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The Traveler Travels Across the Street—Grand Re-Opening Saturday

The Traveler, Bainbridge’s go-to spot for luggage, maps, and other travel gear, is 20 years old. To celebrate the anniversary, the owners just moved it across the street to the location formerly occupied by Paper Products Etc. To celebrate the move, they’re having a Grand Opening Party this Saturday, October 3, from 9:30 a.m. to…

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Views of the Island from the Virginia V (Photo Gallery)

by Paul Brians Back in the 90s, before we had moved to the Island, my wife and I took the Virginia V steamer on a sail around Bainbridge. We’ve been talking about repeating the experience, and this year decided to share it with our new neighbors, Phyllis and David Sigmond, who are still learning about…

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Protection Island Wildlife Refuge a Precious Haven in Our Midst (w/ Photo Gallery)

About 7 miles west of Port Townsend at the entrance to Discovery Bay is a remarkable 364-acre (half square-mile) land mass that despite its modest size serves as the nesting ground for nearly three-quarters of Puget Sound’s seabirds. If Protection Island’s irresistibly colorful tufted puffins aren’t impressive enough, there are also some 20,000 pairs of…

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10 Tips For California Transplants

by Tamarah Rockwood There is a large exodus from California to the Pacific Northwest right now, and we are in the middle of it. Some people are moving because the economy in California is atrocious. Some are moving because of the culture and government. Some are moving because it is more affordable up here. ….

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J’Aime les Crêpes Sends an American to Paris and Brings Home the Eiffel Tower

J’Aime les Crêpes owner Paul Pluska just brought a little bit (more) of France to his Bainbridge crêperie with his new Eiffel Tower art piece, and now he’s sending something back—an American in Paris. Pluska is providing a “job benefit and training” opportunity for his senior crêpemakers/baristas by giving them the gift of France, literally. In…

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Washington State Ferries Says Reserve Early for San Juans Travel

Planning a trip to the San Juan Islands this spring or summer? Washington State Ferries (WSF) is recommending a reservation, and the sooner the better. WSF reports that its new reservation system, launched in January, for travel in the San Juans is already seeing tremendous use and saving travelers disappointment and long wait times. Between…

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BHS Grad in the Running to Host World Travel Series Needs Your Vote

Katie Vreedenburgh wants to show you the world. First she needs your vote to be chosen as the cohost of Global Degree, a web series featuring visits to the 195 countries of the United Nations. The web show, recently picked up by the Discovery Channel, is set to begin its second season and looking for…

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Kitsap Tours Drives off into Sunset

After five years of operation, Kitsap Tours is closing its bus doors. Owners Jean and Jim Boyle say they “have decided to trade our bus for a camper van and spend some of our time exploring the back roads of this beautiful country and Canada while maintaining our home base here in Suquamish.” During those…

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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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