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“Wine on the Rock” Getaway!

Wine on the Rock, Bainbridge IslandAnnouncing our “Wine on the Rock” Getaway Package! (April 22-23, 2017)

Come spend a spring weekend on Beautiful Bainbridge Island in April while enjoying Wine & Cheese! You may just want to make this your new “Welcome to Spring” getaway tradition and we hope you do.

Treat yourself  to a special wine tasting weekend! Join all seven Bainbridge Island wineries for wine & cheese to kick off a glorious spring. Some wineries will have live music and each winery will be pairing their wines with amazing cheeses. Event will take place from 12-5pm Saturday & Sunday April 22-23, 2017.  Ticket purchase is good for both days. Continue reading

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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