BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Washington — Bainbridge Island might be considered quiet, compared to Seattle- but this island is becoming quite the star across the nation!
I prefer to call Nantucket "The Bainbridge Island of the Northeast", but that's beside the point. There are a lot of things that make Bainbridge Island special, from its charming downtown to the beautiful views to the Bloedel Reserve.
I got a tour from a person who knows the island best - Ty Evans, a longtime local and island real estate agent. Here are some of the spots she suggested:
Blackbird Bakery | 206-780-1322 | 210 Winslow Way East Bainbridge Island
Churchmouse Yarns & Teas | 206-780-2686 | 118 Madrone Lane N
Pleasant Beach Village
Another hub, a little off the beaten path, is Pleasant Beach Village. It's a bit like Winslow Way, but more of a local spot. There's the classic Lynwood Theatre, which opened in 1936, as well as several bakeries, restaurants, and shops.
Pleasant Beach Village is also a popular neighborhood to live in. More and more people are flocking to Bainbridge, whether they're young couples, starting families, or looking into retirement. The highly-regarded school system attracts families, while the 30-minute ferry ride into downtown Seattle attracts commuters. Plus, the views don't hurt.
Pleasant Beach Village | Lynwood Center Road NE, Bainbridge Island
One of the best places to visit on Bainbridge Island is the Bloedel Reserve. This forest-garden is 150-acres of rolling hills, rare plants, and quiet pockets of nature. Buy a ticket at the gate, park, and stroll through one of the best-kept secrets in Western Washington. A few hours here, and you'll certainly feel connected to nature.
The historical Bloedel Manor House is open to guests, so be sure to walk through this historical home- and check out the view behind it.
Bloedel Reserve | 206-842-7631 | 7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island