Holiday village and model train exhibit
What is it: Visit Bloedel Reserve at the north end of Bainbridge Island during the holidays and check out the model village. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31.
The village, encircled by model trains, features a 6-foot-tall castle, the Cookie Factory staffed by teddy bears, a village bakery, French bistro and a gingerbread house.
The village includes more than a dozen large models, based on ancient homes and castles in France. They were created by one of the reserve’s volunteers over the course of 50 years. Each model is decorated with tiny model furniture. The buildings and furnishings are hand-crafted from recycled and reclaimed material. Three model railroad trains circle the model houses.
Walk the reserve: Visitors also can take walks along all of the reserve’s trails and paths. A two-hour walk showcases the formal gardens and natural woodlands for which the reserve has won international acclaim. A self-guided tour booklet describes the major garden features, a brief history of the development of the gardens and the plants in the landscape.
Where: 7571 N.E. Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island
Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets: Adults (18-65), $13; seniors (older than 65) and military, $9; children ages 13-18 and college students with ID, $5; and younger than 13, free.
Information: 206-842-7631, bloedelreserve.org
Jeffrey P. Mayor, email@example.com