Exploring Bainbridge Island

Where to stay, what to see

Exploring Bainbridge Island

Fuurin-Oka Futon & Breakfast sign ("wind-bell hill") in Japanese kanji.

Emily Nathan

For information, start with the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce (206/842-3700).

Lodging

The island has one motel but lots of B&Bs and guesthouses. Go to www.bainbridgelodging.com and www.bainbridgevacations.com to sort through them.

Fuurin-Oka Futon & Breakfast. Japanese-style guesthouse and garden. (Inn was recently sold; new owners expect to reopen this month.) From $189. 12580 Vista Dr. N.E.; www.futonandbreakfast.com or 206/842-5045.

SpringRidge Gardens. Suite, cottage, and gardens on 5 acres. From $135. 7686 Springridge Rd. N.E.; www.springridgegardens.com or 206/855-9763.

Waterfall Gardens Private Suites. Four suites on a 5-acre property with organic gardens and a salmon creek. From $119. 7269 N.E. Bergman Rd.; www.waterfall-gardens.com or 206/842-1434.

Attractions

Bainbridge Gardens. "My philosophy is simple: If somebody wants something for the garden, we'll have it," says owner Junkoh Harui. Open daily. 9415 Miller Rd. N.E.; 206/842-5888.

Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour. The tour whisks you to a half-dozen private gardens; a festival offers lectures, food, and an art fair. July 15-16; from $20. www.gardentour.info or 206/842-7901.

Bay Hay and Feed. Store sells everything from rainy-day outerwear to nursery stock to hay for horses. Open daily. 10355 N.E. Valley Rd.; 206/842-2813.

Bloedel Reserve. Gardens, woods, and a bird refuge. By appointment Wed-Sun; $10. 7571 N.E. Dolphin Dr.; www.bloedelreserve.org or 206/842-7631.

 

Frog Rock Lavender Farm. Fresh lavender for sale. Mid-Jun-mid-Aug. 14414 Madison Ave. N.E.; www.frogrocklavender.com or 206/842-8761.

Gardenzilla. Shop for giant garden containers online, or go to a rare open day at the warehouse (the next ones are May 27-29). For directions or ordering, visit www.gardenzilla.com or call 877/977-8774.

IslandWood. Along with its school programs, IslandWood offers tours and events to the public. Mon-Fri; $5 donation. 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E.; 206/855-4300.

Little & Lewis. Visit the sculptors' gallery and garden. By appointment Apr-Oct. www.littleandlewis.com or 206/842-8327.

Mesogeo Greenhouse. Mediterranean and hardy tropical plants. Sat 11-5 and by appointment. 12364 Miller Rd. N.E.; www.mesogeogarden.com or 206/855-9017.

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