It’s important to keep your strength up when you’re on the road, and a stop at a good bakery can be just what you need. Or sometimes it’s worth making the trip just for the bakery.
Here are 5 good bakeries you can visit on a day trip from Seattle or Bellevue:
Sluys Poulsbo Bakery, 18924 Front St. N.E., Poulsbo. From the Frisbee-sized Viking doughnuts to the smiley-face cookies or gingerbread giants (not just men), Sluys doesn’t do much halfway. Some classic Scandinavian pastries, too. In the center of Poulsbo’s old-town shopping district, a stone’s skip from scenic Liberty Bay, on the Kitsap Peninsula. (More Poulsbo ideas here.)
Breadfarm, downtown Edison, Skagit County. A whole lotta whole-grain goodness going on. The name says it: Bread is what this place is about, locally sourced, from their Samish River Potato Bread, from Skagit Valley potatoes, to Chuckanut Multigrain from Fairhaven Mills flour. But all work and no play? Also look for Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Whiskey Frosting, and other sweets. Outside, the creaking old buildings make Edison a charmingly authentic farming burg. (More Edison ideas here.)
Blackbird Bakery, 210 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island. You and your visitors will get a kick out of the ferry ride across the Sound (go as walk-ons and save money) with great views of Mount Rainier and the Seattle skyline. A few minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal puts you in a cozy shopping district where Blackbird offers goodies such as Cherry Lunas (Danish with almond cream and sweet cherries), Orange Sweet Rolls and hearty Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread (along with soups and quiches for lunch). (More Winslow ideas here.)
The Bread Peddler, 222 N. Capitol Way, Olympia. Can’t make it to Paris but you really need a perfect French baguette with a rustic caramelized crust that gives an audible crunch when you bite? Head for our capital city. While at the Peddler,
Calico Cupboard, 720 S. First St., La Conner, Skagit County. One of a trio of Skagit bakery cafes of the same name, this “Cupboard” has the advantage of being in La Conner, a salty, arty, little tourist town that will give you entertaining wanders while you lick your fingers from the Skagit County Apple Dumpling or Peanut Butter Pie you just finished. A good place for breakfast before a day of birding in the valley. (More La Conner ideas here.)