When it comes to taking a Seattle Day trip, there are so many possibilities. Our favorite, however, is taking a ferry across the water to Bainbridge and driving through the surrounding areas. We love the area so much, in fact, that we got married across the water in Kingston.
In the time of Covid and also the time of forest fires, we cancelled several of our attempts at a honeymoon. We planned to take a 3 week trip to Eastern Europe over our 1 year anniversary, which, for obvious reasons was cancelled. We then planned to take our third annual trip to the Oregon coast as a small mini-moon. This trip was cancelled due to the horrible fires on the coast. The weekend after our 1 year anniversary, the heavens opened up and we had a clear day. We decided to hop on the ferry and spend the day in one of our favorite spots – the place we got married!
We hopped on the ferry from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge. From there, we drove about 20 minutes North to Kingston, where we were married. Our venue was being used for a wedding that day, but we spent some time walking barefoot on the beach and soaking up the sun. We highly recommend heading to the beach, exploring the lighthouse, and dipping your toes in the Sound.
From the beach, we went to the Central Market. It’s here where we got our wedding cake and cupcakes. We picked up some slices of cake and drove to Poulsbo to eat pieces of cake that were the size of our faces. The Central Market is a giant grocery store across the water, but is such a charming place. We love the bakery – it honestly has some of the most delicious cakes I have ever tasted. They also make and toast pitas in the middle of the bakery and allow you to sample pitas right off of the toaster belt.
Poulsbo is a small port across the water where sailboats and seaplane can dock. While here, we walk along the water and through a small path within the trees. Typically we eat at The Loft on the water then walk through the small Scandinavian town. You can also rent a seaplane for an air tour if you’re looking for an even more thrilling adventure.
We decided to head to Doc’s on Bainbridge for dinner, another port town. Bainbridge is full of small restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, and wine tasting rooms. Sometimes our day trips around Seattle consist of staying in Bainbridge and hopping from tasting room to tasting room. Our favorite tasting room is Eleven Winery.
For more Seattle day trip activities:
check out my round-up of Seattle Fall Activities.