Fairhaven Historic District
Leave your cares behind and spend some Happy Hours strolling and holiday shopping in Bellingham’s Fairhaven Historic District. Located on the north end of Chuckanut Drive, within the southern city limits of Bellingham, Fairhaven is noted for its colorful 19th-century architecture and history. In recent years, the district has blossomed into a lively getaway destination and residential community.
Many red brick relics of Fairhaven’s Victorian-era survive in the federally designated historic district‚Äôs six square blocks. These and newer structures are now home to a variety of unique local shops, art galleries, restaurants and pubs, and one of the best independent bookstores in the nation.
Nov. 23 – Dec. 22:¬†Enjoy glittering lights, horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit with Santa, festive window displays and delicious snacks while holiday shopping in this charming historic village. Plan to be in Fairhaven on Friday, Nov. 23 for the official tree lighting ceremony and evening art walk to kick off the celebration. Then continue the fun on Saturday, Nov. 24 with horse drawn carriage rides starting at noon, buskers and a holiday market on the Village Green, and outdoor performances by Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY), Bellingham Circus Guild, and the Bellingham Showstoppers Choir.
Festivities continue each Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, culminating in a district-wide caroling competition on Saturday, Dec. 22. from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. For more details see FairhavenWinterfest.com.
Fairhaven’s local flavor and relaxed vibe make it a perfect spot to spend leisurely afternoons browsing for the unexpected,¬†perfect item. Must see shops include:
A Peek Inside:
Sidewalk dining, local ingredients, and cozy atmosphere are the norm in the historic district. Here are some answers to where to eat in Fairhaven:
Hugging the southern shoreline of Bellingham Bay, the Fairhaven District is connected by waterfront trail to downtown and Squalicum Harbor on the north side of the Bay. Bellingham is home to three boutique waterfront hotels – two in Fairhaven and one in Squalicum Harbor. Perfect for relaxing in style.
Fairhaven Village Inn 1200 1oth Street, 360, 733-1311, 877-733-1100
Chrysalis Inn and Spa 804 10th Street, 360-756-1005, 888-808-0005
Hotel Bellwether 1 Bellwether Way, 360-392-3100, 877-411-1200
Fairhaven is easily accessed by car. Take Chuckanut Drive, which begins and ends in Fairhaven on the north. Or, from Interstate 5, take exit 250 and drive west.
The historic district is also home to Bellingham‚Äôs major transportation hub and features the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and the Fairhaven Station (Amtrak and Greyhound bus). Both facilities are located on Harris Avenue.
The Alaska Ferry departs from the Cruise Terminal each week. Whale watch cruises, skipper chartered cruises and passenger ferries leave daily for the San Juan Islands from the Cruise Terminal throughout the summer.