Blending culture and nature in equal measure Bellingham is one of Washington’s smaller but more vibrant cities. Overlooking the aquamarine waters of Bellingham Bay the city has a burgeoning literary scene and is also home to many contemporary and classical music events. The city’s young population brings it an energetic vibe and nightlife – in fact in spite of its sizeBellingham has over half a dozen craft breweries! Located close to the lakes and mountains of the Pacific coast Bellingham is popular with families hikers skiers and climbers making this one of the most diverse places you could ever hope to visit.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Bellingham
Downtown —Downtown Bellingham is a bit of a foodie hotspot and far less commercial than many Downtown districts. Whether you’re after gourmet dining no-frills grub burritos bagels or other bites you’ll find pretty much everything on offer here.
Birchwood — Birchwood is a quiet community overlooking Bellingham Bay. It has many walking and hiking trails and in the vicinity you’ll also discover the delightful Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Don’t miss a chance to practice your swing! Bellingham’s main shopping mall is also very nearby.
Whatcom Lake — The city’s main water source Whatcom Lake is a popular spot for recreational sports whether that’s swimming paddle boarding or fishing. You can also hire a boat here and enjoy the dramatic views across the lake towards Mount Baker in the distance. It’s quite an impressive sight so be sure to bring your camera!
Sehome Hill Arboretum — This pretty park offers a little slice of tranquillity right in the centre of the city. With 180 acres of woodland the park has almost endless tracks for walking and cycling as well as an observation tower that provides a beautiful panoramic view across Bellingham Bay.
Things to See in Bellingham
Kick back on the beach with a glass of wine and a city view with a trip to Lummi Island in the San Juan archipelago. Popular for camping the sunset from the island on a clear evening is worth the trip alone. Bellingham also has a great selection of heritage architecture such as the Mount Baker Theatre a still-functioning venue built in a unique blend of Moorish and Spanish styles. A unique landmark in the city you’ll also be able enjoy the best of Bellingham’s performing arts here from modern ballet to opera and more.
Things to Do in Bellingham
If you’re close to Lake Whatcom be sure to stop off and take a look around Whatcom Falls Park close to where the lake runs into Bellingham Bay. The park is a tranquil rush of water with four different waterfalls of varying heights and vigour. Explore a little further afield with a trip across the US border by booking a shared coach from Bellingham Airport to Vancouver. Otherwise simply soak up some of Bellingham’s arts culture by coinciding your visit with the Bellingham Festival of Music. This annual event takes place every summer and celebrates orchestral music from the region promising some aural delights that perfectly complement city’s classical surrounds.