Historic Fairhaven District

Leave your cares behind and spend some Happy Hours strolling through Fairhaven. Located within the southern city limits of Bellingham, the Fairhaven Historic District is noted for its colorful 19th century architecture and history.

Today, many red brick relics of Fairhaven’s Victorian era survive in the federally designated historic district’s six square-blocks. These and newer structures are now home to a variety of unique local shops, art galleries, restaurants and pubs, and one of the best independent bookstores in the nation. The district has blossomed into a lively getaway destination and residential community.

Girls Night Out is Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 from noon to 10 p.m. This is Fairhaven’s annual gala for ladies including special passport shopping, giveaways and a comedy-themed gala event. Be sure to put this one on your calendar!

Artsy Shops

Fairhaven’s local flavor and relaxed vibe make it a perfect spot to spend leisurely afternoons browsing for the unexpected, yet perfect item. Must see shops include:

  • Village Books 1200 11th Street,  Hours: M-Th 10-9, F-Sat 10-10, Sun 10 – 7
  • Paper Dreams 1206 11th Street, Hours: M-Th 10-9, F-Sat 10-10, Sun 10 – 7
  • Bay to Baker Trading Company           911 Harris Ave , Hours: M-Sun 10-6
  • Eclipse Bookstore 1104 11th Street
  • Fairhaven Antique Mall, 1201 11th St, Hours: M-Sun 10-5
  • Fairhaven Gold Fine Jewelry, 1302 12th St, Hours: Tu-F 10-5:30, Sat 10-3
  • Fairhaven Rug Gallery 901 Harris Ave, Hours: Tu-Sat 10-7, Sun 11-6
  • Fairhaven Toy Garden 1147 11th Street, Hours: M-Sat 10-7, Sun 10-6
  • Fairy Godmother’s Unlimited 1200 10th Street
  • Inside Passage Gift 355 Harris Ave
  • Rebecca’s Flower Shop 1003 Harris Ave
  • Renaissance Celebration Gallery of Art Glass and Designer Jewelry
    915 Harris Ave, Hours M-Sat 10:30-5:30, Sun 11-5
  • The Garden Room 1006 Harris Ave
    Hours: M-Sat 10-6, Sun noon-5

A Peek Inside:

Cozy Restaurants

Sidewalk dining, local ingredients and cozy atmosphere are the norm in the historic district. Here are some answers to where to eat in Fairhaven:

Fun Happy Hour Ideas

Waterfront Hotels

Hugging the southern shoreline of Bellingham Bay, the Fairhaven District is connected by waterfront trail to downtown and Squalicum Harbor on the north side of the Bay. Bellingham is home to three boutique waterfront hotels – two in Fairhaven and one in Squalicum Harbor. Perfect for relaxing in style.

Fairhaven Village Inn 1200 1oth Street, 360, 733-1311, 877-733-1100

  • Fairhaven Get-a-Way Package: You don’t have to go far! Stay in Fairhaven and enjoy unique shops, restaurants and trails on Bellingham Bay. Be sure to take advantage of our Wine and Cheese offer – $20 discount each night, plus a wine and cheese welcome gift. Please use code Wine and Cheese 2015 when booking. Offer valid through March 21, 2015. Based on availability, no other discounts apply.

Chrysalis Inn and Spa 804 10th Street, 360-756-1005, 888, 808-0005

  • Romantic Getaway Package: Spend a romantic night in one of our water view rooms and experience a lasting memory. Includes a one night stay in a deluxe room or suite (price increase for suites), plus a romance basket with your choice of red or white wine, champagne, or sparkling cider. Available seven days per week. Prices start at $219/night, plus tax.
  • Winter Express Package: All aboard the Winter Express to Bellingham! Present your train ticket and enjoy a 2 night stay any day of the week in one of our deluxe rooms for $359, plus tax. Includes taxi fare to and from the Amtrak station along with a train-themed gift basket. $499, plus tax for a King Suite, $559, plus tax for a Corner Suite. Not valid on US or Canadian holidays or with any other promotions or discounts.
  • Bed and Brew Package: Add to any room type any day of the week for $30. Includes two glasses of local beer on tap from Keenan’s at the Pier, two 22 oz bottles of Boundary Bay Brewery IPA, two pint glasses from Wander Brewing, two beer-infused truffles from Evolve Chocolates, and Bellingham Tap Trail maps to local breweries.

Hotel Bellwether 1 Bellwether Way, 360-392-3100, 877-411-1200

  • Luxury by the Bay Package: The leaves are changing and it’s time to Fall into Luxury by the Bay! Book a cozy get-away at the Hotel Bellwether with rates starting from $179.
  • Romance Package: Enjoy a one-night stay in a luxurious guest room which features a natural gas fireplace and an over-sized air-jetted tub for your in-room enjoyment. Add a little romance to your stay! What better way than to enjoy romantic roses, a bath bomb, Prosecco, and chocolate covered strawberries in our luxury hotel. Based on availability. Please mention the Romance Package when booking. Rates starting from $239, plus tax.

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Getting Here

Fairhaven is easily accessed by car. From Interstate 5, take exit 250 and drive west. Or take Chuckanut Drive, which begins and ends in Fairhaven on the north.

The historic district is also home to Bellingham’s major transportation hub and features the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and the Fairhaven Station (Amtrak and Greyhound bus). Both facilities are located on Harris Avenue.

The Alaska Ferry departs from the Cruise Terminal each week. Whale watch cruises, skipper chartered cruises and passenger ferries leave daily for the San Juan Islands from the Cruise Terminal throughout the summer.

More Information

Historic Fairhaven Association
1106 Harris Avenue Suite #313, Bellingham

Also see our Things to Do pages for fun events and activities throughout Bellingham

Special Statement

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