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.
While you're discovering the island's charms, you'll surely find your way through the town center, known as Winslow. Despite Bainbridge Island's 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.
A 2008 survey of community values revealed that island residents are committed to preserving the sense of community and green spaces - agricultural land, forests, parks, and trails. We 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.
"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."
We value the special contributions our 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. It is our hope that you discover all that Bainbridge Island has to offer.
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