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Weekend Away | Seattle, Washington

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Seattle & Bainbridge Island – Washington  |  February 2016

Seattle has always had my heart.  There’s a bit of city, a bit of outdoors, lots of culture and food.  And of course, there’s quite a bit of rain.  I love the rain and the romance of the fog… although I think I can only say this being born and raised in sunny southern California.

Needless to say, Seattle is a great city and I always enjoy visiting and it makes for a great weekend trip from LA.

Seattle from the Space Needle

At the top of the Space Needle

Of course there’s the obligatory visit to the Space Needle.  With amazing views even in the drizzling rain.

Views of the Space Needle in Seattle

The wind also made for some fun photos.

At the top of the Space Needle

 Bainbridge Island

On our second day, we visited Bainbridge Island in the heart of Puget Sound – just a 30 minute ferry ride away from downtown Seattle.

Seattle Ferry

ferry from seattle to bainbridge island

Once you’re on the island, it feels much further.  There’s a natural charm and romance to the island that whisks you away.

ferry from seattle to bainbridge

Our first stop was the Bloedel Reserve – a beautiful forest garden and nature preserve.

Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

You can’t help but feel the comfort and serenity of nature.

Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

I was particularly fascinated by all the moss. I just loved the texture and had the urge to touch all the branches.

moss in bloedel reserve

Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island

Bloedel Reserve

Walk in Bloedel Reserve

Wine tasting is another great activity on the island.  Our first stop: Bainbridge Vineyards.  They make their wines all from the fruit on their seven acres on the island with varietals including Seigerrebe, Muller-Thurgau, Madeline Angevine, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.

Bainbridge Island Vineyards

Our next tasting was Rolling Bay Winery.  This was a cool spot in a residential neighborhood. When we arrived, we weren’t even sure if we were in the right place, but saw some happy folks who directed us.  Their tasting room is in the backyard and there’s a very intimate approachability because of this.

Bainbridge Island - Rolling Bay Winery

Even this little guy enjoyed the winery.

Bainbridge Island - Rolling Bay Winery

group shot at rolling bay winery

At sunset, we took the ferry back to downtown Seattle and ended our trip with picture perfect night views of the Seattle skyline.

Seattle Skyline

Seattle Skyline at dusk

Seattle night skyline

Until next time Seattle!


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