Monday, November 3, 2008

My Town Monday - Bainbridge Island, Washington

About six months ago my mom, sister, daughter and I visited Bainbridge Island. The island is about a half-hour ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. The Bloedel Reserve, which was once the residence of the Bloedel family, is an absolutely stunning garden and wildlife santuary that is spread across 150 acres.

Cameras are welcome (but no flash), but that's about as far as technology is allowed. When you check in (reservations recommended), you are asked to turn off the cell phone and any other device you may have. And when you enter the grounds, you quickly realize why.
Gorgeous lawns, foilage, blooms and best of all, tranquility overcome all of your senses.

Carefully placed benches allow for quiet reflection. In fact, the reason for the reservations is that only a certain amount of guests (can't remember the exact number) are allowed on the grounds at a time. This gives you the feeling that you are the only one on the grounds, that it is your own slice of beauty and grace. Bloedel is heaven's sigh; a respite for the soul.



My Town Monday is the brainchild of Travis Erwin. You can find his site here http://traviserwin.blogspot.com. Visit every Monday for links to towns across America (and beyond).
photos courtesy of Karen Alaniz


8 comments:

gypsyscarlett said...

Oh, thank you for posting that. I love nature so much. And what a great idea to limit the number of guests at a time. And another, "yeah!"- for turning off cell phones.

debra said...

What an incredibly beautiful place. Thanks so much for posting.

Barrie said...

Gorgeous. I love the idea of limiting the number of guests to keep it peaceful.

Clare2e said...

Thanks for visiting us and sharing your peaceful pictures. 5 of us at WoM are NaNo-ing, too. You're not alone with that nutty squirrel.

Travis Erwin said...

A friend of mine just visited Bainbridge Island. his pictures were stunning.

Reb said...

What a lovely place! I love the idea of limiting the guests and banning cell phones too.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love that area of the country. Thanks for reminding me.

Karen L. Alaniz said...

Thanks for all the nice words.