Over six million people ride the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry every year. Some of those are commuters, and some are visitors. Half are walk-on passengers and throughout the year, the small town of Winslow is a huge attraction for day trippers.
But, there is another Bainbridge Island local that deserves some attention―Pleasant Beach Village. I recently spent an evening and part of an afternoon there and want to go back and dine and drink at the other establishments.
It’s important to keep in mind that some of the businesses close on Sunday and Monday, like the Manor House Restaurant and The Beach House Bar, or have limited weekend hours, so it’s best to check ahead.
5 Reasons to Visit Pleasant Beach Village on Bainbridge Island
1. Playful Art
The village, which shops, eateries, and ten apartments, is decorated with a variety of murals and sculptures. It’s mostly cats, some mice, a few dogs, some goats, as well as free-form sculptures. Animals are posed in playful situations, some dance with instruments or other play in water features or fountains. As a cat lover, the playful art made exploring fun as every turn or corner revealed another cat.
2. Food Galore
- The Marketplace-coffee, pastries, deli, salads, wine bar, tap room
- Pane d’Amore -fresh-baked bread and gourmet items
- Hammy’s Burgers-sandwiches and burgers
- Treehouse Café -deli sandwiches and pizza
- The Beach House -chowder, salads, small plates, classic pub fare, street tacos, pizza
- Manor House Restaurant -fine dining (see my review here)
- Island Cool -frozen yogurt with dry, seasonal and hot syrup toppings
During my visit, I dined at the Manor House Restaurant, which consisted of light tempura asparagus with miso, hazelnuts, and fried shallots, mushroom risotto with bavette steak and a toffee caramel cake. The next day I went to the Treehouse Café for pizza. And, for dinner that evening, my parents served Pane d’Amore’s bread. Everything was excellent, and I’d go back again. Next time I want to check out Suzanne Maurice Wine Bar and The Beach House.
There are plenty of adult drink choices, like Suzanne Maurice Wine Bar, a Parisian-style wine bar that also serves cheese and cured meats. The Beach House Bar, which has craft cocktails and an outdoor terrace with fire pits. The Treehouse Café has a bar with billiards and a stage for live music.
The day I was there, I went to the bar at the Treehouse Cafe, ordered a glass of cider, and sat with the locals while watching some of the Superbowl.
4. Retail Therapy
For shoppers, there are a couple of shops, Sash Mercantile―clothing, handmade gifts, jewelry―and The Barn Cat―home décor, housewares, and gifts.
5. Historic Movie Theater
In 1936, Lynwood Theatre opened as Bainbridge Island’s first “talkie” movie theatre. I’m a fan of historic movie theaters and plan to see a show here soon.
If you have transportation, you can easily make an entire day of it (breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks), as well as, exploring nearby activities.
If you plan to walk onto the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry, take the Kitsap Transit Bus 98 (weekdays only, around 28 min.) or grab a taxi. Once you get there, plan to spend at least two hours or more grabbing a leisurely bite to eat or drink, walk from shop to shop on the nicely manicured sidewalks, enjoy the art, catch a movie, or sit in the plentiful outside seating with your cup of coffee.
If you drive to Pleasant Beach Village, there is a nearby beach with a Mt. Rainier view and a 5-minute drive away is Fort Ward Park.
If you want to make a weekend of it, there is the twelve-room The Inn at Pleasant Beach. And, guests receive access to the pool, which includes a children’s wading pool and hot tub. I haven’t stayed there or used the pool so I can’t comment on either.