In 2010, Sunset magazine dubbed Bainbridge Island “The Northwest’s new wine destination”.  Coming up June 22 – 24th you have the opportunity to see for yourself what a truly great destination it is for wine lovers.  Bainbridge Uncorked is the island wine festival which will feature seven island winemakers.  The weekend is packed with tasting, touring and learning.

The festival features 7 artisan winemakers showcasing their handcrafted, award winning wines. The festival opens Friday evening at 5 pm with a tour of historic Winslow with stops in the Downtown Tasting Rooms of Eagle Harbor Wine Company, Eleven, Harbor Square Wine Shop and Island Vintners.  The admission price of $40 buys you wine and appetizers at all four stops.

Saturday & Sunday take a tour of individual wineries.  Hop on your bike, or take your car to experience the wine culture of the island.  The tour includes (tasting fees may apply):

  • Amelia Wynn Winery
  • Eagle Harbor Winery
  • Eleven Winery
  • Fletcher Bay Winery
  • Perennial Vintners
  • Rolling Bay Winery
  • Victor Alexander Winery

Saturday afternoon offers an educational treat from Jeff Tweiten, owner of Harbor Square Wine Shop.  In this free class you can learn about the wines of Washington and what makes our area such a great wine destination.

Didn’t make the trip to all of the wineries?  No worries – Saturday night you can enjoy the wines of all 7 wineries in one location.  Central Tasting, from 5 – 8pm is a golden opportunity to taste the wine and great local food, while you meet and chat with the winemakers.  Price:  $50

For more information about the festival, and links to all 7 wineries click here.   For tickets to all events click here.

Looking for a little exercise to round out your weekend?  Located just an hour away is one of the most unique hiking experiences you will find.


photo by Alan Bauer

The Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the United States.  It is also home to a multitude of wildlife, including shorebirds, waterfowl, shellfish, and seals.  Extending 5 miles out into the Strait of Juan De Fuca, the spit offers a really long hike or a short stroll on the coast.

June 22 – 24th is definitely the weekend to explore this wonderful area so close to Seattle.

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