by Northwest Travel & Life Staff
Just a 30-minute ferry ride from Seattle, yet a world away, sits Bainbridge Island. The island is home to a renowned garden, seven wineries and the charming town of Winslow—all ingredients for a day trip or a weekend escape.
Start your island experience at the Bloedel Reserve on the island’s north end. With 150 acres and 23 distinct landscapes to explore, this public garden and forest is home to woodlands, meadows and landscaped gardens. The Reserve changes with the seasons, and spring is a wonderful time to visit with buds and blooms on display. A 2-mile trail loop winds through the Reserve, allowing you to explore every nook and cranny. Reserve your visit in advance at blodelreserve.org.
Next, visit some of the island’s wineries. Most wineries on the island transport their grapes from vineyards in Eastern Washington, but a few grow grapes that thrive in the marine climate of Western Washington. Bainbridge Island is part of the Puget Sound wine region or AVA. For distinctive wines grown and made on the island, visit Perennial Vintners and Bainbridge Vineyards. Get a full list of Bainbridge Island wineries at bainbridgewineries.com.
Last, enjoy the town of Winslow where the ferry terminal is located. Stroll the shops along Winslow Way and grab a meal at any one of dozens of eateries. If you stay the night, a number of inns and B&Bs offer lodging. Plan your Bainbridge Island getaway at visitbainbridgeisland.org.