During these crazy times, there is nothing more important that the sanctity of our health and the support of our loved ones. We are trying to manage a great deal of stress, making it imperative to take a moment, breathe, relax and reflect. We also seek to have some semblance of normalcy in our lives, naturally craving happiness and joy. There has never been a better time to enjoy the gift of nature to help you reconnect. Thankfully, Bainbridge Island is an incredible escape for you.
Photo Credit- Eagle Harbor Inn
One of the largest attractions of Bainbridge Island is our land. There are over 1400 acres of protected forests, wetlands, meadows, streams and scenic vistas on this island, more than 1100 of them being open to the public. Thanks to the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and its many volunteers and donors, our island has dozens of pristine and beautiful places to explore for your outdoor adventures.
To help you focus your attention to the places you’d like to explore, local authors Dave and Alice Shorett have released a beautifully illustrated guide called “Thirty Walks on Bainbridge”. Now on its third edition, this handy book highlights some of the more incredible places to hike. From shorter, easier walks just off the ferry, like the Eagle Harbor /Winslow Waterfront to the longer, more strenuous and gorgeous hikes like the Cross Island trail, there is a walk or hike that appeals to everyone. This book can be purchased at several shop in Winslow, including Eagle Harbor Book Store, and on-line.
Photo Credit- Dave and Alice Shorett
Be sure to check out our island’s largest draw for outdoor lovers- the award-winning and world-famous Bloedel Reserve. Rated as one of the 10 Best Botanical Gardens in North America, this 150-acre nature sanctuary offers a variety of curated gardens including birch groves, a moss garden, a beautifully manicured Japanese Garden, a bird marsh and meadow, and a reflection pool, all enhanced with views of Puget Sound. Open year round, Bloedel Reserve is the ideal place to breathe, reflect, relax and rejuvenate.
Photo Credit- Bloedel Reserve, Keith Brofsky
Timed tickets, purchased in advance, help Bloedel keep you safe and secure while enjoying all the benefits of being outdoors. Join the celebration of “Friluftsliv” or “free air life” movement and make enjoying time in nature a priority — no matter what the weather. Because your health and the health of your loved ones is the priority.
Book your stay today at www.destinationbainbridge.com and start reaping the benefits of Bainbridge Island and our great outdoors.