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“Nature walk through the trees”
Review of Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

I like the Bloedel for a calming walk with some spots of delight. Look for lots of scented Rhodys, Magnolia & Azelea throughout various landscapes.

Thank Judith W
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We lucked out and had great weather for our visit to the reserve. It's really a lovely area to walk around for a couple hours to spot some birds and flowers (bring your guidebooks for ID). The docent in the house tipped us off to the bald eagles that had nested behind the house overlooking the water. We did see one and their massive nest.

Thank rmcitykitty
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

While visiting Bainbridge Island we had heard of Bloedel Reserve so we decided to see it. There is an entrance/parking fee with a small information center/store as you arrive. The staffa are friendly, helpful and welcoming. They will provide a map and provide you insight and directions on what there is to see. We took the trail past an old barn structure and kept following to come across the most beautiful scenery. It is an easy hike, ages in our party were early 40's to 60. The paths are well marked and maintained. It was raining lightly but a rain coat and umbrella were fine and we didn't use the umbrella for most of the walk as it drizzled here and there. The scenery is beautiful and it was as if we were the only four on the trail. We came across the main house, the docent was helpful and provided us a history of the home. It looks onto the Sound, beautiful view. Then we went on to see the Japanese garden and guest house which you can only view from the outside but with expansive windows you can see the entire interior of the home. I would recommend this site to anyone visting Bainbridge. Plan on about 2 hours to enjoy properly.

Thank Heather A
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Beautiful garden to walk in, and amazing view. The Bloedel's home is beautiful, including their cars from the 50th.
We had no problem finding the place and get in. Admission fees $13 for adult. No reservation required.The ladies in the little gift shop were very nice and gave us a map of the garden which we didn't need. The restrooms are immaculate. Parking space was a bit tight (Sunday).
I just wish we would have find more things to do in Bainbridge Island once we got there.
Over all I recommend to incorporate it with other visits or activity since the garden visit took us about an hour.

Thank eako
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Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

We were visiting Seattle for the weekend so we decided to take the ferry to Bainbridge island and take a look around. We love nature, hiking, scenery so Bloedel was a must see.
We drove up to the gate and the gatekeeper came out and opened the gate for us and asked us to meet her in the office/store. We parked and paid the $13/adult entrance and were given a map and directions on the best route to walk. She offered their umbrellas so we took one and were on our way.
We were the first guests that day (10am) and we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Not sure if it gets packed in the winter but we loved walking along and hearing only nature and ourselves, so peaceful.
The grounds are immaculate and beautifully maintained. We walked through the entire course and stopped to sit at the benches along the way. At the Bloedel house there is a view of the sound which is so nice, also an eagles nest although we didn't see the eagle.
The Japanese tea garden was lovely and I imagine even more so when the cherry blossoms start blooming soon.
We took about 2 hours exploring she taking pictures and we really enjoyed ourselves. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves nature, gardens, and peace and quiet.

Thank LoveHawaii49
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