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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 […]

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Halloween Events in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Get out your costumes and mark your calendars – it’s time to get spooky in Bellingham and Whatcom County! Activities take place throughout the month of October leading up to Halloween, Oct. 31, which is a Monday this year. Here’s an updated list to satisfy everyone from families to college students to the curious spirits among […]

Monday, September 26th, 2016
Lots of Laughter at Ryan Stiles’ Upfront Theatre
Lorraine Wilde

I have a warm spot in my heart for Bellingham’s Upfront Theatre. It may sound cliché, but the time I’ve spent at this little theater has changed my life. Owned by famed Whose Line is it Anyway? actor, producer, and comedian, Ryan Stiles, this 100-seat cabaret-style venue features quality improvisational acting performances born directly from the […]

Monday, September 26th, 2016
In Bellingham, a Beer Week is Ten Days Long
Brandon Fralic

Another year, another Bellingham Beer Week (BBW) in the books. 2016 was a milestone for the annual celebration, marking a lustrum of beer-centric events promoting our local breweries. Attending BBW has become a tradition for my partner and me — as predictable as dressing up for Halloween and frequenting Boomers during Boomuary. The dates go […]

Monday, September 19th, 2016
Bellingham SeaFeast Spotlights Bounty of Salish Sea and Bellingham Fishing History
Lauren Kramer

Whatcom County has a brand new festival to celebrate its seafood history. Bellingham SeaFeast will debut Sept 30-Oct 1, 2016 with events in Downtown Bellingham and Zuanich Park. Attendees will have an opportunity to eat, play and explore the Salish Sea bounty through boat rides, demonstrations, poetry, food and educational activities. Part of SeaFeast is […]

Monday, September 19th, 2016
Hikes for Little Legs: Southside Bellingham strolls for your family
Hilary Parker

In my third installment of Hikes for Little Legs, I focus on treks in and around the Southside of Bellingham – which for non-locals centers on the Fairhaven, South Hill and Edgemoor neighborhoods south of downtown. This collection of hikes is meant for younger kids in that nothing is too hilly or too long. The […]

Monday, September 12th, 2016
Food, Music, Beer and Fun at Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro
Lorraine Wilde

Across the street from the Depot Market Square, home of the Bellingham Farmers Market, Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro  has been a go-to beer spot for Bellingham locals and visitors alike since it opened 21 years ago. This kid-friendly bistro not only has amazing food and a bevy of award-winning beer brewed on-site, but it also hosts a […]

Friday, September 9th, 2016
Bellingham Beer in Denver Event Oct. 7

Hey Denver – Ready for your next beer pilgrimage? Get to The Crafty Fox Taphouse and Pizzeria at 3901 Fox Street on Friday, Oct. 7 for “Bellingham Beer in Denver with Melvin Brewing and Crooked Stave,” and you could win a trip for 2 to experience the hot new craft brewery scene in Bellingham, WA. […]

Monday, September 5th, 2016
Rafting the Rapids of the Nooksack River in Glacier, WA
Todd Elsworth

In “downtown” Glacier, WA, we began our rafting adventure at Wild and Scenic River Tours. Gathered together, some of us friends- along with relative strangers- we set out for some fun and a nature-fix on the Nooksack River. We got geared up in our outfitted river gear and climbed on the re-purposed school bus. We […]

Monday, September 5th, 2016
Scenic Flights on San Juan Airlines Showcase Whatcom County Beauty
Lauren Kramer

There’s one sure way to feel like royalty in Bellingham, and that’s to take a flight with San Juan Airlines. The five-fleet airline serves the San Juan Islands, Anacortes, Point Roberts and anywhere else with a relatively close landing strip in Washington State, British Columbia and Oregon. The day I flew to San Juan Island […]

Monday, August 29th, 2016
Fun in the Sun and Snow on Ptarmigan Ridge at Mount Baker
Todd Elsworth

Fortunately, we live in Bellingham, WA. A place where you can begin your journey at the end of the road (Mt. Baker Highway, aka- East 542) and access Mount Baker’s wilderness playground. We wanted to play in the snow, in July. We set our sights on Ptarmigan Ridge. The trailhead is from the parking lot […]

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
The Power of Live Music at The Wild Buffalo in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

Also known as The Buffalo, The Wild Buffalo House of Music’s primary focus is to provide a stage for the widest variety of live music in the Bellingham region. Delivering reggae, hip hop, funk, soul, Americana, and electronic to name just a few, The Buffalo promotes live music, supports local musicians, and provides a safe, […]

Monday, August 15th, 2016
A Day on the Farm at Hovander Homestead Park
Hilary Parker

My first trip to Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale was as a child. My mother had visited, and thought I would enjoy seeing the historic home, barn and surrounding park lands. It made enough of an impression that, years later, I brought my own children. The Hovander Homestead became a park in 1971. The remaining […]

Monday, August 15th, 2016
Whatcom County Bed and Breakfasts deliver personal charm
Lauren Kramer

Choosing the right room for the night is like selecting new clothing. Just as apparel appeals based on individual style and taste, so too do different offerings in the hospitality industry. Some choose hotels, others motels or Airbnb offerings. But if you’re looking for a more intimate, personalized experience when you book an overnight or […]

Monday, August 15th, 2016
Hiking Heliotrope Ridge Trail to Mount Baker’s Glaciers
Todd Elsworth

Just past the town of Glacier, WA is Glacier Creek Road (Forest Service Road 39) that leads to the Heliotrope Ridge trailhead and yup, you guessed it- GLACIERS! For the curious and inexperienced in alpine travel, here’s a great spot to get up close (with some effort) to take in a couple of Mount Baker’s […]

Monday, August 8th, 2016
Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham: Historic Architecture Hosts Current Headliners
Lorraine Wilde

Mount Baker Theatre (MBT) has been bringing entertainment from around the world to Bellingham (and the entire Bellingham region) since 1927 so it’s fitting for the 2016-2017 season they’ve initiated the Journeys Program with the theme, “There’s a Whole Wide World in Here!” That is an understatement when you consider the historic building and world-class, culturally-diverse live theater, […]

Friday, August 5th, 2016
Lynden’s Northwest Washington Fair is a family favorite
Hilary Parker

In my household, it just wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the Northwest Washington Fair. In fact, I don’t know if it’s me or my kids who look forward to it more! This year the fair is Aug. 15-20, 2016. The basics Getting there – Located north of Bellingham, in the idyllic farming town […]