On our second day in Seattle we ventured out to Bainbridge Island. I had made the suggestion to Greg after seeing how beautiful it looked online. It turned out to be one of our favorite days to look back on because the island offers so much charm. The weather was 65 degrees and sunny and we happened to be there for the quilt festival! Not only did we fall in love with the Old American feel with lots of independent stores, we also got to see beautiful quilts hung around town.
Visiting Bainbridge Island
While Seattle certainly has many sights to see, we also wanted to experience a different part of Washington State. Bainbridge Island is in the heart of Puget Sound and offers lots of natural beauty. Everything is easily walkable by foot since the main street is quite small and close to where you arrive. You can rent bicycles nearby but we decided to venture out by foot. Our day trip fell on a Saturday so we also stumbled upon the local farmers market. It was so nice to see the locals getting all their produce and chatting with the local business owners. We took our time strolling around the island, taking in all of it’s charm and simply had a wonderfully relaxed day together.
How To Get There
From the Seattle ferry terminal you take the Bainbridge ferry route and arrive within 35-40 minutes. You can bring a car on the ferry if you’re renting a car for your trip. But we found that isn’t necessary since Bainbridge Island is very foot friendly. We caught our ferry around 8:30am and had looked up the schedule the night before. The ferry leaves on the dot so be sure to be on time. Right before heading to the ferry terminal we popped into Pike Place to pick up Chinese breakfast buns and coffee. Since we stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Vintage is was on our path to the ferry and we made it just in time. The fare was $8 per person, roundtrip, making our day on Bainbridge Island very cost effective.
Where To Eat And Drink
There are plenty of inviting lunch spots along the main road and Bruciato drew us in. Wood fired pizza gets me every time and it truly was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. I chose a date and prosciutto pizza that was simply out of this world. Greg got a yummy vongole (clam) pizza but I could tell he was jealous over my choice. The industrial feel and open kitchen concept made for a perfect lunch spot. Another spot we walked past was Blackbird Bakery. Although we didn’t get anything, it certainly looked like a lovely spot to grab a cup of coffee and recharge your batteries.
Where To Shop
Winslow Way is the main road that you’ll see most of the shops on. I loved Salthouse Mercantile and would have bought everything if I didn’t have to fit it in a carry-on suitcase. The crisp white interior is filled with home, stationary and pottery goods and is a gorgeous space to check out. Plum, a shop tucked inside an alley on Winslow Way, is filled with home decor, gifts and apparel. I picked up a beautiful mug from a local artist in Oregon and it’s now one of my favorite mugs in our kitchen. Petit & Olson is another store not to miss. From cashmere sweaters to Barbour jackets, this store curates high quality pieces with furnishings and home decor. If only I brought a bigger suitcase!
Back To Seattle
We headed back towards the ferry terminal around 3pm as we were exhausted from being out and about. It was easy to catch the ferry again as you don’t have to reserve anything. Just make sure you know what times it goes back to the city. Even though we were there on a Saturday, the island didn’t seem too crowded. You could only tell once we went back to the ferry and saw a long line of people. Once back on water, we got the best views of Seattle and ended up standing outside in the wind to take everything in.
I have two more days of our Seattle trip to share! One dedicated towards our wine country experience and another about visiting Diablo Lake and driving to the National Park. In the meantime you can catch up on my two previous posts about Seattle here and here.