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

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 […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Whatcom County
Teresa Schmidt

It’s time for Super Bowl 51, and for all of us Seattle Seahawks fans, it’s more than a little disappointing that we won’t be in the big game. But, there’s always next season, right? And by now, we’ve had enough time to accept our fate and work up some excitement for Super Bowl Sunday. Sure, the level of enthusiasm won’t be […]

Monday, January 30th, 2017
Best Bets for Burgers and Beer in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

Bellingham is a craft beer town, no doubt. We also happen to love well-crafted food, and hamburgers are no exception. From classic car-hop service to gourmet burgers with fresh baked buns, homemade sauces, and locally sourced meats, we’ve got quite a selection to choose from. Need help deciding where to go? We’ve created a list […]

Monday, January 30th, 2017
Art, Nature, History, and Fun at Whatcom Museum in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

Centered in Bellingham’s downtown arts district, the Whatcom Museum campus provides creative, thought-provoking educational programs and exhibitions about our changing cultural, natural, and historical landscapes. Recently celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2016, Whatcom Museum continues to bring art, history, and nature to more than 70,000 people each year. Visitors can plan a day or weekend visit […]

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Join Whatcom County’s Vibrant Poetry Scene
Lorraine Wilde

Bellingham and the surrounding Whatcom County communities are home to an incredibly supportive arts community. We host authors, painters, photographers, sculptors, as well as stage, dance, and film production companies to name just a few. Poetry as an art form is no exception. Our vibrant community of accomplished and aspiring poets create an incredible array of […]

Friday, January 20th, 2017
3 Tips for Eagle Watching with the Family
Hilary Parker

“I see four, five – no, six!” shouted my excited troupe of five kids as soon as we got out of the car near the Welcome Bridge along the Nooksack River, just off the Mt. Baker Highway, northeast of Bellingham. In our sites were the bald eagles gathered around the Nooksack to feed on the […]

Monday, January 16th, 2017
5 Ways to Stay Warm and Active in Bellingham this Winter
Lorraine Wilde

The Pacific Northwest is not famous for its winter weather. But Bellingham (and Whatcom County) locals know the secret to enjoying all the amazing indoor activities our area has to offer throughout the season. You too can make the winter shine by taking advantage of some of the entertaining activities below that make our area great, […]

Monday, January 16th, 2017
Seeking Cross-Country Ski Solitude in the Shadow of Mount Shuksan
Todd Elsworth

Our cross-country ski adventure (near Mt. Baker in northwestern Washington State) started from the Shuksan Picnic Area just off the Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542) a quick 12.5 miles past the US Forest Service’s Glacier Public Service Center at milepost exit 46.6 for Hannegan Pass Road. Headlamps were helpful in the dawn’s early light to […]

Monday, January 2nd, 2017
Pickett House a Historical Treasure in Bellingham
Lauren Kramer

One of Bellingham’s finest historical treasures is the George E. Pickett House, Washington State’s oldest documented wooden structure on its original site. This small, unobtrusive little house stands on Peabody Hill, with lawyers’ offices next door and a view of the ocean peeking between the buildings below. Like any house, the G.E. Pickett home has […]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Enjoy Independent Film All Year Long with Pickford Film Center

Bellingham’s Pickford Film Center (PFC) has been the place for independent film since it opened with a single small screen (now called PFC’s Limelight) in 1998. Since then this non-profit organization has focused on providing the community with the highest quality movie-going experience possible at an affordable price, while working to foster arts education and visual literacy. Through […]

Friday, December 16th, 2016
4 Bellingham Beers Inspired by Northwest Washington
Brandon Fralic

Boundary Bay. Chuckanut. Kulshan. North Fork. It’s no coincidence that nearly half of Whatcom County’s breweries take their names from nearby mountains and waterways. From Mount Baker to the Salish Sea, Bellingham’s natural beauty inspires arts and crafts of every kind — including craft beers. After all, beer is mostly made up of water — […]

Monday, December 12th, 2016
Kids, or Kids at Heart, Will Love Christmastime in Fairhaven Village, Bellingham
Hilary Parker

I can think of little else so magical as celebrating Christmastime in Bellingham’s Fairhaven Village. The trees are illuminated with tiny white lights and evergreen wreaths deck the street lamps. The windows are filled with cheerful holiday displays, and everyone offers a smile or a hello. And there is Christmas magic afoot in Fairhaven sure […]

Monday, December 12th, 2016
Being a Beginner at Mt. Baker Ski Area
Todd Elsworth

We all have to start somewhere. Fortunately, beginners are welcomed at the Mt. Baker Ski Area and have plenty of options for an introduction to the joys found on the slopes. Their Best for Beginners program is designed with the Greens in mind. Green=Easiest. Mt. Baker Ski Area’s Best for Beginners program is for kids […]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
Outdoor Gear Rentals and Services in Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Ready to get onto the snow, but need to rent some gear before heading up to Mt. Baker? Bellingham has several options available. Here is a list to get you started. AMERICAN ALPINE INSTITUTE EQUIPMENT SHOP 1513 12th Street Bellingham, Washington 360-671-1570 (Hours: Monday to Friday 10-6) RENTALS Snowsports  Skis Splitboards Boots Skins Poles Snowshoes […]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Restaurants open in Bellingham and Whatcom County on Christmas Day
Annette

Looking for a great meal for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Here are some delicious options available throughout Whatcom County. Most require reservations, so be sure to call ahead. Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pwky., Blaine, WA, 360-318-2000 Christmas Eve 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pierside Kitchen, prix fixe menu. The dinner is $49 per […]

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Sweet Treats to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth: Bellingham Dessert Shops
Lauren Kramer

It happens to the best of us: that sugary craving takes a hold and won’t let us go until we’ve found something rich, decadent and utterly delicious in which to sink our teeth. There are degrees of delicious, of course, so next time you’re in the vise-like grip of a sweet obsession, check out these […]

Monday, December 5th, 2016
Be a Kid at Any Age with Bellingham Circus Guild
Lorraine Wilde

I only got to go to the circus a couple of times as a child, but each visit was magical. I remember every minute spent in the warm, glowing lights, the constant wonder and giggling, and each unexpected new experience. Whatcom County is fortunate to have the Bellingham Circus Guild, a small group of tight-knit circus arts […]

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Four Fabulous Solutions to ‘Getting the Wiggles Out’ in Whatcom County
Hilary Parker

Cold, rainy winter days can be a challenge for parents. Kids invariably begin to bounce off the walls about day two. Parents begin to climb the walls shortly thereafter. It’s time to get the wiggles out. Around Bellingham and Whatcom County, we have a number of solutions for disbursing all that pent-up energy without being […]

Monday, November 21st, 2016
A Fun Fall Hike through Chuckanut Creek and Falls

From the North Chuckanut Mountain trailhead parking lot, just off Chuckanut Drive, we were looking for a short hike under the cover of the forest canopy of Chuckanut Mountain Park. Rain was in the forecast, but we had to get out there for some fresh air. We followed the sign pointing to the Chuckanut Trails, […]

Monday, November 21st, 2016
Kickstart Christmas at Bellingham Theatre Guild
Lorraine Wilde

Whatcom County is fortunate to have a variety of performing arts theaters. The iDiOM, now at Sylvia Center for the Arts, presents avant-garde, irreverent original works while Mount Baker Theatre brings touring shows from around the world to our doorstep. Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG), a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, serves our community by deftly filling the void […]

Monday, November 14th, 2016
Holiday Cheer: 12 Bellingham Beers to Savor this Winter
Brandon Fralic

Ready or not, the holiday season is nearly upon us. In Bellingham, the changing seasons mean turning to the great indoors for entertainment, while simultaneously layering up our ugly sweaters and rainproof jackets for any and all advances into the elements. Gone are the dog days of summer. And when it comes to enjoying local […]

Monday, November 14th, 2016
Train Enthusiast? You Need to Visit the Bellingham Railway Museum with Your Kids
Hilary Parker

Tucked in to an unassuming storefront on Commercial St. in downtown Bellingham, train enthusiasts will be thrilled to discover the Bellingham Railway Museum. The Railway Museum has been around since 2003 and is entirely volunteer-run. The good folks at the museum are a dedicated bunch who enthusiastically bring the history of railroading to life. I […]

Monday, November 14th, 2016
Lynden’s Overflow Taps is about Craft Beer – and Clean Water
Lauren Kramer

There are lots of cool tap houses in Washington State, but most of them are all about beer – not water. Overflow Taps in Lynden, WA is as much about water as it is about good beer. Clean water, that is – in developing countries. The business that opened in February 2016 in the historic […]

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Fall Hike Exploring Schrieber’s Meadow on the South Side of Mount Baker
Todd Elsworth

Before the snow starts falling, my daughter and I wanted to get out for a fall hike. We set our sights on Schrieber’s Meadow on the south side of Mount Baker. My ulterior motive was to do a bit of scouting for my return to the Park Butte Lookout! After a quick lunch in the […]

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Bellingham’s New Sylvia Center for the Arts
Lorraine Wilde

Bellingham is very fortunate to be the chosen home of many talented musicians and artists and that includes a variety of theatre and dance performers. A new performance space is recently up and running in Bellingham’s downtown arts district, Sylvia Center for the Arts. The need for the space was identified as long ago as […]

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Although many local businesses close for Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24, 2016), the following is a list of restaurants open for Thanksgiving Dinner in Bellingham and Whatcom County, along with hours, prices and locations. Most offer special menus or buffet dinners featuring traditional turkey and all the trimmings, to allow you a relaxing meal. Call ahead […]

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Holiday Events in Whatcom County
Annette

When the sun dips below the horizon, and the year comes to a close, Whatcom County lights up with festivities for all, in true northern style. Here is a 2016 list of must-see December holiday events in Bellingham, Blaine, Birch Bay, Ferndale and Lynden. Bring your camera to capture photos of Santa, and enjoy the […]

Monday, October 31st, 2016
Chasing Chums up Chuckanut Creek with NSEA
Todd Elsworth

The only thing that I like better than eating fresh salmon is watching them in their final struggle to spawn up our local Bellingham creeks. That opportunity is about to present itself in the coming weeks with the returning Chum Salmon. Our local fish-loving organization, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (aka NSEA), leads tours throughout town […]

Monday, October 24th, 2016
Bleedingham: Bellingham’s Horror Film Fest
Lorraine Wilde

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, way more than Christmas, and its never been about the candy. To me, Halloween is about becoming someone else for just one night, in your home made costume, running around silly in the darkness, and sharing that love of all things spooky with your friends and neighbors. Whatcom […]

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Discovering Whatcom Falls Park with Kids
Hilary Parker

If family or friends come to visit from out of town, it’s a good chance we’ll take them to visit Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham. The falls are beautiful year-round, and never fail to impress visitors. The park’s namesake is something to behold. The falls are especially magnificent after the winter rains have started and […]

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Lynden’s Jansen Art Center is a Hub of Creativity
Lauren Kramer

There is an artists’ Mecca in Lynden, WA where ceramicists chat amiably as they mold their crafts on the pottery wheels, jewellery instructors teach new students how to make metal earrings, bracelets and rings, dancers pirouette in the dance studio and those with a passion for fibre arts weave intricate, beautiful designs in the Loom […]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Tour of the Bellingham Bay to Baker Trail with Mayor Linville
Todd Elsworth

I can’t keep a secret. So, when I heard the exciting news that our Mayor was going to speak at Sunset Pond about about the soft opening of the next segment of the Bellingham BAY to BAKER trail, I had to share.  Thank you to our fair city’s Nicole Oliver, for her words (and map […]

Monday, October 10th, 2016
Live Music and Poetry at Honey Moon Mead and Cider
Lorraine Wilde

Honey Moon Mead and Cider has been bringing locally-made mead and cider to Bellingham and the Pacific Northwest since it opened in 2005. A little like Superman in a phone booth, the family-owned and locally-operated Honey Moon is a mead and cider manufacturing facility by day that transforms into a cozy tasting room and intimate […]

Monday, October 10th, 2016
Gruff Brewing: Bellingham’s New Nano Brewery
Brandon Fralic

“GRUFF IS OPEN” reads the sign outside 104 E Maple Street on a drizzly Saturday evening in late September. I follow the big red arrow down an illuminated alley, turning right into Gruff’s signed entryway. This is the moment Bellingham beer enthusiasts have been waiting for: the first glimpse inside, the first taste after several […]

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Kayaking to Sucia for Lunch with Sea Lions

From Basecamp Bellingham, WA, you have many choices for outdoor recreation opportunities. Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Road Rides, Snow Sports and yes, Paddling on the Salish Sea!! My landlubber friend from Utah (a landlocked state for those geographically illiterate) has wanted to go on a “boat ride” since we met a couple of years ago […]

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Lynden’s Drizzle Features Whatcom County’s Most Succulent Treats
Lauren Kramer

It’s one thing to see the beauty of Whatcom County, but if you want to taste it too, head to Drizzle in Lynden. The restaurant and retail store opened on Lynden’s Front street, in the old Waples Building, last December and is the second county location for owners Ross and Dana Driscoll. They debuted their […]