Our ranch-style home in rural Bainbridge Island has a real barn with chickens.Throughout the spring (sometimes in summer too), you go to sleep listening to the frog chorus from down the hill. Just a 12-min drive from the ferry, and a world away.
Enjoy a rural getaway with day trips to Seattle, or venture westward to lovely Port Townsend, Port Gamble, and other tourist-friendly destinations, or spend time close by exploring our island's attractions, including the Grand Forest, Bloedel Reserve, beaches and lakes, Winslow shopping and waterfront, and more.
LOCATION: We are located about 5 miles from the ferry dock, at the north end of the island. It feels very remote and rural.
OUR HOME is a sprawling ranch-style house on one acre with a real barn and real chickens. We live in this house and often cross paths with our guests, but the house is big and comfortable, and you are welcome to use any of the upstairs common areas (kitchen, living room, dining room, breakfast room).
GUEST SUITE/BEDS: Your private space is actually two connected rooms--a sitting room and a bedroom with a queen bed. IN ADDITION, another bedroom with a queen bed is right next door and is usually available for larger parties, or for two people who want separate rooms. We can't list the second bedroom because we are not a "whole house/apt", but if two people would like two separate rooms, please sign up as if you were three people, to pay the extra charge per night, then let us know the real scoop in your message and we will make sure both rooms are ready. Your party will all share a bathroom.
FOOD: We encourage you to make yourself at home and make yourself breakfast or a late night snack from our stash of available foods. We usually have eggs, bread and English muffins for toast, almond butter, yogurt, granola, and milk, and of course ALWAYS coffee and tea.
You are also welcome to bring and cook your own meals. Give us a heads up in this case to avoid competing cooking efforts, but we don't usually mind if you don't.
If you need access to washer and dryer, please let us know and we will give you the downstairs tour.
The yard has a fire pit that is great on summer evenings for cooking sausages or marshmallows.
Interaction with Guests
I love getting to know guests a bit, so if you encourage me, 20 minutes can go by in a flash. But our schedules can get busy too, so we might be "ships passing in the night." It's different with every guest.
Quiet evenings and peaceful surroundings are what we love about our home. We have neighbors, but you won't be aware of them through the trees.
When you go out...
DOWNTOWN WINSLOW: The quaint downtown area near the ferry terminal is the main tourist area, but we like it too. It has lots of great restaurants and shops. Don't miss the FREE Bainbridge Art Museum, very near the ferry! There's also an ale house and a bakery in the same "campus" as the art museum (and a children's museum too; good to know if you have kids).
My partner Jason and I run a coworking business called OfficeXpats located in the Pavilion building (which also has movie theaters and restaurants), and you are welcome to be our guest there too, for free if you need a place downtown to hang out for a while, get a free cup of coffee, and check your email or print something.
LYNWOOD: Another little village area on the south end of the island, with good restaurants and a single screen movie theater. Has a "Tudor" theme. The Treehouse Restaurant has great gourmet pizza, and Hammies is good, old fashioned style burger place.
ROLLING BAY: The third little commercial area, on the NE side of the island. The main attraction here is a store called Bay Hay and Feed. Yes, we recommend it! It's where Jason buys food for the chickens, but it's also a fun garden nursery, a great place to buy gifts, and has a little cafe. It has a real "old time" feel and you'll probably love it.
We can usually help with transportation if you don't have a car, just ask.
And thankfully you can now also call the transit system (search for "B.I. RIDE Transit Bus") to schedule a bus to pick you up from any stop on the island and drop you off at our driveway. The system claims you need to call at least two hours in advance, but that is "worst case scenario." Guests have said they were told a bus could pick them up in 10 minutes, and it did! Be sure to call and get familiar with the rules. It's a new system, so not everyone knows that much about it yet.
This "dial-a-ride" is all in addition to the buses that run regular routes during commute times M-F, and please note that it does NOT operate on Sundays. Taxis also meet every ferry, but it's best to call ahead to reserve one.
Regular bus schedules are organized around ferry schedules and weekday commute times. From roughly 5-8am and 4-7pm, a bus will stop every 50 min. right at our driveway if you flag them down or tell them where to stop. Ask us more about it, it's a pretty cool island tradition.
Other Things to Note
We usually have a couple of friendly bee hives around the side of the house. I've NEVER been stung by our bees (and I walk past the hives frequently). But if this is a big risk for you, talk to us or just pass us up. Jason is the beekeeper, and he loves sharing about the bees.
We are very easy-going. You are free to use the kitchen and standard food staples, and hang out with the kitties in the living room.
Leslie and her family were very hospitable and accommodating! I was taking a working holiday, so I spent most of my time actually in their home working on my laptop. They were great to take breaks and chat with, but were also pretty quiet around the house. The space they offer is very private and very clean. They were also extra generous about sharing kitchen staples, a few dinner items, and delicious muffins on Sunday afternoon. I had a little trouble with my cellphone service on Sunday afternoon and Leslie even gave me their home phone line to call out with. Very generous!
I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone seeking a peaceful getaway from the city.
Leslie was most gracious and accommodating. Everything was clean and tidy and the bed was comfy. Thank you, Leslie, for sharing your home with us for the night! Ann & Lee
Leslie was so nice and accommodating. It is quiet and peaceful location (after our kids went to bed and stopped making noise! ;) She made an apple crumble our last night there that was delicious!
Accommodations were very nice and were exactly as described. Leslie and Jason were great hosts. Very friendly, helpful, and easy to interact with. Island environs were beautiful and full of nice things to do and see. Would highly recommend Frog Song Island Home.
Leslie and Jason are caring and genuine people who make it easy for newcomers to get a good feel for BI. They provided us with information on public transport and good advice on what to see as tourists.
Everything was clean, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was very nicely finished.
This was my first time trying AirBnB, and I couldn't have picked a better host. Leslie and her family were incredibly friendly, welcoming and generous with their time (and coffee!), and the room itself was really comfortable, with a fantastic bathroom complete with array of guest products and towels to compete with - and beat! - any hotel.
Bainbridge Island itself was a great base for my trip. While only 35 mins from the heart of Seattle via a stunning ferry ride with views of Mt. Rainier, the island itself was a country idyll, with forests to roam, wineries, a distillery, local brewery and a quaint country town with excellent bookshops, restaurants and coffee houses. The ideal place for me to relax and soak up some much-needed peace and quiet!
I would highly recommend visiting Bainbridge Island and staying in "Frog Song" island home. It felt like (a much improved version of) my home for the week I stayed, and I was very sad to have to leave it.
Leslie & Jason were very gracious hosts. They were kind enough to tiptoe around the house so as not to wake us up when we slept in the morning after long days in Seattle. Staying on the island was a great idea too. Peaceful place, accessible via the ferry system.
I'm a community geek from way back, helping to develop a cohousing community near downtown Seattle, among other endeavors. Currently I'm an entrepreneur and co-founder of a coworking space called OfficeXpats near the ferry on Bainbridge Island (with my partner, Jason, whom you will likely also meet). We build community with independent professionals who otherwise would probably work from home by creating an environment and opportunities that connect and inspire.