Things to Do Bellingham
Bellingham WA has the water, the mountains, and a rich cultural history. Below are just a few of the ways you can explore the area.
Mount Baker, East of Bellingham WA
Any season is a great time to take the Mount Baker Highway, state route 542, from urban Bellingham to the Mount Baker Ski Area. This scenic road takes you over rolling farmland and through several small towns nestled at the base of the mountain. Drive through towering evergreens of the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest before arriving at the Mount Baker Ski Area. Along the way stop and enjoy a picnic with a panoramic view, hike a trail or do a little bird watching. In winter, the road ends at milepost 55, at the Mount Baker Ski Area. Here you can enjoy a variety of winter sports. Did you know that Mount Baker holds the world record for snowfall in a single season? No wonder this mountain is snow-capped year around.
Fairhaven, Historic Neighborhood South of Downtown Bellingham
Head to Fairhaven, located just south of downtown Bellingham for lunch and unique shopping. This quaint collections of turn of the century buildings houses a variety of shops with everything from pottery, earthenware, art, clothing, jewelry, home décor (check out Three French Hens) and much more. Stop for coffees at Tony’s…my personal favorite is their Songbird Blend. Browse Village Books and then step into Colophon Café and have lunch on the Village Green. Fairhaven has great spots for lunch, dinner or a quick dessert. (Choose from Mad Hatter Cupcakes and Confections, Paper Dreams, or fresh house made gelato at Sirenos Gelato)
Distillery Tours Found Around Bellingham WA
Bellingham has a budding distillery scene. Bellewood Distillery located on 32 acres just north of Bellingham creates pressed apple cider and other spirits like flavored vodkas and gin. Open 9:00am – 6:00pm daily with tours on weekends. Mount Baker Distillery, a family owned business, creates vodka and moonshine. Stop by for tastings 11:30am – 5:30 pm or call and check on private tours or tastings. Chuckanut Bay Distillery makes spirits from locally grown and sourced products. They create a wide range of spirits and offer distillery tours most Saturdays. (Check their website for schedule)
Hit the Water in Bellingham WA
Bellingham has lots of water. The town sits on Bellingham Bay with Chuckanut Bay and Lummi Bay just a short drive away. It is a short drive to one of three beautiful lakes, Lake Whatcom, Lake Samish and Lake Padden. Enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing and swimming. Need a little outdoor adventure? Experienced kayakers can kayak to Lummi Island from Bellingham, Fairhaven or Larrabee State Park and camp for the night. May through September take a whale watching tour. Head through the Salish Sea to Friday Harbor and watch for Orcas, Humpbakes, Minkes or Gray whales
Bellingham is located north of Seattle. Drive 90 miles (1 1/2 hours) up I-5. You can also travel by Amtrak to Bellingham or Fairhaven from Seattle's King Street Station.
Washington Inns Nearby
Stay at One of These Great Inns
Viewmont Manor is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, up on the hillside overlooking Western Washinton University and Bellingham Bay. We specialize in comfort and hospitality.
Our warm, elegant and comfortable 10-room inn and full-service day spa is in the heart of La Conner, WA. Some suites include huge Jacuzzi's, fireplaces and two beds. Our common areas and lovely garden are warm and inviting. All rooms feature private bath, flatscreen TV, DVD player, wifi.
Nestled in the hills above the main street of LaConner, Katy's Inn was built in the late 1800's. The home was first owned by Captain John Peck, and his family moved to the area in 1882. In 19