Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

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Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.