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.
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.
In 1915, the Larrabee family donated 20 acres of land to create Washington's first state park. Today, Larrabee State Park is a 2,683-acre camping park with 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay. The park features coves, tidelands, two freshwater lakes, wetlands, forest, and Chuckanut Mountain. Sunsets are gorgeous. A variety of non-motorized, multiple-use trails wind through the park.
Pickford Film Center (PFC) is more than movies! A vital, mission-driven organization dedicated to its community, PFC offers an authentic, rich and uniquely Bellingham "experience" in a casual and friendly environment. PFC programming brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate the joy of the moving image.
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.
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.
Located on the Fairhaven Village Green, the Colophon Cafe is known for serving hearty pot pies, quiches, burgers, soups, sandwiches and more since 1985. For breakfast, try a breakfast croissant or a classic Muff-Egg (scrambled egg served on a toasted English muffin with bacon and melted cheddar).
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.
Mallard ice cream is made by human hands, right in the shop, five batches at a time. Try innovative flavors like honey cheesecake, chocolate lavender and vanilla black pepper. For the adventurous, there's also a flavor called Hot Marge: tequila, lime and fresh local roasted cayenne peppers.
Sip your coffee as you watch sailboats and kayaks go by on Bellingham Bay, or reserve the Kiln Room, a conference room featuring 12 leather high-back chairs, a 42" monitor with computer hook-ups and views of Bellingham Bay.
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.
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.
Mindport is a place to explore, observe, reflect, question, reason, communicate and play. Let your curious mind roam free through the exhibits, which seek to integrate art and science, mind and body, and stillness and movement.
The Boundary Bay approach to beer is to render excellent examples of classic styles. The all-ages environment also features hearty food and live music.
Skylark's Hidden Cafe boasts "delicious unpretentious food" and live jazz, blues and soul music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.