A 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle takes you to an island stated on CNN and Money Magazine back in 2005 as the second-best place to live in the United States. Located on an arm of land within the Puget Sound, Bainbridge Island has become a getaway for people want to spend the afternoon kayaking and taking a hike, or spend the evening creating healthy discussion in a local bar.
The island is also once a commune for artists during the 1970s and 1980s, wherein poets and musicians used to converge while basking in its serene environment. The remnants of this artistic have still exists today as you visit Pegasus Coffee, The Harbour Pub, Lynwood Theatre, and Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, which has its own improve comedy act.
The outdoorsy and creative atmosphere of Bainbridge reflects on the culture of its people: socially progressive, highly-educated, artistic, socially-sheltered (partly due to their isolation), and prefers to take on a physical activity from sailing, skiing, running, and soccer. The island is also a hotbed of alternative activities such as yoga, martial arts, and even social activism.
You can get around the island by riding a cab or bus, then drop off its many beautiful gardens and museums that offer more than just feasts for the eyes. The Bainbridge Gardens, for one, has a small café where you can have a healthy lunch. Another display garden can also be found at the Bloedel Reserve, which is located at the north end of Bainbridge Island. The garden is noted for its collection of rhododendrons, cyclamen, and other native plants. Children, meanwhile, can enjoy their stay at the island with the Kids Discovery Museum.
Bicycles are also a great way of getting around Bainbridge Island. There are bike rentals abound the island, more so during summer. You can definitely enjoy the rolling hills and spectacular scenery that Bainbridge Island hides from mainstream tourists.