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.
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