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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 & 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 — Blaine, Washington. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

5 Can’t-Miss Stops Along Washington’s Mt. Baker Scenic Byway
Sep 22, 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.

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

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

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. 

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.

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