Bloedel Reserve is a 150-acre garden located on northern Bainbridge Island. It offers many different environments, including woodland forests, streams and wetlands, a moss garden (for macro shooters), landscaped gardens and a small museum in the Bloedel mansion, with views of Puget Sound. The focus of our visit will be the Japanese Garden and nearby Maple Grove, each of which can be glorious during October. The Reserve is photographer-friendly, allowing tripods, and visitors can wander through its grounds freely. It is open from 10 AM to 4 PM. (closed on Mondays). Admission fees are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors (65+) and military with ID, and $10 for students (13-18 with ID). More information about the Reserve is at http://bloedelreserve.org/.
No food is allowed on the reserve, so plan on having lunch first.
At 5 PM, we'll meet up for dinner at J.J.'s Fish House in Poulsbo or before driving back to the ferry. See http://jjsfishhouse.com/jjs/index.php for J.J.'s menu and location.
TO GET TO THE RESERVE
The Reserve is located at 7571 NE Dolphin Drive at the north end of Bainbridge Island. It can be reached by either the ferry to Bainbridge Island Village from downtown Seattle or to Kingston Ferry from Edmonds. Remember that It is hard to predict waiting times for Ferries in advance. The State Ferry website does list current availabilities for each terminal at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/terminals.aspx that can be checked the day of the trip. Ferry schedules are available at http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/
Ferries leave Edmonds at 1020, 1105, 1155 and 1240 and take 30 minutes to get to Kingston. From the Kingston terminal, it is an easy 30 minute drive to the Reserve. If you are planning lunch after taking the ferry, I would suggest getting on the 1020 or 1105. Taking the 1155 will cut it close.
Ferries leave downtown Seattle at 855, 935, 1040, 1125 and 1230. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the Bainbridge Island terminal in the Village and another 15 minutes to drive to the reserve. The 1040 or 1125 would be good. (Bainbridge Island Village is a nice place to wander around, with a small but very nice art museum and lots of shops and restaurants) In the PM, Ferries leave Kingston for Edmonds at 440, 530, 610, 700 and 745.
Ferries leave Bainbridge Village for Seattle at 445, 535, 625 and 720.
GETTING FROM FERRY TO RESERVE
To drive to the reserve from the Bainbridge Village terminal, follow Rte 305 North from the village for about 6 miles, then turn right onto Agatewood Road NW, which is about half a mile BEFORE Agate Pass Bridge. If you cross the bridge going North, turn around and follow the directions in the next paragraph.
If you are driving South from Kingston, cross the Agate Pass Bridge to Bainbridge Island on Route 305 and about half a mile south of the bridge, make a left onto Agatewood Road NW and follow the directions below