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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
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, June 5th, 2017
Delicious Berry Picking near Ferndale and Lynden
Annette

For my family, summer doesn’t officially begin until we venture out to the local fields and fill our buckets with the first berries of the year. This week we did just that. Yum! Mid-June is a strawberry season in Whatcom County, and it is worth waiting for. Nothing compares to a perfectly ripe berry picked […]

Monday, June 5th, 2017
Free Trail Talks in Fairhaven Park and Tours of the Chuckanut Community Forest
Todd Elsworth

On the south side of Bellingham is the quaint district of Fairhaven. It is known for the fun shopping and dining opportunities that abound in the area. Check out our Fairhaven page to see details. If you’re into history, check out FairhavenHistory.com. If you’re into nature, join this summer’s Trail Talks in Fairhaven Park. Recreation […]

Monday, June 5th, 2017
6 Summer Beer Gardens Around Bellingham and Whatcom County
Brandon Fralic

After spending much of the last several months in hibernation, I’m pleased to announce that summer has finally arrived. And for my fellow Bellinghamsters, that means pairing two of our favorite things: sunshine and suds. Bring on the beer gardens! I managed to visit several local watering holes during May. (Was that Memorial Day Weekend […]

Monday, June 5th, 2017
Children’s Theater Thrives at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY)
Lorraine Wilde

Looking to entertain youngsters during your visit to Bellingham? A robust calendar of children’s theater events takes place at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) throughout the year. For Summer and Fall 2017, BAAY offers productions of Madagascar, The Sword in the Stone and Pixie Pinocchio to name just a few.  Camps and workshops include […]

Monday, May 29th, 2017
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, May 29th, 2017
Fastcap Founder Paul Akers – A Bellingham Innovator
Lauren Kramer

Whatcom County is home to a number of highly successful entrepreneurs who are quietly and methodically doing massive transactions with national and international partners every day. One of them is Paul Akers, the dynamic man behind FastCap, which operates from a 50,000-square-foot facility on Ferndale’s Pacific Highway. “Our main customer is cabinet makers who need […]

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
Ski to Sea: Where to Celebrate with Bellingham Beer
Brandon Fralic

Ski to Sea — Whatcom County’s epic Memorial Day Weekend race — takes place May 28, 2017. Known as “the original adventure race”, this annual tradition began in 1973 and is still going strong over 40 years later. Teams begin at Mount Baker ski area, traversing 93 miles over a seven-leg relay. Officially, it all […]

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
10 Ways to Appreciate the Visual Arts of Bellingham and Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

You can get to know a lot about a community by the art being produced within it. Bellingham and Whatcom County host a complex, vibrant arts scene that includes a wide array, from the performing arts and poetry to the vastness of the visual arts. Here are just a sampling of the galleries, museums, guilds, events […]

Friday, May 19th, 2017
SKI to SEA Kicks Off Race Season in Bellingham and 12 Weeks of Summer Events
Todd Elsworth

Each weekend in and around Bellingham there is inevitably a race or some fun outdoors event that brings the community and visitors together to enjoy sports and our recreational bounty. The full scope is outlined at BasecampBellingham.org . The “Grand Daddy” of them all is the iconic SKI to SEA Race on the Sunday of Memorial […]

Monday, May 15th, 2017
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 15th, 2017
Seaside Discovery: Low Tide at Larrabee State Park
Hilary Parker

One of the natural wonders we are blessed with in the coastal Pacific Northwest is the intertidal pools that appear at low tide, revealing a whole world of critters who usually live under the water. The tide pools are especially remarkable during a minus tide. A minus tide is a low tide that falls below […]

Monday, May 8th, 2017
Behind the Beer with Sam Milne of Kulshan Brewing
Brandon Fralic

Ever wonder who makes your favorite beer? Most brewers are regular guys and gals who happen to have a passion for — and commitment to — the craft of brewing. Yet because they work tirelessly behind the scenes, their stories often go untold. So for this post, I’d like to introduce one of Bellingham’s homegrown […]

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Cruise to Alaska Like a Local – On the Ferry
Annette

Calling all adventurers seeking to see the real Alaska: The best highway is on the water! In fact, the only highway to most of lower Alaska’s villages is by sea. Each Friday, year-round, the Alaska Ferry (officially called the Alaska Marine Highway System) departs from Bellingham, WA to access America’s remote north through the awe-inspiring […]

Monday, May 1st, 2017
Fan Fun at Bellingham Anime Convention (BA-CON) Each May
Lorraine Wilde

Now in its eighth year, what first began in 2010 as a casual Saturday with 25 students at the Bellingham Public Library (BPL) has matured into a full-fledged convention expected to serve more than 1000 visitors from around the Pacific Northwest. Bellingham Anime Convention (BA-CON) has grown steadily, building on each year’s success, to offer art, games, […]

Monday, April 24th, 2017
5 Beery Happy Hours in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

Because Bellingham is undeniably a beer town, our breweries get lots of attention. As they should! We truly have some of the best breweries in the northwest right here in our backyard. And while we all love drinking fresh beer from the source, sometimes it’s nice to have a change of scenery. Enter taphouses: with […]

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Soaking in Nature – Hiking around Fragrance Lake
Todd Elsworth

Fragrance Lake sits up in the cradle of the Chuckanut Mountains in Larrabee State Park, just south of Bellingham. This hike is a popular spot for geologists like Dave Tucker to hang out, because of the diverse types of geology you pass through. “The trail to Fragrance Lake in Larabee State Park is one of […]

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Woods Coffee: A Coffee Culture Inspired by Pacific Northwest Region
Lauren Kramer

Woods Coffee has become a Whatcom County favorite since its first stores opened in 2002. Today the homegrown brand owned by Wes Herman and his family is showing no signs of slowing down. There are 19 Woods Coffee stores in the Pacific Northwest – 15 in Whatcom County (9 in Bellingham), two in Skagit County, […]

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Top Mother’s Day Activities in Bellingham
Annette Bagley

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017. Looking for gift ideas? Moms love to spend time with their families, so how about giving her a local experience? Here’s a list of great Mother’s Day Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County. 1. Schooner Zodiac Mother’s Day Cruise, May 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. If Mom […]

Monday, April 17th, 2017
Urban Adventure: Downtown Bellingham Geocaching with Kids
Hilary Parker

Geocaching, for the uninitiated, is like a treasure hunt where you find tiny treasures using a modern day map on your GPS device or smartphone. According to Geocaching.com, more than 2 million caches exist around the world, and 1,880 geocaches near Bellingham. The sizes, shapes and difficulty vary. Never having geocached, I turned to my […]

Monday, April 17th, 2017
Get to Know the Bellingham Band: Baby Cakes
Lorraine Wilde

I’ve always been a fan of soul music. I’ve speculated that maybe I reincarnated from the previous generation because I love Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin more than any of the songs I listened to growing up in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. In early 2015, I asked my friend immersed in Bellingham’s local music scene […]

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Your Guide to Bellingham Beer Week 2017
Brandon Fralic

It’s April, and Bellingham is bursting at the seams with beer buzz. Bellingham Beer Week 2017 takes place April 21 – 29! For those confused by Beer Week’s move to April (it was held in September for five years), read Tap Trail’s explanation. The idea is to position our Beer Week neatly between other regional […]

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival Launches in Bellingham in April
Lorraine Wilde

Bellingham is home to a thriving film community. Throughout the year, these creative groups partner to host a number of film festivals. The newest and perhaps most exciting is CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival. Its mission and goals are noble and lofty. They plan to present an annual film festival showcasing films directed by women from […]

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
New northwater Restaurant at Holiday Inn and Suites Bellingham Airport
Lauren Kramer

The 184-seat restaurant and bar northwater is now open at the Holiday Inn and Suites located near the Bellingham International Airport, bringing a Salish Sea theme and a sophisticated menu to foodies and frequent fliers. We stopped for lunch and were charmed by the prevalence of wavy glass that mimics ripples on the sea; by […]