Bainbridge Island - Bloedel Reserve, Wine Tasting, and Lunch
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Once on the island, we were going to check out the Bloedel Reserve, do a little wine tasting, and find somewhere to eat lunch/dinner. Shane had called to get reservations for the tour at Bloedel while we were waiting for the ferry to arrive only to be told they were completely full for their last tour! What?!? Shane is amazing...the man has skills! LOL. He sweet talked the lady on the phone into letting us join their last tour of the day by explaining we were coming all the way there, friend in town, research for a TB meet up, etc! WOW! I am so glad she made room for us as this ended up being such a beautiful place!
The entire property is comprised of almost 150 acres, with about 84 devoted to second growth forest.
The tour is pretty much self-guided and you can go at your own pace - expected to take two hours to complete but we finished it in about 1 1/2 hours stopping along the way to take photos of everything and anything I could! :-) It's hard to put into words how beautiful it was and I can imagine later in the season as things are beginning to bloom and change color, it's even more breathtaking.
Bainbridge Island Vineyards and Winery
Of course, if there's a winery close by......had to check it out! What I didn't realize...this was Shane's first time wine tasting. HA HA. We got inside and it was pretty packed. Like a good wino, I was waiting patiently for a few people to finish up and we'd be in the next group up. It was pretty small and as it was crowded, I prefered to wait for the bar to open up versus standing 3 rows back! LOL. They had some very interesting collectibles for sale which kept me rather amused for the 5-10 minutes for everyone to finish up. Shane was somewhat perplexed why people didn't just get wine and go elsewhere rather than talk to the people (the owner and winemaker was actually the one pouring).
Next we were headed off for food.......and to take the ferry back in hopes of catching a gorgeous Seattle sunset!
The Harbour Public House
Someone recommended we try this place for lunch/dinner as it's right on the water and supposedly good food. We definitely hit the right time as we had a 5-10 minute wait for an outside table and what a gorgeous view! We were able to look back into downtown Seattle and see the skyline while enjoying a somewhat rare warm and sunny afternoon! I tried a local Washington Amber Ale which was really good and although a pub, had some interesting choices on the menu.
All in all, it was a great day on Bainbridge Island and I definitely am looking forward to hopefully going back on my next trip up to Washington! :-)