Bellingham Whatcom County…A Refreshing Change.
Whether for the weekend or an extended stay, we offer a break from the ordinary. With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, charming villages and water adventures like whale watching, the Bellingham Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington state. Come see why Bellingham Whatcom County is a refreshing change.
Accommodations & Dining
Slip away to a hidden bungalow in the shadow of Mt. Baker, or let yourself be pampered in a five-star luxury suite with a beautiful view of Bellingham Bay. Whether you want a relaxing getaway or an exciting adventure, Bellingham Whatcom County is the perfect place to find your escape.
Whatcom County’s restaurant districts — mainly downtown and historic Fairhaven — offer tastebud-enticing culinary treasures. Outside of Bellingham, smaller communities enliven palettes with uniquely matched options of their own, such as delectable Dutch baked goods in Lynden and hearty food in the mountain town of Glacier.
Recreation & Attractions
Whatcom County has an abundance of activities for all ages, interests and seasons. Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve lived here all your life, there is always something new to explore. From the snow-capped peaks of Mount Baker to the waters of Bellingham Bay, discoveries are around every corner.
Shush down the slopes of a laid-back ski destination that boasts the most snowfall EVER in a single season at Mt Baker Ski Area. We are talking a world record of 1,140 inches! This is the mountain where snowboarding was virtually invented, but skiers and snowboarders of all skills are welcome and treated like neighbors. For conditions and information call Mt. Baker Ski Area at (360) 734-6771.
History, Culture and Arts
The Bellingham Whatcom County region is rich in history, culture and the arts. You’re never far from a fine art gallery, one-of-kind museum or a performance venue. Soak up the local ambiance at an award winning brew pub, a boutique waterfront restaurant or gourmet coffee shop. You can also learn a lot about our culture and values at one of our many farmers markets, community celebrations or a leisurely stroll through a city or county park.
Boating and Kayaking
You want water? We’ve got it! Rent a sailboat or kayak. Join a charter trip to the stunning San Juan Islands or Victoria. Take an exhilarating raft trip on the Nooksack River. Watch the mighty Orca whales glide majestically in their home waterways. Our friendly tour operators and guides can help.
Festivals & Events
Whatcom Wine Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday, except for Christmas and Thanksgiving weekends.
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tour Whatcom County’s Boutique Wineries. Tours start at noon and finish at between 4 and 5 p.m. Whatcom Wine Tours picks you up at your home or hotel, takes you on a scenic and educational tour to Whatcom County's boutique wineries, provides lunch at a winery, a tasting glass, and drops you off at your home or hotel. Cost $50-$65 per person.
Improv Comedy - The Upfront Theatre
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
8PM and 10PM
1208 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night The Upfront performs live improv comedy shows at 8 & 10pm. Owned by "Who's Line is it Anyway?" fame, Ryan Stiles, The Upfront Theatre provides gut-busting hilarious improv comedy performances that are a staple of live entertainment in Bellingham. Friday and Saturday tickets are $10 general & $8 for students.
Drum Circle – Drums by the Bay
Every Thursday evening
Located in Bay Horizon Park
7467 Gemini St.
Blaine, Washington 98230
An open Drum Circle for the beginner to the advanced. Bring your drums or share one of ours. Everyone welcome. Admission by Donation. Birch Bay Hostel and Guest House.