Located 25 minutes from Bellingham is Lynden Washington, known for being Washington State’s largest Dutch settlement and the largest producers of raspberries in the nation.
Established in 1874, Lynden is also known for being rich in history. The original City Hall building was transformed into what is now the Jansen Art Center, the Lynden Pioneer Museum is located in what was the John Deere dealership for Northwest Washington and the Inn at Lynden is located in the 100-year-old newly restored Waples Mercantile Building.
Travel Advisory: Lynden and Whatcom County are currently in Phase 2, of the Washington State Safe Start plan to reopen during the pandemic, which limits non-essential travel to the activities that are open in this Phase. Visitation to Lynden is allowed, with a limit on gatherings outside your household of 5 people or less. Face coverings are required in all public spaces, hotels and lodging are open, restaurants and retail are operating at limited capacity.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Avenue Bread would most certainly agree.
Located inside the Waples Building, with the Inn at Lynden and Village Books, Avenue Bread is the perfect place to cozy up and enjoy fresh baked bread and pastries. They are also open for lunch and dinner where they serve a variety of sandwiches, soups, burgers and a Lynden favorite, Shepherd’s Pie.
Travel Tip: Avenue Bread is currently open with indoor and outdoor seating available. All customers are required to wear masks.
The Jansen Art Center is every art lover’s dream. From their ceramic’s studio and jewelry workshop to their dance and textile studio, the Jansen Art Center has it all. More commonly known as the J, the Jansen Art Center is full of history and community support.
The building, which was Lynden’s original City Hall, has been transformed into a non-profit center for the community, where people can learn about and share their art.
The Jansen Art Center’s current exhibits include Through the Eyes of the Beholder by Malissa Perry and Christen Mattix, Whatcom Artist Studio Tour: Come See Where Creativity Begins and a virtual 2020 Cup Show Exhibit.
The Jansen Art Center is also sharing exhibits and artists online! This year’s fall juried exhibition features David Syre, a local multi-media artist, philanthropist and Whatcom County native.
Travel Tip: Check out our blog “Explore and Learn at Gallery Syre in Bellingham” for more information on David and his local gallery, Gallery Syre!
Immerse yourself in the history of Lynden and Whatcom County at the Lynden Pioneer Museum! With over 28,000 square-feet of space, the Pioneer Museum is full of unique displays, including the largest horse-drawn buggy collection west of the Mississippi River.
My personal favorite is the miniature village of historic Front Street from 1885 – 1935.
Insider Tip: Museums are currently open at 25% capacity in Lynden and Whatcom County. For the Lynden Pioneer Museum, they are able to accommodate up to 75 people at a time in accordance with social distancing regulations.
Village Books has been “building their community one book at a time,” since 1980 and in 2015 they were able to expand outside their original Fairhaven location. Village Books opened its second location in the Waples Mercantile Building after its total renovation for the future Inn at Lynden.
After Village Books, head next door to Cheeks for designer jeans, sweaters and Sorel Boots.
A Whatcom County favorite, it’s hard to beat a day on Western Washington’s largest apple orchard. Bellewood Farms in the fall crisp air and fresh apples ready to be picked is every locals favorite activity.
Since opening to the public in 2002, Bellewood has grown to now include the Bellewood Farm store and café. And in 2019, they opened the Bellewood’s Distillery, where they serve “farm-to-table” flavors including their Bellewood Honeycrisp Vodka and Barrel Aged Gin.
Travel Tip: Check out our blog “Fall favorite: Harvest time at Bellewood Farms” to get the inside scoop on Bellewood!
Lynden is home to some of Whatcom County’s best parks! If you’re looking for the best playground in Lynden, head to City Park, also known as Million Smiles.
There is also Berthusen Park, a farm homestead built by Hans Berthusen and his wife Lida Hawley in 1883. The park includes picnic areas, a playground, old-growth forest for hiking, and a collection of antique tractors.
In 1944, the Berthusen’s 236-acre farm and barn was given to the City of Lynden to enjoy. In 2003, the barn and park was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Last, but not least is Bender Fields! Also known as Bender Family Recreation Park, visitors can enjoy the baseball, soccer and lacrosse fields, picnic tables, bocci ball court, playground and a brand-new pump track.
Insider Tip: Bellingham is home to two pump tracks; one located near Waypoint Park in Downtown Bellingham and one at Whatcom Falls Park.
Located on Homestead Farms Golf Course, Steakhouse 9 can’t be beat. Executive Chef Joseph Merkling has spent 25 years in the restaurant industry and has helped open several Whatcom County restaurants including Scotty Browns in Barkley Village. Stop by for a delicious meal indoors or on their porch overlooking the green!
From 100 cows and a handful of workers in 1975 to now having five locations throughout Whatcom County, Edaleen Dairy features cow-to-cone flavors and the best tasting milk around.
Originally founded in Lynden by Ed and Alieen Bransma, Edaleen Dairy has over 24 different flavors to choose from including chocolate raspberry cookie, birthday cake, caramel cashew and classics like cookies and cream.
Travel Tip: Get the inside scoop on ice cream with our blog “Locally Made Ice Cream in Whatcom County.”
Located inside the Waples Building, Overflow Taps is a must do for anyone staying at the Inn at Lynden or visiting Downtown Front Street. They are currently open for dine-in with outdoor seating available and new personal pizza to enjoy with your beer, wine or cider.
The real mission of Overflow Taps isn’t to bring delicious beer to Lynden, for every pint sold Overflow Taps donates 25 cents to the Charity Water, a non-profit focused on providing water to underdeveloped countries.
Eight years after the Waples Mercantile Building was almost destroyed by a fire, it became Lynden’s first boutique hotel, the Inn at Lynden. Located on the corner of 5th and Front Street, the Inn has become a central point for the Town’s historic downtown. It officially opened on December 28, 2015 and brought life back into the 100-year-old Waples Building.
It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re planning a visit to Lynden or Whatcom County. In addition to its 35 rooms and prime location in Downtown Lynden, the Inn shares the building with several other local businesses like Avenue Bread, Village Books, and Overflow Taps. If you’re considering staying at the Inn, remember that you will have access to beer, books and bread without leaving the hotel!
“We have raised the bar to include deeper general cleaning, changing of gloves more often, a new focus on doorknobs, keys, pens, telephones, lamp knobs and paperwork,” said Teri Treat, co-owner of Inn at Lynden. “All staff members are more aware of their own health and the health of other family members at home and have been asked to read all the information from the CDC.”
Travel Tip: If you stay overnight at the Inn, it includes complimentary use of the Inn’s Dutch-style bikes! Grab a bike trail map and plan your perfect adventure! The bike map includes a picnic ride, coffee ride, ice cream ride, fitness ride and my personal favorite, the margarita ride!
Insider Tip: The Inn at Lynden is one of the few hotels in Washington State that is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
For more information on the cleaning standards and hotel policies in Whatcom County, check out our blog “High Cleaning Standards at Bellingham and Whatcom County Hotels and Businesses.”
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