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Review of Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

I live on Bainbridge Island and even for someone who lives here on the island, this is one of the best kept secrets in the entire Seattle area. Very few people know about Bloedel Reserve and those who visit are consistently blown away with the beauty of the park. Part of the reason for its relative obscurity is that for many years it was private, members only and the visiting hours were limited. So you either had to be a member or a friend of a member and often would have to make reservations in advance to visit. However, they recently opened up visits to everyone. They are typically open Tue-Sun (closed Mon) from 10a-4p and during the summer they stay open until 7p on all evenings except Sunday. The park is unique for the area, the closest I can compare it to would be Butchart Gardens in Victoria, yet it is very different and seems more peaceful and natural (while Butchart Gardens tends to be more touristy). It is off the beaten path and very secluded. A gem in the forest, very hidden, can be difficult to find if you have never been there before. But a true oasis once you have found it.

Thank Jonvilliers
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

Someone had a lot of patience to turn this part of Bainbridge Island into beautiful gardens. There is a rather long walk from the parking area through an open field to the entrance where the house is. The eagle's nests up in the tree were close enough to see the birds. I liked the japanese 50's style house the best.

Thank TheZenGuy
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

This place is absolutely beautiful. We went in Fall and the maple trees were turning colors. The weather was cool and cloudy which made the 3 hours of walking we did easy, I would suggest at least 2 hours to see the entire Reserve. It took us about 3 as we are big photo takers. The Bloedel House is a good place to stop and get a break from the weather if need be, Nice to see how the Bloedel's lived when they were on the property. Also, make sure you go to the backyard of the home to get great views of the Puget Sound. You can also go down and around the backyard to get a better view of the Sound and a great picture opportunity for the house. I would say this is more of an attraction for older kids/teens and adults as it may be boring for the young ones. It is about a 15 minute taxi ride from the main town to the reserve. The cost was $20.00 each way. We were told by the taxi driver that on most days, except Sundays, there are shuttles that are only a few dollars, so if the $40.00 round trip for the taxi is not an option for you, go on a day other then Sunday.

1  Thank MoreTripsPlease
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

We drove out to the reserve yesterday (Tuesday) to see the miniature train display they have this time of the year. The hours posted everywhere indicated they would be open on Tuesday until 4pm. We arrived at 2:30 to find the gate locked. No explanation. I guess we will return in the warmer months and try to do this again. I cannot really give this a good rating because we were so disappointed.

1  Thank tsxsue
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

This is one of the regular places we bring visitors to the island. Good for a nice walk though the woods and gardens any time.
During December they also have a wonderful holiday presentation in the main house that's definately worth a visit.

Thank Jack98110a
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