Destination guide

Bainbridge Island, Seattle's boozy secret

Once named the second best place to live in the U.S., Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound was discovered by Captain George Vancouver in 1792. Now the 65-square-mile island is an affluent suburb of Seattle, and reached by a 35-minute ferry ride from the mainland. Bainbridge Island vacation rentals are a great alternative to staying in downtown Seattle, and come with the added bonus of waterfront and mountain views. Still a popular artist's enclave, the island is becoming a hotbed for barflies with artisan wineries, breweries, and distilleries popping up.

Things to do

An island of arts, artifacts, and artisan wineries

There's more to Bainbridge Island than wineries and gardens. The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art explores the island's art-and-craft beginnings, while the quirky Bainbridge Island Historical Museum delves into its early years. Housed in a 1908 schoolhouse, see Ansel Adams' rare photos of Manzanar, artifacts from Native American lore, and an exhibition about Japanese/American internment. There's also plenty of hands-on exhibits for kids, a well as a museum shop, which is always popular with younger historians.

Activities

It's blooming lovely on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island offers plenty of activities, from hiking and biking to wining and dining. But many people come to explore the island's beautiful greenbelt. One of Bainbridge Island's most popular spots is the Bloedel Reserve, a sprawling woodland with formal Japanese gardens. Doze under the 150-year-old maple tree or romp through the Moss Garden, which has a soft mossy floor grown from 40 different species of moss. Choose a well-located Bainbridge Island vacation rental, and you can indulge in the island's natural attractions, as well its more liquid delights.

Weather

Summers in Seattle are an island delight

Don't come expecting year-round sunshine, Bainbridge Island has a mild, marine climate not unlike San Francisco. And like the Bay area, Bainbridge Island is no stranger to overcast days. The summer is the most popular time to visit, when long sunny days dominate and temperatures regularly reach a pleasant 60-70°F, and Bainbridge Island vacation rentals are booked in advance. In late fall and winter, the mercury drops dramatically, yet Bainbridge Island's marine climate keeps snowfall to a manageable 4 inches.

Natural features

Bainbridge Island is heaven for hikers

Set in the heart of the Puget Sound, and surrounded by the Cascade Mountain Range, Bainbridge Island is the perfect example of mountains meeting the coast. Blessed with a heap of natural beauty, it's remarkably easy to find a forest escape from your Bainbridge Island vacation rental. One of the real hotspots for hikers is Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve, a 444-acre forest, lake, and wetland area. Spend endless days exploring the many woodland trails which criss-cross the island, or visit the 13-acre wetland, which is home to many species of waterfowl.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Bainbridge Island

Fly into Seattle, WA (LKE-Lake Union), the closest airport, located 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Seattle, WA (BFI-Boeing Field), which is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bainbridge Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 521 vacation rentals near Bainbridge Island. From 294 Houses to 53 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bainbridge Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bainbridge Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bainbridge Island:

  • Seattle Waterfront: 830 vacation rentals
  • Fremont: 331 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 886 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle: 1,484 vacation rentals
  • Ballard: 792 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bainbridge Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bainbridge Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Islandwood: 2,469 vacation rentals
  • Bainbridge Island Ferry Dock: 2,450 vacation rentals
  • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art: 2,437 vacation rentals
  • Fay Bainbridge State Park: 2,425 vacation rentals
  • Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial: 2,455 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bainbridge Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bainbridge Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 294 Houses in Bainbridge Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bainbridge Island include:

  • Cabins: 53 rentals available
  • Cottages: 53 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 89 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bainbridge Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 19 vacation rentals with pool available in Bainbridge Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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