You guys: let’s talk about Seattle. I arrived excited to explore a city I only knew as a child, and left completely in love. Maybe it’s the Sagittarius in me, but my soul was at peace as I gazed across the ocean and mountains. It’s only taken me 27 years to realize that the best cure for my anxiety is to surround myself with nature.
As soon as I stepped off the airplane, Erin and I had a full itinerary ahead. We made our way over to the Seattle Ferry Terminal and hopped on the ferry to Bainbridge Island (← not before stopping for coffee first, of course.)
The ride to Bainbridge Island was about 35 minutes and it gave us a chance to snap a few photos of the Seattle skyline and the open water. I sheepishly peeked over the edge of the ferry, wind blowing wildly through my hair, to watch the wake and smell the salty spray from the ocean. Ferry rides > the DC metro.
Bainbridge Island is picturesque with its small shops, hiking trails, quiet harbors, beach lookouts and green hills. We drove a short distance to the center of town, Winslow, to grab a quick bite to eat at Harbour Public House. My experience with pub food in the past was less than stellar, but this was my favorite restaurant we tried during the whole trip (and believe me, I ate my heart out!) We shared their steamed mussels, homemade clam chowder and topped the meal off with local wine. The view ↑ wasn’t too shabby either.
To walk off our meal, we meandered the streets of Winslow, stopping in a few shops along the way. Because it was Halloween, store owners were preparing to hand out candy to youngsters. Although it was chilly, the entire little town had an enchanting feel to it.
A short drive down the coast of the island is Fay Bainbridge Park. After getting a little lost, Erin and I arrived to an empty park. We walked along the sand, collecting shells and admiring the surrounding view. The photos below ↓ show a quick peek of sunshine that lasted only a few minutes.
As the sun set, Erin and I drove back to the ferry. I watched the tree-lined streets pass as we winded down the island. I made sure to snap a few shots on the ferry again because the light was gorgeous (and who doesn’t like shooting photos in the wind 😉 )
The ferry was $13.90 each way in our car, and totally worth the cost. If you’re traveling to Seattle and have some extra time, be sure to add a trip to Bainbridge to your list!
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