Walk off the boat—and into Bainbridge’s buzzy tasting rooms. Head up Winslow Way to Eleven Winery(287 Winslow Way E.; 206/780-0905) for a juicy Syrah, then cross the street to Eagle Harbor Wine Co.(closed Sun; 278 Winslow Way E.; 206/227-4310) for Goldfinch, a Chardonnay-Viognier blend.
Harbor Square Wine Shop & Tasting Room($5 tasting; 756 Winslow Way E.; 206/780-1626) is stocked with bottles from Washington (and the world); taste locally blended wines like Rolling Bay’s spicy Manitou Red.
If the weather holds …
Take a walk around the island’s new Williams-Olson Park.
Pick up a picnic from Arbutus Market Kitchen($; 450 Winslow Way. E.; 206/201-3201) and drive to the island’s new Williams-Olson Park(6200 Williams Lane), which opened in spring at an old private residence with rolling lawns leading to Manzanita Bay.
Enjoy city views and heated seats on a cruise around Eagle Harbor.
Even on a chilly late-fall day, you’ve got no excuse not to glide around Eagle Harbor in an electric cruise boat tricked out with heated seats. You and up to nine friends can hang with seals, sip wine you’ve brought aboard, and admire the Seattle skyline. From $89/hour;eagle harborelectricboats.comor 206/949-2661.
Comfort Frenchy food
Chef Brendan McGill masters homey, seasonal fare at Hitchcock, one of the island’s newest restaurants.
This is more like what Jacques Pépin’s mom did than some kind of revolution,” says Brendan McGill, chef of the homey, seasonal new Hitchcock. Try the boeuf bourguignon with a Cabernet from Eagle Harbor Wine Co. $$; 133 Winslow Way E.; 206/201-3789.
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