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Bainbridge/Bremerton

Two communities, each just ferry ride away from downtown–but they each feel like a whole other world.

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

This island destination is home to a delightful assortment of small-town gems that deliver big-time charm.

 

Blackbird Bakery Photo: Lauren Stelling

EAT: BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

Start where the locals do: at Blackbird Bakery for a latte and a mezzaluna, a flaky hand pie filled with in-season fruits. Grapes like viognier, petit verdot, and pinot grigio headline at Eleven Winery’s Winslow tasting room along with live music each weekend at their vineyard just up the road. Don’t miss dinner and drinks at award-winning Hitchcock for hyper-local fare sourced from farms across the state. And no day is complete without Mora Iced Creamery’s beloved scoops—try the namesake blackberry or one of three dulce de leche variations.

Churchmouse Yarns & Tea Photo: Jared Flood

SHOP: BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

Wander through Winslow to catch author readings at Eagle Harbor Book Co., or cozy up with skeins and sips at Churchmouse Yarns & Tea. Browse Petit and Olson for handmade clothing from local and European designers and antique furniture, or Salt House Mercantile for Northwest souvenirs like forest-scented candles.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Courtesy of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

PLAY: BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

Get a feel for how island life has inspired dozens of painters, sculptors, and more at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, where a standout gift shop includes Native American–inspired pieces and striking blown-glass works. To escape into nature, explore up to eight miles of trails in Grand Forest Park, or stroll The Bloedel Reserve’s public gardens. Seafaring adventurers will love paddling around Eagle Harbor with Exotic Aquatics’ sea kayak rentals.

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BREMERTON

A fast new passenger ferry from downtown Seattle’s Pier 52 to the Kitsap Peninsula has made this town steeped in military history even easier to explore.

 

EAT: BREMERTON

World-class croissants, breads, and sweets make Saboteur Bakery well worth a detour to the Manette neighborhood north of the ferry terminal. Nearby, Honor Bar uses local ingredients in its food and cocktails. The city’s array of ethnic food includes Central and South American food from burritos to pupusas at El Balcon. And there’s always classic American at kitschy-cool Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe.

The Bremerton Blackberry Festival occurs annually in September.

SHOP: BREMERTON

Channel your inner movie star at Ish Vintage Clothing and Costumes, whose owner is also a costume designer. Discover more vintage clothing, plus furniture and collectibles, at Flea Market Chics in the Uptown Mercantile & Marketplace. Find all kinds of comics, board games, and toys, plus a coffee bar and a community of fellow hobbyists, at The Game Wizard and Blue Sky Hobbies.

USS Turner Joy Photo: Shutterstock

PLAY: BREMERTON

Maritime history buffs love the USS Turner Joy and the Puget Sound Navy Museum, both only a short distance from the ferrydock. While you’re waiting for the ferry, check out entertaining displays about local riveter Rosies at Naval Shipyard Memorial Plaza, along with the bubbling spouts at Harborside Fountain Park. Unconventional, kid-friendly museums include the Bremerton Bug Museum and the Valentinetti Puppet Museum.

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WHERE TO GO & HOW TO GET THERE

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

*Bainbridge Island Museum of Art 550 Winslow Way E; biartmuseum.org • Blackbird Bakery 210 Winslow Way E; blackbirdbakery.com • *Bloedel Reserve 7571 NE Dolphin Dr; bloedelreserve.org • Churchmouse Yarns & Tea 118 Madrone Lane N; churchmouseyarns.com • Eagle Harbor Book Co. 157 Winslow Way E; eagleharborbooks.com • Eleven Winery 287 Winslow Way E; elevenwinery.com • Exotic Aquatics 328 Madison Ave N; exoticaquaticsscuba.com • Grand Forest Park 9752 Miller Road NE; biparks.org • Hitchcock 133 Winslow Way E #100; hitchcockrestaurant.com • Mora Iced Creamery 139 Madrone Lane; moraicecream.com • Petit and Olson 156 Winslow Way E • Salt House Mercantile 119 Winslow Way E; salthousemercantile.com

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BREMERTON

Boat Shed 101 Shore Dr; boatshed.restaurant • El Balcon 326 Pacific Ave • First Friday Art WalkGame Wizard and Blue Sky Hobbies 603 Fourth St; blueskyhobbies.com • Liberty Bay Books 409 Pacific Ave, Ste 202; libertybaybooks.com • Manette Saloon 2113 E 11th St; themanette.com • Puget Sound Navy Museum 251 First St; pugetsoundnavymuseum.org • Saboteur Bakery 2110 E 11th St; saboteurbakery.com • Uptown Mercantile & Marketplace 816 Pacific Ave • *USS Turner Joy 300 Washington Beach Ave; ussturnerjoy.org

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Bainbridge/Bremerton Partners

Bainbridge Island Downtown Association Bainbridge/Bremerton

Bainbridge Island Downtown Association

  • Address 120 Madrone Ln N, Ste 203, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
  • Phone (206) 842-2982
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Tour Bainbridge Bainbridge/Bremerton

Tour Bainbridge

  • Address , Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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Wineries of Bainbridge Island Bainbridge/Bremerton

Wineries of Bainbridge Island

  • Address All Seven Bainbridge Island Wineries, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
  • Phone 206.200.8751
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Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Bainbridge/Bremerton

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

  • Address 550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
  • Phone (206) 842-4451
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