Drive or walk onto a Washington State Ferries vessel to reach this quaint island town, just 35 minutes from downtown Seattle.
Start the day off right at Blackbird Bakery, a star when it comes to fresh pastries. For lunch, pick up a sandwich heaped high with house-smoked porchetta at Hitchcock Deli. Keep it casual for dinner at The Harbour Public House, a local watering hole serving sophisticated pub fare like steamed mussels in beer. Then finish with a sweet bite at either of two frozen confectionaries: Mora Ice Cream (decadently creamy scoops) and Gelarto (artisan gelato in an array of traditional flavors).
Cute boutiques line the main thoroughfare, Winslow Way, which is just a five-minute walk from the ferry terminal. Browse the array of high-quality yarns at Churchmouse Yarns & Tea, or pick up handcrafted gifts from Salt House Mercantile. Find Asian-inspired apparel and home goods at Plum, and there’s no hazard at Danger—just quirky jewelry, art, and gifts.
Make a point to visit Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, which showcases contemporary works from local artists. Find a different kind of art at The Bloedel Reserve. The 150-acre reserve features 12 distinct gardens, including a bird marsh and an award-winning Japanese garden. On your way back to the ferry dock, stop by Eleven Winery for a tasting flight and friendly atmosphere.
Dive into the rich naval history of this port town, only an hour-long ferry ride from Seattle.
Kitsch and comfort food converge at Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe, where the walls are lined with vintage Thermoses and hearty brunch fare is always served hot. El Balcon earns raves for its fresh, flavorful Mexican and Salvadoran food (be sure to try the pupusas). For a meal and a view, Boat Shed Restaurant can’t be beat with its waterfront deck and classic menu of burgers and fish and chips.
Deck yourself out in fun outfits from the roaring ’20s through the totally rad ’80s at Ish Vintage Clothing. Seek out more vintage wares of the video game sort at Bplus Retro and More, a haven for old-school gamers. Or stock up on environmentally friendly, handmade bars at F.R.O.G. Soap.
Families love strolling through Harborside Fountain Park, where kids can splash in the water on warmer days. Meanwhile, USS Turner Joy is one way to get up close to Bremerton’s Navy roots. The retired destroyer has been turned into a floating museum, where you can stroll the deck and even peer up into the gun turrets. After all that exploring, quench your thirst with a cherry amber or a hoppy IPA at Wobbly Hopps Brewery.
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