If a town could be an invaluable antique, it'd be Fairhaven. An alluring timelessness pervades its historic buildings, which house lovely boutiques, coffee shops, and bookstores such as the local favorite, Village Books.
The American Museum of Radio and Electricity preserves and interprets an important scientific and cultural legacy: the historic exploration of electricity and the development of radio into its Golden Age. The Museum features two related and very powerful stories. One is fraught with mystery and intrigue, shenanigans, mishaps and elegant hypotheses. Kings, philosophers, scientists, entertainers, presidents and Founding Fathers all have rode. It's the tale of the phenomenon known, until 400 years ago, as, simply, electrum. The second is what happened when the study of this electrum - electricity - led to the development of the communications medium that has saved lives, connected continents, and delivered information and not-to-be missed entertainment to millions of American homes. Radio united families in their living rooms for dozens of years, and brought a nation together through difficult times.
Lake Padden provides the best of many worlds. It's close to town, with a natural setting and plenty to do. The entrances on the north provide convenient drive-up access for horse trailers, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, swimming and fishing beaches, grassy lawns, boat launching, tennis courts, ball fields, trailheads, golf course, and even a small fishing dock. A pleasant contrast is provided by the more isolated south shore. The 2.6-mile loop around the lake provides a pleasant forest experience with occasional rock outcrops and lakeside views.
Perfectly representative of Bellingham's charm, this scenic drive passes through farmland, orchards, and the Chuckanut Mountains. Along the way, vistas of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands beckon visitors to stop and gawk at the gorgeous landscape.
The sheer beauty here begs visitors to partake of nature's grandeur. From picturesque lighthouses to Orca whales, the islands offer a refuge for soul seekers and poets to experience the true spirit of the Pacific Northwest.
Ciao Thyme brings guests closer to their food by seating them 'In the Kitchen' to enjoy fine cuisine sourced from local farms and vendors. Watch the chef and kitchen staff as they prepare and plate your meals to order. Meet new people or enjoy the company of old friends at our family style tables. The menus are always a surprise at their Incognito dinners.
The Boundary Bay approach to beer is to render excellent examples of classic styles. In some cases - such as with their IPA, Imperial IPA and Imperial Oatmeals Stout - they push the envelope and make a very big and flavorful brew. Like a new kind of music, it may take a few samplings to build your palette, but soon you will be going back for more. As a non-smoking, all ages establishment, they strive to provide an interesting, exciting and comforting selection of hearty food. Reservations: Accepted Features: Catering, Happy Hour, Live Music, Family Friendly.
Giuseppe's Al Porto boasts a spectacular view of Squalicum Marina at Bellingham Bay. Chef Christian Turner focuses on the freshest local ingredients utilizing classic Italian technique.
La Fiamma specializes in delicious wood-fired pizzas. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Enjoy the heated, year-round outdoor seating.