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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

Hop the downtown ferry for a picturesque island day trip.

 

Blackbird Bakery Photo: Lauren Stelling

EAT: BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

After a scenic 35-minute ferry ride from Pier 52, grab coffee and a seasonal cream scone at Blackbird Bakery (210 Winslow Way E) or settle into Streamliner Diner (397 Winslow Way E) for hearty biscuits and gravy. At any of chef Brendan McGill’s restaurants, you’ll taste food raised on the island, sometimes from his own farm: His convivial pizzeria, Bruciato (236 Winslow Way E), uses house made salumi, and his fancier flagship, Hitchcock (133 Winslow Way E, Ste 100), ensures local flavors even in the winter thanks to a dedicated fermentation program. The French-inspired fare at Restaurant Marché (150 Madrone Ln N) also leans heavily on local ingredients. Leave time for a trip to Mora Iced Creamery (139 Madrone Ln) for a scoop (or two) before heading back to the dock.

Salt House Mercantile Courtesy @e.ong via Instagram

SHOP: BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

On Bainbridge’s main drag, shop-lined Winslow Way, find nautical-inflected home goods at Salt House Mercantile (119 Winslow Way E), handmade apparel at Petit and Olson (156 Winslow Way E), and Northwest- and Asian-inspired home and garden offerings at Plum (124 Winslow Way E). At Eagle Harbor Book Co. (157 Winslow Way E), which brims with titles by local authors, staff eagerly point visitors to their next favorite read.

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

PLAY: BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

Arts aficionados can explore contemporary exhibits at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art* (550 Winslow Way E) or even go behind the scenes at the twice-yearly Bainbridge Island Studio Tour*. For natural beauty, walk the beach at Fay Bainbridge Park (15446 Sunrise Dr NE) or tour the gardens of Bloedel Reserve *(7571 NE Dolphin Dr). And there are plenty of opportunities to imbibe. Many of the island’s wineries have tasting rooms on Winslow— standout Fletcher Bay (500 Winslow Way E) is conveniently close to the ferry terminal. Next door, Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse (500 Winslow Way E) serves its own beers alongside Northwest ciders.

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BREMERTON

With a 30-minute fast ferry from Seattle, getting to this maritime town is a breeze.

 

EAT: BREMERTON

Start the day with a whole-wheat croissant from Saboteur Bakery (2110 E 11th St), located just across the Manette Bridge. Just down the street is Manette Daily (2102 E 11th St), a low-key luncheonette with hearty fare like corned beef or vegetarian Reubens alongside penny candy and ice cream. Hound and Bottle (2109 E 11th St) serves refined, seasonal dishes nearby. Downtown, Toro Lounge’s (315 Pacific Ave) cocktails go great with truffle fries, stuffed dates, and lamb sliders, while El Balcon (326 Pacific Ave) specializes in burritos and Salvadoran dishes like pupusas.

The Bremerton Blackberry Festival occurs annually in September.

SHOP: BREMERTON

For antiques, upcycled furniture, or quirky home goods, hit Uptown Mercantile & Marketplace (816 Pacific Ave ) or Manette Garage (1025 Pitt Ave). Indulge your inner bookworm at Liberty Bay Books (409 Pacific Ave, Ste 202), score vintage threads at Ish Vintage (249 Fourth St), and find cute gifts for kids (as well as tips on cloth diapers and baby-wearing) at Nola Baby Co (1102 Scott Ave, Ste 102). In the market for a little pampering? Stop by Suja’s House of Mystics (719 Pacific Ave) for all-natural skincare products and crystals.

Macklemore at the Admiral Theatre Courtesy Eric Moregensen/ Admiral Theatre

PLAY: BREMERTON

Bremerton has a long history as a working waterfront and naval base, most obvious from the USS Turner Joy* (300 Washington Beach Ave), a naval destroyer turned museum moored in the harbor. During warm days, splash around at the recently renovated Harborside Fountain Park (251 First St), also home to Puget Sound Navy Museum (251 First St). Stroll along the waterfront and downtown corridor to spot more than half a dozen sculptures sprinkled throughout. See the history of puppets from around the world at Valentinetti Puppet Museum (280 Fourth St). After dark, catch concerts and films at the historic Art Deco Admiral Theatre (515 Pacific Ave).

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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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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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Kids Discovery Museum Bainbridge/Bremerton

Kids Discovery Museum

  • Address 301 Ravine Ln NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
  • Phone (206) 855-4650
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PacWesty Camper Van Rentals Bainbridge/Bremerton

PacWesty Camper Van Rentals

  • Address 7869 NE Day Rd W Unit 206, Unit 206, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
  • Phone (206) 451-4923
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