A ride on a Washington State Ferry is a unique escape unto itself. Add an overnight or two on Bainbridge Island and your family will feel like they’re worlds away–after just one thirty-five minute ferry crossing. Bainbridge has wonderful parks, views and inlets to explore. Picnic at Fay Bainbridge park; the pirate ship playground goes well with the water views. Bloedel Reserve is a peaceful place of solace and natural beauty. Take your group on the slow, easy one-hour walk through this serene garden, where you’ll spot the former home of the Bloedels, straight from a fairy tale, and the gorgeously groomed Japanese Garden. Reservations are required. While on Bainbridge, visit book and record stores like Eagle Harbor Book Co. and Backstreet Beat as well as specialty stores like Dana’s Showhouse and the popular Calico Toy Shoppe. Wind down at Eagle Harbor Wine Co. at their winery (tastings available by appointment) or hop over to Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse. Winslow Way is a smorgasbord of indie shops, so pop in and support local.
Stay at The Marshall Suites, named after the juicy Marshall strawberries that used to cover the island. It’s perfectly placed near chic, walkable Winslow Way. The large, comfy suites are family-ready and the Family Stay and Play Package is wow-worthy with maps to local playgrounds, plus a KiDiMu Explore Bainbridge STEM box. As always, guests get 10% off at partner restaurants including the kiddo-tested Plate & Pint directly across the road.