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Friday, November 24th, 2017
Bellingham Gingerbread Contest Celebrates A Sweet, Festive Winter
Lauren Kramer

There’s nothing like gingerbread houses to set the tone for the holidays and a delicious winter scene, but if you’re not up to making your own consider visiting the 22nd Annual Holiday Port Festival at the Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3. The sweet-smelling entries are full of talent, […]

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Basecamp Bellingham: Stephen Ettinger – Professional Cyclist
Todd Elsworth

In our Basecamp Bellingham series, we are sharing stories about talented local athletes who choose to call Bellingham “home”. Stephen Ettinger is proud to refer to himself as a professional cyclist. “I have raced road bike, enduro and cyclocross, but cross-country mountain biking is my main rodeo,” he says. He is a five-time national champion and […]

Monday, November 20th, 2017
Fun for All at Bellingham Folk Festival
Lorraine Wilde

  Now in its fourth year, the Bellingham Folk Festival celebrates all aspects of traditional and contemporary folk music, right here in the heart of beautiful Bellingham, WA. This year the three-day festival will be held January 19 through 21, 2018. With inspiring workshops, stellar performances, lively dances, and community jams there is something for […]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
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 2017 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 […]

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Annette Bagley

Although many local businesses close for Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23, 2017), 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, November 6th, 2017
9 Dog-friendly Breweries and Bars in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

You’re heading for the brewery when it happens: your dog gives you the look. Like they know where you’re going. Without them. Fortunately for dog owners who love beer in Bellingham, it doesn’t have to be this way. Fido can come along. Many of our breweries are dog-friendly, and one local taproom even encourages off-leash […]

Monday, November 6th, 2017
Explore Allied Arts of Whatcom County All Year Long
Lorraine Wilde

Founded 38 years ago by a group of local artists, Allied Arts of Whatcom County is an alliance of Whatcom County creatives. Their over arching goal is to meet the needs of the community while providing opportunities in the arts. For visitors, they produce and distribute the Arts and Culture Guide online and in area […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
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 for the 2017 season. For more holiday fun also see our full list of Holiday Events in Whatcom County. Nov. 4 Daughters of Norway 18th Annual: Scandinavian Fair 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 4260 Mitchel […]

Monday, October 30th, 2017
Exploring the Hidden Treasures in Whatcom Falls Park
Todd Elsworth

There is something for everyone to do in Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham. I chose to ride my mountain bike to explore the hidden trails. I started at the south end of the park, with access to the trails from Woburn Street, on the south side of the creek. The short climb to get up […]

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Car-Free Mountain Biking to Galbraith Mountain (you can too)
Todd Elsworth

You can’t help but be enticed to go up to Galbraith Mountain to ride sweet single-track and take in the sweeping views of the USA and Canada. The experience is unparalleled to anywhere in The Lower 48, which is why so many people are traveling here to soak it up. It’s hard to believe that […]

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
Illuminati Brewing Brings Cask Beer to Bellingham

“Citizens of Bellingham and travelers from afar, prepare to submit to the Brew World Order.” – Illuminati Brewing, Est. MMXV With the opening of Illuminati Brewing in Bellingham, Whatcom County is now home to 14 craft breweries. 14 breweries is an impressive number for a city of 85,000 residents. In order to thrive in this […]

Monday, October 16th, 2017
Dance and Theatre with Kuntz and Company in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

I have to admit it. I’m a big fan of the pieces created by Pam Kuntz, founder and Artistic Director of the professional dance company, Kuntz and Company based in Bellingham, WA. Each theatrical dance piece she creates tells a story that I relate to–that everyone can relate to. Whether the theme of the work is Asperger’s […]

Monday, October 16th, 2017
Best Bets for Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Hilary Parker

Parents, you know the struggle: Sometimes you just don’t want to cook dinner, but going out can be a hassle, especially if your little eaters aren’t satisfied for some reason. (Which could be anything at all!) Fortunately, many restaurants “get it” – and make sure to cater to kids in some way, while being a […]

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
5 Fall Beers in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

  With the return of sweater weather in Bellingham, some of the best beers of the year are once again upon us. No, I’m not talking about pumpkin spice ales. Think fest biers, brewed to celebrate Oktoberfest. Consider the harvest ales and lagers that only autumn can bring. And don’t forget my favorite fall seasonals: […]

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 […]

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 […]