On one of our mornings on Bainbridge Island we headed over to one of the prettiest neighborhoods there – Pleasant Beach with its Tudor style architecture. That particular style was used there with a home, several shops, and Lynwood Center all built by Emanuel and Edna Olson back in the 1930’s. The Tudor style was a favorite of Edna’s.
Lynwood Center still stands today and is an operating theater. Back in 2009 a company tried to build a new development there in the area, but it ran into much financial debt and the property for the new development was finally sold to John Jacobi in 2011. He and several family members then began to work to make the neighborhood into the walkable village of Pleasant Beach – while still staying true to the original architectural style of Lynwood Center. Just take a look at the cute street of shops there!
Besides the charming architecture, there is also some unusual sculpture scattered about.
And of course there is the lush landscaping like you see all over the island.
There were several places with water features in the village – all with mice sculptures!
We had considered staying at the one inn located there – The Inn at Pleasant Beach.
Unfortunately, they did not have an availability for us at the time we needed it. I really liked the cheerful blue and yellow color scheme they used in most of the rooms. I thought they looked more east-coast than northwest in style – which would have been perfectly fine with me. 🙂
I mentioned that the Tudor style started there with a home built by the Olsons back in the 1930s. That home is now the village’s Manor House Restaurant,
and here is a sampling of their menu.
It was early in the day when we were visiting that area, so we did not have an opportunity to dine there. After we looked around the cute shops and other places in Pleasant Beach, (complete list of merchants here) we drove to a wooded area called The Grand Forest and spent an hour hiking there. It was not easy to find, but once inside that forest, it really was beautiful.
We had lunch back in Eagle Harbor, and then we drove to the magnificent Bloedel Reserve, a 150 acre public garden. After parking you enter the gatekeeper’s cottage to purchase your tickets, and then you are free to walk the property at your own pace.
Here is a gift shop located inside the gatekeeper’s cottage.
There are not a lot of flower beds in this garden, but numerous trees, shrubs, and ponds provide places of beauty.
This formal reflecting pool was a delightful surprise in the middle of the forest.
Paths are dirt or gravel or raised walkways.
And then there is the actual Bloedel estate home to tour.
Notice the view out to the water framed by the front and back doors.
Mrs. Bloedel loved formal furnishings as you can see from the parlor here.
I liked the more casual library area.
Again, you can see the formality in the chandelier and furnishings of the dining room.
This was one of the views from the yard behind the house.
Mr. Bloedel was the one with the vision for all of the gardens. He would consult with professional landscape designers, but in the end he would always have the final say in the design. Among the areas of the estate he designed was a Japanese garden.
The Zen garden in front of the guest house here was once a swimming pool enjoyed by the Bloedel’s grandchildren. It was filled in some time in the 1980’s.
There is also a moss garden within the reserve.
There is much much more to see of the wonderful Bloedel Reserve, but if you can’t visit it in person, then you might enjoy watching this very peaceful video of the gardens there…from a very different perspective.
Thank you so much for following us as we have traveled through this part of the United States. Up next will be the beginning of our tour through Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – the favorite of my husband and our son. (I liked it too, just not as much as they did. 🙂 )
Until next time…