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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 […]

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 […]

Monday, December 4th, 2017
Do a Cocktail Crawl in Fairhaven

Bellingham’s Fairhaven Historic District is perfect for a cocktail crawl that won’t do too much harm, depending on how many bars you hit. (This post was originally published by Teresa Schmidt and has been updated.) In our quest for truth and cocktails, we made several stops. And in the name of safety, we sampled lightly. […]

Friday, December 1st, 2017
Restaurants open in Bellingham and Whatcom County on Christmas Day
Annette

Looking for a great meal for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Here are some delicious options available throughout Whatcom County. Most require reservations, so be sure to call ahead. Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine, WA, 360-318-2000 Christmas Eve, both Pierside Kitchen and Packers Oyster Bar will be open for regular operating hours Christmas Day, […]

Monday, November 27th, 2017
Sip and Stay: Hotels with Beer Packages in Bellingham
Brandon Fralic

With so many craft breweries to explore in Bellingham, WA, a day trip just won’t do. You need an overnighter. Preferably, at a location near beer. Even better if there are a couple cold ones waiting for you upon arrival. Fortunately, a handful of Bellingham hotels (and at least one Airbnb) are here to provide. […]

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 […]