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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 […]

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 […]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Park and Fly Hotel Packages in Bellingham
Annette Bagely

Heading off to Hawaii, or Las Vegas, or another exciting destination from Bellingham International Airport (BLI)? Wondering where to leave your car? Numerous hotels in Bellingham offer special Park and Fly packages which include extended parking at the hotel, an overnight stay, and free shuttle service when booked directly through the hotel’s front desk. Each […]

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 […]

Sunday, January 15th, 2017
Discover the San Juan Islands on a Small Ship Cruise out of Bellingham
Annette Bagley

Although the weather outside is frightful, it will soon be so delightful, and now is the time to dream of a summer sailing adventure in the Northwest. Bellingham, WA is the perfect place to board a small-ship cruise through the San Juan Islands. Within view of downtown Bellingham, the San Juan Archipelago encompasses 172 islands […]

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 […]