After months of quarantine you might be itching to get some fresh air and step out of the house. Last month, we highlighted some wonderful hikes around the island to marvel at nature and stretch your legs. This month, we’d like to look at some of the local businesses open that you can safely support and visit for a change of scenery.
The Reserve is one of the greatest gifts both to local residents as well as guests from elsewhere. It gives everyone an inspiring experience and opportunity to explore nature. To protect the health and safety of their guests, Bloedel Reserve is offering a timed ticketing system for admission to makes sure the grounds stay at an appropriate capacity. For more information, or to request tickets, please visit https://bloedelreserve.org/tickets/.
Bainbridge Island Apothecary and Tea Shop
A lovely new business on the island that just had their first soft opening July 3rd and are officially open for business as of July 8th, this new Apothecary and Tea Shop is sure to become a new favorite! Stop in for some delectable treats or browse their inventory of teas to add to your collection. Learn more information about their business hours here.
Eleven Winery Paint and Sip July 10th
Join the winery along with Corks and Canvas Events for an evening of fun and creativity. Dust off your artistic skills with an instructor as you create the Bainbridge Island iconic ferry boat. The class includes step-by-step instruction, all paint supplies, brushes, and gloves (must be worn during the event). You must bring a mask to wear for arrival and departure for the safety of yourself and other guests. To get tickets, visit https://corksandcanvasevents.com/event/ferry-crossing-at-sunset-at-eleven-winery-bainbridge/.
As warmer days are lingering near, you may be itching to spend more time outdoors. If you’re in search of some fresh air, try visiting one of these four lovely parks around the island. And if that’s not enough, check out 12 parks in 12 weeks by the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation.
How to get there: Find Battle Point Park. Next, exit the park at the north gate onto Frey Road, walk east down the hill 20 yards and find the trailhead across the street.
Why you should go: You’re at Battle Point Park for the millionth time anyway. Why not see something different? Fairy Dell Trail offers a pleasant hike through a wooded ravine and respite from the summer heat, with a little slice of island history in the mix. Leave the island’s busiest park for a few minutes, and try a path less traveled.
The easy, half-mile trail crisscrosses the long furrow of a seasonal stream via a series of stout, Eagle Scout footbridges. The ecosystem is a mixed affair, alternately sublime and blighted; you’ll be flanked by a glorious sea of ferns on one slope and a bleak ivy desert on the other. Ancient fir and cedar stumps are your waypoints.
When you reach trail’s end, duck under the low-hanging overgrowth to find a tide flat sprawling endlessly before you at low water. Keyport lies ahead in the distance, the jagged rim of the Olympics to the left, and you can make out the Agate Pass Bridge to your right for a panoramic view indeed. Just don’t wear your good shoes.
Here’s another reason to go: to say you’ve been on one of the island’s oldest dedicated public trails, maybe the oldest. Fairy Dell was staked out around 1909, when today’s Battle Point was platted as a vacation community called Venice.
Upper reaches of the Grand Forest, east and west
How you get there: Hike. There is motor vehicle access off the end of lower Mandus Olson Road – look for the ad hoc “Prue’s House” sign around the bend from the parking area – but the driveway is generally gated for security. Your best bet is to park on either side of the Grand Forest, find a trailhead and start hoofing. Let the grade be your guide; uphill and you’re on the right path, and when it levels out into an open field, you’re there.
Why you should go: Hilltop is the Constantinople of Bainbridge parks, the junction where East meets West, the confluence into which miles of island trails flow. The 5-acre meadow at the crest is zenith for any number of possible day hikes; you could start at Battle Point Park at one end or McRedmond Road at the other, walk long enough and you’ll eventually find yourself at Hilltop summit.
Hilltop gets a lot of thru-traffic (runners and walkers) but perhaps fewer sustained visits than other parks. Poets and painters could find inspiration here. Look for natural highlights like the Royal empress trees, or a madrone and fir twinned in familial embrace; savor the quiet heirloom orchard, or imagine the rustic barn echoing the whinny of horses eager to graze the meadow.
Unlike most parks, you can’t really tell where Hilltop begins and ends, blurring as it does into some 540 contiguous acres of public land. But it’s more of an experience anyway, a state of mind. Try to time your visit to a sunny afternoon and feel the world shrink away beneath the azure sky. You might just believe you have the whole island to yourself…
How you get there: Make your way to Gazzam Lake Preserve’s main entrance off Marshall Road. This is a great destination by bike, especially via pastoral, lightly traveled Island Center Road off Fletcher Bay. Once you reach the Preserve, hike west several hundred yards past the Springridge trailhead, crest the hill and keep going.
Why you should go: The Westwood Shore Trail is probably the most challenging hike Bainbridge has to offer. You plunge from the island’s second-highest point (Gazzam Lake, Elev. 380 ft.) to the shoreline (Elev. well, Zero) over seven precipitous tenths of a mile. The hike down requires a sure foot, the hike back up a stout heart. It’s not for the casual walker.
The path traverses the former Close property, acquired with Open Space bond funds in 2003 to add a 64-acre waterfront corridor to the previously landlocked Preserve. It’s a topographic wonder, all gouged ravines and dramatic slopes tumbling away at your feet into the green abyss. Actually, the trail is so steep at points that rude wooden steps are notched into the hillside for safety. The route is renowned for its acres of gentle ferns, although patches of ivy blight the lower reaches and are starting to climb the trees.
Your reward for reaching the bottom: 500 feet of lovely rocky shoreline along Port Orchard Narrows, one of the island’s more remote reaches in a nebulous stretch between upper Crystal Springs and the Hansen Road area to the north.
You get a peekaboo view at high tide, but a well-timed visit opens up the protected nearshore habitat to exploration. Bowed, second-growth firs cling to life against the slow encroachment of tide and time; signage reminds you this erosion – helpfully illustrated by a naturally sculpted mesa of sediment pocked with stones at the foot of the bluff – is an environmentally healthy process.
How to get there: Take Koura Road west off Miller, then head straight down the hill as it turns into Williams Lane and buttonhooks into the park.
Why you should go: Another park rich in island lore, Williams-Olson is the last sliver of a larger, storied island homestead dating to pioneer times of Swedish settlers John Olson and Karin Persson Olson.
Here, kayakers will find the park an excellent jumping-off point for excursions of their own. Trundle your boat across the lawn and down to the broad 8-acre tide flat and off you go, skimming across the quiet bay.
The view from the bluff above is narrow but stunning beneath blue skies. Squint north and you can even make out the bridge at Agate Passage! Flanked by a pleasant orchard of apple and pear, the rolling lawn makes for great family picnicking, and you can get in a game of pickleball on the dedicated court.
With so many of us at home now, our pets are our almost constant companions. But that could pose some challenges for them in the future.
Many of our pets will have become accustomed to us being home all day. So how can we help ease the transition when we’re back in the office full time?
One of the recommended ways to help your pet is by setting up a schedule including when they wake up, when they eat, when they get play time, and planning time for them to rest independently as they would when they have alone time throughout the day.
The busier dogs are kept, the better off they’ll be and at the end of the day, a tired dog is a happy dog. Spend some time offering enrichment activities such as a treat scavenger hunt throughout the home. If you need to add a new toy into the rotation, or stock up on treats, The B.I. Barkery is a wonderful option and they’ve been shipping and delivering to homes around the island for free during this time. Paws and Fins and Z-Bones both remain open as essential businesses and also have squeaky toys and delectable treats for your furkids!
If your dog is particularly anxious about you leaving the home, it’s helpful to minimize the event as much as possible. Try to avoid goodbye routines as they only add to the anxiety.
Additionally, you can socialize your dog now even with social distancing. Try taking your pup on a route near a park where other people are walking. Even if they’re not getting some belly rubs from friendly neighbors, seeing other people, children, and animals will help them feel more socialized and less isolated.
When you do return, there are many great services to take advantage of such as doggy daycares or dog walkers. Many are closed right now but will likely be eager to welcome your pup once businesses are able to open back up. Animal Magnetizm is a wonderful dog daycare that is sure to tire out your furry friend while you’re in the office. And when they get a bit messy from playing in the park, Salty Dog Wash will have them looking fabulous again in no time at all.
Bainbridge Island Unites During the Coronavirus Pandemic
During this time, it’s been inspiring to see everyone come together—it makes us truly thankful to be part of this community. From the selfless service of our healthcare heroes and essential workers to the neighbors and community members that are working together in innovate ways to serve our island—we thank you.
We wanted to take this time to highlight some of the fabulous local restaurants that are working hard shifting to takeout and delivery options, local heroes that are spreading hope and positivity throughout our town, and ways you can help.
Restaurants and Cafes Offering Takeout and Curbside Pickup
There are many other local restaurants and cafes working hard to continue employing their staff and serve our community. Find out if your favorite spot is offering delivery or takeout options by giving them a call, we’re sure they’d love to hear from you!
Shining Light on Local Heroes
Leah, wife of area physician Will Boyar, saw the critical need for PAPR masks, protective gear worn by physicians serving COVID-19 patients. Partnering with Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, they used laser cutting and 3D printers to create components.
As a small business in these uncertain times, we want to do all we can for our neighbors and friends. To better serve the community we’ve shifted our business model to provide grocery delivery service on Bainbridge Island. If you need help with ordering your groceries online please call us at 833-424-8687 and we will do it for your over the phone While we don’t expect this to be profitable, it will hopefully allow us to keep our business operating and continue paying our bills as we get through this together. Please call us if you or someone you know could use the service.
Continuing their amazing work, Healthline House is continuing their food bank operations with modified hours and curbside pickup. They have provided an extensive list of resources for those deeply impacted by the pandemic on their website.
Feel Inclined to Lend Your Support?
Support Bainbridge Island businesses by purchasing a gift card today that will make for a wonderful gift later. This is a wonderful way to help our neighbors now while treating ourselves later or sharing with a friend.
Deemed an Essential Service, Real Estate Continues with Restrictions
Our community is the heart of our business, and our hearts are with you. The COVID-19 health crisis is not over yet, but working through this as a community has also made us feel incredible gratitude for the way our real estate family can pull together, innovate, and support one another in a time of need.
To protect your health and safety, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has outlined how we are changing the way we work and evolving our services to help you safely meet your real estate goals.
Life on Bainbridge | Autumn 2019
In anticipation of the season ahead I’d like to share a few local happenings to get you in the autumnal spirit. From fundraising events that benefit little ones to a worldwide film festival, this season is filled with fun.
September 22nd | Harvest Fair
Friends of the Farms invite you to the historic Johnson Farm for the 18th Annual Harvest Fair. Enjoy cider pressing, carriage rides, pie contents and much more.
September 27th – 29th | Manhattan Shorts
BIMA will be hosting this year’s Manhattan Short film Festival—a weekend presentation of short films from around the world, curated carefully for you.
September 28th | Beach Cleanup
From 10am to 2pm volunteers will be working to cleanup the island. Click below to sign up for a time on a public road or shoreline near you.
September 17th & 28th | Mini Golf Masters
KiDiMu is preparing for two days for FUNdraising! On September 27th golfing will be just for grown-ups, and golfers of all ages are encouraged to participate on September 28th.
October 4th | First Friday Art Walk
Step out for an evening of fun in Winslow. Local businesses will open their doors to host art, food and friends from 6pm to 8pm.
October 5th | The Island School’s Carnival
The 36th Annual Carnival is sure to be a grand time! Everyone is welcome for games, food, music and more from 12pm to 4pm.
October 13th | Sip & Succulent Pumpkins
These festive plants are the perfect way to get in the autumnal spirit! Enjoy a glass of wine while crafting a succulent pumpkin in this hands-on class.
Life on Bainbridge | August 2019
We’ve entered the last full month of the season and the time is now to seize the sunshine! Whether you’re interested in relaxing with a movie night or prefer a day of adventure—the island offers a little bit of everything!
All Month Long | Music & Movies in the Park
Indulge in an evening of fun with live music and movies! Sounds of summer can be heard through August 14th and select movies will be shown weekly through September 6th.
August 16th | Cabernet Release Party
Fletcher Bay Winery is preparing to release their 2017 Cabernet! Enjoy a smooth finish comes from grapes sourced by Washington’s Red Mountain.
August 17th | Ten Minute Play Fest
The Island Theater presents the 8th Annual Play Fest, a three-day festival of live performances. Selected from over 60 submissions, enjoy the best short plays in the county at Bainbridge Performing Arts.
August 17th & 18th | Run Bainbridge
Celebrate the beauty of Bainbridge with two running events—an endurance run and a 100 mile relay designed for teams big and small.
August 24th | Dusty 45s at Bloedel Reserve
The Dusty 45s will be playing a variety of music to help you dance the night away, from rock and R&B to honky-tonk and jazz.
August 25th | Afternoon on the Trails
Summer is the perfect time of year to get outside and soak in some sunshine. Enjoy a day at Islandwood and the opportunity for their Naturalist Panel to identify your unknown plants.
We’ve reached the peak of summer and I’m pleased to present a mid-year checkpoint with market trends from the second quarter of 2019.
Bainbridge Island saw increased activity, with more home sales and higher sales prices than we saw in the first quarter. The average median sales price April through June was just below $1 million, coming in at $979,000. Despite some retracement in previous quarters this figure has continued to see growth in the second quarter throughout the last two years, proving that our market thrives during the warmer months each year.
The condition of the market has shifted slightly from the balanced state we saw in the beginning of the year. Inventory has dropped to two months causing the market to favor sellers—and making it a wonderful time to sell!
Interest rates are on a downward trajectory, which is encouraging more buyers to get out there and find their dream home! Furthermore, the federal reserve just announced a quarter-point reduction in rates. This is the first cut they’ve made since our country’s recession in 2008 and is sure to benefit buyers at all price points.
Increased market activity and lowered interest rates create the perfect climate to make a move in the market. I’d be happy to sit with you today and answer any questions you have about buying or selling. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Waterfront living continues to be one of the most coveted lifestyles available. We’re fortunate to live in a region that affords ample opportunity with life at the water’s edge, especially thanks to the islands that compose much of the Puget Sound.
Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) has released its annual Waterfront Report, which includes detailed statistics about the lifestyle and recent transactions in 15 counties of Western Washington. As a highly waterfront-focused community on Bainbridge Island, this is critical information for the state of the housing market on the island. The Waterfront Report analyzed 15 months of waterfront sales, from January 2018 to March 2019, to create a comprehensive assessment of waterfront real estate transactions.
During the 15 months analyzed, there were 95 waterfront homes sales on Bainbridge Island. Of the 95 residential homes sold during these months, 39 of them were nestled along the city view, or eastern, shoreline, and only four of these transactions were made between March and July of 2018.
There were 63 waterfront home sales that occurred around the rest of the island. Most of these transactions were made in the peak month of May and eight of the waterfront sales on this part of the Island were condominium sales. RSIR listed 16 waterfront sales on Bainbridge Island during the time assessed.
Waterfront living continues to be a sought-after lifestyle and recent sales prove the interest of current buyers. If you’d like to explore opportunity at the water’s edge and learn about the offerings of various regions around the sound, I encourage you to dive into the report at RSIRWaterfront.com or contact me today.
Life on Bainbridge | Fourth of July Feature
The Grand Ol’ Fourth is entering it’s 52nd Annual year of celebration! This year will be a little different, as the usual fireworks display over Eagle Harbor isn’t on the schedule, but there are still plenty of fun happenings for you and yours!
Traditional Pancake Breakfast | 7am – 11am
Start the day with pancakes, scrambled eggs and ham paired with coffee, tea and orange juice. This delicious breakfast benefits the Bainbridge High Boosters Club.
Street Fair | 9am – 5pm
This year’s street fair will showcase over 100 booths featuring arts, crafts, food and more. Explore the offerings all day long in Downtown Bainbridge.
Ranger and the Re-Arrangers | 10:30am – 11:30am
Join in the fun while this gypsy jazz band celebrates the day with snappy rhythms and beats that are sure to make you move. Can’t make it at 10:30? Check out some of the other performers!
Mile Long Hometown Parade | 1pm
Feast your eyes on floats, bands, music, animals, military units and more! This parade has a little bit of everything and will march around town starting at 1pm.
Fletcher Bay Winery’s Rooftop Bash | 6pm to 11pm
End the day with sweeping sound views, dinner, music and friends above Eagle Harbor. You won’t want to miss the view!
Life on Bainbridge | June 2019
June is here and with it comes a plethora of outside activities for all. From the Classic Car Cruise In to Bloedel Reserve’s Summer Concert Series, there is truly something for everyone.
June 14th & 15th| BIMA Bash
Enjoy a weekend of fun that benefits our museum. Friday offers a silent auction and party and Saturday includes a live auction with dinner.
June 16th | Father’s Day at KiDiMu
KiDiMu is celebrating the day with free admission for Dads and Grandpas. Enjoy hands-on exhibits and a keepsake trophy craft.
June 18th | Paint Your Pet
Fletcher Bay Winery invites you to an evening of fun with Corks and Canvas! Bring a headshot of your furry friend and enjoy a glass of wine while creating a masterpiece!
June 22nd | Summer Concert with Jherek Bischoff
Bloedel Reserve is kicking off their summer concert series with Jherek Bischoff. As a Los Angeles native, Bischoff specialized in blending rock and classical music.
June 23rd | The Great Ferry Race
Register today for the big race! Walk on the ferry in Seattle and run from the car dock around Bainbridge Island in this half marathon. Starting from the island? Select Bainbridge Island resident when you register!
June 25th | Classic Car Cruise In
The second classic cruise in of the season is nearly here! Peruse cool cars at this event dedicated to helping local children. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and profits will benefit the Helpline House.