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Monday, June 19th, 2017
Fourth of July Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Put on your red, white and blue and prepare to be festive. July 4 in Bellingham and surrounding communities is packed with fun things to do. View parades, classic cars, tandem bikes, and fireworks by land and sea. Enjoy old-time games, outdoor music, craft beer, and delicious BBQ while you celebrate Independence Day in style. […]

Monday, June 19th, 2017
Seasonal Beers in Bellingham: Summer 2017
Brandon Fralic

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: summer is (finally, officially) here. And it’s bringing barrels of brews along with it. Not just your typical lawn mowing beers, either. Bellingham is showing off a variety of styles this summer, from pale ales to browns, Citraweisse to Coffee Vanilla Stout. Read on to find […]

Monday, June 12th, 2017
Pioneer Park in Ferndale Features the Largest Collection of Original Cedar Slab Pioneer Cabins
Lauren Kramer

In a peaceful, serene setting, rests an uninhabited village known as Pioneer Park, far enough away from the hum of I-5 traffic that you can step back in time and get a sense of what life was like for the early European settlers to this region of Washington State. The village is an impressive collection […]

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Father’s Day Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Sunday, June 18 is the day to honor Dad with a fun activity he’s sure to enjoy. Here’s a list of ideas in Bellingham and throughout the county: Take Him Out to the Ballgame This year, the Bellingham Bells are home on Father’s Day, against the Bend Elks at 3:05 p.m. What could be more […]

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Car Shows in Whatcom County, Washington
Annette Bagley

Artistic curves, kaleidoscopic colors, and the shine – oh the shine. This is the view of a car show on a beautiful, cloudless summer day in Whatcom County. It’s the history that draws me in. I imagine a local family out for a slow Sunday drive as I admire a 1911 Model T. Or I […]

Monday, June 5th, 2017
Delicious Berry Picking near Ferndale and Lynden
Annette

For my family, summer doesn’t officially begin until we venture out to the local fields and fill our buckets with the first berries of the year. This week we did just that. Yum! Mid-June is a strawberry season in Whatcom County, and it is worth waiting for. Nothing compares to a perfectly ripe berry picked […]

Monday, June 5th, 2017
Free Trail Talks in Fairhaven Park and Tours of the Chuckanut Community Forest
Todd Elsworth

On the south side of Bellingham is the quaint district of Fairhaven. It is known for the fun shopping and dining opportunities that abound in the area. Check out our Fairhaven page to see details. If you’re into history, check out FairhavenHistory.com. If you’re into nature, join this summer’s Trail Talks in Fairhaven Park. Recreation […]

Monday, June 5th, 2017
6 Summer Beer Gardens Around Bellingham and Whatcom County
Brandon Fralic

After spending much of the last several months in hibernation, I’m pleased to announce that summer has finally arrived. And for my fellow Bellinghamsters, that means pairing two of our favorite things: sunshine and suds. Bring on the beer gardens! I managed to visit several local watering holes during May. (Was that Memorial Day Weekend […]

Monday, June 5th, 2017
Children’s Theater Thrives at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY)
Lorraine Wilde

Looking to entertain youngsters during your visit to Bellingham? A robust calendar of children’s theater events takes place at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) throughout the year. For Summer and Fall 2017, BAAY offers productions of Madagascar, The Sword in the Stone and Pixie Pinocchio to name just a few.  Camps and workshops include […]

Monday, May 29th, 2017
Get Charged Up at The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
Lorraine Wilde

No matter what your age, haven’t you been fascinated by the ‘magic’ of the forces we cannot see and therefore struggle to understand? Wireless technology, radio and television transmission, and magnetism all seem to defy the confines of our physical world. And yet our daily existence takes them all for granted. That’s why my family […]

Monday, May 29th, 2017
Fastcap Founder Paul Akers – A Bellingham Innovator
Lauren Kramer

Whatcom County is home to a number of highly successful entrepreneurs who are quietly and methodically doing massive transactions with national and international partners every day. One of them is Paul Akers, the dynamic man behind FastCap, which operates from a 50,000-square-foot facility on Ferndale’s Pacific Highway. “Our main customer is cabinet makers who need […]

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Ski to Sea: Where to Celebrate with Bellingham Beer
Brandon Fralic

Ski to Sea — Whatcom County’s epic Memorial Day Weekend race — takes place May 28, 2017. Known as “the original adventure race”, this annual tradition began in 1973 and is still going strong over 40 years later. Teams begin at Mount Baker ski area, traversing 93 miles over a seven-leg relay. Officially, it all […]

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
10 Ways to Appreciate the Visual Arts of Bellingham and Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

You can get to know a lot about a community by the art being produced within it. Bellingham and Whatcom County host a complex, vibrant arts scene that includes a wide array, from the performing arts and poetry to the vastness of the visual arts. Here are just a sampling of the galleries, museums, guilds, events […]

Friday, May 19th, 2017
SKI to SEA Kicks Off Race Season in Bellingham and 12 Weeks of Summer Events
Todd Elsworth

Each weekend in and around Bellingham there is inevitably a race or some fun outdoors event that brings the community and visitors together to enjoy sports and our recreational bounty. The full scope is outlined at BasecampBellingham.org . The “Grand Daddy” of them all is the iconic SKI to SEA Race on the Sunday of Memorial […]

Monday, May 15th, 2017
See the Real Bellingham At Commercial Street Night Market
Lorraine Wilde

There’s no better way to get to know a town than by going to their public market. In addition to the Saturday Farmers Market, Downtown Bellingham has taken it one step further. The Commercial Street Night Market, hosted by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, is the perfect way to kick off a weekend and get to […]

Monday, May 15th, 2017
Seaside Discovery: Low Tide at Larrabee State Park
Hilary Parker

One of the natural wonders we are blessed with in the coastal Pacific Northwest is the intertidal pools that appear at low tide, revealing a whole world of critters who usually live under the water. The tide pools are especially remarkable during a minus tide. A minus tide is a low tide that falls below […]

Monday, May 8th, 2017
Behind the Beer with Sam Milne of Kulshan Brewing
Brandon Fralic

Ever wonder who makes your favorite beer? Most brewers are regular guys and gals who happen to have a passion for — and commitment to — the craft of brewing. Yet because they work tirelessly behind the scenes, their stories often go untold. So for this post, I’d like to introduce one of Bellingham’s homegrown […]

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Cruise to Alaska Like a Local – On the Ferry
Annette

Calling all adventurers seeking to see the real Alaska: The best highway is on the water! In fact, the only highway to most of lower Alaska’s villages is by sea. Each Friday, year-round, the Alaska Ferry (officially called the Alaska Marine Highway System) departs from Bellingham, WA to access America’s remote north through the awe-inspiring […]

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Fan Fun at Bellingham Anime Convention (BA-CON) Each May
Lorraine Wilde

Now in its eighth year, what first began in 2010 as a casual Saturday with 25 students at the Bellingham Public Library (BPL) has matured into a full-fledged convention expected to serve more than 1000 visitors from around the Pacific Northwest. Bellingham Anime Convention (BA-CON) has grown steadily, building on each year’s success, to offer art, games, […]

Monday, April 24th, 2017
5 Beery Happy Hours in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

Because Bellingham is undeniably a beer town, our breweries get lots of attention. As they should! We truly have some of the best breweries in the northwest right here in our backyard. And while we all love drinking fresh beer from the source, sometimes it’s nice to have a change of scenery. Enter taphouses: with […]

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Soaking in Nature – Hiking around Fragrance Lake
Todd Elsworth

Fragrance Lake sits up in the cradle of the Chuckanut Mountains in Larrabee State Park, just south of Bellingham. This hike is a popular spot for geologists like Dave Tucker to hang out, because of the diverse types of geology you pass through. “The trail to Fragrance Lake in Larabee State Park is one of […]

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Woods Coffee: A Coffee Culture Inspired by Pacific Northwest Region
Lauren Kramer

Woods Coffee has become a Whatcom County favorite since its first stores opened in 2002. Today the homegrown brand owned by Wes Herman and his family is showing no signs of slowing down. There are 19 Woods Coffee stores in the Pacific Northwest – 15 in Whatcom County (9 in Bellingham), two in Skagit County, […]

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Top Mother’s Day Activities in Bellingham
Annette Bagley

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017. Looking for gift ideas? Moms love to spend time with their families, so how about giving her a local experience? Here’s a list of great Mother’s Day Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County. 1. Schooner Zodiac Mother’s Day Cruise, May 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. If Mom […]

Monday, April 17th, 2017
Urban Adventure: Downtown Bellingham Geocaching with Kids
Hilary Parker

Geocaching, for the uninitiated, is like a treasure hunt where you find tiny treasures using a modern day map on your GPS device or smartphone. According to Geocaching.com, more than 2 million caches exist around the world, and 1,880 geocaches near Bellingham. The sizes, shapes and difficulty vary. Never having geocached, I turned to my […]

Monday, April 17th, 2017
Get to Know the Bellingham Band: Baby Cakes
Lorraine Wilde

I’ve always been a fan of soul music. I’ve speculated that maybe I reincarnated from the previous generation because I love Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin more than any of the songs I listened to growing up in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. In early 2015, I asked my friend immersed in Bellingham’s local music scene […]

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Your Guide to Bellingham Beer Week 2017
Brandon Fralic

It’s April, and Bellingham is bursting at the seams with beer buzz. Bellingham Beer Week 2017 takes place April 21 – 29! For those confused by Beer Week’s move to April (it was held in September for five years), read Tap Trail’s explanation. The idea is to position our Beer Week neatly between other regional […]

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival Launches in Bellingham in April
Lorraine Wilde

Bellingham is home to a thriving film community. Throughout the year, these creative groups partner to host a number of film festivals. The newest and perhaps most exciting is CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival. Its mission and goals are noble and lofty. They plan to present an annual film festival showcasing films directed by women from […]

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
New northwater Restaurant at Holiday Inn and Suites Bellingham Airport
Lauren Kramer

The 184-seat restaurant and bar northwater is now open at the Holiday Inn and Suites located near the Bellingham International Airport, bringing a Salish Sea theme and a sophisticated menu to foodies and frequent fliers. We stopped for lunch and were charmed by the prevalence of wavy glass that mimics ripples on the sea; by […]

Monday, March 27th, 2017
6 Spring Beer Releases in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Brandon Fralic

It was a chilly winter here in Whatcom County — one of the coldest on record. Great news for skiers and snowboarders. More of a seasonal hobbit than a powder hound myself, I made it through the darkest of days with a little beer help from Bellingham’s fine selection of winter warmers. Kulshan’s Barrel Aged […]

Monday, March 27th, 2017
Road Bike in Bellingham on Chuckanut Drive
Todd Elsworth

South of Bellingham, Chuckanut Drive offers an exhilarating experience – no matter how you choose to wind along the paved hillside – where the forest meets the sea. I’d recommend a “sporty” road bike to wrap your transportation and recreation into one! We chose road bikes and it seemed to work out for the three […]

Monday, March 20th, 2017
Feel the Concert: Bellingham Music Film Festival in April
Lorraine Wilde

Bellingham is home to a thriving music and film community. Throughout the year, this creative group hosts a number of Bellingham film festivals. April 6 – 8, 2017, the Bellingham Music Film Festival will present a collection of music videos, documentaries, and narrative pieces by regional, national, and student filmmakers from around the world. This annual […]

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Leaf and Ladle Restaurant Delivers Home-Style Cuisine in Bellingham
Lauren Kramer

There are lots of eateries that boast home-style food, but the fare at Leaf & Ladle at 113 N. State Street in Bellingham is the real thing – made with the TLC of a mom who knows exactly what she’s doing in the kitchen. Linda Melim opened her restaurant three-and-a-half years ago as a go-to […]

Monday, March 13th, 2017
Experiencing Theater with the Kids at Claire vg Thomas Theatre in Lynden
Hilary Parker

I’ll admit, when my kids were younger I had no desire to take them to a movie or some kind of live theater performance. It was far too likely they’d cause a ruckus or claim they needed to go potty every 10 minutes. So we never really got into the habit of going to musical […]

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Rounding Up Bellingham’s Craft Brewery Scene
Brandon Fralic

So much beer, so little time. With a dozen brewery locations now operating in Bellingham and Whatcom County, it can be tricky to keep track of them all. And there are many variables to consider when choosing your watering hole. Which ones offer food? Can you bring the kids? Fido? Do they offer happy hour? […]

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Get Dirty and Give Back at Bellingham Trail Work Parties
Todd Elsworth

We are blessed with a bounty of trails in our “little” burg of Bellingham, WA. We have all kinds of trails to choose from within the city “limits”. The city and volunteer organizations host a variety of work parties throughout the year. In this post, you’ll find work party information for WMBC, City of Bellingham […]

Monday, February 20th, 2017
Menace Brewing: The Fountain District’s Neighborhood Brewery
Brandon Fralic

Bellingham’s Fountain District has been devoid of a neighborhood watering hole for far too long. Enter Menace Brewing: the long-anticipated brewery and taproom transplant from Ferndale. Shuttered in 2015 to uproot and move to Bellingham, Menace is now back in action as the Fountain District’s neighborhood taproom. Menace Brewing opened its doors to Meridian Street […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Find St. Patty’s Day Fun in Bellingham
Teresa Schmidt

When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Bellingham and Whatcom County know how to do it right! It’s true, there is no place like Bellingham for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an annual affair that keeps us coming back for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  From a serious trail run featuring goofy green outfits […]

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Good Clean Family Fun at Otion Soap Bar
Hilary Parker

A trip to Otion Soap Bar wasn’t on my kids’ radar, but it was on mine. Otion has been a soap making supply store located in downtown Bellingham for years, but more recently introduced its Crafter’s Corner, where you can do projects in the shop with helpful instructors on hand to assist. The Crafter’s Corner […]

Monday, February 13th, 2017
X-C Skiing from the Glacier Creek Sno-Park in Mount Baker Wilderness
Todd Elsworth

From my own personal Basecamp Bellingham, I get on to Sunset Drive and follow it east until it turns into State Road 542 (Mt. Baker Highway). This is the road that leads to the winter playground surrounding Mount Baker. We chose to turn off on Forest Service Road 39 and head for the Glacier Creek […]

Monday, February 6th, 2017
Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival Explores Critical Issues
Lorraine Wilde

For the seventeenth year in a row, Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival (BHRFF) will present thought-provoking films gathered from around the world. Their mission: to encourage the viewing community to explore and engage in critical human rights issues. Over the 10-day festival held February 16 – 25, 2017, 25 films will be screened across 13 venues […]