Get ready to visit Seattle's best-kept secret when you stay in one of our gorgeous Bainbridge Island vacation rentals. Named by CNN as one of the best places to live in the United States, Bainbridge is home to beaches, recreation, and some of the best views of Seattle.
A top Washington state destination for many reasons, Bainbridge Island is the place to be, especially in the summertime!
One of the larger islands in Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island is about five miles wide and ten miles long. Just a 35-minute ferry ride across Elliott Bay, west of downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island attracts a diverse crowd of locals and out-of-towners alike. Though Bainbridge has many residents who live and work on the island, many also commute to Seattle via the Bainbridge Island ferry each day.
This island getaway has the unique advantage of being connected to the mainland via the Agate Pass Bridge. Built in the 1950s, this steel bridge replaced a car ferry service and now offers travelers easy access to the rest of the Olympic Peninsula, from Port Angeles to the Olympic National Forest.
Bainbridge Island boasts year-round appeal as one of the best island getaways close to Seattle, and you'll love visiting any time of year!
In the summer, spend your days meandering through the quaint downtown area, window shopping in eclectic boutiques, or take advantage of being surrounded by Puget Sound and try your hand at sailing or fishing.
With miles of beaches, Bainbridge Island is the best place to be if you want to go beachcombing or take photos, and many of our Bainbridge Island vacation rentals boast waterfront locations and easy beach access so you can make the most of a sunny summer day!
Wintertime on Bainbridge Island is better suited for staying cozy inside, though a beautiful rainy day can make an outdoor excursion all the more enjoyable. If you want to get outside, a stay in one of our Bainbridge Island vacation rentals gives you the perfect excuse to hike, bike, or walk in the Bloedel Reserve or Fort Ward State Park.
During the evening, a selection of marvelous restaurants makes for an upscale night of fine dining. Afterward, you'll love experiencing Bainbridge Island's arts scene by getting tickets for a show at The Edge Improv.
Bainbridge Island is known for its festivals and events! Stop by the local farmers market, or join the island's most famous annual bike ride. The Chilly Hilly bicycle ride each February kicks off the cycling season, and is "guaranteed to be hilly, probably chilly and always a heck of a lot of fun."
For a fun day trip, hop on one of the frequent ferry boats (locals refer to it simply as "the boat") for a quick, 35-minute trip to downtown Seattle. Wander around Pike Place Market, take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, or go shopping at Westlake Center.
The Pacific Northwest is bursting with possibility, and you'll get to be a part of it when you choose one of our exciting Olympic Peninsula vacation rentals as your home base. Grab your suitcase and pack your camera, your raincoat, and your sense of adventure - your vacation starts here!
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