Days off ‘ are meant to explore, wander, and de-stress. We must allow ourselves time to decompress from work and daily life stressors. I know. We feel like we have so much to do. That we don’t have time. But… It’s important.
It can work in your favor. It already is. You’re taking the time to read this post. Treat yo self.
(You know, that whole work-life balance thing. )
Also .. you’ll have more energy. You might not lose your cool as quickly. You might even be happy, like smiling. Voluntarily.
Sounds fun, right?
The husband and I are getting back into the work-life balance routine, dating each other, and enjoying our free time together. So check out our must-try list as we escape to Bainbridge Island.
Escape to Bainbridge Island: an essential getaway
We’d heard fantastic things about Bainbridge. Bainbridge Island is one of the neighboring islands near Seattle. It’s about a 30-minute ferry ride. So happy, we jumped on the Washington State Ferry & headed over. (It’s only $8.20 for walk-on pedestrians. And free on the way back.) You can either pre-load your Orca card (at various locations) or purchase tickets at the Seattle ferry terminal.
There are some wonderful boutique shops, exquisite restaurants, beautiful green spaces, and lovely events on Bainbridge. This is our first trip, so I’ll unveil cool spots on this feature series.
Escape to Bainbridge Island: unique dining
1) Harbour Public House
[ 231 Parfitt Way SW. ]
Get thee to the pub house! Fantastic selection of local microbrews, wines, and eats in a historical lil outhouse. Also, they have a versatile menu for Gluten Free too. Further, unbelievable seafood with an unbelievable view. (21 & up only)
His: Bainbridge Island Kommuter Kolsch with Bo Burger with Bacon and a side of hand-cut Washington fries.
Hers: flash fried (GF) calamari with the Eagle Harbor Pubordeaux ( a 50/50 mix of merlot & cab. Blended on the island)
Escape to Bainbridge Island: adventure in nature
2.) Wander about the walking trail in cute downtown Winslow
Escape to Bainbridge Island: sweet treats
3.) Sweet Treat: Mora’s Iced Creamery
[139 Madrone Lane N. ]
Best ice cream ever. It certainly ’twas fresh, flavorful, and light. Local ice cream shop. hand-crafted (48) different ice creams, sorbets, milkshakes & desserts. Almost all flavors are gluten-free. Also, they deliver. Yup. You read that right.
Hers: mint chocolate chip
His: orange (he ate it before I could snag a photo ! )
Escape to Bainbridge Island: fun stuff
4.) Fun Stuff – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA)
[550 Winslow Way East. ]
Contemporary art museum filled with interesting world-renown collections. Rotating collections often feature prominent local artists. In addition, the art museum is free & open daily, which is terrific. (Woop) Further, what’s impressive is the additional programs they feature daily. They offer workshops & art classes for students of every age. They also have lectures/readings, book arts programs, and a podcast series.
We happened to catch the opening night of the SMARTfilm series, commemorating the age of the classic movie musicals.
You guys know… “I’m all about film”..
So, I was excited to see this was an ongoing series that they use to educate and spark conversations in the community.
- Opening Night – Sept 20- Animal Crackers
- Animal crackers: the Marx brother’s comedy caper. Loved all the physical comedy. And the audience’s interactive response between musical numbers. A talk-back was featured with Frank Ferrante (award-winning professional Groucho Marx impersonator)
- Sept 27: Gold Digger’s of 1933
- Oct 4: Top Hat
- Oct 11: Stormy Weather
- Oct 18: On the Town
- Oct 25: West Side Story
Tix can be purchased through a link on their website & Facebook event . (Only $10 each)
Escape to Bainbridge Island: essential weekend getaway
We loved our first visit to Bainbridge Island. We can’t wait to show you more next on the next feature of “Escape to Bainbridge Island” II.
Where is your favorite escape spot?
Quirky and wanting another Island Day,