Bainbridge Island - Bloedel Reserve, Wine Tasting, and Lunch

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Welcome to Bainbridge Island!

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!

Bloedel Reserve

The entire property is comprised of almost 150 acres, with about 84 devoted to second growth forest.

Trees along the path entrance
The remaining acres make up the reserve which was once the home of the Bloedel family.  Prior to their deaths, they established the Arbor Fund, which is the non-profit operating foundation which is responsible for managing the reserve and ensuring it is available for the public to enjoy.  This was such a beautiful and peaceful walk through nature (except for Shane trying to call the birdies over to get in the pictures - ha ha). 

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.

Pond near actual residence - so peaceful and serene
 

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).

Bainbridge Island Winery
  :-)  Our turn finally - YEAH!  Again, forgot it was Shane's first time....I was in my element and I spaced.  LOL.  It was the first time Shane was quiet....HA HA.  This time, it was me chatting - I talked to the winemaker a bit about the wines and growing grapes in that region and his history in the business.  Super interesting and very friendly people!  

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.

View from our table at lunch
  I decided to satiate my Greek craving since Joy and I had been chatting a couple days before about a Greek Isles wine tasting trip.  After visiting Greece last summer, I have been dying to find a Greek salad as good as what I had there.  I ordered the Greek Salad obviously and decided to try their hummus.  YUM!  Shane opted for the recommended fish and chips and had the crab and artichoke dip to start.  We were quietly enjoying our appetizers, taking in the scenery, and then I hear my phone vibrating loudly in my purse.  HA HA.  I look and hmmmmm, it's stuck receiving a picture email - somebody loves me...who's sending me what!?!?  And then I see it.
The pic we sent back to Mel! HA HA
.....Mel  sent me a pic of all the sushi she was out enjoying!! HA HA HA.  That's ok, Shane and I sent her one back of the beautiful water and view that you can't get in Las Vegas!!! :-P

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! :-)  

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Welcome to Bainbridge Island!
Welcome to Bainbridge Island!
Trees along the path entrance
Trees along the path entrance
Pond near actual residence - so pe…
Pond near actual residence - so p…
Bainbridge Island Winery
Bainbridge Island Winery
View from our table at lunch
View from our table at lunch
The pic we sent back to Mel! HA HA
The pic we sent back to Mel! HA HA
Entering the reserve
Entering the reserve
View from the parking lot of the R…
View from the parking lot of the …
Another view of the trees along th…
Another view of the trees along t…
Pond at Bird Refuge
Pond at Bird Refuge
No idea what these are but I thoug…
No idea what these are but I thou…
Pond at Bird Refuge
Pond at Bird Refuge
reflection in pond at Bird Refuge
reflection in pond at Bird Refuge
Another reflection spot
Another reflection spot
Shanes bird buddy!  :-)
Shane's bird buddy! :-)
Pond at Bird Refuge
Pond at Bird Refuge
Pond at Bird Refuge
Pond at Bird Refuge
Close up of the swan
Close up of the swan
Lookie here mr swan!
Lookie here mr swan!
Another view of the pond
Another view of the pond
Swan across the pond
Swan across the pond
The swan and geese
The swan and geese
Trestle bridge into the woods
Trestle bridge into the woods
Beginning of the woods
Beginning of the woods
Shane in the woods
Shane in the woods
waterfall
waterfall
Bloedel home - now the visitor cen…
Bloedel home - now the visitor ce…
Pond near Bloedel home
Pond near Bloedel home
Another view of the pond near Bloe…
Another view of the pond near Blo…
I love this view of the pond
I love this view of the pond
Bloedel Home - visitor center
Bloedel Home - visitor center
Looking back at the pond from the …
Looking back at the pond from the…
Beautiful view from the rear of th…
Beautiful view from the rear of t…
Rear of residence
Rear of residence
Wish they were four leaf clovers!
Wish they were four leaf clovers!
Back side of the pond near the res…
Back side of the pond near the re…
trees lining the path to the Japan…
trees lining the path to the Japa…
Entrance to Japanese Garden
Entrance to Japanese Garden
Stone and sand garden
Stone and sand garden
Tree in moss garden
Tree in moss garden
Birch trees along path
Birch trees along path
Love the variety of trees seen alo…
Love the variety of trees seen al…
Christmas Pond
Christmas Pond
Ducks along Christmas Pond
Ducks along Christmas Pond
The ducks jumped off the waterfall…
The ducks jumped off the waterfal…
Cool tree along path
Cool tree along path
Trees along paved paths
Trees along paved paths
Trees along paved paths
Trees along paved paths
Pond at Japanese Garden
Pond at Japanese Garden
Gate exiting Japanese Garden
Gate exiting Japanese Garden
Interesting tree roots along the p…
Interesting tree roots along the …
I think Shane said these are calle…
I think Shane said these are call…
Reflection Pond
Reflection Pond
Have absolutely no idea what it wa…
Have absolutely no idea what it w…
Cute dogs in the parking lot of th…
Cute dogs in the parking lot of t…
Another view into the marina
Another view into the marina
Part of Seattle and the ferry stat…
Part of Seattle and the ferry sta…
Seattle and the Cascades
Seattle and the Cascades
Another view from the marina
Another view from the marina
Shane and his Mariners...LOL
Shane and his Mariners...LOL
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photo by: mr_shanet