Heronswood Gardens

While most events are centered around weekends there are still lots of places to visit, explore and enjoy during the week.

Mom always said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, whether you’re at home in Bainbridge or are arriving by ferry this is the place to tank up for the start of the trip. Begin with coffee and pastries or sandwiches in Winslow at Pegasus Coffee or any of the local bakeries and restaurants around the ferry terminal or downtown.

After you are fueled up, drive north on SR 305 to begin your adventure. A must see stop is just crossing Agate Pass at the new Suquamish Museum. Learn the story of the Suquamish people through displays and exhibits. Central to the learning process is the integration of Lushootseed, the language of the Salish Peoples into the displays. The language is vital to understand the people and the world in which they live.

Not long after leaving Suquamish you soon arrive in Colorful Poulsbo which is filled with shops, galleries, antique stores and, of course, restaurants. Indulge your fancies here or drive on and keep exploring. While driving on a stop at the Port Gamble, S’Klallam Indian Reservation to visit the stunning Heronswood Gardens will add color and delight to your trip. This classic formal garden setting is available for tours and events, and is especially popular for weddings.

Cross the Hood Canal Floating Bridge and then, more decisions present themselves. Turn off onto SR 19 and head to Port Townsend, a Victorian gem along the coast or continue US Highway 101 to Port Angeles. Both have much to see and do. From Port Townsend take the ferry to Whidbey Island and all that is on offer there or Port Angeles and a ferry to Victoria, BC.

Let your mood, available time and whims take you as far as you wish. It’s possible to make theme road trips to see wildlife refuges, old coast forts, lighthouses and mountains to rain forests. Later this month we will give you more ideas of places to see and visit.

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