Looking for a car-free adventure during your visit to Seattle? Hop on the ferry to Bainbridge Island, a charming oasis packed with wineries, mouthwatering eateries, and must-visit places.

Enjoy the Ride

The 35-minute ferry ride from Pier 52 is a highlight in itself. Soak up some of the best views of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle skyline across Elliott Bay before landing on Bainbridge.

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Morning Exploration

Start your day by taking a leisurely stroll through Winslow, the island’s main town. There is no shortage of boutiques, art galleries, gourmet shops, and eateries to explore. First stop: the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA). Admire thought-provoking exhibits by local and regional artists in this free museum. Insider tip: Mark your calendar for the BIMA Block Party, a free all-day festival of art and music, on August 5, 2023 to celebrate the Museum’s 10 anniversary.

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Lunchtime Delights

After working up an appetite, head to Café Hitchcock in the heart of Winslow Way. This local gem is known for its locally sourced fare. Enjoy creative flavors, such as the succulent house-made pastrami sandwich or zesty avocado toast. For a sweet treat, try Mora Iced Creamery, Bon Bon candy shop, or L’Atelier TR for fine chocolates.

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Afternoon Adventures

Bainbridge is home to some of Washington’s amazing wines. Fortunately, three of the island’s six wineries have tasting facilities within walking distance from the ferry. Island Vintners, at 450 Winslow Way E, is a partnership between Amelia Wynn Winery and Fletcher Bay Winery. Sample small batch wines available only in this tasting room.

For a scenic and refreshing experience, rent a bicycle from one of the island’s many rental shops and pedal along the picturesque Waterfront Trail. You can also walk along the pathway, which has picnic tables and benches along the way.

Courtesy: Bainbridge Island, Keith Brofsky

Tour the Island in Style

We recommend Tour Bainbridge for the ultimate island experience. It’s an effortless way to celebrate with friends and family or a corporate retreat! Join one of their small group winery and sightseeing tours or plan a private itinerary with this luxury tour company. It is the best way to experience award-winning wineries, dining and island attractions in comfort.

Make sure to include Bloedel Reserve in your visit. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of this nature sanctuary, filled with 150-acres of stunning landscapes, Japanese gardens, and nature trails.

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