Summer is a great time of year to catch the downtown Seattle ferry and head to Bainbridge Island for a day-trip. There is lots to do and see on the island, and the main town: Winslow, is just a short walk from the ferry terminal. You don’t need to bring your car in order to be able to experience what Bainbridge has to offer, but you will need it if you have a specific place in mind you are set on visiting that is far away (uber and Lyft are available on the island, but they are limited— so don’t bank on this option if you need to go a certain place). I’ve broken up one day’s time to make an itinerary you can use for your next visit! Enjoy!
Welcome to the island! The Ferry has docked and you are now on the beautiful island we are proud to call home. To get your day trip started off right, Head to Pegasus Coffee House—located not far from the Ferry Dock in the town of Winslow. This locally owned, ivy-covered island favorite is a friendly waterfront landmark that serves good food in addition to making great coffee! Owned by the Killian family, this establishment also showcases local artistry, spreading community love with every customer. Grab a quick bite to eat and fill up on your daily caffeine before heading out to start your day on the island.
Head on over to Heydey Farm, a family-owned and operated historical farm that occupies 25 acres of the island. The farm grows and sells freshly farmed food and offers a variety of farm experiences to the general public as well as culinary classes and retreats. This is a great place to learn more about where your food comes from, as well as the benefits of sustainable farming. Explore the gardens, take a tour of the creamery, or sign up for a culinary class that reflects the current season and the unique Northwest location!
If you didn’t grab a bite to eat already at Heydey Farm, head to town to try some of the best thin crust oven roasted pizza you will ever have at Bruciato. This Neapolitan pizzeria is located in what used to be the Island’s hardware store. The space has been beautifully transformed into a modern industrial restaurant, which boasts impressive aesthetic. Eating here is an experience, and kids will love cutting their own piece of pizza with the special scissors your waiter/waitress will provide.
After a late lunch, walk off part of that delicious pizza by exploring Bainbridge Island’s historic downtown. Stop into Pelindaba Lavender, a shop located in the heart of the historic town amidst other locally owned boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes. This boutique lavender store sells an incredibly large array of lavender products, from body lotions to ice-cream and dog shampoo. All their products are made with lavender grown on the San Juan Island Pelindaba Lavender Farm. This is the perfect place to buy gifts for friends and family, and also buy something for yourself while you’re at it!
If you came on the ferry as a walk-on passenger, a beautiful beach near town that is perfect for an afternoon of exploring is Rockaway Beach Park. Here you can find scuba divers, kayakers and picnickers. Comb the shoreline for beach glass or set up a picnic to watch sailboats race around Blakely Rock and catch an amazing view of Seattle. If you brought your car, Fay Bainbridge Park has a beautiful sandy beach, located on the Northeast corner of the island. This 17-acre marine park is a popular spot for campers and offers sweeping views of Puget Sound.
After an afternoon packed full of exploring shops and the beach, start your evening off right by dining at one of the most popular foodie spots on the island: Doc’s Marina Grill. This waterfront restaurant offers fantastic views of the marina from their deck dining area (which is enclosed and heated during the fall and winter months). Doc’s takes pride in providing the freshest and most delicious local seafood but also has a mouthwatering array of burgers and appetizers to choose from. This is the perfect place to recap your day with friends and family while taking in amazing water views.
Bainbridge Island might not offer much of a nightlife scene, but you can’t leave the island without visiting Bainbridge Brewing’s Alehouse in downtown Winslow. This independent and award-winning brewery— which started in 2012— takes pride in their craft beer, and knows there’s a lot that goes into making the island’s most delicious brews! Something fun is always happening at the Alehouse, so grab a deliciously cold glass of craft beer, hard cider, or wine and fun playing weekly trivia, watching sports on the many TV screens, beating your friends at pinball, or listening to the live band! If you’re feeling hungry for a bite to eat, they also offer a variety of great snacks including German-style pretzels, smoked cheese and salmon, and more. Located just a short walk and even shorter drive from the ferry terminal, it’s also an ideal place to wait if you happen to lose track of time while exploring the island and miss your intended ferry!
The ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle runs back and forth all day until about 11 PM every night (the schedule varies depending on date), so you’ll have time to enjoy your drinks before heading back to the city. Until next time!