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 […]

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Holiday Arts Markets in Whatcom County

Remember all those holiday gifts you were going to knit, sew, make or build? Are you running out of time? Fear not–you can still have a homemade holiday! Thanks to the many talented artists, craftspeople and food makers in Whatcom County, you don’t need time or talent to give gifts made by hand and from the heart. […]

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Bluebird Opening Day at Mount Baker Ski Area

We are proud to be the first ski area in Washington State to be open for the 2015-2016 season! The Mount Baker Ski Area opened yesterday, Nov. 18, with bluebird skies. The crowds lined up early to get on the chair and seek fresh tracks! The Area reported 34 inches at Heather Meadows and 63 […]

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights and Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 4-6

The 2015 Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights Festival and the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring various activities will be held from Dec. 4-6. Listed below are events taking place over the weekend: Friday Dec. 4, 2015: 9-4 p.m.: Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Blaine Community Center Guests can finish their holiday shopping and find handcrafted gifts […]

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Portraits With Santa at Holiday Port Festival, Dec. 4-6

Santa will be waiting to hear children’s wishes and pose for portraits with him at the Holiday Port Festival in Bellingham, December 4-6. Portrait photographer Mark Turner will photograph the young, and young at heart, in individual, family, or group poses with Santa Claus. Portrait packages including two 5×7 portraits begin at $20, and additional […]

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Western Washington University Presents ‘A Christmas Carol: The Musical’ on Dec. 2-6

Western Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ well-known tale “A Christmas Carol.” Performances are on the Performing Arts Center Mainstage from Dec. 2-6, with evening curtain at 7:30 p.m. and matinees on both Dec. 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. The musical adaptation was written by Mike […]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Free Holiday Parking at the Commercial Street Parking Garage in downtown Bellingham

To encourage people to support local businesses by shopping in downtown Bellingham this holiday season, the City of Bellingham and Downtown Bellingham Partnership are offering four hours of free parking on the first floor of the Commercial Street Parking Garage. The holiday parking will begin on Friday, Nov. 27 and run through Friday, Dec. 25. […]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Four Breweries will showcase beers inspired by Bellingham’s hiking trails during weekend of Nov. 21-22

Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) and the Whatcom Land Trust (WLT) announce the release of four new beers that are inspired by hikes around the Pacific Northwest. BMBW is a program that invites brewers to go on nature hikes and brew new beers inspired by plants identified on the trail. During weekend of November 21, each brewery will […]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Bellingham International Sailing Center to open location next to Bellingham’s future Waterfront Park

The Port of Bellingham has reached an agreement with the Bellingham International Sailing Center to locate a community sailing center on Port property when fundraising efforts prove successful.  The sailing center would be located near the intersection of Cornwall Avenue and Pine Street next to the City of Bellingham’s future waterfront park at the end […]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015 appoints Jennifer Jones as Bellingham Community Ambassador, the popular review website, has announced the hire of a Community Ambassador in Bellingham. Local resident Jennifer Jones was chosen for the position. Thousands of individuals use the website and mobile app already in the region and Yelp is excited to launch an official “Yelp Community” here along with the announcement. The Community Ambassador […]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
City of Bellingham launches refreshed website design with improved mobile access

The City of Bellingham has redesigned its main website at to make it more visual, mobile friendly, and easier to use. “More than 30 percent of the City’s website users are now using their smart phones or tablets to view the site, and we want to be responsive to that growing trend,” said Information Technology Department Director Marty […]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Elisa Anglin named Director of Sales for SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites in Bellingham

Elisa Anglin, a Western Washington University graduate, has returned to Bellingham and will become the director of sales for Marriott SpringHill Suites and the neighboring Marriott TownePlace Suites. Anglin has 12 years of experience with Marriott hotels and jumped at the opportunity to come back to Bellingham. “I really fell in love with this community,” […]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Four Points Bellingham appoints Kanami Fujita as Director of Sales and Marketing

Kanami Fujita, who has 15 years of management experience in the hospitality industry, has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center. Fujita has worked with major 3-diamond, 4-diamond and 5-diamond hotels in Seattle and California. She will focus on associations, educational institutions and corporate clients […]

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Historic Schooner Zodiac Announces 2016 Sailing Schedule

The Schooner Zodiac, the Bellingham based tall ship, has released its 2016 cruise schedule. The Zodiac’s 92nd sailing season offers overnight cruises ranging from 3-13 days as well as a variety of day and evening sails. The sailing season runs April through October. The schedule features many of the perennially popular cruises such as the Brewery […]

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Guide to Bellingham Cocktail Week
Teresa Schmidt

For four years now, Bellingham beer lovers have had a week (plus a few days) all to themselves, to indulge in everything even remotely beer-related, from brewery tours and food pairings to tap takeovers and fun runs. And today I’m beyond excited to announce the inaugural Bellingham Cocktail Week, when cocktail aficionados will do the same. Minus the […]

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Top Treks: Where your family should visit in 2016
Carrie Yu—Trekaroo

Visiting this charming town located near the US/Canadian border is like stepping back in time. Stroll the streets of Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven neighborhood, taking time to enjoy the beautifully restored buildings full of bookshops, restaurants, antique stores, and more. Read full article here: Top Treks – Where your family should visit in 2016

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Mindport: A magical adventure in downtown Bellingham
Hilary Parker

It’s not often you hear the phrase “It’s OK to put your hands in the tornado,” but isn’t it great when you do? That’s just part of the magic visitors can experience at one of Bellingham’s best-kept secrets: Mindport. OK, I’ll admit I hadn’t been to Mindport in a loong time – perhaps before my […]

Monday, November 9th, 2015
Western Washington University Waterski Team Wins Division II National Championship

The Western Washington University‘s Waterski Team recently won the Division II National Championships in Cypress, Texas. The Vikings were able to generate the highest score over 12 other collegiate teams in three types of scored events: slalom, trick and jump; the University of Wisconsin Madison finished second and the University of Michigan finished third. Team […]

Monday, November 9th, 2015
WWU Leadership Forum Nov. 30 features The Salish Sea

The Fraser Basin Council’s Executive Director David Marshall will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Western Washington University Leadership Forum on Monday, Nov. 30 at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch service beginning at noon; the keynote address will begin at 12:45 p.m. Marshall, a professional engineer […]

Monday, November 9th, 2015
Bellingham Best Western Heritage Inn Employee Wins Heroic Hospitality Stars Award

Brian Roland, Houseman of the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn in Bellingham was recently honored with the Heroic Hospitality Stars Award as “Maintenance Employee of the Year.” Roland was honored with the award at Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ 2015 Convention held recently in Honolulu, Hawaii, in front of approximately 2,000 industry peers. The Heroic […]

Monday, November 9th, 2015
Enjoy shopping, entertainment and more at the Allied Arts 36th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts

The Allied Arts of Whatcom County celebrates the season with its 36th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts, a five-week-long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and craftspeople, Nov. 20 – Dec. 24, 2015. The affordable, locally handmade products range from jewelry, paintings, wearable art, specialty foods and art from found materials. […]

Monday, November 9th, 2015
Celebrate Thanksgiving with all the trimmings at Semiahmoo Resort on Nov. 26

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf, & Spa, an iconic seaside resort located on the Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine, Wash., is hosting a Thanksgiving lunch, dinner and buffet on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. “We want to encourage our guests to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company of family and friends this year, […]

Monday, November 9th, 2015
1 Paperboat is a Delightful New Shop in Fairhaven District
Teresa Schmidt

1 Paperboat is a new gift (and so much more) shop in Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District that fans of Glassybaby, Brighton, Ugg, LyssĂ© leggings and Sid Dickens memory blocks will have to immediately check out. Also, lovers of nautical decor, quality-made clothing, stuff with a bird on it, candles and body lotions. Owners Diane and Royal Reinsch have […]

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
Chasing Chums up Chuckanut Creek with NSEA
Todd Elsworth

The only thing that I like better than eating fresh salmon is watching them in their final struggle to spawn up our local Bellingham creeks. That opportunity is about to present itself in the coming weeks with the returning Chum Salmon. Our local fish-loving organization, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (aka NSEA), leads tours throughout town […]

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
WWU to Host ‘The Changing Canadian Economy and Whatcom County’ Nov. 18

The Western Washington Border Policy Research Institute will host “The Changing Canadian Economy and Whatcom County” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 18 in Viking Union 565. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be a roundtable discussion featuring Chris Lawless of the British Columbia Investment Management […]

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Lynden PRCA Rodeo donates $30,000 to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center

The Lynden PRCA Rodeo, presented by the Northwest Washington Fair, recently donated $30,000 to the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center in Bellingham for breast cancer patient care and research. The contribution is the result of many donations raised through the rodeo’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. Contestants, volunteers and spectators in the Lynden PRCA […]

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Jake’s Western Grill Serves up Southern Charm and Meaty Treats in Lynden, WA

If you’re in the mood for a great Western-style meal served with warm, Southern hospitality look no further than Jake’s Western Grill in Lynden. The 85-seat restaurant, located a few doors down from Food Pavilion on Highway 539, opened in 2008 with a professional meat smoker and large dollops of authentic barbeque meats on the […]

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Pinball Wizards Can Test Their Skills at The Racket in Bellingham

Ready to relive those childhood memories of shopping mall arcades and Chuck E. Cheese’s birthday parties? Head to The Racket Bar & Pinball Lounge in Downtown Bellingham, where you’ll find dozens of pinball machines waiting to test your skills and eat your quarters. The best part is, you can first grab a beer, a cider or a cocktail […]

Sunday, November 1st, 2015
Holiday Events in Whatcom County

When the sun dips below the horizon, and the year comes to a close, Whatcom County lights up with festivities for all, in true northern style. Here is a 2015 list of must-see December holiday events in Bellingham, Blaine, Birch Bay, Ferndale and Lynden. Bring your camera to capture photos of Santa, and enjoy the […]

Sunday, November 1st, 2015
Deck the Halls in Bellingham in November!

Get your holiday on a little early this year, and continue it into next year. 2015 festivities in Bellingham light up in November and continue to shine throughout December. Home for the Holidays is a 33rd annual shopping event Nov. 19-21 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal (355 Harris Avenue). Organizers promise “a fabulous selection of […]

Friday, October 30th, 2015
Beer Hunting: Six Breweries That Merit a Fall Road Trip
Jacob Uitti—Seattle Weekly

When fall hits, it’s best to make plans to avoid being housebound all season. Here’s one: Call four friends, get each to pitch in $10, then hire a fifth to drive you all to a brewpub outside Seattle—after all, little is as calming and rewarding as finding a good hole-in-the-woods brewpub, sipping a pint or […]

Friday, October 30th, 2015
The Smallest Big Bike Company in the World
Pete Roggeman, Kaz Yamamura, Matt Dennison—

Kona is a quintessential North Shore bike brand, yet their head office has almost always been over the border in Bellingham, Washington, a logging and mining town that is becoming increasingly well-known for its riding. Read full article here: The Smallest Bike Company in the World

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Historic Fairhaven Association Continues Tradition of Halloween Photos Oct 31

In response to the news that the Fairhaven Pharmacy closed on Oct. 20, the Historic Fairhaven Association has stepped in to continue the Pharmacy’s 51 year tradition of taking photos of the little goblins, monsters and fairies in Fairhaven on Halloween. Through the HFA’s efforts, Phyllis McKee has offered the spacious atrium of her Finnegan’s […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Semiahmoo Resort hires Bruno Feldeisen as Executive Chef

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa, an iconic seaside resort located on the Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine, WA, has hired Bruno Feldeisen as their new executive chef. Feldeisen will be responsible for overseeing banquet and catering operations as well as daily culinary operations at Packers Oyster Bar and Pierside Kitchen, in addition to the Great Blue Heron Grill and Loomis […]

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Bellingham Library celebrates NaNoWriMo and the joy of writing with events throughout November

The largest writing event in the world – NaNoWriMo – returns to Bellingham next month, and the Bellingham Public Library is providing dozens of events for beginning and veteran NaNo participants. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when people around the globe write toward a common goal: 50,000 words in 30 days. Valuing enthusiasm, […]

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Blaine publisher wins record number of WNPA Better Newspaper Awards

The Northern Light, the weekly newspaper for Blaine, Semiahmoo and Birch Bay, received 21 awards at the Washington Newspaper Publisher Association’s annual convention in Everett on October 9, 2015. The Northern Light is published by Point Roberts Press, a locally owned independent company. Awards are given to recognize excellence in editorial, advertising, design, and web/internet […]

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Fairhaven Toy Garden celebrates 6th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Nov. 14

On Saturday, Nov.14, the Fairhaven Toy Garden will join hundreds of locally owned stores across the country to celebrate the sixth national Neighborhood Toy Store Day, an annual celebration in which independent toy shops kick off the holiday season with special events to introduce consumers to the benefits of shopping local. This holiday season, consumers everywhere can […]

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Western Washington University Design students show ‘upcycled’ products in ReMade Exhibition, Nov. 6

Western Washington University industrial design students will showcase “upcycled” yard and garden products created from post-consumer waste and industrial scrap at the annual ReMade exhibition from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 at Ideal: Carefully Curated Goods, 1227 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. ReMade aims to couple students’ understanding of base-level entrepreneurship with a focus on design […]

Monday, October 26th, 2015
Mi Shoes Celebrates 10 Years in Downtown Bellingham
Teresa Schmidt

Mi Shoes owner Michelle Bouma says that the past 10 years have been a bit of a blur—but in a good way. Back in 2005, she opened Mi Shoes, her magical little shoe store on Railroad Ave., and ever since, it’s been considered the go-to shop for those looking for the best women’s shoes in downtown Bellingham—so […]

Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Join guided bike tour of Bellingham’s new bike boxes and markings on Oct. 25

Join City of Bellingham and Whatcom Council of Governments staff on a guided tour of the City’s new bikeways on Sunday, October 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Staff will lead the community bike ride to tour the City’s bicycle boulevards, bike boxes and other new features. Learn about the new markings and discover […]

Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Happy Trails Horseback Riding in Bellingham offers all-season scenic tours of Whatcom County

Catering to all skill levels, Happy Trails Horseback Riding, LLC in Bellingham, WA opened in July 2015 to provide locals and visitors with unique horseback riding experiences and stunning views of the Pacific Northwest. Tours running through areas by the Nooksack River are available year round and feature views of the river, mountains and landscapes […]