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:
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
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
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– http://www.beachhouseatpleasantbeach.com 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).