A mere 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island feels a world away. The island overflows with quiet country roads, lovely gardens, beautiful beaches, wineries and even a farmers market. A hop to the island is a favorite day trip from Seattle because it boasts a lively arts community including a performing arts center and arts and crafts gallery. Visitors may also enjoy shopping in historic Winslow which is full of locally owned shops featuring everything from practical house wares to unique gifts from the Northwest. If outdoors is more your thing, enjoy a walk through the Bloedel Reserve, or go boating, hiking, biking, horse riding, out to the greens for a little golf or hit the tennis courts. No matter the endeavor, make Brainbridge Island your next big adventure.

Getting There

The Washington State Ferry system sails to Bainbridge Island from the downtown Seattle terminal at Pier 52 to the Bainbridge island terminal at Eagle Harbor.

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Where to Play

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Bloedel Reserve
7571 N.E. Dolphin Dr.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-7631

A visit to the island wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through The Bloedel Reserve. The Bloedel Reserve features natural Northwest landscapes and well-manicured gardens to provide a lovely outdoor experience. The reserve offers maintained paths for winding strolls through woods, wetlands and meadows. Stroll past water features, a Japanese garden, a reflecting pool and a moss garden. The visitor center is located in a stately European-style home that was formerly the Bloedel family’s residence. Gardeners will love the reserve’s wide variety of plant species. The reserve requires reservations before your visit.

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Bainbridge Farmers Market
280 Madison Ave. North
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

All that strolling is bound to make you hungry, so drop by the Bainbridge Farmers Market while you’re in town. In addition to fresh farm products to nibble on, expect beautifully prepared ready-to-eat meals and snacks along with arts and crafts, plants and flowers and possibly even a musical interlude. The market is held in the Bainbridge Town Square each Saturday from mid April through mid-October.

Where to Eat

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Streamliner Diner
397 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Locals and visitors alike love this Bainbridge Island diner. Once you’ve grabbed a seat at the counter or have settled into one of the comfy booths, make sure not to miss Streamliner Diner’s signature biscuits and muffins. With Italian-inspired offerings, this place thrives on providing seasonal ingredients sauced up in original recipes. Expect phenomenal, surprising new wine pairings every time.

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Hitchcock Restaurant
133 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 201-3789

Look no further than Hitchcock Restaurant for a perfect dinner spot. Serving up delectable, locally sourced fare for nearly two years, the restaurant’s enthusiatic fans love dining at a restaurant with a philosophy. This restaurant boasts an affection for local fare rarely seen elsewhere. It boasts recipes born of five generations of farmers and foodies whose restaurant leaves every guest stuffed and satisfied every time.

Where to Stay

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Bainbridge Island Suites
350 N.E. High School Rd.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 855-9666

After a day discovering the island, rest up for your next adventure at this family friendly hotel. Conveniently located just outside of town with ample amenities, visitors here appreciate proximity to galleries, wineries and area attractions perfect for any adventurer. Set on an island just a short ferry ride from Seattle, Brainbridge Island Suites offers everything visitors expect from a large hotel with a comfortable, homey feel every guest loves.

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The Eagle Harbor Inn
291 Madison Ave. South
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

For more luxurious accommodations within walking distance of downtown Winslow, check out The Eagle Harbor Inn, which offers up guest suites and a lovely garden courtyard with views of Eagle Harbor. Just a short walk from the ferry, see downtown without ever stepping in a car, tour the harbor and enjoy a waterfront walk in this beautiful seaside city. Dine nearby, grab dinner at the farmers’ market or munch popcorn at the nearby cinemas and community playhouse, but don’t miss out on a stay at the Eagle Harbor Inn.

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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.