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Things To Do on Bainbridge Island

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – July 15-21

It’s that time of the week again, and you know what that means! – another Bainbridge Island Lodging Association list of some of the best local activities taking place this week. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island!

Monday, July 15

Bainbridge Island Meditation Group
7:00 – 8:30 pm @ Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church (11042 Sunrise Drive N.E.)
The Bainbridge Island Meditation Group is a drop-in group dedicated to supporting the meditation practice of people living in the Bainbridge Island area.  Previous Vipassana practice and/or previous attendance at an beginning mediation class is helpful but not essential! Admission: $2 suggested donation

Tuesday, July 16

Reading Buddies at the Bainbridge Island Public Library
10:30 – 11:30 am @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Ave. N.)
Preschoolers and their families are invited to drop by and hear stories read by our Reading Friends volunteers. Stay for a few minutes, or stay for the full hour – it’s up to you! Call (206) 842-4162 for more information. Admission: Free

Wednesday, July 17

Book-a-Computer Trainer for PC and Mac!
12:00 – 4:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Ave. N.)
Do you have a question about using your computer – P.C. or Mac? Or, do you want to learn more about navigating the Web? Sign up for an hour with a computer trainer and get your questions answered. Or, drop-in between 4-5:00 pm without a reservation. Call the library at (206) 842-4162 to reserve a spot. Admission: Free

Thursday, July 18

The Edge Improv at the Treehouse Café
8:00 pm @ Treehouse Café (4569 Lynwood Center Road N.E.)
The Treehouse Café is a welcoming pub and pizzeria located in the charming and historic Lynwood Center neighborhood on Bainbridge Island’s south end. Bainbridge Island’s own Edge Improv, which has sold out shows regularly for years, offers an ingeniously improvised evening of on-the-spot comedy, all from audience suggestions. For more than 16 years, the troupe’s  antics have inspired rave reviews from audience members and press, alike. That’s because the audience plays a huge role in the success of each performance. Tickets must be picked up at the Venue (Will Call). Tickets cannot be mailed. Admission: $16

Friday, July 19

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Guest Speaker
10:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Public Library (1270 Madison Ave. N.)
The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, July 19 in the Bainbridge Public Library Meeting Room, from 10:00 AM until noon. Gary Zimmerman, of the Fiske Genealogical Foundation in Seattle, will speak on “Land Records from the Public Domain,” covering how the Federal Government acquired initial title to the Public Domain and then redistributed it to private owners. We will look at how those records enhance our family history research. Admission: $5 suggested donation

Saturday, July 20

Kids’ night at the Museum (aka Parents’ Night Out!)
5:30 – 9:30 pm @ Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu) (301 Ravine Lane N.E.)
On each third Saturday or the month, kids are invited to KiDiMu for a fun-filled evening of Museum playtime, hands-on activities, movies and dinner, while their parents enjoy a night out! On July 20, KiDiMu Explorers will have fun with water experiments. Age-appropriate activities for children: 3.5*-10 years old. *Participants must be able to use the bathroom independently. This a drop-off program. Pick-up before 9:30 p.m. is available. Registration is required. Sign-up deadline is noon on July 19th. Info & Registration: (206) 855-4650. Space is limited. Admission: $30 per child (members); $40 for non-members

Sunday, July 21

Virginia V “Around the Island” Cruise
3:00 – 6:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Historical Museum (215 Ericksen Avenue)
The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum’s annual fundraiser, “Cruise Around the Island” will be aboard the historic Virginia V steamship. Dennis Lewarch, Suquamish Tribal Preservation Officer, will share his vast knowledge of the historical relationship of the Suquamish Tribe and Bainbridge Island. The 3-hour journey along the Island’s shoreline includes a delicious boxed meal, a no-host bar and an opportunity to explore the beautiful old steamship. The vessel departs from City Dock. More info: (206) 842-2773. Admission: $100 for museum members; $125 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.

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.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – June 24-30

It’s hard to believe that June is almost over! Then again, this time of year is when you’ll find some of the year’s best local activities. Here’s a snapshot of our favorite events taking place this week on Bainbridge Island. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island!

Monday, June 24

Photography Workshop with Charles Needle
8:00 am – 5:15 pm @ The Bloedel Reserve (7571 Dolphin Drive)
Making great pictures of flowers and gardens requires skill and patience. Learn how to craft a truly great garden photograph and capture the essence or “spirit” of your garden using a digital camera. Charles will discuss the concept of “intimate landscape” and teach tips for proper exposure, composition and lighting. Register: (206) 842-7631. Includes lunch.! Admission: Members: $160; Non-members: $180; Includes lunch.

Tuesday, June 25

Japanese Half-Day Camp for Kids
9:00 – 11:45 pm; or 12:00 – 2:45 pm @ 8553 NE Day Road
Sugoi Experience Japan presents this half-day camp packed with fun activities with three guest teachers from Japan. Make paper swords for a Noh “Samurai” performance, create silk fabric collage and experience Ki-Aikido movement. Ages 6 to 12. Admission: $48 (plus $10 materials fee)

Wednesday, June 26

Bainbridge Library Book Group
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Bainbridge Public Library (1270 Madison Avenue N)
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. A novel set in the world of the Mormon Church that intertwines a fictional memoir by Brigham Young’s nineteenth wife and a contemporary murder mystery about a woman accused of killing her polygamist husband. For more information, visit www.krl.org or call 842-4162. Admission: Free

Thursday, June 27

Continuing French for Travelers
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ The Traveler (265 Winslow Way E)
This workshop offers continuing French for travelers via the textbook, French for Dummies. Copies are available at the Traveler. Classes will be held on June 27th, July 11th, July 25th and August 1st. Catch this first session! Admission: $75

Friday, June 28

The Salon: A Forum for Conversation
1:00 – 2:30 pm @ Bainbridge Public Library (1270 Madison Ave N)
The Salon is for men and women who enjoy stimulating conversation and wish to learn from others in civil dialogue.Topics will vary, but the mode will be general interest subjects that impact the public. The Salon meets April – October 2013 in the large meeting room at the Bainbridge Library. For more information, visit www.krl.org or call 842-4162. Admission: Free

Saturday, June 29

53rd Annual Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale
8:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Woodward Middle School (9125 Sportsman Club Rd)
Is this the world’s largest rummage sale? Imagine this – 6 acres of stuff that combines your grandmother’s estate sale, your father’s tool sale and your mother’s moving sale. Add a church rummage sale, a neighborhood garage sale and the inventory of 10 bike stores. With pizza and hot dogs. What better way to spend a sunny Saturday in June? Admission: Free

Sunday, June 30

The Samurai Warrior on the Noh Stage
Doors Open: 5:30 pm; Exhibit: 6:00 – 7:30 pm @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way E)
(From the B.I. Chamber) A rare opportunity to see the world’s oldest surviving theatrical art. The performance features Munenori Takeda, member of a family of Noh performers whose lineage goes back 700 years in Japan. In this interactive workshop audience members can view the performance, study many fascinating facts about Noh and learn to sing the lines along with the players. At Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Admission: $35


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.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – June 17-23, 2013

This week we officially kick off the glorious summer season on Bainbridge Island, with incredibly long days – a whopping 16 hours of daylight! To celebrate our Island summer,  here is the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association’s round-up of the best local activities taking place this week. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island!

Monday, June 17

Bainbridge Island Meditation Group
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church (11042 Sunrise Drive NE)
The Bainbridge Island Meditation Group is a drop-in group dedicated to supporting the meditation practice of people living in the Bainbridge Island area. Previous vipassana practice and/or previous attendance at an beginning mediation class is helpful, but not essential. Admission: $2 (Suggested Donation)

Tuesday, June 18

Field’s End Writers’ Roundtable
7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Library (1270 Madison Ave N)
An event tailor made for the aspiring local journalist. During this week’s event, experts including Michael Cyger, Vicki Wilson and Erin Jennings present, “From Proposal to Press: Writing for Bainbridge Island Magazine.” Admission: Free

Wednesday, June 19

Bainbridge Dance Center’s 32nd Annual Student Performance
7:00 pm @ Bainbridge Performing Arts (200 Madison Avenue N)
Six great performances showcase more than 180 students, ages 4-18. The youngest students demonstrate pre-technique movement while beginning through advanced students perform choreography in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap techniques. Choreography for these students is thoughtfully created by BDC’s faculty members. Please join Bainbridge Dance Center for its annual celebration. Admission: $17 Adults; $13 for Seniors, youths, students, military and teachers

Thursday, June 20

Microsoft, Wi-Fi and the Future
5:30 – 7:00 pm @ Office Xpats at the Pavilion (403 Madison Ave N, #240)
This tech-themed event will focus on the new Microsoft Windows 8, Office 2013, Microsoft 365 and the free Wi-Fi coming to Bainbridge. Jason Omens of Office Xpats will discuss how to bring your office into the 21st Century. This is free event has limited seating, so attendees must reserve seats in advance here. Admission: Free

Friday, June 21

Building a Sustainable Economy Lecture Series: “Social Purpose Investing”
5:30 – 7:00 pm @ Bainbridge Public Library (1270 Madison Ave N)
Featuring Michael “Luni” Libes, Serial Entrepreneur. Explore the similarities of philanthropy and social purpose investing through stories from Luni’s Fledge program, helping “impact” entrepreneurs with their business planning and launch. Admission: Free, but space is limited. Register here.

Saturday, June 22

Family Weekend with the Kids Discovery Museum (KiDiMu)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sat); 12:00 – 4:00 pm (Sun) @ Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (550 Winslow Way E)
This special weekend of family-friendly events includes a Bainbridge Island Storymakers Studio, hands-on art activities, art demonstrations and musical entertainment on the Plaza, as well as the opportunity to meet artist and children’s book author Barbara Helen Berger. Admission: Free

Sunday, June 23

Bainbridge Island Winery Tour Weekend
12:00 – 5:00 pm (Sat-Sun) @ 7 Bainbridge Island Wineries
Visit seven cozy artisanal Bainbridge Island wineries as part of this summer tradition. All wineries are open for tours and tasting this weekend, where you can meet the winemakers and taste classic favorites from grapes grown east of the mountains, as well as a few island-grown delights! As our island wineries are very intimate (small), groups should be under 6 persons.


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.

Things To Do on Bainbridge Island This Week – June 10-15, 2013

Although summer doesn’t officially start until the end of next week, early June is a lovely time of year on Bainbridge Island to get out and see all that Island life has to offer. Here are some of the best local activities taking place this week. With everything to see and do, we think you’ll want to spend a few nights on our Bainbridge Island!

Monday, June 10

Sacred Groove Ecstatic Dance
10:15 am – 12:00 pm @ Strawberry Hill Mini-Gym (7666 NE High School Rd)
Inspired by Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms/Sweat Your Prayers, this weekly groove session facilitated by Mary Short and David Franklin brings together a rich tapestry of music and community to help participants to let go of and transform their burdens! Admission: $12/session

Tuesday, June 11

Travelogue: Rowing into the Son
7:30 – 9:00 pm @ Bainbridge Island Library (1270 Madison Ave N)
Jordan Hanssen was born in Alabama and raised in England, Ireland, New Mexico, and Washington State. In 2006 he rowed from New York to England with three others in a 29-foot rowboat, and Rowing Into the Son tells his story about that experience.

Wednesday, June 12

No More Schoolapalooza!
“Noon-ish” @ Waterfront Park (301 Shannon Dr SE)
Celebrate the last day of school and the beginning of summer at the performance stage in Waterfront Park. Enjoy a full afternoon of local live music, frisbee or football! Admission: Free

Thursday, June 13

Author Book Reading: Good Life Lab with Wendy Tremayne
7:30 – 8:30 pm @ Eagle Harbor Book Co. (157 Winslow Way E)
Bainbridge Island’s premier purveyor of fine new and used books continues its popular guest author series when New Mexico writer Wendy Tremayne talks about her book, The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments on Hands-On Living.

Friday, June 14

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) Grand Opening
11:15 am – 6:00 pm @ BIMA (550 Winslow Way E)
The big day is arriving! A new island landmark will arrive with the grand opening of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art this Friday at the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305. Inaugural exhibitions feature over 50 artists. Arrive right at 11:15 am for the ribbon cutting ceremony! Admission: Free

Saturday, June 15

Bainbridge Island Wooden Boat Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sat); 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sun) @ Harbor Pub Marina
Enjoy this celebration of almost 50 wooden boats on Bainbridge Island. Meet the owners and artisans who keep these boats ship-shape, enjoy live music, and experience a bit of what makes Island life unique!


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.

Chilly Hilly Kicks off the Cycling Season in the Pacific Northwest

Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic Logo

Thousands of bicyclists will visit Bainbridge Island to take part in the annual Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic on Sunday, February 24.

Bicycling Magazine even named the Chilly Hilly “One of Four Classic Rides” in the nation.

You can arrive via the scenic Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry the morning of the ride, or you can make a weekend of it.

Arrive on Friday after work and stay for two nights. You’ll enjoy a leisurely Saturday with lots of things to do.

While on Bainbridge Island, visit a wine tasting room, stroll unique shops in the quaint downtown Winslow, visit art galleries, enjoy a critically acclaimed meal at a chef-owned restaurant … or, for a more casual meal, fish and chips or a top-notch burger with Island-brewed beer.

Visit the Cascade Bicycle Club website for more info.

Photo courtesy of Gene Bisbee.

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.

Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic on Bainbridge Island

Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic Logo

Beyond its clever rhyme, the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic is the perfect name for what’s become the world-famous, 33-mile ride around Bainbridge Island. For over 40 years, thousands of cyclists have come to the Island in late February to brave the chilly (and typically damp) late winter in the Pacific Northwest. What’s more, Bainbridge Island’s topography provides many burning ascents and breezy descents.

Each year, the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic brings upwards of 6,000 bicycles to Bainbridge Island. Starting at about 7:55 am on a Sunday morning, the first wave of cyclists from Seattle disembark from a Washington State Ferry. From there they circumnavigate Bainbridge Island, a full 33-mile (53 km) journey that includes 2,675 feet of overall climbing!

Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic on Bainbridge IslandLest you think the Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic is too ambitious, keep in mind that past participants have ranged in age from under 2 to just shy of 80 years old. There’s also a festive, community aspect to the bicycle ride, with free baked goods and hot cider available for participants. If your stomach requires more sustenance after a long ride, a Finish Line Festival features a delicious chili feed to fill your gut and it benefits Island non-profits.

While the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry ride is a fun part of the overall Chilly Hilly experience, why not make a nice weekend of the event, and book a couple of nights at a local guest house, hotel or bed and breakfast? That way, your Chilly Hilly Bicycle Classic can be even more memorable.

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.

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.

Bainbridge Island Mochi Tsuki Festival

Bainbridge Island Mochi Tsuki FestivalAn annual, family-favorite event on Bainbridge Island is the Mochi Tsuki Festival at IslandWood. It’s this Sunday, January 6th from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Making mochi is an ancient Japanese tradition that marks the New Year and provides a celebration across generations and with the community to wish for good health and prosperity.

For more info about this wonderful event, visit the event page.

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.

Where to Enjoy Gorgeous Views of Mt. Rainier

Locals know Wing Point, the north pillar of the entrance to Eagle Harbor, as the former home of a powerful former Senator from Washington State, Warren Magnuson.  The house on the tip of Wing Point still hugs the low the bluff in its prime location, facing the Sound, the Mountain, the sunrise, and the storms.

Inside Eagle Harbor, a stone’s throw from the senator’s former estate, the waterfront is lined with homes of current Bainbridge Island residents, including Abode on the Sea.  Abode on the Sea is an antiques-filled beach-front apartment, tucked in along the northern bank of Eagle Harbor, above the kayaks and seagrass.  With dinette and kitchen, fold-out sofa and queen bedroom, the cheery Abode on the Sea can accommodate a variety of family holiday options as well as longer-term stays.  In earlier days, the Harbor was alive with the clang of shipbuilding at Hall Brothers Shipyard, but now, Abode on the Sea is witness to local yachts and power boats and the hourly passage of the ferries — the island’s lifeline to nearby-by Seattle.

Just north of Wing Point on Bainbridge Island’s eastern shore is Yeomalt Point and the  Yeomalt Beach House.  Yeomalt Beach is Wing Point’s quieter neighbor, sitting in full view of the Cascade Mountains, the shipping lanes that bring goods from around the world to Seattle, and of the grain terminals that take Washington State wheat to far corners of the Pacific. The Yeomalt Beach House, a beautifully furnished 3-bedroom beach-front home, is perfect for the girls’ weekend, a writers’ group, or a place for the bride and her attendants to prepare for the grand event. Yeomalt Beach has an exquisite and expansive view of the Puget Sound from Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainier, and the contemporary atmosphere at Yeomalt Beach House lends itself to groups and multi-generational families — both practical and romantic at the same time.

If you choose Bainbridge Island as a destination after the clatter and clutter of the summer visitors have subsided, you cannot do better than late Autumn. The mid-Autumn weather lends itself to long beach walks into town, local fresh produce in a roast or salad, the art of local wine-makers and distillers, and sumptuous fires in the evening.  This is the season locals like to keep to themselves — the reward for patience, the light revealed, the Puget Sound at its best.

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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