Pacific Northwest: Bainbridge Island & Port Townsend

We ferry across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island, home of Lone Pine Farm & Studio and a long-awaited and highly touted Pino’s pizza from Via Rosa — both worth the wait.

Art on the Farm

Our island adventure begins at Lone Pine’s working farm and “agri-cultural” artist’s residency. For modest room+board+farm labor, artists make work and live simply. Ah.The collaborative energy of Lone Pine Farm really works, and the food is awesome, too.

Art on the Beach

We encounter artist Meghann Riepenhoff at the beach, busy creating her trademark “live” photographic prints that capture the vivid interaction of light and drifting tides. Magic.

Art on the Mainland

We zip off-island to the Seattle Art Fair‘s sea of dealers, collectors, artists and 20,000+ visitors. We bump into old friend Namita Wiggers and marvel, “What are the chances?  Small world!” Not really. It’s an art fair, not Nascar.

Art in the Garden

Seattle’s Chihuly Garden showcases the prodigious talent of native son Dale Chihuly, whose shimmering glass twirls, cones, discs, and spheres take your breath away. Photos don’t do this work justice — just get there.

Art on the Bridge

After our posh weekend of “glamping” at Lone Pine, we cross several majestic, vertiginous bridges that look like art on our way to the quaint and quirky town of Port Townsend, Wa.

Art of Music

We catch the indomitable Maria Muldaur at a sprawling Blues Fest at Fort Worden. She and her Garden of Joy Jug Band kick up a little dust.  We dig the evening’s moveable feast, Blues in the Clubs, savoring smooth, street-side jazz.

Artful Fare

From its gritty waterfront to turreted Victorian homes, from farmer’s markets to lively pub scene, Port Townsend is a gem — and has the best fish & chips we’ve tasted anywhere.

Port Townsend will also be remembered for our first taste of Dungeness crab — oh my! We will never be the same.

Art of Bocce

We enjoy a serious round of backyard bocce with brother-from-another-mother, Jordy Pollack, childhood fratello from Wooster Square. We share a gooey memory of Pepe’s white clam pizza and flat, yellow beer.

Art of Artichokes

Our idyll ends with a homegrown feast – including artichokes! — at my West Coast Editor‘s terraced garden on Quinault Loop. We celebrate our our new relationship with Dungeness crab and the Pacific Northwest. Delicious and gratifying — we will be back!

Pino’s Via Rosa restaurant, Bainbridge Island




About Epicurious Travelers

Ms. Margolis-Pineo created to showcase her published work and ongoing food-travel adventures. Based in Portland, Maine, she travels frequently both in her home state and north to Montreal, her favorite North American city. Although she refuses to use the word "foodie," she has an abiding interest in food and wine. Ms. Margolis-Pineo's background as a designer gives her site an edge in the oversaturated blogosphere. New contacts, "likes," subscribers and content are always welcome!
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