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Bainbridge Island

When we first moved to Seattle Matt worked on Bainbridge Island for about a year and a half. Every day he rode his bike down to the Ferry Terminal, got on a boat, and spent 35 minutes crossing Puget Sound. As far as a commute goes, riding the ferry that serves beer and has free wifi is not bad at all. Way better than sitting in a single passenger car in traffic. As a new mom, there were many days I would put Araiya in the stroller, walk on the ferry and join Matt for lunch, hitting up my favorite fabric shop on the way. However, shortly after we had Tallis, we realized how much it was wearing on us as a family when (read: often) Matt would just miss the boat and be stuck out there for at least another whole hour. The reality of being on the ferry schedule was more than we could handle with two kids under 2. The ferry was one of the first idyllic introductions I had to Seattle. The view of the city is incomparible from out on the water. Long ago we almost bought land out there, romantically fantasizing about a life removed and the ferry being an integral part of what comprises home. That never panned out, though there is still much of a fondness about the ferry & the land that lies across the water from Seattle. A few weeks ago Matt planned an overnight get-away for just the two of us to a Japanese guesthouse & breakfast on the Island.

I’m constantly amazed what amazing places there are out in this big wide world. This gal on Bainbridge bought this property where the previous owners (an architect, obsessed with Japanese culture) had built a traditional Tatami Guesthouse, complete with a traditional Japanese Bath. In the sale agreement, she kept the guesthouse running, renting it out as a Futon & Breakfast. A perfect retreat for solitude & relaxing. And let me tell you, if you have never had a traditional Japanese Bath, you’re missing out. One more item crossed out on my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30. A day of Seclusion, Sushi, Bathing, Sleeping. Perfect getaway!

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