The Danish Obsession with Getting Cozy
The Danish concept of hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) encompasses all that is warm, cozy, and inviting—and it calls us to celebrate the small moments and pleasures of everyday life. It can be described as, “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”
If you’ve ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a gloomy Sunday or a cup of hot cocoa on a snow day, you’ve experienced hygge without even knowing it. Hygge is curling up fireside in a chunky knit sweater while you sip your favorite tea. It’s meant to bring you joy in the simplest of moments and can bring some light to the often-dark winters.
You can likely find all the items to hygge in your home, but if you’re in need of a little inspiration we have you covered. Here are some photos to get you inspired!
Lighting is a key element of hygge, and there’s no better way to achieve a warm, calming glow in your home than by the flame of candle. Bonus points if the wick re-creates the sound of a crackling fire!
Embrace throws in faux fur, cashmere, wool, and velvet to make your sofa, bed or favorite reading nook the coziest spot in the house.
It’s hard to deny the pleasure of comfort food and just how cozy it can make you feel, so prepare to embrace for indulgence in moderation.
Are you ready to embrace your cozy sense of being?
Shop Small on Bainbridge Island
Bainbridge Island glistens with holiday spirit in the winter! Illuminated by twinkling lights on Winslow Way and the sparkle of the Seattle skyline across the sound, nothing compares.. But the real magic of the island comes from the local shops that make up the heart of our community. This holiday season, shop local on Bainbridge Island. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite gift ideas to help you get inspired.
Right off the ferry you find yourself in downtown Winslow. Running about ten city blocks, the streets are lined with local businesses including restaurants, bakeries, galleries, toy stores and more. Below is a list of some of the local stores you will find while walking the streets.
- Eagle Harbor Book Co.
- Danger& Dana’s Showhouse
- Sweet Deal Clothing
- Calico Toy Shoppe
- Pelindaba Lavender
- Petit & Olsen
- Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
- Bon Bon Candies
Made on Bainbridge
If you’re looking for something that is Bainbridge specific, check out Bainbridge Trading Company, offering handmade fresh soaps, candles, and bath bombs, as well as Bainbridge Island apparel.
Another unique gift supporting artists in the PNW can be found inside the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Gift Shop. From art to scarfs, cards, books, and jewelry, BIMA offers many unique gifts from $3 to over $3,000.
You can also find many local Bainbridge Island Artisans online using Etsy! Explore the nearly 2,000 items created by your neighbors here.
Shopping for something for the person who already has everything? Consider gifting an experience instead!
- Membership to the incredible Bloedel Reserveon Bainbridge Island
- Membership to Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
- Swim passes to Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center
- A Discovery Pass to enjoy State Parks year-round
- Gift Card to one of the many local restaurants
If you need a host gift this holiday season, consider supporting one of our local Wineries or Breweries!
Bainbridge Island | Single-Family Homes
The increases on Bainbridge Island are steady and reliable. Since the third quarter of 2020, the median sales prices for a residential home on the island have ticked up year over year. Compared to this time last year the median sales price is up nearly 22 percent, from $1,049,000 to $1,278,000. The number of homes for sale on the island took a sharp drop, down 63 percent. That follows the trends from the first and second quarters, as well, when the number of homes for sale on Bainbridge peaked at 20 in Q2. Still, this seller’s market isn’t as competitive as some of the markets examined by Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty for its quarterly reporting—there’s half a month of inventory available.
October through March is often referred to as “rain season” in the PNW, but don’t let the grey skies cast a gloom over your winter. While I might recommend you skip the beach or the parks, there is plenty of activities to do on a rainy day on Bainbridge Island.
Enjoy the Art
I would recommend the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) even if it weren’t raining. To start, this museum is free to the general public – they ask that you donate if you can. The heart of the BIMA is the contemporary art from the Puget Sound region. This showcase is continuing to grow, so with each visit, you can see something new.
Other places to soak in the art are at the many galleries around the island
The local shops on the island are one of the pillars of our small community. Downtown is filled with many unique shops that are fun to explore, and it’s also never too early to start your holiday shopping!
- Bainbridge Island Millstream for ceramics
- Salt House Mercantile for high-quality pantry goods
- Bainbridge Apothecary & Tea Shop for eco-friendly loose-leaf tea
- Eagle Harbor Book co. for all your book needs
- Plum for clothing, books, home goods, and more
- Covet for apparel, shoes, activewear, and accessories
Enjoy a wine tasting
Bainbridge Island is home to more wineries than many would expect. Bring a friend or a date and enjoy small bites, delicious wine, and good conversation during the drizzle.
- Eleven Tasting Room & Winery
- Eagle Harbor Wine Co Tasting Room & Winery
- Fletcher Bay Winery Tasting Room & Winery
The leaves are turning and even though we may see gray and rainy days ahead, there are still plenty of opportunities to connect with your Island neighbors at seasonal festivals and weekly events. I look forward to seeing you out in the community so that we can connect as we start to bring 2021 to a close.
Jess Henderson & Friends at Eleven Winery
Date: Oct. 3
The winery opens from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with live music setting the mood from 1-4. Jess Henderson has been digging into jazz standards, inspired by the freedom that comes from stretching rhythms and dancing around a melodic line.
Within/Earshot Jazz Festival
Date: Oct. 5-30
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s annual festival celebrating all things jazz is back in person this October. With four concerts, four films, and two lectures, this festival is sure to have something for every jazz cat out there! Masks and proof vaccination is required at the museum, and if you’d like to watch from home, BIMA is working with KCTS 9 to film and broadcast all of the festival concerts.
Jenny Davis and Chuck Easton at Eleven Winery
Date: Oct. 10
Jazz vocalist Jenny Davis and jazz guitarist Chuck Easton are a finely honed duo who draw in audiences to the intimacy and thrill of the jazz genre. They’ll be lighting up the Eleven winery stage from 1-4 p.m. – winery open from 12-8 p.m.
Sunday FUNDday – Poulsbo Community Orchestra
Date: Oct. 17
Join Eleven Winery for a good cause as they donate 100% of their tasting fees and glass pours, plus 10% of all bottle purchases to the Poulsbo Community Orchestra. The Poulsbo Community Orchestra (PCO) is made up of musicians from the Puget Sound region who rehearse weekly with three scheduled concerts. It’s a great opportunity to learn firsthand how an orchestra functions and what it takes to mount a musical performance. This event will only be held at the winery location—open 12-8 p.m.; live music from 1-4 p.m.
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Date: Entries due Monday, October 18
Let your spooky Halloween vision be your guide and submit your creatively carved pumpkin to be featured on the Haunted Hayride pumpkin pyramid! The Haunted Hayride Committee will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Pumpkins must be well-gutted and able to sit outside for the entirety of the three-day event. Entries are due on Monday, October 18 at the Battle Point Park maintenance shop yard. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Date: Oct. 19-21
Starting at the south end of Battle Point Park cars will enter the Haunted Hayride at the west entrance on Battle Point Drive NE and ending at the Arrow Point Drive NE exit. All the attractions/performances for this family-friendly event are ongoing on the course, with no stops! Registration required, $25 a vehicle.
Jason McCue at Eleven Winery
Date: Oct. 24
Seattle Weekly and KEXP praise this Seattle alt-folk musician as an artist who can fill an entire space with hypnotizing vocals, tangible emotions, and intricate finger-picking. Jason McCue will play at the Winery from 1-4 p.m., doors open to tastings and sips from 12-8 p.m.
Date: Oct. 31
Downtown merchants will close Winslow Way at 3:30 p.m. on Halloween and sponsor a safe trick-or-treating evening with spooky family fun. Costume-up, enjoy the spooky tunes at the Eagle Harbor Church bell tower, imbibe in free hot cider, and cast your vote for the best merchant costume at the Downtown Association booth.
First Friday Art Walk
Date: First Friday of every month
Celebrate the first Friday of every month strolling through downtown Bainbridge enjoying art, food, and film from our community! Don’t forget to pop in at Realogics SIR’s Island Living Gallery office to enjoy a rotating selection of fabulous musicians and artists from around the Puget Sound.
Date: Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm through Nov 27
Shop local and support our favorite returning vendors with fantastic new additions. As we head into fall, the farmers market is the perfect place to find those comfort food favorites and stock up on the produce and extras you’ll want to make your fall gatherings, and of course, Thanksgiving, so special. All amid local buskers and neighborhood artisans offering crafts and wares that will take you through 2021 and beyond.
See the Fall Colors
Date: Now through November
The leaves are changing, and Bainbridge is a divine place to take in every hue of orange, yellow, and red! The leaves are changing now, and the peak season hits around mid-October, just don’t wait too long or the leaves will fall before you get your chance. Whether looking for more of a hike or a casual stroll, I recommend three quintessential island locations for turning foliage: Fort Ward Park, Battle Point Park, and Bloedel Reserve.
The back-to-school season is upon us. There is so much excitement and nerves around starting a new school year for the whole family. One thing you don’t have to worry about with back to school on Bainbridge Island is the quality of education. Bainbridge Island Public Schools are continually recognized in the top five in the state of Washington and very highly ranked nationally. In addition to excellent public schools, there are outstanding private and non-traditional school options. Bainbridge Island Schools have something for every child!
If you’re considering making a move to the island, or a lifelong islander, here are resources to help you start the school year!
Alternative schools within the public school system
- Mosaic Home Education
- Odyssey Multiage Program
- Eagle Harbor High School
- Wilkes Multiage Program (Grades 1-4)
- Spanish Immersion at Ordway
- Madrona School
- Carden Country School
- Saint Cecilia Catholic School
- The Island School
- Hyla Middle School
- Montessori Country School
- Hazel Creek Montessori
- Bainbridge Island Montessori
- Island Children’s Montessori School
Your Summer Event Guide to Bainbridge Island
With summer in full swing and restrictions lifting, there’s never been a better time to reconnect with your community and enjoy the benefits of living on our island.
First Friday Art Walk
Date: First Friday of every month.
Celebrate the first Friday of every month surrounded by members of your local community as you stroll through downtown Bainbridge enjoying art, food, and film from community members! Don’t forget to pop in at our office to enjoy our living gallery.
Date: Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm.
The farmer’s market is back! Comprised of your favorite returning vendors with fantastic new additions, the market is as big of a hit as ever. Stop by to enjoy the live music from local artists as you peruse the treasures of the market.
Learn more: https://www.bainbridgeislandfarmersmarket.com/
Movies in the Park
Date: August 6th from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 13th from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19th from 8:45 pm – 10:45 pm, Aug 20th from 8:45 pm – 10:45 pm, August 26th from 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm, August 27th from 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
Head to Battle Point Park for a Drive-In movie night featuring a variety of classics and new favorites including Black Panther, The Goonies, Captin Marvel, and more!
Live on the Lawn
Dates: Thursdays at 7 pm from July 1st – August 12th
Bring a chair or a blanket and join in for a myriad of performances! With everything from comedy skits to concerts and so much more, Live on the Lawn is as vibrant as ever! Enjoy popular groups such as Ranger & the Re-arrangers to The EDGE Improv group.
Learn more: https://www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/
Summer Art Market
Date: Sundays from July 11th – August 15th
Get your shopping shoes on and head to the plaza outside the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. The sound of live music will welcome you from blocks away. Peruse the booths filled with handmade and local treasures from artisans and makers!
Concerts in the Park
Date: Sundays from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Pack a picnic and bring your friends and family down to relax on the lawn while enjoying terrific music from local artists performed in front of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Picnic for Parks
Date: July 24th at 4 pm.
Chef Noel of Frease Catering has designed the perfect date night with a gourmet picnic experience for two! Enjoy your pick from a full menu of appetizers, main dishes, sides, desserts, and mocktails. Arrive at The Parks Foundation where your picnic basket will be hand-delivered and set out to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience.
Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
Dates: August 13th from 10 am – 6 pm, August 14th from 10 am – 6 pm, August 15th from 10 am – 5 pm.
The twice-annual Studio Tour is in season! Enjoy a self-guided art show comprised of work from local artists.
Learn more: https://bistudiotour.com/virtual-tour/
Chief Seattle Days
Date: Saturday, August 21st
Celebrate the namesake of Seattle, former Suquamish Indian Tribe Chief Seattle. Founded in 1911, the celebration has remained largely the same since his passing. Including traditional events such as an Indian salmon bake, native canoe races, baseball, drumming and dancing, and the “Memorial Service to Chief Seattle” at his gravesite, with recent additions such as The Coastal Jam, a Pow-wow with competition dancing and drumming, a parade, fun runs, fireworks display, craft, and food vendor booths, and a royalty pageant.
Squeaky Wheels’ Bike for Pie
Date: Sunday, August 22nd
Grab your bike and join the crew out on a ride to give back to local businesses. For years Squeaky Wheels events have been sponsored by local businesses. In light of the effects of the pandemic on local businesses, we are taking this opportunity to support our local businesses in return.
Learn more: https://www.squeakywheels.org/events/bike4pie/
The beautiful landscapes of the Pacific Northwest aren’t complete without our water views. From in-city waterfronts along our lakes and the majesty of the Puget Sound, to island living and vistas along Washington’s scenic port towns, there’s nothing like finding a piece of shoreline to call your own.
Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has observed over two years of waterfront transactions, from January 2019 through March 2021 across Western Washington’s most sought-after destinations.
By first looking at transactions by county we will start to look at price points generally, as well as the time on the waterfront homes are on the market, and larger trends that indicate which times of year are ideal to enter the market as a seller or buyer. Following a year where we’ve seen such significant price growth, increase in demand coupled with short time homes are on the market across the region, one thing is certain—that working with a Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty waterfront expert in order to achieve your goals, whether you’re buying or selling a primary residence, second home, or remote getaway, is an absolute necessity.
With the ferry terminal to Seattle located just southwest of the downtown strip this 1.5 square mile area is packed full of local dining spots. All within walking distance from the ferry terminal, these eateries are the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings whether you’re a local or just visiting for the day. Stop in and enjoy the delicious food Bainbridge Island has to offer.
Blackbird Bakery is the perfect stop for baked goods and coffee. With all their creations made from locally sourced ingredients, you can trust that quality is their priority. Blackbird Bakery is also a go-to for any special occasion, offering made from scratch cakes and fun custom decorated cookies.
Streamliner Diner is another breakfast favorite in Downtown Winslow, with homemade pastries, delicious omelets, and burritos — they have been a favorite on the island since 1980.
Pegasus Coffee House is a landmark of Bainbridge Island. Initially built in 1937, this building is full of historic character. Pegasus Coffee House serves up espresso beverages, and tea, as well as offering delicious breakfast and lunch options.
If you need a seriously delicious treat, look no further than Mora Iced Creamery! Their made from scratch, small-batch ice cream is handcrafted daily in-store. With over 48 varieties available. The most challenging part of your visit will be choosing a flavor.
If you’re looking for a delicious bite with a great view, look no further than Harbour Public House. Noted as having both the best hamburger and fish & chips by the Bainbridge Island Review, this casual dining spot is excellent for meeting up with friends!
Another phenomenal view can be found at Bainbridge Thai Cuisine. For over 25 years, Bainbridge Island Thai Cuisine has served delicious Thai food to the community! Sitting off Eagle Harbor, their outdoor dining offers marina and ferry views.
If you’re in the mood for a pizza night, Bruciato is the perfect place. Their Neapolitan style wood-fired pizza is made from scratch, including their classic Italian salami which is also cured in house!
A final recommendation? Enjoy a brew at Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse! With a variety of beer, Washington wine, and PNW cider, Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse has a locally crafted beverage for everyone. a If you happen to get hungry while sipping your brew, they have you covered with small plates and snacks to satisfy any of your pub cravings. You will often find a local food truck on-site serving up complete meals to pair with your beer, wine, or cider as well!
The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market has been a staple of the island since 1993, when a handful of local farmers and artists set up a modest market on Winslow Green. Today the market has over 40 vendors. Every Saturday, you will find a variety of locally grown produce, flowers, wine, meat, and eggs to purchase. Artisans also offer macramé, paintings, glasswork, greeting cards, and more. Below are a few spotlights of vendors you will find during your next trip to the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market.
Butler Green Farms
Brian MacWhorter’s farm, Butler Green, is a diverse biodynamic farm raising produce, pastured meats, and eggs on Bainbridge Island. You can find over 35 different fruits, vettables, and barries from Buler Green Farms.
Powell & Jones Craft Chocolate
The first ‘Bean to Bar’ fine chocolate maker on Bainbridge Island. They create high-quality craft chocolates of various types using only the best cacao and other mainly organic ingredients with no artificial preservatives or flavors added.
Handblown glass created by artist Kuy Hepburn on Bainbridge Island. Kuy has been working with glass for almost fifty years and creates vibrant pieces without any molds.
Natural handmade skincare prepared in small batches from the highest quality natural ingredients. AmosSoma centers around the skin’s balance, health, and radiance.
The market is located at Winslow Town Square, 280 Madison Avenue N, Bainbridge Island, WA, and runs Saturdays, 10-2, from April through November.