A Perfect PNW Spring Day on Bainbridge Island

Trying out life on island time does wonders for the soul.

There’s nothing like a sunny spring day in the Pacific Northwest. The temperature is comfortable, the sun is shining, and there’s such a variety of things to do that you’ll never have a dull moment! Today, we’re exploring a day on Bainbridge Island—where time moves just a little slower, and people savor the moment and enjoy lasting memories.

Depending on where you’re starting your day from, you may need to take a ferry ride over to the Island. This trip averages 30 minutes and can be done by car, foot, or bicycle. You may elect to grab a cup of coffee or a light snack on board as you sit on the view deck and enjoy the marvelous views of the sound. In no time at all, you’ll have arrived at the terminal and will start your short walk up to Winslow Way—the heart of the Island’s activity.

On Winslow Way, you’ll see a collection of local businesses ranging from bookstores to restaurants with friendly individuals at each door ready to greet you. A charming way to start the morning is to grab a pastry and either your first or second cup of coffee to give you a boost for walking around. I recommend Blackbird Bakery. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu—everything is simply delicious. You may even decide to stop by our office to say “hello!” just a few doors down the way!

Next, take your coffee over to nearby Waterfront Park, where you can take in the vistas and watch the boats pass through the marina. In the past, this park has been home to shows, festivals, and even concerts. We all anxiously await the return of these festivities!

In the meantime, one of the island’s most popular destinations has just reopened and is a great way to spend a few hours. The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is currently showing some stunning new exhibitions and is just a short walk away.

After some well-enjoyed art appreciation, it’s time for lunch! A short walk from the museum is Doc’s Marina Grill. Right on the water, this homestyle restaurant offers mouth-watering seafood, burgers, and American-style food that looks as good as it tastes, especially when on a plate next to the gorgeous view!

Once you’re through, there’s more to explore! A walk through the Bloedel Reserve will have you relaxed and enjoying what everyone says Bainbridge Island is famous for: peace and tranquility. There’s a mixed tapestry of woodlands, meadows, and gardens to stroll through, and on a sunny day, there’s rarely a more magical experience. Perfect for families as well as a solo visit, this is a great way to safely recreate while still experiencing key favorites of the Island.

To round out your day, savor a sip at sunset by visiting one of Bainbridge Island’s many wineries. Tastings can be done alone or with a group and may require a reservation. Grapes are grown right on the island and create a product that simply tastes diVINE.

As you board the ferry or your car to return home, you may be thinking “I could get used to this!”. If you’re considering moving to Bainbridge Island or the surrounding areas, I would love to help you find the perfect fit based on your unique lifestyle. Send me a note whenever you’re ready, and I’ll gladly set up a time for us to virtually connect.