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Bainbridge Island is a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Crossing the Agate Pass Bridge at the north end of the island will take you to the Kitsap Peninsula.
Like many Pacific Northwest residents, Bainbridge Islanders are socially progressive, outdoorsy, and physically active, with nearly every resident active in kayaking, sailing, hiking, skiing, running, biking or soccer. Bainbridge Island is a predominantly white, highly-educated, and - as a by-product of isolated island life - culturally and socially sheltered community. The island was once a poet's commune in the 70s and 80s, when many West-Coast artists, poets, and musicians converged to bask in the island's serene environment. Artistic and cultural events and organizations still abound, at perennial Pegasus Coffee, The Harbour Pub, The Lynwood Theatre, and The Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, which has its own improv comedy troupe. There is a refreshing 40s+ alternative scene involving yoga, martial arts, and social activism. The island is becoming increasingly gentrified, with many retirees settling down, particularly since it was voted the #2 place to live by Money Magazine in 2005.
Cross the Agate Pass Bridge on HWY 305 from the Kitsap Peninsula or take the Washington State Ferry from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island.
Arriving by ferry there are usually cabs at the ferry terminal and Kitsap Transit  has buses that meet each ferry. It is a short walk into "Winslow" the primary shopping district on the island.
Bainbridge Island has several beautiful gardens and museums open to the public.
Bainbridge Island is a great destination for bicycles - rolling hills and spectacular scenery. During the summer you'll find bike rentals near the ferry dock and year 'round you can rent or purchase bikes at Classic Cycle.  Each February the Chilly Hilly, one of the classic bike rides kicks off the bicycle season with a ride around the island. You can get information on this ride from Cascade Bicycle Club  or follow the itinerary on your own .
With many small bays and inlets and all of Puget Sound kayaking is popular for beginners and experienced kayakers. Rentals are available on the island.
When wandering the island, watch for wildlife, including deer, bald eagles, seals, killer whales and raccoons.
There are a variety of excellent restaurants on Bainbridge, with a full-range of cuisines and price-ranges. Check out Shima on the main drag for organic Japanese, San Carlos on Madison Ave for family-style Tex-Mex, and Streamliner Diner for traditional diner food.
There is a burgeoning scene for locally derived, farm-fresh foods that is showcased in several restaurants on the island, most notably at Hitchcock. Other standouts include time-honored Four Swallows and the casual Fork & Spoon.