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Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour

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

Get Ready for the 27th Annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour!

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Bainbridge in Bloom’s official 2015 poster art by Sandy Haight

Many visitors come to the always popular Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour for an insider’s view of six exquisite private gardens on Bainbridge Island. Some come for inspiration and others for the live music throughout the tour. Many hardy enthusiasts even ride their bikes around the circuit rather than drive to each garden. Don’t want to drive yourself? Transportation options are available through Kitsap Transit BI Ride. For more information on this option, visit their website or call 1-844-4BI-RIDE.

No matter how and why people experience “the Bloom,” every Bainbridge in Bloom ticket holder contributes to the arts on Bainbridge Island. Proceeds from the garden tour support the programs and services of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge for students and teachers, both aspiring and professional artists, and more than 20 non-profit organizations on Bainbridge Island. Support the arts. Attend the Bloom!

27th Annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour
Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tickets available now. Day-of-event tickets will be for sale at the Bloom Hub, Filipino American Hall, 7566 High School Rd NE, Bainbridge Island.

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Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s Blog? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.

Events Taking Place This July on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island residents and visitors, alike, enjoy a packed events calendar throughout the year. Our island, just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, prides itself on having a strong sense of community spirit. This spirit is often best on view during our annual festivals, parades and other events. To help you plan your overnight visit or extended vacation on Bainbridge island, here is our list of popular events taking place in July on Bainbridge Island.

Grand Old Fourth of July Parade on Bainbridge IslandGrand Old Fourth

July is a wonderful time of year on Bainbridge Island, with long sunny summer days, and a busy events calendar. Without a doubt, the Island’s biggest event of the year is our Grand Old Fourth festival. Nicknamed “Bainbridge Island’s biggest party,” the Fourth is highlighted by what’s been named the “Best Small Town Parade in America!” That’s right, and you can find it on our little island! In addition to the parade, the fun includes a pancake breakfast, all-day street fair, foot races, classic car show, music, food and lots of entertainment. (Visit the official website)

Bainbridge Island Days Street Dance and BBQIsland Days Street Dance & BBQ

As a warm up to the Fourth, on the third, there’s another favorite Bainbridge Island tradition. The Island Days Street Dance & BBQ brings together food, live music, dancing, sidewalk chalk and tons of fun on the night just before the Grand Old Fourth’s festivities.

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The Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour is a long-time Island favorite, and an event that out-of-towners are willing to travel great distances to attend! Come see some of the best private gardens in the Puget Sound area plus lectures, food & and art fair. Organized by the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council. (Visit the official website)

There you have it, our quick run-down of some of the very best events taking place in July on Bainbridge Island. More reasons why our island is becoming one of the country’s favorite overnight destinations at any time of the year!

You can see the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association’s full events calendar here.

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Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s Blog? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.

Events Taking Place in July on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island residents and visitors, alike, enjoy a packed events calendar throughout the year. Our island, just a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle, prides itself on having a strong sense of community spirit. This spirit is often best on view during our annual festivals, parades and other events. To help you plan your overnight visit or extended vacation on Bainbridge island, here is our list of popular events taking place in July on Bainbridge Island.

Grand Old Fourth of July Parade on Bainbridge IslandGrand Old Fourth

July is a wonderful time of year on Bainbridge Island, with long sunny summer days, and a busy events calendar. Without a doubt, the Island’s biggest event of the year is our Grand Old Fourth festival. Nicknamed “Bainbridge Island’s biggest party,” the Fourth is highlighted by what’s been named the “Best Small Town Parade in America!” That’s right, and you can find it on our little island! In addition to the parade, the fun includes a pancake breakfast, all-day street fair, foot races, classic car show, music, food and lots of entertainment. (Visit the official website)

Bainbridge Island Days Street Dance and BBQIsland Days Street Dance & BBQ

As a warm up to the Fourth, on the third, there’s another favorite Bainbridge Island tradition. The Island Days Street Dance & BBQ brings together food, live music, dancing, sidewalk chalk and tons of fun on the night just before the Grand Old Fourth’s festivities.

Bainbridge-in-Bloom-Garden-TourBainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour

The Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour is a long-time Island favorite, and an event that out-of-towners are willing to travel great distances to attend! Come see some of the best private gardens in the Puget Sound area plus lectures, food & and art fair. Organized by the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council. (Visit the official website)

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What better way to wrap up the month than one of Bainbridge Island’s newest events. The Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival is a fun-filled outdoor music festival held at Battle Point Park. The Festival’s mission is to bring diverse music to Kitsap County and to donate festival profits to family-focused charities. (Visit the official website)

There you have it, our quick run-down of some of the very best events taking place in July on Bainbridge Island. More reasons why our island is becoming one of the country’s favorite overnight destinations at any time of the year!

You can see the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association’s full events calendar here.

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Have an event you think we should feature on the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association‘s Blog? Send it to us at: info@bainbridgelodging.com. Thank you!

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 Bainbridge Island vacation rentals, beach houses, cottages, inns, hotels and B&Bs on beautiful Bainbridge Island in Washington State. BILA is supported by member dues and a grant from the City of Bainbridge Island Civic Improvement Fund. Visit our website for Island events, attractions and vacation rentals.

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 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.

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