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Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Old-fashioned fun awaits families at the Lynden Pioneer Museum
Hilary Parker

As a chill in the air hints at the coming winter months, this mom starts brainstorming ideas for indoor activities that can fill our family time with something other than screen time. A wonderful place to engage and educate all ages is the Lynden Pioneer Museum. Located on scenic Front Street in downtown Lynden, WA, […]

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Explore Hands-on Art at Mindport in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

If you’ve ever been disappointed about not being able to touch the exhibits in a museum or art gallery, Mindport is for you. This eclectic interactive science and art gallery in downtown Bellingham, WA is an extravaganza of original hands-on art found nowhere else. Not just for kids, Mindport encourages the curious and the young at […]

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
My Ideal Day in Bellingham – 10 Must Do’s

10 “must do’s” in Bellingham if you love great tasting food, beautiful views and more. You can complete this list in any order and go home feeling like you’ve truly experienced Bellingham. (Warning: if you don’t mind getting a little dirty and sweaty, eating really awesome food, taking in gorgeous views, arts and books, you […]

Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Better Than Your Own Living Room: Kids Love Best Buds Gaming Lounge in Bellingham
Hilary Parker

What is your version of heaven on earth? If you are my 11-year-old son, it would have to be Best Buds Gaming Lounge, located in Mackenzie Alley of the Historic Fairhaven District in Bellingham. They even have the classic Nintendo Duck Hunt. When was the last time you saw Duck Hunt? Imagine a place to […]

Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Bellingham’s Sylvia Center for the Arts
Lorraine Wilde

This is an update to the orginal post dated Nov. 7, 2016 Bellingham is very fortunate to be the chosen home of many talented musicians and artists and that includes a variety of theatre, music and dance performers. Sylvia Center for the Arts, a evolving performance space has been up and running for about a […]

Sunday, October 1st, 2017
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 Tuesday this year. Here’s an updated list to satisfy everyone from families to college students to the curious spirits among […]

Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Park and Fly Hotel Packages in Bellingham
Annette Bagely

Heading off to Hawaii, or Las Vegas, or another exciting destination from Bellingham International Airport (BLI)? Wondering where to leave your car? Numerous hotels in Bellingham offer special Park and Fly packages which include extended parking at the hotel, an overnight stay, and free shuttle service when booked directly through the hotel’s front desk. Each […]

Monday, September 18th, 2017
Celebrate Oktoberfest Near Bellingham, WA in 2017
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. It doesn’t make sense, and that’s ok. Because in Bellingham, Oktoberfest events are as good a […]

Monday, September 18th, 2017
6 Stops for Hunting Fall Pumpkins in Whatcom County
Lauren Kramer

Fall and pumpkins go hand in hand. There’s something so festive about those massive pumpkins and how they emerge in perfect roundness from the earth. If you’re searching for where to find pumpkin patches near Bellingham in Whatcom County, treat yourself to a visit to one of these farms that stretch from Ferndale and Lynden […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Bellingham’s Secret Playground – Locust Beach
Todd Elsworth

In Bellingham, the best-kept secret for amazing access to the waterfront is Locust Beach. There’s always a hidden gem tucked away in any town, that only the locals know about.  You can ride your bike, take the bus, drive or come by water- as we chose to do on a sunny Sunday. We paddled the […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Top 5 Parks for Kids in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Hilary Parker

We must say, Whatcom County is filled with parks for little ones to enjoy. But we thought we’d make this list easy to digest. Here are just a few of our favorites: Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham Micro machines 🚲✨😍Eva and Papa @larsnbars learning how to #tootscoot haha A post shared by Pro Mountain Biker 🇺🇸 […]

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Cornwall Park is Fun Place to Play on Bay to Baker Trail
Todd Elsworth

The latest segment of the Bay to Baker Trail was recently opened in north Bellingham, crossing through Cornwall Park. “The new trail connection through Cornwall Park is already getting a lot of use. With playgrounds, spray park, picnic shelters, and disc golf, Cornwall is one of our most popular parks. The new trail is a great […]

Monday, September 11th, 2017
Atwood Ales: What’s Brewing on the Family Farm
Brandon Fralic

On a five-acre farm in northern Whatcom County, a family-owned and operated brewery is busy crafting unique small-batch farmhouse ales. There’s no public tasting room; no roadside sign announcing its presence. Just a 100-year old barn-turned brewery, a farmhouse, and some land for growing ingredients. This is Atwood Ales in Blaine, Washington (near Bellingham).  I […]

Monday, September 4th, 2017
Feel the Motion with Bellingham Repertory Dance
Lorraine Wilde

Now in its twelfth season, Bellingham Repertory Dance (BRD) continues to present high quality contemporary dance performance from choreographers from across the country. A nonprofit collective of highly accomplished performers, BRD brings two vibrant contemporary dance productions as well as youth and adult classes to the Bellingham and Whatcom County community each year. A new 7-day […]

Monday, August 21st, 2017
Fall favorite: Harvest time at BelleWood Acres
Hilary Parker

No place tastes more like fall than BelleWood Acres in Lynden. The orchard and farm have been a favorite of my family for years. The opportunity to pick and play in the crisp autumn air is one my kids never seem to tire of, and out-of-town guests have raved about the experience. Owners Dorie and […]

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
A Day on the Farm at Hovander Homestead Park
Hilary Parker

My first trip to Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale was as a child. My mother had visited, and thought I would enjoy seeing the historic home, barn and surrounding park lands. It made enough of an impression that, years later, I brought my own children. The Hovander Homestead became a park in 1971. The remaining […]

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Lynden’s Northwest Washington Fair 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. 14-19, 2017. The basics Getting there – Located north of Bellingham, in the idyllic farming town […]

Monday, August 14th, 2017
The Grand Opening of Bellingham’s Pump Track
Todd Elsworth

Let’s begin by answering the question, “What is a Pump Track?” Greg Heil, the editor of the mountain bike daily SingleTracks.com, lays it down, “A pump track is a continuous circuit of dirt rollers, berms, and jumps that loops back on itself, allowing you to ride it continuously” Source: SingleTracks.com  With the track as the […]

Monday, August 14th, 2017
In Search of Summer Snow – A Trip to Mt. Baker
HIlary Parker

It’s the middle of summer. It’s hot. What’s the best way to beat the heat? Ice cream is good. So is jumping in the lake. And sledding. Sledding?? Yes, sledding. It’s one of the benefits of living so close to Mt. Baker. At 5,100 feet above sea level, Artist Point on Mt. Baker is the […]

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Music and Art at Make.Shift Art Space in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

If immersing yourself in the local art and music of the places you visit is your thing, Make.Shift Art Space is the place to discover the talents of Bellingham and Whatcom County music and visual artists. Make.Shift is an all-ages DIY nonprofit art and music venue located in the core of Bellingham’s Downtown Arts District. […]

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Basecamp Bellingham: Krissy Moehl – Ultramarathon
Todd Elsworth

In our Basecamp Bellingham series, we are sharing stories about talented local athletes who choose to call Bellingham “Home”.  Krissy Moehl is a veteran elite ultramarathon runner, her home base is Bellingham, Washington. As a professional sponsored athlete, Krissy runs around the world for a living. In her 16 years in the industry, she has expanded […]

Monday, August 7th, 2017
Melvin Brewpub Brings the Ruckus to Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

By now you’ve heard the ruckus: Melvin Brewpub, also known as Melvingham, is open in Bellingham. And it’s causing quite the commotion. Beer lovers are flocking to Bellingham from around the northwest to check Melvin out. Folks are driving in from Seattle and British Columbia exclusively to try the new taproom. Seattle’s even a little […]

Monday, August 7th, 2017
Get to Know the Bellingham Band: Polecat
Lorraine Wilde

Polecat’s new single, “Come Along,” instantly feels like a Bellingham summer. When people find out that I’m a writer, they often make suggestions about who or what I should write about. That’s how I discovered the talented Bellingham band Polecat. They were suggested to me not only because they are one of Bellingham’s most well-known […]

Monday, July 31st, 2017
Good Time Girls Walking Tour in Bellingham
Lauren Kramer

If you’ve ever wondered about the seedy side of Bellingham’s history, you’ll need to take a walk with the Good Time Girls. A tour company delivered by costumed young women steeped in knowledge about the city’s less-known days gone by, the hour-long tours are full of humor and unforgettable insights. The Good Time Girls Tours […]

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Bring Your ‘Minis’ to Miniature World in Birch Bay
Hilary Parker

  The seaside village of Birch Bay, WA comes alive during the summer. Vacationers and day-trippers come to play in the surf, visit the water slides or enjoy a treat at the iconic C Shop. Miniature World Family Fun Center is only about a half-mile from the beach, and makes a great addition to a […]

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Lakewood is Lake Whatcom’s Best Kept Secret
Lauren Kramer

There’s an idyllic piece of land that borders Lake Whatcom on the eastern edge of Bellingham. Called Lakewood, it’s a 15-acre site that Western Washington University purchased back in the 1920s for student recreation. Only in the 1960s were the first buildings erected on the site, as students began racing watercraft. Many generations of students […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
DIY Crafts: Pottery, Painting and Soap Making in Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

Feeling creative? Finding arts and crafts outlets for my creativity is exciting, relaxing, productive and fun–all at once! Bellingham and Whatcom County have a number of satisfying ways to quench your creative thirst. Local businesses able you to make your own ceramics and pottery, paintings and soap so you can hone your craft, decorate your […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Bellingham Bay Brewers Cruise: The World is Your Oyster

A rousing mix of classic rock and country music plays as I sip Icicle Brewing’s Dark Persuasion, squinting into the sunlight. It’s the quintessential Bellingham summertime activity: beer and music by the bay. Only this time, the experience proves even more sublime. I’m on a boat, Bellingham Bay underfoot. The world is my oyster. San […]

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Summer Hiking in Mt Baker Wilderness to Hannegan Pass and Peak
Todd Elsworth

I spent the night at Silver Fir Campground on the Mount Baker Highway to enjoy the sound of the North Fork of the Nooksack River flowing by as I comfortably laid in my tent. The campground is 12 miles passed Glacier and offers an excellent base camp for exploring the Mount Baker Wilderness. There are […]

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Paint the town Raspberry Red at Lynden’s Northwest Raspberry Festival
Lauren Kramer

If you love raspberries, you’ll want to soak up the festivities at the annual Northwest Raspberry Festival, held on Front Street in downtown Lynden, WA the third weekend in July. The celebration has been a Lynden tradition for 20 years, starting as a humble sidewalk sale back in 1997. The event features two stages with […]

Monday, July 10th, 2017
10 Hoppin’ Music Venues in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

Whether you love rock, hip-hop, jazz, blues, soul, folk, or classical, Whatcom County has it covered any night of the week with a variety of live music venues. You can dance, bang your head, or sit and enjoy a savory snack and a drink, this list of my favorite venues will sate any music-lover’s quest […]

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Lummi Island Guided Culinary Foraging Trip with Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures
Todd Elsworth

Curious about foraging in the Salish Sea, I recently set out on a tasting adventure by sea kayak off Lummi Island. We met our guide, Kristi with Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures, at the world famous Willows Inn on Lummi Island. There were two couples and myself who had signed up for the Wild Foraging Educational Tour sea kayaking […]

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Out on the Town: Downtown Bellingham Art Walk with Kids
Hilary Parker

This spring the kids and I have been expanding our horizons with trips to Downtown Bellingham on the first Friday of the month for the Art Walk. Sure, we’ve been to the Whatcom Museum, but seeing the art in the studios where it is created gives it another dimension. Galleries, shops and restaurants all participate […]

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
Brews and Views: Where to Celebrate Independence Day in Bellingham

Fire up the grill and break out the beer: Independence Day is right around the corner. In Whatcom County, 4th of July fireworks shows light up the night from Bellingham to Blaine, with more than enough local craft brews to go around. Here’s where to celebrate our nation’s independence — beer in hand. Haggen Family […]

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
The Big Cheese: Whatcom Cheese makers are the Cream of the Crop
Lauren Kramer

If you love cheese, you’ll want to know this: back in 2005 there were just six cheese makers in Washington State. Fast forward 11 years and we now boast a whopping 71 artisans who are passionate about their product, fastidious about the source of their ingredients and creators of some of the richest, creamiest, most […]

Monday, June 19th, 2017
4th of July Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

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

Monday, June 19th, 2017
Seasonal Beers in Bellingham: Summer 2017
Brandon Fralic

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: summer is (finally, officially) here. And it’s bringing barrels of brews along with it. Not just your typical lawn mowing beers, either. Bellingham is showing off a variety of styles this summer, from pale ales to browns, Citraweisse to Coffee Vanilla Stout. Read on to find […]

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Shopping in Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District
Teresa Schmidt

The Historic Fairhaven District may be just a few blocks square along Bellingham Bay, but it’s packed with at least a day’s worth of shopping opportunities in Bellingham. Stroll the tree-lined streets, and in these quaint and historic (or rather new) brick buildings, you’ll find just about everything you need to spruce up yourself, your […]

Monday, June 12th, 2017
Pioneer Park in Ferndale Features the Largest Collection of Original Cedar Slab Pioneer Cabins
Lauren Kramer

In a peaceful, serene setting, rests an uninhabited village known as Pioneer Park, far enough away from the hum of I-5 traffic that you can step back in time and get a sense of what life was like for the early European settlers to this region of Washington State. The village is an impressive collection […]

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Father’s Day Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Sunday, June 18 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 Bend Elks at 3:05 p.m. What could be more […]