Traditional Polar Bear Plunge at Lytle Beach

Polar Bear Plunge on Bainbridge Island.

Polar Bear Plunge on Bainbridge Island.

Another very Bainbridge tradition.  Make sure you don’t party too hard on New Year’s Eve so you can make it to the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day.  No need to sign up, just show up a little bit before noon on January 1st, 2018 at Lytle Beach with a swimsuit, a towel, and enough nerve to jump in the very cool Puget Sound waters. Every year a local takes charge and blows a horn to signal the start of the plunge. Parking can be tight and tricky, so I’d suggest arriving around 11:30.  Some folks come earlier and make a bonfire.  Fingers crossed for another sunny one!

What: Bainbridge Island New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Where: Lytle Beach on the south end of Bainbridge Island

When: Noon on January 1st


On December 29, 2017, in Activities, Community, Parks, by

Holiday Activities on Bainbridge Island 2017

1. Take Santa Photos at Columbia Bank

  • Dec 16th – 10am-1pm
  • Cash donation or non-perishable item to support Helpline House

2. Visit the Holiday Village at Bloedel Reserve

  • Through Dec 31st – 10am- 4pm (closed Mondays and Christmas Day)
  • Included with admission to Bloedel Reserve. Adults: $17 Seniors (65+) and Military: $12 Students 13-18 (or with I.D): $10 Children 5-12: $6 Children 4 and under: FREE
  • Bloedel Reserve transforms its iconic Visitor’s Center into a winter Holiday Village, complete with electric trains and intricately designed, hand-crafted buildings.

3. Enjoy the Argosy Christmas Ship at Waterfront Park

  • December 14th
  • Scheduled to arrive in Eagle Harbor near Waterfront Park at 8pm
  • Click here for more info

4. Shop Downtown Winslow and Support a Giving Tree

  • Now through Christmas
  • Find trees throughout Winslow at participating stores to support local non-profits:  BI Barkery, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Millstream, Sweet Deal Clothing, Calico Toy Shoppe, and more!
  • Visit a Giving Tree, take a ‘wish’ ornament, purchase the item on the ornament and donate it to the charity.

5. See Ovation! Musical Theatre’s Version of South Pacific

  • Now through December 17th performance times are Fri/Sat 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:30pm
  • At the BHS Theatre
  • Be transported to the warmth for one evening of musical fun. Visit to purchase tickets.
On December 14, 2017, in Activities, Community, Events, Shopping, by

Yes, you did hear holiday music in your cul-de-sac.  That was another classic island tradition, the musical firetruck.  The annual tour around the island is already underway.   I am never quite ready for Christmas, but the outdoor lights are up on our house, so it really must be that time of year. I do love that the truck hits our neighborhood on the 23rd or 24th every year to put an exclamation mark on the holiday! And it is fun to see the truck around the island as we lead up to the merry day.  Thank you Bainbridge Island Fire Department for this very Bainbridge tradition.   Listen for the truck 5-9pm from now until Christmas Eve.  Link to a larger version of the map and schedule here.

And note, if the truck has extra time they can and do make additional laps through your neighborhood.  We have been lucky enough to see them twice in some years.

Bainbridge Island Musical Holiday Truck Map 2017

On December 13, 2017, in Activities, Community, Events, Neighborhoods, by

7349 Madrona Drive NE is a unique in-town package in the popular Wing Point Neighborhood.  Right now, on the island, it is hard to find a home for sale that is close to the ferry and not cookie-cutter.  This home is anything put predictable or ordinary. Custom built by Bob Grimm of ID Construction, this property offers a 2588 sq ft main home and a 704 sq ft guest cottage on a lovely, landscaped, flat lot.  Only 1.5 miles to the ferry, this Wing Point property on .39 of an acre offers elbow room from your neighbors, but incredible proximity to the ferry, Winslow, and schools.

Open Houses Scheduled for:

Thurs., November 30th from 10am to 1pm & Sun., December 3rd from 1pm to 4pm

7349 Madrona Dr NE on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells Real Estate

7349 Madrona Dr NE on Bainbridge Island.

7349 Madrona Dr NE on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells Real Estate

The gracious entry way/den area makes an immediate impression with stunning woodwork.

7349 Madrona Dr NE on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells Real Estate

The open concept kitchen has been recently updated with quartz counters, new appliances, subway backsplash, shiplap siding and new fixtures.

7349 Madrona Dr NE on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells Real Estate

The dining area has stylish light fixtures that set off the wood beams and the south facing windows let in great afternoon light.

7349 Madrona Dr NE on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells Real Estate

The striking master bedroom has interesting angles, vaulted ceilings, custom paint, a skylight with shutters, and built in fir dressers.

7349 Madrona Dr NE on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells Real Estate

The formal living room has walls of windows and just off the entry it is a great place to greet your guests.

7349 Madrona Dr NE on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells Real Estate

The two story guest cottage sits at the back of the property and feels like it is on a separate lot.

7349 Madrona Dr NE on Bainbridge Island listed by Jen Pells Real Estate

The quaint guest cottage is 704 sq ft, has a full kitchen, 3/4 bath, laundry and large bedroom.

Details about the home:

  • 2588 sq ft main home and 704 sq ft main cottage
  • Main home is 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths
  • Bedroom and bathroom on the main floor
  • Updated kitchen and bathrooms
  • Guest cottage has a full kitchen, 3/4 bath, laundry and bedroom
  • .39, flat, landscaped lot
  • One car garage with finished studio and half bath
  • Newer roof and exterior paint
  • 1.5 miles to the Seattle Ferry
  • Offered at $995,000

Storybook charm on desirable street in coveted Wing Point. A rare package of a custom main home (2588 sq ft) and a quaint guest cottage (704 sq ft) on a lovely, flat landscaped lot. The main home has been meticulously updated and professionally designed with custom lighting, quartz countertops and heated marble floors. The comfortable guest cottage offers a full kitchen, 3/4 bath and laundry. Your guests won’t want to leave. The finished garage studio could be a gym, music room, yoga studio, or office. Easy access to the ferry and Winslow.

Click here to see the full Windermere listing detail.

Click here to visit this home’s dedicated website.

On November 30, 2017, in Home Tours, Homes, Listing, Neighborhoods, Open Houses, by

Winslow 2017 Holidays Tree LightingThe Holidays are Here

Today is Small Business Saturday.  Get out and shop and support your local merchants, friends, and neighbors.  There are a host of activities going on in downtown Winslow today, including the Christmas Tree Lighting tonight from 6pm-7:30pm.  Below is a summary of what you can do downtown today to help burn off some of that turkey.

  • Holiday specials in Winslow store 10am to 6pm
  • Hot chocolate in Madrone Lane 1pm-3pm and learn more about the Holiday Giving Trees around Winslow 
  • Free horse drawn carriage rides at the Winslow Green 1-3:30pm
  • Christmas Tree Lighting and entertainment in Madrone Lane 6pm to 7:30pm with holiday music by the excellent BHS Band
On November 25, 2017, in Activities, Community, Events, Shopping, by