Elizabeth Berry

Elizabeth Berry is perhaps best-remembered on Bainbridge Island as an extraordinary conversationalist and an exceptional friend to a wide circle of memorable Island personalities.

Over the course of two decades, until her premature death from cancer in 2004, she could be found most mornings at the Island's Pegasus Coffee Shop, near the marina, meeting friends and solving the world's problems over a cup of coffee—or at least making those problems fun to talk about. The coffee group still meets some mornings at Pegasus, still solves problems, still manages to find a great deal of humor in daily life, especially during election years.

For more than a decade, Elizabeth owned and operated Bainbridge House Bed and Breakfast, in three distinct Island neighborhoods: first at Rolling Bay, then at Lynwood Center, and finally in Winslow, Bainbridge Island's “hub.”

Besides operating Bainbridge House B&B, Elizabeth was committed to the success of Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, serving as a board member and president; she also was a founding member and president of the Bainbridge Island Lodging Association.

Above all, Elizabeth was utterly devoted to her four children and six grandchildren, the most vivid of the many points of light in her life. She is loved and missed by all.

During 2001 and 2002, Elizabeth wrote Inn Sight, reflecting her experiences operating Bainbridge House B&B at Rolling Bay. She submitted Inn Sight to Malice Domestic, receiving their 2002 award for the best unpublished work by a writer of a traditional mystery (as exemplified by Agatha Christie). 

Regrettably, Inn Sight never found a traditional publisher, a miscarriage we are delighted to rectify. 

We hope you enjoy it!

Here's Elizabeth in Bainbridge House B&B at Rolling Bay, c. 1992: