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Bainbridge Island was ranked 2nd nationally on the list of "Best Places to Live" by CNN/Money Magazine and Winslow, the island's historic shopping street, is known for its unique shops, quaint cafés and galleries.
Bainbridge Island was "discovered" by Captain George Vancouver in 1792. By the mid-1800's the island was home to a growing timber processing industry including the world's largest sawmill. The mills are long gone but the small town character of Bainbridge still remains with no big box or department stores on the island. Until the middle of the 1900's a Mosquito Fleet carried passengers between the 30 neighborhood docks but now the Seattle ferry schedule rules life for many island residents with sailings as early as 4:45am on weekdays and as late as 1:35am on weekends. Read more about Island History.
Looking for things to do on Bainbridge Island?
The area offers many great attractions, activities, and dining:
First Friday Gallery Walk: Every first Friday of the month.
Downtown Winslow galleries including: Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, Bainbridge Public Library, Director’s Gallery, Ginger, Island Gallery, and Roby King Galleries feature new exhibits, wine and refreshments from 6pm-8pm.
Winslow also now features three different wine tasting rooms.
Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market: April - November, 2013
Every Saturday at City Hall Park, farm fresh vegetables, crafts, art, and gift items.
Website (206) 855-1500
Viking Fest in Poulsbo: May 17-19, 2013 (Poulsbo, WA)
Celebrate Syttende Mai in nearby Poulsbo with food, music, dancing, a carnival and parade, even a Viking Village.
Website (360) 697-7450
St. Hans (Mid-Sommerfest): June 22, 2013 (Poulsbo, WA)
Celebrate the Scandinavian tradition of the Summer Solstice in Poulsbo's Waterfront Park from 6 pm to 10 pm with folk dance exhibitions, children's games, a Viking Parade at 8pm, lighting of the Bon Fire and the Midsummer proclamation by Sons of Norway Vikings.
Website (360) 779-4848
46th Annual Grand Old Fourth: July 4th, 2013
July 4th celebration features an All Day Street Fair, Bohemian Village Arts & Crafts Fair, Beer & Wine Garden, Classic Car Show and the "Zaniest Small Town Parade in America." The Bainbridge Review calls it a "huge bash that most residents and many visitors consider a don’t-miss affair."
Website (206) 842-3700
Bainbridge in Bloom: July 12-13, 2013
The 25th Annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour. Visit several owner-tended gardens. More details coming.
Website (206) 842-7901
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival: July 2013
A one-day family music festival including food, children's games and booths at nearby Battle Point Park.
Website (206) 842-5485
Summer Studio Tour: August 2013
Regional artists share their work at local studios and gardens on Bainbridge Island. Complete with live music to set the mood as you meet and talk to the artists on this self-guided tour with no admission fee.
Website (206) 842-0504
Harvest Fair: September 2013
Celebrate and support local farms at Bainbridge Island's annual Harvest Festival. Games, a chili feed, rides, pie baking competition, exhibits, and add some farm animals...nothing could be more fun!
Website (206) 842-7811
Pumpkin Walk: October 2013
Hundreds of families enjoy this popular annual nighttime tradition of walking a candlelit trail with hundreds of carved pumpkins lighting the way. Located in Bainbridge Gardens Nursery, walking distance from Fletcher Bay Guest House.
Website (206) 842-5888
Winter Studio Tour: November 2013
With 60 artists, complete with festive holiday lights and décor, cookies and hot cider, and strolling carolers, since 1984.
Website (206) 842-0504
Dozens of independently owned and operated boutiques and specialty shops line the street of this charming town. An eclectic array of restaurants, galleries and antique shops, are some of the treasures you will find. Three tasting rooms serve five of the island's wineries. Just a short walk from the Ferry Terminal.
Former private residential estate, now a public 150-acre nature preserve and garden, that is a unique sanctuary for wild animals, plants and the human spirit. An opportunity to enjoy nature through quiet walks in the gardens and woodlands. To accomplish this, they require reservations and limit hourly attendance to ensure that every visitor has a tranquil, uncrowded experience.
Website (206) 842-7631
Bainbridge Island Historical Society and Museum
'A Voyage through Bainbridge History' is located in the museum's 1908 one-room schoolhouse. Themes include Native Americans, Explorers, Mill Towns, Early Shipbuilding, Steamer Transportation, Farming, WWII, the internment of Japanese Americans, and Schools. A picnic area is available in the outdoor exhibit park.
Website (206) 842-2773
Fay Bainbridge State Park
Marine camping park with 1,420 feet of saltwater shoreline on the northeast corner of Bainbridge Island. The park offers sweeping views of Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains and two volcanoes.
Website (206) 842-3931
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial
Executive Order 9066 authorized internment camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. In 1942, Civil Exclusion Order No. 1 was issued, designating Bainbridge Island as the first area from which American citizens would be forced to leave. This memorial wall re-tracesthe steps, where on March 30, 1942, two hundred twenty seven men, women and children — two–thirds of them American citizens — were forcibly removed from their homes, rounded up by US Army soldiers armed with bayonet-fitted rifles and boarded onto a ferry to Seattle. The memorial is located nearby Pritchard Park which offers wonderful access to the beach with a view of Eagle Harbor.
Website (206) 842-4772
Bainbridge Island BBQ (BIBBQ) - If you have a yearning for BBQ this place is great.
251 Winslow Way W
Website (206) 842-7427
Bainbridge Thai Cuisine - This family run restaurant offers good food with a view of the Winslow Wharf Marina.
330 Madison Ave S
Website (206) 780-2403
Café Nola - A European style cafe comprising innovative, eclectic cuisine in a bistro setting. Featuring Fletcher Bay Wine!
101 Winslow Way E
Website (206) 842-3822
Doc's Marina Grill - Outdoor patio seating with a view of Winslow Marina and a menu that changes seasonally with 10 beers on tap and featuring Fletcher Bay Wine.
403 Madison Ave S
Website (206) 842-8339
Four Swallows Restaurant - The best quality and top rated restaurant on Bainbridge Island, located in a histroic converted farmhouse, for those looking for a truly upscale dining experience.
481 Madison Ave N
Website (206) 842-3397
Fork & Spoon - Light, local and seasonal fare highlight this offshoot of Blackbird Bakery.
120 Madrone Lane
Harbour Public House & Marina: "The Pub" - Nice historic pub with good food such as their peel and eat shrimp in spicy broth, grilled salmon sandwich or the customer favorite fish and chips. Good value. Ages 21+ only.
231 Parfitt Way SW
Website (206) 842-0969
Hitchcock - Local food, brought organically to the table by the farmers, foragers & fishermen of the pacific northwest. Hitchcock offers intimate, convivial dining that warms the body and nourishes the soul. Featuring Fletcher Bay Wine!
133 Winslow Way E
Website (206) 201-3789
The Madison Diner - A family friendly, traditional diner-style experience in a historic 1948 stainless steel dining car.
305 Madison Ave N
Website (206) 842-5786
Restaurant Marché - Greg Atkinson's contemporary Pacific Northwest Bistro is a nod to “Cuisine du Marché,” a style of cooking that relies on fresh, local ingredients from the market to inform the daily menu.
150 Madrone Lane
Website (206) 842-1633
San Carlos Restaurant - This "Southwest" restaurant offers up some unique, delicious and even upscale entrées.
279 Madison Ave N
Website (206) 842-1999
Sawatdy Thai Cuisine - Very popular with locals and close to Fletcher Bay. Great for takeout or dine in.
8770 Fletcher Bay Road
Website (206) 780-2429
Sawan Thai Kitchen - Offers a nice dining experience at Lynwood Center with good quality dishes at reasonable prices.
4765 Lynwood Center Rd NE #101
Website (206) 842-5345
Spice Route Cuisine of Indian - Casual Indian food well done with great service and a good value to boot.
403 Madison Ave N
Website (206) 780-3545
SuBI Japanese Restaurant - Offering up some good quality sushi and Asian cuisine.
403 Madison Ave N
Website (206) 855-7882
Bainbridge Bakers - Popular destination with the locals for coffee and fresh baked goods that sell out daily.
Website 140 Winslow Way
Blackbird Bakery - Hip and popular espresso / tea leaf bar offering quality sweets, bakery goods and savory snacks.
210 Winslow Way E
Website (206) 780-1322
Café Nola - For the best quality weekend brunch on Winslow. Their French Toast is famous.
101 Winslow Way E
Website (206) 842-3822
Mora Iced Creamery - This famous and major tourist destination offers some of the best ice cream in the Northwest.
Be sure to sample some of their exotic flavors.
139 Madrone Lane
Website (206) 855-8822
New Rose Café at Bainbridge Gardens - Close to Fletcher Bay, this quaint little outdoor café serves up some great gourmet sandwiches and salads among the plants of the Bainbridge Gardens plant nursery.
9415 Miller Road NE
Website (206) 842-4438
Pegasus Coffee House - Over 30 years ago, they began roasting beans in the back of the building and whenever the owner would throw open the garage doors releasing the aroma of freshly roasted beans, Islanders were attracted to the funky new coffee house. While the actual roasting has moved, the coffee still remains and the walls now play host to works from local artists and live music every week.
131 Parfitt Way SW
Website (206) 842-6725
Salmon Canyon Cafe - Located in the Lynwood Center area of Bainbridge Island this is a popular spot for locals and offers the best breakfast value on Bainbridge Island.
Website 4765 Lynwood Center Road NE
Streamliner Diner - Popular diner for breakfast close to the ferry. Waitlist on weekends but service is swift.
Website 397 Winslow Way E