July 10, 2020
On the 1st day of fall I spent the day on Bainbridge Island. It was a beautiful day, warm and full of light. I decided to drive and took the ferry over. I started my afternoon at the Bloedel Reserve- a beautiful 150 acre property where walking slowly and soaking in the beauty of the surroundings is encouraged. There are wheelchair paths as well. The view of the Bloedel residence makes one think of Elizabeth Bennet’s description of Mr Darcy’s palatial abode- “ I’ve never seen a house so happily situated”.
Even though I drove, one can get there by bus: http://bloedelreserve.org/visit/
Scroll to the bottom of the page for bus service information.
Having worked up an appetite after my 2 hour stroll, I was ready for some food! I decided on the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Bistro since I was planning to spend some time there as well. They have freshly-made soups and savory tarts as well as sandwiches, so I had a cup of tomato soup and a savory mushroom tart!
BIMA– a jewel of a museum– has a great variety of art installations, many of them by local artists. It is open year-round and is FREE! Of course donations accepted. https://www.biartmuseum.org/
After the museum, I had about 2 hrs to walk around town. Be aware that most shops close early– around 6pm, except for the bookstore which closes at 7pm.
Bainbridge has a great selection of shops, high-end boutiques, specialty shops such as Churchmouse Yarns and Tea, and the Calico Toy Shoppe. The bookstore was very welcoming and spacious with a great selection of books. While I was there they were getting ready for an author’s reading on the weekend.
No trip to Bainbridge is complete without a stop at Mora! Always make room for ice cream, that’s my philosophy. I had the Irish coffee ice cream; unfortunately did not have room for a sundae or 2 scoops but there is always next time! http://moraicecream.com/mora-ice-cream-locations-2/mora-ice-cream-bainbridge-island/
Time to head back to Seattle– got in the ferry line just as they were boarding so no wait this time. It was a lovely evening so lots of people were taking photos of the beautiful Seattle skyline as we got closer to shore. All in all, a perfect day!
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