Hotel At a Glance: Island Country Inn
Island Country Inn is just 35 minutes from Seattle, but it feels worlds away, thanks to its location on Bainbridge Island, which is reachable by ferry only. The inn provides a comfortable home base for exploring the secluded setting. Guests are within a few miles of all of downtown Bainbridge's attractions, and there's a pizza place next door to satisfy late-night cravings.
- Cute and cottage-like: The inn looks like a large country cottage, with pale blue trim and qauint half-moon windows.
- Nearby attractions: antique shops, bakeries, and restaurants
- Homey rooms: decorated with earth tones and knotted pine furnishings
- Deluxe complimentary breakfast: served daily; includes coffee, fruit, and pastries
- Wine tour and tasting: at one of the numerous nearby wineries
Bainbridge Island, WA: Hills and Vineyards on Secluded Island
In 2005, CNN Money declared Bainbridge Island the second-best place to live in the country, and it's not difficult to see why. This small island, located 35 miles west of Seattle, boasts rolling hills, adorable antique shops, and miles of vineyards. While you're here, make sure to check out at least one of the celebrated wineries on the island, whether it's the 25-year-old Bainbridge Island Winery or the lauded Amelia Wynn Winery. If beer is more your style, stop at Bainbridge Island Brewing for a tasting in the warm and welcoming tap room.
You can also take a scenic drive among pine forests overlooking the Salish Sea and Puget Sound on your way to Fay Bainbridge State Park, a 17-acre nature preserve with 1,420 feet of pristine coastline and sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains. Hiking and biking along the trails that crisscross the park is a popular pastime, and if it's a clear day, you can even see Mount Rainier from the shore. Afterwards, head back into town to visit the [Bainbridge Island Museum of Art)[http://www.biartmuseum.org/], a surprisingly large museum with constantly changing collections of paintings and sculpture.