Treasures & Pleasures of Bainbridge Island
It’s only a mere 35 minutes away, located West of Seattle and boasts 53 miles of shoreline. Bainbridge Island is place where both the young and old can enjoy all of the wonderful places and sights it has to offer. In Bainbridge Island the landscape is nice while the people are nicer and though it may be hard to hide being a tourist, the locals make you feel right at home. With the summer in its final months it’s imperative to soak up as much sun as possible. This is the perfect day long getaway that will allow for sleeping in and have you back home before seven. Check out some places that are an absolute must if you should choose to take this advice and make the trip across the Sound!
Bainbridge Bakers: They’ve existed for over 25 years and do everything by hand. Bainbridge Bakers offer an authentic ambiance that greets you at the door. The turkey and pesto panini is so fresh the bread alone melts in your mouth and the chai tea latte had an aftertaste of cinnamon as if it were stirred with a cane. This bakery has it all, including homemade doggie treats in case patrons should bring their dogs. A stop here will guarantee satisfied taste buds and stamina for the rest of your trip.
Winslow Mall: This strip mall offers several places for people to shop, sit or eat while exploring everything the island has to offer. Everything from a children’s boutique to a kitchen store and a place for your pooch, Winslow Mall has something to offer everybody. There are plenty of benches for relaxing and a second story that gives a higher view and refuge from the sun. It’s great for gifts so be thinking ahead of time for holiday ideas if this stop is during your visit.
Fay Bainbridge State Park: This beautiful park has a view of the Cascade Mountains with available campgrounds in case goers choose to stay the night. This park was not only beautiful but spacious and wasn’t overly crowded. The upper part of the park offered clean, large wooden lawn chairs to enjoy the sun while the lower part had a playground and a sandy and rocky beach area for those brave enough to tread into the dark blue waters. This is a great place for a picnic and a place to bring the kids.
Pegasus Coffee: This coffee house is the first of its kind and had a comfortable, cottage-like vibe as most everything inside it looked like it was made of wood. There was a full bar for those who came at cocktail hour and a vintage espresso machine that poured the smoothest shot ever produced for those who needed to wake up. On Fridays and Saturdays there is also live music until about ten not to mention homemade treats and specials of the day for snacking. Pegasus Coffee house has a little something for everyone.
Mora Iced Creamery: This establishment was selected as one of the “Best in the U.S.” by the magazine, Food and Wine. You will know why once you step foot in the door. With flavors such as dark chocolate mint, Mexican chocolate, cheesecake with brownies, vanilla with shaved chocolate and banana split this creamery is so good you’ll be salivating long before you decide on which one. The workers won’t rush you while you try as many of the flavors as you need and the scoops are more than enough to satiate a craving. They also have several choices for sorbets and provide delectable homemade desserts. It’s exactly what a creamery should be.
Traveling to Bainbridge Island with a vehicle will cost $16.40 both ways but if you park your car and walk aboard the entire trip is less than $8.00. Everywhere mentioned is within walking distance sans the park. However, there are plenty of small versions of it scattering the island. With so much to do and summer running out this is a great escape to remind everyone why we appreciate Washington for more than the city life. Feel free to tell us your favorite things about this wonderful island paradise.
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