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Seattle/Bainbridge/Whidbey Memorial Day weekend 2014

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Seattle/Bainbridge/Whidbey Memorial Day weekend 2014

My husband and I are planning a visit to Seattle over Memorial Day weekend this year. Flying into Seattle Friday, the back home Tuesday morning. We'd like to spend Friday night in Seattle (we've been there before, so we only go see a few sights), then we'd like to see Bainbridge Island, and Whidbey. Any advice? Do we need reservations for the ferry? We'll be renting a car. Bainbridge first, then Whidbey, or reverse?

Thanks-

Nancy

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11. Re: Seattle/Bainbridge/Whidbey Memorial Day weekend 2014

Thanks for your advice!

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12. Re: Seattle/Bainbridge/Whidbey Memorial Day weekend 2014

Thank you very much! I'm so glad I went on this forum, it's really helped. We've decided to skip BI. We will fly into Seattle Friday, spend that day and part of Saturday sightseeing (we've been there before so we've seen all the major tourist attractions), then spend Saturday and Sunday on Whidbey. I like the suggestion of traveling by Deception pass, from what I've heard it's BEAUTIFUL! Being from Los Angeles I'm really looking forward to some pretty scenery, and just soaking up some nature. Thanks again for your advice!

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13. Re: Seattle/Bainbridge/Whidbey Memorial Day weekend 2014

I would recommend doing your Seattle touring on Monday eve,spend night there before your Tuesday flight,especially if you have an a.m. flight out.I also agree Whidby island has more to do with State parks,trails & scenery.The ferrys will be a long wait unless you make a reservation since it is the start of the holiday season here.the one ferry ride with a drive on the return is what we normally do.Don't forget to look at B & B.s as well as hotels for more selection for your stay.

Edited: 9:03 am, February 11, 2014
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14. Re: Seattle/Bainbridge/Whidbey Memorial Day weekend 2014

Hi Nancy,

No matter where you choose to go I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time. My first recommendation - make your hotel reservations asap. Many places in the popular destinations are already booking up for this weekend.

I live in Poulsbo (close to Bainbridge Island) so I'm always on the ferry system. If you take a ferry plan on a wait time. Memorial day weekend is a popular time for Seattlites to visit Bainbridge Island, the Hood Canal, Port Townsend, and Whidbey Island. You will encounter ferry traffic no matter where you travel to that weekend.

The only ferry that takes reservations is the one that travels inbetween Port Townsend and Keystone on Whidbey Island. You can learn more about the WA ferries on their website. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/

If you travel on Bainbridge - Windslow, just off the ferry terminal, is a great spot for lunch. There are places to bike on the island but the main road is a very busy highway (50 miles per hour) and I'd recommend staying off it if you're biking. Bainbridge biking information: http://www.bainbridgeislandtrails.org/

If you travel north toward Port Townsend you come to Poulsbo first, and then cross the Hood Canal Bridge and continue north.

There are great places to hike near Port Townsend: www.ptguide.com/recreation-activities/hiking.

Whidbey Island is amazing. I'm a huge fan of Langley and Coupeville and I've enjoyed every trip I've made there. I'm sure you'll find plenty to do if you decide to travel there.

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15. Re: Seattle/Bainbridge/Whidbey Memorial Day weekend 2014

It might be worth noting that Memorial Day weekend is when the Northwest Folklife Festival is held on the grounds of Seattle Center (Space Needle, EMP, Chihuly Hoohah etc.) It's a lot of fun but the area can be quite congested, particularly if the weather's decent.

http://www.nwfolklife.org/

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Don't forget your wings. http://gardyloo.us/folklife2009%20046asm.JPG

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16. Re: Seattle/Bainbridge/Whidbey Memorial Day weekend 2014

I agree with most of the above, and would add that staying overnight in Langley, on Whidbey Island, would be my choice (after a night in Port Townsend). Langley is a lovely, quiet, little artsy town. La Connor is cute, but more kitchy-touristy, in my experience and opinion.

I'm not sure how pretty or urban the drive is from La Connor to Seattle, but suspect it might be more crowded on a holiday weekend because of the higher population on that side of the Puget Sound? Others can comment on that better than I.

Or you could stay two nights in Port Townsend and take a day trip to Lake Crescent and/or Hurricane ridge on the Olympic Peninsula.

Or spend the night(s) on the beaches on the West End of the Olympic Peninsula. Gorgeous, wild, beaches with few people and no beach-towns. Just wild ocean! Kalaloch Lodge: http://www.thekalalochlodge.com/

Sorry...too many choices. I'll stop here.

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