Bellingham

Washington
An outdoor paradise in the Pacific Northwest

With snow-capped Mount Baker in its backyard and the Salish Sea at its door-step, the city of Bellingham Washington is a coastal paradise. Combining breathtaking landscape with quirky culture, this gem of the Pacific Northwest attracts a blend of outdoor enthusiasts, socially responsible entrepreneurs and artists.

City of Subdued Excitement is the curious moniker of this Pacific Northwest town of Bellingham Washington, 85 miles north of Seattle, situated at the jumping off point of one of the most iconic cruising playgrounds in North America, the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands. Perhaps the word “subdued” is included in its nickname due to the take-your-breath-away natural beauty that surrounds it. The accessibility to outdoor recreational activities include once-in-a-lifetime skiing, biking and boating.

If the first-rate biking and hiking trail system doesn’t excite you, visit the Tap Trail to access the many boutique brewpubs in the city. The sophisticated cultural scene also should not be missed, including The Upfront Theatre, home to the king of improv, Ryan Stiles, and the Pickford Film Center, a rare independent movie theater and host of Bellingham Music Film Festival.

Take a stroll through the beautiful campus of Western Washington University to witness over 20 sculptures by world-renowned artists. To excite your taste buds, don’t miss the unique flavors of Mallard Ice Cream and wine on tap at Vinostrology. Visit to the historic Fairhaven neighborhood. Comprised of four square blocks of century old brick buildings, Fairhaven is also jam-packed with charming locally owned shops and unique restaurants with views of Bellingham Bay. Some additional highlights of Fairhaven include Village Books, Rocket Donuts & Acme Ice Cream, The Black Cat and Övn Wood Fired Pizza.

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The Upfront Theatre
A professional improv comedy theatre established by Ryan Stiles in 2004. This cabaret-style venue runs live shows every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as well as special events by world-renowned improvisers.
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Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building
The first LEED registered museum in the state featuring more than 200,000 artifacts and art works. The impressive 42,000-square-foot-building has a translucent wall that is 37 feet high ad 180 feet long, reflecting the natural sunlight of the Northwest.
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Larabee State Park
Explore the prized natural wonders of Bellingham at this 2,748 acre camping park. Favorite activities include hiking and mountain biking, while 8,100 feet of saltwater shores offer numerous opportunities for boating, paddling, and fishing on the Samish Bay.
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Lake Padden
Perfect for swimming, paddling, or fishing. The surrounding park also includes a golf course, a dog park, and trails for walking, biking, and horse-back riding. Lake Padden is also the location of many of Bellingham’s events, including runs, races, and a triathlon.
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Rock and Rye Oyster House
1145 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225
360-746-6130
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Camber
221 W Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225
360-656-5343
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Aslan Brew Pub & Depot
1330 N Forest St. Bellingham, WA 98225
360-778-088
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Keenan’s at the Pier
804 10th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
360-392-5510
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Bellingham Farmer's Market
April-December
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Bellingham Festival of Music
Birch Bay Days and Crab Festival
Nearest Airport
Bellingham International Airport BLI
Coordinates
48.7519, 122.4787
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