On our second day of traveling in Washington state, we rose early and took a ferry over to Bainbridge Island from Seattle. The views were beautiful, but the wind was ffffreezing cold! Once outside the car on the island I inhaled, and the strong smell of evergreens was absolutely amazing. (I wish I could put a scratch-and-sniff in this post so you could experience it!) I thought Highlands, NC had the market on that scent, but Bainbridge Island was like 10 times the scent of Highlands! I just kept sniffing and sniffing and sniffing trying to take it in. 🙂
Our first stop was Blackbird Bakery.
We were excited to check it out because we had read so many good reviews of it.
Just look at all the gorgeous cakes and pies they had on display in that case…
And all the muffins and cookies and other treats!
(Are you getting hungry yet?)
Here was our breakfast that morning (for all 3 of us – not just me!) Everything was sooooo good! If you go to Blackbird, be sure to try the Downtowner croissant. It had a caramelized vanilla sugar that was delicious. (We went back 3 times – in one day! 🙂 )
Bakeries must be big business on Bainbridge because right down from Blackbird was Coquette Bakery Cart…
and right around the corner in the other direction was Bainbridge Bakers.
(And I believe there may even be 7 other bakeries on the island!)
There were also a number of cute cute shops there.
Furnish Bainbridge had furniture, accessories, and a good selection of Dash and Albert rugs.
Another pretty shop was Plum, located up on a courtyard deck. They carried home decor items, apparel, and some gift items as well.
If I could give an award for “most charming shop” on the island, it would definitely go to Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. I don’t know how to knit, but I just loved the place!
I even called our daughter at college from there to ask what kind of tea she wanted me to bring her. 🙂
Look! They had Emma Bridgewater pottery!
Wouldn’t all of this just make you want to knit?!
Such beautiful displays.
It is a community place where people can meet, take lessons, or just visit.
(Yes, I loved those black gingham chair cushions. 🙂 )
And wasn’t this a clever way to display those wonderful botanical prints?
Churchmouse is located right behind Blackbird Bakery. Across the street and down a bit is Salt House Mercantile.
I could have spent all my shopping money in there. They had great pillows, table linens, aprons, and tote bags. (Unfortunately, my suitcase had no room in it for much of anything else. 🙁 )
Two doors down from Salt House is Hitchcock Deli, where we stopped for lunch. Hitchcock is supposed to be one of the best restaurants on the island, and Hitchcock Deli is sort of like their little sister deli.
It was very busy at lunch. In fact, there were no tables available so we ending up eating at an outside table across from Churchmouse Yarns.
I ordered a corned beef-on-rye, and I wish I could say that I enjoyed it, but the meat was very very tough. So I definitely would not order it again. My husband and son both had other sandwiches. (One had egg salad, and the other had roast beef.) They both loved theirs, so it was just the corned beef that was the problem. (I even had my husband try out my sandwich, and he agreed that it was not good.)
For dinner we had thought about going to Hitchcock, but we decided to try some place different instead. Cafe Nola is located on the other side of Salt House, and it was right down the street from the inn where we were staying so we walked there for our evening meal. Its French Toast and brunch had been featured on Giada’s Weekend Getaway a number of years ago.
The inside decor was cozy and had a European vibe, but because the weather was so wonderful, we asked to dine in their outside seating area.
My husband’s salmon was quite delicious!
My son and I both ordered the Picadillo Tacos. While the dish was well prepared, and all the accompanying sides were very fresh tasting, neither of us cared for the meat. (It tasted like chili…not what we were expecting in a taco.) Next time, I want to try their beet salad, and my son might get their steak.
Of course no trip to Bainbridge Island would be complete without going to this place…
Mora Iced Creamy.
So after we finished dinner, we walked across the street and down a block for our dessert there.
Soooo many yummy sounding choices
(and they let you sample all you want!)
I had a difficult time choosing between the Espresso Mocha and the Swiss Chocolate.
Swiss Chocolate with its chocolate shavings and swirled dulce de leche won.
It was chocolate heaven. 🙂
Now please don’t think that all we did on Bainbridge Island was eat. (I mean we did do a lot of it, but that wasn’t everything. 🙂 ) Remember, this post was about the dining and shopping there. We did plenty of sightseeing, and that will the topic for the next post. I have been sewing and sewing and sewing for the last few days (drapes for 6 windows!) but I am finally finished with that big project, so hopefully blogging will be back to a little more regular schedule.
See you soon with an inn and some beautiful houses on Bainbridge Island.
Until next time…