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. The inn provides a comfortable home base for exploring the secluded setting, which is reachable by ferry or through the bridge that connects to the Kitsap Peninsula at the north end of the island. 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.
- Nearby attractions: antique shops, bakeries, and restaurants
- Homey rooms: decorated with earth tones and knotted-pine furnishings
- Dig in: Complimentary continental breakfast and evening milk and cookies are served daily.
Bainbridge Island, Washington: 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. Be sure to check out at least one of the celebrated wineries on the island, whether it's Bainbridge Vineyards or the lauded Amelia Wynn Winery. If beer is more your style, stop at Bainbridge Island Brewing for a tasting in the taproom.
You can also take a scenic drive amid pine forests overlooking the Salish Sea and Puget Sound on your way to Fay Bainbridge Park. The 17-acre nature preserve has 1,420 feet of pristine coastline and sweeping views of the Cascade Range mountains. Visitors can hike and bike along the trails that crisscross the park, and if it's a clear day, Mount Rainier can be seen from the shore. Afterward, head back into town to visit the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, which houses constantly changing collections of paintings and sculptures.