Bainbridge Island is a scenic ferry ride away from downtown Seattle, offering stunning backdrops of the Olympic Mountains, the Cascades and Mount Rainier along the way. Get out on foot or two wheels and head out on the trails, and visit the village of Winslow, home to a waterfront park as well as a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. If you’re here in the spring, you can visit one of the country’s top-rated gardens, Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre forest garden. A unique blend of natural woodlands and meticulously-landscaped gardens, it features a Reflection Pool, Moss Garden, Japanese Garden and the founders’ former estate home. Bird enthusiasts will have the chance to watch for trumpeter swans, great blue herons and kingfishers.
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