Across Puget Sound from Seattle sits Bainbridge Island, a thirty minute ferry ride away from the hustle of the city. I was a little nervous, because I get motion sickness and decided to stay out on the deck. The Ferry was large, the kind where cars are transported on the bottom. In late October, the cold wind had me scurrying inside to a cushioned, comfortable seat. I had no problems being able to see through the glass and theride was smooth.
Bainbridge Island has a quaint, seaside village feel. From the dock, we walked up a hill to the only stop light we encountered and into a creative haven. Downtown boosted a variety of specialized shops we were eager to explore.
The first order of business was finding a spot for lunch. With over forty restaurants, picking a place wasn’t easy. We asked someone in town for their advice of a place to eat with a view. They suggested Doc’s Marina Grill and the scenery was fantastic. The food tasted great too. Along the marina, rock art was showcased.
With our hunger satiated, we strolled along the shops on the main strip. I loved the town. The shopkeepers were friendly and helpful. An independent bookstore showcased their local authors, including Susan Wiggs, clothing stores, handmade pottery, art galleries, jewelry, a sewing store, a yarn shop, where I brought a knitting pattern and I don’t even knit.
I want to go back during the summer. There are many parks to explore and I understand you can rent a bicycle and tour the island on your own. Bicycles rule on Bainbridge. As we were walking back to the dock,the rush hour traffic came in from the ferry. We counted two cars and over fifty bicycles. What a great way to stay in shape.
Time to head back to Seattle. There was one more must-do attraction to check off our list, before the conference started. The Space Needle.