Bellingham Washington

Home to Western Washington University and located in Whatcom County—the northernmost county in Washington, only one hour south of Vancouver, Canada—Bellingham has a culture all its own. While there is a definite college-town vibe with youthfulness in the air, Bellingham and its surrounding communities are also very diverse. The Fairhaven district features Victorian-era buildings, local arts and crafts shopping, and hip boutiques. In the summer, the Fairhaven Green offers outdoor movies, concerts, and a Farmer's Market. Embark from the ferry terminal here to the Marine Highway for a coastal cruise to Alaska. With a pristine Mt. Baker backdrop, Bellingham offers a mass of recreational opportunities for all ages! Options range from hiking, camping, and mountain biking to snow sports, golf, and the annual Ski to Sea race. Bellingham hugs Bellingham Bay. The nearby San Juan Islands bring fun seasonal activities such as whale watching, fishing, sea kayaking, and island cruises. Some of the best sailing in the world is available here. Visit scenic Larabee State Park, a 2,683-acre camping and recreational park on the saltwater shores of Samish Bay. Cruise Chuckanut Drive to view all of what nature has to offer on this northern coastal section of the United States.
Bellingham has many distinct neighborhoods, all with a different character. Click on the Bellingham neighborhoods page to learn more.

My favorite Bellingham restaurants

Pizza - Coconut Kenny's- I don't eat a lot of pizza, but Kenny's has the best. This is a fun atmosphere as well.

Italian- Giuseppe's -Fine dining and a little pricier, but beautiful setting with amazing food. The owner Giuseppe is usually around to greet guests. The Lemon Chicken is my favorite dish here.
D'Anna's Italian Café downtown is #1 rated on Yelp for a reason as well.

Seafood -As boring as it sounds, Anthony's is my favorite. Everything is good, and the views of the harbor are beautiful.

Rock and Rye is also a great choice in downtown, particularly if you love Oysters!

Japanese/Sushi- Little Tokyo. I am bias because this is across the street from my office. Good quality sushi & always great for lunch.

Thai- On Rice (on Samish Way). The On Rice on Samish Way is the original one in Bellingham and has better service in my opinion. Best Pad Thai in Bellingham!

Social Night: Scotty Brown's--Fun atmosphere to meet with friends or watch the game. American food and drinks & everything is great!

Fine Dining: Keenan's at the Pier offers amazing food, bay views, and a great location to go for a walk before or after your meal, located between Boulevard Park and Fairhaven. They also have a very popular happy hour.
The Fork is a gem on the south end of Lake Whatcom. This is very popular with the locals, so get your reservation ahead of time for date night. It also has arguably the best breakfast on the weekends in Bellingham.

Mexican- Jalapeno's (in Fairhaven). I love eating outdoors in the summer, and this has a lower patio and large upper balcony. Since we have kids, we always grab the private side deck that only fits one table. They are famous for the "Big Mama" if you like margarita's.

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Updated: 30th September, 2023 4:41 AM (UTC).