Normally, you’d be here looking for information before you leave for a trip to Bellingham and Whatcom County. Instead you’re at home, probably watching Netflix, wondering when is the next time you’ll get to experience Bellingham again.
The good news is we are working to bring Bellingham to you! With access to a variety of virtual events, activities and resources you’ll quickly feel like you’re Bellinghome.
If you’re a sucker for gorgeous views, epic sunsets and easy-to-get-to trailheads then Chuckanut Drive is your route! Built as Washington State’s first scenic byway, Chuckanut Drive is a 24-mile scenic drive that connects Skagit County to Bellingham with views of the San Juan Islands in the distance, and the oyster beds of the Samish flats in the water just below.
Travel Tip: You can now explore Chuckanut Drive virtually too!
2. Mural Artist Gretchen Leggitt
From small designs like the Kombucha Town’s mural in Downtown Bellingham to the largest mural in Washington State located on Puget Sound Energy’s building that spans the length of two football fields, Gretchen Leggitt is leaving her mark on Bellingham and Washington State. Take a walking tour of Bellingham or explore her art virtually!
- The Kona Bike Shop: 1622 N State St., Bellingham
- Puget Sound Energy: 915 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham
- Horseshoe Cafe: 113 E Holly St., Bellingham
- Ciao Thyme: 207 Unity St., Bellingham
- Kombucha Town: 210 E Chestnut St., Bellingham
Take a night at home to the next level with delivery! Support a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal sourced in Whatcom County. Take Boundary Bay Brewing for example, who is offering curbside pickup and delivery of food and beer 7 days a week.
Travel Tip: Check out our blog “Take Out Food, Curbside Pickup and Delivery in Bellingham and Whatcom County” for a complete list!
Just because we’re at home doesn’t mean we can’t keep exploring. Take a virtual tour or tours of beautiful Bellingham and Whatcom County and enjoy scenic views, get the inside scoop on Bellingham Breweries or learn about local Bellingham artists.
We want everyone to be safe at home (for now), but now more than ever is when we need to “socially” connect. More than 30 performing and visual arts organizations have collaborated to form the Whatcom Arts Project — a campaign to inform, entertain, educate, inspire, collaborate, support, promote, and uplift each other. Check out their Facebook to learn more and stay socially connected.
Travel Tip: Get the inside scoop on the Whatcom Arts Project HERE.
Best known for its namesake waterfall, the park’s main attraction could easily be checked off your Bellingham bucket list in as little as 15 minutes. But there’s so much more to discover beyond the falls. Spend an hour or two wandering Whatcom Falls Park’s 241 acres, and you’ll find everything from miles of serene, forested trails to a 100-year-old railroad trestle standing silently over Whatcom Creek. Please note that only the trails at Whatcom Falls are open. Playgrounds, public bathrooms and the dirt bike area are closed during this time.
Travel Tip: Check out our insider blog “Exploring the Hidden Treasures in Whatcom Falls Park.”
In support of the national, regional and statewide efforts, the Whatcom Museum is closed. “Visitors” and locals can still check out the Whatcom Museum exhibits online through a virtual tour. Spend the day exploring the works of early photographers in Whatcom County, a prominent shipbuilder’s plans, art, history and more.
Check our event calendar for a list of virtual events happening in Bellingham and Whatcom County! Events range from Music Mondays with the Bellingham Symphony to the first virtual Trail Running Film Festival.
Breweries and restaurants may be restricted, but many are still open for takeout and growlers to go! Spice up your evening at home with an at-home beer tasting from local favorites like Chuckanut Brewery, Boundary Bay, 122 West and Twin Sisters.
Travel Tip: Check out our insider blog “Beer Tasting at Home in Bellingham, Washington” for the inside scoop.
10. Keep Dreaming
Your Bellingham vacation can wait, but there’s no reason to stop planning! Order a Bellingham Whatcom County Visitors Guide and get everything you need to plan your next trip right to your door. Our guides are filled with hiking resources, hotel information and lists of must-try restaurants. You can also follow Bellingham Experience on Facebook and Instagram for the inside scoop from locals and previous visitors.