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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.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – June 10-15, 2013

Although summer doesn’t officially start until the end of next week, early June is a lovely time of year on Bainbridge Island to get out and see all that Island life has to offer. Here are 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, June 10

Sacred Groove Ecstatic Dance
10:15 am – 12:00 pm @ Strawberry Hill Mini-Gym (7666 NE High School Rd)
Inspired by Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms/Sweat Your Prayers, this weekly groove session facilitated by Mary Short and David Franklin brings together a rich tapestry of music and community to help participants to let go of and transform their burdens! Admission: $12/session

Tuesday, June 11

Travelogue: Rowing into the Son
7:30 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Library (1270 Madison Ave N)
Jordan Hanssen was born in Alabama and raised in England, Ireland, New Mexico, and Washington State. In 2006 he rowed from New York to England with three others in a 29-foot rowboat, and Rowing Into the Son tells his story about that experience.

Wednesday, June 12

No More Schoolapalooza!
“Noon-ish” @ Waterfront Park (301 Shannon Dr SE)
Celebrate the last day of school and the beginning of summer at the performance stage in Waterfront Park. Enjoy a full afternoon of local live music, frisbee or football! Admission: Free

Thursday, June 13

Author Book Reading: Good Life Lab with Wendy Tremayne
7:30 – 8:30 pm @ Eagle Harbor Book Co. (157 Winslow Way E)
Bainbridge Island’s premier purveyor of fine new and used books continues its popular guest author series when New Mexico writer Wendy Tremayne talks about her book, The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments on Hands-On Living.

Friday, June 14

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) Grand Opening
11:15 am – 6:00 pm @ BIMA (550 Winslow Way E)
The big day is arriving! A new island landmark will arrive with the grand opening of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art this Friday at the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305. Inaugural exhibitions feature over 50 artists. Arrive right at 11:15 am for the ribbon cutting ceremony! Admission: Free

Saturday, June 15

Bainbridge Island Wooden Boat Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sat); 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sun) @ Harbor Pub Marina
Enjoy this celebration of almost 50 wooden boats on Bainbridge Island. Meet the owners and artisans who keep these boats ship-shape, enjoy live music, and experience a bit of what makes Island life unique!


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.

Chilly Hilly Kicks off the Cycling Season in the Pacific Northwest

Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic Logo

Thousands of bicyclists will visit Bainbridge Island to take part in the annual Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic on Sunday, February 24.

Bicycling Magazine even named the Chilly Hilly “One of Four Classic Rides” in the nation.

You can arrive via the scenic Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry the morning of the ride, or you can make a weekend of it.

Arrive on Friday after work and stay for two nights. You’ll enjoy a leisurely Saturday with lots of things to do.

While on Bainbridge Island, visit a wine tasting room, stroll unique shops in the quaint downtown Winslow, visit art galleries, enjoy a critically acclaimed meal at a chef-owned restaurant … or, for a more casual meal, fish and chips or a top-notch burger with Island-brewed beer.

Visit the Cascade Bicycle Club website for more info.

Photo courtesy of Gene Bisbee.

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.

Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic on Bainbridge Island

Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic Logo

Beyond its clever rhyme, the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic is the perfect name for what’s become the world-famous, 33-mile ride around Bainbridge Island. For over 40 years, thousands of cyclists have come to the Island in late February to brave the chilly (and typically damp) late winter in the Pacific Northwest. What’s more, Bainbridge Island’s topography provides many burning ascents and breezy descents.

Each year, the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic brings upwards of 6,000 bicycles to Bainbridge Island. Starting at about 7:55 am on a Sunday morning, the first wave of cyclists from Seattle disembark from a Washington State Ferry. From there they circumnavigate Bainbridge Island, a full 33-mile (53 km) journey that includes 2,675 feet of overall climbing!

Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic on Bainbridge IslandLest you think the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic is too ambitious, keep in mind that past participants have ranged in age from under 2 to just shy of 80 years old. There’s also a festive, community aspect to the bicycle ride, with free baked goods and hot cider available for participants. If your stomach requires more sustenance after a long ride, a Finish Line Festival features a delicious chili feed to fill your gut and it benefits Island non-profits.

While the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry ride is a fun part of the overall Chilly Hilly experience, why not make a nice weekend of the event, and book a couple of nights at a local guest house, hotel or bed and breakfast? That way, your Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic can be even more memorable.

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.

Visit the Award-Winning Rolling Bay Winery on Bainbridge Island

Rolling Bay WineryRolling Bay Winery will be open this Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the gold medal they won for their Bordeaux blends at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Winemaker Alphonse de Klerk will be pouring his award-winning 2010 Manitou Red as well as some special new releases. Assorted hearty appetizers will also be available.

Seattle Met magazine named Rolling Bay Winery one of Washington’s top 22 tasting rooms citing their “Best Essence of Puget Sound.”  The tasting room is cozy and intimate. You’ll also be treated to spectacular views of Puget Sound. If you haven’t seen their tasting room yet, here’s a perfect excuse to visit. Warm up on a chilly weekend with a gold-medal red wine.

If you decide to spend a few nights as part of your wine tasting tour, there are several great guesthouses and rental cottages in the Rolling Bay area, including Kellerman Creek, Pierce Estate, the Rising Moon Beach House, Saxon Cottage and the Skiff Point Guest House and Retreat. Great wine and fantastic lodging make for a compelling way to spend a few days on Bainbridge Island!

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 Mochi Tsuki Festival

Bainbridge Island Mochi Tsuki FestivalAn annual, family-favorite event on Bainbridge Island is the Mochi Tsuki Festival at IslandWood. It’s this Sunday, January 6th from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Making mochi is an ancient Japanese tradition that marks the New Year and provides a celebration across generations and with the community to wish for good health and prosperity.

For more info about this wonderful event, visit the event page.

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.

Where to Enjoy Gorgeous Views of Mt. Rainier

Locals know Wing Point, the north pillar of the entrance to Eagle Harbor, as the former home of a powerful former Senator from Washington State, Warren Magnuson.  The house on the tip of Wing Point still hugs the low the bluff in its prime location, facing the Sound, the Mountain, the sunrise, and the storms.

Inside Eagle Harbor, a stone’s throw from the senator’s former estate, the waterfront is lined with homes of current Bainbridge Island residents, including Abode on the Sea.  Abode on the Sea is an antiques-filled beach-front apartment, tucked in along the northern bank of Eagle Harbor, above the kayaks and seagrass.  With dinette and kitchen, fold-out sofa and queen bedroom, the cheery Abode on the Sea can accommodate a variety of family holiday options as well as longer-term stays.  In earlier days, the Harbor was alive with the clang of shipbuilding at Hall Brothers Shipyard, but now, Abode on the Sea is witness to local yachts and power boats and the hourly passage of the ferries — the island’s lifeline to nearby-by Seattle.

Just north of Wing Point on Bainbridge Island’s eastern shore is Yeomalt Point and the  Yeomalt Beach House.  Yeomalt Beach is Wing Point’s quieter neighbor, sitting in full view of the Cascade Mountains, the shipping lanes that bring goods from around the world to Seattle, and of the grain terminals that take Washington State wheat to far corners of the Pacific. The Yeomalt Beach House, a beautifully furnished 3-bedroom beach-front home, is perfect for the girls’ weekend, a writers’ group, or a place for the bride and her attendants to prepare for the grand event. Yeomalt Beach has an exquisite and expansive view of the Puget Sound from Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainier, and the contemporary atmosphere at Yeomalt Beach House lends itself to groups and multi-generational families — both practical and romantic at the same time.

If you choose Bainbridge Island as a destination after the clatter and clutter of the summer visitors have subsided, you cannot do better than late Autumn. The mid-Autumn weather lends itself to long beach walks into town, local fresh produce in a roast or salad, the art of local wine-makers and distillers, and sumptuous fires in the evening.  This is the season locals like to keep to themselves — the reward for patience, the light revealed, the Puget Sound at its best.

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.

West-side Secrets of Bainbridge Island

Clandestine deliveries, secret distribution, muffled footsteps, furtive glances and dimmed running lights.  Just a few locals knew when to meet the shipments and who trusted allies were to receive the contraband.  The dock at Manzanita was the place. Prohibition (1919-1933) the timeframe. The goods?  Golden Canadian whiskey.  Ssshhhhhhh!  Tell no one!

Now, of course, the road-end at Manzanita where the dock and its warehouse once stood is a street-end picnic area with a lovely view sunsets over the Olympics — still colorful and full of character, but in with a different vibe.  Bring your camp chairs and set up for a glorious view.

The sleepy Manzanita/Seabold area holds several street end beach access points as well as walks past old farmsteads, remnants of a largely Norwegian community that farmed the fertile north end of Bainbridge Island.

Manzanita Park is full of trails, used often by equestrians.  If you are on human foot rather than horseback, it is suggested that the best time to walk through Manzanita Park is in September and October when the ground is dry, before the late-Fall rains return.  For specific directions, check those walks in Dave and Alice Shorett’s book, Walks on Bainbridge or go to the Bainbridge Island Parks District Trail Maps.

Just south of Manzanita lies the shallower Fletcher’s Bay, where just after the turn of the 20th century, cabins and tents tucked under cedar trees could be rented for the summer.  Foster’s store offered provisions and campers could swim or row in the protected bay, and hike the forest paths.

Every evening, according to the historical record, there was a beach fire for roasting marshmallows, and a place to tell tall tales and sing camp songs.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  No wonder, the resort was often filled to capacity, and such a popular destination that additional steamers were hired for special summer excursions.

Enjoy a relaxing stay on the Manzanita/Seabold and Fletcher Bay waterfronts at Fletcher Bay Landing and the charming Aunt Margie’s Beach on the shores of Little Manzanita Bay.

Resources consulted for this blog are:

  • Walks on Bainbridge by Dave and Alice Shorett, Lakestream Publications
  • Bainbridge Landings by Allen Beach, Driftwood Press
  • Picture Bainbridge by Jack Swanson.  Bainbridge Historical Society.

All are resources above are available from Eagle Harbor Book Co. (157 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island).  (206) 842.5332.

Photos provided by Aunt Margie’s Beach and Fletcher Bay Landing.

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’s Forested West Side

On the forested western side of Bainbridge Island, along its 53 miles of shoreline, lie two bays: Fletcher Bay and Manzanita Bay.

According to historians, and in keeping with Bainbridge Island’s past as a recreational destination for early-twentieth century tourists, a pavilion, camp grounds, a store – and by the 1930’s – a bowling alley were built at Fletcher Bay, bringing day campers and overnight tourists from Kitsap County and Seattle to the “sunset” side of Bainbridge Island. The pier at Fletcher’s Landing was the closest access point to Kitsap County via ferry.  It’s halcyon days long gone, Fletcher Bay’s shallow cove is sleepy now, quiet and relaxed.

Tucked beneath trees on a beautifully landscaped property on the edge of Fletcher Bay with water access and a waterfront barbecue is the guesthouse at Fletcher Bay Landing.  A stand-alone guesthouse as well as a separate in-house apartment serve island visitors looking for quiet, yet spacious accommodation, fabulous western sunsets, and a place to launch a kayak or canoe onto the waters of West Puget Sound.

One bay north of Fletcher Bay on the west side lies the larger Manzanita Bay.  Where Fletcher Bay is intimate and shallow, Manzanita Bay is a larger, deeper glacial scour.

There, on its northern arm at Little Manzanita Bay, is Aunt Margie’s Beach, a guesthouse perched high on the bluff with water access to the beach below.  Furnished in retro 1950’s rattan modern with fresh Hawaiian fabric and complete with an large authentic field-stone fireplace, Aunt Margie’s Beach is re-opening for the season in late May.

Aunt Margie’s Beach rents by the week (Saturday to Saturday), has enough room for families as well friends vacationing together, and comes with the amazing Margie McDevitt herself, who lives on the property below at the water’s edge.  Water access to 100 feet of sheltered waterfront is down a steep but handsomely landscaped slope.  The view of the bay offers a glimmer of sun on the waves and an array of wildlife in the nature corridor that are all part of the charm — and why people come back year after year to Aunt Margie’s.

As you tour the island, stop in at these two lovely bays and get a sense of old Bainbridge.  Bring a picnic and savor the sunset.  (Click here for a road-end map and the many water access points on Bainbridge – scroll down to page 3. )

West-side Accommodation:

  • Fletcher Bay Landing: (206) 842.4396; larry@fletcherbaylanding.com
  • Aunt Margie’s Beach: (206) 842.6969; auntmargies@msn.com

Resources used for this article are available at Eagle Harbor Books:

  • Walks on Bainbridge by Dave and Alice Shorett
  • Picture Bainbridge, Bainbridge Historical Society
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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