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After several hours of bicycling around Bainbridge Island, we were parched and in need of shade. We returned our rentals and I was relieved to release my head from the constraint of the helmet. Definitely safety first but I couldn’t adjust mine and it was too tight!

We had spotted wine tasting on the tourist map as we exited the ferry terminal and were keen to find the nearest one. A short walk to the main street of Winslow and a wine bottle shaped sign directed us to the Harbor Square Wine Shop and Tasting Room.

A bottle of G.H. Mumm Champagne greeted us at the entrance, and the cool air conditioning was welcomed reprieve from the late afternoon sun.

Well stocked with local and international wines, the bottles are grouped by grape variety and region.

There is a small shelf of wine paraphernalia including wine stoppers, stemware and gift bags.

Four flights were on the tasting menu – local, Woodinville Grape Killers, Fielding Hills and Charles Smith. Wines are also available by the glass, and a nibbles menu too.

We share the local flight of Perennial Vintners 2009 Müller Thurgau, Rolling Bay 2008 Manitou Red and Liberty Bay 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon. All three wineries are on Bainbridge Island.

The wines are poured from taps attached to a temperature and environment controlled dispenser to preserve the quality of the wines.

We each ordered a glass of our preferred wine and sank into the comfortable stools to rest our aching bodies.

The owner delivered our cheese platter and there was a pause in our conversation. We were expecting two or three small wedges of cheese but it was just the one disc of cheddar! We happily snacked on the mild cheddar and crackers as we sipped our wines.

We joined the queue for the ferry home, and as we waited, we searched for Bainbridge Island properties for sale on our smart phones. The allure of an idyllic summer holiday cottage…

Like Seattle, Sydney is a city by the water. Neighbourhoods thrive by the ocean, along the river. Sydneysiders are mesmorised by the harbour, we all share a deep love for its beauty.

The magnificence of Sydney Harbour is showcased every New Year’s Eve with a spectacular fireworks and pyrotechnics display. In the euphoria of the celebration, it really is the best city in the world. The need to live near water is imprinted in my DNA.

On a warm day, we boarded a ferry to Bainbridge Island. It was a windy half hour with a panoramic view of Puget Sound. We hired bicycles to ride around the island. A gentle breeze and beautiful scenery tempered some steep inclines.

After helpful directions from a friendly local, we parked our bicycles and settled into the last outdoor table at Treehouse Café. We each gulped a glass of water to cool down.

A Tudor style building, the interior is spacious and welcoming.

The extensive menu is available all day and there is a selection of Macrina baked goods displayed on the counter.

Several connecting rooms operate as a dining room, bar with a pool table, private function room and live music venue. Artworks by local artists are featured throughout the café.

Mr S ordered a lox sandwich. The seeded bagel was teetering on the retro diner basket, overstuffed with cold smoked salmon, capers, red onions, tomato and a thick spread of cream cheese.

All sandwiches are served with a wedge of rockmelon (cantaloupe) and a pickle of equal size.

I shared a Greek salad, and a chicken and Brie sandwich with Ms S. The kitchen kindly split the Greek salad in half for us.

A large plate of cos (romaine) lettuce, chopped Kalamata olives and red onions, chunks of tomatoes and cucumber, and crumbled feta was drizzled with a zesty lemon oregano dressing.

I chewed and crunched and chomped but my half could have been divided again. It was a family size salad!

In contrast, the chicken and Brie sandwich was a better portion. The toothpick skewered slices of chicken breast, avocado and Brie with a dollop of roasted red pepper mayonnaise on ciabatta bread.

I generally find chicken breast to be a dry cut of meat, and pairing it with avocado and a creamy sauce balanced the flavour and texture of the protein.

Hydrated and nourished, we mounted our bicycles and peddled on.


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