The Historic Fairhaven District may be just a few blocks square along Bellingham Bay, but it’s packed with at least a day’s worth of shopping opportunities in Bellingham. Stroll the tree-lined streets, and in these quaint and historic (or rather new) brick buildings, you’ll find just about everything you need to spruce up yourself, your home, or your bookshelves.
Clothing and shoe boutiques are sprinkled between galleries that feature handcrafted, functional pottery, beautiful glass art and fine wood furnishings and accessories.
Fun-to-browse jewelry and gift shops, independent bookstores and funky, whimsical garden shops abound.
For souvenirs, t-shirts and cat-and dog-themed gifts, you’ll want to stop into Bay to Baker Trading Company.
Be sure to head over to Paper Dreams for greeting cards, novelty gifts, funny buttons and magnets, puzzles and games, and about a jillion other items you’ll love to take home.
Of course, Fairhaven offers plenty of eating and imbibing opps, too—after all, sustenance is key to a successful shopping excursion. Grab a coffee at Tony’s or the Rustic, a sandwich at Avenue Bread or a lovely breakfast or lunch at Harris Avenue Café. If you need a boost of sugar, you’ll find fudge from Paper Dreams and handmade, authentic Italian gelato at Sirena Gelato. When you’re ready for adult beverages, hop on the Fairhaven Cocktail Crawl.
If you’re all shopped out and worn out, or need another day of treasure hunting, book a room at the Fairhaven Village Inn or Chrysalis Inn and Spa. You can enjoy dinner at Dirty Dan’s, Jalepenos or Fairhaven Pizza.