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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

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

Bainbridge Island Fourth of July Celebrations

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!  Continue reading

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 cheese. Some wineries will have live music and each winery will be pairing their wines with amazing cheese. This Event will take place from 12-5pm Saturday & Sunday May 12th and 13th, 2018.  A single ticket purchase is good for both days. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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