Bellingham, Washington

Beautiful Bellingham is 22 miles from the Canadian border and rests in direct view of Mt. Baker. A drive past farms, vineyards, and orchards will take you there for recreation in winter, and alpine hiking when the snow melts. The free-spirited small town of Bellingham offers wooden docks and wrought iron street lamps, the co-op local art gallery on 12th Street, and award-winning handcrafted beer at Boundary Bay Brewery out on Railroad Ave.

Bike the Interurban Trail to Larrabee State Park, or hike to the waterfalls in Whatcom Falls Park. Enjoy smoked wild salmon as you take in the Art Wall at Colophon Cafe in historic Fairhaven Village. Sip a Belgian chocolate mocha at Mount Bakery or a Mudslide at The Woods Coffee in Boulevard Park, while you watch sailboats and kayaks on Bellingham Bay.

Explore inventive and holistic Mindport, Bellingham's interactive half-art and half-science museum. Experience this town's independent streak in its year round celebration of independent film at the Pickford Film Center - get a glass of wine at the Limelight Cinema Tavern to go with your movie. Taste a ham and yam sanguche at Cafe Rumba. Follow it up with a cardamom or butternut squash ice cream scoop at Mallard Ice Cream