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Thanksgiving in the Dungeness Lighthouse

When Bainbridge Islander Diana Montgomery heard about lighthouse keeping at the New Dungeness Light Station (NDLS) she knew it was an experience her family would want to have. Checking the Lighthouse’s calendar, she found an opening over Thanksgiving week that sounded perfect, and so, Montgomery explained, “a few emails and calls later I booked the…

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The Virtues of Visiting Cannon Beach in the off Season (w/ Photo Gallery)

Why drive down to Cannon Beach during the “off season,” with possibly blustery rain and cold temps? Some might respond, It’s Cannon Beach, ‘nough said. But here are more reasons. It’s cheaper than Hawaii. It’s arguably the most beautiful time of year there. The rates are way reduced. You’ve got the place to yourself, more…

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Bainbridge Gets Plugged (Briefly) for July 4 Festivities on the Today Show

This morning, June 24, on the Today show on NBC in a segment called “Red, White & Where to?” Sweet Retreats host Rene Syler listed five recommendations across the country for ”affordable and patriotic 4th of July getaways.” Bainbridge Island was mentioned as a submenu item under #4, Seattle. Syler recommended the “really unique, patriotic, and…

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Ferries Take Third in USA Today Best Boat Ride Contest

The USA Today Best Boat Ride contest that pitted Puget Sound against Pearl Harbor, the Chicago River, the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, and Alaska’s Inside Passage (among other waterways) has given the top two honors to liquid New York: The Thousand Islands and Niagara Falls. But Puget Sound and its ferry rides took…

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Ferry on Foot to Bainbridge: 37 Things to Do Downtown

Up for an Island adventure? Bainbridge is a great destination for the day or longer. A lovely 35-minute ferry trip across the Sound from downtown Seattle, the ride alone is part of the fun. From the stellar view of Mount Rainier to the Seattle skyline at night to the people-watching and occasional wildlife sightings, your…

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Summer Staycation! Ideas for Local Outdoor Adventure

Many of us are on the end-of-school wild ride right now, but summer really is around the corner with its welcome warmth and breezy freedoms. Fortunately for those of us planning to stick around and/or host visitors, summer is Bainbridge at its best, with low humidity, comfortable temperatures, lots of dry blue skies, relatively few…

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Avoid Long Waits: Online Tool Shows Busiest & Lightest Travel Times for Ferries

With Memorial Day weekend coming up and the high summer sailing season rolling in, locals (and savvy visitors) are always looking for ways to avoid the worst waits. If this high season picks up where the last one disembarked, we are in for more record-breaking numbers of riders on the boats. Washington State Ferries (WSF)…

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Jump Aboard Bainbridge’s Frog Hopper Bus and See the Sites

Now visitors and Islanders alike who want to leave the car at home have an easy and cheap way to see the sites around The Rock. The new Frog Hopper Bus service runs Saturdays and Sundays through September 29, 2013, with pickups and dropoffs at the Bainbridge ferry terminal every 50 minutes from 11:25 a.m….

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The Methow Valley Is So Fine in the Summertime (w/ Photo Gallery)

What a state we live in. From the spectacular coastal rain forests to the rugged timberlands of the Cascades to the Columbia River and its valley tributaries to endless shoreline around Puget Sound and beyond, it seems there are beautiful places wherever you turn in Washington. One of my new favorite beautiful places is the…

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Seen More Tourists on Bainbridge Lately? Here’s Why

Does Winslow seem busier than usual, teeming with meandering people sipping lattes, pausing confusedly in clumps in the middle of intersections, lusting after the perks of small-town life? The entity largely responsible for increased visitorship and the accompanying boost to the island economy is the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association and its recent marketing campaign. The…

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The Port Townsend Getaway: 16 Ideas for Fun

What’s so great about Port Townsend? What isn’t? It’s got beaches (and beaches!), sprawling parks, funky shops, excellent art and music, every kind of cuisine, an old-style movie theater, history, beautiful old brick buildings, a nationally respected Arts Center, pretty Victorian homes in all shades of the rainbow, and every kind of place to stay,…

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New Frog Hopper Bus Will Take You and Visitors to Key Bainbridge Destinations

It makes sense, since Bainbridge Islanders have this thing about frogs, that the new Chamber of Commerce tourism bus system is called the Frog Hopper Bus. The name also makes sense since riders can hop on and off the buses at favorite visitor destinations including Rolling Bay, the Bloedel Reserve, Coppertop Loop, Lynwood, and Pritchard…

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BHS Teacher Brad Lewis Wins National Travel Award

Bainbridge High School AP statistics teacher Bradley Lewis has won a prestigious travel and teaching grant to study in Africa. From thousands of applicants across the country, Lewis has been selected as one of 15 winners through the inaugural Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Competition. The grants are meant to enhance classroom environments by giving instructors…

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Seattle Area Holiday Family Fun Ideas

3 p.m. With the holiday season starting late this year, most of us have a chunk of time on our hands now before the kids head back to school. Looking for some family fun? Why not hop the pond for a change of scenery? Here are ideas to bust of out of the cooped-up blues….

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Bainbridge Goes to the Galapagos!

5:30 a.m. Since visiting the Galapagos Islands last year, Bainbridge Park District Arts and Cultural Manager Sue Hylen has been scheming up a way to share her experience with other Bainbridge Islanders. Now the Park District, spearheaded by Hylen, is offering a Bainbridge Island Galapagos Adventure Tour next spring, April 26 through May 8. Led…

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TravelHawks: Lake Chelan—6 Dos, 1 Don’t, and a Maybe

by Kevin Hawkins and Kyanne Hawkins August 19, 2012 3:20 p.m. We’ve been traveling as a family to Lake Chelan since our friend and Island Realtor Susan Burris shared her family’s favorite getaway suggestion with us a decade ago. We loved it so much we bought a timeshare after our third visit. We make the…

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Living by Design: Flying Away to Damanhur, Italy

by Chuck Estin July 28, 2012 1:52 p.m. Flying over the Atlantic, I’m in a place between worlds. I left my old world when I boarded the ferry this morning, after three days of minimal sleep putting my affairs in order from my Island realm. Now I’m struggling to adjust my large frame to the…

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TravelHawks: Two New Seattle Must Dos—The Great Wheel and Chihuly

by Kevin Hawkins and Kyanne Hawkins July 23, 2012, 10:25 a.m. The Seattle Great Wheel, the newest addition to the waterfront and skyline, and the new Chihuly Garden and Glass at the Seattle Center are attractions that should not be missed by visitors or locals. The Seattle Great Wheel Owner Hal Griffith’s 30-year dream to…

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Chinese Teenagers Come to Bainbridge, Take My Picture

10:32 a.m. As a writer, I admit I’m usually more comfortable asking the questions and taking the pictures than the other way around. Or maybe I’m just used to being the most curious person in the room, willing to listen. But yesterday when I started talking with the Chinese exchange students visiting the Bainbridge Island…

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TravelHawks: Day Tripping on Whidbey Island

Whidbey: Rated 3.75 out of 4 Why would an Islander want to visit another nearby island? After all, much of Whidbey Island has a lot of the same virtues as Bainbridge: lush evergreen forests, long winding roads, lovely harbor vistas, nice restaurants, boutique shops, car and passenger ferries providing easy access to the mainland, and…

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