About Bainbridge Island
Welcome to Bainbridge Island
As you approach Bainbridge Island by ferry or bridge, glimpse the quiet harbors and homes along the rocky shoreline and the densely forested hills. This vibrant, diverse community, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, is ready for you to explore. Located 35 minutes by ferry from Seattle, the island enjoys a wonderful combination of farms, wineries, hiking trails, scenic vistas, and local arts. There is no shortage of island charm, warm people, good food, and the beautiful outdoors!
While you’re discovering the island’s charms, you’ll surely find your way through the town center, known as Winslow. Commonly known as the “heart and soul,” of the Island. Despite Bainbridge Island’s rapid growth from a small town of 2 square miles and 3,147 people, the city, with input from the community, has managed to preserve its friendly aura, small-town charm, and natural environments. Islanders value the sense of country living and quick access to Seattle’s business and cultural resources. Many call Bainbridge the “Nantucket,” of the Northwest, with it’s small town charm, curvy coastlines and picturesque views!
Island residents are committed to preserving the sense of community and green spaces – agricultural land, forests, parks, and trails. People cherish the natural beauty of our island home, the stately firs and cedars, scenic bays dotted with small boats and views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains to the west and majestic Mount Rainier to the east.
Excerpt from the Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement
“Bainbridge Island is economically linked to Seattle; however, the artistic, cultural and entrepreneurial spirit of its residents should be encouraged by providing opportunities for environmentally-sound businesses and home occupations.”
A Contributing Community
People value the special contributions the residents make to the community – through the arts, the farms, and the numerous and active nonprofit organizations. A vibrant entrepreneurial spirit is exemplified by the locally owned store fronts on Winslow Way, at the neighborhood service centers found at Lynwood Center, Rolling Bay, and Island Center, and in over 2,000 businesses. Hopefully, you have an opportunity to discover all that Bainbridge Island has to offer.