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Monday, December 10th, 2018
Bellingham’s Hops ‘N Headz is now HnH Taphouse and Grill
Brandon Fralic

Fans of Hops ‘N Headz — the family-friendly taphouse on Northwest Avenue in Bellingham — may have noticed some changes lately. That’s because the space is under new ownership, with a new name and rebrand to boot. While the business has a fresh new face, its core elements — 30 craft taps, Asian-inspired food offerings, […]

Monday, December 10th, 2018
Explore the Arts, Heritage, Theater and Fun in Lovely Lynden, WA
Lorraine Wilde

Full of Dutch heritage, adorable Lynden, WA is just a short drive from Bellingham, only two hours from Seattle and five miles from the Canadian border at Aldergrove. The whole family can appreciate the arts year round in this cute little hamlet. Music, dance, stage productions, fine arts and crafts and an entire museum of Dutch […]

Monday, December 10th, 2018
Restaurants open in Bellingham and Whatcom County on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Annette

Looking for a great holiday meal? Here is a list of restaurants open for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day in Bellingham and Whatcom County. Most require reservations, so be sure to call ahead. (This post has been updated for 2018.) Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine, WA, 360-318-2000 Christmas Eve, Packers Restaurant and Bar will […]

Monday, November 26th, 2018
Get Charged Up at The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
Lorraine Wilde

No matter what your age, haven’t you been fascinated by the ‘magic’ of the forces we cannot see and therefore struggle to understand? Wireless technology, radio and television transmission, and magnetism all seem to defy the confines of our physical world. And yet our daily existence takes them all for granted. That’s why my family […]

Monday, November 26th, 2018
Holiday Cheer: Beer Gifts and Events in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

The holidays are here, and gift-giving time has arrived. Are there any beer lovers on your list? If so, Bellingham breweries offer everything from bottles and cans to swag and seasonal events. Savor the season with these beer gifts and event ideas in Whatcom County. Seasonal Beers Once upon a time, when there were just […]

Monday, November 19th, 2018
Santa Sightings around Bellingham and Whatcom County

That jolly old elf Saint Nick is making the rounds to public places throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County to hear the Christmas wishes of all the good little girls and boys. Haven’t caught up with him yet? There’s still time before the reindeer fly! Here’s where you can find him: Olde Fashioned Christmas One of […]

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
Where to Buy Local Gifts in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Sustainable Connections Online Gift Guide To make shopping for local gifts in Bellingham easy this holiday season Sustainable Connections has created a new online gift guide featuring a plethora of local businesses from around Whatcom County. Find the perfect holiday gift, and easily sort by gift type or budget. Explore gift ideas for friends and […]

Monday, November 12th, 2018
El Capitan’s: Time-tested Gourmet Sausages in Downtown Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

While walking down Bellingham’s Railroad Avenue one day when I notice a sign: El Capitan’s has moved. Suddenly, I’m transported back to 2009. It’s 1:30 am, the bars are closing, and our crew needs some substantial fare. Fortunately, The Captain can always be counted on for a late-night fix. Bring on the cream cheese and grilled […]

Monday, November 12th, 2018
Holiday Fun at Fairhaven Winterfest in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

I love that I will be in Bellingham for the holidays and get to experience the holiday spirit of Fairhaven Winterfest throughout November and December. I bring the whole family to this event and do my holiday shopping, take a carriage ride, sit on Santa’s lap, hear a variety of live holiday music, get a […]

Monday, November 5th, 2018
Bellingham’s Sylvia Center for the Arts
Lorraine Wilde

Bellingham is very fortunate to be the chosen home of many talented musicians and artists. That includes a variety of theater, music and dance performers. Sylvia Center for the Arts, an evolving performance space founded in 2016 in Bellingham’s Downtown Arts District, has recently completed its expansion to include the Lucas Hicks Theatre. As the […]

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Although many local businesses close for Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22, 2018), the following is a list of restaurants open for Thanksgiving Dinner in Bellingham and Whatcom County, along with hours, prices and locations. Most offer special menus or buffet dinners featuring traditional turkey and all the trimmings, to allow you a relaxing meal. Call ahead […]

Monday, October 29th, 2018
Live Community Theater at Bellingham Theatre Guild
Lorraine Wilde

The historic Bellingham Theatre Guild (BTG), a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, provides Bellingham broad community theater entertainment with feel-good musicals, comedic farce, and serious dramas. Some are world favorites, which stand in contrast to the avant-garde, irreverent original works offered at The iDiOM, now at Sylvia Center for the Arts, and the touring shows from around the world brought to […]

Monday, October 29th, 2018
Walking Guide to 4 Bellingham Breweries from Baker to the Bay
Brandon Fralic

There are many routes to find your way “from Baker to Bellingham Bay”. One could participate in the annual spring Ski to Sea race, traversing 93 miles from Mt. Baker Ski Area to Marine Park. Or spend a summer’s day hiking near Mount Baker, followed by a sunset at Bellingham’s “secret playground”, Locust Beach. In […]

Friday, October 26th, 2018
Holiday Craft Shows and Bazaars in Bellingham and Whatcom County

It’s time to start holiday shopping! Here is a handy list of local craft shows, holiday Bazaars and shopping events  in Bellingham, Lynden, Ferndale and Kendall, WA for the 2018 season. For more holiday fun also see our full list of Holiday Events in Whatcom County. Nov. 2 – 3, 2018 Holiday Bake Sale & […]

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Favorite 5 Fall Hikes in Whatcom County
Beau Gaughran

Fall is in full swing here in Whatcom County, and it’s the perfect time of year to lace up those hiking boots and get into the woods. With sunshine, cool temps, and beautiful foliage, the mountains are calling Bellingham visitors outside and onto the trails. With the Chuckanuts to the South and the Mt. Baker […]

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Holiday Events in Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

When the sun dips below the horizon, and the year comes to a close, Whatcom County lights up with festivities for all, in true northern style. Here is a 2018 list of must-see holiday events in Bellingham, Blaine, Birch Bay, Ferndale and Lynden. Bring your camera to capture photos of Santa! Then continue the fun […]

Monday, October 22nd, 2018
The Mix Restaurant in Downtown Bellingham
Lauren Kramer

If you love your soups and salads you’ll want to visit Mix, a new restaurant that opened October 10, 2018 at 215 W. Holly Street in downtown Bellingham. Serving build-your-own-salads, (also available as a Mixwich – i.e. in a flatbread wrap) protein topping options (tofu, chicken, steak, falafel or bacon ), soups and frozen custard […]

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Pumpkin Time with Families at Two Favorite Whatcom County Farms
Hilary Parker

October wouldn’t be complete without a family trip to the pumpkin patch! With so much agricultural land in Whatcom County, we are fortunate to have plenty of pumpkin picking options. Two of my family’s favorites are Stoney Ridge Farm and Cramer’s Western Town. (For a run-down on some of the other local places to get […]

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Basecamp Bellingham: Angi Weston – Professional Mountain Bike Coach
Beau Gaughran

In our Basecamp Bellingham series, we are sharing stories about talented local athletes who choose to call Bellingham “home”. Angi Weston is living the Bellingham dream. As a professional skills coach and owner of Radical Roots Mountain Bike Instruction, Angi lives and breathes mountain biking. So how did it all start? Angi’s career in mountain biking didn’t […]

Thursday, October 11th, 2018
Evolving Beyond Chocolate: Fairhaven’s New Evolve Chocolate Restaurant at Village Books
Lauren Kramer

We all love Village Books – I know I can browse those aisles for hours. Now there’s a new reason to visit this fabulous locale in Fairhaven district of Bellingham: its new, upstairs eatery, Evolve Chocolate & Café. Don’t get sidetracked by the chocolate. That’s just a teensy part of Christie and Shannon Fox’s culinary […]

Monday, October 8th, 2018
Whatcom Symphony Orchestra Provides Exceptional Classical Music Experiences in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

I’ve been fascinated by classical music ever since I heard my first Mozart as a teen—Eine kleine Nachtmusik. I was blown away by the idea that one person could not only compose a moving piece for more than 20 instruments playing simultaneously, but that the universal language of music could be adored around the world, […]

Monday, October 8th, 2018
Bellingham Beer Podcasts
Brandon Fralic

What I like about beer podcasts are their versatility: with a pair of headphones, you can enjoy a good podcast almost anywhere. Podcasts don’t demand your undivided attention like other forms of education or entertainment (such as reading a book or watching a movie). You can listen while driving, walking, or washing the dishes. It’s […]

Sunday, September 30th, 2018
Bleedingham: Bellingham’s Horror Film Fest
Lorraine Wilde

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, way more than Christmas, and its never been about the candy. To me, Halloween is about becoming someone else for just one night, in your home made costume, running around silly in the darkness, and sharing that love of all things spooky with your friends and neighbors. Whatcom […]

Monday, September 17th, 2018
Downtime Taps: Experience the Pour in Ferndale
Brandon Fralic

Rachel taps her e-bracelet on the digital reader, pours herself a 6oz sample of Atwood Ales En Blanche, and takes a seat in the taproom. Sure, she’s a Cicerone Certified Beer Server with years of experience in the industry. But at Downtime Taps, you don’t have to be. Anyone age 21+ can pour their own […]

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Halloween Events in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Get out your costumes and mark your calendars – it’s time to get spooky in Bellingham and Whatcom County! Activities take place throughout the month of October leading up to Halloween, Oct. 31, which is a Wednesday this year. Here’s an updated list to satisfy everyone from families to college students to the curious spirits […]

Friday, September 14th, 2018
A-maizing Fun: Whatcom County Corn Mazes

It’s September and harvest season is upon us. Along with crunchy leaves underfoot and jugs of fresh-pressed apple cider, the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye and just perfect for getting lost in a corn maze. In Whatcom County we have two corn mazes to explore, hosted by the Lynden FFA and Bellewood […]

Monday, September 10th, 2018
International Artists Emphasize Endangered Species At Whatcom Museum in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

More than five years in the making, the new art exhibition, Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA is a masterful collection of more than 80 works of art, from rare books, sculpture and exquisite paintings to photography and cutting edge video, that span the nineteenth, twentieth, […]

Friday, August 31st, 2018
Bellingham SeaFeast Celebrates Food, Fishing, Art and Music
Lorraine Wilde

As its name implies, the Third Annual Bellingham SeaFeast will showcase Bellingham’s waterfront, maritime heritage, and its internationally-renowned fishing and seafood industry’s unsurpassed culinary bounty. But while you’re downing a local oyster or grilled wild salmon, don’t overlook the equally impressive visual and performing arts and musical entertainment they have planned for September 21 and 22, […]

Friday, August 31st, 2018
Celebrate Oktoberfest Near Bellingham, WA in 2018
Brandon Fralic

A harvest festival celebrated since the early 1800’s, Oktoberfest is traditionally held during the month of September in Germany. Here in the Northwest, we mix it up, with some Oktoberfest events starting in September, and others held in October. Regardless of when they are held, Oktoberfest events are as good a reason as any to […]

Monday, August 27th, 2018
Galbraith Mountain New Expert Mountain Bike Trails Open – Mohawk and Spacewolf
Todd Elsworth

If you’re looking for BIG Action on mountain bikes – head up to two of the new challenging trails on Galbraith Mountain – just on the outskirts of Bellingham. Mohawk and Spacewolf offer experienced riders two difficult and very different experiences: Flow and Steep respectively. Both are listed as Black Diamond runs on Trailforks– a […]

Monday, August 20th, 2018
Rounding Up Bellingham’s Craft Brewery Scene
Brandon Fralic

So much beer, so little time. With 15 brewery locations now operating in Bellingham and Whatcom County, it can be tricky to keep track of them all. And there are many variables to consider when choosing your watering hole. Which ones offer food? Can you bring the kids? Fido? Do they offer happy hour? Who’s […]

Monday, August 20th, 2018
Chorale Music in Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

Choirs have always impressed me. Many different voices working together in a moving performance can bring me to tears. Whether they’re ancient, gospel or secular, I admire and appreciate the talent and cooperation it takes to sing well and honor the musical legacy. Belllingham and Whatcom County offer performances by many different groups throughout the […]

Monday, August 20th, 2018
Family Camping at Silver Lake Park
Hilary Parker

When I imagine the quintessential summer camping trip what I’m imagining is Silver Lake Park. Silver Lake Park is owned by Whatcom County and sits near the base of Mount Baker. Just 40 minutes from Bellingham, the park’s namesake lake is nestled in between the foothills and is picture-perfect pretty. Being so close to town, […]

Monday, August 13th, 2018
Waypoint Park Opens New Beach on Bellingham Waterfront
Todd Elsworth

Opening up the newly developed downtown Bellingham waterfront to the public, Waypoint Park is a welcome beacon for “Bellinghamsters” and visitors alike. Whether you’ve lived here a lifetime or are just passing through, public access to the waterfront in downtown, is recognized as a valuable attraction. Waypoint Park The City of Belingham explains on it’s […]

Monday, August 13th, 2018
Introducing Twin Sisters Brewing and Bellingham Beer Garden
Brandon Fralic

The dog days of summer have arrived, carrying Twin Sisters Brewing and Bellingham Beer Garden along with them. And you know what that means? We now have 15 breweries in Bellingham and Whatcom County! With so many breweries in a city of less than 90,000 residents, new ventures have to do more than offer good beer […]

Monday, August 6th, 2018
Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden is a Family Favorite
Hilary Parker

In my household, it just wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the Northwest Washington Fair. In fact, I don’t know if it’s me or my kids who look forward to it more! This year the fair is Aug. 13-18, 2018. The basics Getting there – Located north of Bellingham, in the idyllic farming town […]

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
Enjoy Subdued Stringband Jamboree at Deming Log Show Grounds
Lorraine Wilde

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than at an outdoor music festival and no better way to get to know the Bellingham and Whatcom County music scene than at the family-friendly Subdued Stringband Jamboree. Get your single-day or full weekend passes online now and help them celebrate their 18th Annual festival August 9 through 11, […]

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
Family-friendly Breweries in Bellingham
Hilary Parker

The burgeoning brewery scene in Bellingham has people taking notice. If you are a craft beer connoisseur, you likely rejoice at all the variety. So many beers, so little time! But beer lovers who are also parents can be hard-pressed to get away without the kids to give the newest brews in town a try. […]

Monday, July 16th, 2018
3 Summer Trails and Apres-hike Ales in Whatcom County
Brandon Fralic

When summer hits in Bellingham it’s a game-changer. Suddenly, happy hikers head for the hills via Mount Baker Highway, whose ski area is transformed into a wildflower wonderland in the warmer months. We’ve covered year-round hikes and happy hours around Whatcom County, along with winter trails and ales.  Below, we’ve paired a few favorite summer-only […]

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard Rentals at Lake Padden
Todd Elsworth

Bellingham’s Lake Padden Park has a lot to offer in the summer months. You can rent single and tandem sit on top kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) from Yeager’s Sporting Goods in the park to get out on the water and try these fun fair weather sports. Whether you’re a local or a visitor to […]

Monday, July 9th, 2018
The New Classics: 6 More Exemplary Bellingham Beers
Brandon Fralic

Previously on this blog, I detailed 6 Classic Bellingham Beers to introduce newcomers to the Bellingham beer scene. This time around, we’ll take a look at Bellingham’s new classics — the second wave of breweries that defined our local beer scene in 2014-2015. The New Classics 2014 was a big year in the Bellingham beer […]

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
Hiking Samish Crest Trail in Bellingham
Todd Elsworth

The hidden gem of the Samish Crest Trail is a piece of the puzzle that the Bellingham Greenways levy helps accomplish – connecting Bellingham neighborhoods with trails and parks. The trail brings you up to a lookout over the city and bay. It also continues from Racine Street through to Lake Padden for the adventurous […]

Monday, July 2nd, 2018
Downtown Sounds Enlivens the Summer Streets of Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

Now in its 14th year, Downtown Sounds, is a free outdoor concert series that brings local and nationally touring bands, area food vendors, and a beverage garden to Bay Street on five Wednesday nights in July and August. One of my favorite summer events in Bellingham, it began as a small gathering hosted in an alley but […]

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
4th of July Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Put on your red, white and blue and prepare to be festive. July 4, 2018 is packed with fun things to do in Bellingham and Whatcom County. View parades, classic cars, and baseball. Enjoy old-time games, outdoor music, craft beer, delicious BBQ and fireworks by land and sea, while you celebrate Independence Day in style. […]

Monday, June 18th, 2018
6 Classic Bellingham Beers: A Beginner’s Guide
Brandon Fralic

When it comes to beer — like most things in life — we’ve all gotta start somewhere. My love for Bellingham beer began at Boundary Bay on my 21st birthday nearly a decade ago. In the years since I have observed the Bellingham beer scene blossom — from a two-brewery town to today’s boomtown of […]

Monday, June 18th, 2018
Fun with Western Summer Theatre
Lorraine Wilde

Western Washington University’s (WWU) Theatre Arts Program trains emerging actors, writers, directors and theatre technicians. Each summer as part of Western Summer Theatre (WST) these artists get the chance to practice their craft immersively, on stage, while on break from classes, often alongside their accomplished professors and with thespians visiting from around the world. This gives the […]

Friday, June 15th, 2018
Family Fun at the Commercial Street Night Market
Hilary Parker

The Commercial Street Night Market combines a little bit of food, art, music and, of course, shopping into one of downtown Bellingham’s newest evening attractions. The event is hosted by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, the same organization that puts on Downtown Sounds. For this event, Commercial Street is closed down for vendors, food trucks and […]

Thursday, June 14th, 2018
Bellingham Festival of Music Silver Anniversary Season, June 30 – July 20, 2018
Lorraine Wilde

Classical music has always impressed me. I tend to study the performers while they play. I enjoy seeing the differences between them, the passion and focus of each artist, and how they deliver the emotion of each piece through their craft. So many talented musicians coming together from diverse backgrounds, sometimes with little rehearsal, under the […]

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
Father’s Day Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Sunday, June 17 is the day to honor Dad with a fun activity he’s sure to enjoy. Here’s a list of ideas in Bellingham and throughout the county: Take Him Out to the Ballgame This year, the Bellingham Bells are home on Father’s Day, against the Portland Pickles at 3:05 p.m. What could be more […]

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
Celebrating Diversity at the Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival
Lorraine Wilde

Consistently listed as one of the top places to live and visit in America, Bellingham and Whatcom County are experiencing rapid population growth. For example, the area’s Hispanic and Sikh populations have significantly increased in the past few years. This growth has not only stimulated our local economy but also resulted in a greater awareness […]