Plan for These Annual Special Events at Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve is one of the most well-known attractions on Bainbridge Island. It was once named by The New York Times as “one of this country’s most original and ambitious gardens.” This lovely nature area continues to be an immaculate destination on the North end of Bainbridge Island for quiet contemplation, immersing yourself in the stunning Northwest scenery, and a fantastic place for yearly events. Unsurprisingly, more than 80,000 people visit Bloedel Reserve each year! 

Bloedel Reserve’s most popular events are the “Strolls for Well-Being”  guided tours. From the event listing, these walks are for “those interested in deepening their connection to nature.” Each stroll includes a theme such as joy, awareness, or gratitude, and the walks are designed around unique locations within the Reserve.

While a day trip to Bloedel Reserve is possible from Seattle, the best way to enjoy your time on Bainbridge Island is by planning an overnight or extended stay. That’s where The Eagle Harbor Inn plays a part in your Northwest getaway! We’re the only boutique hotel on Bainbridge Island within walking distance of the ferry and a ten-minute drive to Bloedel Reserve. Check out our beautiful, private accommodations and book your lodging today! 

upcoming events at Bloedel Reserve

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events at Bloedel Reserve

Walking through the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, you feel like you’re wandering through a series of perfectly balanced and exquisite rooms that seamlessly blend in with nature. Every space you move into has a unique light, color, and mood, and the transitions between them are effortless.

This is all thanks to careful planning and an incredible aesthetic eye, evident in every bend in the path, bench placement, and framing of each view. On the curated events, you’ll get an insider’s look into the planning and history of Bloedel Reserve. 

Here are the upcoming events not to miss: 

  1. Winter & Springs Strolls Program: Connect more deeply with nature and your surroundings on these guided walks with expert horticulturists at Bloedel Reserve. These strolls offer a theme, often focused on self-care, mindfulness, and centering our energies. These strolls are offered seasonally and give guests a unique way to experience the 140-acre preserve in a different way. 
  2. Saturday Story Time: If you’re traveling with kids, this nature-themed story time for kids happens every fourth Saturday from 11 to 11:30 AM in the Residence at Bloedel Reserve. All ages are welcome, and it’s the perfect way for kiddos to connect with nature, too!
  3. Guided Garden Walks with Kidimu: Another family-friendly event, Blodel partners with the local children’s museum for these guided walks with kids’ attention spans in mind. 
  4. Welcome Wednesday: The first Wednesday of each month, the reserve offers a pay-what-you-wish community day. All are welcome to explore our trails and gardens and experience nature’s transformative power without paying full price. 
  5. Host Your Events at Bloedel Reserve: Bloedel is the perfect place to hold your nuptials, from weddings to celebrations! The stunning outdoor spaces, sweeping vistas, meticulously maintained lawns, distinctive magnificent landscapes, a historic French chateau overlooking Puget Sound, and a tranquil Japanese guest house are all available as a backdrop for your upcoming event. 
Bloedel Reserve is a lovely place to visit, made better by a getaway to our hotel on Bainbridge island

The Best Boutique Hotel on Bainbridge Island

The Eagle Harbor Inn is the only luxury hotel on Bainbridge Island located in downtown Winslow. Our Inn is within walking distance of so many of the best things to explore on the island, and we’re only a few minutes walk from the Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry dock. Upon check-in, you’ll quickly see that our innkeeper and staff are welcoming and hope to accommodate our guests to the best of their abilities. Feel free to ask about personalized recommendations, directions, or reservations. 

Our hotel on Bainbridge Island includes five unique guest suites and two custom townhouses surrounding a lovely garden courtyard centerpiece. Guests love basking in the sun and fresh sea air with their morning coffee or glass of wine in the evenings. It’s a beautiful shared space that adds to your enjoyment on the island. Outside our patio walls, you’ll find the best restaurants, cafes, and shopping opportunities just steps away. Everything else, including Bloedel Reserve, is just a quick and scenic drive. 

There are also a few unique amenities we feature at our hotel on Bainbridge Island, including free coffee each morning from our favorite shop Pegasus Coffee, passes to Island Fitness for those who may want to exercise during their stay, and complimentary garage parking. Start planning your next family trip, romantic getaway, or solo retreat to one of the most beautiful islands in the Northwest, and book your lodging today! 

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