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10 Things to do on Bainbridge Island This Winter

Things on do on Bainbridge Island This WinterBainbridge 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 also something magical about getting outside and experiencing this outdoor lovers’ paradise in the winter. Add to your winter adventures a stay at one of our lodging properties, and you have the perfect getaway. Experience Bainbridge Island for yourself this winter, and book a room at one of our member properties today. Continue reading

Beauty and Bounty on Bainbridge

Thanksgiving Week Adventures 

It’s Thanksgiving week and you’re heading to Bainbridge Island for feasts and festivities.  At the Seattle ferry terminal, you have the quintessential experience, you miss the boat by two cars.  Well, that’s perfect! Time enough to grab a “three piece” from Ivar’s Fish Bar or a quick drink from Ivar’s bar bar inside.  With a young one in tow these days, Fish Bar it is.  But travel to the island is only a part of the fun. Once on the rock, there are a couple of decades-old Bainbridge traditions the entire family will enjoy.

Thanksgiving week on Bainbridge is an island-wide adventure.  This is not a sit-at-home-and-chat-over-cheese kind of place. Your family and friends will want to take you out and show you their favorite parks, beaches, bakeries, restaurants, and watering holes.  

The night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest nights of the year in local pubs.  If kid-free, check out The Alehouse on Winslow, or The Harbour Public House.  If you have young ones with you, welcoming places to unwind are Bruchiato, the Treehouse Cafe or the Bainbridge Brewery Taproom, where upstairs pinball machine will keep kids of all ages entertained.

Black Friday on Bainbridge can only mean one thing — stay out of the mall and enjoy nature! On Bainbridge we call it Green Friday.  You will see more islanders walking, biking, and jogging on Black Friday than any other day.  Burn off those post-feast calories (to make room for more) in the most beautiful settings at Bloedel Reserve, Fort Ward Park, The Grand Forest, or Islandwood at their free Black Friday Open House, Afternoon on the Trails. Register online and enjoy Islandwood trails, ponds, the ravine suspension bridge and the birds-eye view canopy tower.

We are thankful for Bainbridge Island’s abundant bounty — family, friends, food, holiday night-life, and accessible natural beauty everywhere you turn. It’s a perfect place to getaway, during the holidays, or any time of the year

 

 

Autumn is Awesome on Bainbridge Island

Wine Tasting this fall on Bainbridge IslandIt’s harvest season!  And it’s a perfect time to slip away from the hustle-bustle of the city to enjoy the glorious fall color, drink in the sights and smells of nature  — and some local wine! Wine on the Rock is a great way to experience Bainbridge Island and our award-winning artisanal wineries. The final Wine on the Rock for 2019 is Nov. 9 & 10. 

Enjoy the festive fall color, sip wine and taste charcuterie, listen to local music, and meet the winemakers to learn how they turn gorgeous Washington grapes into luscious local wine. Enjoy a charcuterie pairing with 4-pour tasting at each winery, receive a specially branded wine glass and a tote to take home wine purchases too! Continue reading

Upcoming Exhibits at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Image from City Arts

There are so many wonderful reasons to visit Bainbridge Island, the natural beauty and charm of this small town being just a start.  Bainbridge Island has consistently been ranked as one of the top getaway destinations in the state of Washington, and is easy to reach via the Washington State Ferry system from downtown Seattle. Visitors can choose between a variety of hiking and biking trails, boating, shopping, wine tasting, dining out, and so much more. Beyond that, Bainbridge Island is an incredible cultural destination. Downtown Winslow has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, most notably with the addition of the state-of-the-art Bainbridge Island Museum of Art facility.  Come visit us in 2019, and see what’s happening at this incredible arts destination.  To get started, simply find and make your reservation at one of our many unique and luxurious lodging properties on Bainbridge Island. Continue reading

Entertainment Venues on Bainbridge Island

Live Music and Evening Entertainment on Bainbridge IslandBetween browsing the boutique shops of downtown Winslow, walking our beautiful park and trails, touring the art museum and galleries, and maybe even taking your own arts class or two at Bainbridge’s BARN, there’s plenty to do during the daytime hours on Bainbridge Island. But what about those quieter evening hours?  It’s true that Bainbridge Island is home to some truly incredible restaurants, such as Hey Day Farm’s community dinners, Hitchcock, Cafe Marché, Treehouse, and the newly opened Agate Restaurant. But there are a few other great opportunities for evening entertainment on Bainbridge Island as well. So come stay with one of Destination Bainbridge’s lodging properties, and enjoy Bainbridge by day or by night. Continue reading

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

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

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

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 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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