it is close to Victoria and takes only a few hours by car or a high speed ferry.
We enjoy the sights, shopping and the fabulous restaurants...there is always live theatre, The Seattle Art Gallery, The EMP, Chihuly Glass Museum, Space Needle and various heritage sites.
We have not explored the areas surrounding Seattle very much...
we have been to Tacoma and travelled south to California.
On this visit I suggested that we take the ferry across to Bainbridge Island.
Bainbridge Island is across the water from downtown Seattle.
It turns out that the ferries run frequently and the trip takes only 35 minutes.
The view as we are arriving at the Bainbridge Island Ferry dock
you can see the snow capped mountains in the distance...
Bainbridge is a beautiful island which serves as a bedroom community to Seattle and is linked to Poulsbo Washington at the far end by a bridge.
There are many large vineyards, luxurious waterfront homes and vast acreages that dot the island.
The streets near the ferry dock are lined with quaint shops, galleries and cafes.
My main reason for making the pilgrimage to Bainbridge Island
was to visit the knitting store Church Mouse Yarns and Teas.
The shop offers lessons, sells patterns and yarn,
Teas and Emma Bridgewater Black Toast patterned china.
Three of my favourite things all located under one roof!
You can sit inside at the great table or in a cozy chair and knit to your hearts' content.
I purchased this reversible poncho pattern
I am using the Berroco Ultra Aplaca yarn in the same shade as the pattern.
The progress so far...
when it comes to the grafted seam I am going to be in need of some assistance.
Hopefully a few of my expert knitter friends will be able to guide me...
or else I will pop into our local wool shop The Beehive for a tutorial.
snapshots from our walk on Bainbridge Island
sign in a toy shop
stone figures along the waterfront
a beautiful heritage arts and crafts bungalow
I would have loved to have been invited inside.
We had lunch at The Harbour Public House
sipped a tasty beverage from The Blackbird Bakery
perused many lovely shops.
Among my favourites were:
The Berry Patch
Petit and Olson
(wow this shop is fabulous!)
Salt House Mercantile
Seattle Children's Hospital Bargain Boutique
Our stay was short and sweet and I would eagerly return.
The Gardens at The Bloedel Reserve are reported to be spectacular and I can imagine them on a sunny summer day...
there is a wee bit more to share with you from our Seattle visit in the next post.
Hope that your week has been going well...
Have a lovely weekend!