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, September 30th, 2015
Running Press Publishes Sea and Smoke Flavors of the Untamed Pacific Northwest by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray

As much a culinary adventure as a restaurant book, SEA AND SMOKE: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest by James Beard Award winning chef Blaine Wetzel and coauthor Joe Ray (Running Press; November 2015; ISBN: 9780762453788; Hardcover; $40 US), chronicles the plucky ambition of a young chef who was determined to create a world-class dining […]

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
Western Washington University Wins Award as a Leading Healthy Campus in the U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Western Washington University in Bellingham was announced as a winner of the 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, which recognizes the University as one of the healthiest campuses in the nation. The Active Minds Healthy Campus Award celebrates U.S. colleges and universities that are prioritizing health and demonstrating innovation and excellence […]

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
Inside ‘Sea and Smoke,’ and Unconventional Chronicle of the Pacific Northwest
Hillary Dixler—

Chef Blaine Wetzel of the Willows Inn on Lummi Island unleashes his debut cookbook. “I won’t say the timing of the release is necessarily an important point for me, but the scope of the project was,” says acclaimed chef Blaine Wetzel when asked why now is the time to drop a cookbook. “I think we really started […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015
More than 35 regional wineries featured at the 12th annual “Grape and Gourmet” on Nov. 1

The Bellingham Bay Rotary will hold its twelfth annual “Grape & Gourmet”, a wine and food tasting event, on Nov. 1 from 5-8 p.m. at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa. Proceeds from this event help fund Club Projects such as the Bellingham Food Bank, DVSAS and many other local charitable organizations. Guests will sample wines […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015
More Hikes for Little Legs

A couple of months ago I featured three hikes for little legs near Lake Whatcom, and this month I present my second installment of hikes for little legs with walks in northern Whatcom County. Difficulty varies for these outings, but all are appropriate for families with little ones. Point Whitehorn Probably the most difficult of […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015
Western Washington University hosts speakers from around the world for Fall World Issues series on Wednesdays Sept. 30-Nov. 18

Grounded in social and environmental justice and human rights, the Fall World Issues Forum lecture series, organized by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies in Bellingham, WA, will focus on topics such as water rights, humane borders, equitable economics and the voices of marginalized people. The following forums, now in their fourteenth year, are free and […]

Monday, September 28th, 2015
Bellingham’s Halloween Stores: Supplies for Spooktacular Celebrations

Fun lovers take heed! Two pop-up Halloween stores in Bellingham are open and ready to serve your needs for gory props, pumpkin-themed home decor, cute, cult or classic costumes for kids and adults, and even animated, life-sized props to spice up your home and scare the stuffing out of your friends and neighbors. (Also known as […]

Friday, September 25th, 2015
Meet artisans and enjoy live music at the 26th Annual Craft and Antique Extravaganza in Lynden, WA, Oct. 15-17

The Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA, will host the 26th Annual “Craft and Antique Extravaganza” on Oct .15-17, featuring local craftsmen and music. Over a hundred vendors will show and sell their products, including handcrafted wares, home and holiday dĂ©cor, antiques, collectibles and repurposed and up-cycled vintage items. Door prizes, discounts and desserts will be available […]

Friday, September 25th, 2015
Make Art with Make.Shift Art Space
Yvonne Worden—Southside Living

A nondescript white building on Flora Street in downtown Bellingham hides a booming art hub – Make.Shift Art Space – a fixture in the local arts community since 2008. Behind its doors resides an eclectic, all-ages music venue and art gallery, holding up to 250 guests at concerts and events and offering rental arts studios. Read full […]

Friday, September 25th, 2015
Stand-up comedian Brian Regan at the Mount Baker Theatre Feb. 11, 2016

Comedian Brian Regan, stand-up artist featured in the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Chris Rock’s film “Top Five” and Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” will be performing at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA on Feb. 11, 2016, as part of a 38-city non-stop tour throughout North America. Enjoy Regan’s jokes before […]

Friday, September 25th, 2015
“Free to Be You” at Home2Suites
Lara Dunning—The Crossing Guide

In the lobby, the first thing I notice about the newly opened Home2Suites in Bellingham is its modern, stream-lined furniture and the contemporary color scheme of blues, reds, greens, oranges and yellows. The hotel by Hilton made an array of green choices from the recycled carpet and countertops, to china, and a saline pool. The […]

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Western Washington University Opens Western City Center in Downtown Bellingham

Western Washington University’s new downtown Bellingham office – called Western City Center – opened for business on Mon. Sept. 21, 2015 on the corner ground-level floor of the Bellingham Herald building. The new office at 1155 North State St. will serve as a welcome-to-Western center in the heart of the city. Seven members of Western’s […]

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
New Oxford Suites Bellingham Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening on Sept. 29, 2015

Oxford Suites Bellingham announces its Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration being held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 beginning at 4 p.m. The community is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Oxford Suites Bellingham, located adjacent to the Bellis Fair Mall, opened for business in late August and has a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor. The hotel […]

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Marketing and publishing workshops available during the 2015 Chanticleer Authors Conference, Sept. 26-29

During the 2015 Chanticleer Authors Conference & Awards from Sept. 26-29 at Bellingham’s Hotel Bellwether, marketing experts will provide classes designed to help local authors publish and market their material. The event is open to published and non-published authors. This year’s conference focuses on the business side of writing and publishing. The diverse schedule of […]

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Pink Martini returns to Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, Jan. 16

Tickets are now on sale for a Pink Martini, an internationally known “little orchestra,” at The Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. This vintage-inspired ensemble of instruments and vocalists is charming and elegant. According to the Washington Post, Pink Martini is widely appealing, cosmopolitan and unpretentious. Pink […]

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
World-Music Drummer Dan Piccolo Kicks off Inaugural Global Spice Series at WWU, Oct. 21

The Western Washington University Department of Music will host a performance by percussionist and composer Dan Piccolo at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the WWU Performing Arts Center Concert Hall in Bellingham. The performance inaugurates Western’s “Global Spice World Music Series,” which will feature music that blends Western and non-Western musical traditions and […]

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Pianist Jeremy Denk to play at Western Washington University on Oct. 20

Western Washington University’s Sanford-Hill Piano Series will host Jeremy Denk at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the WWU Performing Arts Center Concert Hall in Bellingham. The Sanford-Hill Piano Series brings high-profile international pianists to WWU, where the performers offer free master classes for students and the public in addition to their performances. Denk […]

Monday, September 21st, 2015
Village Books Schedule of Events October 2015

Village Books announces the following schedule for Oct. 2015, including author events, writing groups, and children’s book events.  Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and take place in the Readings Gallery at Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA, 98225. Changes, additions and cancellations do occur. Please visit for the most complete information about our author […]

Monday, September 21st, 2015
Enjoy the Bellstock outdoor fall festival Oct. 3-4, featuring live music, food and local artwork

The Port of Bellingham, Allied Arts and local businesses will host Bellstock on Oct. 3-4, a free event featuring music, food and artwork on Bellwether Way in Bellingham. Bellstock is an outdoor fall festival celebrating local artists and musicians. Participants can purchase food at one of the event’s participating vendors, including Anthony’s, Giuseppe’s al Porto, […]

Monday, September 21st, 2015
Mount Baker Theatre opens Autumn Repertory Theatre programs with “Forever Plaid” on Oct. 2

Featuring classic 1950s guy group harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies, the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA debuts its 2015 Autumn Repertory with the delightful show “Forever Plaid, ” opening Friday, Oct. 2. With 15 performances, the show runs until Sunday, Oct. 18. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. for Sunday matinees. […]

Monday, September 21st, 2015
Adventure Biking in the North Cascades – The Canyon Ridge Trail

I’ll have to admit, I was a little scared when my bud, Chris Mellick, first invited me to go ride The Canyon Ridge Trail. I knew that it was just outside of Glacier, WA, up near the Damfino Lakes/Excelsior Ridge area. We’ve have had some time tough times together in the saddle and out there […]

Monday, September 21st, 2015
Happy Hour on the Porch at Lummi Island’s Beach Store CafĂ©

In the mood for a tiny vacation from the mundane? Need to shake up your happy hour routine? Why not venture from the big city of Bellingham to bask in the slower, mellower vibe of Lummi Island? It’s easy enough to do even on a weeknight, if you can sneak away a little early and […]

Friday, September 18th, 2015
Mari Kemper: Chuckanut Brewery Owner and Nature Guide
Andy Sparhawk—

Craft brewing pioneers, Will and Mari Kemper started Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in Bellingham, Wa., in 2008. It was their latest beer adventure after a lifetime of brewing missions that spanned the globe. Now at home in Bellingham, Mari and Will are cornerstones of their brewery and of the Bellingham beer community. Read full article […]

Friday, September 18th, 2015
5 Amazing island escapes you’ve probably never considered

Sure, the first things that come to mind when you think “island escape” are white sands and palm trees. Maybe a coconut with a straw in it.But for those willing to look beyond the tropics, there are plenty of worthy island getaways around the world that have yet to appear on the tourism radar. Read full […]

Friday, September 18th, 2015
Making Soap at Otion Soap in Bellingham
Rebecca Bollwitt—Miss 604

My latest attempt at being creative was at Otion Soap in Bellingham, but thanks to their foolproof drop-in soapmaking session, I actually made a handful of items that look and smell pretty — even if my imagination took me to a place where unicorns are blue and spaceships are hot pink. Read full article here: Making […]

Friday, September 18th, 2015
Kayaking on Bellingham Bay
Rebecca Bollwitt—Miss 604

The Salish Sea connects us all here in the Pacific Northwest, from Powell River to Seattle, Victoria to Bellingham and I love exploring opportunities that get me out on the water, whether it’s on a paddle board, a whale watching tour, and especially in a kayak. Read full article here: Kayaking on Bellingham Bay

Friday, September 18th, 2015
Bellingham Helicopter Tour
Rebecca Bollwitt—Miss 604

By sea and air, you can quickly get to know a destination like never before, whether you’re just passing through or you’ve been visiting your whole life. This summer I had the opportunity to paddle in the Bellingham Bay and also to soar high above it in a helicopter with Bellingham Aviation Services (“BAS”). Read […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Things to do in Bellingham
Rebecca Bollwitt—Miss 604

Over a million Canadians make their way through Peace Arch border crossing each year with retail destinations in the Bellingham area in mind. However, there’s much more to this Pacific Northwest city than shopping! Read full article here: Things to do in Bellingham

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Magdalena’s Creperie: Where Food is Art
Lauren Kramer—Cascadia Weekly

Food is art at Magdalena’s Creperie in Fairhaven, where proprietor Magdalena Theisen has created a bistro inspired by her Polish homeland. Read full article here: Magdelena’s Creperie: Where food is art

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
International music ensemble playing at Western Washington University on Oct. 1

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble will perform “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom” at the Western Washington University Concert Hall in Bellingham on Oct. 1, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The group is comprised of musicians from Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Guy Mendilow was inspired by songs and stories carried by […]

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Western Washington University Art Gallery Opens “The Art of Seating” Exhibit Sept. 23

The Western Gallery at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA will display a survey of American chair design featuring 40 examples of iconic seating from the early 19th Century to the present, on display from Sept. 23 through Dec. 11, 2015. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Jacksonville, Florida and the Thomas H. and […]

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
How a Golfer Might Spend a Long Weekend in Bellingham
Tony Dear—GolfToday Northwest

There are three long weekends between now and Christmas: Labor Day, Columbus day and Thanksgiving (Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11 might also be an opportunity for a little extra golf). And try though we might, we can’t think of many better things to do with the first of them than head north to Bellingham […]

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Spanish musician Carlos Núñez performs at the Mount Baker Theatre on Oct. 9, 2015

Carlos Núñez, one of Galicia, Spain’s most revered musicians, will play at the Mount Baker Theatre on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Núñez plays the pennywhistle, ocarina and flute piper and is a master of the gaita, Galicia’s signature musical instrument. The word gaita is used across northern Spain as a generic term for […]

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Celebrate Bellingham Beer Week with a beer-tasting sail aboard the Schooner Zodiac on Sept. 17

The Schooner Zodiac, the Bellingham-based tall ship, will host a 2-hour beer tasting sail on the Bellingham Bay in recognition of Bellingham Beer Week on Sept.17. The sail includes samplings from Aslan Brewing Company, a 100 percent organic brewery in Bellingam, WA. The excursion departs at 5:30 p.m. from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in the […]

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Seattle actress and storyteller Eva Abram to speak at the Whatcom Museum on Sept. 24, 2015

Eva Abram, a member of the 2015-2016 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, will give a free presentation called “Defeating Racism Today: What will it take?” and discuss institutionalized racism with audience members. The presentation will be held in the Whatcom Museum’s City Hall Rotunda Room from 7 to 9 p.m. As an actress, public speaker and […]

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Hiking in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
Rebecca Bollwitt—Miss 604

It’s one thing to spend your life looking over at an active glaciated andesitic stratovolcano and it’s another to actually hike at its base. Mount Baker, visible from Vancouver on any sunny day, is located in Washington State and is a part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc in the North Cascades. Read full article here: Hiking […]

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Preview of Bellingham Beer Week 2015: September 11 – 20
Teresa Schmidt

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bellingham Beer Week is September 11th through the 20th 2015, at venues all over town. Now in its fourth year, BBW has become one of Whatcom County’s most anticipated annual events—and for good reason. We Bellinghamsters love our craft beer and the people who make it for […]

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Mt. Baker Trails Association sponsors meeting with Whatcom County Council to discuss Bay-to-Baker trail Sept. 15, 2015

David Kahley, president and CEO of The Progress Fund, will be addressing the Whatcom County Council on Sept. 15, 2015, with a presentation on how and why the proposed Bay to Baker Trail would be an economic success in Whatcom County. The presentation will touch on what investments and infrastructure would complement the environment and […]

Saturday, September 5th, 2015
Fall favorite: Harvest time at BelleWood Acres
Hilary Parker

No place tastes more like fall than BelleWood Acres in Lynden. The orchard and farm have been a favorite of my family for years. The opportunity to pick and play in the crisp autumn air is one my kids never seem to tire of, and out-of-town guests have raved about the experience. Owners Dorie and […]

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
“KAPOW!” competition winners will see their work come to life on Commercial Street in Bellingham this fall

Winners of Bellingham’s first “KAPOW!” competition held in March 2015 will see their projects come to fruition this fall in the form of weekly night markets, vertical landscape gardens, art displays and a solar-powered lighted nighttime walkway. The plaza on Commercial Street in Bellingham will light up with activity as these projects come to life. […]