Fairhaven Historic District

Leave your cares behind and spend some Happy Hours strolling through Fairhaven. Located on the north end of Chuckanut Drive, within the southern city limits of Bellingham, the Fairhaven Historic District 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.

Fairhaven Winterfest

Ongoing through December 23:
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides: Each Saturday (weather permitting) from 12-3pm free carriage rides will be leaving from the Fairhaven Village Inn.

Find the Elves Treasure Hunt: Each Saturday, Father Christmas‚Äôs eight “elves” will be tucked away in eight separate Fairhaven venues. Participants can collect a passport from Village Books, that will be stamped for each elf they find. All completed cards (turn in at any location that hosts an elf) will be entered into a drawing on Saturday, December 23rd.

Children will be able to leave letters for Father Christmas in the classic Victorian mailbox located on the Village Green stage with the forest of trees. Father Christmas’s “Fairhaven Elves” will spirit the letters away for his perusal–but we hear they will sometimes sneak photos of the envelopes before delivering them, and they will share these on the Historic Fairhaven Facebook page –so be sure to keep watch (and like Historic Fairhaven)!

Window Display Contest: Vote on your favorite window display and have a chance to win a great prize. (Visit Sustainable Connections for more information and how to vote.)

Whether you’re a resident, or a visitor looking for a great holiday get-away, plan to experience the best of the holiday season surrounded by the festive atmosphere of Historic Fairhaven‚ÄĒshop, dine, wonder, meander, enjoy!

Click here for more about Fairhaven Winterfest.

Artsy Shops

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:

  • Village Books 1200 11th Street,¬† Hours: M-Sat 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Paper Dreams 1206 11th Street, Hours: M-Sat 9 a.m to 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to ¬†7 p.m.
  • Bay to Baker Trading Company¬†911 Harris Ave, Hours: M-Sun 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Eclipse Bookstore 1104 11th Street,¬†Hours M-Thurs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri and Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fairhaven Gold Fine Jewelry, 1302 12th St, Hours: Tu-F 10-5:30, Sat 10-3
  • Fairhaven Rug Gallery 901 Harris Ave, Hours:¬†Mon, Wed-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m, Sun 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fairhaven Toy Garden 909 Harris Ave, Hours: M-Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Rebecca’s Flower Shop 1003 Harris Ave, ¬†Hours: M-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Renaissance Celebration Gallery of Art Glass and Designer Jewelry¬†915 Harris Ave, Hours M-Sat 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Garden Room 1006 Harris Ave, ¬†Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A Peek Inside:

Cozy Restaurants

Sidewalk dining, local ingredients, and cozy atmosphere are the norm in the historic district. Here are some answers to where to eat in Fairhaven:

  • Bookfare Cafe 1200 11th Street, Hours: M-Sat 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., ¬†Sun 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Colophon Cafe 1208-B 11th Street, Hours: M-Th 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., F-Sat 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Happy hour 3 to 6
  • Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse 1211 11th Street, Hours Tues-Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Keenan’s at the Pier 804 10th Street, Hours: M-Sun 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Magdalena’s Creperie 1200 10th Street,¬†Hours: T-Sun¬†9 a.m to 4 p.m.
  • Skylark’s Hidden Cafe 1308-B 11th St, Hours: M-Sun¬†8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Fat Pie Pizza 1015 Harris Ave, Hours: Sun-Th 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., F-Sat 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • lovitt¬†restaurant¬†1114 Harris Ave,¬†Hours Tue-Thu 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., F-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Avenue Bread 1135 11th St., Hours: M-Sat. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mount Bakery 1217 Harris Ave., Hours: M-Sun 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m.¬†
  • OVN Wood Fire Pizza 1148 10th St., Hours: M-Th 11:30 a.m. to ¬†9 p.m., F-Sat 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. to p.m.¬†
  • Fairhaven Poke 1102 Harris Ave.¬†Hours: M-Sun 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fun Happy Hour Ideas

Waterfront Hotels

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

  • Fairhaven Get-a-Way Packages are offered
    • Click here to learn more about specials from Fairhaven Village Inn

Chrysalis Inn and Spa 804 10th Street, 360-756-1005, 888-808-0005

  • Suite Deal Packages are offered, along with other hotel and spa packages
    • Click here to learn more about the seasonal packages offered at Chrysalis Inn and Spa

Hotel Bellwether 1 Bellwether Way, 360-392-3100, 877-411-1200

  • Luxury by the Bay Packages are offered seasonally
    • Click here to learn more about season packages at Hotel Bellwether

Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham WA

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Travel Info

Bellingham Visitor Information Center, 360-671-3990, bellingham.org, tourism@bellingham.org.

Getting Here

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’s 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.

More Information

Historic Fairhaven Association
1106 Harris Avenue Suite #313, Bellingham

Also see our Things to Do pages for fun events and activities throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County

High Wind Watch

2:33 AM PST on January 20, 2018
10:00 AM PST on January 21, 2018
Chance of Rain
Saturday 01/20 60%
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Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 46F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Sunday 01/21 90%
Cloudy and windy at times with periods of rain. High 48F. Winds SSE at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
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Monday 01/22 70%
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Steady light rain in the morning. Showers continuing in the afternoon. High 46F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
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Tuesday 01/23 80%
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Cloudy skies with periods of light rain later in the day. High 44F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
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Wednesday 01/24 80%
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Showers early then thundershowers developing later in the day. High 46F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
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Thursday 01/25 50%
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Overcast with rain showers at times. High 43F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
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