A couple weekends ago Clayton and I ventured over to Bainbridge Island to take full advantage of a break from the endless winter rain. We decided to leave our car in Seattle and explore the island via walking tour but after catching the 8:55 am ferry, we arrived to learn that most shops and restaurants don’t open until 10:00 or 11:00 am on the weekends. So we ducked into Bainbridge Crepes to grab a coffee and kill some time.
Coffee in-hand, we ventured down to the marina and explored the waterfront where we met Captain Kate. She seemed to be the keeper of the marina, maintaining a watchful eye on all of the visitors and activity. Unable to pass by without petting her, we gave her a little love which she graciously accepted. We could tell that she was an old soul and it showed in the whitening of her sweet face.
We walked the main street of town, exploring every bookshop, boutique, and random store before grabbing a snack at Blackbird Bakery (delicious soup and GF bread) and catching the afternoon ferry back to Seattle. The ferry docks right downtown making for some incredible views of the skyline, I’d highly recommend the trip for the ferry ride alone.
There are a few things we learned from our trip:
- The ferry* and town of Bainbridge are dog-friendly so we’ll definitely bring Tex in the future. (*dogs are only allowed in the car area or exterior deck of the ferry but if it’s a nice day, it shouldn’t be a problem)
- Bainbridge is home to seven wineries, with four in walking distance from the ferry terminal. We’d love to come back and do an informal tour.
- Most of the hikes or viewpoints that we wanted to see require a car. We’ll likely bring our car next time to access more of the island – also within driving distance is Bainbridge Island Brewery which features the occasional live band and is always dog-friendly.