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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.

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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