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Wondering What to do on Bainbridge Island This Summer?

Do you find yourself wondering what to do on Bainbridge Island this summer, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic when most things are still closed?  You’re not alone!  We’re not sure what this summer is going to look like on Bainbridge Island. As a town that pretty heavily relies on tourism throughout the year, but especially in summer, the prospect of remaining closed or having limitations one just how many people can visit us in downtown Winslow is certainly something we’re thinking and worrying about.

Luckily, though, one of the many draws to Bainbridge Island is its rural character and the variety of things to do here that you just don’t find in the city.  This includes things like biking, hiking, and enjoying our parks and trails.  And, as per the order by Washington’s Governor, these things are all currently opened, with social distancing strongly encouraged.  Some of the best parts of Bainbridge, then, will still be open and available to you this summer. Your vacation might be a little more creative than it otherwise would have been, but we think this presents the perfect opportunity to experience what life on this quaint rural island is really about!

When it does come time for those mini-getaway and staycations that will surely be popular this summer, the lodging accommodations on Bainbridge Island will be waiting.  From a small boutique hotel in downtown Winslow to a variety of unique rental properties, the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association has something that will fit the needs of anyone who wants to visit here.  Browse through our listings, and discover your perfect getaway to Bainbridge Island just as soon as it’s safe to travel. Continue reading

Bainbridge Island’s Delightful South End

Bainbridge Island’s south end was once a bustling hub, busier than Winslow with economic centers at Lynwood Center and Port Blakely and protective military base at Fort Ward. Now, the peaceful avenues, sheltered coves, and local watering holes are ideal places for idyllic vacations.

On a rise above the protected southwestern shoreline of Bainbridge Island lies the Bainbridge Island Beach Cottage, overlooking Rich Passage. The well-appointed cottage is a stroll away from the turn-of-the-twentieth-century holiday hub at Lynwood Center where day-trippers and holiday-makers once would dine at the Lynwood Cafeteria, enjoy ball games and plays and theater. Book early and take advantage of seasonal specials.

Lynwood Centre is now home of the historic Lynwood Theatre, a wonderful new bakery and deli called Pane d’Amore (try their croissant-based bread pudding for a slice of heaven), and Tree House Cafe and Billiards (we recommend 3-T Pizza and Spinach Salad), and Bay Massage and Skin Care. Not much farther afield are two more island restaurants and Walt’s Grocery. For a lovely flat bike ride (rare on Bainbridge Island) or a stroll, go south along the waterfront to Ft. Ward Park.

On the southeastern side of Bainbridge Island is another experience entirely. Tucked into the forest and a short walk away from the waterfront at Rockaway Beach is the Guesthouse at Wacky Nut Farm Equestrian Center. The Guesthouse not only serves the environmentally-friendly 20-acre equestrian center, but also welcomes guests who love the proximity of woods and sea as well as beautifully groomed grounds and thoughtfully-designed facilities.

Every detail is specifically designed at Wacky Nut Farm Equestrian Center for the health of the horses, equestrians, guests, and environment.  Attend riding clinics in the covered arena with state-of-the-art footing, ride trails, take lessons, or just enjoy walks on the miles of trails through the forest. The guesthouse may be rented by the room or in its entirety.  Equestrians will want to check their clinic schedule at their website (see below).

Enjoy the beauty of Bainbridge Island’s southern reaches – ideal for bike riding, hiking, riding, leisurely walking and incredible vistas.

• For more information on Bainbridge Island Beach Cottage, call (206) 999-9655 or email:  bibeachcottage@gmail.com.

• For more information about the Guesthouse at Wacky Nut Farm Equestrian Center, call (206) 780-1617 or email: guesthouse@wackynutfarm.com.

Reference: Walks on Bainbridge by Alice and Dave Shorett, available at Eagle Harbor Books on Winslow Way, 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.
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