If you love great food, an amazing art scene and getting outside you will love Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven Village. Enjoy this relaxed and friendly district while visiting local cafes and parks featuring breathtaking views of Bellingham Bay. Here are my Top 10 Must Do’s:
1. Magdalena’s Creperie
Magdalena’s Creperie is not only known for its fresh and delicious food, but also for creating edible artistic masterpieces.
Magdalena Theisen wanted to create a European-style restaurant with food that reflected her Polish roots. Six months after moving to Bellingham she achieved her dream and opened Magdalena’s Creperie in the heart of Historic Fairhaven.
Over the past ten years, Magdalena’s has evolved to offer a variety of sweet and savory crepes, Polish pierogi and unique Eastern European soups all made with fresh local ingredients.
2. Chuckanut Drive / Larrabee State Park / Chuckanut Mountain
Chuckanut Drive is Washington State’s original scenic byway. Better known as WA State Highway 11, Chuckanut Drive begins at 1-5 exit 231 in Burlington. For 20 miles, Chuckanut offers incredible views of the San Juan Island, Olympic Mountains and Lummi Island.
At mile marker 14 you will find Larrabee State Park. Larrabee was the first designated State Park in Washington and is made up of 1,885 acres of beach access and trails.
3. Edaleen Dairy
Fairhaven now screams for ice cream and so will you!
Edaleen Dairy opened it’s sixth shop in February 2019 and is now bringing over 24 delicious flavors to Fairhaven. All of Edaleen’s ice cream is made from locally produced milk from their farm up in Lynden, Washington. Cones to sundaes and ice cream cakes to banana splits, Edaleen has all your ice cream needs.
Edaleen Dairy can be found across the street from Fairhaven Village Green next to the Fairhaven Village Inn. Grab yourself an ice cream cone and make your way down the South Bay Trail towards Taylor Dock and Boulevard Park.
4. Taylor Dock / Boulevard Park / Woods Coffee
After enjoying a delicious ice cream treat, you will want to stroll to Taylor Dock. As you walk over the open waters of Bellingham Bay to Boulevard Park it is easy to understand why this is one of Bellingham’s most popular trails.
At the edge of the Taylor Dock you will find a Woods Coffee. This is a great place to sit, enjoy your fresh brew and watch the bay.
In Boulevard Park, you will find open fields and a play structure for kids. Take in the breathtaking views of Downtown Bellingham and Bellingham Bay as you walk, run or bike along the waterfront.
Fun Fact: The town of Bellingham was originally centered around Boulevard Park.
5. Village Books / Paper Dreams / Evolve Chocolate
Since 1980, Village Books has been “building a community one book at a time.” Today, this three-story dog friendly bookstore is the heart of Fairhaven village. This is a great place to sit and relax, attend an author event, listen to live music, or explore the huge children’s book section.
With the first two floors dedicated to books, the top floor is home to Evolve Chocolate. Here you can not only sample delicious chocolatey treats, Evolve also serves curried rice bowls, daily bento boxes and homemade pastries and sandwiches.
After grabbing a bite at Evolve, head next door to Paper Dreams. This locally owned greeting card and gift store is a must stop shop. Explore rows of knick-knacks, cards, jewelry, notebooks and more. Their selections change weekly so you never know what you’ll find this time around.
Inspired by all the art you’re seeing? Make your way over to CreativiTea to paint your own masterpiece. No artistic experience necessary.
CreativiTea has large selections of plates, mugs, figurines, and dishes for you to choose from. They also have a number of idea books for inspiration and stamps and stencils to help with the fine details.
Don’t worry about time there’s no rush at CreativiTea. If you are interested in sitting down to paint something, be sure to leave yourself at least an hour and a half. Won’t be around for the next three to five days? That’s no reason to miss out. Just let a one of the CreativiTea staff members know and they can mail your creations to you.
Fun Fact: Reservations are not required, but if there are more than six in your party we recommend calling ahead.
7. Fairhaven Stones Throw Brewery
Stones Throw Brewery is a Fairhaven favorite. With the motto “the closest pint to adventure, ” Stones Throw keeps the taproom bright with skylights and the atmosphere upbeat. Owners, Tony and Jack have been brewing for decades and won’t disappoint you. Stop by for a beer and enjoy Stones Throw’s unique roof access and fire pit.
Fun Fact; Fairhaven was once home to “Devil’s Row” and the famous brothel “The Palace.” Stones Throw now stands where Miss Annie’s brothel was.
8. Colophon Cafe
Colophon Cafe is a must stop shop, especially for brunch lovers.
Since 1985, Colophon has been serving up award-winning food made from local ingredients. With their patio on the edge of the Village Green, this is the perfect place to take in the excitement of Historic Fairhaven. Stop by Colophon Cafe to soak up some sun on their patio and enjoy a delicious local meal.
Fun Fact: Colophon Cafe is located in Fairhaven’s Pythias Building, which was built in 1891.
9. Best Buds Gaming Lounge
Best Buds Gaming Lounge is perfect for all ages. This family friendly lounge has something for everyone and is guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again. Featuring a gaming library of more than 2,200 different video games and 27 different gaming consoles, Best Buds is perfect for a family outing.
Best Buds is open to all ages until 7 p.m. after that it becomes 18 plus until close.
10. Choose your ideal Hotel
As you get ready to end your perfect day, it is time to find that perfect boutique hotel.
Across from the Village Green is the Fairhaven Village Inn. This charming 22-room Victorian hotel is the heart of Historic Fairhaven, just steps from Taylor Dock and all of Fairhaven’s unique shops and restaurants. It is known for it’s charming, intimate family-friend environment and it’s incredible continental breakfast that features pastries, fruit and fresh bagels. According to Connie Shannon, owner of the Inn, the Fairhaven Village Inn is about creating the best experience possible for their guests.
Located on the edge of the Historic Fairhaven District, is the Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham, a Curio Collection by Hilton. This waterfront luxury hotel has rooms that overlook Bellingham Bay, with a spa that offers massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, body treatments, and more. For dinner, you’ll want a seat at Keenan’s at the Pier. With floor to ceiling windows, it is hard to find a better view or meal. Keenan’s, open since 2013, emphasizes local ingredients.