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 […]

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Downtown Bellingham Happy Hour: Cafe Akroteri is a Hidden Gem
Teresa Schmidt

Sometimes, the best happy hours pop up in unexpected places. They’re the hidden gems of the cocktail world, and it’s my job to tell you about them (lucky me). For months, my friend had been suggesting that I check out the happy hour at Cafe Akroteri, which is located in the middle of everything on Cornwall […]

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Canadian country star Terri Clark performs Aug. 21, 2015 at Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden, WA

The driving, passionate country music of Terri Clark will be presented Aug. 21 at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden, WA The 8-time Canadian Country Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year has also taken home the CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year award five times. She has made her mark on radio with more than […]

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
International Arts and Music Festival at Peace Arch June 26-28

From June 26-28, 2015, the International Arts and Music Festival at Peace Arch Park in Blaine, WA will present a diverse array of art collections created by artists from the Pacific Northwest and as far as Idaho and Montana. Unique sculptures, paintings, visual arts, textiles and more will be available for sale to guests from […]

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Ticket Blitz at Woods Coffee May 21 offers discounts on gate admission, carnival passes for NW Washington Fair in Aug.

The Northwest Washington Fair and The Woods Coffee are again partnering to offer the fair’s largest discounts of the year on admission tickets and carnival ride passes. Special prices will be offered during the Ticket Blitz from 7-11 a.m. Thursday, May 21 inside all Woods Coffee locations in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Gate admission tickets […]

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Cascade Effect
Colin Wiseman—WMBC

“SHOULDN’T YOU BE RIDING THOSE THINGS?” The lady was in her 60s, one of nine pole-equipped hikers winding their way through the upper reaches of Larrabee State Park just south of Bellingham, Washington. It was a Wednesday in February and nearing noon. Overcast skies spat drizzle, and temperatures hovered around 48 degrees. It smelled like […]

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Where to Buy Outdoor Gear in Bellingham WA
Teresa Schmidt

Whatcom County is one of the best places in the Northwest (dare I say the earth?) to enjoy the outdoors. Not only is our natural environment beautiful, but it’s also accessible, thanks to the efforts of countless men and women who have worked tirelessly to protect and set aside public lands, trails and waters for our […]

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Let’s Go Birding! by Kayak from Blaine to Semiahmoo
Todd Elsworth

My introduction to the City of Blaine, WA was led by two locals who love their town. Alex Wenger, Community Planner, and Debbie Harger, Community Development and Tourism Coordinator, took me on a tour that showed off their pieces of pride. First up was the reclamation of the beach. This is both for the birds […]

Friday, May 15th, 2015
State Route 542 (Mount Baker Highway) Opens to Artist Point

The lack of snow this winter was tough on skiers and snowboarders, but it’s great news for fans of Artist Point on Mount Baker. The Washington State Department of Transportation opened the final 2.7 miles of State Route 542 from Bellingham to the scenic destination at about 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, May 14. This is […]

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Schooner Zodiac Announces Ales N’ Sails Dinner Cruise in Partnership with Boundary Bay Brewery June13

The Schooner Zodiac, the Bellingham-based tall ship is announcing a beer pairing dinner sail in partnership with Boundary Bay Brewery. The “Ales n’ Sails” dinner will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The Zodiac docks at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. This 3.5 hour cruise includes a four-course dinner prepared […]

Monday, May 11th, 2015
Singer Songwriter Michael McDonald at Mount Baker Theatre Aug. 11

Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our time. Add to this formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ’70s-era Doobie Brothers […]

Monday, May 11th, 2015
Peace Arch City Café in Blaine features innovative combinations, fresh ingredients and warm atmosphere.
Lauren Kramer

If you’re looking for a great restaurant for breakfast or lunch, featuring fresh ingredients and delivered by warm, friendly locals in a cozy ambiance, look no further than the Peace Arch City CafĂ© near the Canadian border in Blaine, WA. This eatery, a favorite of mine since it opened in July 2012, is the brainchild […]

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Washington State Parks’ ‘Free Days’ at Whatcom County’s 3 State Parks
Hilary Parker

Here in Whatcom County we are fortunate to have three state parks – Birch Bay, Larrabee and Peace Arch – within our borders. Our state parks offer places to recreate and appreciate nature in one-of-a-kind settings, which makes them each enticing destinations unto themselves, and Washington State Parks has sweetened the deal with a handful […]

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
See Double, Even Triple Bikes from Across the Nation at Bellingham Rally July 2-6, 2015

All systems are GO for the 2015 Tandem Diversity Northwest Tandem Rally (NWTR-2015), July 2-6 in Bellingham WA. 600 bicyclists are registered (so far) for what’s shaping up to be a Bellingham all-community cycling festival. Participants are signed up from 27 states and 2 Canadian provinces. Visitors will be traveling to Bellingham from as far […]

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Buy Mama a Beer at Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Come over to Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen at 601 W. Holly St, Bellingham on May 10th to celebrate with your mama because pints will be half off all day starting at 11 am. There’s always a great selection of Chuckanut’s award winning lagers and ales on […]

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Bellingham’s Best Western Plus Heritage Inn Recognized as a Customer Care Champion

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Heritage Inn in Bellingham, WA received the Champion Customer Care Award at Best Western International’s District II Meeting held recently in Vancouver, British Columbia. The award was presented in front of several hundred District II Best Western hoteliers from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and […]

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Willows Inn’s Wetzel wins James Beard Award: Northwest chef
Bethany Jean Clement—Seattle Times

Blaine Wetzel’s brand-new James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest is more than well-deserved. The 29-year-old chef of the excellent Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Wetzel tied for the nationwide category Rising Star Chef just last year, so this second award would seem to indicate something meteoric. But he was nominated for Rising Star back in 2011, too; with only so […]

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Make your escape: Three under-appreciated travel destinations
Robert Mangelsdorf—Westender

Yes, Bellingham! You could be forgiven for thinking our neighbor to the south has little more to offer than outlet malls and cheap flights, but you would be so very wrong. Do yourself a favour and actually venture more than a few blocks from the I-5 and you will discover a charming, historic college town […]

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
PDX Kids Named 2015 Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament Champions

The 13th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament, hosted by Boccemon and benefitting the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC), was held Saturday, April 18, 2015. Thirty-two teams of 4 from across the northwest, including many local favorites, competed for the championship in the largest bocce tournament in the region. A new team of competitive bocce enthusiasts […]

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Steakhouse 9 presents its first Distillery Dinner with Bellewood Acres May 21

Enjoy a chef-designed 4-course tasting dinner paired with local spirits and live music, as Steakhouse 9 Restaurant in Lynden presents it’s first distillery dinner with BelleWood Acres Distilling on May 21, 2015 from 5 to to 8 p.m. The evening will be hosted in the Courtyard at Steakhouse 9 and will feature live music from […]

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Bellingham’s Lakeway Inn and Conference Center names new Director of Sales and Marketing

Roger Becker has been appointed Director of Sales & Marketing for the Best Western PLUS Lakeway Inn & Conference Center in Bellingham, WA. Becker will focus on attracting conventions, banquets, seminars, meetings, and holiday events to Bellingham’s largest conference hotel. He also will manage a variety of marketing projects. Becker has 7 years of sales […]

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Bellingham’s Alley District
Northwest Travel

Eclectic. Funky. Enterprising. These are all adjectives that spring to mind on a visit to Bellingham’s newest commercial district. Here you won’t find strip malls and franchised businesses, but independent merchants that created something out of very little – a concept that is uber hip and oh so Bellingham. Read Full Article here:

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Relax and Explore Cigars at the Cigar Lounge at Silver Reef Casino
Teresa Schmidt

I may be venturing a guess here, but I’m thinking that like me, many of you may have tried smoking a cigar or two back when they made a resurgence in the 1990s. Now, cigar experts and the uninitiated alike have a new place to indulge in them: the Cigar Lounge at Silver Reef Casino. Located adjacent to the […]

Monday, May 4th, 2015
A New Course for Ski to Sea Kicks Off the 2015 Spring/Summer Race Season in Bellingham WA
Todd Elsworth

Each weekend in Bellingham/Whatcom County there is inevitably a race or some fun outdoors event that brings the community and visitors together to enjoy sports and our recreational bounty. The “Grand Daddy” of them all is the iconic Ski to Sea Race, watch the Ski to Sea -Continue the Legacy video to get a sense of […]

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Celebrate Ski to Sea Memorial Day Weekend
Annette Bagley—Southside Living

Although it may sound appealing during the winter months to leave town over Memorial Day, several years ago my family and I realized that Bellingham is the best place possible to be in May, as locals and visitors celebrate spring with parades, family fun and the “grand daddy of adventure races.” Read Full Article here:

Friday, May 1st, 2015
On Location – Bellingham, WA
Better Homes and Gardens

Aka the City of Subdued. In this cool coastal town, it’s springtime and the living is easy. FLOAT ON Check all engines at the sand-only nonmotorized watercraft live at the volunteer-run Community Boating Center. Read Full Feature Article here:

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Waterfront and Seafood Festival selected as City of Bellingham’s new signature event starting 2016

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) announced today they have selected the Bellingham Waterfront and Seafood Festival as a new signature event. After initial review of 18 applications, the committee, which is a subcommittee of the City’s Tourism Commission, narrowed the list down to a final four, ultimately selecting the Bellingham Waterfront and Seafood Festival to receive […]

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Summer Getaway: Birch Bay, Washington
Nancy Mueller—Highroads

Long stretches of sandy shoreline, calm waters, and panoramic views make up Birch Bay, a quiet coastal community off the beaten path in Washington. With tidal flats to wander and brilliant sunsets to admire, Birch Bay is a tranquil retreat. Read Full Article here: Summer Getaway: Birch Bay, Washington

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Creative Life Adventures NW Offers New Week-long Tours and Artist-led Workshops in Bellingham Region

Bellingham painter, Yvette Neumann, and husband Derek Neumann have launched a new business enterprise, Creative Life Adventures NW, combining artist-led workshops, local cultural activities, and excursions to scenic attractions across Washington State’s Whatcom and Island Counties, near Bellingham, WA. Art Workshop Adventure weeks are tailored to provide the traveler with a highly catered experience, one […]

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Rock band Skillet and ‘American Idol’ finalist Colton Dixon coming to NW Washington Fair Aug 20

Rock band Skillet, winner of the Rock Album of the Year and Rock Song of the Year at the 2014 Dove Awards, and special guest Colton Dixon will perform Aug. 20 at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden Tickets are on sale at www.nwwafair.com as well as at the fair office, 1775 Front St., Lynden, […]

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Bridal Shops in Bellingham Fit Every Style and Budget

If you’re a bride-to-be in or near Whatcom County, you have enough going on with planning, planning, and, oh yes—planning. So you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to go far to find the most important thing for your wedding (besides the right spouse): the perfect gown. Thanks to Alicia’s Bridal, Belle Bridal and Gown […]

Friday, April 24th, 2015
The Color Run Brings its 2015 Shine Tour to Bellingham August 16

The Color Runℱ presented by ALCATEL ONETOUCH, the largest 5k paint race event series in the world, will be in Bellingham on August 16. The event will be held at Bellingham Public Library and will begin at 8:00am. Registration is open for individual runners and teams. The Color Run, debuts their new Shine Tour in […]

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Top Mother’s Day Activities in Bellingham
Annette Bagley

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, 2015. Looking for a great gift ideas? Moms love to spend time with their families, so how about giving her a local experience? Here’s a list of the Top 8 Mother’s Day Activities in Bellingham and Whatcom County. 1. Schooner Zodiac Lighthouse Cruise, May 8 – 11. If Mom […]

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
WWU’s Border Policy Research Institute to Host Neighbors in the North Event May 14

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute will host “Neighbors in the North: Canada, the U.S., and the Arctic Council” at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 14 in Viking Union 565. The event is free and open to the public. The forum will discuss the transition of the Arctic Council Chairmanship from Canada to the United […]

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema Presents 2015 Summer Line-up

Comedy, adventure and animated hits are all included in the 2015 Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema schedule presented by Ben Kinney & Keller Williams Realty on the grassy Village Green in Bellingham, WA this summer. Now in its 16th season of Saturday night movies, the series kicks off June 20 with the classic musical “Grease” followed by […]

Monday, April 20th, 2015
Pickford Film Center Presents the 2015 Bellingham Children’s Film Festival April 30 – May 10

All over the world, filmmakers are crafting works of exhilarating imagination and creativity just for kids. Pickford Film Center is proud to present the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival. By showcasing innovative, inspiring and fun films from around the globe, we promote delight, discussion and even debate while sparking interest in different languages and ways of […]

Monday, April 20th, 2015
15th Annual Children’s Art Walk in Bellingham is Friday, May 1

Allied Arts of Whatcom County welcomes all to stroll through downtown Bellingham and delight in the works of the younger art community on Friday May 1, from 6 – 9 pm. Whatcom County students will proudly display their works of art during the 15th annual Children’s Art Walk, with a number of activities for kids […]

Monday, April 20th, 2015
Packers Oyster Bar at Semiahmoo Resort is Perfect for Happy Hour
Teresa Schmidt

Start with a tasty beverage and something yummy to nibble on. Add copious amounts of sunshine, rocky beaches, mile-long views and bald eagles, and voila! You have a happy hour well worth the drive to Packers Oyster Bar—no matter where you’re starting from. Packers is located inside the renovated Semiahmoo Resort, on Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine. While the view from […]

Monday, April 20th, 2015
Hiking (or meandering) down the Maple Falls Creek Trail near Mt. Baker

On the way up to Mount Baker, a popular pit stop is the budding community of Maple Falls. For all the times I’ve passed through, let alone stopped at Maple Fuels, for the car or myself, I had never meandered down to the elusive falls. My guide for the day was Rebecca Boonstra with the […]

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Schooner Zodiac to Host New Teen Sailing Program for Summer 2015

The historic tall ship Schooner Zodiac, based in Bellingham, is announcing a teen focused sailing cruise throughout the San Juan Islands in the summer of 2015. The Youth Sailing Adventure is a 3-day 2-night cruise that will take place from July 6 to 8 and depart from ship’s dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The […]

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
WWU Professor Melissa Rice to Speak About Mapping Mars April 28 in Wilson Library

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Geology Melissa Rice will give a talk entitled “Mapping Mars – Our Evolving Vision of the Red Planet” from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 in the Map Collection in Wilson Library 170. This event is free and open to the public. Rice will discuss the mapping, science and […]