It is the first day of Autumn, and we couldn’t be more excited about all the fun fall activities happening on Bainbridge Island! After the last (almost two years) of uncertainty and staying indoors, we have all may be going a bit stir crazy. Luckily, we’ve had some beautiful weather here on Bainbridge, making it more encouraging to enjoy the fresh Pacific Northwest air outdoors. Get you ready to cozy up in your favorite fall sweater, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and watch the leaves change, and experience these eight perfectly autumn things you must do on Bainbridge Island THIS FALL!
(1) Visit the Local Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze at Suyematsu Farms!
When you think of Fall, what staples come to mind? For us, we think PUMPKINS! Pumpkins are seasonal gourds that are harvested in the Fall. You can cook with them, decorate your house with them, take photos with them, and even create an entire family excursion with them! Visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out your favorite gourd is a perfect way to get out of the house with your favorite people and pick up some festive fall decor… maybe even get their perfect family photo! Here, Suyematsu Farm is a staple of Fall on Bainbridge Island. Suyematsu is a local farm that has been on Bainbridge Island since 1928 and has been opening its gates to the public for annual pumpkin picking and a corn maze for the kids!
The Pumpkin Patch opens around September 28th and be open through October or at least until they run out of pumpkins. The hours are weekdays 1:00-6:00 and Saturday and Sunday 10:00-5:00. When you’re there, don’t forget to take plenty of photos!
(2) Go wine tasting at your favorite local winery to find fall in a glass!
For the wine lovers here, check out one of the SEVEN wineries! The best part you read that right.. We have 7 wineries on our little island, and they’re totally worth trying. The best part about visiting a winery in the Fall is that the harvest for wine grapes begins late in the summer. Meaning if you swing by one of the wineries, you might get to see a sneak peak at the wine making process, and maybe even snag a few grapes! Whether you’re looking to enjoy wine and cheese with the girls, dance to live music, or tasting through a couple of different wines to find your new favorite, Washington wines are always a hit! Want a list of all 7 wineries and where you should start? Check out our recent blog post about all the wineries on Bainbridge Island!
Fall the flavor of Fall in a wine glass, visit Eleven Winery and try their Viognier-O. This fun new wine that is perfectly fall in every way. This is an orange wine! Never heard of it? Get this, its ORANGE WINE. Which is way prettier than a pumpkin spice latte. This Autumn bottle only appears once a year until they sell out. It has flavors of orange peels, spice, and maybe even a little caramel (sooo fall). Orange wine is a wine making style where you take the grapes of a white wine (in this case Viognier) and make it like you would a red wine. Meaning there is contact with the skins of the grape giving it a bolder flavor and color like a red… but you drink it chilled. This wine is like fresh and crisp fall air in a glass! Want to learn more about this wine? Ask one of their tasting room staff for details on this unique wine naming process!
(3) Take your kids Trick or Treating Downtown Winslow on Halloween!
The best thing about Bainbridge Island is our sense of community. Being an island of 26,254 people, we believe community is what brings people together. One of Bainbridge Island’s most fun community events is our Halloween Trick or Treating on Winslow Way at all the local mom-and-pop shops! Plus… Everyone is dressed up in their most festive Halloween attire, so if you like people watching, this event is also for you. On October 31st, downtown Bainbridge Island on Winslow Way will host a safe trick-or-treating evening with family fun from 12pm-5pm. Typically this event is shorter but due to COVID, safety precautions have been put in place to allow people to avoid congregation and spread out the time when people can visit. Wear your best costume and join your community on Winslow Way and trick or treat from shop to shop, listen to spooky tunes, drink free hot cider and grab a scoop of pumpkin ice cream at Mora Iced Creamery!
(4) Pick up seasonal produce at the Bainbridge Island Farmers Market!
Do you like to cook? If your answer is yes, then this is the fall activity for you. Bainbridge Island is the best place to get all of your fresh, organic, and seasonal produce to cook up the perfectly autumn meal for your friends and family. You’ll even feel good in your heart and your belly because you’re supporting local farms and businesses while eating healthy! The Bainbridge Island Farmers Market happens every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine! With 10+ different booths of artisanal products, local produce, and food trucks, you’ll be leaving here with inspiration for you next dinner party and maybe some seasonal smelling soap.
For those of you non-dairy folks out there, check out the stand MYLK FILL. A local woman wakes up every Saturday morning at the crack of dawn to make her famous Oat, Hazelnut, and Almond milk! For home, grab a growler of her Hazelnut milk and put it in your morning coffee… All these coffee-enhancing beverages will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside with the flavors of Autumn (without all that dairy)!
(5) Take a stroll at Bainbridge Gardens at their Annual Pumpkin Walk!
The Pumpkin Walk at Bainbridge Gardens is a fun, festive, and free family-oriented event hosted every year! People of all ages come to walk this historic Nature Trail to view hundreds of hand designed pumpkins. For many families on Bainbridge Island, the Pumpkin Walk has become a Halloween tradition. The Pumpkin Walk will be open during daytime hours only from October 1st to October 31st! There will be LIVE MUSIC on the 9th and 31st and even BBQs on all four Saturdays (9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th) at Battle Point Park… Admission is FREE and yes, there will be candy!
(6) Get a bowl Soup and a FAMOUS slice of Toast at Blackbird Bakery!
Yes, we said a “famous slice of toast.” Trust us when we say this… You’ll be hooked and dreaming about your next visit to Blackbird Bakery. Don’t just take our word for it, they even have it printed on all of their shirts. Blackbird has been open on Bainbridge Island since 1999 and has been slinging the greatest bread ever since. Each slice is thick cut, toasted to perfection, and lathered in butter (now our mouths are watering). Maybe even try a Pumpkin Spice or Hazelnut latte from Blackbird along with a baked good! It will make you feel cozy while in the crisp cool weather!
There you have it! Some fun, family-friendly events for you and everyone around you to enjoy on Bainbridge Island this Fall. Are you feeling inspired to move here and join this incredible community? Reach out to any of our highly recommended LOCAL brokers here at Bainbridge Homes Real Estate, and we give you even more fun ideas of things to do around our community!