Awakening From The Heart

Bainbridge Island in the summer is the perfect place for a restorative and beautiful vacation. If you have additional time before or after your trip to Bainbridge, I think the San Juan Islands, and particularly Orcas Island, are incredible.

Here are some of my favorite things to do on Bainbridge in the summer.

If your time is limited here are Elisa’s Top Five:

  1. Blodel Reserve
  2. Grand Forest
  3. Walk the Labyrinth
  4. Lynwood Center & Lytle Beach
  5. Squamish Museum


Bainbridge is covered with peaceful parks to take a walk through the trees or go to the beach. The Soul Barn is located right across the street from Battle Point Park. You can find maps of them here.

The Waterfront trail starts at the ferry terminal to just beyond the pub/marina property, then jogs up to Parfitt Way before it rejoins the waterfront at the end of Winslow Way. It’s a fun way to walk to the Harbour Pub.

The Grand Forest – 9752 Miller Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Fay Bainbridge – 15446 Sunrise Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Fort Ward State Park – 2241 Pleasant Beach Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Lytle Beach – This small public access “road end” is located at the end of Lytle Road. Lytle Road is a residential street off of Pleasant Beach Drive. There is limited parking but if you hit it at the right time, you will be rewarded with a fantastic beach in a little cove of Rich Passage. Take Pleasant Beach Road to Lytle Road.

Walk the Hall’s Hill Labyrinth – 11113 Halls Hill Rd, No street address or signage. Look for gravel pullout on south side.,· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-3719

Blodel Reserve is open Tues-Sun 10a-4p. Highly recommended! 7571 NE Dolphin Dr· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-7631

Back of Beyond Outfitters  – Rent a Stand up Paddle board, canoe or kayak. The rental dock is less than a ten minute walk from the Seattle Ferry landing right in the Eagle Harbor Marina. The boathouse can be accessed from the boat launch at Waterfront Park. 181 Winslow Way· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-9229

Bainbridge Vineyards – Wine tasting on seven acres of historic farmland, rare and elegant varietals that thrive in the Puget Sound, and produce exceptional wine with authentic island heritage. 8989 NE Day Road· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-9463

Bainbridge Aquatic Center – Swimming, diving, hot tub or sauna at this state of the art center. During open swim waterslide, lazy river, tot pool and dumping buckets of water are turned on for the kids. 8521 Madison Ave N· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-2302

Suquamish Museum – Located just over the Agate Pass bridge on the North side of Bainbridge, learn about the history of Chief Seattle and the the local Suquamish tribe at this impeccably well-done center. Open daily 10a-5p, 6861 NE South Street Suquamish, WA 98392. (360) 394-8499

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – Beautiful rotating exhibits, free to all visitors. 550 Winslow Way East· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-4451

Kids Discovery Museum The Museum provides a destination for children and their caregivers to explore art, science, and culture through hands-on exhibits, daily art projects, cultural and scientific programming. If there will be kids in your party to entertain while you are busy bonding with your Soul they have to check this out! 301 Ravine Ln NE· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 855-4650


Lynwood center houses Pleasant Beach Village filled with great coffee, the Pan d’amore artisan bakery and fro-yo. Right next to several beaches and trail walks a beautiful way to spend an afternoon.

Bay Hay and Feed – An old Island standby, this old fashioned farm store has a gorgeous variety of plants, sell local organic farm food (try the Iggy’s sauerkraut, chicks to watch, a small cafe to sit and get a bite. 10355 NE Valley Rd· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-2813


Black Bird Bakery – Open early, coffee, pastries and amazing homemade toast gluten free options. 210 Winslow Way East· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 780-1322

Pegasus Coffee House – Quirky waterfront choice with a terrace for hot beverages, wine, cocktails & light meals.131 Parfitt Way SW· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-6725

Emmy’s Vege House – if you are grabbing a quick bite sit outside at the vegetarian with vegan options like tofu chicken squewers, curry’s and spring rolls.100 Winslow Way Way· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 855-2996

Tree House Cafe – One of my favorite spots for pizza, sandwiches and salad. ice cream for the kids.  often has live music on the weekends. 4569 Lynwood Center Rd NE· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-2814

The Harbour Pub – Built in 1881 local, fresh, food. 231 Parfitt Way SW· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842- 0969

Hitchcock – Locally sourced, Euro-inspired Pacific NW fare in a small dining room with outdoor seats & takeaway. 133 Winslow Way E· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 201.3789

Streamliner Diner – Great for breakfast, right off the ferry in Winslow: Omlettes, scrambles and benedicts. 397 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-8595

San Carlos – (Tex-Mex) – I like their (bite of Seattle award winning) Herbed Crab Chimichanga.  279 Madison Ave N· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110(206) 842-1999

Spice Route – (Indian food) – Try the Tikka Masala! 403 Madison Ave N · Bainbridge Island, WA 98110(206) 780-3545

Sawatdy – (Thai food) – Pad Thai – 8770 Fletcher Bay Road · Bainbridge Island, WA 98110(206) 780-2429

Burrata Bistro – (Italian)- Just over the bridge in Poulsbo is 19006 Front St NE, Poulsbo WA 98370. (360) 930-8446

Paella Bar –  The sister restaurant to Burrata, with the southern Mediterranean style of Burrata, chef Kim Tomlinson created the Paella Bar. 19006 Front Street Suite 100 in Poulsbo, Washington 98370. (360) 930-8446

The Beach House Bar– craft cocktails served alongside Chef Joe’s tasty pub creations. No reservation needed located next door to the Manor House. 4633 Woodson Ln NE· Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 842-7807

Manor House Restaurant – Chef Joe Benish. Spectacular Rich Passage sunsets will set the mood as you dine alfresco on the patio with a fireplace. 4611 Woodson Lane NE · Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. (206) 780-3663 (closed Sunday).