To celebrate our wedding anniversary this year, we took a ferry to Bainbridge Island and spent the day exploring and eating. Bainbridge Island is only accessible by ferry and the ride is thirty five minutes. The views are breathtaking. Seattle gets smaller and smaller as the ferry reaches Bainbridge and Alki Beach winks at us from a distance. The day was beautiful and blue with white puffy clouds, creating a picturesque look.
When we arrived on the island our first thought was lunch. We wanted a nice sit down meal with wine to celebrate so we headed to Doc's Marina Grill. The restaurant had views of the water and the boats which we enjoyed. When in Bainbridge, eat with a view, right? I had a glass of Pinot Nior and my husband sipped a Bloody Mary. I had the kale salad and the fried calamari and he ate a Prime Rib and Cheddar Melt. Our children shared a cheeseburger and fries. Then we were off to check out Bainbridge.
I loved the feel of the town. From the water views and buildings, to the small shops and locally owned businesses on every corner. This was our first time and hopefully not our last visit! We've been to Bainbridge plenty of times over the years but only to get off the ferry and drive to Sequim. I'm kicking myself for never checking it our before. What's wrong with me if I've missed this jewel of a place?
There were plenty of parks for our boys to play and plenty of places to get our sugar fix. First we headed to Blackbird Bakery where we tried a chocolate chip walnut cookie and a piece of Bluebarb pie-blueberries and rhubarb. Then some serious time at the park and a walk around to see the marina. Then it was time to try some Mora Ice Cream. Since we shared desserts earlier at Blackbird, we shared one scoop of ice cream so everyone could just get a taste and not a tummy ache. We had the Cheesecake with Raspberry Jam flavor which we all enjoyed, especially the kids who gobbled up most of it.
Finally, it was time to head back to Seattle. We didn't have to wait for the ferry even though we arrived five minutes before it arrived. We felt very lucky and even more lucky that our boys fell asleep and napped all the way home. We were back to Seattle by four pm but felt like we'd been gone days. What a relaxing escape to Bainbridge Island and a fun way to celebrate our anniversary!