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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 […]

Friday, April 20th, 2018
Top Mother’s Day Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Sarah Climaco

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, 2018. 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. Mother’s Day Cruise with Schooner Zodiac Boarding time – 9:45 a.m., sail time 10 a.m. to […]

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
Earth Day Events around Bellingham
Sarah Climaco

Earth Day is an opportunity to give back to the planet we all call home. There are several outdoor activities happening in Whatcom County to show some love to the earth and the community. Whether you prefer cleaning up local beaches or getting your hands dirty potting plants, there is something for everyone among the […]

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
Sarah Climaco

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 […]