offering a drawing for five $500 shopping sprees as well as a wonderful child’s gift.  Just fill out an entry form at any one of the participating merchant locations by December 19 and you could be one of the lucky winners! Here is a link to the program. Continue reading

Holiday Artisan Shopping Guide 2018

Shop Hand 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. Continue reading

Discover the History of Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island HistoryLike nearly all other small towns across America and throughout the World, Bainbridge Island has a deeply rooted and storied history that spans generations.  The tapestries woven into our small island’s history include: Native American families that used the island as their seasonal hunting and fishing grounds; the explorers who charted Puget Sound; the early families who homesteaded the island; the Croatian fisherman who settled in Eagle Harbor in the 1880s; the Port Blakely lumber mill; and perhaps the most famous bit of Bainbridge Island History, the Japanese American internment exhibit. Once you’ve learned a little about our small but charming island, we think you’ll want to stick around and explore a little more. Destination Bainbridge is here to help, with a full calendar of the Island’s lodgings and their availability. Browse through our listings, and settle in to learn more about the fascinating history of Bainbridge Island. Continue reading

Plan Now for Wine on the Rock on Bainbridge Island

Wine on the Rock at Bainbridge Island WineriesThere are many great reasons to visit Bainbridge Island this fall. It’s an easy day-trip from downtown Seattle, the fall colors in our many parks and gardens are beautiful right now, and there are far fewer crowds competing for space in our charming island boutiques and restaurants. If you really need another reason, then let it be wine. With 7 wineries calling Bainbridge Island home, there’s no shortage of great wine flowing around the island. This fall, Bainbridge Island will once again be celebrating locally produced wines during their seasonal Wine on the Rock Weekend. These two great days of wine tasting call for an overnight stay on the Island, and luckily we have plenty of places for you to choose from. Browse through our many delightful lodging properties on Bainbridge Island, and start making those plans to visit us for Wine on the Rock in November, 2018. Continue reading

Local Dining at Hey Day Farm

heydayfarm6One of the many wonderful things about Bainbridge Island is the community. Hey Day Farm 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. Continue reading

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

2018 Oktoberfest on Bainbridge Island

Oktoberfest 2018 Bainbridge Island, WA Beer GardenOktoberfest 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. Continue reading

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

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