Bloedel Reserve
Bloedel Reserve
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Amy
    Fresno, California230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and peaceful
    We went to the garden on Sunday and it was beautiful there. Visited the Japanese garden and the house. Views were incredible there. My favorite part was that it wasn’t crowded so it felt like you were getting away from the city. Highly recommend strolling through there.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Michael M
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    THE BEAUTY OF BLOEDEL RESERVE
    A PRAYER FOR THE WISE OLD OWLS For Kashturi Take off your hats, owls will attack For the wise-eyed old owls we took off our hats for to fend off attack, we a species dappled with light in silence. You couldn't tell the forest from the poets. Later we met a wise woman from India, who only spoke Tamal and as her sun-bright Sari flashed a bright silk flower sky opened our eyes like owls who see best at sunset. Michael Magee
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 August 2023
  • CSWillo
    Poughkeepsie, New York84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Preserve
    Beautiful grounds. Very relaxing. Unfortunately much of the grounds were closed because a tree with an owl's nest had fallen down and the owl was apparently being very aggressive. That being being said, what we saw was gorgeous. Had the whole preserve been open I would have given it a 5 star. Highly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Gail N
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the ferry and bus ride to get there.
    Oh so gorgeous. Highlight of our Seattle trip. Definitely recommend seeing mid-Oct for fall colors or May for likely blooms. Peaceful, beautiful sights wherever you look. Easy, non muddy trails.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
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Black Diamond, WA82 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Ever been to a restaurant that everyone is raving about only to find that it really isn't that great? Such is the experience here for me. For $17.00 per person you would expect something more outstanding than what is actually here. Let me paint a picture for you...you walk 2 miles along a path through tall grass and weeds and then tree's and some ponds covered with scum. There we saw 3 ducks and a group of geese. Pretty much what you might expect at any lake here in the NorthWest. If you have any type of disability...forget about it! No way could you do this. Now that being said, some areas were quite beautiful, by the mansion as an example, just not worth the price and the walk. Sometimes places live on reputation alone. Sadly this is the case here.
Written 22 August 2020
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Lee P
Seattle, WA13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
After 15 years in Seattle, I was excited to finally make it to this local attraction today (Jan 29th). We drove up to the gate, and we had pre-purchased tickets for me and my husband. The woman at the gate noted that one of us was a student and asked to see my student ID. I showed her my ID from the University of Washington. She kept pressuring me for additional details to prove that I am really a student. I'm a mature student doing a doctorate in my 40s, and I really don't appreciate her unwelcoming attitude. My first job was at a Gold Coast estate/ museum in New York and we always sought to treat our visitors with respect. Not so much here.
Written 29 January 2022
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Nina C
Wilmington, DE241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This was the reason for our stay on Bainbridge Island. The house and grounds have been well cared for and this offering has been open to the public for a relatively short time compared to other homes/gardens around the country. It is apparent the appreciation for this place runs deep as the Foundation works to run and update the gardens as needed. We enjoyed our 2 1/2 mile walk through the reserve and would recommend it highly to all who enjoy spending time outdoors in a lovely setting.
Written 18 September 2021
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Karen H
Bacliff, TX9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
After driving 3 days, we took a ferry from Seattle and decided to take a long walk at the Bloedel Reserve. We spent 2 hours leisurely walking in the mostly shaded beauty of this reserve. A treat for all your senses. Lush Pacific NW trees, ferns and moss. Breathtaking meadows with golden wheat and wildflowers.
A stunning Japanese garden, pond and home.
I wish I could bottle up what it smells like to walk through the woods and meadows here. Clean, earthy, fresh with little notes of ocean on the outer parts of the trails.
The cost of admission is worth it knowing you are preserving such a beautiful place.
This is one of those places you will preserve in your memory for times when you want to close your eyes and get away.
Written 16 July 2020
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David S
Pasadena, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is a true hidden gem of Seattle. This private reserve is located on Brinbridge Island, a 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle. Plan on spending the better part of the day there. The preserve, located on 150 acres, will take you at least two hours to walk the entire preserve. We took over three hours since we love to stop and take pictures. If you enjoy quite nature walks, this is for you. So peaceful.

Getting around the island is really easy and inexpensive with their public van service (they come to you). From anywhere in the island to anywhere else is only $2. Lots of great little restaurants for breakfast and lunch and of course local shopping.

Eventhough March is probably not the best time to go, we still had a wonderful time. I think we may go back during the spring.
Written 18 March 2022
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Michael M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends

A PRAYER FOR THE WISE OLD
OWLS

For Kashturi

Take off your hats, owls will attack


For the wise-eyed old owls
we took off our hats for
to fend off attack, we a species
dappled with light in silence.
You couldn't tell the forest
from the poets.

Later we met a wise woman
from India, who only spoke
Tamal and as her sun-bright
Sari flashed a bright silk
flower sky opened our eyes like
owls who see best at sunset.

Michael Magee
Written 20 August 2023
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Amy
Fresno, CA230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We went to the garden on Sunday and it was beautiful there. Visited the Japanese garden and the house. Views were incredible there. My favorite part was that it wasn’t crowded so it felt like you were getting away from the city. Highly recommend strolling through there.
Written 2 August 2023
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK889 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was on my list as in my ‘1001 gardens to see before I die’ book. I did hesitate as it was going to be a bit of an expedition to get there. Tourists with no car. We wanted to do the ferry trip anyway, so decided to do the extra for the garden. That meant a bus from the ferry, about 10 minutes (helpful driver) then a 20 minute walk from the bus, albeit easy, very slight hill, but easy to find. More importantly though you must book a time slot, so apart from the detailed journey, this cant be a spontaneous visit.
The grounds are very pleasant, and it is called a reserve, not a garden. A lot of trees and all very green, a large pond and I think you could go in the house. There is also a reflection pond and a Japanese garden, which while in some respects were the highlights for me, seemed a bit out of character for the rest of the reserve.
Of note there are toilets at the entrance only, a small shop but no refreshments available and NO picnics allowed. For this reason alone you may want to choose you time carefully and eat before or after in Winslow, making the trip to the Island worthwhile. We spent a couple of hours walking around with a couple of bench stops.
Written 11 November 2023
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drkaela
Santa Clara, CA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I'm so glad I dragged the family on this quiet hike through this reserve. Maybe it's because it costs money to get in, but there were so many less people here than anywhere else in Seattle. It was a nice getaway after a food tour at the Pike Market. You choose your own hike through the reserve, and there is a disability-friendly shorter one on paved road that takes you straight to the mansion. It is a very well preserved land with workers constantly working on the garden. There are so many picture moments including the one with the deer in the backyard of the mansion (well, not taken with the deer). The view from the backyard to the ocean is breathtaking and absolutely peaceful. The hikes are very intuitive with the map so you won't get lost. There are some shades for sun-phobes like me. Fortunately, it was sunny but cloudy so we had the most wonderful hike. I highly recommend here - you probably need a few hours. On the Bainsbridge Island, I really liked this activity.
Written 6 August 2022
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Gail N
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Oh so gorgeous. Highlight of our Seattle trip. Definitely recommend seeing mid-Oct for fall colors or May for likely blooms. Peaceful, beautiful sights wherever you look. Easy, non muddy trails.
Written 28 September 2023
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