With December’s cold weather brewing and the New Year upon us, I’d like to share a warm summer journey intended to inspire travels for 2017. Back in late July, a fellow soul sister, Dusti, and I journeyed to Bainbridge Island, WA for a weekend Heart Awaking workshop created by Elisa Romeo. Having never been to Bainbridge before I was excited to start the search for place to stay during our soul connective retreat. After spending a day navigating the web I found a charming historic farm called Heyday.
HeyDay Farm is a family-owned 25- acre sustainable & historic farm. When I called Heyday to get more specifics on staying in the beautifully restored farm house, I spoke to Tadao Mitsu, executive chef. Tadao passionately shared about the historic farm and the accompanying scrumptious farmhouse breakfast. I knew once chatting to Tadao that Heyday would be the place to stay. From the dairy creamery located on the property to sustainable farm land… this would be our home away from home for the weekend.When booking our rooms I worked with Shari Stoddard – HeyDay Farm Host, she was a wealth of information on Bainbridge and did a wonderful job making us feel right at home upon our arrival.
To get to Bainbridge Island it is necessary to take a ferry from Seattle. We knew this “girl’s trip” was going to be mysterious & transformative. Our plane had landed in Seattle Thursday evening; we hopped in our rental car & made it just in time to take the 7pm ferry to Bainbridge. Once leaving the dock, Seattle’s skyscrapers were softly illuminated from the sunset. Looking west, we could see Bainbridge Island with a glowing sunset painted sky. I knew our soulful journey had begun.
The ferry docked at Bainbridge, from there we had a short 12 min drive to HeyDay Farm. When we arrived, it was after hours. Shari had us all set up with a hand written welcome note with keys and our rooms. I had booked (room #4) for myself which has a large balcony & private bath. Dusti had booked room #3 also with a private bath. Before heading to bed Dusti and I sat outside on my balcony under the stars, we breathed in the fresh crisp Bainbridge air. It was so quiet and peaceful, just a few cows singing every now and then… because; yes we were staying on a working farm.Next morning I awoke to the sun glistening into my cozy roomy room. I opened my balcony door and soaked up the view of the misty dew rolling through the forest with the sun peeking thru on the farm land. Dusti and I met downstairs in the kitchen to start our day. HeyDay has it all set up to help yourself to your morning cup of Joe before 9am breakfast. We noticed there wasn’t any cream, so we walked over to the dairy barn where we met a nice young gentleman. He was up early working and brought out what was “without a doubt” the freshest milk I have ever had! Tadao came into the kitchen shortly after to prepare a scrumptious farm fresh breakfast, which was AMAZING. After breakfast Tadao took us on a tour of the historic working farm.Tadao also invited us to an intimate St. Paul de Vence concert in Creamery Barn Friday night, we giddily accepted the generous invitation. Our workshop with Elisa didn’t start till the next day so we had a full day to do whatever we pleased. Tadao & Shari gave us some wonderful recommendations for restaurants & hikes. We decided to head into town to check out Heyday Farm Store followed by a hike after. I loved the Heyday store, I picked up a few goodies like handcrafted rhubarb jam & an awesome hand carved HeyDay cutting board www.heydayfarm.com/store/
I recently became a part of Heyday Farm to come back to what I believe in—supporting access to good food while supporting those that provide. – DEB WADKINS, MANAGER, HEYDAY FARM STORE
After our short venture into town we were ready to get out in nature. There is a breathtaking labyrinth that Dusti and I hiked to right from the farmhouse called – Halls Hill Labyrinth. A very connective space to visit when on Bainbridge Island.The evening came quickly and it was just about time to for the St. Paul de Vence concert to begin… We sat on my balcony, sipping some wine and watching the guests arrive. It was fun to see the local community coming together for a magical night of music. St. Paul de Vence is an authentically grounded band full of heart & soul… I am now a BIG fan!
“The band’s dynamic, acoustic-oriented sound includes guitars, accordion, ukulele, autoharp, banjo, mandolin, assorted percussion and more, fleshing out well-crafted songs with warm, soulful harmonies and occasional anthemic choruses.” – Don Yates of KEXP says of St. Paul de Vence
I’m late to posting this HeyDay journey… but the memories created at the farm and the weekend soul workshop were so transformational and restorative. I will be journeying back the charming island to enjoy the quiet and simple pleasures of Bainbridge, it’s a beautiful and sacred place with so much more to discover. Heyday holds a special place in my heart, I look forward to returning.
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HeyDay Farm house & Store: www.heydayfarm.com
St. Paul De Vence: www.stpaulband.com
Halls Hill Labyrinth: www.tripadvisor.com
Wshington State Ferries: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries
Elisa Romeo-Author of Meet Your Soul: www.elisaromeo.com
2017 is just around the corner, with more journeys to navigate ahead. I am grateful to have a space to share such special places that evoke & support our own personal inward journeys. I have 2 snowy trips coming up that I am looking forward to experience & share with you. It’s really two trips rolled into one…some Big Sky dreaming and Jackson Hole exploration.
Happy Holidays, sending love and warm blessings to all.