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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.

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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