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7 Places to try Bainbridge Island Wine This Fall

It may come as a surprise, but the small island of Bainbridge Island is home to 7 wineries, each of which is producing some of the best wine around. Have you had the chance to sample some of this Bainbridge Island wine, yet? If not, this fall is the perfect opportunity to discover these hidden gems of the wine world.

Like most wines produced in Washington state, the wine made here on Bainbridge Island is delicious and has earned a solid reputation for quality around the region. In fact, each of the Bainbridge Island Wineries has won gold and double gold for several of their wines. Come get your sample of these incredible wines today, and stay at one of our amazing lodging properties on beautiful Bainbridge Island. Continue reading

“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

Bainbridge Island lodgers and businesses team up to boost the number of overnight guests

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Contact: Eric Fredricks, BILA President, (206) 979-1827

 ━ The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) announced today a program to increase overnight stays on Bainbridge Island, a scenic destination just 35-minutes from Seattle by ferry.

BILA’s “Community Partners Program” will use social media, website link exchanges and brochure swaps with local businesses to aggressively promote Bainbridge Island as a fantastic overnight destination. The program also includes a printable and downloadable community events calendar with discounts for overnight guests.

Data show that lodgers provide an important source of revenue for Bainbridge Island ━ $3 million in 2013 lodging sales alone. Furthermore, market research company Dean Runyan Associates estimates that for every $1 spent by guests on accommodations, another $5-8 is spent at local shops, restaurants and attractions. 

BILA president Eric Fredricks says the program will give its members better information about local events and attractions that they can provide to guests. “This is a straight- forward, ‘win-win-win’ opportunity ━ for our members, their guests and Island businesses,” says Fredricks, who owns the Yeomalt Beach House with wife, Kinam Sohn.

The program also expands partnerships with Island attractions. For example, last year, the Rolling Bay Winery and BILA began a link exchange that’s yielded valuable referrals. Founder Alphonse de Klerk says BILA guests are frequent visitors to the winery and he, in turn, sends booking inquiries back to BILA. Through the program, all 25 BILA members will receive details about the winery’s award-winning varietals and special events for guests.

BILA’s “Community Partners Program” will launch next week to coincide with Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer tourism season. Businesses interested in more information or that wish to participate are encouraged to contact BILA directly.   # # #

The Bainbridge Island Lodging Association (BILA) is a nonprofit alliance of 25 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 BainbridgeLodging.com, follow BILA at @IslandLodging and on Facebook at /BainbridgeLodging.

Visit the Award-Winning Rolling Bay Winery on Bainbridge Island

Rolling Bay WineryRolling Bay Winery will be open this Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the gold medal they won for their Bordeaux blends at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Winemaker Alphonse de Klerk will be pouring his award-winning 2010 Manitou Red as well as some special new releases. Assorted hearty appetizers will also be available.

Seattle Met magazine named Rolling Bay Winery one of Washington’s top 22 tasting rooms citing their “Best Essence of Puget Sound.”  The tasting room is cozy and intimate. You’ll also be treated to spectacular views of Puget Sound. If you haven’t seen their tasting room yet, here’s a perfect excuse to visit. Warm up on a chilly weekend with a gold-medal red wine.

If you decide to spend a few nights as part of your wine tasting tour, there are several great guesthouses and rental cottages in the Rolling Bay area, including Kellerman Creek, Pierce Estate, the Rising Moon Beach House, Saxon Cottage and the Skiff Point Guest House and Retreat. Great wine and fantastic lodging make for a compelling way to spend a few days on 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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