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Bainbridge Island Hotel: Best Western PLUS Bainbridge Island Suites

Many may assume that the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s membership is comprised entirely of tiny island bed and breakfasts, cottages and family-operated guest houses. Of course, many of our delightful members fit that bill. But, BILA’s over two-dozen members also include Bainbridge Island’s best hotels and inns. Chief among them, is the Best Western PLUS Bainbridge Island Suites.

At Best Western PLUS Bainbridge Island Suites, guests can enjoy the comfort and convenience of a Bainbridge Island hotel, along with affordable rates and an ideal location at a great value.

This award-winning Bainbridge Island hotel boasts outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor. The 80+ reviewers agree that the Best Western Plus Bainbridge Island Suites is an ideal place to stay while on Bainbridge Island for business or leisure. Close to a variety of things to do on the Island, guests can swing away on Meadowmeer Public Golf Course, soak up the sun on nearby beaches, visit the Bloedel Reserve or savor local flavor at eight area wineries and one distillery.

Best Western PLUS Bainbridge Island Suites‘ location in downtown Winslow also makes it a convenient option for visitors here to experience one of Bainbridge Island’s favorite annual events, including the Bainbridge Island Grand Old 4th of July parade, Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic, Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour and sporting events. But anytime during the year, guests are just a few minutes from major Bainbridge Island highlights, like the Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA), KiDiMu (Kids’ Discovery Museum) and Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.

After a busy day of exploring the Bainbridge Island lifestyle, guests can take a break in one of the Best Western PLUS Bainbridge Island Suites‘ spacious rooms, each complete with eco-friendly touches, as well as cable television, a refrigerator, microwave and free high-speed Internet access (kitchenette suites are also available). Other amenities include a complimentary breakfast each morning, a fully equipped fitness center and free passes to Bainbridge Aquatics Center.

Finally, the Best Western PLUS Bainbridge Island Suites is also a great option for those traveling for business, thanks to its close proximity to local companies, including Gravitec, Extendacare, Sage (aka Farwest), MyWedding.com and Avalara. In addition, the Bainbridge Island hotel’s on-site business center makes conducting business on the road easy.

Rates & Booking

For complete information about the Best Western PLUS Bainbridge Island Suites‘s amenities, availability, rates and booking, please visit their complete listing.

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is comprised of 25 vacation rentals, guest houses, bed and breakfasts (B&B), boutique hotels, inns and cottages on Bainbridge Island, in Washington State. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on our beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. Visit our website for Bainbridge Island events and attractions, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – July 22-28

It’s another big week of events here on Bainbridge Island. It kicks off with a great summer camp for kids at the Kids’ Discovery Museum, and wraps up with the 7th annual Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival. In-between, chat with Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief… or read your own story at the Bainbridge Island Story Slam! As you can see, there’s always lots to do on beautiful (and active) Bainbridge Island! Here’s our list for this week.

Monday, July 22

Camp: Picture This
9:00 – 11:30 am @ Kids’ Discovery Museum (301 Ravine Lane NE)
Discover the world of wonder created by the “picture writer” and artist Eric Carle! Campers, ages 3-5, will create art inspired by his picture books, from paper marbling to collages. They will learn about color theory with the Mixed-up Chameleon; set out on a nature scavenger hunt with the Very Busy Spider; discuss their feelings with the Grouchy Ladybug and see the story come to life, as they meet a real Rooster Off to See the World… or at least the Kids’ Discovery Museum. The camp runs from July 22-25. Admission: $

Tuesday, July 23

Bainbridge Chorale Summer Sings Series
7:00 – 9:30 pm @ Bethany Lutheran Church (7968 Finch Road NE)
Come immerse yourself in the power of the choral experience! Bainbridge Chorale invites the community to join together for their second annual Bainbridge Sings! a series of three open choral reading sessions in July and August. All are welcome, regardless of ability and experience, to come and sing through a variety of choral music in a relaxed setting with no performance pressure lead by Bainbridge Chorale’s Music Director Michael A. Miller Jr. Dates are July 23, July 30 and August 7. Admission: $10

Wednesday, July 24

Bainbridge Library Book Group Reads The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Ave. N)
This month, the Bainbridge Library Book Group will review Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Admission: Free

Thursday, July 25

Bainbridge Island Story Slam
7:00 pm @ Treehouse Café (4569 Lynwood Center Road)
Come see (and even share your own) 5-minute true story at Field’s End’s summer Bainbridge Island Story Slam. Prizes will be awarded for the top three storytellers. Hosted by the hilarious Bhama Roget of The Edge improv group. Sorry, audience limited to those over 21. Email info@fieldsend.org to sign up. Admission: $5 suggested donation

Friday, July 26

Nature Photography for Kids with David Perry
9:00 am – 12:30 pm @ The Bloedel Reserve (7571 NE Dolphin Drive)
Maybe it’s because of their shorter stature or their sense of wonder, but kids have the most amazing eye for photography. Drop the kids off at the Bloedel Reserve for an artful and action-packed morning in nature with noted Northwest garden photographer David Perry. Great for kids ages 8-12, they’ll learn basic photography skills like composition and have hours of fun exploring the grounds from behind the lens. Bring your SLR, point-and-shoot, or fully-charged smart phone, memory cards, and spare batteries. Admission: $25 for members; $30 for non-members; Limited to 20 participants

Saturday, July 27

7th Annual Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival
9:00 am – 9:30 pm @ Battle Point Park (Address)
Join Wayne Taylor & Friends, Joy Mills, Smalltime String Band, Boys of Greenwood Glen, and more at the 7th annual Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival! Taking place at the gorgeous Battle Point Park, this year’s event is bigger and better than ever. The family-friendly event offers more than music – festival goers can also enjoy an astronomy tour, food galore, arts and crafts, a huge jungle gym and acres of grass fields for kids to run it out. Free shuttle service between the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal and the festival. Proceeds benefit PAWS of Bainbridge Island at North Kitsap, a well-loved nonprofit that advocates, educates, and provides direct services to nurture the bond of companionship between pets and their people, for the health and well-being of both. Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for teens, $25 for 2 parents with kids under 14

Sunday, July 28

Sensory Sunday at Kids’ Discovery Museum
10:00 – 11:30 am @ Kids’ Discovery Museum (301 Ravine Lane NE)
On the fourth Sunday on the month, families with children affected by autism or a similar sensory processing challenge are invited to explore KiDiMu, while enjoying a safe environment and therapist support. The program is offered on the fourth Sunday each month, between 10 and 11:30 a.m., before the Museum opens to the general public. Made possible by Bainbridge Community Foundation. Please register at: 206.855.4650 as space is limited to provide the best experience for visiting families. Last-minute registration welcome if space available. Admission: $2 for members, $3 for non-members.


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of  25 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – July 15-21

It’s that time of the week again, and you know what that means! – another Bainbridge Island Lodging Association list of some of the best local activities taking place this week. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island!

Monday, July 15

Bainbridge Island Meditation Group
7:00 – 8:30 pm @ Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church (11042 Sunrise Drive N.E.)
The Bainbridge Island Meditation Group is a drop-in group dedicated to supporting the meditation practice of people living in the Bainbridge Island area.  Previous Vipassana practice and/or previous attendance at an beginning mediation class is helpful but not essential! Admission: $2 suggested donation

Tuesday, July 16

Reading Buddies at the Bainbridge Island Public Library
10:30 – 11:30 am @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Ave. N.)
Preschoolers and their families are invited to drop by and hear stories read by our Reading Friends volunteers. Stay for a few minutes, or stay for the full hour – it’s up to you! Call (206) 842-4162 for more information. Admission: Free

Wednesday, July 17

Book-a-Computer Trainer for PC and Mac!
12:00 – 4:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Ave. N.)
Do you have a question about using your computer – P.C. or Mac? Or, do you want to learn more about navigating the Web? Sign up for an hour with a computer trainer and get your questions answered. Or, drop-in between 4-5:00 pm without a reservation. Call the library at (206) 842-4162 to reserve a spot. Admission: Free

Thursday, July 18

The Edge Improv at the Treehouse Café
8:00 pm @ Treehouse Café (4569 Lynwood Center Road N.E.)
The Treehouse Café is a welcoming pub and pizzeria located in the charming and historic Lynwood Center neighborhood on Bainbridge Island’s south end. Bainbridge Island’s own Edge Improv, which has sold out shows regularly for years, offers an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For more than 16 years, the troupe’s  antics have inspired rave reviews from audience members and press, alike. That’s because the audience plays a huge role in the success of each performance. Tickets must be picked up at the Venue (Will Call). Tickets cannot be mailed. Admission: $16

Friday, July 19

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Guest Speaker
10:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Ave. N.)
The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, July 19 in the Bainbridge Public Library Meeting Room, from 10:00 AM until noon. Gary Zimmerman, of the Fiske Genealogical Foundation in Seattle, will speak on “Land Records from the Public Domain,” covering how the Federal Government acquired initial title to the Public Domain and then redistributed it to private owners. We will look at how those records enhance our family history research. Admission: $5 suggested donation

Saturday, July 20

Kids’ night at the Museum (aka Parents’ Night Out!)
5:30 – 9:30 pm @ Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) (301 Ravine Lane N.E.)
On each third Saturday or the month, kids are invited to KiDiMu for a fun-filled evening of Museum playtime, hands-on activities, movies and dinner, while their parents enjoy a night out! On July 20, KiDiMu Explorers will have fun with water experiments. Age-appropriate activities for children: 3.5*-10 years old. *Participants must be able to use the bathroom independently. This a drop-off program. Pick-up before 9:30 p.m. is available. Registration is required. Sign-up deadline is noon on July 19th. Info & Registration: (206) 855-4650. Space is limited. Admission: $30 per child (members); $40 for non-members

Sunday, July 21

Virginia V “Around the Island” Cruise
3:00 – 6:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Historical Museum (215 Ericksen Avenue)
The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum’s annual fundraiser, “Cruise Around the Island” will be aboard the historic Virginia V steamship. Dennis Lewarch, Suquamish Tribal Preservation Officer, will share his vast knowledge of the historical relationship of the Suquamish Tribe and Bainbridge Island. The 3-hour journey along the Island’s shoreline includes a delicious boxed meal, a no-host bar and an opportunity to explore the beautiful old steamship. The vessel departs from City Dock. More info: (206) 842-2773. Admission: $100 for museum members; $125 for non-members


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of more than 20 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – July 8-14

The warm summer weather has arrived on Bainbridge Island, so thank goodness for the refreshing breezes from the Puget Sound that keep us cool. As we do every week here on the Bainbridge Lodging blog, here are some of the best local activities taking place this week.

Monday, July 8

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Inaugural Exhibitions
10:00 am – 6:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way E.)
After BIMA’s exciting grand opening earlier this spring, the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is continuing its Inaugural Exhibitions this summer, featuring the works of eight fantastic artists. Visit the museum for free to enjoy this exhibition that will run through September 22! Admission: Free

Tuesday, July 9

Kitsap Regional Library Presents Magician Jeff Evans!
10:30 am @ Bainbridge Island Public Library’s Commodore Commons (1270 Madison Ave. N.)
Magician Jeff Evans unearths secrets of the deep in his all-new subterranean summer reading spectacular. The surprises are non-stop whether Jeff is mining for precious metals, discovering aquifers of drinking water, or sharing amazing facts about the world’s deepest super cave. Science stunts, creepy crawlies, and amazing magic are buried throughout the show. Admission: Free

Wednesday, July 10

“Friends of Facebook” Networking Meet-up
11:30 am – 12:30 pm @ Office Xpats at the Pavilion (403 Madison Ave. N.)
“Friends of Facebook” is a fun, free, “come-when-you-can” networking group that meets on Bainbridge Island. This is an opportunity to meet people in our community and support each other in building our businesses and fulfilling our goals. Admission: Free

Thursday, July 11

Ferry Tales Book Group
3:50 – 5:10 pm @ Bainbridge Island Library (1270 Madison Ave. N.)
Library staff share their love of reading, listening and viewing with commuters. Join them for the monthly book group on the ferry! Discuss your favorite book on the 3:50 ferry (Bainbridge Island to Seattle sailing) and share the monthly title on the 4:40 (Seattle to Bainbridge Island sailing). Books will be available on the ferry during the meeting. Visit the website to see the monthly book selection. Admission: Free

Friday, July 12

Bainbridge in Bloom
10:00 am – 5:00 pm @ Filipino American Community Center (7566 NE High School Road)
This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of Bainbridge Island’s must-see events, Bainbridge in Bloom! Organized by the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, activities take place on both Friday and Saturday, where guests can view five gorgeous island gardens located in five distinct neighborhoods. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be available, and it’s a great way to explore our lovely island. Admission: $60 (Friday); $30 General Admission (Saturday); $20 Bike the Bloom (Saturday)

Saturday, July 13

Friends of the Bainbridge Library Book Sale
10:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Library (1270 Madison Ave. N.)
The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization which helps support the library through regular book sales. Sales feature a wide variety of used books and proceeds benefit the library. Admission: Free

Sunday, July 14

Birds of Bloedel: How the garden habitats support birds
8:00 – 10:00 qm @ The Bloedel Reserve (7571 Dolphin Drive)
Join ornithologist Dan Froehlich on a two-hour early morning walk around the Bloedel Reserve. Identify birds by sight and sound,and take a closer look at the bird-life drama unfolding before your eyes. Dan is working toward a a PhD in Zoology and conducts research and teaches field ornithology classes around the world. Bring your binoculars! Preregistration required: (206) 842-7631. Admission: $15 for members, $22 for non-members


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of more than 20 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour’s 25th Anniversary

Bainbridge-in-Bloom-Garden-TourThis year marks a special milestone for the popular Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour – it’s the event’s 25th anniversary! Since its humble beginnings in 1988, the Pacific Northwest garden event has delighted thousands of flower and garden enthusiasts with tours of Bainbridge Island’s best private gardens.

Produced by the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour is one of the Island’s most eagerly anticipated annual events.

This year, visitors to the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour can see five gorgeous gardens in five distinct Bainbridge Island neighborhoods. In addition to the flowers, guests can enjoy locally-sourced food, arts and crafts and live music at the Garden Tour’s hub, the Filipino-American Hall (7566 NE High School Road).

The Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour takes place during the weekend over two days – Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th. Friday is “Preview Day.” It’s a quieter opportunity to take a self-paced tour of the gardens. Visitors should note that Preview Day tickets grant access to Saturday viewings, in case you want more time amongst the blooms.

SpringRidge Gardens on Bainbridge IslandTour organizers are also offering the “Preview Day Package,” which includes a chauffeur-guided tour of the gardens alongside a certified horticulturist! That’s not all. Package purchasers are treated to a “Pastorale Luncheon” with live piano music at a lovely sixth garden. On Saturday night, the Evening in Bloom gala benefit art auction will take place at the Manor House at Pleasant Beach.

With such a full itinerary, a growing number of visitors to the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour are choosing to spend the night! Bainbridge Island is home to over two-dozen luxury vacation rentals and is just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle.

Finally, beyond the beautiful gardens, the Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour is the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council’s most important annual fundraiser. As you enjoy the flowers, you’ll be supporting an organization that works to enhance life in a wonderful Island community!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is comprised of 25 vacation rentals, guest houses, bed and breakfasts (B&B), boutique hotels, inns and cottages on Bainbridge Island, in Washington State. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on our beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest. Visit our website for Bainbridge Island events and attractions, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – June 24-30

It’s hard to believe that June is almost over! Then again, this time of year is when you’ll find some of the year’s best local activities. Here’s a snapshot of our favorite events taking place this week on Bainbridge Island. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island!

Monday, June 24

Photography Workshop with Charles Needle
8:00 am – 5:15 pm @ The Bloedel Reserve (7571 Dolphin Drive)
Making great pictures of flowers and gardens requires skill and patience. Learn how to craft a truly great garden photograph and capture the essence or “spirit” of your garden using a digital camera. Charles will discuss the concept of “intimate landscape” and teach tips for proper exposure, composition and lighting. Register: (206) 842-7631. Includes lunch.! Admission: Members: $160; Non-members: $180; Includes lunch.

Tuesday, June 25

Japanese Half-Day Camp for Kids
9:00 – 11:45 pm; or 12:00 – 2:45 pm @ 8553 NE Day Road
Sugoi Experience Japan presents this half-day camp packed with fun activities with three guest teachers from Japan. Make paper swords for a Noh “Samurai” performance, create silk fabric collage and experience Ki-Aikido movement. Ages 6 to 12. Admission: $48 (plus $10 materials fee)

Wednesday, June 26

Bainbridge Library Book Group
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Bainbridge Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue N)
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. A novel set in the world of the Mormon Church that intertwines a fictional memoir by Brigham Young’s nineteenth wife and a contemporary murder mystery about a woman accused of killing her polygamist husband. For more information, visit www.krl.org or call 842-4162. Admission: Free

Thursday, June 27

Continuing French for Travelers
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ The Traveler (265 Winslow Way E)
This workshop offers continuing French for travelers via the textbook, French for Dummies. Copies are available at the Traveler. Classes will be held on June 27th, July 11th, July 25th and August 1st. Catch this first session! Admission: $75

Friday, June 28

The Salon: A Forum for Conversation
1:00 – 2:30 pm @ Bainbridge Public Library (1270 Madison Ave N)
The Salon is for men and women who enjoy stimulating conversation and wish to learn from others in civil dialogue.Topics will vary, but the mode will be general interest subjects that impact the public. The Salon meets April – October 2013 in the large meeting room at the Bainbridge Library. For more information, visit www.krl.org or call 842-4162. Admission: Free

Saturday, June 29

53rd Annual Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale
8:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Woodward Middle School (9125 Sportsman Club Rd)
Is this the world’s largest rummage sale? Imagine this – 6 acres of stuff that combines your grandmother’s estate sale, your father’s tool sale and your mother’s moving sale. Add a church rummage sale, a neighborhood garage sale and the inventory of 10 bike stores. With pizza and hot dogs. What better way to spend a sunny Saturday in June? Admission: Free

Sunday, June 30

The Samurai Warrior on the Noh Stage
Doors Open: 5:30 pm; Exhibit: 6:00 – 7:30 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way E)
(From the B.I. Chamber) A rare opportunity to see the world’s oldest surviving theatrical art. The performance features Munenori Takeda, member of a family of Noh performers whose lineage goes back 700 years in Japan. In this interactive workshop audience members can view the performance, study many fascinating facts about Noh and learn to sing the lines along with the players. At Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Admission: $35


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of more than 20 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Bainbridge Island Guesthouse Spotlight: Pacific Willow Lodge

The Pacific Willow Lodge is a very unique and special log home. Rustic, yet comfortable with a large kitchen, two master suites, hot tub and perfect location for relaxing family vacations, the lodge is a special property that the owners hope guests enjoy as much as they love the home, neighborhood and setting.

The Pacific Willow Lodge is comprised of several bedrooms, including:

The Grand Forest Room
The serenity of being in a secluded forest, surrounded by the woody browns and earthy greens describes peaceful nights in this room. This room has a northern view of the forest and limited view of the Olympic mountains. You will share access to a large two sink, bathtub, shower in the jungle bathroom.

The Eagle Harbor Room
The calming effect of gazing out the window and privacy and nothing but the large hemlocks and grand firs is one of the highlights of the Eagle Harbor room. A queen sized bed, large closet and comfortable chair are components of the Eagle Harbor room along with a northern and limited view of the mountains and the forest. You will have shared access to a large two sink, bathtub, shower in the jungle bathroom.

The Madison Bay Suite
The largest of the rooms downstairs has a private entrance, and a queen sized bed with a private bathroom and large shower. There is a corner with a sofa and a few chairs to relax and view the Olympic mountains and incredible sunsets.

The Pacific Willow Lodge includes a downstairs public area with the perfect ambiance for escaping busy lives and relaxing in this special home on beautiful Bainbridge Island.

In addition, the Pacific Willow Lodge is connected with several area chefs, yoga instructors, artists and authors who will hold scheduled classes and overnight getaways. For example, the lodge’s cooking classes consist of chefs who lead culinary sessions for 2-4 couples/guests. Participants learn cooking techniques and recipes while relaxing in a lodge style setting that faces the beautiful Olympic Mountains range. The kitchen is a large open kitchen with an adjacent dining room.

The yoga retreats are held with 2-4 couples/guests practicing yoga sessions by day, soaks in the hot tub by night and morning hikes in the surrounding trails of the Grand Forest. Guests staying overnight will focus on regrouping, refreshing and relaxing at Pacific Willow Lodge for a renewed sense of inner peace and calm.

Finally, the authors and artists workshops provide talented folks with a new venue for sharing thoughts, techniques and to experience nature and local wildlife of this peaceful setting in a very special and quiet neighborhood. Sometimes taking a night or two in a new location can provide just the inspiration you need for bringing new art, through pen and brush, into the world! The new Bainbridge Island Art Museum (BIMA) just opened, adding to more reason to come, stay and tour Bainbridge Island.

Walk out the back door to 2.5 acres next to miles of trails to enjoy the outdoors, surrounded by large pine, hemlock and cedars with an occasional deer, coyote and/or eagle sighting.
4000 square foot home in quiet neighborhood conveniently located near golf, tennis, horse farms, hiking trails and only ten minutes from the ferry into downtown Winslow or to the Seattle ferry.

To inquire about booking a stay at Pacific Willow Lodge, contact Judy Simpson at (206) 855-1622 or email her at: pacificwillowlodge@gmail.com.

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of more than 20 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Bainbridge Island Guesthouse Spotlight: Seabold Cottage

As we thought about which of the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s member inns to profile next on our Island Guesthouse Spotlight, we wanted to choose a private, romantic getaway, perfect for a summer escape.

Tucked among towering cedar trees, the Seabold Cottage offers a peaceful and uniquely Northwestern hideaway. Curl up in front of the wood burning stove with a good book or the love of your life. Linger over your second cup of tea on the deck overlooking the tranquil and spectacular gardens. Stretch your legs with a stroll down to the beach, a bike ride along our shady, quiet lanes or go swan watching at the internationally renowned Bloedel Reserve just down the road. Or, simply sit back in the cushioned porch chairs and recharge your batteries.

 

Whether your escape to Seabold Cottage is for a romantic weekend or for an extended stay, you can start each day with a steaming pot of locally-roasted premium coffee. And, should you choose, you can also enjoy freshly baked morning muffins and bread from Bainbridge Island’s own Blackbird Bakery, as well as juice and a newspaper, all delivered to you front door!

 

In terms of the cottage’s furnishings, the queen-size bed in the bedroom is adorned with premium bedding and a plush goose down comforter. Fresh flowers add to the already light and airy atmosphere. Guests who desire more of a lime light can adjust the wooden blinds located throughout the cottage.

The Seabold Cottage‘s Sitting Room has all the comforts of home, including satellite TV, a VCR and stereo system, as well as a library of books and videos. For extra guests, the sofa folds out into a double bed. The unit also contains a table, chairs and a desk.

 

The Seabold Cottage‘s Kitchenette is fully equipped with a sink, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker and an assortment of teas. The private bathroom has a shower, pedestal sink, always fluffy towels, and designer bathrobes for your comfort.

Beyond the cottage is a 1.5-acre parcel featuring specimen plantings, a small orchard, rose and perennial gardens, and a professionally designed vegetable garden. The grounds include a covered deck, which is covered in case of a sprinkle or the midday sun.

Perhaps the best way to describe the charm of Seabold Cottage is to excerpt some testimonials from recent guests.

“A wonderful quiet time away. We enjoyed the privacy, the beautiful and charming decor and all the little extras that made us feel pampered.” -Steve, Edgewood, WA

“Simply the best! Rustic elegance – very warm & inviting, every attention to detail was made. Thoughtful & comfortable place. We will be back for sure.” -Parke, Aspen, CO

If you’re looking for short- or long-term vacation rental accommodations on Bainbridge Island, consider rejuvenating at Seabold Cottage, where you’ll be refreshed and ready for the world outside by the time you leave. In the words of Cottage Innkeeper Judy Simpson, “Our door is always open for your return.”

To inquire about booking a stay at Seabold Cottage, visit their webpage or contact Judy Simpson at (206) 842-4032.

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of more than 20 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – June 17-23, 2013

This week we officially kick off the glorious summer season on Bainbridge Island, with incredibly long days – a whopping 16 hours of daylight! To celebrate our Island summer,  here is the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association’s round-up of the best local activities taking place this week. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island!

Monday, June 17

Bainbridge Island Meditation Group
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church (11042 Sunrise Drive NE)
The Bainbridge Island Meditation Group is a drop-in group dedicated to supporting the meditation practice of people living in the Bainbridge Island area. Previous vipassana practice and/or previous attendance at an beginning mediation class is helpful, but not essential. Admission: $2 (Suggested Donation)

Tuesday, June 18

Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Library (1270 Madison Ave N)
An event tailor made for the aspiring local journalist. During this week’s event, experts including Michael Cyger, Vicki Wilson and Erin Jennings present, “From Proposal to Press: Writing for Bainbridge Island Magazine.” Admission: Free

Wednesday, June 19

Bainbridge Dance Center’s 32nd Annual Student Performance
7:00 pm @ Bainbridge Performing Arts (200 Madison Avenue N)
Six great performances showcase more than 180 students, ages 4-18. The youngest students demonstrate pre-technique movement while beginning through advanced students perform choreography in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap techniques. Choreography for these students is thoughtfully created by BDC’s faculty members. Please join Bainbridge Dance Center for its annual celebration. Admission: $17 Adults; $13 for Seniors, youths, students, military and teachers

Thursday, June 20

Microsoft, Wi-Fi and the Future
5:30 – 7:00 pm @ Office Xpats at the Pavilion (403 Madison Ave N, #240)
This tech-themed event will focus on the new Microsoft Windows 8, Office 2013, Microsoft 365 and the free Wi-Fi coming to Bainbridge. Jason Omens of Office Xpats will discuss how to bring your office into the 21st Century. This is free event has limited seating, so attendees must reserve seats in advance here. Admission: Free

Friday, June 21

Building a Sustainable Economy Lecture Series: “Social Purpose Investing”
5:30 – 7:00 pm @ Bainbridge Public Library (1270 Madison Ave N)
Featuring Michael “Luni” Libes, Serial Entrepreneur. Explore the similarities of philanthropy and social purpose investing through stories from Luni’s Fledge program, helping “impact” entrepreneurs with their business planning and launch. Admission: Free, but space is limited. Register here.

Saturday, June 22

Family Weekend with the Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sat); 12:00 – 4:00 pm (Sun) @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way E)
This special weekend of family-friendly events includes a Bainbridge Island Storymakers Studio, hands-on art activities, art demonstrations and musical entertainment on the Plaza, as well as the opportunity to meet artist and children’s book author Barbara Helen Berger. Admission: Free

Sunday, June 23

Bainbridge Island Winery Tour Weekend
12:00 – 5:00 pm (Sat-Sun) @ 7 Bainbridge Island Wineries
Visit seven cozy artisanal Bainbridge Island wineries as part of this summer tradition. All wineries are open for tours and tasting this weekend, where you can meet the winemakers and taste classic favorites from grapes grown east of the mountains, as well as a few island-grown delights! As our island wineries are very intimate (small), groups should be under 6 persons.


Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s “Things To Do” Weekly Calendar? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of more than 20 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.

Guesthouse Spotlight: The Nest on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island’s western side faces the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. Situated on a short, quiet lane on this tranquil part of the Island is The Nest on Bainbridge Island, a lovely guesthouse that provides a respite of calm away from city, traffic and noise. In fact, the only break in the quiet might be a bald eagle, chirping birds or a boat passing by on the water below.

The Nest on Bainbridge Island is just a short stroll past two neighboring driveways to  beach access where guests can explore sea life or just enjoy life on a beach. Other activities are also nearby, including one of Bainbridge Island’s best green spaces. An easy, one-mile walk will take you to Battle Point Park, which features a large duck pond, extensive walking trails, a huge jungle gym for kids and tennis courts.

Slightly farther afield (3 miles) is the public Meadowmeer Golf Course. Five miles away is downtown Winslow, Bainbridge Island’s city center, which boasts amazing restaurants, galleries and shops to investigate. For the horticulturalist, The Nest on Bainbridge Island is located about one mile from the famed Bainbridge Gardens nursery. Also on site is the wonderful New Rose Café, which is a great spot for lunch, a latte or cookie. Despite these many area attractions, many guests say that they would happily just stay in The Nest on Bainbridge Island without going anywhere else!

The Nest on Bainbridge Island is completely self-contained and private. The host and owner, Hilary L. Newberry, has provided an outdoor sitting area that includes a bistro table and chairs where guests can sit and enjoy the view while sipping a glass of locally-produced wine or enjoying a meal. “It is beyond our expectations!” is a remark The Nest on Bainbridge Island‘s owners hear frequently from their guests.

In addition to its tranquil location and nearby attractions, The Nest on Bainbridge Island is furnished with a very comfortable queen-size bed and a large sofa that can accommodate a third person. The guesthouse linens are made from 100 percent cotton and a high thread count. Guests are treated to a continental breakfast of coffee (regular and decaf), teas, milk, sweetener and a breakfast bread/pastry for each guest’s first morning. Of course, requests for additional food or wine are accommodated for an added fee.

To inquire about booking a stay at The Nest on Bainbridge Island, contact Hilary L. Newberry at (206) 399-8674 or email her at: hilarynewb@comcast.net.

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association is a group of more than 20 lodges, inns, guesthouses, suites, boutique hotels, cottages, and B&B’s on Bainbridge Island, WA. BILA is dedicated to bringing you quality accommodation on a beautiful island. Visit our website for events and experiences, and of course, for your vacation rentals.
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