Bellingham residents, your secret is out! Bellingham is consistently high-up on lists of “Best Places to Live,” and Sunset Magazine is also joining in the praise. In their August 2009 issue, Sunset dedicated an entire article to reasons why life in Bellingham is so fun-filled:
1. Whale watching in Bellingham
Several local companies offer whale-watching cruises sailing out of Bellingham Bay. With opportunities to see orcas and humpback whales at play, as well as stunning views of the San Juan Islands and Mount Baker, this is an unforgettable experience not to be missed!
2. Shopping in Fairhaven
Historic Fairhaven, with its old-fashioned brick charm, is a fantastic place to shop and relax. Unique boutiques and plenty of quality local eateries abound in Fairhaven, making it a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike.
3. Fresh, local Bellingham coffee
Though there are several Woods Coffee locations throughout Bellingham, there can be no doubt that their most popular location is right on the water at sprawling Boulevard Park. You won’t find a better place to sit and enjoy a caffeinated beverage while watching the sunset out over Bellingham Bay.
4. Beautiful hikes in Whatcom County
Fragrance Lake is one of many hikes available to outdoor-lovers in Bellingham. Two-and-a-half miles into the woods, trekkers are rewarded with deep breaths of cedar and pine — as well as a little peace and quiet around the still, secluded lake. In all, there are more than 50 miles of Whatcom County parks and recreation trails, offering residents a chance to revel in their green home.
5. Fresh, local Bellingham food… with flair!
Sunset featured two very popular Downtown Bellingham establishments in their article — Little Cheerful Cafe, on Holly Street (look for Charlie Chaplin on the window), and Mallard Ice Cream, on Railroad Street next to the Bagelry. Where else can you find crab-cake eggs Benedict, or Pinot Noir ice cream? With plenty of restaurants to explore here in Bellingham, dining is never dull.
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