The Absolute Best Things to do on Bainbridge Island this Summer

If you’ve yet to visit the Northwest during the splendid summer months, there are so many things to do on Bainbridge Island on warm, sunny days! Our charming island community is welcoming and offers the perfect retreat from busy metropolitan areas. Here, you’re surrounded by the glassy waters of Puget Sound, lush Evergreens in the Grand Forest, and groupings the rustic driftwood logs at Fay Bainbridge State Park. Our stunning Northwest island paradise is one of the best places to visit during summer. 

Located a 35-minute ferry ride from the Seattle waterfront, Bainbridge Island offers the perfect getaway from the city. Whether you’re trying to get away from Seattle for a few days or heading from further away, you’ll find so many great things to do on Bainbridge Island. There are hiking and biking trails for outdoor lovers to explore, wine tasting, and delectable restaurants for the culinary-minded. There is a free art museum, galleries, and lovely shopping opportunities, too! 

The ideal place to stay on your trip is in Winslow, the charming downtown area on Bainbridge Island. Our petit hotel is the only lodging option within walking distance of the ferry. We offer unique overnight accommodations in five one-of-a-kind hotel rooms and two custom townhomes built around a garden-filled courtyard. Summer is a popular time to visit the island, and we often fill up in advance, so start planning and book your lodging today! 

one of the best Things to do on Bainbridge Island is get out on the glassy water of Puget Sound

The Ultimate List of Things to do on Bainbridge Island

Our quiet island community offers a unique place to get away this summer! As we expect a hot summer across the country, our Northwest corner of Washington State often sits a few degrees lower than other areas, thanks to the breeze off the water, towering Evergreens, and plenty of beaches to cool off. 

Here are the best things to do on Bainbridge Island this summer: 

  1. Explore Downtown Winslow: There’s one main street in downtown, Winslow Way. As you get off the ferry, you’ll head up this street to our hotel; along the way you’ll see fantastic boutiques, Town & Country Market, restaurants and bars, and so many of the best things to do on Bainbridge Island are on this main drag. 
  2. Morning Treats at the Local Coffee Shops: There are a handful of lovely coffee shops for breakfast and sweet treats. We’re partial to Pegasus Coffee House, just across the street from our Inn, offering delicious sweet and savory morning options. 
  3. Kayaking at Waterfront Park: Eagle Harbor offers perfect glassy waters, especially in the early mornings and evenings. Head down to Waterfront Park, a few minutes walk from our Inn, and rent a kayak or two
  4. Hike in the Grand Forest: This preserved swath of forest offers a lovely collection of easy-to-moderate hikes. It’s a popular destination for locals and visitors, and you’ll feel immersed in the quintessential Northwest scenery. 
  5. Soak up the Sun at Fay Bainbridge State Park: Head to the Northend of the island to this shoreline park for stunning views of Mount Rainer and Puget Sound. You’ll see people beachcombing, building driftwood sculptures, and little ones climbing the pirate ship play structure. 
  6. A Wine Tasting Tour: The island has an impressive collection of local wineries producing elegant wines. Head out to Bainbridge Vineyards off Day Road for a tasting, or walk to the nearby tasting rooms on Winslow, including Eleven Winery, Fletcher Bay Winery, and Eagle Harbor Wine Co
  7. Stroll the Gardens at Bloedel Reserve: Always at the top of the list of things to do on Bainbridge Island, this garden estate and nature preserve is not to be missed. 
  8. Shopping at the Farmers Market: During the warmer months, Saturday mornings are for fresh flowers, just-picked produce, hot food vendors, and local artisans selling their wares at this picturesque small-town market
  9. Culinary Delights at the Local Restaurants: One thing is for sure: you’ll have your choice of fantastic dining options during your stay for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A few favorites not to miss: Agate Restaurant for date night, Amelia Wynn for share plates, Cafe Hitchcock for cocktails, and BASA for award-winning Vietnamese. 
  10. Head to the Bainbridge Island Art Museum: This local museum is always free to visit. The gallery and exhibits frequently change, and indigenous artists are often showcased.
one of the best Things to do on Bainbridge Island is stay at our boutique hotel

The Best Hotel on Bainbridge Island for Your Summer Getaway

The Eagle Harbor Inn is just one-half mile from the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. For those driving on the boat, you’ll find complimentary garage parking at the Inn, and our guests often don’t use their car again during their stay—unless they choose to explore further out on the island. Being right downtown during your stay makes heading out on foot a breeze, and you’ll be within walking distance of the majority of the best things to do on Bainbridge Island. 

With only seven lodging accommodations at our Bainbridge Island hotel, you’ll never encounter unwanted crowds or noise—you’ll love the privacy our courtyard layout provides. Each room is beautifully appointed with an authentic Northwest decor, comfortable beds, and elegant en suite bathrooms. You’ll have all the comforts of home with an elevated touch of hotel amenities. As one of the best Bainbridge Island hotels, we hope that each guest who stays with us feels welcomed and has what they need to relax, recharge, and feel refreshed upon check-out.

There are so many fantastic things to do on Bainbridge Island, and when you have our hotel as your homebase, you’ll be on cloud nine! During your stay, you’ll be treated to coffee each morning from our neighboring cafe, Pegasus Coffeehouse. You’ll have complimentary use of the facilities at Island Fitness and be within walking distance of our gourmet grocery store, restaurants, and much more! We can’t wait to host you at one of the only boutique Bainbridge Island hotels. Book your room today!

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