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The Breathtaking Homestead in Northern Washington You Must Visit This Year
Nov 29, 2022
Lauren Baker/Only In Your State

About an hour’s drive south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Hovander Homestead Park is a beautiful spot for a low key visit.

These Are America's 10 Best National Park Lodges
Nov 21, 2022
Elizabeth Rios/The Travel

Ross Lake Resort - North Cascades National Park

Floating log cabins on Ross Lake make this resort exceptional from the rest. Guests can only access this resort by hiking or ferry, making it an exclusive, no-crowd stay.

Forecast Coffee In Bellingham Focuses In On Farmers
Nov 17, 2022
Sprudge Staff/Sprudge

Forecast Coffee Company is a new coffee brand out of Bellingham, Washington that is putting a spotlight on climate change and ecological farming practices.

The Alaska Marine Highway Runs In The Winter & How To Plan A Trip After Snowfall
Nov 11, 2022
Aaron Spray/The Travel

The Alaska Marine Highway services over 30 communities between Bellingham, WA and Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Chain. It links with shuttle ferries that provide additional links between neighboring communities.

These Top Restaurants Around The World Are Worth The Trip
Nov 01, 2022
Elizabeth Brownfield/Forbes

The Willows Inn on Lummi Island - Lummi Island, WA

Hop a 5-minute car ferry from mainland Washington to dine at this destination-worthy restaurant located north of Seattle. It’s helmed by Blaine Wetzel, who cooked under world-renowned chef René Redzepi at Noma before taking over as chef and putting the century-old inn on the global culinary map.

This Is Why Ladder Creek Falls Is The Most Mesmerizing Sight In North Cascades
Nov 01, 2022
Faith Katunga/The Travel

The largest of the three National Park Service units making up the North Cascades National Park Complex is North Cascades National Park, located in Washington. The park is home to the North Cascades Range's steep mountain peaks, the most extensive glacier system in the contiguous United States, the source of many rivers and streams, and enormous woods with the highest degree of flora biodiversity of any American national park.

Top 11 Thanksgiving Fishing Locations in the US
Nov 01, 2022
Tanya/Fishing Booker

Bellingham, Washington
Cruising along the West Coast, we eventually arrive at one of the northernmost cities in Washington – Bellingham. Proud of its citizens, local cuisine, craft brews, natural wonders, recreational options, and cultural legacy, Bellingham has effortlessly earned its spot on our Thanksgiving list. Needless to say, you’ll have your hands full when trying to discover this region.

Trails, Views, and Waterfalls: 10 Stops Along Washington’s North Cascades Highway
Oct 27, 2022
Sandra Strieby/Road Trippers

Washington’s North Cascades mountain range includes some of the nation’s most breathtaking scenery, and the highway that runs through it was designed to showcase it all, with views of lakes, waterfalls, and high-altitude peaks. In the fall, the evergreen forest is punctuated by brilliant color—golden larches, red maples, yellow willow, and huckleberries, mountain-ash, and spirea in more shades than you can imagine.

Top 10 Resorts with the Deepest Snow Last Year
Oct 26, 2022
Jake Stern/Ski

2. Mount Baker

It should surprise absolutely no one that the ski area with the deepest snow record of all time did well on this list. Mount Baker Ski Area was inundated with 647 inches of snow during the 2021-2022 season, proving again why it’s one of the best places to ski in the Lower 48.

10 Of The Most Beautiful Towns In Washington You Should Visit
Oct 21, 2022
Pranjali Korgaonkar/The Travel

3 - Fairhaven
A historic town with an outstanding view of the Canadian Rockies and incredible sunsets, Fairhaven is home to old brick buildings with its Victorian-era architecture, cobblestone streets, jazz cafés as well, and pizzerias.

The 21 Most Underrated, Crowd Free National Parks in America
Oct 21, 2022
Matt Kirouac/Inside Hook

North Cascades, Washington
In a state widely known for its natural beauty, where Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park reign as bucket-list dreamscapes for any outdoor enthusiast, it takes a lot to stand out. But tucked amidst a sea of conifers and turquoise-blue glacial lakes near the Canadian border, North Cascades National Park does just that.

This Amtrak Service Dazzles With Its Fab Fall Foliage
Oct 21, 2022
Lisa Wright/The Travel

Explore Bellingham
Known for its sweeping scenery and outdoor recreation, the Whatcom County town of Bellingham is full of sightseeing opportunities galore—and an idyllic autumn stop.



Travel: Overwhelmed by Beauty in the Enchantments and Washington’s National Parks
Oct 20, 2022
Linda Lange and Steve Ahillen/Knox News

North Cascades National Park

Before reaching Leavenworth, we traveled on the North Cascades Scenic Highway, or State Route 20, through North Cascades National Park. The national park is known primarily as a backpacker destination because large regions are accessible only on foot. 

7 Most Beautiful Cities In Washington
Oct 16, 2022
World Atlas

Bellingham is approximately 90 minutes north of Seattle and 90 minutes south of the Canadian city of Vancouver, serving as a great midway point for these two major cities. But this city of nearly 92,000 inhabitants is also a great attraction in its own right, where incredible encounters with nature and culture await.

Fall is a Great Time to Try Trail Running. Here’s How to Get Started
Oct 13, 2022
David Gladish/Seattle Times

Plenty of people hit the trails to chase their runner’s high instead of plodding along city streets. Trail running is popular in Seattle and Washington state, with an abundance of runners, parks, green spaces and trail races, including classics like the Chuckanut 50k and new races such as the Teanaway Country 100.

Salish Sea Oyster Road Trip
Oct 11, 2022
The State of Washington

Washington State is renowned for its variety of oysters, and what better way to experience these tasty bivalves than during a scenic road trip. This four-day Salish Sea oyster road trip will take you from Blaine near the Canadian border down into the San Juan Islands, with an optional extension to Whidbey Island.

Washington’s Breweries Win 19 Medals at this Year’s GABF
Oct 08, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

Category 77: German Sour Ale – 33 Entries
Gold: Gose, Kulshan Brewing Co. – Trackside, Bellingham, WA
Silver: Champagne Toast, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA

Category 90: Brown Porter – 56 Entries
Gold: Transporter, Kulshan Brewing Co., Bellingham, WA


10 Places to Kickoff Your 2022-23 Ski Season
Oct 07, 2022
Erin Spong/Freeskier

Mount Baker
Opening Day: December 14, 2022
Mount Baker is known for getting incredible amounts of snow, and with a triple-dip projected La Niña year, those totals could be monumental. With a projected opening day of December 14, the white room is just a few more weeks away.

The Best Traditional Restaurant in Every State
Sep 30, 2022
Melissa Corbin/Reader's Digest

Washington: The Willows Inn

Bordering the San Juan islands and just west of Bellingham, peaceful Lummi Island spans about nine square miles and can only be accessed by a tiny open-air car ferry. 

‘Fall Color Hikes: Washington’ Author Explains Why She Loves Autumn Hikes in WA
Sep 28, 2022
Terry Wood/Seattle Times

For outdoorsy people who love exploring the Northwest, you just can’t beat the summer months. Right? Let’s ask someone who has marched miles and miles all over the region in all four seasons: guidebook author Tami Asars. “I’ve become as passionate about the mountains in the fall as I am in the summer wildflower season,” said Asars, author of multiple Northwest hiking guides, whose latest title is “Fall Color Hikes: Washington.”

Bellingham Region & Whatcom County, Washington
Sep 27, 2022
Business View Magazine

Just 21 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border, located between two major growth cities (Vancouver, 52 miles to the northwest; Seattle 90 miles to the south), Bellingham is a popular tourist destination with great access to Washington State’s lush forests and coastal views.  

Top 10 Things to Do in Bellingham
Sep 22, 2022
UrbanMatter Staff/Urban Matter

Considering what to do in Bellingham? Come as you are nevertheless stay as we do when you hit our main 10 rundowns for Bellingham fun. Tour, appreciate, loosen up, and grin! Endure a few days of things to do in Bellingham investigating: wonder about two grand byways, climb stunning paths, and gain experiences with admittance to top-notch fun with a modest community simple.

If There Are Only 5 Waterfall Hikes You Take In Washington, Make Them These
Sep 20, 2022
Ben Jones/Only In Your State

A pair of hiking shoes can take you somewhere magical in Washington – just follow one of the state’s incredible waterfall trails. After completing a short hike, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking beauty and an unforgettable photo-worthy scene.

All 63 US National Parks Ranked
Sep 20, 2022
More Than Just Parks

List of 20 Best National Parks
18. North Cascades National Park
Location: Washington, USA
Referred by some as the "American Alps" with mountain beauty that rivals any range on the planet, North Cascades is the crown jewel of the mighty cascade range.

The 15 Best Coffee Shops In Bellingham, Washington
Sep 19, 2022
Dani Zoeller/Tasting Table

Bellingham is a beautiful destination for exploring, adventuring, eating, and drinking your way through the area. You'll find outdoor activities to enjoy year-round, and since it's a college town, thanks to Western Washington University, there's nearly always something exciting to do. 

​Hannah Bergemann's Hangtime Jump Jam Returns to Bellingham
Sep 18, 2022
Max Ritter/Teton Gravity

Hannah Bergemann and Transition Bikes just announced the return of Hangtime – a women’s freeride mountain bike event on the legendary Blue Steel jump line in Bellingham, Washington. 

This Bucket List Train Ride Is Back – Here’s What to See En Route
Sep 16, 2022
Krista Simmons/Sunset

MT. Baker-Snoqualamie National Forest, WA

Washington state’s Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie has been designated as a Treasured Landscape by the congressionally-chartered National Forest Foundation as part of a joint four-year effort to improve and restore the oft-visited region near Seattle.

On the Puget Sound, the Women Whose Lives and Work Revolve Around Salmon
Sep 15, 2022
Megan Spurrell/Conde Nast Traveler

In the town of Bellingham, Washington, everyone knows when the salmon run come fall. Shimmery silvers and chum salmon break the chilly water’s surface with their heads, as they move through the Puget Sound and tributary rivers to their spawning grounds.

Unique Brewery in Blaine Makes Farm-to-table Beer
Sep 13, 2022
Kim Holcomb/King 5

A small craft brewery in Blaine is producing farmhouse-style ales made in a 100-year-old barn.

Atwood Farm Brewery also incorporates fruit, herbs, and vegetables harvested on the property into beer recipes.

Where To Find Fall Color In Washington
Sep 13, 2022
The State of Washington

Maple Pass Loop, North Cascades - 7.2 miles | 2,000 feet elevation gain
On this perfect October hike, the colorful larches light up the mountain and lake vistas. 

Yellow Aster Butte, Mount Baker Wilderness - 7.5 miles | 2,550 feet elevation gain
One of the best hikes for fall color in Washington is this popular out-and-back in the Mount Baker Wilderness.

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway - 21 miles
Curvy Chuckanut Drive runs from Burlington to Bellingham, passing through farmland before winding along the Chuckanut Mountains’ sandstone cliffs. 

11 Amazing Experiences For Non-Hikers In Washington State’s National Parks
Sep 11, 2022
Robyne Stevenson/Travel Awaits

North Cascades National Park

1. Picnic At Diablo Lake Overlook

Stop at the Diablo Lake overlook and sit below a glacier-laden mountain while you gaze at the spectacular turquoise water. The overlook has a large parking area, many picnic tables, and trees for shade. 

10 National Parks With The Most Romantic Views For Couples
Sep 10, 2022
Sera Parris/The Travel

2. North Cascades National Park
Only three hours out from Seattle, the pristine and quiet North Cascades National Park is more than suitable for couples looking to traverse the lush inland forests, incredible Alpine peaks, and shimmering coastlines.

Cheba Hut Brings Its Cannabis Theme and Cold Cuts to New Markets
Sep 09, 2022
Matthew Liedke/Franchise Times

Cheba Hut, the cannabis-themed sandwich brand, opened its 50th location recently in Washington, marking the company’s continued growth outside its southwest origins.

Founded in 1998, Cheba Hut originated in Arizona, and in the years that followed, the brand expanded there, in Colorado and New Mexico. Cheba Hut has moved beyond that region in the last few years, though, with shops now open in 15 states.

Bellingham, Washington Kayaking, Whale Watching, Seafood and Microbrews
Sep 09, 2022
Michael & Elizabeth Fagin/Foodista

Whale Watching, colorful sunsets, fine dining, and launching our kayak awaited us in Bellingham Bay. The charming city of Bellingham is located just an hour and a half north of Seattle. The Hotel Bellwether was our location for the next several days. Whales in Bellingham Bay are unusual; however, earlier this spring, Humpback whales were seen in the Bay. We'll check out the best whale-watching options later.

Eat Local Month Makes September Ideal for a Sustainable and Affordable Getaway to Whatcom and Skagit Counties
Sep 08, 2022
Charlie Smith/The Georgia Straight

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain had a straightforward approach when he visited unfamiliar places. He always ate local and he did it with gusto.

Throughout September, restaurants and breweries in Bellingham and surrounding Whatcom and nearby Skagit counties are also embracing that philosophy with a smorgasbord of Eat Local Month specials.

Now Open – District Brewing’s Second Location, in Ferndale
Sep 08, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

This location is a taproom only, the second location for the brewery located in Mount Vernon. There is no brewery on site, but we’ll see what the future brings. Outside food is welcome and they’ve partnered with Westside Pizza. Word is… “the kitchen is coming soon.”

Top 10 Things to Do in Bellingham
Sep 06, 2022
UrbanMatter Staff/Urban Matter

Considering what to do in Bellingham? Come as you are nevertheless stay as we do when you hit our main 10 rundowns for Bellingham fun. Tour, appreciate, loosen up, and grin! Endure a few days of things to do in Bellingham investigating: wonder about two grand byways, climb stunning paths, and gain experiences with admittance to top-notch fun with a modest community simple.

Bellingham’s Stemma Brewing Announces Expansion Plans
Sep 05, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

In June 2022, Stemma Brewing celebrated its third anniversary. On the heels of that milestone, the Bellingham brewery announced its plans to expand its operation. 

Ready for fall? This Map Shows You Where to See Peak Foliage.
Sep 05, 2022
Natalie B. Compton/Washington Post

West Coast: North Cascades National Park

For a magical fall experience in the Pacific Northwest, find Washington larches. Something of a mythical creature, larches are “coniferous trees that act like deciduous ones,” says Adria Saracino, the travel planner behind The Emerald Palate and a Seattle resident. “That is, they turn gold and drop their needles unlike other types of evergreen trees.”

WWU Receives Bee Campus Certification, Pledges to Protect Pollinators
Sep 01, 2022
Chris Cashman/King 5

Western Washington University (WWU) is now a Certified Bee Campus.  This means WWU is now recognized by the Xerces Society, an organization dedicated to global pollinator conservation. The Bee Campus USA program helps pollinators by increasing the number of native plants, protecting nest sites and limiting pesticides on campus.

Bellingham Coffee Roaster Teams With Famous Band to Celebrate New Album
Sep 01, 2022
Alyse Messmer-Smith/The Olympian

Bellingham-formed Death Cab for Cutie has announced a collaboration with Bellingham-based Camber Coffee to create a custom roast to celebrate its new album.

It's Official: Amtrak to Restart Vancouver to Seattle Service in Late September
Sep 01, 2022
Kenneth Chan/Urbanized

After a prolonged pandemic service shutdown of more than two years, Amtrak has established a precise date for when it will resume its Amtrak Cascades passenger train service from downtown Vancouver to downtown Seattle.

Amtrak Is Restarting One of Its Most Scenic Routes Just in Time for Fall Getaways
Aug 31, 2022
Jessica Puckett/Conde Nast Traveler

For the first time in more than two years, Amtrak is resuming service on one of its most scenic routes: The Amtrak Cascades route, which runs from Oregon to Vancouver and weaves through some of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful natural formations along the way.  

9 Unique Treehouse Rentals In Washington State
Aug 31, 2022
William Stupp/Travel Awaits

Waterfront Abode In The Lummi Nation, Bellingham
Just yards from Lummi Bay, this oceanfront modern treehouse is another Washington gem. It is on the Lummi Indian Reservation near the northern edge of the United States, overlooking the San Juan Islands.

5 USA National Parks You've Probably Never Heard Of
Aug 31, 2022
Jessica Reid/Wanderlust

3. North Cascades National Park, Washington State
With the exception of Alaska, North Cascades is the USA’s least visited national park. Only 100 miles from Seattle, it really is one of the country’s best kept secrets, with 2,040 square kilometres of outstanding natural beauty including mountains, lakes and glaciers.

6 Super Fun Waterparks to Visit in Washington State, 2 Are Indoors
Aug 25, 2022
Reesha on the Radio/Newstalk Kit

Birch Bay Waterslides
The last $7 Summer Slide Night is August 26th and then Birch Bay Waterslides will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Monday, September 5th.

How to Explore Washington State’s Pioneering National Parks
Aug 17, 2022
Brendan Sainsbury/Lonely Planet

North Cascades National Park

One of the least-trafficked national parks outside of Alaska, North Cascades only gets around 20,000 annual visitors, thanks to its isolation, lack of roads and uncompromising wilderness credentials. This is all good news for the solitude seekers, gung-ho adventurers and ardent naturalists who make up the majority of the small trickle of visitors.

These 4 WA Destinations Are Worth a Road Trip Before Summer Ends
Aug 12, 2022
Alicia Erickson/Seattle Times

Mount Baker Highway

With its roads traversing staggering mountain passes, alpine lakes and carved canyons, Washington was made for road trips. This summer, try the dramatic Mount Baker Highway (aka Mount Baker Scenic Byway), where waterfalls, immense trees and snow-draped vistas accompany each mile of the drive.

Bike Around an Island
Aug 11, 2022
Cheryl Murfin/Seattle's Child

Lummi Island (seasoned riders)

Nearby Lummi Island is accessible and oh, so tranquil with its meandering 7- mile road and bike loop. This idyllic ride offersgives wonderful views of Orcas Island as well as Mount Baker and the Cascades and invites many stops with its rocky beaches and lush forests. 

The Top 10 Road Trips in Washington State
Aug 11, 2022
Brendan Sainsbury/Lonely Planet

Chuckanut Drive - Best coastal drive
Bellingham to Burlington; 21 miles; allow two to three hours
Chuckanut Drive (aka State Rte 11) is Northwest Washington’s balcony over the Salish Sea, a historic coastal backroad that runs for 21 miles, from historic Old Fairhaven in Bellingham down to the fertile farmland of Skagit County.

3 Strategies for Making the Most of Your Late-summer Vacation
Aug 11, 2022
Christopher Elliott/Seattle Times

One of the best ways to avoid the hassle of travel is not to travel far. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest has some of the best destinations for a late-summer vacation. Among Kubly’s favorites are places you can explore while the weather is still warm, such as Mount Rainier, the North Cascades or Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Also high on his list is a kayak tour of Bellingham Bay to catch the tail end of bioluminescence season, which runs until the end of September.

The 6 Best U.S. National Parks to See Fall Foliage
Aug 11, 2022
Abby Reinhard/Best Life

North Cascades National Park
Setting your fall travel plans? You won't want to miss the display at North Cascades National Park in Washington. According to Jessica Schmit of the travel site Uprooted Traveler, not only is this park underrated in general, but it's also overlooked when it comes to fall colors.

Here are the Prettiest Fall Road Trips you can do from Vancouver to the U.S.
Aug 10, 2022
Maria Diment/Vancouver is Awesome

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
This park is closer than Mount Rainier, but it's just as immersed in nature. You can admire the fall foliage while hiking, camping, horseback riding, and mountain climbing. 

The Top 50 Dive Bars in Washington State
Aug 08, 2022
Lauren Putnam/Yelp

What is it about dive bars that keeps us coming back? Maybe it’s the no-frills atmosphere, strong pours, simple bites, or can’t-be-beat prices…
8. The Beach Bar at Birch Bay – Blaine, WA
34. Beaver Inn – Bellingham, WA
40. Cap Hansen’s Tavern – Bellingham, WA

E-bikes are a Blast at Sun-E-Land Bikes in Bellingham
Aug 05, 2022
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

Matt Holmes is the owner and resident bike aficionado at Sun-E-Land Bikes. His big, yellow shop is located inside the container village on Bellingham’s waterfront. Sun-E-Land Bikes specializes in smart, sustainable, and affordable e-bikes, accessible for all riders. By the way, the "e" stands for electric.

The Top 5 Resorts for Snowboarders in North America, According to the Pros
Aug 05, 2022
SnowBrains

#3 – Mount Baker, WA
What’s the most important aspect of a ski resort for snowboarders to consider? The first thing to consider would probably be ‘am I allowed to snowboard here?’, as three resorts in the US still don’t welcome snowboarders.

Skagit County Weighs Expanded Agritourism for Farm Income
Aug 03, 2022
Frank Catalano/Cascadia Daily News

Recent data released by Tourism Economics, as part of a study for State of Washington Tourism and the Washington State Destination Marketing Organizations Association, pegged direct tourism spending in Whatcom County at $527.4 million for 2021. That puts the total up 38.4% from 2020 and almost back to the $555 million level of the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

10 Places In The U.S. That Are Perfect To Visit In September
Aug 03, 2022
Natalie Hetherington/The Travel

North Cascades National Park, Washington
The expansive wilderness of the North Cascades National Park is hard to beat any time of year, but September is perfect as the temperatures are still warm and dry, but the summer crowds should have dissipated.

10 of the Best Hikes in Washington: Follow Beautiful Trails through The Evergreen State
Aug 03, 2022
Brendan Sainsbury/Lonely Planet

Chain Lakes Loop has the best moutain views
7.1-mile loop, 4 hours, moderate
If you’ve grown tired of climbing through thick forests to peek-a-boo viewpoints, this hike will save you some of the grunt work. Set in a high alpine nirvana amid the lake-scattered bowls and slopes of Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan, the Chain Lakes Loop starts at Artist Point (5100ft), at the end the Mt Baker Hwy, enabling you to get above the treeline by car.

Marie's Bees Creates Buzz-worthy Honey Products in Bellingham
Aug 02, 2022
Brandon Burnstead/Seattle Refined

Though she started beekeeping as a hobby, it became the foundation for an ultra-successful small business. Papetti is the owner of Marie's Bees, a 100% women-owned beekeeping company based out of Bellingham.

Try 8 Hikes to Western Washington Fire Lookout Towers this Summer
Aug 02, 2022
Jen Sotolongo/Seattle Times

Mount Baker - Park Butte Lookout
Pacific Northwest Trailhead, FS-13, Concrete
Park Butte is about as close as you can get to summiting Mount Baker without actually standing on its peak. This fire lookout sits atop a rock face right in the shadow of Koma Kulshan.

Our Favorite High-Elevation Crags to Beat Summer’s Heat
Aug 01, 2022
Dougald Macdonald/Climbing

Washington Pass, Washington

Washington Pass is an alpine climbing area with all the usual hazards—storms, loose rock, snowfields. It’s best known for summit climbs like the Beckey Route and Liberty Crack on Liberty Bell, the closest tower to the road. But the super-short approach from State Route 20—short by alpine standards anyway—along with a selection of great half-day climbs and some primo bouldering, make this an awesome destination for rock climbers as well.

The 10 Most Underrated U.S. National Parks
Jul 30, 2022
Rebecca Strong/Best Life

North Cascades National Park

The North Cascades National Park may be one of the least-visited national parks, but that's just part of the appeal: no long lines, and plenty of peace and quiet. It's also a super pet-friendly park, so feel free to bring along your furry companion.

Wander Brewing Opening a Second Location in Bellingham
Jul 29, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

Literally, Wander Brewing was born from a spirit of adventure and discovery. Chad and Colleen Kuehl settled down in Bellingham and opened Wander Brewing eight years ago.

Bellingham
Jul 28, 2022
Ryn Pfeuffer/1889 Magazine

Summer and no-holds-barred fun is in full swing! We crave cold beverages, outdoor patios and as much of the resurgent feeling of community as possible. Add to that a desire for adventures between our rugged coastline and the Cascade Range.

The 15 Least-visited National Parks in the US for Beautiful Views and Adventure Without the Crowds
Jul 27, 2022
Stacey Leasca/Travel & Leisure

4. North Cascades National Park, Washington
Three hours from Seattle, North Cascades National Park offers the most glacier views in the U.S. outside of Alaska. Though the North Cascades National Park Service Complex is one of the world's snowiest places, it still provides visitors with a range of activities year-round, from river rafting trips to horseback riding, backpacking, climbing, and hiking hundreds of trails.

The 10 Best U.S. Lakes That Need to Be on Your Bucket List
Jul 26, 2022
Dana Shultz/Best Life

Diablo Lake, Washington
Diablo Lake is located in the North Cascade mountains in northern Washington state. It's reached via a roughly four-mile hike up to an elevation of 1,500 feet, though certain spots can also be accessed via car.

Two New Brewery Destinations Opening in Bellingham
Jul 25, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

North Fork Barrel House
The North Fork Brewery, a self-described brewery, pizzeria, and beer shrine, is located along Highway 542 about 20 miles northeast of Bellingham.

El Sueñito Brewing
Two blocks up the street from the new North Fork Barrel House, the folks at El Sueñito Brewing are busily working to build out their brewery and taproom (at the corner of Iowa Street and Humbolt Street).

The 12 Best Mountain Bike Destinations in the USA
Jul 25, 2022
Jeff Barber/Singletracks

12. Bellingham, Washington
So what makes Bellingham stand out as a worthy mountain bike destination, and not just a strong local ride spot? For starters, the environment is unlike any of the others on this list. Many of the trails are lush, green, and loamy. And steep.

The 9 Best U.S. National Parks to Visit in August, Experts Say
Jul 21, 2022
Anna Abramskaya/Best Life

North Cascades National Park
Frequently recommended by travel enthusiasts and bloggers alike is North Cascades National Park in Washington.

"This is one of the least visited national parks, but in my opinion, [it] is the prettiest park in the country," Chantelle Kincy, owner and author of the Flannels or Flip Flops travel blog, tells Best Life. 

The Cascade Loop is Washington's Most Scenic Road Trip & You Can Drive it in a Weekend
Jul 18, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

The Cascade Loop is a two to four-day drive encompassing over 400 miles of Washington state. During summer and early fall, you can enjoy water sports, fishing, cycling, hiking in higher elevations, and community farmers’ markets.

The First-Ever NW Tune-Up Festival Featured Bikes & Music in Bellingham
Jul 13, 2022
NWTuneup/Outside

The inaugural Northwest Tune-Up Festival, the summer’s premier bikes, music & beer festival, celebrated the spirit and soul of the Northwest in absolutely epic style this past weekend in Bellingham, Washington. Held at the city’s spectacular Waterfront park and Galbraith Mountain biking trails, the family friendly event hosted several thousand people over the course of three days.

49th Parallel Ports Pass encourages exploring Blaine, Point Roberts attractions
Jul 13, 2022
Cameron Sires/The Northern Light

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism launched its 49th Parallel Ports Pass just in time for summer. The pass gives tourists and locals a chance to explore Blaine, Semiahmoo and Point Roberts by offering discounts in various locations and a chance to win a stay at Semiahmoo Resort. Amy Guerra, marketing director of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, said they worked with Bandwango, a travel technology platform, to create a system where the experience is accessible to anyone.

The 25 Best National Parks in the U.S.
Jul 12, 2022
Stacey Leasca/Travel & Leisure

22. North Cascades National Park, Washington
North Cascades National Park is the spot to be if you need your parks packed with a variety of views and ecosystems. Find mountains, emerald-green lakes, meadows, and forests all in one spot.

Yes, You Can Volunteer To Go On Hikes With Fun Pups!
Jul 12, 2022
Gloria Angelin/King 5

The Pittie Project PNW is not only “giving pitties on death row their second chance,” but also providing them with fun activities and the rehabilitation they deserve. 

“Our goal with The Pittie Project is to just get as many pitties out of high kill shelters,” explained Ashley Georgia, founder of the Pittie Project PNW. “Get them the training that they need, get them the rehabilitation they need.”

These Photos Will Make You Want to Book a Trip to the San Juans Immediately
Jul 12, 2022
Emily Nathan/Sunset

Travelers arrive via kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboats, and motored vessels of all kinds to uninhabited islets for an afternoon of fishing or overnight camping. Entire islands, like Clark Island, which is a short boat ride from the car-ferry–serviced Lummi Island, are designated as state parks and offer campsites (complete with bathrooms and cook stations) perched on low bluffs overlooking the water.

The 25 Best National Parks in the U.S.
Jul 12, 2022
Stacey Leasca/Travel & Leisure

22. North Cascades National Park, Washington
North Cascades National Park is the spot to be if you need your parks packed with a variety of views and ecosystems. Find mountains, emerald-green lakes, meadows, and forests all in one spot.

Top 6 Things To Do In North Cascades National Park
Jul 11, 2022
Laura Taylor/Travel Off Path

North Cascades National Park is one of Washington State’s national parks. This remote park is one of the lesser-known parks in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it won’t make for an amazing visit. The National Park makes up part of the North Cascades Complex, which also includes Ross Lake National Recreation Area and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

National Parks for Nature Lovers Who Hate Crowds: See America's 10 Least-visited Gems
Jul 08, 2022
Camille Fine/USA Today

North Cascades, Washington

Explore the jagged peaks, alpine landscape and more than 300 glaciers of North Cascades National Park, less than three hours from Seattle.

Bald Eagle Golf Club on Point Roberts Back Open After Two-year Shut Down Due to Border Closure
Jul 06, 2022
Curtis Crabtree/Fox 13 Seattle

Bald Eagle Golf Club in Point Roberts had to shut its doors, lay off workers, and hope the course could tread water until a general state of normality was able to return. That’s because Point Roberts found itself totally isolated due to the community’s unique geographical circumstances.

Here’s Your Camping and Outdoor Guide for the Pacific Northwest
Jul 04, 2022
Nick Hilden/The Manual

North Cascades National Park

Located in the north-central region of Washington state, the North Cascades National Park offers a staggering abundance of gorgeous scenery and just about every outdoor activity you can imagine.

12 Road Trips That Should Only Be Done in the Summer
Jul 04, 2022
Molly O'Brien/Fodor's Travel

North Cascades Scenic Highway
The North Cascades Scenic Highway travels through Washington’s iconic Cascades, which are often referred to as “the American Alps” for their impressive grandeur. The route is flanked by spiking sawtoothed peaks (many of which rise well above 9,000 feet in elevation), dipping valleys, rushing waterfalls, and imposing glaciers.

12 Road Trips That Should Only Be Done in the Summer
Jul 04, 2022
Molly O'Brien/Fodor's Travel

North Cascades Scenic Highway
The North Cascades Scenic Highway travels through Washington’s iconic Cascades, which are often referred to as “the American Alps” for their impressive grandeur. The route is flanked by spiking sawtoothed peaks (many of which rise well above 9,000 feet in elevation), dipping valleys, rushing waterfalls, and imposing glaciers.

Amtrak Trains Between Vancouver and Seattle Back on Track
Jul 02, 2022
Maria Diment/Vancouver is Awesome

Rail travel between Vancouver and Seattle is back on track after a two year hiatus. The Amtrak Cascades passenger train service announced July 1 that service will resume in the fall. 

This Washington Lake Turns Turquoise in the Summer and Here's How to Visit It
Jun 30, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Washington State is full of many magnificent natural wonders including some spectacularly blue water. However, you can’t find it just anywhere, no, you have to go to the heart of the North Cascades. There you’ll find Diablo Lake, one of Washington’s most colorful bodies of water.

Ponderosa Beer Bringing Beer and Books Together in Bellingham
Jun 30, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

A new beer-focused business is poised to open near the waterfront in downtown Bellingham. Ponderosa Beer + Books will offer food- and beer-focused books alongside a selection of beer available on tap or to go.

Go North for Active Days and Appetizing Nights
Jun 29, 2022
Julie Weed/The New York Times

The Pacific Northwest’s lesser-known jewel, Bellingham, Wash., offers world-class scenery, sculpture and seafood within easy reach of Seattle. You can get from Seattle to Bellingham, Wash., by driving 90 miles straight up the interstate, but you shouldn’t. The best route to this small city tucked where the mighty Cascade mountain range meets the sea can be more scenic and pleasurable.

Bellingham Grants Aim to Promote Tourism, Boost Economic Recovery Post-pandemic
Jun 29, 2022
Franque Thompson/Fox 13 Seattle

Amy Guerra is the marketing director for Visit Bellingham | Whatcom County, an economic development organization promoting all things great about the community. The group also tracks tourism dollars. Guerra said the impacts of the pandemic weakened a huge part of the area’s economy structure.

The Least Visited National Parks in 2021, if You’re Looking To Avoid Big Crowds
Jun 29, 2022
Lizzy Rosenberg/Green Matters

North Cascades National Park, Washington
While Cascades National Park is a PNW staple, North Cascades National Park is only three hours from Seattle, and is far less crowded than Cascades. The park has ample terrain for some unreal river rafting trips, horseback rides, backpacking trips, rock climbing excursions, and hikes. And if you're a hiker, there is a wide variety of trails, depending on your experience.

Washington Coast Resort Beckons With Maximum Indoor Comforts and Boundless Outdoor Adventures
Jun 29, 2022
Gemma Alexander/Parent Map

Whatcom County is a Pacific Northwest insider secret. Families love it in summer for berry farms, beaches and bike rides. But if you’re not afraid of some rain (and who is, here in the Northwest?), the area holds just as much appeal any other time of year.

America's Best Cities for Remote Workers: The Great Outdoors
Jun 28, 2022
Kristine Liao/Ownerly

4. Bellingham, Washington

Score: 68.25

The last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border, Bellingham is a college town with an abundance of opportunities for recreation.

Restaurants Worth the Drive: 6 Spots to Visit on your Washington State Road Trip
Jun 21, 2022
KING 5 Evening

Birch Door Cafe - Bellingham
People come for the famous apple pancakes and stay for the lively atmosphere. Even on a weekday morning, The Birch Door Cafe in Bellingham is packed. It's the kind of place that still does things the old-fashioned way.  

10 of the Best Lake Hikes You Can Do in Washington this Summer
Jun 16, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Picture Lake
Want something easy as pie that’s super rewarding? Check out Picture Lake, one of the most photographed spots in America. After an 0.5-mile hike, you’ll get a picture-perfect view of the lake and Mount Shuksan.

The Best Mountains to Climb in Washington State
Jun 13, 2022
Liz Flynn/Money Inc

7. Mount Shuksan (Whatcom County, WA)

It is considered one of the most beautiful mountainous views in the world. It is also one of the most photographed mountains.

6. Mount Baker (Whatcom County, WA)

It is possible to see this mountain from Seattle on a bright day. Mount Baker is an active mountain meaning it can erupt anytime. 

15 Best Hidden Gem National Parks To Visit In The U.S.
Jun 12, 2022
Greg Jackson/Travel Awaits

8. North Cascades National Park - Sedro-Woolley, Washington
North Cascades National Park experiences the same perma-drizzle weather that made Seattle famous. Although it’s just 3 hours from the Emerald City, it seems like a different planet. 

The Insider’s Guide to Visiting North Cascades National Park
Jun 10, 2022
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

Still, the North Cascades are more welcoming than they seem, with a beautiful highway winding from western greenery to the burnished colors of Eastern Washington, with boats ferrying up Ross Lake and Lake Chelan, with trails springing from every one of the region’s few roads. 

5 Stunning Cabins For A Romantic Vacation
Jun 09, 2022
Sophie McLeod/Capitol File

Wander A Frame By Mt. Baker
This gorgeous, forest green A frame highlights the romanticism and wonder to be found in outdoor living. This cabin has been rated one of the Top Ten Airbnbs and for good reason; the structure of the cabin allows for an abundance of natural light, and the loft offers three beds in addition to the master bedroom.

10 of the Best Swimming Holes You Can Visit in Washington State
Jun 09, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Whatcom Falls Park is a beautiful place to spend a day for both the winding forested trails and of course the falls themselves. You’ll also find a beautifully built WPA bridge. Of course, the main attraction here in the summer is the swimming holes located along the river.

Destination Remote: 7 of the Most Isolated Places in Washington State
Jun 08, 2022
Evening Staff/King 5

Point Roberts - Whatcom County

During the best of times, Point Roberts, Washington is a laid-back getaway for nearby Canadians. These are not the best of times.

How to Take a Night Sky Photo in Washington
Jun 08, 2022
Taylor McKenzie Gerlach/Seattle Met

At the end of Mt. Baker Highway, Artist Point is one of Porter’s favorites for capturing stars over the Cascade peak. Anywhere in Eastern Washington (like Sun Mountain) is a safe bet for dark skies and the occasional aurora borealis sighting.

The Good Time Girls Offer an Off-beat History of Bellingham
Jun 07, 2022
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

No, she has not time traveled from the pages of The Great Gatsby but she does lead this crowd back in time through Bellingham’s somewhat sordid past of brothels and saloon scrimmages. This is Kolby LaBree, co-owner with Wren Urbigkit, of the walking tour company Good Time Girls.

10 Road Trip Destinations Less than Three Hours from Vancouver
Jun 06, 2022
Amir Ali/Curated

Bellingham
Weekend trips to Bellis Fair in Bellingham, Washington, were almost a tradition for many Vancouverites once upon a time. If you’re craving a bite-sized road trip for a quick little shopping spree, Bellingham is a great option. Aside from Bellis Fair, there’s a lot of natural beauty to find within Bellingham.

The Insider’s Guide to Visiting North Cascades National Park
Jun 03, 2022
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

We Love the North Cacades! National Park for what it’s not: It’s not easy to get to, it’s not all that busy, and it’s not a simple park. The top part of the state’s Cascade spine is a patchwork of protected lands: a spread of national park here, a finger of national recreation land there, and a sliver of hydroelectric dams and powerhouses in the middle. The surrounding buffer of national forests and Canadian provincial parks makes for a large, wild chunk of the Pacific Northwest.

Fastpacking Mixes Backpacking and Trail Running. Here’s what it looks like
Jun 03, 2022
Jen Sotolongo/Seattle Times

Bellingham-based Aspire Adventure Running organizes multiday running adventures across the Pacific Northwest. Trips range from two to four days and cover as many as 100 miles. Runners can choose from a variety of lengths, locations and difficulties, and trips include emergency and logistical support (such as permits), and some meals.

Splitboarding Fresh Powder Above the Clouds on Mt. Baker
Jun 01, 2022
Will Sileo/The Inertia

It’s been an honor to share Nick’s splitboard mountaineering project with the world. To watch the first seven episodes, and follow along as Nick and the crew tackle the West’s volcanoes from Shasta to Mt. Baker.

The Amazing Campground In Washington Where You Can Spend The Night For Under $25
May 31, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

If you’re heading to the North Cascades this summer, make a reservation at Colonial Creek Campground. Not only is the location perfect, but you can stay for $24 per night. North Cascades National Park is an absolute treasure, especially in the summertime.

The One-Of-A-Kind Boutique Hotel You Didn’t Know Was Hiding In Washington
May 30, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

And if what you’re looking for happens to be a boutique hotel with a lot of character that sits in the heart of one of our most beloved little cities, look no further than Hotel Leo. This is a historic property, but the amenities are as modern as can be.

Is Tourism Back? Here’s What to Expect in Whatcom County this Summer
May 27, 2022
Dave Gallagher/Bellingham Herald

Revenue from tourism spending in Whatcom County was estimated to be $555 million in 2019, according to data gathered by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. It plunged to $380.9 million in 2020 after the pandemic arrived, but rebounded to $527.4 million in 2021. According to the data, lodging rebounded strongly in 2021, while food, recreation and retail fell short of 2019 pre-pandemic spending levels.

Introducing Beer Fridge, a New Washington-based Beer Subscription Company
May 26, 2022
Brewbound

Beer Fridge, a new startup out of Bellingham, WA is helping craft beer lovers discover new breweries, try unique beers, and connect more local breweries to their fans. And, just in time for Father’s Day, you can make your old man proud for once and send him a gift he’ll actually enjoy…

Avoid Crowded Airports and Security Delays with these Three Cross-border Trips
May 25, 2022
Maryam Siddiqi/The Globe and Mail

Bellingham, Wash.
Less than 90 minutes from Vancouver, Bellingham has been repurposing old buildings and reveling in Waypoint Park, a new waterpark that’s part of a mega waterfront redevelopment. Along with beaches, a playground and walking trails, there’s a new outdoor sculpture and murals to take in.

How Bellingham became a Hotbed for Mountain Biking
May 21, 2022
Gregory Scruggs/Seattle Times

Every town has its summertime sporting rituals — a company softball league, pickup soccer night. Bellingham is no different: Wednesday is race night. And in this Washington town, which has become a mountain biking hot spot, that means you bring your bike.

Stay off the Beaten Path this Summer at these 8 Unique Pacific Northwest Locales
May 20, 2022
Julia Duin/Seattle Times

Base Camp at North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
What most people driving the remote North Cascades Highway may not realize is they don’t have to drive back toward Sedro-Woolley to find lodging; there’s a place on the shores of Diablo Lake, at North Cascades Environmental Learning Center’s base camp.

25 Wonderful Weekend Getaways from Seattle, Washington
May 20, 2022
Valerie/Valerie & Valise

22. Bellingham
Bellingham is a fun weekend trip from Seattle if you want to step back in time to harken back to your college days. Home of Western Washington University, you can have a good time exploring the campus or downtown area with cheap eats and fun laid-back bars.

7 Natural Wonders Unique To The Evergreen State That Should Be On Everyone’s Washington Bucket List
May 18, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

2. Diablo Lake
Diablo Lake is located in the North Cascades. There are almost 8,000 lakes in Washington, but this one stands out due to its turquoise hue, which is attributed to the surrounding glaciers that grind rocks into a fine powder that is carried into the lake through creeks.

Is Washington’s Cascade Loop the Most Beautiful Road Trip in America?
May 18, 2022
Megan Michelson/Outside Magazine

Mile 286: Diablo Lake Overlook and Trail
Take your time driving over this pass. It’s downright gorgeous. Pull over at the Diablo Lake Overlook for a view of the turquoise water located within North Cascades National Park.

13 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer
May 16, 2022
Alisa Mala/World Atlas

Bellingham, Washington
The coastal hub of north-western Washington, Bellingham, is a known base with much to offer before taking off on a ferry cruise to the San Juan Islands or the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Its lively streets leading to the central core are filled with fine dining and shopping establishments, while the historic Fairhaven district is great to wander around for the architecture and the sights.

9 Great Hikes in WA for People with Wheelchairs, Canes, Crutches or Strollers
May 13, 2022
Jen Sotolongo/Seattle Times

Artist Point and Picture Lake — Mount Baker
The short, ADA-accessible path around Picture Lake near Mount Baker is one of the most photographed views in the United States. The view of Mount Shuksan is among the most beautiful sights in all the North Cascades and is well worth the drive to see with your own eyes.

Bike Trails of the Pacific Northwest
May 12, 2022
Crai Bower/AAA

Seattleite Sean Petersmark represents another excellent trend in Washington State cycling: inclusion. A road cyclist since his college days at Western, he rode from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Bellingham in the summer of his senior year. Petersmark works with the Major Taylor Project to introduce urban kids to the joys of cycling.

Rick Steves on Why Northern Washington Is as Alluring as Europe
May 10, 2022
Meaghan Kenny/Conde Nast Traveler

“Whatcom County, just up the road from my hometown, is a wonderful example of how, so often, there are great treasures hiding in your own backyard,” Steves tells Traveler. For the television personality and author, Whatcom County is all about nature, beer, and smiles. “Sure, it ain’t Europe, but Europe ain’t Whatcom County, either.”

The Beloved Hole-In-The-Wall That Serves The Arguably Best Pie In All Of Washington
May 09, 2022
Meghan Byers/Only In Your State

There are plenty of places in Washington to find a good slice of pie, but few have the long history, carefully-cultivated traditional recipes, and dedication to using fresh and local ingredients that you’ll find at Lynden Dutch Bakery. This small-town, hole-in-the-wall establishment has been going strong since it opened its doors in 1907.

8 Most Scenic Lakes In Washington To Plan A Vacation Around
May 07, 2022
Tyler Wildeck/The Travel

Diablo Lake
The impressive cascading waterfalls and magnificent mountain backgrounds make Diablo Lake one of the most sought-after vacation getaways. It opens doors for the 6.12-kilometer trail, which runs along the northern shoreline. Hikers get a perfect opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty.

Washington Brewers Bring Home 13 Medals from World Beer Cup
May 05, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

Bellingham, Washington Medals
Gold: Wander Litely, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA (International Light Lager – 154 Entries)
Silver: Correspondent, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA (Export Stout – 53 Entries)
Silver: Transporter, Kulshan Brewing Co. – James Street, Bellingham, WA (Brown Porter – 57 Entries)


20 Best Things to Do in Bellingham, WA
May 02, 2022
Utsa, Jermaine/Travel Lens

A city of excitement, Bellingham is one of Washington's hidden gems. Bellingham is a friendly place with many natural sights to explore, including scenic lakes and rivers, majestic mountains, and vast state parks.

How to Plan Your First Backpacking Trip in Washington
May 02, 2022
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

Car camping isn’t the only form of outdoorsing that requires a reservation. Many spots across the Northwest fall under a permit-use area, and some restrict the number issued. Rule of thumb: If it’s in a national park (Rainier, Olympic, or North Cascades), the backpacking trip probably requires advance booking. The Enchantments area, a beautiful expanse of mountain lakes near Leavenworth, is also carefully controlled. Reservations are arranged through Recreation.gov.

5 Beautiful Hikes To Experience In North Cascades National Park
Apr 30, 2022
Michelle Peters/Travel Awaits

Our family’s life in Seattle is busy, but when the mountains are calling, I set my sights on North Cascades National Park (NCNP), one of the most remote and rugged national parks in Washington State.

Wharfs, Piers and Boardwalks of the Pacific Northwest
Apr 28, 2022
AAA

The South Bay Trail in Bellingham features an over-water boardwalk and a shoreline path to create 2 miles of pedestrian-only enjoyment between Bellingham’s business district and Fairhaven. Along the way, visitors spot Grace Statue, a human-shaped metal statue perched on a rocky outcropping.

The Stunning Washington Drive That Is One Of The Best Road Trips You Can Take In America
Apr 26, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

As a matter of fact, a few of our road trip routes sometimes receive national attention. The North Cascades Highway is definitely one of them. If you’ve never cruised down this stretch of Highway 20, make this the summer you do.

A Winter of Mountain Biking in Bellingham with the Atmospheric River Rats
Apr 20, 2022
Eric Olsen/Outside Pink Bike

Inspired by "A Slice of British Pie" we set out to make a community mountain bike movie. We wanted to avoid filming only "pro" riders and instead wanted to capture a diverse range of skill levels. We proudly present "Atmospheric River Rats" a Bellingham community mountain bike movie.

8 Fun Things to Do in Charming Lynden, Washington
Apr 20, 2022
Camille Gullickson/Out + About Travel

If your family is anything like ours, pandemic life has given you a whole new appreciation for the outdoors. For my crew, outdoor adventuring during the past couple of years has included excursions to some of our state’s many beautiful agricultural communities. Lynden, a straight shot north of Seattle by car and located just a few miles from the U.S.-Canadian border, is the pick of the crop to add to your family’s summer bucket list.

Details Announced for the The Northwest Tune-Up - A Mountain Bike, Beer, & Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington
Apr 19, 2022
NWTuneup/Pink Bike

To kick summer off in style, the inaugural Northwest Tune-Up festival, a celebration of mountain biking, beer, and music, will be held July 8-10, 2022. In a region overflowing with passionate bikers, renowned brewers, and talented musicians, the NW Tune-Up is excited to bring together the many cultures that make the Pacific Northwest so special. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Discover the Beauty of All 63 U.S. National Parks
Apr 18, 2022
National Geographic

North Cascades National Park, Washington
From massive glaciers to sun-soaked beaches, national parks offer some of America’s wildest and most iconic landscapes.
Less than three hours by car from Seattle or Vancouver, North Cascades National Park is home to more than 300 glaciers and over 500 lakes and ponds. 

These Washington Spots Serve The Best Homemade Pies
Apr 13, 2022
Zuri Anderson/IHeart

Writers picked out two Washington eateries as standouts in the nation: Lynden Dutch Bakery (Lynden) and Simply Soulful (Seattle).

Here's what they said about Lynden Dutch Bakery:

"If you leave Lynden via 539 North, the next town you hit will be Aldergrove … in Canada. This town and its roughly century-old bakery might be considered the middle of nowhere. But if you find yourself here with more than 16 types of pie — including a particularly decadent chocolate caramel cream, 'nowhere' isn't such a bad place to be."

These Dreamy National Parks Are Totally Underrated & You Can See Them For Free Next Week
Apr 12, 2022
Maeve Browne/Narcity

North Cascades
Why We Love Them: Known as the American Alps, the North Cascade National Park boasts rugged forest, pristine lakes, and over 300 glaciers. During the spring, the trails burst with vibrant wildflowers, while you can see icy snow-capped mountain ranges during the winter months.

Enjoy A Scenic Drive Along Washington’s 5 Most Beautiful Backroads
Apr 12, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

1. Chuckanut Drive
The iconic Chuckanut Drive is Washington's original scenic byway. Start in Burlington and head west on Highway 11 through farmlands, eventually cruising along the coast until you reach Bellingham.

21 Summer Vacation Ideas the Whole Family Will Love
Apr 11, 2022
Rachel Mosely/Oprah Daily

For $80, the America the Beautiful Annual Pass provides 12 months’ access to over 2,000 national parks and federal recreation areas for one vehicle and up to four passengers. Summer (peak season for many national parks) is the perfect time to discover less-visited but still highly reviewed options, such as New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns or Washington’s North Cascades.

The Best Coffee Roaster in Every State
Apr 11, 2022
David Landsel/Food & Wine

Washington - Camber Coffee
In a state brimming with retro charm, this Bellingham standout has been quite happy to bound ahead of the pack, roasting some of the most essential coffees in the Northwest right now. What to try: Artist Series selections, rotating throughout the year (currently Ethiopia Hamesho Natural) 8 oz. $20

Tired of Crowds? Try These Underrated National Parks Instead
Apr 11, 2022
J.D. Simkins/Sunset

North Cascades National Park, Washington
Visitors to the Pacific Northwest may be quick to see Mount Rainier or Olympic national parks, but the stunning North Cascades National Park, which sits less than three hours northeast of Seattle, is often further down the to-do list. (It shouldn’t be.)

The Sweet Love Story Behind JoJoe's Doughnuts in Bellingham
Apr 09, 2022
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

In a little shop on Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham, this dynamic duo of Jo and Joe are serving up pastries of joy. If doughnuts were not your jam before, they might be now. Fresh every morning, these tantalizing pastry creations are loaded into the front display cases.

24 Beautiful Cabins in Washington State
Apr 09, 2022
ThePlanetD Team

3. The Snowline Cabin
With dark wood paneling, large chalet-style windows, and dense green foliage, the Snowline Cabin is one of those classic cozy cabins in Washington. From the moment you park the car, you’ll feel the cool mountain air and the delightful smells of nature.

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway: Evergreen Forests & Emerald Bays
Apr 08, 2022
America From The Road

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway is a twenty-two mile stretch of road that features lush evergreen forests and gorgeous emerald bays. The curvy road hugs tall sandstone cliffs as it travels alongside the shoreline of picture perfect Samish Bay.

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway: Evergreen Forests & Emerald Bays
Apr 08, 2022
America From The Road

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway is a twenty-two mile stretch of road that features lush evergreen forests and gorgeous emerald bays. The curvy road hugs tall sandstone cliffs as it travels alongside the shoreline of picture perfect Samish Bay.

Borders Busy on First Day After COVID-19 Test Lifted for Arriving Travellers
Apr 02, 2022
Susan Lazaruk/Vancouver Sun

“We’ve been happy since we heard they were dropping the test, and today we’re thrilled,” said Sandy Ward, CEO of Bellingham Tourism. “We have seen an increase in the last couple of weeks and our hoteliers have been telling us they’re seeing more bookings already.”

Blaine, Bellingham Businesses Welcome Back British Columbians as Travel Restrictions Ease
Apr 01, 2022
Angela Jung/CTV News

Sandy Ward, president and CEO of Visit Bellingham, said locals hope the increased visitor traffic continues.

“A lot of it has to do with parking-flying packages that are being offered at our hotels, and airlines have really stepped up flights out of Bellingham International Airport,” she explained.

The Outstanding Restaurant In Washington That Is Known For A Single Menu Item
Apr 01, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

If you happen to be in Bellingham and you ask the locals where to get the best breakfast in town, The Birch Door Cafe is sure to come up. Even on weekday mornings, this place stays perpetually packed, and it rarely seems to slow down.

My First Solo Getaway in Two Years, Fairhaven in Bellingham for the Win
Mar 30, 2022
Sue Frause/Eat Play Sleep

So when it seemed somewhat OK to push my travel button again, I opted for a solo overnighter to The Chrysalis Inn & Spa in Fairhaven ~ a cool historical area just south of downtown Bellingham, and one of my favorite close-to-home getaways. It's a pleasant two-hour drive from my home on Whidbey Island, and best of all, involves no ferries or freeways.

Bellingham Cafe, Famous for the Apple Pancake Represents Three Generations of Culinary Traditions
Mar 30, 2022
Angela Poe Russell/King 5

Even on a weekday morning, The Birch Door Cafe in Bellingham is packed. It's the kind of place that still does things the old-fashioned way.

Water Cascades Down the Mountains in This Breathtaking National Park
Mar 29, 2022
Nick Hilden/Thrillist

About two hours from Seattle, a spectacular land awaits. Amid the greenery of Northern Washington, Highway 20 veers through a valley of fertile fields and quiet farmlands. Onward, the road meanders between gently rolling foothills along the icy-green waters of the upper Skagit River (where you might spot a bald eagle or two).

Wildflower Season is Coming in WA. Plan to Take These 5 Hikes this Spring and Summer
Mar 29, 2022
Jen Sotolongo/Seattle Times

Yellow Aster Butte
This popular North Cascades hike, located in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Whatcom County just south of the U.S.-Canada border, is teeming with color in mid-to-late summer, displaying wildflowers such as fireweed, paintbrush and, of course, aster. 

Washington’s Big Rock Garden Park is a Work of Art
Mar 29, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

There’s so much to love about Bellingham. The charming coastal city has all kinds of amenities, and it’s surrounded by nature. Big Rock Garden is a hidden oasis in Bellingham, sitting nestled on a hill above Lake Whatcom on Sylvan Street, this 2.5-acre park is the perfect place for a little escape.

Top Bucket List Mountain Bike Rides of 2022
Mar 28, 2022
Mountain Bike Action

4. Bellingham, Washington
Bellingham lies in Western Washington, about two hours north of Seattle and about 80 minutes south of Vancouver, Canada. It offers a wide range of beautiful and challenging trails set in the forests common to the Pacific Northwest.

Lynden Dutch Bakery Celebrates 115 Years by Making Treats The Old Fashioned Way
Mar 28, 2022
Kim Holcomb/King5

Washington State’s second-oldest bakery is celebrating 115 years in business. Lynden Dutch Bakery, located just south of the Canadian border, first opened its doors in 1907 and still reflects the town’s history.

Featuring A Lake And Views Of Mt Baker, The Chain Lake Loop Trail Is One Of Washington’s Most Rewarding Hikes
Mar 27, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Hiking opportunities abound in Washington, with beautiful treks seemingly around each bend. Today, we’re going to highlight one of our state’s most scenic excursions, which comes with some seriously stunning visual rewards. We highly recommend checking out the Chain Lake Loop Trail and think it’s one of the best and most beautiful hikes in Washington!

From New York City-style Steak to Cake Shops, Bellingham Delivers Big on Flavor
Mar 23, 2022
Jackie Varriano/Seattle Times

In 2019, a stranger approached chef James Zamory at his food stall in New York City’s massive weekly outdoor food event called Smorgasburg. The stranger said there was a guy in Bellingham, Washington, who wanted to know if Zamory and his business partners wanted to move across the country and open a restaurant there.

A Deep Inner Meaning Seattle Returns Ancient Artifacts to Upper Skagit Tribe
Mar 23, 2022
David Gutman/Seattle Times

The artifacts are currently stored at a curation facility at the North Cascades National Park ranger station in Marblemount.

Growth Out of the Pandemic: Bellewood Farms Pivots for Pome Fruit
Mar 19, 2022
Jack Petree/Growing Produce

Bellewood Farms is an orchard operation located in Northwest Washington State’s Whatcom County, an hour north of the Seattle Metropolitan Area and a dozen or so miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. The business operates around a core resource consisting of 31 acres of high-density orchard and is home to approximately 25,000 trees featuring 21 different varieties of apples and three varieties of pears.

This One-Of-A-Kind Washington Brewery Has Irresistible Pizza, A Beer Shrine, And A Wedding Chapel
Mar 18, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Washington is home to about 375 breweries, which isn’t surprising considering that the vast majority of our country’s hops are grown locally. Our breweries are scattered across the state, ranging from small batch breweries to the larger, well-known brands.  

Father to Ride 321 miles from Bellingham to Portland for Daughter with Down Syndrome
Mar 18, 2022
Chris Cashman/King 5

On Monday, March 21, dubbed World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, Matt Lyman will complete his 321-mile bike ride from Bellingham to Portland in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound.

Cheese is a Risky Business, Yet WA's Cheese-making Scene is on the Rise
Mar 15, 2022
Jackie Varriano/Seattle Times

It’s warm and humid in the cheese-making room at Ferndale Farmstead, a low-slung red building on a rural road in Ferndale, Whatcom County. Whey is draining directly onto the floor from elevated tubs filled with curds and whey — the drains leading to an exterior whey tank — as curds pour into large, rectangular Italian drain tables on wheels. 

This Washington Road Trip Takes You From The Shores Of Bellingham Bay To Majestic Mount Baker
Mar 15, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

When you’re born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, the desire for exploration comes naturally. Living in Washington means having an abundance of hiking trails, camp sites, and road trip routes right in your backyard, and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check out some of them when you have the time.

Let it Fly: The Story Behind Bellingham's Symbolic City Flag
Mar 12, 2022
Maryrose Denton/Seattle Refined

If you visit Bellingham, almost everywhere you go, shop, or eat, you will see the green and blue flag flown. It is even painted on the sides of buildings and incorporated into murals of the city’s history. The city pride is contagious and publicly displayed with honor.

All the Reasons Northern Washington Should Be on Your Must-Visit List
Mar 10, 2022
Kate Loweth/Tiny Beans

Tide pools, breweries, indoor rock climbing and waterfalls—these and so much more are waiting for you when you visit Bellingham, WA. Just south of the Canadian border, Bellingham sits in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and is an ideal family vacation destination any time of year. Our recent winter visit had us wanting to plan a return trip ASAP and here’s everything we loved about it.

There Are Giant Gnomes Hiding On The Enchanted Forest Trail In Washington Just Like Something Out Of A Storybook
Mar 04, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Did you know there’s a (very) small part of Washington that can only be accessed through the Canadian border or by small plane or private boat? Point Roberts was born when the U.S. and Canada cut off a small end of the Tsawwassen Peninsula while they were deciding on their borders. This left a small piece of land that belongs to us, although it isn’t exactly easy to reach.

This Washington Seafood Spot Offers Fresh Shellfish Straight From The Tide
Mar 03, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Totten Inlet sits in the southern end of Puget Sound. And that’s where the Taylor Shellfish story began. In 1890, the Taylor family began farming shellfish in those waters, and five generations later, they’re still going strong. Taylor Shellfish Farms has locations all over Washington, and the seafood is as fresh as it gets.

7 Exceptional Washington Restaurants To Try When You’re Dining Out On A Budget
Feb 24, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

4. Bantam (Bellingham)

Fried chicken lovers, rejoice. Bantam Kitchen & Bar serves some of the most scrumptious fried chicken (and rotisserie chicken, and Southern-style sides) in the state. And while the prices here aren't the cheapest in town (which is good, as they pay their staff a living wage), for the portions and the quality, it's an absolute steal.

Top 10 Least Visited U.S. National Parks In 2021
Feb 19, 2022
Jim Fulcher/Travel Awaits

4. North Cascades National Park

North Cascades may only be about 3 hours from Seattle but it’s still remote and rugged. In fact, the park is known for its jagged peaks, more than 300 glaciers, and water running through heavily forested valleys.

9 Underrated National Parks You Should Visit
Feb 19, 2022
Andrew Douglas/World Atlas

North Cascades National Park, Washington
Is it really possible that a stunning National Park, a mere 3-hours from the populated city of Seattle, Washington, can be a hidden gem? The annual visitor counts would suggest so.

15 Best Things to Do in Birch Bay, WA
Feb 15, 2022
Glen Dale/Travel Lens

The distinct crescent shape of Birch Bay made this small town known in Washington as a wonderful place to enjoy the calm waters of the Northwest Pacific. Since it's blessed with natural beauty, Birch Bay offers everyone a wide range of outdoor recreational activities for families, friends, and even lone travelers.

The Rarest Maple Syrup in America might be made right here in Washington
Feb 11, 2022
Mark Wright/King 5

When most of us think of maple syrup, we picture the Eastern U.S. and Canada where sugar maple trees number in the millions. But here in Washington, one man is daring to make syrup from the maple trees we have here — the bigleaf maple. His name is Neil McLeod, and for the past five years, he’s been making and selling small batches of maple syrup on a farm in the tiny town of Acme, Wash., in Whatcom County.

This National Park Has The Most Glacial Hikes Outside Of Alaska
Feb 11, 2022
Katie Machado/The Travel

The glaciers in North Cascades National Park, high in the Cascades Mountains, are one of the most striking features of the park itself. While the weather remains somewhat winter-like for much of the year at this elevation, one needs only to drive to the park itself in order to witness its stunning snow-covered mountaintops.

Finding Fury in the North Cascades
Feb 10, 2022
Michelle Parker/Red Bull

Climb and ski the northeast face of 8,280-foot Mount Fury, a steep, remote peak in the Picket Range, known as the most rugged part of Washington’s North Cascades.

Cozy up to the Heart of Bellingham at Hotel Leo
Feb 09, 2022
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

Bellingham is home to craft brews, artisan fairs, and a plethora of activities, from mountain biking to kayaking. Views of majestic Mount Baker loom over the city, beckoning residents, visitors and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Whether you're shopping in the revitalized downtown core, brew hopping, or just passing through town, Hotel Leo is the ideal central location to stay in the heart of Bellingham.

7 Lesser-Known U.S. National Parks To Visit In 2022
Feb 09, 2022
Laura Taylor/Travel Off Path

4. North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is probably one of the least well-known National Parks in Washington State, at least in comparison to big-name parks such as Olympic National Park. Home to some jaw-dropping scenic views, miles of hiking trails, and an abundance of wildlife, this park is truly a hidden gem. While North Cascades is an amazing place for hiking and camping, it’s also pretty remote, and the popularity of backcountry trips over casual day hikes means that many of the things to do in this park can be more intense than in some other destinations. 

Birch Bay Beekeeper named 2021 Beekeeper of the Year by Statewide Organization
Feb 09, 2022
Grace McCarthy/The Northern Light

A Birch Bay beekeeper received a statewide award for her dedication to protecting honeybees from the Asian giant hornet.

Western Washington University will be home to Washington State’s first carbon neutral college building
Feb 07, 2022
David Malone/Building Design Construction

Western Washington University is in the final stages of its capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of a new computer science and engineering facility that will include the first net-zero energy/carbon neutral building on a college campus in Washington state.

Put the V in Vegan Valentine With PETA’s Top Desserts
Feb 04, 2022
Peta

Classic Scone—SconeGrown, Bellingham, Washington

SconeGrown’s Classic Scone is a crumbly vanilla-flavored delight, served with clotted coconut cream and strawberry jam. The bakery also serves Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, and Golden Mylk scones, along with gluten-free baked goods and some savory lunch items. For Valentine’s Day, all regular menu items—as well as chocolate strawberry toaster pastries—will be available for preorder until supplies last.

Best Romantic Valentine's Day Weekend Getaways on Rivers
Feb 03, 2022
Maeve Miller/River Travel Magazine

Best For Beautiful Outdoor Scenery

If your partner and you love spending time together in the great outdoors, a Valentine’s getaway to Bellingham, Washington will not disappoint. A haven for year-round hiking, you can hit the trails like the popular Whatcom Falls Park Trails, Hertz Trail at North Lake Whatcom Park, Chuckanut Ridge Trail at Chuckanut, and many more.

Words on Winter by Washington’s Poet Laureate
Jan 30, 2022
Rena Priest/The Seattle Times

Rena Priest is the Washington State Poet Laureate. She is a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She is a Vadon Foundation Fellow, and recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award. Her debut collection, “Patriarchy Blues,” received an American Book Award.

Welcome Road Winery adds Bellingham address
Jan 30, 2022
Dan Radil/Great Northwest Wine

The philosophy of Welcome Road Winery owners Kristen Dorrity and Leigh McMillan is remarkably simple: “We love wine, food and the great outdoors.”

And while the couple enjoys skiing, hiking and traveling, they strive to maintain a close- to-home, neighborhood-oriented feel to their brand as they expand beyond their flagship tasting room in West Seattle into downtown Bellingham .

Transition Bikes Puts Culture, Passion and Riders First
Jan 26, 2022
Andrew Entrikin/Business Pulse

Hobbies are the best. They are why we get up early on Saturday morning, and they are why we're excited to get home at the end of a workday. They are that thing we do that is specific to us. There is no downside to hobbies; they are just there as part of enjoying life. 

How to Snowshoe Washington's Breathtaking Artist Point Snowshoe Trail
Jan 25, 2022
Antonina/Embrace Someplace

Last winter, my husband and I spent an exciting weekend snowshoeing the Artist Point Snowshoe Trail and wow - just wow! 

The 9 Best Breakfast Places in Washington State!
Jan 24, 2022
Best Things Washington

Homeskillet, Bellingham, WA

This tiny kitsch styled breakfast house in Bellingham serves up some seriously tasty breakfast skillets in an odd yet quintessentially satisfying experience of small spaces and huge plates! The home cooking is worth making the trip to Bellingham on its own!

The Sweet, Sustainable Buzz Of Coffee Blossom Honey
Jan 24, 2022
Tyler Hagan/Sprudge

From a young age, Edwin Martinez understood what it took to be successful in coffee. Growing up as a child in Guatemala, his grandparents farmed coffee in the Huehuetenango region, and then passed the farm down to his parents. Nowadays, Martinez lives in Bellingham, Washington, near the Canadian border—far from Guatemala, but maintaining close links to Huehuetenango.

Artist Point Snowshoe, Mt Baker
Jan 23, 2022
Hannah Kacary/That Adventurer

On a clear day you can see Mt Baker in Washington State from Vancouver. That sight still blows my mind. Since we’ve recently got some new Canadian visas, we decided to head down on a weekend road trip to the US to get a bit closer to Mt Baker.

Discover 25 Insanely Fun Things to do in Bellingham Washington
Jan 21, 2022
The Kare Bear

Are you searching for the best things to do in Bellingham Washington? Between mountain adventures and charming city strolls, Bellingham attractions are amazing! These are the top 25 can’t-miss places to go in Bellingham.

Things to Do in Washington in January
Jan 12, 2022
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

Bellingham Folk Fest
Kicking off January 20, Bellingham’s music festival sets toes tapping with live performances and workshops around downtown. Informal jams spring up between scheduled events, and concerts range from more formal seated sessions to stand-up and dance-along versions.

Eric's Heroes A day in the life of an artist
Jan 12, 2022
Eric Johnson/KOMO News

Sometimes she walks across the street from her apartment in Bellingham to the Haggen grocery store.

That's where she works.

Beth Anna Margolis sweeps up when needed, and she bags groceries too. She's 50 now. And she's worked here for half of that time.

Perfect Winter Road Trips for When You Need to Escape Seattle
Jan 10, 2022
Emma Banks/thrillist

Bellingham, Washington

Distance from Seattle: One hour, 30 minutes

Bellingham is sort of a no-brainer when it comes to Washington State road trips: From Seattle, it’s a straight shot up the 5, and once you get there, you’ll have a laundry list of things to see and do. 

6 Natural Hot Springs in Washington State that will Melt your Winter Blues
Jan 07, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Baker Hot Springs
This hot spring is pretty nondescript but it’s easy to get to all things considered. If you’re planning on heading to Mount Baker National Forest you should check this out. But you will want to have an SUV or high clearance vehicle to get there.

50 Best Places to Travel in 2022
Jan 04, 2022
Chelsea B./Travel Lemming

2. North Cascades National Park, Washington

Treat yourself to some of the most unparalleled beauty in the country by adding North Cascades National Park to your list of places to travel in 2022. This rugged paradise is one of the least visited national parks in the US, meaning it’s perfect for travelers seeking an outdoor excursion without the crowds.

7 Fabulous Things To Do During A Weekend In Beautiful Bellingham, Washington
Jan 04, 2022
Peggy Cleveland/Travel Awaits

Bellingham, Washington is a coastal city about 90 miles north of Seattle and 20 miles from the Canadian Border. Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the city to enjoy the amenities while having access to a plethora of adventure activities.  

Meet the Birds of the North Cascades
Jan 04, 2022
Karen Povey/Washington's National Park Fund

Bird Communities in the North Cascades
Because the national park straddles the Cascade mountains, it encompasses a variety of distinct ecosystems, each with a specific complement of birds. A total of 217 bird species have been recorded within the park.

12 Fun Things to Do Near Blaine, WA Any Time of Year
Jan 02, 2022
The Egresis Adventures & Photography

For New Year’s Eve, we decided to head north to check out Birch Bay and the city of Blaine. Even with unusually cold temperatures and snow on the ground, we found plenty of fun things to do near Blaine to make it a memorable weekend. Visiting in winter made for a really quiet, relaxing trip with no crowds. We are already talking about trying to go back in the summer sometime, when we imagine the waterfront town really comes alive!

True to Nature
Jan 01, 2022
Jessical Pook/Selling Travel

Bellingham - The coastal city near the Canadian border is surrounded by natural beauty, from the Salish Sea to Mt. Baker, a snow capped volcano with ski runs. It is an area for outdoor adventures, with hiking and biking trails, while Bellingham Bay has several beaches. 

10 Easy Winter Weekend Getaways to Take Now
Dec 28, 2021
Natalie Compagno/Tiny Beans

Bellingham is packed with food, festivities, beer and water views, and the main part of town is easily accessible and filled with shopping and sights. To get a taste of the town’s rich and colorful past we recommend taking a walking tour with The Good Time Girls. Kids love the enthusiastic costumed guides and their enthralling stories.  

Take This Road Trip To The Most Charming Chuckanut Drive Towns In Washington
Dec 21, 2021
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

If you’ve ever made the drive to Bellingham, hopefully you’ve veered off the beaten path (known as I-5) and checked out Washington’s original scenic byway, Chuckanut Drive. Known for its farm fresh food, delightful oysters, and stunning scenery, this 24-mile stretch of road is sometimes referred to as Washington’s Big Sur.

Bellingham 12th Best Small City for Job Growth in U.S.
Dec 20, 2021
ASmith/KGMI

New numbers out from money website Self Financial show that the Bellingham job market has been exceptionally busy this year. The report shows that Bellingham had the 12th largest percentage increase in employment among smaller US cities, with a 6.2% gain in new jobs.

3 Washington Cities Rank in Top 50 US Places for Beer Drinkers; Seattle Didn't Take the Top Spot
Dec 20, 2021
Lindsey Kirschman/SeattlePI

Surprisingly, the first Washington city to make the list was not Seattle: it was Bellingham, ranking 22nd in the nation. With 12 total breweries, an average of 79.7 beers per brewery, 19.5 bars per 100,000 residents and the low cost average of $5 for a pint, this college city to the north is the place for beer lovers.

Persistence And Payoff In The Skagit Range Of The North Cascades
Dec 20, 2021
Sonja Saxe/The Journal of Lost Time

I round a bend of overgrown foliage and a familiar outline comes into view: Ruth Mountain. I have become acquainted with her these past couple months: her jagged contours, inviting snowy slopes, and a propensity to bend the weather to her will.

Here’s a Guide to the Top 10 Ski Areas Near Seattle as We Head into Washington’s 2021-22 Winter Season
Dec 20, 2021
Gregory Scruggs/Seattle Times

It snows here. A lot. Mount Baker Ski Area still hangs its hat on the world-record-breaking 1998-1999 season, when it snowed 1,140 inches. Modest elevation can affect snow levels, so watch the weather closely before making this long day trip from Seattle. Overnight in nearby Glacier for a weekend getaway.

Washington’s Post-Pandemic Brewery Boom Continues
Dec 20, 2021
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

A boom? A flurry? Those terms might overstate the reality, but maybe not. Amid all the pandemic-induced chaos and uncertainty, a surprisingly large number of people moved forward with plans to open new breweries in Washington. Also, several existing breweries expanded operations or added locations. It speaks to the resiliency and fortitude of the industry.

Best 10 Trails in Washington
Dec 17, 2021
Ann Trieu/Style and Senses

Hidden Lake Lookout - Hike early and try to make it to the lookout for a 360 mountain view
Maple Pass - One of the best larch and fall foilage walks in WA
Winchester Mountain Trail - Easy with rewarding views

Most Fitness-Friendly Places for 2022
Dec 15, 2021
Ben Geier/Smart Asset

SmartAsset analyzed data to identify and rank where in America are the most fitness-friendly places in 2022 and Bellingham is ranked #20.

5 Fabulous Mountain Experiences Skiing The Cascade Volcanoes
Dec 13, 2021
Peggy Cleveland/Travel Awaits

1. Mount Baker

The Mount Baker Ski Area is the most remote on this list. Located in Whatcom County, Washington, it is a 90-minute drive for 37 miles along State Road 542 from Bellingham, the nearest big city. The ski area is in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest through a permit granted by the United States Forest Service. The ski runs are in sight of Mt. Baker. 

Don’t Miss These Totem Poles of the Lummi People in Bellingham, Washington
Dec 01, 2021
Rena Priest/AAA

This November, wherever your travels may take you, be sure to celebrate Native American Heritage month by seeking out and enjoying Indigenous art — such as totem poles. This is a rewarding and meaningful way to engage with the stories, cultures, values and fine art forms offered by the many talented Indigenous artists of the Western Hemisphere.

33 Best Things to Do in Washington State (By a Local!)
Dec 01, 2021
Chelsea Booker/Travel Lemming

Planning a trip to Washington? You’re in luck because there are countless things to do in Washington state! Maybe you’re here to explore the national parks or the Puget Sound and you want to see incredible natural wonders. 

Cruises and more VIA the Port of Seattle
Nov 29, 2021
Visit USA

A three-city Hub-and-Spoke itinerary that allows more time in each destination. Attractions, tours, museums, history, nature, and wildlife viewing are combined to create a truly memorable, and educational, family holiday. Visits to Seattle, Bellingham and Olympia are followed by Mount Rainier National Park.

Vegan & Hungry in Bellingham? Look for Sage Against the Machine
Nov 29, 2021
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

When you are vegan and hungry in Bellingham - look no further, my friend, than Sage Against the Machine. This plant-based food truck can be found all over Bellingham, hopping around from Kulshans and Stones Throw breweries to the lunchtime plaza at Barclay Village. Just look for the green food truck with the fist logo.

Healthy, Raw, Vegan...Chocolate? It Exists, Thanks to this Bellingham Company
Nov 29, 2021
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

Healthy, Raw, and Vegan. All words we expect to see on heath and organic foods, but on chocolate? That's a little more rare, but not for Bellingham's LunaVida Chocolates. These mini organic squares of chocolate love you right back, and are handmade from LunaVida's kitchen to yours.

A Wee Bit of Ireland in Bellingham
Nov 29, 2021
MaryRose Denton/Day Trips in Washington

Ever desired to learn how to play a penny whistle? Do you enjoy tapping your toes to a reel and a jig? Or maybe diving into the lore of Ireland through storytelling suits your fancy? All of these, plus more, can be found each October at a unique festival in Bellingham, Washington, celebrating traditional Irish culture through its music, dance, language and overall appreciation of the arts.

These Ski Resorts Get The Most Snow, Which Means A Wild Adventure For Skiers
Nov 26, 2021
Joshua Chiedu

Mount Baker ski resort is a winter paradise for winter vacationers and with is 641 inches of average snowfall per year, it receives more snow than any other resort in the world. With this, winter sports lovers who visit this ski resort will enjoy the views of the nearby Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker while skiing on lots of snow.

The 16 Swankiest College Campuses, Ranked By Luscious Vibes
Nov 22, 2021
Amanda Edelman/Buzzfeed

12. Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
Are you an outdoorsy person? If so, the extensive Outdoor Center at Western Washington University has you covered tenfold. Camping, kayaking, ice picking, and more are all available through the on-campus rental center. It's an adventurer's dream college.

Best Cities to Visit in Washington State
Nov 19, 2021
Karee of Our Woven Journey/Buddy the Traveling Monkey

Bellingham is such a great city to visit, yet slides under the radar for many people visiting Washington. This city of 80,000 people has the eclectic vibes of a college town thanks to Western Washington University, yet the quaintness that comes from being settled over 100 years ago.

Outrunning Fires in North Cascades National Park
Nov 18, 2021
Emily Pennington/Outside

North Cascades, in northern Washington, is largely designated as a wilderness park, expressly set aside to remain untrammeled by man, but there is one road, North Cascades Scenic Highway, that cuts through the center of it, bisecting the north and south units. Smoke be damned, I wanted to swan dive straight into the heart of the area and see what conditions were like.

Mount Baker, Washington
Nov 16, 2021
Douglas Scott/AAA Journey

Fun, beauty and adventure await on this day trip into the North Cascades. 

I Spent 24 Hours In The Closest US Border Town To Vancouver and It's Super Cute
Nov 15, 2021
Morgan Leet/Narcity Vancouver

The U.S. Canada border finally opened this week and I took full advantage with a trip to the closest U.S. town to me.

Explore Mount Baker Washington
Nov 15, 2021
Douglas Scott/AAA Journey

From sea level, through timber country to the base of the 10,781-foot volcano, take a 60-mile day drive on state Route 542 in the northwest portion of Washington State. Plan on taking a couple of hours each way. There is no hurry. The mountain will be waiting for you.

5 Can’t-Miss Stops Along Washington’s Mt. Baker Scenic Byway
Nov 10, 2021
Emily Butterfield/Escape Camper Vans

The Mt. Baker Scenic Byway (State Route 542) is a beautiful year-round playground for outdoor adventurers. The 58-mile route near the Canadian border runs northeast from Bellingham to Artist Point and is the only road to reach Mt. Baker Ski Area. It’s a 1.5-hour drive from our Vancouver, BC rental location and under 3 hours from our Seattle camper van rental site.

Spend the Day as a Rooftop Beekeeper in Bellingham
Nov 10, 2021
Kim Holcomb/King 5 Evening

You can be a rooftop beekeeper for a day in the Fairhaven Historic District.

Marisa Papetti, owner of Marie’s Bees, keeps about 100 hives throughout Whatcom County – but two of them offer a one-of-a-kind experience on top of the Sycamore Square building.

Oh, Hey—Here Are the Winners of This Year’s Washington Beer Awards
Nov 08, 2021
Allecia Vermillion/Seattle Met

The Washington Beer Awards are back after last year’s pandemic-induced pause. The event—held over the weekend at the Elliott Bay Brewing pub in Lake City—replicates the style of big-time national competitions, but exclusively for Washington breweries.

A Pickleball Sports Bar Operated by Volli Entertainment Group Announces Bellingham, WA Location
Nov 08, 2021
Brett Wagner/EINPressWire

 Volli Entertainment Group announced the opening of the first pickleball sports bar in Bellingham, Washington. This innovative indoor facility will open its doors to the community in mid-2022.

How One Northwest Tribe Aims to Keep its Cool as its Glaciers Melt
Nov 08, 2021
John Ryan/KUOW

In Whatcom County, the Nooksack and Lummi tribes are taking steps to counteract the big melt and keep their salmon and their cultures alive.

Northwest Glaciers are Melting. What that means to Indigenous Salmon People
Nov 06, 2021
John Ryan/KUOW

In Whatcom County, where Yates lives, the dominant feature of the horizon is the 10,781-foot snow cone of Mount Baker, the state’s third-highest peak.

Amtrak says Bellingham-to-Seattle Service will Resume Soon
Nov 05, 2021
asmith/KGMI

For those curious as to when passenger trains will roll back into Bellingham, Amtrak says they’re working on Service from Seattle to Vancouver, with stops in Bellingham, Mount Vernon and Edmonds, has been suspended since the start of the pandemic.

Here's when Washington's Best Ski Hills Open & How Much Each Costs to Enjoy
Nov 05, 2021
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Mount Baker is known for snow and lots of it. It’s home to slopes for hardcore ski enthusiasts and areas for folks not faint of heart. It’s also a great opportunity to ski within a National Forest. While season passes are sold out you can still score daily lift tickets to enjoy this beloved and unique ski area.  

U.S. to Reopen Land Borders to Fully Vaccinated Travelers on Monday
Nov 04, 2021
KOMO News Staff & Associated Press

The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next Monday, Nov. 8, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some business owners in Blaine say they’re thrilled by the move, but they remain cautious about just how many Canadian travelers will soon be passing through the area.

12 Great Hikes in North Cascades National Park
Nov 03, 2021
Julie/Earth Trekkers

North Cascades National Park is not a place that easily reveals itself. Sure, the drive along Highway 20 is lovely. And the viewpoints over the lakes and mountain passes are gorgeous. But, to really see this park, you are going to have to invest some time on the hiking trails.

Top Boomtowns in America – 2021 Edition
Nov 03, 2021
Stephanie Horan/Smart Asset

9. Bellingham, WA

Bellingham is the second of three Washington cities that make our top 10. Bellingham ranks particularly well for two metrics: five-year population change and average yearly GDP growth. 

Americans, Canadians Anxiously Awaiting Full Reopening of Border
Nov 03, 2021
Maya Rodriguez/WFTS Tampa Bay

 In between two border checkpoints, for two nations, sits one monument: the Peace Arch.

“The park is a solace,” said Christina Winkler. “It's a refuge.”

The Canadian Border Fully Reopens to Travelers
Nov 02, 2021
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

AT LONG LAST, the U.S.-Canadian border is porous again. Starting on November 8, not only will Americans be allowed to go north for leisure vacation—as they have since August 9—but Canadians will be free to enter the United States for the same. The Mexican border will move to the same mostly open status.

9 Reasons To Charter A Boat To Explore Washington’s San Juan Islands
Nov 02, 2021
June Russell-Chamberlin/Travel Awaits

Charter companies in Anacortes and Bellingham, Washington, make it easy to cruise the islands on a rented boat for a week, with or without a hired captain. Another option is to take a week-long, hands-on, live-aboard course to learn the necessary skills. San Juan Sailing even offers women-only courses.

Mead Spotlight!
Nov 02, 2021
Molly Allen/Sip Magazine

We’ve all had a PB&J a time or two. It’s a classic sandwich, and even though they’re simple, they’re entirely delicious. Artivem is taking this nostalgic lunchbox staple and bringing it to the beverage scene in the form of mead.

Point Roberts Trying to help Canadians Return with Measure to Cover COVID Test Costs
Oct 31, 2021
David Carrigg/Vancouver Sun

Point Roberts is expecting an influx of Canadians who own property in the U.S exclave and is taking steps to help them meet the requirement for a COVID-19 test before they return to Canada.

9 Best Things to do in North Cascades National Park
Oct 29, 2021
Earth Trekkers

Wild, rugged, remote...North Cascades National Park is highly underrated park, especially for hikers and backpackers. The scenic drives and overlooks give you a glimpse of the beauty of this place, but to truly discover the majesty of the North Cascades, you'll have to hit the hiking trails.

Dungeness Crab Season Could be Delayed Again this Year
Oct 22, 2021
Drew Penner/Good Times

Russ Mullins, the owner of Ferndale, Washington-based Longsoaker Fishing Systems, has been developing an underwater buoy deployment system. The netting can attach to traps fishermen already own, he explains.

Relax At This Cozy Treetop Cabin With A Hot Tub Right Here In Washington
Oct 22, 2021
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Everyone needs a quiet getaway once in awhile. And if falling asleep inside a cozy treetop cabin, surrounded by forest, after a starlight soak in a hot tub sounds appealing right about now, you clearly need a little break. This peaceful property is the perfect serene escape for two.

The Pacific Northwest Through the Eyes of a Poet
Oct 20, 2021
Rena Priest/Afar

Rena Priest, poet laureate for Washington, shares her perspective on her home state—and her poetry.

11 Places Vancouverites Can Visit in Washington Once the Border Reopens
Oct 19, 2021
Megan Devlin/DH News

Mount Baker
That giant mountain you can see while crossing the Lions Gate Bridge? Yeah, you can ski there. And it’s about the same distance from Vancouver as Whistler.

Shining a long-overdue Spotlight on Coast Salish Art
Oct 19, 2021
Margo Vansynghel/Crosscut

Mainstream art has long prioritized northern Native art from British Columbia and southeast Alaska over local art traditions. But things are changing. 

2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America
Oct 12, 2021
Livability.com

#37. Bellingham, WA

Situated between Vancouver to the north and Seattle to the south, Bellingham, WA offers an unparalleled quality of life for its 93,000 residents. This supportive, business-friendly town is right on the water of Bellingham Bay and has a wide array of outdoor recreation opportunities, both on the water and on land. 

Semiahmoo Resort and Spa Pacific Northwest Weekend Getaway
Oct 05, 2021
Marcie/Marcie in Mommyland

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa is located in Blaine, Washington about 90 minutes north of Seattle. The resort is located a bit off the freeway with lots of turns. Thankfully, there is plenty of signage along the roads making it really easy to find the resort.

Time to Recharge: 12 Relaxing Mom Getaways to Book Now
Sep 27, 2021
Natalie Compagno/Red Tricycle

The Chrysalis Inn and Spa – Bellingham

Upon entering The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, guests feel the welcoming and calming vibe instantly. The door to Spa at The Chrysalis seems to greet guests before the front desk staff do, beckoning you to book a treatment immediately. The spa has monthly specials but for serious pampering sign up for the Chrysalis Signature Trio—over three hours of heaven combining a massage, a facial and a hydrating pedicure. 

Meet and Adopt Adorable Cats at this Bellingham Cafe
Sep 21, 2021
Ellen Meny/KING 5 Evening

If you're ever dreamed of a place where you can hang out with cats to your heart's content, dream no more. Welcome to Neko — a Bellingham cat cafe. "Customers, when they come in, they always say, 'oh my gosh, this must be the best job ever'. And I just could not agree more," says owner Caitlin Unsell.

Bellingham's Hotel Bellwether Adds New Touches
Sep 21, 2021
Anne Erickson/KING 5 Evening

There are some iconic traditions at Bellingham’s Hotel Bellwether, like Bella, the canine concierge that greets guests in the lobby, and her signed ‘welcome notes’ for anyone who brings their dog to stay this pet-friendly hotel.

The Perfect Way to See Bellingham by Bike
Sep 21, 2021
Jose Cedeno/KING 5 & Danielle Pascual/KING 5 Evening

One of the most popular ways to get around Bellingham is on two wheels. There are dedicated paths and trails around the city for views of Bellingham Bay and more. But if you're new to the city or just visiting and don't know where to start, look no further than Recreation Northwest.

New Bellingham Mural Illustrates Coast Salish History
Sep 21, 2021
Anne Erickson, Alex Moore/King5

The salmon are running in Bellingham... up a river of concrete? In a new mural lining North Forest St. near downtown Bellingham, Jason LaClair, an artist of Lummi and Nooksack heritage, and local mural artist Gretchen Leggit have collaborated to transform a formerly vandalized wall for the city’s project of spotlighting local art and preventing graffiti.

Rick Steves Explores Whatcom County Seaside and Peace Arch State Park
Sep 21, 2021
Seattle Times

For the second episode in our “Rick Steves explores Whatcom County” series, Washington’s most famous travel writer visits the extreme northwest corner of the continental United States, sampling some oysters fresh from Blaine Harbor and learning about Peace Arch Park from Dr. Laurie Trautman.

Bellingham Eatery Does Everyday Farm to Table with Some Elvis Thrown in
Sep 14, 2021
Anne Erickson/KING 5 Evening

Everyday farm to table with a side of Elvis Presley. That's what you'll find when you step into Cosmos Bistro in Bellingham. The extensive Elvis collection can be blamed on chef and owner Cinnamom Berg's lifelong obsession with the King. She’s even got a velvet Elvis, and a cookbook of his favorite recipes. But a restaurant doesn't get this popular based on Elvis alone.


The Best Place to Go Apple Picking in Every State
Sep 10, 2021
Amanda Tarlton/Readers Digest

Washington: Bellewood Acres, Lynden

With over 25,000 fruit trees, Bellewood Acres has become one of the largest pick-your-own operations in Washington state. Catch a ride out to the orchard on the Apple Bin Express (the farm’s train) which even makes a stop at the pumpkin patch when you’re finished. The first apple to pick this season? The Gravenstein, a tart variety perfect for making fresh applesauce.

Rick Steves Gets Wowed in Whatcom County
Aug 26, 2021
Amy Kepferle/Cascadia Weekly

“Travel guru” Rick Steves is no stranger to Bellingham, but the world-famous guidebook author and activist’s visits here typically focus on schooling interested parties about the ins and outs of traveling to Europe and other far-flung global locales on a budget, with an aim to connect with local residents wherever you may land.

Explore Your Own Backyard
Aug 25, 2021
Amy Kepferle/Cascadia Weekly

Even before the pandemic brought an abrupt halt to the world as we know it, Todd Elsworth had transitioned from producing big events with countless moving parts to narrowing his focus.

Who Needs Italy When We Have Bar Cicotti in Bellingham?
Aug 17, 2021
Lauren Allain/Seattle Refined

If you drop everything and head to SeaTac right now, it would take you somewhere around 15 hours to land in Italy and find your way to a piazza for a pastry and an espresso. Alternatively, you could hop in the car and drive north for about 90 minutes and end up at Bellingham’s Bar Cicotti. While it's not exactly Italy, it does a fantastic job replicating the feel and authentic flavors we love from Italy.

Rick Steves Explores Whatcom County
Aug 17, 2021
ASmith/KGMI

We’re used to watching travel expert Rick Steves traverse Europe but with world travel on hold during the pandemic, he turned his attention to Whatcom County’s hidden gems.

Rick Steves' New Series Is Far From Europe — but It Might Make You Appreciate Your Own Hometown
Aug 17, 2021
Patricia Doherty/Travel+Leisure

Steves starts in Bellingham in Whatcom County, Washington, an area particularly hard hit by the Canadian border closing. In the first of three videos, Steves sips his way through the Bellingham region, visiting an apple farm that makes more than apple pies, with cider, vodka, brandy, and gin on their menu along with fresh roasted coffee. 

3 National Parks to Visit if Crowds Scare You More Than the Woods
Aug 13, 2021
Kayak

If you’re interested in Glacier National Park, Try North Cascades National Park.

As one of the more difficult to access parks, North Cascades is certainly not for the faint of heart, coming in as only the 58th most visited park (out of 62) in 2019 in contrast to Glacier’s top 10 status. 

10 Gorgeous Alternatives to America's Most Popular National Parks
Aug 09, 2021
Colleen Stinchcombe/Tripadvisor

The Swap: North Cascades National Park for Glacier National Park
If gorgeous hikes, scenic drives, and the chance to see some of the country’s last remaining glaciers have you dreaming of Glacier National Park, consider going farther west to Washington State’s North Cascades National Park instead.  

Lummi Nation Totem Pole Arrives in D.C. After Journey to Sacred Lands Across U.S.
Aug 02, 2021
Seattle Times

The totem pole's journey, which organizers dubbed the "Red Road to DC," was led by about a dozen people, many of whom are Native Americans and members of the Lummi Nation, a tribe of about 5,000 members west of Bellingham, Wash. 

Lummi Island Let’s You Easily Forget Your Day-to-Day Cares
Jul 30, 2021
Leslie Kelly/Spokesman Review

The second you drive off the ferry onto Lummi Island in Northwest Washington, you’ve entered the magical world of “island time.”

You know about island time, right? It’s when you visit a place so easygoing that the space-time continuum is altered and your uptight mainland cares seem trivial.

Heliotrope And Hotel Leo: Two Locally Focused Hotels in Downtown Bellingham
Jul 27, 2021
Steven Arbuckle/Whatcom Talk

If you’ve kept an eye on the hotel business around Bellingham in the last few years, you’ve noticed a couple noteworthy changes. First, the Heliotrope replaced an old motor inn in the neighborhoods north of downtown, and then the Hotel Leo transformed the historic Leopold Building in the heart of the downtown. Both projects involved Peter Frazier, who is happy to share the evolution of both businesses.

Photos: Lummi Island Idyll
Jul 24, 2021
John Nelson/Spokesman Review

You won't find a more relaxed place to spend a few days than Lummi Island, near Bellingham in northwest Washington.

We stayed at a lovely Hicamp location called Pumpkin Patch with a View. We ate great food, hiked and biked, and basically just hung out.

Wash. State Border Towns Await Influx of Canadians in Anticipation of Looser Travel Rules
Jul 20, 2021
Tyler Orton/BIV

Despite the potential for Canadians to make a return in the near future, Sandy Ward, president and CEO of the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Bureau, said questions still remain over the logistics of tourists making a return south of the border.

Tourism Sector Shares Concerns About Canada-U.S. Border Reopening Plan
Jul 19, 2021
Regan Hasegawa & Alissa Thibault / CTV News

Businesses south of the border are also anxious to welcome Canadians back.

“Some of our smaller, privately owned retail establishments tell us that as much as 30 to 40 per cent of their business comes from Canadians. So it's our small retailers, not just the big guys that have been hurt by the border closure,” said Sandy Ward, of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism.

With Border Reopening a Possibility Next Month, Whatcom Prepares to Welcome Canadians
Jul 19, 2021
Dave Gallagher/Bellingham Herald

When Canadians do come down to visit Whatcom County, Ward said they will see a tourism industry that’s already bouncing back. It’s been a busy summer for hotels, with most of them fully booked on the weekends with visitors from the region, particularly Seattle and Portland. 

Paddle To Lummi
Jul 19, 2021
MaryRose Denton/Cascadia Weekly

They touched the shore of the Olympic Peninsula on the weekend and were greeted in the Klallam language. Coastal tribes from Washington and British Columbia were welcomed to the revitalized estuary of the Elwah by youth of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe for the first time since 2005.

Escape Easily Here’s Ten Things to Do in Bellingham
Jul 08, 2021
Visit Bellingham/Seattle Met

Come as you are but stay like we do when you hit our top 10 list for Bellingham fun. Sightsee, savor, unwind, and smile! Spend two or three days exploring: marvel at two scenic byways and make memories with access to world-class fun.

Chill in One of These Five Western Washington Water Holes
Jul 06, 2021
Anne Erickson/KING 5 Evening

It’s a short hike to Racehorse Falls in Whatcom County, a more challenging place for a plunge.

Sowing the Seeds of Change at Atwood Farm Brewery
Jun 30, 2021
Kendall Jones/Seattle PI

Putting the “farm” back in “farmhouse” - I don’t like to be the guy who says, “Neener neener, look at me! Here’s something you can’t do,” but this is different. I recently enjoyed a visit to Atwood Farm Brewery in rural Whatcom County, Washington.

Best Spots for National Ice Cream Month
Jun 30, 2021
Harriet Baskas/AAA Journey

Bellingham - Mallard Ice Cream, in a cheery storefront, crafts their ice cream five gallons at a time, with high-quality, “real food” ingredients going into each batch. Permanent flavors include Super Chocolate (a dense, dark, fudgy concoction) and Peppermint (using a custom, house blend of mints); rotating selections include flavors such as Chocolate Lavender, Rose, Cinnamon, Nerds and Turmeric. 

72 hours in Northern Inland Puget Sound
Jun 25, 2021
Dan Radil/Wine Press Northwest

Neatly tucked away in the northwest corner of Washington’s Inland Puget Sound region sit Whatcom and Skagit counties. Each is somewhat rectangular in shape, Whatcom stacked atop Skagit. Together, the two share a remarkably similar geography.

A US Town Marooned at the Tip of a Canadian Peninsula
Jun 24, 2021
Richard Read/LA Times

Point Roberts, Wash., long prospered as an appendage of Canada. Its economy thrived on sales of gasoline, groceries and alcohol at prices considered a bargain by Canadians, whose frequent visits helped make the border station one of the busiest crossing points between the two countries. 

With Travel Restrictions Barely Easing, US-Canada Border Towns Stuck in Economic Limbo
Jun 24, 2021
Paul Roberts/Seattle Times

At Border Mailbox and Parcel, just minutes from the U.S.-Canada border, owner Doug Hornsby all but trips over the economic fallout of the pandemic every time he comes to work. Before COVID-19, Hornsby’s customers were primarily Canadians who used his Blaine address for their online purchases to take advantage of cheaper U.S. shipping.

Where to Eat and Drink This Weekend Bellingham
Jun 24, 2021
Kendall Jones/Seattle PI

Easy as One, Two Three - Truth be told, I couldn’t wait. I am here, in Bellingham, right now. Been up here this week catching up with the ever-changing, ever-expanding beer scene in the ‘ham. 

Chuckanut Brewing Opening Another Location, in Portland
Jun 21, 2021
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

Chuckanut Brewery, the award-winning brewery noted for making some of the finest craft lagers in America, recently announced that it will open a third location. Get ready, Portland, you’re in for a treat. Though beer lovers in The Rose City may already be familiar with Chuckanut’s award-winning beers, they’re about to get a lot of them. 

Washington Brewer to Open Portland Pub
Jun 16, 2021
Andre Meunier/Bend Bulletin

Chuckanut Brewery, the Northwest brewer of German-style and other lagers, has submitted a liquor license application to open a beer hall in southeast Portland.

Chuckanut Co-Founder On Coming to Portland: ‘We Can’t Wait to Get There'
Jun 16, 2021
Andre Meunier/The Oregonian

A day after news broke that lager-maker Chuckanut Brewery of Bellingham plans a Portland beer hall, the co-founder of the heralded brewery said ownership is excited to come to Portland despite being unsure how long it will take to open the place. 

Chuckanut, Acclaimed Bellingham Lager Brewery, Plans to Open SE Portland Beer Hall
Jun 15, 2021
Andre Meunier/The Oregonian

Chuckanut Brewery, the highly acclaimed Northwest brewer of German-style and other lagers, has submitted a liquor license application to open a beer hall in Southeast Portland.

Southwest Airlines Coming to Bellingham International Airport
Jun 12, 2021
Gordon Hoekstra/Vancouver Sun

Southwest Airlines will start flying out of Bellingham beginning in November to Las Vegas and Oakland, Calif, hoping to capitalize on an expected border reopening.

Brews with a View
Jun 09, 2021
Amy Kepferle/Cascadia Weekly

In Bellingham, if one wanted to visit a different brewery, beer garden or cider house each day, it would take approximately a year to get through them all. I kid, but it can hard to keep up with the ever-lengthening list of places to go to slake our collective thirst.

2021 Top 10 Remote-Ready Cities in the US
Jan 26, 2021
Sarah Kuta/Livability

3. Bellingham, WA

Bellingham’s natural beauty and year-round recreation activities will help you stay motivated and work efficiently at your remote job – as soon as you’re done for the day (or even during lunch!), you can head outside and get moving. Bellingham is located right on the water of Bellingham Bay, just 20 miles south of the Canadian border.

Top 16 Scenic Places To Bike Around The State
Nov 23, 2020
Paul Letourneau/1889 Magazine

Bellingham - Chuckanut Mountain
Getting pumped up on the Puget Sound is pretty easy when you’re bombing Chuckanut Mountain on a mountain bike or downhill mountain bike. Banked turns with steep, flowing singletrack will get your adrenaline pumping.

Wild, Wet & Beautiful - A Northwest Getaway
Jun 01, 2020
MaryRose Denton/Food Wine Travel Magazine

My partner and I have come up to Semiahmoo Resort for a long weekend and rejuvenation getaway. 

Bellingham by Way of Beer
Sep 05, 2019
Kendall Jones/Sip Magazine

Since 1995 Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro has anchored the local beer scene and remains a cornerstone of the community. It was the lone voice in the wilderness until 2008 when Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen opened for business. A few years later in 2012, Kulshan Brewing became the city’s third brewery. Since then things have snowballed, with fledgling breweries like Structures, Twin Sisters and Stone’s Throw opening within just the last four years and garnering enough buzz to bring Seattleites north to savor suds.