Bellingham Info


Bellingham, WA is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the North Cascade Mountains. It's a college town on the water with breweries, restaurants, and incredible hiking and mountain biking.

To the north: Vancouver (1 hour), Squamish, Whistler, and the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

To the south: Seattle (2 hours), Mount Rainer National Park (3 hours), and southwest is Olympic National Park (3.5 hours).

To the west is Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, and Victoria, BC. And, to the east is Mount Baker (1.5 hours).

Things to do

Our master list
We created a map with some of our favorite breweries, restaurants, and our suggested places to stay.

Our Bellingham list
Around Bellingham
Breweries:
- Trackside Beer Garden
- Structures
- Wander
- Aslan

Restaurants:
- Bellingham Cidery
- Black Sheep
- Storia Cucina
- Bantam
- Carnal
- Red Light Kitchen & Bar
- Old Town Cafe

Bars:
- Jack's
- L&L Libations
- Lorikeet
- Culture Cafe

Other:
- NEKO Cat Cafe
- Mount Baker Theater
- There are a bunch of local owned and artist supporting shops in downtown Bellingham.
- On Saturday mornings there is a Farmers Market at Depot Market Square
Around Fairhaven
Breweries:
- Stones Throw
- Paws for a Beer

Restaurants:
- The Black Cat
- Mambo Italiano
- Skylark's

Bars:
- 1-Up Lounge
- Galloways
- Southside Bar

Other:
- Village Books and Paper Dreams: local book store
- Baby Greens: local plant store
- There are a bunch of local owned and artist supporting shops in downtown Bellingham and in downtown Fairhaven.
Other PNW adventures
Hikes and Trails:
- Whatcom Falls: near our house
- Inter-urban trail: near reception venue
- Oyster Dome: on Chuckanut with a great view of the bay
- Artist point: 1.5 hour drive from Bellingham with sweeping views of mount Baker

Mountain Biking:
- Galbraith Mountain: "With 65 miles of trails and an elevation gain of 1,785 feet, Galbraith Mountain provides endless trail experiences."
- Transition: a local bike shop that offers high quality MTB rentals and located near the bike park main entrance.

Lakes:
- Lake Whatcom: big lake with public access for swimming and boating
- Lake Madden: smaller lake in a quieter area

Nearby Cities:
If you have the time for it, we highly suggest adding on either Vancouver to the north, Seattle to the South, or both! Feeling extra adventurous? Add on Portland, south of Seattle.

The Amtrak train runs from Vancouver through to Portland with stops in Bellingham and Seattle. This is a great option for those who do not plan on renting a car.