On the first day of our Olympic Peninsula road trip, we caught the Bainbridge Island ferry from Seattle. Being a Grey’s Anatomy fan, I may have nerded out a little bit being on a Seattle ferry boat. Maybe just a little.
Before heading out into the wilderness for 4 days we needed a hearty meal. Let me just tell you now, Portage Bay was the best brunch recommendation. Ever. My coworker (p.s. how cute is her son?) used to live in Seattle and she instructed me to go to their Ballard spot.
Crab eggs benedict, home fried potatoes and a berry bar for topping your pancakes? We were in heaven. The boys wanted to go back when we returned to Seattle at the end of the week.
And then, right before driving to the Seattle ferry terminal, we stopped to visit the local Fremont troll. He hangs out under the bridge like any good troll, and just to give you an idea of how big he is, that’s a Volkswagen bug he’s got in his hand.
The ferry terminal is located downtown with amazing skyline views. We pulled up and paid the fee ($10/car and $8.20/person) then queued up in line for the Bainbridge Island ferry. We had just missed the cut off for the next ferry (apparently you need to get there pretty early) so we parked and hung out next to this furry guy.
When it was finally our turn, we loaded up on the ferry and parked the car so we could check out the views from upstairs. If you’re looking for the best skyline views in Seattle, this is probably it. The city spills right over the edge of the water.
We watched it fade into the distance as the boat took off for Bainbridge Island.
It’s windy and cool on the water, even in summer so a warm fleece was necessary. It’s a quick ride though, only half an hour, and by the time Seattle slips out of view, you turn around to catch sight of Bainbridge in all it’s green glory.
It’s a quaint little town, worth a visit on it’s own, but also the gateway to our Olympic adventure.
When you drive off the Bainbridge Island ferry there are two options, turn into town or drive off towards highway 101. Before we jumped back on the road we made a little pit stop at Mora Iced Creamery. Voted the best ice cream in the country. Although I was tempted by their variety of chocolate and salted caramel flavors, I stuck with a scoop of their famed blackberry ice cream.
It was amazing. There’s no need to rush the choice though, you pay then taste and select your flavors.
Afterwards, we climbed back in the car and hit the road, setting off on our trip around Olympic National Park (with no idea of the cold mountaintop night that lay ahead). More on that later this week though!