From a Zen rock garden, to forest pathways, to English-style manicured gardens and more, Bainbridge Island's Bloedel Reserve is a wonderful place to ramble. This former estate of a prominent Northwest timber family is open to the public as a place to connect with nature, bird-watch, and attend occasional special events.
Set on a bank above Puget Sound, the Reserve encompasses 150 acres of blended natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes to explore and appreciate nature. Amateur photography and painting are encouraged. Leave the car at home and take the Bainbridge ferry from Seattle, then catch a direct bus from the ferry terminal, or bicycle.