Sunday, December 30th, 2012
Tasting Winter Warmers at Bellingham’s Elizabeth Station
Teresa Schmidt

To the delight of Bellingham beer enthusiasts and oenophiles alike, Elizabeth Station opened in March 2012. This combination bottle shop, wine specialty store, convenience store, and soup/sandwich/cereal bar has something for everyone. A welcoming atmosphere, convenient location, and huge selection of beers, ciders and wines—sourced from near and far—made Elizabeth Station a hit from day […]

Friday, December 28th, 2012
Paddle to Beautiful Views at Clark’s Point
Todd Elsworth

Walking the trails at Clark’s Point in Bellingham takes some local knowledge to accomplish. There is no car parking available at the trailhead for access to the viewpoints on both the east and west side of this peninsula. You must get there by bike, walk, or boat. We chose to approach from the water. This […]

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
Mount Baker Theatre Presents One-Man Show That Questions “What do Women Want?” Aug. 23-27

Mount Baker Theatre presents professional theatre comedy in an intimate setting in Robert Dubac’s THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON?, showing Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 23-27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walton Theatre. Join Robert Dubac as he attempts to answer, “What do women want?” The New York Times referred to this show as “Hilarious . . . […]

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Port of Bellingham Partners with Local Food Truck Community

The Washington State Food Truck Association will partner with the Port of Bellingham to present “Food Truck Fridays” starting Aug. 4, 2017 and through Oct. 27, 2017.  A small pod of food trucks will set up near the Squalicum Boat House at Zuanich Point Park in Bellingham from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. every Friday. […]

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar to Host First Oysterfest, Aug. 5

B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar, home to the only raw bar in Bellingham, is inviting seafood lovers to indulge in their First OysterFest on Saturday, August 5, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., to commemorate National Oyster Day.  B-Town is a new and friendly restaurant that is located at the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel […]

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
August Events at the Whatcom Art Market in Bellingham

It’s high summer at the Whatcom Art Market in Bellingham. Come see the artists, and be wowed. The market is filled with pieces from 45 local artists, and rotating demonstrations by our weekly featured artist. A co-op gallery featuring local artists from Skagit, Whatcom, and the San Juan Islands. We strive to keep the gallery […]

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Breakout Brewer: Wander Brewing
Emily Hutto—Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine

Chad Kuehl has beer in his blood. He grew up in Iowa, where his grandfather, a German immigrant, owned Kuehl’s Tavern. “When I was young, my brother and I used to run around behind the bar in the tavern,” Kuehl remembers. “We were very comfortable being around crowds of people in that setting, being around […]

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Bring Your ‘Minis’ to Miniature World in Birch Bay
Hilary Parker

  The seaside village of Birch Bay, WA comes alive during the summer. Vacationers and day-trippers come to play in the surf, visit the water slides or enjoy a treat at the iconic C Shop. Miniature World Family Fun Center is only about a half-mile from the beach, and makes a great addition to a […]

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Lakewood is Lake Whatcom’s Best Kept Secret
Lauren Kramer

There’s an idyllic piece of land that borders Lake Whatcom on the eastern edge of Bellingham. Called Lakewood, it’s a 15-acre site that Western Washington University purchased back in the 1920s for student recreation. Only in the 1960s were the first buildings erected on the site, as students began racing watercraft. Many generations of students […]

Friday, July 21st, 2017
Drayton Harbor Days Maritime Festival Happening in Blaine, August 5-6

Drayton Harbor Days festival is happening Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, to celebrate everything maritime in Blaine, WA. The festivities will take place at Blaine Harbor Boating Center at 235 Marine Drive, just off I-5 exit 276. Come early Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to join in the 5k Run to the Border, and […]

Friday, July 21st, 2017
Bellingham, Blaine and the Semiahmoo peninsula offer lots of options
Dave Pottinger—The Province (Vancouver, B.C.)

You can stay close yet feel far away just 80 kilometers from Vancouver. With two interesting and very walkable neighborhoods to explore—downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven—visitors will find a small-town America allure. Even closer, Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa, has more to offer than its famous golf courses: it’s the perfect getaway for R&R and great […]

Friday, July 21st, 2017
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Hires Two New Staff Members

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism announces the recent hire of two new employees. Katie Pessl is the new Communications Coordinator at Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. This recently created position is responsible for supporting the Marketing Director and President & CEO. Katie is a WWU graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Recreation Travel and Tourism. […]

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Mayor Announces First City Center Awards

City of Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville honored three businesses at the first annual City Center Awards Ceremony on July 13 at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building. These awards showcase and recognize some of the outstanding achievements and exceptional private projects that have led to the revitalization of Bellingham’s City Center Neighborhood. “Supporting our City Center […]

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Taste some ales while you take a sail on classic Schooner Zodiac on Bellingham Bay
Brian J. Cantwell—The Seattle Times

I’m in the middle of Bellingham Bay on a pristine summer evening and my wandering mind is envisioning a beer float — like a root-beer float, but with, uh, beer. Some people like them. This is one of the schooner Zodiac’s Ales N’ Sails dinner cruises, so I suppose it’s natural that I have beer […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Big Comedy Comes to a Small Space at Mount Baker Theatre Aug. 10-20, 2017

Mount Baker Theatre (MBT) in Bellingham, WA presents comedy show Help! My Husband Has Gone Missing, My Daughter is Getting Married, and I am Having Hot Flashes, a touring comedy performed in MBT’s intimate Walton Theatre. Showing for a two-week engagement Thursday-Sunday, August 10-20, at 7:30 pm, audiences will be amused, delighted, and even comforted by Louise […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
DIY Crafts: Pottery, Painting and Soap Making in Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

Feeling creative? Finding arts and crafts outlets for my creativity is exciting, relaxing, productive and fun–all at once! Bellingham and Whatcom County have a number of satisfying ways to quench your creative thirst. Local businesses able you to make your own ceramics and pottery, paintings and soap so you can hone your craft, decorate your […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
The Upfront Celebrates Their Anniversary, Superheros and Comedy in August

The Upfront Theatre in Bellingham, WA turns 13 years old this August, and will celebrate with a weekend full of improv comedy shows featuring Ryan Stiles, players from the Mainstage Ensemble, and an outside guest or two. The anniversary weekend will take place August 11 and 12, with shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Bellingham Bay Brewers Cruise: The World is Your Oyster

A rousing mix of classic rock and country music plays as I sip Icicle Brewing’s Dark Persuasion, squinting into the sunlight. It’s the quintessential Bellingham summertime activity: beer and music by the bay. Only this time, the experience proves even more sublime. I’m on a boat, Bellingham Bay underfoot. The world is my oyster. San […]

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Recreation Northwest, Stones Throw Brewery and Outbound Host Pop-Up Beer Garden in Fairhaven July 21-23

Support the Fairhaven Park Trail and Wetland Boardwalk project at the “Behind the Bus” pop-up beer garden July 21 – 23, hosted by Recreation Northwest, Stones Throw Brewery, and Outbound. The event takes place in the newly renovated garden of Fairhaven Fish and Chips at the corner of 11th and Harris in Bellingham’s Fairhaven Historic District from […]

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Mount Baker Theatre Tickets for 2017-18 Collection of Exceptional Outings on Sale Beginning July 23

Whether you explore in the Main Stage environment, or engage up close in the Walton Theatre, you will be enchanted by this diverse collection of touring events. Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA is not only a thriving performing arts hub, but an historic icon to be preserved.  Now in its 90th year, the building […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Wandering Bellingham, Washington: First Stay at the Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Lara Dunning—Wander with Wonder

For my second day wandering Bellingham, Washington I discovered the Historic Fairhaven District with its charming 19th-century architecture and took a stroll on Taylor Boardwalk. I also stayed at another luxury waterfront hotel—The Chrysalis Inn & Spa—which travel journalist Patricia Schultz included in her book 1,000 Places To See Before You Die in the United States […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Wandering the Fresh Foodie Scene in Bellingham, Washington
Elizabeth Rose—Wander with Wonder

Bellingham, located in Washington State’s northwest corner and an hour south of the Canadian border, is known as a scenic college town with a thriving beer scene. But on a recent trip to explore the area’s food offerings I came away with some exciting new Bellingham foodie finds in addition to their well-known craft beer […]

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
City of Bellingham Accepting 2018 Tourism Promotion Grant Applications

Applications for the City of Bellingham’s 2018 Tourism Promotion Grants will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017. This program is designed to fund the marketing and promotion of projects or events that bring tourists to Bellingham, WA. The grant is a competitive process and applications are available on the City website at […]

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Northwest Coast Tribes History and Culture in New Exhibition at Whatcom Museum in Bellingham

A newly redesigned gallery in the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher building in Bellingham, WA shares the art, history, and culture of the Northwest Coast tribes, blending both historical and contemporary perspectives. The exhibit, People of the Sea and Cedar: A Journey through the Tribal Cultures and History of the Northwest Coast, opens Saturday, July 15, noon-5 […]

Monday, July 10th, 2017
Star performers, longtime favorites highlight Northwest Washington Fair Aug 14-19, 2017

A strong slate of grandstand entertainment led by nationally renowned stand-up comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, plus perennial favorites such as the animals, carnival and food, highlight the 107th Northwest Washington Fair, scheduled Aug. 14-19 in Lynden. For nearby lodging options, visit This year’s fair also includes “American Idol” winner and country star Scotty McCreery, […]

Monday, July 10th, 2017
10 Hoppin’ Music Venues in Bellingham and Whatcom County
Lorraine Wilde

Whether you love rock, hip-hop, jazz, blues, soul, folk, or classical, Whatcom County has it covered any night of the week with a variety of live music venues. You can dance, bang your head, or sit and enjoy a savory snack and a drink, this list of my favorite venues will sate any music-lover’s quest […]

Friday, July 7th, 2017
Bellingham Craft Beer Road Trip: Aslan Brewing Co. and Wander Brewing

With all the amazing local craft breweries in Vancouver and across BC, it’s easy to forget that our Southern neighbors are producing some equally delicious beers. The best part? There are some great options just over an hour drive from the Lower Mainland. A few weekends ago I decided to visit two of Bellingham’s finest […]

Friday, July 7th, 2017
September Eat Local Month in Bellingham: Eat, Drink, Tour, Repeat

From farm to plate and sea to table, celebrate local food in Bellingham and Whatcom County, WA with Sustainable Connections every week in Sept. 2017. In the height of harvest season, Eat Local Month is a reminder to celebrate the bounty in Whatcom County’s backyard, and support the folks who grow, raise and prepare our […]

Friday, July 7th, 2017
Enjoy Open Air Dining and Jazz on the Bay, with Hotel Bellwether

The Lighthouse Bar & Grill, located at Hotel Bellwether, in Bellingham, announces that it will be completely open to the sunshine and fresh air of Bellingham Bay through these beautiful warm summer months. The restaurant has replaced the entire wall of bay-facing windows with operable glass that will be open the restaurant to the warm […]

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Bellingham’s Ski to Sea is a Wrap
OnTrak Magazine

Ski to Sea took off from the starting line in 1973 in Whatcom County, home of its largest city Bellingham, WA and today is still running strong – literally. Each Memorial Day Weekend, teams of eight racers take on seven athletic disciplines that ultimately guide them through the multisport course that runs through the towns […]

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Schooner Zodiac: A Historic Journey on the Salish Sea
Brenda Lawrence—OnTrak Magazine

It was a beautiful spring day in the San Juan archipelago, and I awoke to glassy water in the Sucia Island bay. On the island, campers were just poking out from their tents and stretching their legs. On the Schooner Zodiak, we had already eaten breakfast at 8 a.m. and all hands were on deck as a crew […]

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Quick Picks: Heliotrope Hotel, Bellingham
NW Travel Magazine Editorial Staff—NW Travel Magazine

It takes vision, calculated risks and hard labor most of us can’t even imagine to transform a moldering vintage motel into a bright, welcoming inn. But there are examples of such thorough renovations all over the Northwest-Portland’s Inn at Northrup Station, Bozeman’s The LARK, Boise’s The Modern Hotel & Bar, to name a few. So goes […]

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Bed and Brew: B&B’s Near Brew Pubs in the PNW
Brandon Fralic—NW Travel Magazine

Nearly everybody loves a good bed and breakfast.  Leisurely mornings at these unique properties offer an unparalleled experience, personalized for every guest. Prefer your eggs over easy? Your coffee strong, with just a touch of cream? No problem—your host has you covered. It’s all about relaxation at these cozy accommodations. I happen to have another […]

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Lummi Island Guided Culinary Foraging Trip with Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures
Todd Elsworth

Curious about foraging in the Salish Sea, I recently set out on a tasting adventure by sea kayak off Lummi Island. We met our guide, Kristi with Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures, at the world famous Willows Inn on Lummi Island. There were two couples and myself who had signed up for the Wild Foraging Educational Tour sea kayaking […]

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Out on the Town: Downtown Bellingham Art Walk with Kids
Hilary Parker

This spring the kids and I have been expanding our horizons with trips to Downtown Bellingham on the first Friday of the month for the Art Walk. Sure, we’ve been to the Whatcom Museum, but seeing the art in the studios where it is created gives it another dimension. Galleries, shops and restaurants all participate […]

Friday, June 30th, 2017
Mt. Baker Slush Cup 2017: A Shenanigan Fueled Pond Skim Party
Ben Shanks Kindlon—The Snowboarders Journals

“They usually set up jumps at the end of the pond, not in the middle of it. Where are we even supposed to land?” The random skier standing next to me atop the drop-in point asks me this like I have a good answer to his question. Hell, I don’t even know who the “they” he’s […]

Friday, June 30th, 2017
The Whatcom Museum Receives $50,000 Grant from The Norcliffe Foundation in support of 2018 Endangered Species Exhibition

The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA has been awarded a $50,000 grant in support of the upcoming exhibition, Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, which will be on exhibit September 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019 in the Lightcatcher building. The grant will assist the Museum in funding exhibition design, related educational programming, […]

Friday, June 30th, 2017
NSA names Whatcom Community College one of four Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyberdefense National Resource Centers

Whatcom Community College (WCC) in Bellingham, WA has been selected by the National Security Agency (NSA) to lead efforts to improve and expand cybersecurity education nationwide as one of four Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyberdefense (CAE-CD) National Resource Centers. In this role, WCC will function as a “super hub,” helping to support and guide 10 […]

Friday, June 30th, 2017
First Federal Community Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County

First Federal Community Foundation presented a check for $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County to support the construction of the 52-unit Telegraph Townhomes in Bellingham. Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County recently announced the formation of the Habitat Kulshan Project, LLC in partnership with Kulshan Community Land Trust, for the purpose of building […]

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Whatcom County’s Largest Fourth of July Fireworks Display, on Bellingham’s Downtown Waterfront

The Port of Bellingham is inviting the community to view Whatcom County’s largest Independence Day fireworks display from the former Georgia-Pacific site on Bellingham’s Downtown Waterfront.  Parking will be available along Cornwall Avenue and spectators will need to walk approximately one-quarter mile down West Laurel Street to access a paved, outdoor viewing area located along […]

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Watch: Clearing 70-foot snow drifts to Artist Point
Daniel DeMay—Seattle PI

After a winter like we’ve had, clearing mountain highways isn’t an easy task. On Route 542 – the highway leads to Mount Baker Ski Area in the winter and another 2.5 miles to Artist Point in the summer – the task might have seemed insurmountable to the uninitiated. The Washington State Department of Transportation sent […]

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
High School Marching Band from Bensen, MN to March in Blaine, WA 4th of July Parade

The Bensen High School Marching Band will be visiting Northwest Washington in July and will be marching in the Blaine 4th of July parade near the U.S.-Canada border. Every three years, the Bensen High School Marching Band from Bensen, Minnesota, takes a large trip over the 4th of July. They’re visiting from a small rural community in West […]