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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

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5. Oddball Day

Catch views of the Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier during the ferry ride to Bainbridge Island.  

Take an eating tour of Bainbridge Island. Catch a ferry ($7, hourly) from Pier 52; on a clear day the 35-minute trip includes views of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains. Hike up the hill near the ferry landing for a latte and slice of Grand Marnier–spiked hazelnut cake at Blackbird Bakery (210 Winslow Way East). Visit the shops along Winslow Way, picking up handmade jewelry and organic-fiber clothing at Skookum, browse titles at Eagle Harbor Book Company, or score under-$30 vintage-clothing finds at Kennedy and Kate. Eat a late brunch at cheerful Café Nola, where seasonal options like caramel pecan French toast with bourbon butter, and Dungeness crab-topped eggs Benedict, are served. Work it off by renting a bike from Classic Cycle ($25). Ogle the shop's collection of vintage bikes before embarking on the island's "Chilly Hilly" course. The 33-mile loop draws thousands of Seattleites plus riders from sixteen states every February to do a scenic charity cycle through the hills and along the coast of the island. Follow their lead or chart your own course with this online map, then warm up with dinner at the Four Swallows, a renovated farmhouse serving a revolving daily menu that focuses on local ingredients. Cap the day with an espresso at Pegasus Coffee House and Gallery, where local singer-songwriters perform every weekend evening.

Published on Dec 17, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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