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 […]

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Lynden Music Festival Oct. 5 – 9, 2016

The 8th Annual “Claine de Lune” Lynden Music Festival takes place at various venues throughout Lynden, WA on the dates of October 5-9, 2016. This year will include performers from The Netherlands, Michigan, Minnesota, California, Vancouver, BC, Orcas Island, Whatcom county and Lynden. Outstanding musicians will perform many genres of music : Jazz, Big Band, […]

Monday, August 29th, 2016
Fun in the Sun and Snow on Ptarmigan Ridge at Mount Baker
Todd Elsworth

Fortunately, we live in Bellingham, WA. A place where you can begin your journey at the end of the road (Mt. Baker Highway, aka- East 542) and access Mount Baker’s wilderness playground. We wanted to play in the snow, in July. We set our sights on Ptarmigan Ridge. The trailhead is from the parking lot […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
John Burns appointed general manager of Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center

John Burns, who has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, has been appointed general manager of the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center. Burns, a Seattle native, has been a hotel general manager for much of his career, most recently at Hotel Telluride, an upscale resort in Telluride, […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Poppe’s 360 Neighborhood Pub expands hours, now open to all ages

Poppe’s 360 Neighborhood Pub in Bellingham recently expanded hours to include lunch and is now open to all ages. Located inside the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center at 714 Lakeway Drive, Poppe’s 360 is now open from 11 a.m. until closing each day. Also, minors are now allowed in its dining […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Northwest Washington Fair pleased by success in many areas this year

The Northwest Washington Fair concluded its six-day run on Saturday, Aug. 20, in Lynden with positive news on all fronts, according to General Manager Jim Baron. “It was a great week,” Baron said. “While the record-setting temperatures limited our ability to set any attendance records, we were very pleased with the outcome. Although slightly down […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
15th Anniversary Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse Race Sept 17

Celebrating its 15th Anniversary on Saturday, September 17th the Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse is a multi-sport event that celebrates the life cycle of wild salmon and the natural and urban challenges of their journey. The Traverse course highlights the recreational amenities of Bellingham and involves running, mountain biking, road biking, paddling and team trekking to a […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen to host Oktoberfest on September 10

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen at 601 W Holly St, Bellingham, will be hosting its second Oktoberfest on September 10 from noon until midnight. This celebration of the fall and Bellingham Beer Week will highlight the amazing German style beers Chuckanut is famous for. There will be lots of fun activities and food, besides the beer, […]

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
A giant Cascade Range national park? It could have been a reality
Jamie Hale—The Oregonian/OregonLive

Picture this: A national park running the entire length of the Cascade Range in central Washington, encompassing Mount Baker, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, Glacier Peak and all of the north Cascades. It sounds like a mountaineering and thru-hiker fantasy, but the notion once briefly flirted with reality. Read the full article here A giant […]

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Look who’s celebrating some anniversaries this month
JIM DONALDSON—The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County’s most famous landmark, Mount Baker, celebrates two important anniversaries in August. On Aug. 11, 1911, Joe Galbraith won the first Mount Baker Marathon, a publicity stunt designed by civic boosters who wanted to attract people to the area. Read the full article here Look who’s celebrating some anniversaries this month.

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Party of 90 mountain goats near Mount Baker wows biologists
Caitlin Moran—The Seattle Times

State biologists spotted something unusual while counting mountain goats near Mount Baker earlier this summer: a group of 66 adults and 24 kids traveling together up a snow field. Aerial photos released by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife show 90 goats about 5 miles from Artist Point, on the northeastern side of the […]

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Birch Bay festival rings in 37th year
Stefanie Donahue—The Northern Light

Birch Bay Beach Park will be packed full of summertime activities and crab-themed competitions at the 37th annual Discover Birch Bay Days and Crab Fest Friday through Sunday, August 26–28. The three-day event features a mix of new and old activities for all ages and interests. Read the full article here Birch Bay Festival Rings in 37th […]

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
One-of-a-kind Lummi Island escapes

Puget Sound is a patchwork of islands. While some may be more recognizable than others, all offer their own distinct brand of island livin’. Lummi Island is one of those hidden gems. While many may have visited Whidbey or Camano Island, Lummi lies just off the southwest corner of Whatcom County, about 110 miles from […]

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Bill Opening Wilderness Areas to Bikes Also Opens Debate
Kirk Johnson—The New York Times

Rose Wakeland, 13, who got her first two-wheeler at age 2, flew over a jump on a dirt trail here (on Galbraith Mountain) one recent morning like an old hand. “Good one, Rose!” a friend shouted. Read the full article here: Bill Opening Wilderness Areas to Bikes Also Opens Debate

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
The Power of Live Music at The Wild Buffalo in Bellingham
Lorraine Wilde

Also known as The Buffalo, The Wild Buffalo House of Music’s primary focus is to provide a stage for the widest variety of live music in the Bellingham region. Delivering reggae, hip hop, funk, soul, Americana, and electronic to name just a few, The Buffalo promotes live music, supports local musicians, and provides a safe, […]

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Bellingham Beer Week Scheduled for Sept. 9 – 18, 2016

The fifth annual Bellingham Beer Week will be held Sept. 9-18, 2016. Bellingham Beer Week began in September 2012 with a like-minded group of publicans, craft brewers, and supporters of great beers. In 2016, Bellingham’s many craft breweries (Chuckanut, Boundary Bay, Kulshan, Aslan, Wander, Structures, Menace and Stones Throw) plan to participate, as well as […]

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
The Locals Only Film Festival Comes to the Firehouse Performing Arts Center Sept 9 and 10

The Locals Only Film Festival comes to The Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Bellingham, WA, featuring the work of local filmmakers on Sept. 9 and 10, 2016. Jim Swift, owner of Rocket Donuts produced the festival’s first feature, Alien Trespass, which will premiere on September 9 at 7 p.m. Swift shares the story of an alien who […]

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Award-winning musical biography of Beatles returns to Mount Baker Theatre Oct 12

Almost everyone knows that The Beatles are one of the most acclaimed bands in rock and roll history because their music has the hypnotic qualities that make teenage girls scream and artists today and yesterday cite them as one of their influences. While many of us don’t have the opportunity to see the two surviving […]

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Traverse Red IPA Celebrates Upcoming Multisport Race

This year’s Boundary Bay Brewery Traverse Red IPA commemorates Recreation Northwest’s 15th Annual Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse on September 17, 2016. “The foundation for our success over these past 15 years is attributed to the strong relationship that we have with Boundary Bay,” says Todd Elsworth, executive director of Recreation Northwest. “Together, we have continued to […]

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
100-year-old lovebirds: Pickford shows one time screening of South Korean documentary Aug 18

On Thursday, August 18, the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA will have a one-time showing of an intimate documentary about love, death and family. My Love, Don’t Cross That River follows the “100-year-old lovebirds” 98-year-old Byeong-man Jo and 89-year-old Gye-Yeol Kang throughout their daily lives in a mountain village in South Korea. We meet the adorable couple as […]

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Creation Lab Alpha Presents: The Connection at BAAY Aug. 19 – 21

“Creation Lab Alpha” is an experimental environment driven by the imaginations of young writers, composers and performers. Every note, line and lyric is written by an artistic team ages 9-16. Synopsis: Serena is making it as a young adult in New York, with a stable home, quick-witted friends and Jason – an imminent fiancé who […]

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Cedar Dust IPA voted Best IPA in Bellingham

Boundary Bay Brewery’s Cedar Dust IPA won the Bellingham Tap Trail’s recent online poll. To celebrate IPA Day on August 4, Bellingham Tap Trail asked users to vote for their favorite locally brewed IPA. Brewed with four varieties of hops, all bred and grown in Washington state, Cedar Dust IPA has a distinctive herbal pine […]

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Whatcom County Veterans Website Launched

A new “Whatcom County Veterans Community” website launched this week. The goal of the website is to provide a one-stop online resource where veterans can connect through community events and learn about veteran-specific resources. You can explore the new site at: The website idea came directly from Whatcom veterans. Earlier this year, veterans completed a survey and attended […]

Monday, August 15th, 2016
Duke & Dan: Bagley Lakes Trail
Duke & Dan's Adventures—King 5

Duke and Dan explored the Bagley Lakes Trail in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Hiking distance: 2 miles. Difficulty level for people and dogs: easy. Scenery: wonderful! Read full article here: Duke & Dan: Bagley Lakes Trail 

Monday, August 15th, 2016
A Day on the Farm at Hovander Homestead Park
Hilary Parker

My first trip to Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale was as a child. My mother had visited, and thought I would enjoy seeing the historic home, barn and surrounding park lands. It made enough of an impression that, years later, I brought my own children. The Hovander Homestead became a park in 1971. The remaining […]

Monday, August 15th, 2016
September Eat Local Month in Bellingham: Building a Vibrant Community with Every Bite

Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program in Bellingham, WA announces the return of a month long celebration in September highlighting local foods, farms and fishers. 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 […]

Monday, August 15th, 2016
City of Blaine Public Works sponsors “Roadeo” Aug. 19

Come one come all! The city of Blaine Public Works Department is hosting an equipment “roadeo” Friday August 19, from 1-3:30 p.m. The event will take place behind the Blaine Public Library located at 610 3rd Street in Blaine.  There will be equipment operator demonstrations, interactive activities for kids of all ages, games and prizes. […]

Monday, August 15th, 2016
Whatcom County Bed and Breakfasts deliver personal charm
Lauren Kramer

Choosing the right room for the night is like selecting new clothing. Just as apparel appeals based on individual style and taste, so too do different offerings in the hospitality industry. Some choose hotels, others motels or Airbnb offerings. But if you’re looking for a more intimate, personalized experience when you book an overnight or […]

Monday, August 15th, 2016
Hiking Heliotrope Ridge Trail to Mount Baker’s Glaciers

Just past the town of Glacier, WA is Glacier Creek Road (Forest Service Road 39) that leads to the Heliotrope Ridge trailhead and yup, you guessed it- GLACIERS! For the curious and inexperienced in alpine travel, here’s a great spot to get up close (with some effort) to take in a couple of Mount Baker’s […]

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Kendama USA World Tour Stops at Fairhaven Toy Garden

Kendama USA pro, TJ Kolesnik, is making a stop at Fairhaven Toy Garden on his world tour for the release of his new custom kendama. TJ will be at the Toy Garden on Wednesday, August 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. to give demos, play mini games and jam with participants. There will be raffles […]

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Bellingham Calling: WWU Alumni Open Stones Throw Brewery in Historic Fairhaven
Kenneth Clarkson—Sip Northwest

It isn’t easy being a brewery in Bellingham, Washington. In a town with almost as many breweries as there are evergreen trees, it can be somewhat discouraging to get your brewing operation off the ground. Read full article here: Bellingham Calling: WWU Alumni Open Stones Throw Brewery in Historic Fairhaven

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Free Bus Service August 14 – 22, Plus Special Service to the NW WA Fair

All rides on all WTA bus routes will be free (except Route 80X to Mount Vernon) from August 14 through August 20, 2016. Headed to Lynden for the Northwest Washington Fair? We’re also offering a special 10 p.m. bus from the fairgrounds back to Bellingham. This 10 p.m. bus will depart from a WTA bus […]

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Birch Bay to host 2nd annual Roll Back Weekend on August 13 and 14

Dust off those poodle skirts and leather jackets, shine up that classic car and cruise to the beach for a weekend of fun in the sun at Birch Bay Beach Park. Head back in time to the 50’s and 60’s with cool cars, live music and dancing, good food in the evening and a beer […]

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
Alaska Airlines Adds Seasonal Service between Bellingham Airport and Kona, Hawaii

Passengers flying out of Bellingham International Airport (BLI) will have convenient access to some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling and the world-famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park starting November 12 when Alaska Airlines begins new weekly service between Bellingham Airport and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The new service complements the airline’s seasonal service from […]

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
3rd Annual Wander to Wander 1K Benefits the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

  Wander Brewing and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center are presenting an alternative to the myriad of distance races in Bellingham throughout the year with the 3rd Annual Wander to Wander 1K, Sunday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m., starting at Johnny’s Donuts and ending at Wander Brew Hall. Kick off Bellingham Beer Week and support the Whatcom Dispute […]

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
10th Annual Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament in Bellingham Sept. 10

Boundary Bay Brewery and The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center invite community members of all ages to register for the 10th Annual Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament, Saturday, September 10th, 10am-3pm, in the Boundary Bay Beer Garden. Advanced Registration is $25, $30 at the door (students and seniors $20 in adv. for, $25 at the door). Online, as […]

Monday, August 8th, 2016
Bellingham: Your Last-Minute Summer Escape
Jennifer Johnson—Parent Map

As summer nears its end, my family is itching for more adventures — but not for a long road trip. A nearby solution is Bellingham, which has a fabulous collection of parks, museums and other attractions. Read full article here: Bellingham: Your Last-Minute Summer Escape

Monday, August 8th, 2016
National organization selects WCC’s Corrinne Sande as outstanding regional faculty member

Whatcom Community College’s Corrinne Sande has been selected as the 2016 Pacific Regional Faculty Member Award winner by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Ms. Sande is the director of computer sciences and information systems/CyberWatch West at Whatcom and is a renowned national leader in cybersecurity education. For the past 17 years, Ms. Sande […]

Monday, August 8th, 2016
Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham: Historic Architecture Hosts Current Headliners
Lorraine Wilde

Mount Baker Theatre (MBT) has been bringing entertainment from around the world to Bellingham (and the entire Bellingham region) since 1927 so it’s fitting for the 2016-2017 season they’ve initiated the Journeys Program with the theme, “There’s a Whole Wide World in Here!” That is an understatement when you consider the historic building and world-class, culturally-diverse live theater, […]

Friday, August 5th, 2016
Lynden’s Northwest Washington Fair is a family favorite
Hilary Parker

In my household, it just wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the Northwest Washington Fair. In fact, I don’t know if it’s me or my kids who look forward to it more! This year the fair is Aug. 15-20, 2016. The basics Getting there – Located north of Bellingham, in the idyllic farming town […]

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
New Basecamp Bellingham Outdoor Recreation Resource

Mountain and water trails, running, biking, paddling, hiking, snowsports, multi-sport events and craft beer are all essential elements of the Bellingham, WA adventure and outdoor recreation scene. Basecamp Bellingham is a new resource developed by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism to assist travelers in locating these activities throughout the Bellingham destination. A key component is the […]