Seattle Day 5: Ferry To Bainbridge Island & The University of Washington

On our final full day in Seattle, we decided to embrace the rising temperatures (high of 85F) and check out Bainbridge Island by Ferry.

I think the cost to get on the ferry was a great deal. It was only $8 dollars for a round-trip ticket to Bainbridge Island. There were some other locations available, but this was only 35-minutes away and I heard had a fun village to walk-around on the other side.

On board the ferry, you had options to sit on the inside or on the outer deck with sweeping views
of the Seattle skyline. There was even a small restaurant on the inside selling snacks. As you approach Bainbridge Island, the view is also impressive.

Bainbridge Island from the Ferry.

Once off the Ferry, we wandered onto the Village of Winslow. It was a quaint downtown, with a long street of restaurants, shops, and organic stores.

One of the many outdoorsy stores on the Island

I discovered that the Island was known for its wine tasting, and we decided to partake in it. We wandered to a shop called “Eagle Harbor” and split one flight of five wines for $12 dollars. We started with some Chardonnay and graduated onto some red wines. The Cabernet Sauvignon was great as the first red wine, and we gradually escalated into the Cabernet and Merlot mix of red wines. Definitely sample the Raptor Wine if you stop by the store.

After returning to the mainland, we took the light-rail to the University of Washington stop. The first thing we did was walk around Husky Stadium. Alas, my beloved Rutgers Scarlet Knights were slaughtered here last September in their season opener. Washington is a legit football team and made the national semi-final. RU opens the season against them this year in Piscataway. (I hope to go!)

The campus was gorgeous! We wandered past the fountains toward some of the old historic buildings, and were amazed at how green the campus was. Even on August 1st it was quite lively. Many orientations for Summer Programs seemed to be getting underway.

After a quick pit-stop at the “Hub” student center, we walked into the downtown and passed some cool restaurants and shops for the students. We headed back by light-rail exhausted after 8 hours of sight-seeing.

Stick with the blog as the next stop on the journey is Astoria, Oregon on Wednesday!

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