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Travel Talk: Bainbridge Island – A Few Houses and The Eagle Harbor Inn

Eagle Harbor Bainbridge IslandThis is beautiful Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island, Washington.  Wouldn’t you like to be sitting on that bench there enjoying the sunshine and that view??

Sooo very peaceful…

Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park Bainbridge IslandWe spent a morning following that trail as it wandered though the park….

Eagle Harbor trail

past the waterfront….Eagle Harborand in and out of neighborhoods with cute homes.

Eagle Harbor waterfront trailDoesn’t this little stone one remind you of Iris’ cottage in The Holiday? 🙂

Bainbridge Island stone cottageMy photo does not do this next lovely shingled one justice.

Bainbridge Island house cedar shake exteriorIt even had a free library by its driveway.
(I thought that was wonderful!)

Bainbridge Island free little libraryA little further down the road was this one…

Bainbridge Island gray houseand then this one.
The landscaping with stones out front was beautiful.

Bainbridge Island landscaping

And just look at the natural landscaping here.
You’d never have to mow the lawn!Bainbridge Island home landscaping

The waterfront path took us past community vegetable gardens.  Everything was so lush and green there.  It is obvious they get a lot of rain in that area of the country.

Bainbridge Island vegetable gardenWalking on, we came to this charming church…

Bainbridge Island churchand then…this cottage with its very cute flowerbed.

Bainbridge Island residenceIt was located right next to The Eagle Harbor Inn, the inn where we were staying. 🙂

Eagle Harbor Inn Bainbridge IslandThis was the gorgeous view from the inn.
(Obviously it is located right next to the waterfront,
and that is their boat you see there in the middle.)

Eagle Harbor Inn Happy Hour boatThe inn has kind of a different set-up.  It is a series of buildings around a few small courtyards.

Eagle Harbor Inn courtyardThere is no “front desk” for you to check in.  You make your reservation, and they send you information on how to get into your room using a key pad entry when it is time for you to arrive.

Eagle Harbor Inn view Bainbridge IslandAnd although there is no real office for the inn, there is a small common area with supplies for coffee.

Eagle Harbor Inn common areaMy husband, our son, and I stayed in the spacious Harbor suite.

Eagle Harbor Inn room Bainbridge IslandHow do you like the model ships on the headboard?
I thought they were a unique accent for a room in an inn,
(but quite fitting for an inn by a harbor. 🙂 )

Eagle Harbor Inn bed Bainbridge IslandThe sofa folds out into a sofa bed, and extra linens are kept in the trunk there.

Eagle Harbor Inn room Bainbridge Island WA

Eagle Harbor Inn room storage Bainbridge islandThe bathroom was also large (although I could not find an angle that would work for photographing the entire room. 🙁 )  The shower was a generous size.

Eagle Harbor Inn Bainbridge Island bathroomAnd that is almost all I have time to share with you today.  Before we take off exploring the Olympic Peninsula, I do have one more post about two neat places we toured on Bainbridge Island.  So I will leave you with a sneak peek of them.

(They really were pretty, and I think you are going to love seeing them. 🙂 )

Bainbridge Island WA

And because it is Father’s Day I am going to leave you with something entirely for my father.  He loves classical music and bluegrass (and his brother worked for the railroad!) so I think he will enjoy this piece of music.  I hope it keeps your toes tapping! 🙂

Until next time…

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Barbara Livdahl - June 24, 2016 - 2:24 pm

I just now spotted this post on your travel talk so, of course, I have another comment. Your accommodations were kitty-corner from my hubby’s office. Did you happen to notice Fairbank Construction? Small world!
Oh my goodness. Definitely a small world! I believe Fairbank’s office was right up the street towards town – near the Gelato place. I just loved Bainbridge Island. You are in such a wonderful part of our country!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - June 22, 2016 - 5:48 pm

Always wanted to go to Bainbridge Island….I know someone who used to have a B&B and antique shop on the island….so gorgeous!
You should go Shirley! How fun to own both of those, and how great that they were in such a beautiful place!

Dawn - June 20, 2016 - 1:18 pm


You always stay at the neatest places. I love exploring with you via e-trip. Thanks for sharing! Take care.
Thank you for coming along with us (virtually of course) Dawn. I usually do a ton of research to find good places to stay. (Although we have an upcoming trip where we are just “Holiday Inn-ing” it all the way soon.)
Thanks for reading!

Garden, Home and Party - June 20, 2016 - 1:13 pm


The Inn looks lovely. If we ever need a place to stay during one of our visits, I’ll definitely plan on staying there. Linda always has us stay with her and Tom, which is very nice.
I took pictures of 2 of the houses you’ve shared. The house fronts are what caught my eye. Such a beautiful feel to the houses on the island.
How wonderful that you have friends to stay with there, and that is so funny that you had photographed 2 of the houses! Great minds think alike. 🙂

Gina - June 20, 2016 - 11:47 am

So pretty! The homes were gorgeous and I can just imagine the beautiful gardens in their climate. 🙂 There’s nothing like a harbor shot with boats on the water. So so lovely!! Looks like a fun trip. 🙂
It was a fun trip! And the gardens were beyond beautiful. If you like gardens Gina, you will love the next post. 🙂

anita - June 20, 2016 - 10:33 am

Even the name has a special ring to it! Looks like its a very peaceful place to visit/live!
The stone cottage is adorable!
Yes, it does! Our son preferred the “nature” leg of our trip (coming up soon) but I really really liked Bainbridge. I think we would all like to have a stone cottage like that one.

Cindy T - June 20, 2016 - 9:52 am

This could so be my happy place! Loved the music… Listened to it as is enjoying your blog!
It could be mine too Cindy! I’m happy you enjoyed the music on the post. Not quite my normal Piano Guys selection but a fun piece to listen to. 🙂

Donnamae - June 20, 2016 - 8:54 am

So enjoyed that song! And, I am loving this trip! Thanks for the tour…cute homes. And everything is so lush! 😉
I’m so glad you did Donnamae! Wish we could have taken all of you along with us on the trip. You should make a trip to the island and see it in person. 🙂

mari1017 - June 20, 2016 - 8:26 am

That was FABULOUS!!! I just loved the music and the homes. I’ve never been that far up the west coast, but through your eyes and lens and words, I enjoyed the ride! Glad all had a Happy Father’s Day, and Happy Summer!!!
I’m so glad you loved it Mari! That piece of music is such a fun one. 🙂
Happy Summer to you too!

Cheri - June 20, 2016 - 7:59 am

We never got to Bainbridge Island when we were there but it looks gorgeous. When our daughter rented a small home in Fayetteville,NC her neighbor had one of those library houses and our granddaughter would get books there. Such a cute idea. There is a web site on them. Have a good time while there.
How fun for your granddaughter Cheri! I will look for that website. Thanks for the info on it!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - June 20, 2016 - 7:49 am

Absolutely lovely and totally relaxing, I would think! And to finish with The Orange Blossom Special . . . always a good time on your blog!
Of course Bainbridge and The Orange Blossom Special were totally unrelated, but I just had to get that musical performance in for Father’s Day – travel post or not. 🙂 I am glad you appreciate the variety of cultural experiences here at Talk of the House, Leslie Anne. LOL
Thanks for dropping by to visit!

Ruth - June 20, 2016 - 1:27 am

That stone cottage is the house of my dreams! Might have to make a wall poster from that photo! Am so enjoying your trip! Almost as good as going, myself… Almost. :-/
Wasn’t that one just precious?! I am glad you are enjoying the posts about the trip Ruth. More to come (and there is a MAJOR cute village for you to see after we explore the Olympic Peninsula…made me want to move there!)
Have a great week!

Travel Talk: Bainbridge Island – The Dining and Shopping

ferry ride to Bainbridge Island WAOn 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. 🙂

Blackbird Bakery Bainbridge Island exteriorOur first stop was Blackbird Bakery.

Blackbird Bakery large menuWe were excited to check it out because we had read so many good reviews of it.

Blackbird Bakery spring drinksJust look at all the gorgeous cakes and pies they had on display in that case…

Blackbird Bakery cakesAnd all the muffins and cookies and other treats!
(Are you getting hungry yet?)

Blackbird Bakery pastries

Blackbird Bakery selections

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! 🙂 )

Blackbird Bakery breakfast treatsBakeries must be big business on Bainbridge because right down from Blackbird was Coquette Bakery Cart…

Coquette bakery cart Bainbridge Islandand right around the corner in the other direction was Bainbridge Bakers.
(And I believe there may even be 7 other bakeries on the island!)

Bainbridge Bakers Bainbridge IslandThere were also a number of cute cute shops there.
Furnish Bainbridge had furniture, accessories, and a good selection of Dash and Albert rugs.

Furnish Bainbridge shop Bainbridge Island



Another pretty shop was Plum, located up on a courtyard deck.  They carried home decor items, apparel, and some gift items as well.

Plum Bainbridge Island

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!

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea Bainbridge islandI even called our daughter at college from there to ask what kind of tea she wanted me to bring her. 🙂

Churchmouse Yarns and TeaLook!  They had Emma Bridgewater pottery!

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea basketsWouldn’t all of this just make you want to knit?!

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea knitting suppliesSuch beautiful displays.

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea yarnIt is a community place where people can meet, take lessons, or just visit.
(Yes, I loved those black gingham chair cushions. 🙂 )

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea meeting tableAnd wasn’t this a clever way to display those wonderful botanical prints?

Churchmouse Yarns and Tea botanicals

Churchmouse is located right behind Blackbird Bakery.  Across the street and down a bit is Salt House Mercantile.

Salt House Bainbridge Island

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. 🙁 )

Salt House Mercantile Bainbridge Island


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.

Hitchcock Deli Bainbridge IslandIt 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.

Hitchcock DeliI 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.)

Hitchcock Deli corned beef on ryeFor 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.

Cafe Nola exterior Bainbridge Island WAsource

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.

Cafe Nola Bainbridge Island

My husband’s salmon was quite delicious!

Cafe Nola salmon Bainbridge IslandMy 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.

Cafe Nola tacos Bainbridge IslandOf course no trip to Bainbridge Island would be complete without going to this place…

Mora Iced Creamery Bainbridge Island WA

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 ice cream at Mora Bainbridge Island, WA

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…

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At Rivercrest Cottage - June 18, 2016 - 11:10 pm

Hope you made it down the road to a lovely little town we used to live in…Poulsbo WA. Reading your post I’m amazed how much has changed on Bainbridge. It was a sleepy little town when we left the area in 2002. I loved seeing all the new places and especially the bakeries. Makes me really want to go back for a visit.

Angela - June 18, 2016 - 9:18 pm

I to would love some sort of tutorial for the curtains. Looking forward to see what rooms you made them for.

Lisa - June 17, 2016 - 11:20 am

Oh,I’m so happy for you to get to travel now that you & your husband have retired. Enjoy every minute. Have you seen the retro camping gear in the June issue of Country Living? I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Love the look of 40’s & 50’s style summer cabins & lodges.Think “On Golden Pond”

Linda - June 17, 2016 - 10:13 am

I don’t really sew but think I could do straight lines! I would love to see detailed instructions, and pictures if possible on making drapes. Will you give us a tutorial on making drapes?

Carol - June 15, 2016 - 8:06 pm

Looking forward to getting over to Bainbridge again soon.

Barbara Livdahl - June 15, 2016 - 7:16 pm

How fun to read about your day on “my” island! My hubby’s office is a block behind Cafe Nola so you sure we’re in our neck of the woods. We live on the north end of the island so I tend to pop over the bridge to Poulsbo often. My sons/families live there so you can understand. 😁

Garden, Home and Party - June 15, 2016 - 6:00 pm

Hi Kelly,

Your post makes me want to plan a trip to see my friend on Bainbridge. I love the island and eating, while important, is the second best thing for me. The homes, if you drive around are so wonderful. I always make my friend take me on a driving home tour.

I’m sorry you had a couple of dud meals, but I’m with you, if I lived on the island I’d definitely take up knitting so that I would have an excuse to visit Churchmouse every week!

DiAnne - June 15, 2016 - 4:36 pm

One thing I liked in Seattle was watching the coming and going of the ferries on the water. All those bakeries and shops in Bainbridge are just so perfect. Love the colorful chalkboard.
This area of the world is just beautiful. When you go back take the high speed ferry to Victoria, BC and go to the Buchart Gardens. I like the story of the gardens, the people who created them. Next time I go I will have to go to Bainbridge. The flowers at Pikes Market are so gorgeous and reasonably priced as I remember.
Thanks again for taking us along with you.

Rosemary - June 15, 2016 - 4:06 pm

Thanks for sharing all of this Kelly …from the scent of the evergreens as you stepped off the boat …. I feel as though I was actually there with you. I hope you don’t mind!! 🙂 Bainbridge Island seems like my kind of place. So many great places to eat . I can imagine strolling around, wandering in and out of the shops and wishing I had brought an extra suitcase to transport everything home!
Once again, many thanks for all the great photos. Your photographs are so much better than any guide book I’ve bought.
Take care …hope you’re having a great week.
I keep meaning to ask, we’re visiting Disney in October …are we likely to see your daughter or is she working behind the scenes. I hope you don’t mind me asking.

Gina - June 15, 2016 - 2:37 pm

What a fun place to visit! I would love the shops and especially the bakeries!! 😀 Now, I am craving chocolate ice cream! 😉

Marianne in Mo. - June 15, 2016 - 12:26 pm

Love shopping and eating with you! 😉 Less money spent and no calories, but you sure had me drooling! Ha! Love the smell of evergreens, especially when it’s humid. First time I experienced that was in Banff, Alberta. Pure heaven, I too wish I could bottle it and bring it home.
Drapes for six windows – wow, that’s a lot of labor! But if it’s half as hot there as it is here, you may as well be inside doing projects!
Thanks for the visit to Bainbridge!

Dawn - June 15, 2016 - 10:57 am


Thank you for the e-trip. I always enjoying seeing where you go, what you eat and what you do. Thanks for sharing. I cant wait to see what is next.

anita - June 15, 2016 - 10:07 am

Thank you for sharing your trip. I have been wanting to go to Seattle for some time and this post may just encourage me to do so. Going to wonderful restaurants is just part of the fun! Glad all your technical computer issues have been solved!

Bonnie Auld - June 15, 2016 - 9:17 am

Kelly, although I’ve never thought about visiting some of the places you share, I surely have enjoyed going on your visits with you. Your pictures and comments make me feel as if I am there, and I continue to enjoy the highlights of your trips…wondering if I should add one or two of these places to my bucket list.

Karen - June 15, 2016 - 6:50 am

I had forgotten that you went to Bainbridge Island, and when I read the title, I wondered if you would mention Churchmouse Yarns. Thank you for the lovely tour of this charming shop. I am a knitter and subscribe to their newsletter, the shop is just as I imagine and more! Oh how I’d love to sit on one of those black & white cushioned chairs, sip tea and knit one of their patterns in a luscious yarn, a girl can dream!

Tricia - June 15, 2016 - 12:19 am

Hi Kelly. Brainbridge Island sounds like a perfect gem, all those bakeries and cute decor shops. I know I would have over indulged.

Kathy - June 14, 2016 - 11:45 pm

I could almost smell it…but then, I know that smell. How fun! The shops reminded me of the shops in Highlands. At least that is what I was picturing. Oh, my…all of those bakeries and your meals looked delicious. (Anita, did you see how those botanical prints were displayed???) Anita and I have discussed that, Kelly. (Anita owns the coolest shop ever in Richmond, Virginia called Very Richmond Gifts.) And, Kelly, I bet you would not be surprised to learn that my favorite ice cream is Swiss Chocolate Almond! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

Jane - June 14, 2016 - 11:17 pm

My husband and I went to Seattle and Bainbridge island a few years ago. We loved it, too! I remember going into the tea and knitting shop. We ate lunch at a place called Nola’s. Thanks for the memories!

Vicki - June 14, 2016 - 10:10 pm

Oh, what a wonderful vacation! I would love to visit there! Would love the ice cream and I want to see the Emma Bridgewater pottery. I hope you bought a piece!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - June 14, 2016 - 9:22 pm

You always find the cutest places to shop! Each one was better than the one before. And those cakes . . . !!! Oh dear. What a great time you must have had.

Jean - June 14, 2016 - 9:18 pm

Fabulous information – I’m adding this for a day trip this summer!

maria - June 14, 2016 - 9:17 pm

I hope you’ll visit my hometown of Edmonds, WA on one of your visits! Bainbridge is a great town!! Glad you are enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Seattle area!

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