Insider Blogs


Monday, June 4th, 2018
Aslan Depot: Barrels and Blending in Downtown Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

Established in 2014, Aslan Brewing is one of the most widely-known breweries in Bellingham. Slick marketing, organic beer, and a vibrant, trendy brewpub culture have propelled Aslan to top-of-mind for many beer lovers inside and outside Whatcom County. And in 2018, Aslan opened its second location, Aslan Depot, just one block away from the original […]

Monday, June 4th, 2018
Get Onboard with Skagit Tours – Gorge, Diablo and Ross Dams
Todd Elsworth

Offering the best Dam Tours inside North Cascades National Park you have three great options with Skagit Tours for taking in the majestic mountains and the man-made marvels that have helped power the growing needs of Seattle since 1924! Our group was able to pack in a full day and experience the legacy of Seattle […]

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Stroll Through the Outdoor Art of Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

The Pacific Northwest may be known for its rainy winter season, but Bellingham and Whatcom County are also known for their incredible summer beauty. So when the weather is good I like to appreciate the diverse, thought-provoking outdoor art. The best part is, viewing is free and I can explore at my own pace. The […]

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Bike Camping for Beginners – Bellingham to Larrabee State Park
Todd Elsworth

I am a lifelong cyclist. I ride to work and for fun and in all those years, I’ve yet to go on a bike tour/camp out. With the advances in technology in regard to bikes and camping, I figured it was about time to crack this nut. To get started, I re-purposed an old “hardtail” […]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
Drayton Harbor Oyster Company and a Fresh Oyster Experience in Blaine
Sarah Climaco

A border town surrounded by glorious views of the Drayton Harbor with Mount Baker in the distance, Blaine, Wash. is re-emerging as a new destination for fresh seafood. Drayton Harbor Oyster Company’s Pacific oysters are one of the many reasons why people are visiting from far and wide. Those who make the visit argue that […]

Monday, May 21st, 2018
Wander Brewing: Crafting Beer and Community in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

When Wander Brewing first opened its doors in 2014, the Bellingham beer landscape looked a little different than it does today. Only a handful of breweries — Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, and Kulshan — existed in town before Wander came along. During the four short years since, Wander has propelled itself from “new kid on the […]

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
Exploring the Hundred Acre Wood with Kids
Hilary Parker

An abundance of trails weaves through Bellingham’s Fairhaven Park and the Chuckanut Community Forest, which leads you to the Hundred Acre Wood. The trails consist of a two-mile loop, over easily walkable ground, and lets you have great access to nature. You can access the Hundred Acre Wood through Fairhaven Park, where parking and bathrooms are […]

Monday, May 14th, 2018
Car Shows in Whatcom County, Washington
Annette Bagley

Artistic curves, kaleidoscopic colors, and the shine – oh the shine. This is the view of a car show on a beautiful, cloudless summer day in Whatcom County. It’s the history that draws me in. I imagine a local family out for a slow Sunday drive as I admire a 1911 Model T. Or I […]

Monday, May 14th, 2018
See the Real Bellingham At Commercial Street Night Market
Lorraine Wilde

There’s no better way to get to know a town than by going to their public market. In addition to the Saturday Farmers Market, Downtown Bellingham has taken it one step further. The Commercial Street Night Market, hosted by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, is the perfect way to kick off a weekend and get to […]

Monday, May 14th, 2018
4 Arcade Bars Serving Craft Beer in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

With the recent opening of the Ruckus Room, Bellingham suddenly has enough arcade bars and gaming lounges around town for a proper roundup. From kids to adults; old-school pinball wizards to modern console gamers, there’s an arcade for everyone in Whatcom County. And local craft beer lovers rejoice: each of these four arcades serve up […]

Friday, May 4th, 2018
Top 5 Parks for Kids in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Hilary Parker

Whatcom County is filled with an array of city and county parks from Blaine to Bellingham. If you’re looking for some suggestions for where to take your little on a sunny day, here are some highlights of parks throughout the county. The parks range from playgrounds to other attractions and amenities. Who knows parks better […]

Monday, April 30th, 2018
Growlers Keep: Fresh Beer To Go in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

Growlers are a great alternative to cans and bottles for carrying beer. Their use reduces waste and facilitates the consumption of fresh beer, straight from the keg. But growlers have their drawbacks as well. Fills can be expensive (upwards of $15 for 64-ounces), and growler-clad beer doesn’t typically stay fresh for more than a couple […]

Monday, April 30th, 2018
Music, Art and Outside Play at Lookout Arts Quarry
Lorraine Wilde

One of my favorite ways to appreciate music and art is at an outdoor festival. Luckily, Whatcom County has a natural outdoor venue designed for just that purpose. Lookout Arts Quarry located south of Bellingham on Old Highway 99 N is an arts collective that produces and hosts new creative, culturally-diverse works of all disciplines through […]

Monday, April 16th, 2018
Your Guide to Bellingham Beer Week 2018
Brandon Fralic

It’s April, and Bellingham is bursting at the seams with a beer buzz. Bellingham Beer Week 2018 takes place April 20th – 28th! The 7th annual Bellingham Beer Week will feature everything from special beer releases and author events to a paper airplane contest and dog walking. With 14 breweries in Whatcom County, 2018 is […]

Monday, April 16th, 2018
Tour Street Art Around Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

Bellingham and Whatcom County offer an abundance of galleries and museums to showcase the work of a wide variety of local and touring visual artists. This week I had the pleasure of meeting Bellingham’s most prolific street artist, known by many names, including ‘Ruckas,’ ‘PKLZ’ and his given name, Shawn Cass. This Bellingham-based graffiti artist turned […]

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Cross Country Skiing at Razor Hone Creek’s Cougar Loop off Mount Baker Highway
Todd Elsworth

The Mount Baker Highway (SR 542) from Bellingham provides access to groomed cross-country skiing trails in the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. Salmon Ridge Sno Park is just 13 miles past the community of Glacier, which is the last outpost for supplies before you enter the wilderness. Heads up: To park, a Washington State Sno-Park Pass is required to […]

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
Relax with Pizza and Beer at Greene’s Corner in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

What do you get when you combine a bottle shop, taphouse, cafe, and catering business under a single roof? Greene’s Corner, of course! If you haven’t checked it out yet, this budding community hub at 2208 James Street should be your next stop for beer in Bellingham. Owners Lance Bailey and Kristine Kager first opened […]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
3 Hikes Paired with Happy Hours Around Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

Whether you love craft beer or hiking, you don’t need to decide in Bellingham. Fortunately, we have more than our fair share of both in Whatcom County, with an abundance of trails and lots of cool spots to grab a drink. Since it never hurts to save a few bucks, why not pair your next hike with […]

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
Mountain Biking Bellingham’s Galbraith with Kids
Todd Elsworth

Mountain biking has taken over Bellingham! You and your kids can too. It’s not just the adults out having fun riding mountain bikes these days. Kids of all ages enjoy the bounty of manicured trails that wind through our fair city. Whether you are a Bellinghamster, or just in town for a couple days – get out […]

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
7 Ways to Explore Railway Art and History in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

By air, sea, car or train, there are so many ways to get to and enjoy Bellingham and Whatcom County! The railway played an integral role in establishing our area as an economic center in the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. The area was historically mined for coal, functioned as a major timber port, and later […]

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
3 Things To Know Before You Go to Your First Roller Betties Bout
Hilary Parker

Just when your family is complaining there’s nothing left to do in Whatcom County that they haven’t done before, enter the Bellingham Roller Betties. The preseason games take place at the Lynden Skateway, and the regular season takes place in Bellingham at Whatcom Community College. The upcoming games are March 31, April 21, May 12 […]

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
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 you 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 […]

Monday, March 12th, 2018
Geocaching Bellingham – Exploring Neighborhoods and the Chuckanut Mountains
Todd Elsworth

I was recently introduced to the world of Geocaching and immediately got hooked. My journey actually started at the global Headquarters of Geocaching.com in Seattle, WA. Their office space is a destination for Geocachers worldwide. If you are new to the outdoor activity, this story can give you a taste of what to expect in Bellingham, […]

Monday, March 5th, 2018
Bellingham Volkssporting – Out with the Tulip Trekkers
Todd Elsworth

Interested in walking, but prefer to walk with others? Volkssporting might be the perfect outdoor activity for you. Volkssporting Clubs are a worldwide phenomenon – even up here in Bellingham in the upper left corner (aka “The Fourth Corner”) of the contiguous 48 states. Based out of Mount Vernon to the south, The Northwest Tulip […]

Monday, March 5th, 2018
Overflow Taps: A Home for Craft Beer in Bellingham Barkley Village
Brandon Fralic

Visiting Overflow Taps was on my to-do list for months. Launched in Lynden in 2016, the socially responsible taphouse donates $0.25 of every pint to charity. But with so many excellent breweries in Bellingham, I’ve never made the drive north to check out their Lynden location. So when Overflow Taps opened a second location in […]

Monday, February 26th, 2018
Find St. Paddy’s Day Fun in Bellingham

When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Bellingham and Whatcom County know how to do it right! It’s true, there is no place like Bellingham for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an annual affair that keeps us coming back for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  From a serious trail run featuring goofy green outfits […]

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Fairhaven Library Storytime Transports Families to Many Lands
Hilary Parker

Regardless of the weather outside, inside the warmth of the Fireplace Room at the Fairhaven Library in Bellingham members of the Storyteller’s Guild transport listeners to far away lands during storytime one Friday each month. I’ve been curious about this monthly storytelling gathering for quite some time, and I have to admit I regret not […]

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Hike the Chanterelle Trail in North Bellingham’s Lake Whatcom Park
Todd Elsworth

The new Chanterelle Trail in North Bellingham’s Lake Whatcom Park is destined to become a popular hiking (and mountain biking) destination for locals and visitors alike. As part of a larger plan for trails that are all interconnected, the Chanterelle Trail is the first gem in a larger necklace of trails that will be draped […]

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Celebrate Washington Beer Open House in Whatcom County
Brandon Fralic

Wouldn’t it be fun if — just for a day — you could waltz into just about any brewery in town and take a tour? Maybe sample some seasonal or barrel-aged brews? And why not go so far as to meet the brewers themselves? Thanks to the Washington Beer Commission and several local breweries, you […]

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Stroll Through Art Walks in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

One of the best ways to get to know a town is through their art. Bellingham and Whatcom County are home to hundreds of artists. From sculptors to painters, photographers and potters, there are so many ways to appreciate the visual arts. One of the best ways to take it all in is through art […]

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
5 New Spots to Grab a Drink in Downtown Bellingham
Sarah Climaco

I am a visitor turned local and I’m biased when I say I love Bellingham. This city is full of character, arts, live music and thoughtful community members. But that is not why I stayed here, it’s the downtown scene. From foodie stops to local shops to coffeehouses and craft cocktail spots, the relaxed nature […]

Sunday, February 4th, 2018
Live Music and Pinball at The Shakedown and The Racket
Lorraine Wilde

I love Bellingham in part because of its vibrant music scene that can be appreciated across a variety of Whatcom County music venues. A mainstay in the community is The Shakedown, known for its rocking good time and its adjacent quieter sister bar, The Racket Bar and Pinball Lounge. It’s the place to go for rock and […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Snowshoe White Salmon Road with Views of Mount Shuksan
Todd Elsworth

If you’re looking for an introduction to snowshoeing near Bellingham, head for the hills near Mount Baker via east Hwy SR542. At milepost 52, after the swooping curve in the road is the trailhead for White Salmon Road at 3,075′ elevation- just enough to get great snow. The undulating road winds through the Mount Baker […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Best Buds Gaming Lounge: Serving up Nostalgia in Fairhaven
Brandon Fralic

I was five years old when I played my first video games on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It only took a few rounds of Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt before I developed a near-obsessive video gaming hobby that lasted well into my twenties. Piles of Nintendo Power and PlayStation Magazine stacked up in my […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Local Bands of Bellingham and Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

One of my favorite things to do in Bellingham—and any town I visit—is to see local bands or musicians. A local show gives you a feel for the area music scene, exposes you to a new venue and allows for a whole lot of dancing and people-watching. I usually check out a song or video […]

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Enjoy Whatcom County Film Festivals Year Round
Lorraine Wilde

Bellingham and Whatcom County are quickly becoming a mecca for film-related activities. A vibrant part of the local film community is the film festivals that occur year round. Some roll out over a long weekend while others span an entire month. I put them on my calendar well in advance so I can get my […]

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Guide to Bellingham Cocktail Week
Brandon Fralic

Some readers may recall attending Bellingham Cocktail Week (BCW) during its inaugural run back in 2015. My muddled memory of the launch party goes something like this: I’m sipping my Manhattan (or was it an Old Fashioned?) at Temple Bar while sampling toothpick hors-d’oeuvres served up by cocktail waitresses. There’s a subdued excitement in the […]

Monday, January 15th, 2018
Basecamp Bellingham: Jeremy Wolf – Ultrarunner
Todd Elsworth

In our Basecamp Bellingham series, we are sharing stories about talented local athletes who choose to call Bellingham “Home”. Jeremy Wolf has a professional hobby known as ultrarunning. (For those who don’t know, ultrarunning is longer than traditional marathons, with lengths that go farther than 26 miles.) He knows how to take life seriously and approaches running intently. […]

Monday, January 15th, 2018
Discover the San Juan Islands on a Small Ship Cruise out of Bellingham
Annette Bagley

Although the weather outside is frightful, the allure of the islands is delightful, and now is the time to dream of a summer sailing adventure in the Northwest. Bellingham, WA is the perfect place to board a small-ship cruise through the evergreen San Juan Islands. (Content in this post has been updated for 2018.) Within view […]

Monday, January 15th, 2018
Family Circus: Vaudevillingham Delivers Fun for All Ages
Hilary Parker

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, step right up to Bellingham’s unusual and delightful Vaudvillingham, presented by the Bellingham Circus Guild. With a combination of acrobatics, comedy, juggling, singing and dance, no two shows are alike by design. In fact, that’s one of the few rules for Vaudvillingham circus performances. Vaudvillingham […]

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
10 Best Coffee Shops in Bellingham
Annette Bagley

The beer scene in Bellingham has been a hot topic for a while now, but there’s another beverage in town that is also quite popular for this region – coffee. Coffee is the lifeblood of many in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and we are fortunate enough to have a robust coffee scene in Bellingham […]

Monday, January 1st, 2018
Winter Trails Paired with Seasonal Ales in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Brandon Fralic

This winter, don’t let the cooler temps keep you indoors. Get out on one of Whatcom County’s numerous trails, many of which are accessible year-round and (mostly) snow-free. You don’t have to go far. In this roundup, I’ve found a few trails close to town — all of which are near a local brewery tasting […]

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
New Year’s Day – Resolution Walk/Run and Padden Polar Dip
Todd Elsworth

Many people set goals for how much they are (or not) going to eat and drink over the holidays, especially on New Year’s Eve (aka “Rookie Night”). But it all leads to what many have set their subliminal sights on- “Resolution Day”-  their own personal Day of Atonement if you will, Jan. 1. It’s nothing […]

Monday, December 25th, 2017
Cross Country Skiing near Mount Baker
Todd Elsworth

There are many reasons to go to the mountain (aka Mount Baker) in the winter months: snowboard, downhill ski, sled, special events (like the Annual Legendary Banked Slalom in February), snowshoe or cross-country ski. We combined sledding and cross-country skiing on a recent outing; this is a story of reconnecting with our Nordic heritage and future […]

Monday, December 18th, 2017
Sledding at Mount Baker
Todd Elsworth

This blog has been updated from a 2014 post.  The forecast was showing that it was going to be a bluebird day around the Northwest. So, I suggested, “Let’s go play in the snow!” We’re not talking skiing or snowboarding, we’re talking playing. Since we were headed up into the winter wilderness, we needed a checklist […]

Monday, December 18th, 2017
Go Coastal! Road Bike Loop Connecting Cherry Point – Birch Bay – Semiahmoo
Todd Elsworth

“Let’s go ride our bikes along the seacoast today”, my buddy Al suggested on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The bluebird skies beckoned us to get out on and road bike, even in mid-December when the mercury was only pointing to high’s in the 40’s for the day. Seeking roads with no traffic, or very little […]

Friday, December 15th, 2017
Gift Idea – Cooking Classes in Bellingham
Annette

Here’s a clever idea. Register yourself or someone on your gift list for a cooking class in the Bellingham region and plan a mini-getaway based on learning a new favorite dish from around the world, using local ingredients. Try Afgan Cuisine, African Cooking, Chinese New Year Dinner or Tour de France. Or settle in with new takes […]

Monday, December 11th, 2017
Cozy Winter Activities at Whatcom County Museums and Art Galleries
Lorraine Wilde

The winter weather in the Pacific Northwest doesn’t always cooperate with our best-laid plans. But because Bellingham and Whatcom County have a plethora of invigorating museums and galleries, you can stay cozy while soaking up local fine art and historical artifacts at a variety of venues. From sculpture, paintings and photography to historical collections, fine […]

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Hiking Whatcom County with New Guidebook – Urban Trails: Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

Bellingham and Whatcom County are blessed with an abundance of hiking trails. Here, trail users can stroll along scenic park pathways, run for miles in the mountains, and hike to soaring overlooks above the Salish Sea. These lowland trails are easily accessible year-round, and you don’t have to go far to find them. They can […]

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Get to Know the Bellingham Band: Deadly D
Lorraine Wilde

Video by Jesse Schooler of Action Videography Bellingham’s Deadly D has been sharing their unique style of hip-hop infused with funk, soul, rock and blues since 2011. Their award-winning, feel-good music with a message has appeared at more than 300 shows, at festivals and has toured in 13 states and provinces. While sharing the stage […]