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Welcome Home Explore your new area and discover why so many LOVE Whatcom County.



most beautiful place in Washington state, at least from our point of view. Whatcom County is diverse in so many ways, from the beauty of the landscape to the people who live here. When you come to Whatcom County, you don’t come just to work, you come for a new and better lifestyle that balances work and play. You have come to the right place. Around every corner, you’ll discover why so many of us gravitated here. We come from all different backgrounds and from around the globe. Many just came to visit and ended up finding home, while others were born here and never wanted to leave. Others started their journey at Western Washington University and couldn’t bear the thought of leaving. Whatever the reason, and wherever your journey began, we’re glad you chose Whatcom County to be your new home. As you start to explore the area, be sure to make a trip into Fairhaven. This historic district is full of boutique shops and amazing restaurants, not to mention the South Bay Trail, which starts near Fairhaven Inn and leads all the way to Bellingham’s downtown core. On the way, visit Boulevard Park, or grab a latte from Woods Coffee and enjoy the sunset over Bellingham Bay. Downtown Bellingham is another destination full of history, charm, and plenty to do and see. Wander the streets, check out the eclectic shops, and find your new favorite restaurant. While you’re there, make sure to stop by the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building, a relatively new structure that

is already an iconic landmark. Another town treasure is Mount Baker Theatre. Many world-renowned productions stop here on their way from Seattle to Vancouver, meaning you get to experience global talent in an intimate atmosphere. It is not to be missed! Head north toward the Canadian border for stunning trails, hikes, clam digging, crabbing, epic sunsets, and oh…the food. Leaderblock Wine Co. in Ferndale has earned a Spectator of the Year award two years running, making it a must-visit. While you’re there, say hi to Amberleigh, she’ll welcome you with open arms and is the sommelier who heads their wine collection and list. Next, find your way to Lynden, our charming Dutch town full of unique boutiques and restaurants. If you love antiquing, Lynden is a gold mine. Visit during the annual Raspberry Festival and get a first-hand taste of the area’s bountiful crops. Mountain lovers, simply drive east on Mount Baker Highway to a little slice of alpine heaven. Whether you’re looking for world-class skiing, epic hikes among lakes and wildflowers, or just a beautiful bike ride through the forest, the Mount Baker area has it all. For something gentler, take your pick of the Chuckanuts, Galbraith, or visit one of the county’s numerous parks. Wherever you go, and whatever city you are now calling home…welcome to the neighborhood! We look forward to meeting you and helping you settle in. Sincerely,

Lisa Karlberg President | Publisher

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Notes  Whatcom County Executive’s Letter

Dear Friends! Welcome to Whatcom County!



Lummi and Nooksack tribes, Whatcom County has been welcoming newcomers from across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and beyond for many generations. A little more than three decades ago, I too was a new resident, bringing my family from Canada to make a home near the town of Lynden. If you’ve decided to call this place home, then we already have something in common and share love for Whatcom County! I’d like to offer a couple pieces of advice as you settle in. First, stop by your local library and get a library card. Libraries are cradles of local culture and knowledge, and Whatcom County has some great ones with very helpful and friendly staff. They can point you to the local history section, where you can learn about the customs of the Coast Salish people, the outsized dreams of the first pioneers, or the cunning of local smugglers. Also, I’ve found that librarians can advise on much more than books — they’re always ready to share their favorite hikes, mustsee museums, and suggestions for what to do on a free afternoon. Second, set aside some time to explore not just your immediate neighborhood but also the wide array of destinations between Lummi Island and Point Roberts to the west and Mt. Baker and North Cascades National Park to the east. It’s well worth a special effort, and you’ll soon have a dozen outing options for every season and mood. As you may already know, this beautiful corner of the world offers incredible outdoor recreation opportunities — where else can you ski, cycle, and sail all on the same day? Even after half a lifetime here, I am still uncovering hidden gems! Third, discover Whatcom County’s bounty. We’re nationally known for our raspberries and are the number-two dairy producer in our state, but there’s much more than that. From farm fresh



produce and artisan baked goods to our vibrant arts and music scene, you’ll have opportunities to satisfy your established tastes while also pushing your boundaries with new culinary and cultural experiences. Our small-scale, locally owned businesses contribute so much to the color and character of our communities, and I believe that patronizing them is our civic duty! Fourth, don’t forget to introduce yourself to your neighbors and, if you are so inclined, get involved! I think you’ll find that our community is friendly and welcoming. Consider joining a hobby club, service organization, or community group. There’s a wealth of opportunity for civic engagement! My own first steps into the public arena began with my involvement in a foundation to support my children’s schools. Perhaps you too will find something that provides personal enrichment while also giving back to your community. Finally, get to know your representatives in local government. While much attention is given to the goings-on in Washington D.C., it’s your local public servants who are responsible for your roads and parks, schools and emergency services, and so much more. Speaking as County Executive, please know that County Government is here to serve you, and we are committed to being accessible, responsive, and transparent as we do the people’s business. I’m sure in a very short time you will begin to feel that this is a great new home and will be telling all your friends and family what we say — “I love Whatcom!”

Satpal S. Sidhu Whatcom County Executive 360.778.5200 ssidhu@whatcomcounty.us 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham

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County Council

City Mayors





Rud Browne

Todd Donovan

Seth Fleetwood

Bonnie Onyon

360.820.9494 rbrowne@co.whatcom.wa.us

360.483.8474 tdonovan@co.whatcom.wa.us

360.778.8100 mayorsoffice@cob.org

360.201.7239 bonyon@cityofblaine.com



Tyler Byrd

Kathy Kershner



360.778.5021 tbyrd@co.whatcom.wa.us

360.220.7535 kkershne@co.whatcom.wa.us

Scott Korthuis

Greg Hansen

360.354.1170 ext. 5 korthuiss@lyndenwa.org

360.685.2350 greghansen@cityofferndale.org





Ben Elenbaas

Barry Buchanan

Marshall Judy

Kyle Christensen

360.778.5025 belenbaa@co.whatcom.wa.us

360.224.4330 bbuchanan@co.whatcom.wa.us

360.966.2531 mayor@cityofnooksack.com

360.988.5711 kchristensen@cityofsumas.com



Carol Frazey

John Perry (Photo unavailable)

360.778.5024 cfrazey@co.whatcom.wa.us

360.966.3411 mayor@ci.everson.wa.us

*Term expires January 2022. Civic positions subject to change.






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Garden Spot Nursery is a neighborhood nursery and boutique, open year-round, where you can find indoor and outdoor plants, gifts, and supplies for all your garden projects. The people at the nursery are what make it so special. Garden Spot’s staff is a group of knowledgeable gardeners, each with a different specialty to help you realize your gardening dreams. The holiday season is a magical time at the nursery. Everywhere you look, lights glitter and illuminate unique, local, and handmade decorations and gifts. You can find greens, wreaths, cut and live trees of all shapes and sizes to bring you cheer during the cold months. If you just need a peaceful place to escape for a bit, come visit anytime.

Notes  Human & Public Services

Border Crossings Lynden 360.354.2183

Pacific Highway, Blaine

Bellingham Public Library — Fairhaven

Womencare Shelter & Domestic Violence Services

1117 12th St., 360.778.7188

4120 Meridian St., Ste. 220, Bellingham, 360.671.8539

Blaine Library 610 3rd St., 360.305.3637

YWCA Bellingham

Peace Arch, Blaine

Everson Library

360.332.8511, 360.332.5771

104 Kirsch Dr., 360.966.5100

1026 N. Forest St., Bellingham, 360.734.4820


Ferndale Library


2125 Main St., 360.384.3647

Food Banks Bellingham Food Bank 360.676.0392

Blaine Food Bank 360.332.6350

Ferndale Food Bank 360.384.1506

Meals On Wheels & More 360.746.6480

Project Hope 360.354.4673

Island Library

Adult Protective Services (DSHS)

2144 S. Nugent Rd., 360.758.7145


Lynden Library

Alcoholics Anonymous

216 4th St., 360.354.4883


Point Roberts Library

Blaine Community Assistance Program

1431 Gulf Rd., 360.945.6545

South Whatcom Library 10 Barn View Ct., Sudden Valley Gate 2, 360.305.3632

Senior Services Northwest Regional Council 360.676.6749

Licensing Auto, Boat, & Trailer 360.778.5100

Driver 360.676.2096

Hunting & Fishing 360.902.2464

Marriage 360.778.5100

Marine, Biotoxin, & Red Tide Information 800.562.5632

Social Services & Other

Whatcom Council on Aging 360.733.4030

Whatcom County Love INC 360.671.6201


Blaine Family Service Center 360.332.0740

Burn Ban Information 360.778.5903

Care Crisis Response Line, Compass Health 800.584.3578

Child Protective Services (CPS) 866.829.2153

Coast Guard Emergency 360.734.1692


Department of Social & Health Services

Agape Home for Women & Children


1215 F St., Bellingham, 360.733.3796

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services Helpline

Department of Social & Health Services


600 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, 360.756.5750


Forest Fire Reporting

Public Libraries

Lighthouse Mission Shelter

Northwest Washington American Red Cross

910 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.733.5120


Bellingham Public Library — Barkley

Lydia Place

Pass Reports (WSDOT)

1701 Gladstone St., Bellingham, 360.671.7663


New Way Ministries


3111 Newmarket St., Ste. 103, 360.778.7290

Bellingham Public Library — Central 210 Central Ave., 360.778.7323




Poison Information Center Washington Recovery Hotline 866.789.1511

Special Needs Resources Max Higbee Center 1400 N. State St., Ste. 101, 360.746.7181

The Arc of Whatcom County 2602 McLeod Rd., Bellingham, 360.715.0170

Whatcom Developmental Disabilities Program

Washington State



U.S. Post Offices

Whatcom County 360.778.5102

Acme Post Office


2026 Valley Hwy., 360.595.2189

Bellingham Post Office 315 Prospect St., 360.752.9822


Bellingham Post Office

Washington Vocational Services

3150 Orleans St., 360.752.9825

725 N. State St., 425.774.3338

Voter Registration

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac)


Blaine Post Office

centurylink.com, 855.263.9576

701 Harrison Ave., 360.332.7184

Tourism Information Bellingham/Whatcom County Tourism 360.671.3990


Greyhound 800.231.2222

Lummi Island Ferry


Everson Post Office

9973 Mt. Baker Hwy., 360.599.3208

BoltBus (Cordata Station)

dish.com, 1.800.803.3388

5014 Deming Rd., 360.592.2032

Alaska Marine Highway System



Deming Post Office


Amtrak Reservation

directv.com, 877.554.0770

7632 Portal Way, 360.366.5666

108 Blair Dr., 360.966.4700



Custer Post Office

frontier.com, 844.232.9134

Whidbey Telecom

Glacier Post Office

whidbeytel.com, 360.321.1122

Xfinity by Comcast

Lummi Island Post Office 2211 N. Nugent Rd., Bldg. 2, 360.758.2320

Lynden Post Office


600 Front St., 360.354.2371

Maple Falls Post Office

City of Blaine Electric Water & Sewer Services

7392 Mt. Baker Hwy., 360.599.2917


Sumas Post Office 534 Railroad Ave., 360.988.2613

City of Sumas Electric Water & Sewer Services

Veteran’s Services


Bellingham Vet Center



Victoria & San Juan Islands Ferry 206.464.6400

Washington State Ferries 888.808.7977

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) 360.676.7433

WTA Paratransit 360.733.1144

Bellingham International Airport 360.671.5674

1145 E. Sunset Dr., Ste. 105, Bellingham, xfinity.com, 800.934.6489

Puget Sound Energy Inc.

3800 Byron Ave., Ste. 124, Bellingham, 360.733.9226

Whatcom County Public Utility District #1

Disabled American Veterans


625 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.384.3382


Whatcom County Veterans Resources 509 Girard St., Lower Level, Bellingham, 360.778.6050

Paine Field (Everett) 425.353.2110

Bellingham Green Earth Technology (compost) 360.354.4936

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AmeriGas Propane



5387 La Bounty Dr., Ferndale, 360.384.4922



VanderYacht Propane


Recycling & Disposal Services, Inc. (Whatcom)

6811 Guide Meridian Rd., Lynden, 360.398.1234

Maple Falls



Northwest Recycling, Inc.


Point Roberts, Blaine, Lummi, Birch Bay, Point Whitehorn

Bellingham Water & Sewer Services

Cando Recycling & Disposal

Birch Bay Water & Sewer District



Nooksack, Everson, Sumas

Blaine Electric Water & Sewer Services


Nooksack Valley Disposal & Recycling





Everson Water & Sewer Services Ferndale Water & Sewer Services 360.384.4269


Lynden Water & Sewer Services

centurylink.com, 855.263.9576


CSS Communications Inc.

Nooksack Water & Sewer Services

cssnw.com, 360.671.4878

DirecTV directv.com, 855.842.4388

HughesNet internet.hughesnet.com, 1.855.892.4023

Frontier frontier.com, 844.232.9134

PogoZone pogozone.com, 360.676.8772

Xfinity by Comcast xfinity.com, 800.934.6489

PROPANE CHS Northwest Multiple locations, 360.354.4595

Economy Propane 2163 Natures Path Way, Blaine, 360.332.3121

Northwest Propane Multiple locations, 360.354.4471




Sumas Electric Water & Sewer Services 360.988.5711

Whatcom County Public Utility District #1 360.384.4288


360.599.2823 360.988.9563

POLICE & SHERIFF (NON-EMERGENCIES) Bellingham Police Department 505 Grand Ave., Bellingham, 360.778.8800

Blaine Police Department 322 H St., Blaine, 360.332.6769

Everson Police Department 111 W. Main St., Everson, 360.966.4212

Ferndale Police Department 2220 Main St., Ferndale, 360.384.3390

Lummi Nation Police Department 2665 Kwina Rd., Bellingham, 360.312.2274

Lynden Police Department 203 19th St., Lynden, 360.354.2828

Nooksack Indian Tribe Police Department 5016 Deming Rd., Deming, 360.592.9065

Sumas Police Department 433 Cherry St., Sumas, 360.988.5711

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham, 360.778.6600

Law Enforcement FIRE/EMS (NONEMERGENCIES) Bellingham 360.778.8400

Blaine 360.318.9933

Deming 360.592.5094

Everson/Nooksack 360.966.5757


U.S. Customs & Border Protection 360.380.0408

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BY THE NUMBERS 226,847 Residents 99,210 Housing Units $345,700 Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing $1,060 Median Gross Rent 92.8% People Age 25 or Older Who Graduated High School $62,984 Median Household Income 22 Minutes for Average Work Commute

ROM COASTAL TOWNS to mountain getaways, there’s plenty to explore in Whatcom County. The area features several thriving urban communities as well as world-class access to the outdoors, so whether you’re a city dweller or a nature enthusiast, you’re sure to find a place that suits your style. Bellingham is the county’s largest city, and more than 90,000 people reside within its limits. Affectionately known as the “city of subdued excitement,” it offers the best of both worlds in terms of urban amenities and outdoor adventure. Entertainment, shopping, and dining options abound in the downtown corridor and historic Fairhaven Village. Residents also have access to numerous parks, recreation areas, and trails, so there’s always something to do. The town of Ferndale is located just outside of Bellingham, and if you continue due north, you’ll also come across Custer and Lynden. The border town of Blaine, which contains the seaside village of Birch Bay, is located in the northwest corner of the county. Visitors will find two ports of entry and Peace Arch Park, which straddles the boundary between Canada and the United States. In the foothills beneath Mount Baker, Deming, Maple Falls, and Glacier each offer a unique brand of mountain town charm. Further along Mount Baker Highway is Artist Point, which features an array of trails as well as stunning mountain vistas as far as the eye can see. If you instead take State Route 9, you can pay a visit to the towns of Sumas, Everson/Nooksack, and Acme. 

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town area to the serenity of Bellingham Bay, this “city of subdued excitement” has plenty to offer visitors and residents alike. Its history can be traced back thousands of years as the homeland of the Coast Salish peoples, who thrived off the region’s bountiful seafood and live in the area to this day. After the gold rush spurred population growth among European settlers, four separate towns came into existence: Fairhaven, Whatcom, Sehome, and Bellingham. These settlements were combined in 1903 to form the Bellingham we know today. The city has historically catered to industries such as fishing, mining, and lumber. For a peek at Bellingham’s industrial past, pay a visit to the waterfront, which functioned as a tissue mill from the ‘60s until the mid-2000s. It is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-use space with public art and access to the bay. 22


Old City Hall

Nowadays PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Western Washington University are the city’s largest employers, and Bellingham’s population has nearly doubled in size since the mid-20th century. It continues to draw in transplants from across the state and country thanks to its clean air, natural beauty, and safety. There are more than 20 neighborhoods in Bellingham, including Barkley, Fairhaven, Lettered Streets, Columbia, Birchwood, Cordata, Sunnyland, and Sehome. The Bellingham Bay forms a natural boundary west of the city, and the North Cascade Mountains lie to the east. Located in the southeast is Lake Whatcom, a 10-mile-long lake that provides both drinking water and plenty of summertime fun. Finally, head due south along the bay to visit the Chuckanut Mountains. These

natural wonders can be accessed with just a five-minute trip outside the city, and they contain a wealth of scenic overlooks and trails. Downtown Bellingham is the city’s hub for commercial activity and entertainment. Shoppers can explore everything from upscale boutiques to eclectic gift shops, home decor outlets, and much more. There’s also a diverse restaurant scene, so whether you’re craving custom-made crepes or Ethiopian injera bread, you’ll find an eatery to appease just about any appetite. Need a pick-me-up after your meal? The downtown corridor also has locally owned coffee shops in spades. If you happen to be downtown on a Saturday morning between April and December, swing by Depot Market Square for the Bellingham Farmers Market. It features more than 100 vendors selling everything from local produce to baked goods and even handmade jewelry. Bellingham has a thriving arts culture, and the Mount Baker Theatre is the city’s most iconic venue when it comes to live entertainment. It’s been around since 1927, and names such as Ira Glass, David Sedaris, and even Jane Goodall have each graced its stage over the years. Other quintessential music venues include Wild Buffalo House of Music and The Shakedown, both conveniently located downtown. The Whatcom Museum is a major point of reference for visual art, and it consists of several separate buildings: The Lightcatcher Building (which contains the Family Interactive Gallery), the Syre Education Center, and the distinctive Old City Hall. Bellingham’s downtown area is also home to several independently owned galleries, and Make.Shift provides studios for local artists and musicians. Allied Arts of Whatcom County holds an Art Walk on the first Friday of every month, and it’s a great opportunity to connect with other artists and artisans. There’s also the Rebel Artists of Whatcom, an inclusive arts collective that hosts pop-up markets in Commercial Street Plaza every Saturday. During the first two weekends of October, the public

In the Loop Another perk for Bellingham residents is the city’s proximity to numerous trip-worthy areas. If you’re seeking an urban getaway, you don’t have to look far — Seattle is 90 miles away, and Vancounver, B.C. is just under 60 miles away. For a less metropolitan escape, head south to the Skagit Valley. Skagit County is known for its agricultural bounty, annual Tulip Festival, and access to the San Juan Islands via the port town of Anacortes. The most picturesque way to get to Skagit is by taking Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway. Nestled between the Chuckanut Mountains and the bay, this stretch of road features stunning views of the water, mountains, and San Juan Islands. Alternatively, if you go east past the Cascade Mountains, you’ll find yourself in the Methow Valley. This area offers ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and is especially beautiful when the leaves start to turn. Of course, Bellinghamsters don’t even need to leave the city for a dose of outdoor fun. Bellingham is a haven for mountain bikers, and Galbraith Mountain offers more than 60 miles of world-class trails that are also fit for horseback riding and hiking. Hikers can also head to the Chuckanut Mountains for day hikes such as Fragrance Lake or the breathtaking Oyster Dome. For a longer backpacking adventure, Pine & Cedar Lakes is an ideal overnight destination. No visit to Bellingham would be complete without a visit to Whatcom Falls, which boasts four sets of waterfalls and several miles of walking trails. Other must-do walks include the Interurban Trail, which connects Fairhaven and Larrabee State Park, as well as the loop around Lake Padden. In addition to being a full-service marina and public boat launch, Squalicum Harbor has walking trails and is a great spot for sunset-watching. Regardless of age, background, or interests, there’s a place for everyone in Bellingham. It’s no wonder why residents are proud to call this idyllic city their home. 

The city’s flag, designed by Bradley James Lockhart, is highly symbolic. The bay is represented by the blue half circle, while the Nooksack Indian Tribe and Lummi Nation are signified by two stars. The word “Whatcom,” meaning “noisy waters,” is represented by three wavy lines. Whatcom County loves its beer, as evidenced by the fact that there are around 17 different breweries within its limits. You can keep track of them all with a Tap Trail map and passport and even redeem stamps for prizes. In the summer, bioluminescent plankton light up the Bellingham Bay with their distinctive blue sparkle. The best way to experience this phenomenon is on a paddleboard, and companies such as the Bellingham Bay

Community Boating Center offer tours from June until September.

Comedy lovers should catch an improv show at Bellingham’s beloved Upfront Theatre. It’s owned by comedian, actor, and Bellingham local Ryan Stiles, whose name you might recognize from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. The Acid Ball is arguably Bellingham’s quirkiest piece of public art. Located on the waterfront at Waypoint Park, this industrial artifact was transformed into a radiant and interactive sculpture by Seattlebased architecture firm Muutus.

Photo by Esther Chong

is invited to visit local artists’ private studios during the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour. Bellingham is also a dream destination for those who are interested in the fine art of craft beer. Boundary Bay, Aslan, and Gruff are downtown classics, while the Sunnyland neighborhood boasts spots such as Kulshan and Otherlands. With more than 15 breweries to choose from, you’ll be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. Cider drinkers should check out Herb’s Cider, whereas Chuckanut Distillery brews up some of Bellingham’s finest spirits. The beer may be delicious, but balance is the key to health. Thankfully it’s easy to stay fit and active yearround in Bellingham, and in addition to the great outdoors, there are plenty of indoor fitness centers to pick from. Whether you’re looking for standard gym amenities or niches such as Muay Thai, rock climbing, or even aerial yoga, there’s a gym out there for everyone. For healthcare, Bellingham has Peacehealth St. Joseph Medical Center as well as smaller clinics that specialize in everything from traditional to naturopathic medicine. Whether you’re an athlete or a spectator, the Ski to Sea race is another can’t-miss summertime affair. This multi-sport relay starts with a Mount Baker ski run and finishes with sea kayaking in the Bellingham Bay. Other annual sporting events include the Bellingham SwimRun, Lake Whatcom Triathlon, Bellingham Bay Marathon, and the Bellingham Traverse. In addition to all these fun and games, the city’s educational offerings are a major draw for new residents. Western Washington University was named as the top public master'sgranting institution in the Pacific Northwest by the 2022 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings. Other higher-ed options include Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College, or Northwest Indian College. Younger learners have access to an array of respected K-12 institutions, including public, private, Montessori-style, and faithbased options.

After the four original settlements were combined, the resulting town was first known as New Whatcom. Fairhaven residents weren’t exactly fans of that moniker, so Bellingham was chosen as a compromise in 1903.

The Acid Ball at Waypoint Park

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Barkley Village

small-town spirit. This mixed-use neighborhood was created in 2010 when the Mount Baker neighborhood was split between what is now Barkley and Irongate. It’s situated to the east at the Sunset exit of I-5, just north of Alabama Hill. This walkable urban village offers shopping, sightseeing, and a great selection of restaurants. Many of Barkley’s homes feature views of Bellingham Bay, and apartment dwellers also have plenty of options for upscale rentals. A full calendar of community events means that new residents have ample opportunity to meet their neighbors. Barkley is home to businesses with both local and international reach, and the neighborhood’s commercial heart is situated between Woburn Street and Barkley Boulevard. This area has a high concentration of offices, clinics, and shopping destinations such as Statement Apparel. For groceries, Haggen Food & Pharmacy is also located in the heart of the neighborhood. Not in the mood to cook? Residents can dine out at local favorites such as Jalapeños, Vitality Bowls, On Rice Thai Cuisine, Zen Sushi & Bar, and Luna’s Bistro. To see what the outdoors has to offer, head east down Sunset Drive for the Mount Baker Scenic Byway, an idyllic stretch of road that offers world-class skiing and hiking. If you’d prefer to stick closer to home, Barkley Village has a myriad of trails that will take you all over town. Whatcom Falls, Big Rock Garden, and Northridge Park are only a short distance away. In the summer, Bloedel Donovan Park is the destination for swimming. 24


Big Rock Garden

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ESTLED IN THE northeast corner of Bellingham is Barkley Village, an urban community with a

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend (and throughout the year), Barkley has you covered. On the Barkley Village Green, keep an eye out for events such as the Vietnam Veterans Car Show, Salish to Salish 10K, Barkley Village Wine Walk, and the summer farmers market. In addition, the Concert on the Green event is an annual favorite featuring live music for a good cause. For an evening on the town, start by grabbing happy hour at Scotty Browns or the Blue Abode Bar. Next, head to the Regal Barkley Village IMAX & RPX for popcorn and a movie. To finish off the night, Overflow Taps is the spot for craft beer and wine — and 1% of sales is donated to help build water projects in lowincome countries. In addition to the nightlife, Barkley has plenty of amenities for families. The neighborhood is home to Bellingham Public Library — Barkley Branch, and the Barkley Village Gazebo hosts kid-friendly events throughout the year. Northern Heights Elementary School is the closest school, but students also attend Shuksan Middle School and Squalicum High School. 

Town Halls City of Bellingham 210 Lottie St., Bellingham, 360.778.8000

City of Blaine 435 Martin St., Blaine, 360.332.8311

City of Everson 111 W. Main St., Everson, 360.966.3411

City of Ferndale 2095 Main St., Ferndale, 360.384.4302

City of Lynden 300 4th St., Lynden, 360.354.1170

City of Nooksack 103 W. Madison St., Nooksack, 360.966.2531

City of Sumas 433 Cherry St., Sumas, 360.988.5711

Chambers of Commerce Bellingham/ Whatcom Chamber of Commerce 119 N. Commercial St., Ste. 110, Bellingham, 360.734.1330

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce 7900 Birch Bay Dr., Blaine, 360.371.5004

Blaine Chamber of Commerce 546 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine, 800.624.3555

Everson/Nooksack Chamber of Commerce 103 W. Main St., Everson, 360.966.3407

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Ferndale Chamber of Commerce 2007 Cherry St., Ferndale, 360.384.3042

Lynden Chamber of Commerce 518 Front St., Lynden, 360.354.5995

Sumas Chamber of Commerce PO Box 268, Sumas, info@ sumaschamber.com

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Book a walking tour with the Good Time Girls to find out more about the fascinating — and frequently hilarious — history of Bellingham and Fairhaven. Even longtime locals will learn a thing or two (and have fun while they’re at it).



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In the Loop When walking the streets of Fairhaven, keep your eyes peeled for historical markers. Some are informative (“site of Alger Stagecoach Station”) while others are just plain weird (“here is where Matthew was cut in two by a streetcar”).

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end of Bellingham’s city limits and you’ll encounter Fairhaven, a waterfront district that’s home to some of Bellingham’s most colorful history. This charming area was one of the four original settlements eventually consolidated into the city of Bellingham. Fairhaven was originally settled as a pioneer town in 1853. It was later founded by Daniel J. Harris, also known as “Dirty Dan,” in 1883, and its economic vitality has since waxed and waned. 19th-century

real estate investors banked on it becoming the terminus of the Great Northern Railroad, but Seattle was chosen instead. In the 20th century, deep-water frontage access to resources made it an ideal site for manufacturing. However, the industry eventually shifted to downtown Bellingham. After decades of booms and busts, Fairhaven was revitalized in the latter half of the 20th century. Modern Fairhaven may not be the bustling city center of centuries past, but its history is an integral part of Bellingham’s character. Featuring

Local Parks Arroyo Park 1700 Old Samish Rd.

Birchwood Park 2709 Cedarwood Ave.

Bloedel Donovan Park 2114 Electric Ave.

Boulevard Park 470 Bayview Dr.

Cornwall Park Photo by Zoe Deal

3424 Meridian St.

Keenan’s at the Pier

distinctive red-brick architecture and plenty of Victorian charm, the downtown area is a delight to explore. At the heart of everything is Fairhaven Village Green, and it’s the perfect spot to stop and enjoy a sweet treat from Acme Valley Ice Cream Cafe or Sirena Gelato. In the summer months on Wednesdays, the green is also home to Bellingham Farmers Market and Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. Fairhaven features plenty of art galleries, stores, and boutiques, so if you’re in the mood to shop, you’ve come to the right place. For women’s clothing, head to Three French Hens, Serendipity, or Adored Boutique. Bella Rose Boutique also offers a curated selection of bath and beauty products. Bookworms will feel right at home in Village Books, Bellingham’s beloved indie bookstore. When it comes to libations, Galloway’s Cocktail Bar is a musttry for craft cocktails and art-deco ambiance. Beer lovers will enjoy Stones Throw Brewery and Paws for a Beer, the latter of which is Bellingham’s first and only dogfriendly tavern. Food options abound in Fairhaven: There’s brunch at Skylark’s Hidden Cafe, Thai-Lao fusion at Maikham Thai, French pastries at Iron Rooster Bakery, and plenty more. Pizza

lovers are spoiled for choice between Fairhaven Pizza, Övn Wood Fired Pizza, and Pizza’zza. On date night, Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse has excellent prime rib, whereas Keenan’s at the Pier offers up local cuisine and waterfront views. Fairhaven residents enjoy easy access to numerous gyms, health clinics, and other essentials such as Haggen Food & Pharmacy. Just up the hill is Western Washington University, and Fairhaven also sports a branch of the Bellingham Public Library. For younger students, Lowell Elementary School and Fairhaven Middle School are within walking distance. If it’s nature you’re looking for, Fairhaven Park, Arroyo Park, Marine Park, and Post Point Lagoon Estuary are all connected via the Interurban Trail. The South Bay Trail is a classic and beloved route that stretches from downtown Fairhaven, through the docks of Boulevard Park, and along the water until finally reaching downtown Bellingham. Hop on an Amtrak Cascades train or Greyhound bus at Fairhaven Station for a jaunt to Seattle, Portland, or Vancouver, B.C. Alternatively, take Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway for stunning waterfront views, access to Larrabee State Park, and trailheads for a plethora of classic hikes. 

Euclid Park 1570 Euclid Ave.

Fairhaven Park 1900 20th St.

Lake Padden Park 4882 S. Samish Way

Larrabee State Park 245 Chuckanut Dr.

Little Squalicum Park 640 Marine Dr.

Maritime Heritage Park 500 W. Holly St.

Northridge Park 3400 Carrington Way

Roosevelt Park Verona St.

Sehome Hill Arboretum 800 E. Myrtle St.

Squalicum Creek Park 1001 Squalicum Way

Squires Lake Park 2510 Nulle Rd.

St. Clair Park 2014 St. Clair St.

Sudden Valley Dog Park Marina Dr.

Ted Edwards Park 4150 Oriental Ln.

Whatcom Falls Park 1401 Electric Ave.

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Sudden Valley



beautiful Lake Whatcom is the Sudden Valley neighborhood. This serene community is perfect for avid golfers and first-time home owners alike. Now home to more than 8,000 residents, Sudden Valley has grown immensely since its beginnings in 1969. Originally a private property known as “The Ranch,” the 1,200-acre community ecompasses all there is to love about living in Whatcom County. The 20-minute commute from Bellingham makes the neighborhood ideal for those looking for a quieter area that’s still close to city amenities. With an abundance of parks, playgrounds, and lake access, you get the best of both worlds — suburbian perks in a woodsy, isolated atmosphere. Don’t let the access to the 18-hole Sudden Valley Golf Course, a private marina, two community gardens, and

Events Bellingham Cocktail Week February

Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival March

St. Patrick’s Day Parade March



two swimming pools (one of which is Olympic-sized) fool you — home prices are actually lower in Sudden Valley, making it a great location for those who are starting out or looking to downsize. You don’t have to leave the area to find amenities. The Community Center is home to a gym, sauna, game lounge, dance barn, and children’s area. You can also find lots of social events such as knitting groups, fitness classes, and mahjong. Looking for a quiet work space? A branch of the Whatcom Public Library is nearby too.

Dirty Dan Day Seafood Festival April

If you’re looking for a bite to eat, local eateries include Tino’s Pizza & Pasta Co., Glenhaven Grille, and El Agave Mexican Restaurant. For those who’d rather eat at home but don’t want to drive into town for groceries, the Valley Market & Deli is there for all your last minute meal prep needs. Moving to the area with your kids? Sudden Valley falls under the Bellingham Public School District, with students attending Geneva Elementary School, Kulshan Middle School, and finishing at Bellingham Public High School. 

Bellingham’s Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration

Fairhaven Winterfest November


Bellingham Pride

Holiday Port Festival & Gingerbread House Contest

Ski to Sea Race




Downtown Sounds

Bellingham Festival of Music


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Bellingham Beer Week


Bellingham SeaFeast

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F YOU DRIVE just northwest of Bellingham, you’ll find the city of Ferndale situated along the Nooksack River. With views of Mount Baker in the east and the

San Juan Islands in the west, it’s safe to say that this spot is picturesque from every direction. More than 14,000 people call Ferndale home, although if you include the surrounding unincorporated areas, that number grows to around 30,000. In addition to the abundant nature and quiet pace of life, Ferndale offers quick access to urban hotspots such as Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle. It began as a dairy and logging town but has since developed into a fast-growing manufacturing city. Given how affordable commercial properties are, prominent companies such as Samson Rope, Superfeet, Cascade Dafo, NutraDried Food Company, and Jack’s Paleo Kitchen call Ferndale their home. Ferndale School District covers not only residents of Ferndale, but also Custer, Lummi Island, and north Bellingham. Overall, the district serves almost 5,000 students between one high school, two middle schools, and six elementary schools. Activities such as boating, hunting, golfing, fishing, skiing, and hiking are all within reach to residents, making Ferndale an excellent home base for families. Originally established by



the Hovander family in 1969, Hovander Homestead Park is a notable spot for education, entertainment, and trails. The Scandinavian-style Hovander House lies at the center of the park, and the grounds also include a barn complete with live farm animals in the summertime. Nearby Pioneer Park is home to 12 cedar slab log cabins that are maintained by the Ferndale Heritage Society. Throughout the year, visitors can take tours, rent specific buildings, or visit the park for special events such as the Old Settlers Weekend in July and Olde Fashioned Christmas in December. Birders flock to Tennant Lake Park for its wetlands, walking trails, and variety of native birds. To get an even closer look, the Sardis Raptor Center rehabilitates injured birds such as bald eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons. The center also offers educational programs. Despite its size, Ferndale’s restaurant scene is one to watch. Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery caught the attention of the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards and won an award of excellence in 2019. Other notable eateries include Yeah Baby Boards and The Steak House at Silver Reef, whereas FrinGe Brewing and Main Street Bar and Grill are popular watering holes. 

Local Parks Hovander Homestead Park 5299 Nielsen Ave., Ferndale

Jensen Family Forest Park 8051 Stein Rd., Custer

Star Park 5447 Ferndale Rd., Ferndale

Centennial Riverwalk Park 5667 Front Ave., Ferndale

Events Lummi Nation Stommish Water Festival June

Ferndale Old Settler’s Picnic July

Olde Fashioned Christmas December *Event dates based on 2021 events and are subject to change.

In the Loop Due to a two-mile log jam on the nearby Nooksack River, the city of Ferndale was originally known as “Jam.” Alice Eldridge, the city’s first schoolteacher, was also the first to call it Ferndale (and luckily the name caught on). Cheese aficionados are practically required to sample offerings from Twin Sisters Creamery. Their award-winning artisan cheese is some of Whatcom County’s best.

FrinGe Brewing is Ferndale’s first (and only)

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Centennial Riverwalk Park

Photo by Mariah Currey

commercial craft brewery. It’s located in what was originally the town’s police station, and the building also functioned as a library and post office in subsequent years.

Twin Sisters Creamery

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In the Loop You can pay tribute to Phoebe Judson, also known as the “mother of Lynden,” by visiting her statue in front of the Chamber of Commerce. In addition to coining the town’s name, she is remembered for her midwife services, generosity, and for starting the town’s first school in own home. Whatcom County has the largest per capita crop of raspberries in the world, and more than 65% percent of red raspberries in the U.S. are grown here. The Northwest Raspberry Festival happens in Lynden at the peak of summer harvest, attracting visitors from across the state. The annual Northwest Washington Fair is a must-attend celebration of local agriculture, food, and fun. It has historically been a weeklong event, but after being canceled in 2020, the 2021 fair returned as a 10-day extravaganza. The 2022 festival will also span 10 days. Photo by Lee Eberhardt

Woods Coffee has locations all across the North Sound, but its flagship store is in Lynden.

Artifacts and oddities abound at the Lynden Pioneer Museum, which houses the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles west of the Mississippi River.

In addition to offering U-pick pumpkins and plenty of seasonal activities, Bellewood Farms is home to Washington’s first apple distillery. Bellewood Distillery crafts award-winning spirits including gin, vodka, brandy, and even pear liqueur.


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Lynden OCATED ROUGHLY 30 minutes north of Bellingham, the city of Lynden is best known for its bountiful agriculture

and strong Dutch heritage. As the second largest city in Whatcom County, this tight-knit community boasts roughly 15,000 residents and is steadily growing. Even so, visiting Lynden feels like returning to simpler times — with the addition of modern amenities plus a noteworthy shopping and dining scene. Lynden’s economy has historically revolved around the farming of berries, dairy, and row crops. To sample these famous berries, you can buy a punnet or pick them yourself at local farms such as Haugen’s Raspberries, Shumway’s Berries, and Mellema Farm. In the summertime, Lynden hosts two annual events celebrating the area’s rich agricultural tradition: The Farmers Day Parade and the Northwest Raspberry Festival. There’s also the Northwest Washington Fair, an annual extravaganza of food, fun, and farming. When the holidays arrive, the Northwest Lighted Christmas Parade showcases a procession of glittering tractors, floats, and farm equipment. It’s sponsored by Edaleen Dairy, a local farm that produces some of the best ice cream in the county. If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck — two of their six storefronts are located in Lynden. As you might imagine, Lynden’s small-town charms make it an ideal place for families. The Lynden School District serves approximately 3,000 students and includes three elementary

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City Park

schools, one middle school, one high school, and an alternative learning school. Lynden is also home to beautiful parks such as Berthusen Park, Bender Fields, and City Park, a.k.a. Million Smiles Playground Park. It’s also worth mentioning that Lynden is the largest Dutch settlement in the state. To immerse yourself in the town’s storied history, head to Front Street, also known as Old Dutch Town. You’ll find the Lynden Pioneer Museum, which houses a life-sized replica of historic Front Street businesses as well as an early 20th-century farmhouse. For a taste of the Netherlands, stop into Lynden Dutch Bakery for traditional Dutch treats (or check out sister business Just Desserts for all-American goodies such as pie and ice cream). Other worthwhile sights include the 72-foot-tall windmill on the corner of Front and Seventh Street. If you’re hungry, step inside the windmill for a meal or craft cocktail at The Mill Bistro and Lounge. Front Street is also home to other noteworthy stops including Village Books & Paper Dreams, the Jansen Art Center, Cheeks Jeans, and Overflow Taps. Just a block away, Lynden Skateway reigns supreme as the only roller rink in Whatcom County. 

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Local Parks Bender Fields 8770 Bender Rd.

Berthusen Park 8837 Berthusen Rd.

Lynden City Park 8460 Depot Rd.

Events Spring Craft & Antique Show March

Whatcom Home & Garden Show April

Lynden Farmers Day Parade

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Local Parks Baker Preserve Seacrest Dr., Lummi Island

Bay Horizon Park 7506 Gemini St., Blaine

Birch Bay State Park 5105 Helweg Rd., Blaine

Blaine Marine Park 272 Marine Dr., Blaine,

Halverson Park 5075 Anderson Rd., Blaine

Lighthouse Marine Park 811 Marine Dr., Point Roberts

Lily Point Marine Park 2315 APA Rd., Point Roberts

Lincoln Park 1800 H St., Blaine

Salishan Park

Birch Bay & Blaine

Semiahmoo Spit

1275 Blaine Ave., Blaine

Semiahmoo Park 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine

Events Polar Bear Plunge at Birch Bay January

Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Festival & Street Fair July

Fourth of July with Semiahmoo Resort July

Drayton Harbor Days August

Birch Bay Days & Crab Festival September

Wings Over Water: Northwest Washington Birding Festival October *Event dates based on 2021 events and are subject to change.



Blaine Located right next to Canada, the border town of Blaine boasts wide expanses of coastline, views of Vancouver Island and Point Roberts, and a population of roughly 6,000. Children attend the Blaine School District, which operates a high school, middle school, elementary school, and two primary schools. Between Blaine and Douglas, B.C. you’ll find the Peace Arch, the centerpiece of the Peace Arch Historical Park. It was constructed to celebrate peace between the United States and Canada. To this day, its towering white design is an iconic part of Blaine’s culture and history. The surrounding park is perfect for families and gatherings, featuring 19 acres, 85 picnic tables, playgrounds, and even a kitchen for rent. At nearby Marine Park, visitors can walk the trails and beaches or have a picnic while the kids play on a nautical-themed playground. In the spring the park holds the Wings Over Water Festival, an annual event that features live bird presentations, local vendors, and an all-day birding expo.

After visiting the park, stop for a bite to eat at one of Blaine’s local restaurants. Choices include The Rustic Fork for Italian, Chada Thai for Thai, and Drayton Harbor Oyster Company for seafood. Jack Niemann’s Black Forest Steak House is best for those who prefer turf over surf, and Bordertown Mexican Grill is the place to go for authentic Mexican fare. Need a pick-me-up? A latte from The Railway Cafe should do the trick. The Semiahmoo Spit is another scenic stop to make while in town. Nestled between Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Park features trails with great views and plenty of wildlife. At the end of the spit is Semiahmoo Resort, an upscale getaway that features luxury suites, a spa, golf, pickleball, beachside activities, and an on-site restaurant, Packers Kitchen + Bar. For an immersive history lesson, take a ride on the Historic Plover Ferry during the summer months. This boat once transported cannery workers between Blaine and Semiahmoo Spit. At the end of the ride, make sure to stop at Alaska Packers Association Cannery Museum.

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The Rustic Fork

If you drive just south of Blaine, you’ll reach Birch Bay. The area gets its name from the body of water enclosed by Point Whitehorn and the Semiahmoo Peninsula. Sitting at roughly 9,000 residents, Birch Bay features a picturesque waterfront with plenty of recreation year-round. The crowned jewel of this small community is Birch Bay State Park. With more than 8,000 feet of beaches and warmer-than-usual water (for Washington, at least), the park offers a multitude of activities. For wildlife lovers, Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve is the place to potentially see porpoises, spotted seals, and various birds. For dining, your options include CJ’s Beach House, Bay Breeze Restaurant & Bar, Scampi Osteria, and The Beach at Birch Bay. There’s also Beach Cat Brewing, one of the newest additions to Whatcom County’s craft beer scene. Birch Bay Waterslides is a popular summertime destination for families, and they even host drive-in (or “dive in”) movie nights. Another kid-friendly attraction is Station 49, an amusement park with an arcade, minigolf, and go-karts. The center also features a miniature train that meanders through the park and surrounding forest. After your ride, pick up some drinks and snacks from The Saloon to refuel. Round out the rest of your day by visiting Birch Bay Square for shopping. Among the assortment of stores, you’ll find locally owned businesses such as Betty Be Good Boutique and Bow Wow and Woofs. 

Betty Be Good

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Birch Bay

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Mount Baker Foothills


OUNT BAKER IS a hub for outdoor fun, whether

that be summertime hiking or snow sports after the ski season kicks off. Its surrounding communities are also worth a visit, and you can reach them via two roads: State Route 542 (running northeast from Bellingham, also known as Mount Baker Highway) or State Route 9 (running north and south). No matter one which one you pick, you’ll encounter no shortage of picturesque stops along the way.

Mount Baker Highway Follow the Nooksack river down this breathtaking highway and you’ll soon find yourself in Deming, located within the Nooksack Indian Reservation. This small community (population 350) is also home to the tribe’s government offices. Each June, make sure to catch the Deming Logging Show to witness a myriad of entertaining logging feats, all for the benefit of “busted up loggers” injured in the woods. Of course, no visit to Deming is complete without a visit to North Fork Brewery or Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine — or both if you’re extra hungry. Continue northeast along the river and you’ll discover the tiny yet charming towns of Kendall and Maple Falls. There’s not much retail to speak of, but Maple Falls does have a grocery store as well as a coffee shop. Maple Falls is also home to Yuki Yama, a Japanese restaurant, and Frosty Inn, a chalet-esque eatery and lounge. As for the outdoors, Silver Lake Park is located north and offers camping, cabin and lodge rentals, boating, and fishing. Your next stop is Glacier, the gateway to Mount BakerSnoqualmie National Forest and portions of the North Cascades National Parks. Here you’ll find several lodging 36


options as well as eateries such as Chair 9 Woodstone Pizza & Bar and the popular Wake ‘n’ Bakery. You’ll need the fuel to tackle the hiking trails; popular routes starting in Glacier include Skyline Divide, Church Mountain, and Heliotrope Ridge. If you’re in need of information or a permit, the Glacier Ranger Station has you covered. As you continue, take a detour at the spectacular Nooksack Falls, a nearly 90-foot waterfall located down Forest Road 33. Head back up the highway and you’ll hit Mount Baker Ski Area, a ski resort well-respected for its backcountry access and inbound routes. Fun fact: The area, contrary to its name, is closer to Mount Shuksan than Mount Baker. It’s also the site of the world’s greatest recorded snowfall in one season (1,140 inches!). Your travels will be well rewarded when you reach Artist Point, the final stop along the highway. It offers indescribably spectacular views of the Cascade mountains as well as beloved hikes such as Chain Lakes, Ptarmigan Ridge, and Table Mountain. This area is only accessible from July through October, so make sure to prioritize a visit during the summer months.

State Route 9 Travelers on Mount Baker Highway will find a roundabout at Nugents Corner, and if you go north onto State Route 9 instead of continuing along Route 542, you’ll soon find yourself in the sister towns of Everson and Nooksack. These rural communities are known for their many farms and storied agricultural past. Here you can also visit Samson Estates Winery, known for its award-winning fruit wines, and Raspberry Ridge Golf Course. In July,

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Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine

Local Parks Deming Homestead Eagle Park 5615 Truck Rd., Deming

Josh VanderYacht Memorial Park 4106 Valley Hwy., Deming

Maple Creek Park 7842 Silver Lake Rd., Maple Falls


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Silver Lake Park 9006 Silver Lake Rd., Maple Falls

South Fork Park 1530 Mosquito Lake Rd., Deming

Events Deming Logging Show June

Everson-Nooksack Summer Festival

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catch a parade, live music, and even a pancake breakfast during the EversonNooksack Summer Festival. Sumas is a gateway to Canada, and the Sumas-Huntingdon Border Crossing connects Route 9 with British Columbia Highway 11. There’s also the Sumas International Motorsport Academy (SIMA), boasting a nearly mile-long race kart track that’s considered one of the in North America. If you continue on the highway past Nugents Corner, then turn south at the roundabout after Deming, your new destination will be the town of Acme and the unincorporated community of Van Zandt. These sleepy residential areas, situated in the valley between Whatcom Lake and the Cascade Mountains, are home to fewer than 300 people. You can pick up some fresh produce from Mama’s Garden, cross the Acme bridge, then get your burger fix at the Acme Diner. 



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the Salish Sea will transport you to a quirky coastal community that, despite its proximity to shore, is a world unto itself. Lummi Island’s laid-back, beachy atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for everything from day trips to vacations. Lummi Island is located less than a mile from the mainland, and fewer than 1,000 people call it home. It’s not technically part of the Lummi Indian Reservation, which is located on the peninsula across the water. When your ferry arrives, you’ll find yourself within walking distance of several key locations. If you’re hungry, swing by the Islander Store on Nugent Road to pick up groceries and snacks. The Island Library and Beach Elementary School are also close by, as is Grange Hall, which functions as a historic gathering spot for social events such as weddings and fundraisers. The island is only 9.25 square miles, so when it comes to transportation, biking is your best bet. If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bike from Lummi Island Concierge. The north loop around the island is a laidback seven-mile ride that begins at the ferry dock and features views of Mount Baker, the San Juan Islands, and the Vancouver skyline. If you’re 38


seeking a workout, the south leg is also seven miles but includes steep hills and switchbacks. Lummi Island’s slow pace and idyllic scenery have nurtured a strong creative scene, and it’s composed of makers of all stripes. The Ann Morris Sculpture Woods houses bronze sculptures inspired by humanity’s connection to nature. The public is invited to stop in on the first Saturday of every month. Adjacent to Windy Hill Art, visitors will find 8 acres of land featuring kinetic sculptures that interact with both the viewer and the environment. Vitreous Visions functions as a gift shop, studio, and gallery for glass artwork by Art Hohl. Artisan Wine Gallery is a muststop for wine and art lovers alike. On Fridays and Saturdays, join one of their tastings to sample high-quality wines and view work from local creatives. If you plan to stay the night, the island has several guest houses as well as bed and breakfasts. Nettles Farm Bed and Breakfast is a dream for those who enjoy cooking with farmfresh ingredients. They provide wellstocked kitchens, a pizza oven, and even a “kitchen garden.” Full Bloom Farm specializes in unique varieties of cut peonies, and their on-site loft is available for vacation rentals.

Ann Morris Sculpture Woods

Photo by Dal Neitzel

Lummi Island

They also sell fresh produce, eggs, picnic supplies, and specialty foods at their farm stand. For a more upscale experience, The Willows Inn features both lodging and fine dining. Outdoor adventurers should head to Baker Preserve for a steep yet breathtaking hike. It boasts an elevation gain of 1,000 feet over just 1.6 miles, but trust us — the final panorama is worth the trek. You’ll be rewarded with stellar views of the San Juan Islands and Rosario Strait. Baker Preserve is managed by Lummi Island Heritage Trust, which also maintains Curry Preserve on the northeast side of the island. Curry Preserve has more than 50 acres of land, featuring walking trails and plenty of wildlife to observe. Once you’ve had your fill of activities, why not unwind by lounging away the rest of the day on the beach? Many are privately owned, but there are still several options for public access. These include a beach near the ferry dock, Sunset Beach (on the northwest shore), and Church Beach (on the west shore). True to its name, the latter is accessible from the parking lot of Lummi Island Congregational Church. Visitors can also take a stroll through the church’s cemetery or connect with nature in a forested stone labyrinth. 

Local Parks Aiston Preserve 1100 Smugglers Cove

Curry Preserve 2449 N Nugent Rd.

Lummi Marine Park 2198 N. Nugent Rd.

Otto Preserve 3560 Sunrise Rd.

Sunset Beach 2675-2779 W. Shore Dr.

In the Loop Visitors can reach Lummi Island by making the 25-minute drive from Bellingham to Gooseberry Point. A 22-car ferry, known as the “Whatcom Chief,” has been transporting passengers to and from the mainland since 1962.

The Pacific Northwest’s premier historic event venue

Keen-eyed beachgoers should look out for a weather-worn petroglyph on a rock at Sunset Beach. It depicts two unblinking eyes and was carved by Lummi natives in the 1700s.

360.647.1444 | info@lairmontmanor.com

Many names have been used to reference this island: First Sa nam a o (meaning “High Mountain”) and Skallaham by natives, then Isla de Pacheco by Spanish explorers, McLoughlin Island by British colonists, and finally Lummi Island in 1853.

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For a different way to experience Lummi Island, consider booking a kayak tour with Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures. With the help of an experienced guide, you can enjoy epic views of the coastline and its wildlife, stop for lunch on a picturesque beach, and get to know the history of the Salish Sea.

Courtesy of Full Bloom Farm

Full Bloom Farm

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What communicating is all about

“You don’t get lost at The Franklin Academy. You find something for yourself and, most importantly, for your children.” - Father of a 5th Grader

Now offering physical therapy and treating speech/language impairment, developmental disabilities, autism, genetic syndromes, hearing loss, sensory integration and feeding problems. 1971 Midway Ln, Suite N, Bellingham, WA

360.756.1495 | CONNECTIONSSLP.com

The Franklin Academy is a supportive community with STEM focused education in a safe, small class environment for all grades.

Schedule a tour today!


Courtesy of Whatcom Community College


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School Board Representatives Bellingham


Blaine President District 4

President District 5

President Position 4

Charles E. Gibson


Jenn Mason


Andrew McLaurin


Vice President District 1 Dr. Kevin Erickson Vice President Position 3

Vice President District 5

Kelly Bashaw

Laura McKinney



School Board Director Position 1

School Board Director District 1

Camille Diaz Hackler

Todd Nunamaker




School Board Director District 2 Melinda Cool 360.319.7685

School Board Director District 3 Jessie Deardorff 360.603.0834

School Board Director Position 5

School Board Director District 2

Douglas Benjamin

Dougal Thomas



School Board Director Position 2

School Board Director District 3

School Board Director District 5

Katie Rose

Joan Lotze




School Board Director District 4 Steve Childs 360.927.4672

Peggy Uppiano

*Images not available





Vice President

Steve Jilk

Brian Johnson



School Board Director

School Board Director

School Board Director

David Vis

Kelli Kettels

CJ Costanti






11,566 students enrolled 84% graduated in 4 years $14,403 per-student expenditure 808 classroom teachers 13.9 average years of teaching



2,206 students enrolled 88% graduated in 4 years $22,607 per-student expenditure 139 classroom teachers 15.4 average years of teaching




78% graduated in 4 years



4,375 students enrolled 85% graduated in 4 years


1,725 students enrolled

17 students per average class

$17,114 per-student expenditure


126 classroom teachers

3,310 students enrolled

13.5 average years of teaching


$13,304 per-student expenditure

14 students per average class

205 classroom teachers


13.7 average years of teacher



18 students per average class



1,923 students enrolled 83% graduated in 4 years


$14,317 per-pupil expenditure

1,844 students enrolled

128 classroom teachers

88% graduated in 4 years

15 students per average class


13.9 average years of teaching

89% graduated in 4 years

17 students per average class



320 classroom teachers

$13,481 per-student expenditure 115 classroom teachers

11.5 average years of teaching

experience 17 students per average class

13.0 average years of teaching


*All data from 2020 – 21 school year

16 students per average class

$14,724 per-student expenditure

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Public Schools BELLINGHAM Elementary Schools Alderwood Elementary School

Shuksan Middle School

Courtesy of Bellingham Public School

3400 Hollywood Ave., 360.676.6404, alderwood.bellinghamschools.org

Birchwood Elementary School 3200 Pinewood Ave., 360.676.6466, birchwood.bellinghamschools.org

Carl Cozier Elementary School 1330 Lincoln St., 360.676.6410, carlcozier. bellinghamschools.org

Columbia Elementary School 2508 Utter St., 360.676.6413, columbia. bellinghamschools.org

Cordata Elementary School 4420 Aldrich Rd., 360.676.6461, cordata. bellinghamschools.org

Geneva Elementary School

Bellingham High School

Courtesy of Bellingham Public School

1401 Geneva St., 360.676.6416, geneva. bellinghamschools.org

Happy Valley Elementary School 1041 24th St., 360.676.6420, happyvalley. bellinghamschools.org

Lowell Elementary School 935 14th St., 360.676.6430, lowell. bellinghamschools.org

Lummi Nation School 2334 Lummi View Dr., 360.758.4300, lnsonlinelearning.org

Northern Heights Elementary School 4000 Magrath Rd., 360.647.6820, northernheights.bellinghamschools.org

Parkview Elementary School

Carl Cozier Elementary School



Courtesy of Bellingham Public School

3030 Cornwall Ave., 360.676.6433, parkview.bellinghamschools.org

Roosevelt Elementary School 2900 Yew St., 360.676.6440, roosevelt. bellinghamschools.org

Silver Beach Elementary School 4101 Academy St., 360.676.6443, silverbeach.bellinghamschools.org

Sunnyland Elementary School 2800 James St., 360.676.6446, sunnyland. bellinghamschools.org

Wade King Elementary School

Options High School

Lynden High School

2155 Yew Street Rd., 360.647.6840, wadeking.bellinghamschools.org

2015 Franklin St., 360.647.6871, options. bellinghamschools.org

1201 Bradley Rd., 360.354.4401, hs.lynden. wednet.edu

Sehome High School

Lynden Middle School

2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy., 360.676.6481, sehome.bellinghamschools.org

8750 Line Rd., 360.354.2952, ms.lynden. wednet.edu

Middle Schools Fairhaven Middle School 110 Parkridge Rd., 360.676.6450, fairhaven.bellinghamschools.org

Kulshan Middle School

Squalicum High School


3773 E. McLeod Rd., 360.676.6471, squalicum.bellinghamschools.org

1250 Kenoyer Dr., 360.676.4886, kulshan. bellinghamschools.org

Whatcom Intergenerational High School

Lummi Nation School

1 Bellis Fair Pkwy., Ste. 104, 360.543.8282, intergenerational.school

2334 Lummi View Dr., 360.758.4300, lns-onlinelearning.org

Shuksan Middle School

Beach Elementary 3786 Centerview Rd., Lummi Island, 360.383.9440, lummi-island.com/here/ beach-school

Cascadia Elementary


6175 Church Rd., Ferndale, 360.383.2300, cascadia.ferndalesd.org

2717 Alderwood Ave., 360.676.6454, shuksan.bellinghamschools.org

Bernice Vossbeck Elementary School

Whatcom Middle School

1301 Bridgeview Rd., 360.354.0488, bve.lynden.wednet.edu

5610 2nd Ave., Ferndale, 360.383.9600, central.ferndalesd.org

Fisher Elementary School

Custer Elementary

501 N. 14th St., 360.354.4291, fe.lynden. wednet.edu

7660 Custer School Rd., Custer, 360.383.9500, custer.ferndalesd.org

Isom Elementary School

Eagleridge Elementary

8461 Benson Rd., 360.354.1992, ie.lynden. wednet.edu

2651 Thornton Rd., Ferndale, 360.383.9700, eagleridge.ferndalesd.org

Lynden Academy

Ferndale High School

1986 Main St., Ste. A, 360.354.6675, la.lynden.wednet.edu

5830 Golden Eagle Dr., Ferndale, 360.383.9240, ferndalehigh.ferndalesd.org

810 Halleck St., 360.676.6460, whatcom. bellinghamschools.org

High Schools Bellingham High School 2020 Cornwall Ave., 360.676.6575, bellingham.bellinghamschools.org

Lummi Nation School 2334 Lummi View Dr., 360.758.4300, lns-onlinelearning.org

Central Elementary

School District Early Dismissal & Closure Information Closure Information (TV): KOMO (channel 4) KING (channel 5) KIRO (channel 7) KCPQ (channel 13)

Closure Information (radio): KGMI (790 AM) KAFE (104.1 FM)

Bellingham School District Start and End Times: Elementary School: 8 a.m.2:30 p.m. Early Dismissal: 12:45 p.m.

Snow Route Information: bellinghamschools.org/ snow-routes *Start and end times for other districts in Whatcom County vary by school. Please visit individual school district websites for more information.

Middle School: 9:15 a.m.3:45 p.m. Early Dismissal: 12:00 p.m High School: 8:30 a.m.3:15 p.m. Early Dismissal: 1:30 p.m

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Courtesy The Franklin Academy

Assumption Catholic School

Photo by Ebergram Images


Franklin Academy

Horizon Middle School

Point Roberts Primary School

Mount Baker Academy

2671 Thornton Rd., Ferndale, 360.383.9850, horizonmiddle.ferndalesd.org

2050 Benson Rd., Point Roberts, 360.945.2223, blainesd.org/o/ point-roberts-primary-school

5100 Mitchell Rd., Deming, 360.383.2078, mtbaker.wednet.edu/o/mba

Skyline Elementary School 2225 Thornton St., Ferndale, 360.383.9450, skyline.ferndalesd.org


The Ferndale Virtual Academy

Everson Elementary School

6041 Vista Dr., Ferndale, 360.383.9200, ferndalesd.org/families/ alternative-learning-education

216 Everson Goshen Rd., 360.966.2030, ee.nv.k12.wa.us

The Golden Eagle Academy

3333 Breckenridge Rd., 360.966.3321, ne.nv.k12.wa.us

6041 Vista Dr., Ferndale, 360.383.9200, ferndalesd.org/families/ alternative-learning-education

Vista Middle School 6051 Vista Dr., Ferndale, 360.383.9370, vistamiddle.ferndalesd.org

BLAINE, POINT ROBERTS Blaine Elementary School 836 Mitchell Ave., Blaine, 360.332.5213, blainesd.org/o/blaine-elementary-school

Blaine High School 1055 H St., Blaine, 360.332.6045, blainesd.org/o/blaine-high-school

Blaine Middle School 975 H St., Blaine, 360.332.8226, blainesd.org/o/blaine-middle-school

Blaine Primary School 820 Boblett St., Blaine, 360.332.1300, blainesd.org/o/blaine-primary-school



Nooksack Elementary School

Nooksack Valley High School 3326 E. Badger Rd., 360.988.2641, hs.nv.k12.wa.us

Nooksack Valley Middle School 404 W. Columbia St., 360.966.7561, ms.nv.k12.wa.us

Sumas Elementary School

Mount Baker Junior High 5100 Mitchell Rd., Deming, 360.383.2015, mtbaker.wednet.edu/o/mbjh

Mount Baker Senior High 4936 Deming Rd., Deming, 360.383.2015, mtbaker.wednet.edu/o/mbhs

Private Schools BELLINGHAM Assumption Catholic School 2116 Cornwall Ave., 360.733.6133, school.assumption.org

Bellingham Christian School 1600 E. Sunset Dr., 360.733.7303, bellinghamchristianschool.org

1024 Lawson St., 360.988.9423, se.nv.k12.wa.us

Birchwood Christian School


Blue Heron Montessori School

Acme Elementary 5200 Turkington Rd., Acme, 360.383.2045, mtbaker.wednet.edu/o/acme

Kendall Elementary 7547 Kendall Rd., Maple Falls, 360.383.2055, mtbaker.wednet.edu/o/kendall

400 Meadowbrook Ct., 360.733.8860, cordatachurch.org/bcs 920 24th St., 360.306.3669, blueheronmontessori.org

Cedar Tree Montessori 2114 Broadway, 360.714.1762, cedar-tree.org

Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St., Ste. 215, 360.671.8085, explorationsacademy.org



VERY YEAR OUR family goes on a New Year’s

Day hike. The tradition started as a way to share family time when our kids were young. We wanted it to be an activity where we’d reflect on the old and look ahead to the new.

As the kids got older, I would muse that I wanted to do more with my life. As the kids got older, I would muse that I wanted to do more with my life. And on one of those hikes, I came to the conclusion that I should pursue teaching — a career I’d always been interested in, but passed over for law. Even the idea of moving from law to teaching was terrifying: Giving up a decades-long career into which I had poured my heart and soul; leaving my partners, who had become some of my best friends and greatest mentors; learning an entirely new profession; and, most practically, taking an enormous pay cut. So why change? As my kids grew up and out of the house, I realized that the days behind me were beginning to outnumber the days in front of me. The law was getting to be more administrative than I liked. It is, and has been, an “all-in game,” with 60- and 70-hour weeks the norm. I simply wanted more out of life and, in my mid-50s, it was now or never.

Leaving my practice would be hard. Leaving my practice would be hard. Teaching is a challenging profession and I wanted to have a strong foundation before embarking on this new adventure. I had to plan and execute the change over a number of years. I told my law partners a few years in advance so we could plan together. My first transition year, I re-took classes at Whatcom Community College — ones I had already passed as a college student decades ago — to get up-to-date as I wound my practice down, reliving the horror of studying on Sundays again. For my second transition year, I attended Western Washington University’s College of Education, taking the classes necessary to obtain a state teaching certificate. I was fortunate to be offered an adjunct position at WCC.

Teaching is hard! Just like good comedy, it is not just the content, but the delivery. I now teach both political science and economics, and I love it. Teaching is hard! Just like good comedy, it is not just the content, but the delivery. How do I convey federalism, the velocity of money, or current political polarization in a manner that engages and motivates the students to want to learn? At 8 a.m.? To a bunch of 17- to 22-year-olds who go to bed at 2 a.m.? It’s a daily challenge, and it forces me to be a more thoughtful communicator and thinker. Yes, I still get up early and dedicate long hours to “work.” But now it’s to prep for class, research for content and lectures, to grade tests and papers, and to work one-on-one with students. Even though my days are still long, I revel in my second career. Every day is a new opportunity to engage one more student. Seeing the moment when students realize they want to learn how to learn, that “aha moment,” is a better reward than any paycheck. 

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Photo by Ashley Hiruko


Western Washington University

Franklin Academy

Natural Learning Center

1509 E. Victor St., 360.733.1750, thefranklin.academy

1207 Ellsworth St., 360.488.7030, naturallearningcenter.org

Gardenview Montessori School

The Alger Learning Center & Independence High School

2117 Walnut St., 360.527.9638, gardenviewmontessori.org

Harmony Elementary 5060 Sand Rd., 360.383.2050, mtbaker.wednet.edu/o/harmony

Montessori at Samish Woods 1027 Samish Way, 360.650.9465, samishwoods.org

100 Pine St., Ste. 103, 360.595.2630, independent-learning.com

Whatcom Hills Waldorf School 941 Austin St., 360.733.3164, whws.org

FERNDALE Meadows Montessori School (PK-6) 2377 Douglas Rd., 360.778.3681, meadowsmontessori.org

Alternative Learning Experiences Bellingham Family Partnership Program (BFPP)

Providence Christian School NW (K-12) 5942 Portal Way, 360.318.1347, pcsnw.org

LYNDEN Cornerstone Christian School 8872 Northwood Rd., 360.318.0663, cornerstoneschool.us

Ebenezer Christian School 9390 Guide Meridian Rd., 360.354.2632, ebenezerchristianschool.org

Lynden Christian School 417 Lyncs Dr., 360.318.9525, lyncs.org

Colleges & Universities Bellingham Technical College 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham, 360.752.7000, btc.edu

Bellingham, 360.676.6424, fpp.bellinghamschools.org

Northwest Indian College

Blaine HomeConnection

2522 Kwina Rd., Bellingham, 360.676.2772, nwic.edu

Blaine, 360.332.8182, blainesd.org/o/homeconnection

Lynden Academy Lynden, 360.354.6675, la.lynden.wednet.edu

Meridian Parent Partnership Program (MP3) Bellingham, 360.398.9324, meridian.wednet.edu/mp3

Mount Baker Academy Deming, 360.383.2078, mtbaker.wednet.edu/o/mba



Western Washington University 516 High St., Bellingham, 360.650.3000, wwu.edu

Whatcom Community College 237 W. Kellogg Rd., Bellingham, 360.383.3000, whatcom.edu




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Bayside Co-op Preschool 910 14th St., Bellingham, 360.329.2818, baysidecoop.com


l a u r a


Blossom Childcare and Learning Center


2945 Douglas Ave., Bellingham, 360.752.2699, blossomchildcare.com

Busy Kids Enrichment and Preschool

r a c h a e l





2115 Washington St., Ferndale, 360.933.0644, busykidschildcare.com

Children’s Co-op Preschool 1409 18th St., Ste. 6306, Bellingham, 201.564.4227, childrenscooppreschool.com

Christ Lutheran Preschool 5904 Vista Dr., Ferndale, 360.380.2233, clcferndale.org/preschool

North Bellingham Early Learning Center 5275 Northwest Dr., Bellingham, 360.383.9289, ferndalesd.org/families/ early-learning-center

Lakeside Co-op Preschool 4101 Academy St., Bellingham, 360.647.7578, lakesidecoop.com

Loving Space School 1200 Ellis St., Bellingham, 360.676.1355, lovingspaceschool.org

Lynden Co-op Preschool 500 14th St., Lynden, 360.209.4181, lyndenco-oppreschool.com

Peace Arch Montessori Preschool 549 Cherry St., Blaine, 360.684.2926, peacearchmontessori.com

The Madrona School 2714 W. Maryland St., Bellingham, 360.393.6310, themadronaschool.com

Montessori at Samish Woods 1027 Samish Way, Bellingham, 360.650.9465, samishwoods.org

Tinker Tots Preschool 1553 B St., Blaine, 360.489.6202, tinkertots-preschool.com

Whatcom Family Cooperative Preschool 1041 24th St., Bellingham, 360.726.2096, whatcomfamilypreschool.org

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PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital

Hospitals PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital 2901 Squalicum Pkwy., Bellingham, 360.734.5400

Medical Clinics & Services BELLINGHAM

Family Care Network, North Sound Family Medicine

PeaceHealth Same-Day Clinic at Medical Office Plaza

2075 Barkley Blvd., Ste. 105, 360.671.3345

3015 Squalicum Pkwy., Ste. 140, 360.788.8420

Lummi Tribal Health Center 2592 Kwina Rd., 360.384.0464

Planned Parenthood

Maidenhair Hormone Clinic for Women

1530 Ellis St., 360.734.9095

1100 Larrabee Ave., Ste. 100, 360.788.5173

Sea Mar Community Health Center 4455 Cordata Pkwy., 360.671.3225

Associates in Family Medicine

Mt. Shuksan Family Medicine & Dermatology

3130 Ellis St., 360.734.4404

2101 Cornwall Ave., Ste. 101, 360.647.1900

1108 11th St., Ste. 303, 360.797.5171

Bellingham Asthma & Allergy

NorthStar Medical Specialists

Unity Care NW

3015 Squalicum Pkwy., Ste. 180, 360.733.5733

1345 King St., 360.676.1696

220 Unity St., 360.676.6177

Bellingham Health

Northwest Walk-In Health Clinic

Village Family Health

2220 Cornwall Ave., 360.734.2330

910 Harris Ave., Ste. 102, 360.734.2131

PeaceHealth Care Clinics

Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic

1050 Larrabee Ave., Ste. 204, 360.756.9793

Care Medical Group 4043 Northwest Ave., 360.734.4300

Cedar Male Medical 1100 Larrabee Ave., Ste. 100, 360.255.5355

Family Care Network, Bellingham Bay Family Medicine 722 N. State St., 360.752.2865

Family Care Network, Family Health Associates 3500 Orchard Pl., 360.671.3900



2980 Squalicum Pkwy., 360.788.6112

PeaceHealth Cascade Brain & Spine Center 710 Birchwood Ave., 360.788.6870

Travel Medicine Northwest

1310 N. State St., 360.671.9057


PeaceHealth Same-Day Clinic at Cordata Main

Nooksack Tribal Clinic

4545 Cordata Pkwy., Ste. 1A, 360.738.2200

PeaceHealth Sumas Medical Clinic

PeaceHealth Same-Day Care at Fairhaven Plaza 3125 Old Fairhaven Pkwy., Ste. 106, 360.788.8388

6760 Mission Rd., Everson, 360.966.2106

112 Columbia St., Sumas, 360.988.9404

Sea Mar Everson Medical Clinic 6884 Hannegan Rd., Everson, 360.354.0766

FERNDALE Ferndale Family Medical Center 5580 Nordic Way, 360.384.1511

Unity Care NW 6060 Portal Way, 360.676.6177

Sea Mar Ferndale WIC 6046 Portal Way, 360.778.4220

LYNDEN 500 Front St., 360.354.4200

Lynden Family Medicine 1610 Grover St., Ste. D1, 360.354.1333

PeaceHealth Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 1610 Grover St., 360.733.2092

Urgent Care Facilities BELLINGHAM Care Medical Group 4043 Northwest Ave., 360.734.4300

Family Care Network Urgent Care 3130 Squalicum Pkwy., 360.671.4509

Super Track Urgent Care 1050 Lakeway Dr., 360.746.6531

LYNDEN Family Care Network Urgent Care - Lynden 1610 Grover St., Ste. D1, 360.354.4567

POINT ROBERTS Super Track, Point Roberts Clinic 2030 Benson Rd., 360.945.2580

Courtesy of Lighthouse Mission

Dickson Medical Clinic

The Lighthouse Mission

Fairhaven Integrative Health

Bridges Treatment and Recovery

1200 Old Fairhaven Pkwy., Ste. 305, Bellingham, 360.676.1285

1221 Fraser St., Ste. E-1, Bellingham, 360.714.8180

Halleck Holistic Health

Bridges Treatment and Recovery

208 Halleck St., Ste. 101, Bellingham, 360.325.8976

6044 Portal Way, Ste. 103, Ferndale, 360.393.4218

London Health Center

Ideal Option Bellingham

2376 Main St., Ferndale, 360.384.2900

3800 Byron Ave., Ste. 122, Bellingham, 877.522.1275

Northwestern Clinic of Naturopathic Medicine

MGA Crisis Intervention

1903 D St., Bellingham, 360.734.9500

3628 Meridian St., Ste. 139, Bellingham, 360.200.5658

Northwest Life Medicine Clinic

Nooksack Tribes Genesis II

851 Coho Way, Ste. 202, Bellingham, 360.746.6923

2505 Sulwhanon Dr., Building A, Everson, 360.398.6399

Pacific Center for Naturopathic Medicine 1308 Meador Ave., Ste. C109, Bellingham, 360.734.0045

The Natural Health Clinic

Bellingham Natural Family Medicine

910 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.733.5120

Addiction Treatment Centers

1810 Broadway, Bellingham, 360.738.7654

Belair Clinic

Bellingham Naturopathic Clinic

1130 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.676.4485

1313 E. Maple St., Ste. 102, Bellingham, 360.738.3230

1603 E. Illinois St., Bellingham, 360.647.4266

The Lighthouse Mission

1707 F St., Bellingham, 360.734.1560

Naturopathic Clinics

Sea Mar Visions Youth Treatment Center

Cancer Treatment Centers PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center 3301 Squalicum Pkwy., Bellingham, 360.788.8222

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Advances in Breast Cancer Diagnostics WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI

for breast cancer — like the one that spurred actress Angelina Jolie to get a preventative double mastectomy after she found she had a gene mutation that often leads to breast cance — have received lots of attention. More common have been advances in mammograms. If you’ve had your breasts checked lately, your physician might have asked if your insurance covers a 3D mammography, the latest in advanced diagnostics, which gives a much more detailed picture that can help with early diagnosis. But what few women know is that breast cancer comes in different forms. Knowing this, and the questions to ask if you’ve been diagnosed, can help save your life. Just ask Birch Bay’s Elizabeth Vines. Her hometown doctor in Canada (she is a dual citizen) misdiagnosed her lump, which she first found as a pea-sized bump in February 2014. Six months later, it grew rapidly to the size of half a lemon. As a 35-year-old, relatively young for breast cancer and having no family history, her doctor told her not to worry. In late November, as part of her pre-op testing to remove what he had diagnosed as a cyst, she was horrified to learn the lump was advanced-stage (stage 4) cancer that included a lesion on her liver. Shortly after, she was told she had two years to live. Reeling from the news, she took action when her Canadian cancer center could not get see her until after Christmas. She started calling around for anyone who could help. One agency was the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, near friends who wintered there. She started chemotherapy at Mayo Dec. 3. In Vines’ case, getting a second opinion likely saved her life. Her Mayo Clinic doctors, led by Dr. Robert Northfelt, diagnosed her as stage 3B — the liver lesion was not cancer — and HER-2 positive, an aggressive form of breast cancer best treated with specific cancer-fighting drugs that block hormone receptors. Most people are unaware that different, specific types of breast cancer exist and can respond to targeted treatment. A determined Vines sought a second opinion, asked questions, and learned about her disease. Vines was lucky — one of the drugs, Herceptin, had been around since the ‘90s. The other, Perjeta, was FDA approved in 2012. The two drugs were the major players in a chemo cocktail that proved remarkably effective — after the first two treatments, her tumor had shrunk noticeably. Eventually, the 12-centimeter



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N RECENT YEARS, breakthroughs in genetic testing

mass had shrunk to 4 millimeters, and doctors told her less than 1% of living cancer remained. Even her doctors were surprised. After chemo, Vines still had to undergo a mastectomy and 28 rounds of radiation. But the cancer was gone. She was lucky in another way too. The drugs are expensive and Vines’ family, which included her then-4-year-old son, prepared to sell their house to pay for medical bills. But pharmaceutical company Genentech, which developed Perjeta, had a foundation that offered Vines financial help, paying 75% of her treatment and surgery. It allowed the family to keep their house. “This company changed my life and saved my life in the process,” Vines says. On Nov. 19, Vines celebrated her two-year anniversary of completing cancer treatment, and she is grateful to return to normal life. She still has to take drugs to keep the cancer from returning. But that’s a small price in exchange for being able to help at her son’s school, where she reads to his classes and goes on field trips. She has even started running again. Vines regrets not getting an earlier diagnosis, which could have avoided much agony. But she says that seeking a second opinion and a more specific diagnosis made all the difference in the world. “I felt like I was looking for a miracle and found it,” Vines says. “It was completely life-changing. I had lost all hope. I found there were new drugs and they hoped they would work well for me, and they did.” 

QUIZ: BREAST CANCER 1 Approximately how many women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year? 50,000 200,000 100,000 More than 250,000 2 In what age range is a woman most likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer? 30–40 Years old 40–50 Years old 50–60 Years old 60–70 Years old 70–80 Years old 3 True or false? Breast cancer can be classified into subtypes based on the proteins on or in the cancer cells, which can help determine the appropriate treatment. True False 4 Which of the following is a breast cancer subtype based on the proteins found in or on cancer cells? Metastatic HER2-positive Stage 1 5 True or false: Only tumors larger than 2cm in diameter can spread to other parts of the body. True False 6 Where is the first place breast cancer is likely to spread? Chest Lymph nodes Ovaries Ribs 7 True or false: Stages 0–1 are known as early breast cancer and stages 2–4 are known as advanced breast cancer. True False Answers 1. More than 250,000  2. 70–80 Years old 3. True 4. HER2-positive  5. False  6. Lymph nodes  7. False Source: Genentech www.gene.com

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Primary Care for Chronic Conditions that Flare CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE A FACT OF LIFE FOR MANY ADULTS. If you’re among them — or not, but simply seeking expert primary care — consider choosing an internal medicine doctor, or internist, to guide your wellness journey. Internists are trained to care for adults and receive additional training to diagnose and treat a variety of difficult-to-manage chronic conditions. Our internists are ready to welcome you as a new patient, to listen and learn about your medical history — and you!

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Northwest Gastroenterology & Endoscopy Come see us under the same roof in our new state of the art building in Barkley Village early 2022.


astroenterology is a broad field of medicine with a wide variety of interest. One area that is especially important in medicine is prevention. In the field of gastroenterology, we use endoscopic procedures to help with detection and prevention of diseases, including colon cancer. Colon cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer related deaths in the US. The lifetime risk of developing colon cancer, for average risk individuals (those without a family history of colon cancer), is around 5%. Screening for colon cancer is recommended as a means of preventing colon cancer. Recent 2020 guideline updates now recommend beginning colonoscopy at age 45.

SCREENING FOR COLON CANCER WITH COLONOSCOPY, STOOL TESTING, AND IMAGING: How often is screening recommended? For average risk individuals (meaning no family history of colon cancer and no polyp history) if you have a normal colonoscopy with no polyps then every 10 years. If polyps are detected and removed the range can be between 1–7 years depending on various characteristics such as size and specific type of tissue.

Is it safe for screening colonoscopy during the pandemic? We adhere to strict safety standards and personal protective equipment, as well as masking and social distancing. The entire medical team working for your care is vaccinated. Also, currently we pre-test all patients prior to procedure for Covid-19.

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50 Ways to Experience Whatcom County

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HETHER YOU’RE HERE for a year or forever,

there’s plenty to love about life in Whatcom County. In fact, 2021 rankings by Livability placed Bellingham as the 37th best place to live in all of the United States — and it’s no secret as to why. The website commended its educational system, arts scene, remote work friendliness, and access to the great outdoors. In addition, it gave special mention to the area’s numerous breweries, coffee shops, and farm-totable restaurants. In other words, there are tons of perks to life in Bellingham and Whatcom County as a whole. Our


Whatcom County


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quality of life is high, plus it’s virtually impossible to run out of things to see and do. From annual events to vibrant local businesses and endless miles of trails to traverse, there’s always something new and exciting to add to your agenda. From January through December, Whatcom County has something to offer residents of all ages, interests, and activity levels. Don’t know where to start? We have a few suggestions for how to experience the very best of this Pacific Northwestern haven. Welcome to your new home — we’re happy to have you here.

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Pass a rainy day hunting for treasure at Penny Lane Antique Mall. With more than 10,000 square feet to explore, it’s unlikely that you’ll leave empty-handed.

Observe Great Blue Herons and many other aquatic migratory birds around Drayton Harbor and the Semiahmoo Spit. This area is officially recognized as the northernmost “Important Bird Area of Washington.” Have you ever gotten up close and personal with a glacier? Hikers on the Heliotrope Ridge Trail will be rewarded with a too-good-to-be-true view of the Coleman Glacier at the end of the route.


Catch an under-the-radar flick at the Pickford Film Center, a local arts nonprofit and the region’s leading independent film venue. Located in the heart of the Bellingham Arts District, this unique theater also serves as a “community living room.”

No matter the time of year, you can lace up your ice skates and hit the rink at the Bellingham Sportsplex. They offer public skating for all levels as well as hockey, indoor soccer, parties, and camps.


Learn what lurks beneath the Bellingham Bay by visiting the Marine Life Center. This educational (and entertaining) spot also features a touch tank, so the whole family can get friendly with their sea creature of choice.


Take a tour of the many murals sprinkled throughout Whatcom County. From downtown Bellingham’s colorful and contemporary artwork to Lynden’s historical, Dutch-inspired scenes, there’s plenty of talent to take in.

Courtesy of Yeah Baby Boards


Start your Saturday off right with a leisurely stroll through Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, followed by a stop at the Bellingham Farmers Market. There’s plenty of locally grown goodness to bring home, plus food trucks if you find yourself in immediate need of fuel.

From Zuanich Park to Birch Bay, there are plenty of venues for the perfect picnic. Make the occasion extra special by bringing along a custom charcuterie spread by Yeah Baby Boards.

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Take a luxury staycation with your special someone at Hotel Bellwether, located on the Bellingham waterfront. Make it extra memorable by booking a night in the Lighthouse Suite, a three-story lighthouse replica that’s often cited as one of the most unique lodging experiences in the region.


You’ve heard of brewery crawls, but what about an ice cream crawl instead? In Bellingham alone, options include Mallard Ice Cream, Acme Ice Cream Cafe, Sirena Gelato, Edaleen Dairy, The Selkie Scoop, and more.


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Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community should keep their eyes peeled for events by Whatcom Pride, a local organization dedicated to promoting the ideals of Pride all year long.

Courtesy of Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce


Head to the Waterfront Park Pump Track in Bellingham to put your biking skills to the test. To offset the adrenaline, Kulshan Trackside is also on the waterfront and pours local brews that are perfect for quenching a post-workout thirst.

Put your sandcastle skills to the test at the annual Birch Bay Sand Sculpture Competition. Featuring categories for all ages, this unique event is “where sand becomes art…at least until the tide comes in.”


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Beat the summer heat by dipping your toes into one of the area’s numerous swimming holes. Thrill seekers can get an adrenaline fix by cliff jumping at Whatcom Falls Park, whereas Samish Park and Bloedel Donovan Park offer more mellow beaches. For a different kind of day by the lake, hike the Chanterelle Trail to the top of the Lake Whatcom overlook and take in views of both the water and city. Chances are high that you’ll also spot an interesting mushroom (or 20) along the way. Visit each of Whatcom County’s wineries. From limited edition bottles at Vartanyan Estate to one-of-a-kind fruit wines at Samson Estates, there’s an abundance of unique (and awardwinning) options to choose from. The athletically inclined should check out Bender Fields in Lynden for 56 acres of ball fields and wide open spaces. The park accommodates sports ranging from lacrosse to soccer and even pickleball. Jam out at Downtown Sounds, Bellingham’s annual urban music festival. Happening every Wednesday evening during the month of August, this beloved event draws in musical talent from across the country. Learn about Blaine’s maritime history by taking a ride on the historic MV Plover Ferry. This restored ferry, originally built in 1944, sets sail from Drayton Harbor and travels along the route that cannery workers took in the mid-20th century.

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Learn all about horseback riding at Kelly Park Stables in Bellingham. Beginners are invited to learn the basics at their summertime day camps, and the venue also offers low-pressure lessons to more experienced riders.

Photo by Alicia Prozinski


Capture a totally different view of Mount Baker and the North Cascades by booking a photography helicopter tour with Snowking Aviation. If you don’t have a fancy camera at the ready, a smartphone will do just fine.

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Shake up your workout routine by attempting obstacle courses at Life Force Ninja, tackling trampolines at Summit Adventure Park, or practicing poses on a paddleboard with SUP Yoga Bellingham. Make the most out of the “last splash of summer” during Discover Birch Bay Days. This annual fun-filled weekend is packed full of events such as a pancake breakfast, games, and even a rubber ducky derby. Stimulate your brain by mixing science and art at Mindport, a downtown museum space that features both interactive exhibits and fine art. Pick your own seasonal produce at one of Whatcom County’s many U-pick farms. Boxx Berry Farm has an abundance of summertime berries, and Bellewood Farms is the place to go for autumnal apples and pumpkins. Immerse yourself in outdoor sculptures at the Big Rock Garden, located just above Lake Whatcom. This 2.5-acre park includes more than 37 works from both international and local artists.



Who says date night requires dinner and a movie? Between minigolf at Flatstick Pub, axe throwing at Bellingham Axe, and escape rooms at The Eureka Room, alternative activities abound in downtown Bellingham.


Bring the family to Ferndale’s Pioneer Park for the annual Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration. The park’s 12 historic cabins transform into a unique winter wonderland, and children can even pay a visit to Santa himself.

Photo by Claudia Cooper

No matter the season, taking the South Bay Trail from downtown Bellingham to Boulevard Park is always enjoyable. When you arrive at the park, take in the waterfront views with a hot beverage from Woods Coffee.

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Whether you prefer cats or dogs, you can get your fill of snuggles at NEKO Cat Cafe or Are You My Human? Dog & Rescue Lounge. Their animals are also adoptable, so if you fall in love, you can even bring home a new member of the family. If you’re serious about Sasquatch, a tour with The Bigfoot Adventures might be in order. Participants will learn the best methods for tracking and communicating with this elusive beast. Whether or not you’re a believer, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

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Courtesy of Bellingham Circus Guild


Kids and adults alike can lean into their creative side by taking a class at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden. In addition to exhibitions, they offer regular classes in disciplines such as painting, jewelry making, pottery, metalwork, textiles, and more.

If you want to see the circus, you don’t have to wait until it comes to town — it’s already here! Bellingham Circus Guild’s mission is to “radically proliferate delight at every opportunity,” and they offer classes for aspiring aerialists in addition to live performances.

Between November and January, take a detour off Mount Baker Highway to visit Deming Homestead Eagle Park. You’ll get a front-row view of bald eagles as they descend on the Nooksack River to feast on migrating salmon. Sample Dutch delights such as oliebollen, banket, stroopwafel, and speculaas cookies at Lynden Dutch Bakery. This local gem also offers American-oriented goodies including cupcakes, milkshakes, and more. Take a calming stroll through the fields at Ferndale’s Laurel Lavender Farm. You’ll also get a brief overview of the plant’s many uses, and best of all, visitors are invited to pick a bundle to bring home.

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Enjoy freshly caught seafood and waterfront views at Anthony’s at Squalicum Harbor. If you’d prefer to prepare local seafood at home, buy a fresh catch directly from the fishermen at Bellingham Dockside Market.


For the most adventurous brunch in Bellingham, spend your Sunday morning on the deck of the Schooner Zodiac, a classic sailing yacht from the 1920s. Menus are unique to each cruise, and the whole family is welcome.

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If you’ve ever dreamed of summiting a mountain, Alpine Adventures is here to help you make that goal a reality. Their experienced guides lead treks to the top of our very own Mount Baker. Support local makers by shopping at Brazen Shop + Studio, located in downtown Bellingham. Many of their one-of-a-kind offerings are handcrafted by local artisans, including jewelry, home goods, and plenty more. Bookworms can lose themselves among neverending shelves at Henderson Books. This Bellingham institution has been around since 1986 and accepts used books for sale or trade. Cheer on the competitors of the annual Ski to Sea Race as they cross the finish line at Fairhaven’s Marine Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also sign up to take part in this 93-mile-long multisport relay. Take the whole crew to the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG), located in the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building. It includes an art studio, more than 15 activity stations, and several self-led programs that encourage exploration, learning, and play. Bust out your best dance moves at salsa nights held by Cafe Rumba, occurring on the first and third Saturday of every month. They hold an intro lesson right before every event, so no previous dance expertise is required. Treat yourself to a day of pampering at Flow Motion in Ferndale. This yoga studio and spa offers everything you didn’t know you needed to feel relaxed, including (but not limited to) an amethyst cave and zero-gravity massage lounge.



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Rock climbing is a big deal in Whatcom County, and you can learn from the best at VITAL Climbing Gym. The gym offers 24-hour access for members as well as youth clinics, Bouldering 101 workshops, and even personal training.

Get crafty by taking a class or two at Burnish Clay Studio. Whether you’re an aspiring potter or an expert at the wheel, they offer classes to suit all levels.

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Root for the Bellingham Bells, the city’s collegiate baseball team, at Joe Martin Field. Make a bucket list of sunset viewing spots to check off during the summer months. Need some inspiration to get started? Samish Overlook, Cyrus Gates Overlook, and the fire tower in the Sehome Arboretum are all prime locations. 

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Community Engagement

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ELLINGHAM’S NUMEROUS SOCIAL clubs are the perfect starting point for those looking to get to know the community, volunteer, or meet like-minded people. From horticulture to chess and everything in between, there’s a home for a wide range of hobbies. Volunteer opportunities abound with the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club and Bellingham Central Lions Club, and artists can find community with other creatives via the Whatcom Art Guild. This city is serious about its beer, so homebrewers can share their craft through the Bellingham Homebrewers Guild. No matter how you identify, Bellingham is supportive of its LGBTQ+ residents. People of all genders and sexual orientations are invited to join initiatives such as the Queer Youth Project and Out Bellingham. For older residents, our numerous senior centers provide a space to stay social and engaged. There’s a multitude of ways to get involved, and with so many opportunities for connection, you’re sure to find your people in Bellingham. 

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Social Clubs & Civic Groups


Bellingham Bay Rotary Club


The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County


Bellingham Central Lions Club bellinghamcentrallions.org

Bellingham City Club bellinghamcityclub.org

Bellingham Elks Lodge elks.org

Bellingham Homebrewers Guild bellinghamhomebrewersguild.org

Bellingham Knights Chess Club bellinghamchess.com

Whatcom Young Professionals bellingham.com/wyps

LGBTQ+ Resources Out Bellingham meetup.com/out-bellingham

Queer Youth Project nwys.org/queer-youth-project

Washington Gender Alliance washingtongenderalliance.com

WWU Queer Resource Center as.wwu.edu/qrc

Senior & Community Centers

Newcomers & Neighbors of Whatcom County

Bellingham Senior Activity Center


315 Halleck St., Bellingham, 360.733.4030

Whatcom Art Guild

Everson Senior Activity Center


111 W. Main St., Everson, 360.966.3144

Whatcom Association of Celestial Observers

Ferndale Senior Center


1999 Cherry St., Ferndale, 360.384.6224

Whatcom County North Rotary

Lynden Community/Senior Center


401 Grover St., Lynden, 360.354.2921

Whatcom Horticultural Society

Sumas Senior Center


461 2nd St., Sumas, 360.988.2714



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from all walks of life, and this inclusivity also applies to religion. According to data from BestPlaces.net, nearly a third of Whatcom residents describe themselves as religious. While a majority of people identify as Christian, there are a wide variety of communities under that umbrella: 7% of residents are Catholic, 4% are Presbyterian, and 2% are Lutheran. There are also churches for Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist, Pentecostal, and other denominations. Whatcom County also offers resources and services for residents who subscribe to Judaism, Islam, and Eastern religions. Jewish residents can attend services at the Congregation Beth Israel or get involved at the Rohr Center for Jewish Life. Muslim residents can find their community at the Islamic Society of Whatcom County, and Bellingham’s Sikh temple, Gurdwara Guru Nanak Parkash, also offers an active congregation. Whatever your faith or background, there are communities and places of worship in Whatcom County that are ready to welcome you.  72


Christian BELLINGHAM Bellingham Bible Chapel 4160 Northwest Dr., 360.312.1013

Bellingham Chinese Christian 2200 F St., 360.734.6707

Bellingham Covenant Church 1530 E. Bakerview Rd., 360.733.5920

Bellingham Gospel Center 2818 McLeod Rd., 360.676.1357

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 1207 Ellsworth St., 360.733.3837

Christ The King Community Church 4173 Meridian St., 360.733.1337

Church of the Assumption 2116 Cornwall Ave., 360.733.1380

Faith Lutheran Church 2750 McLeod Rd., 360.733.3970





Wonder Tree Care 2717 Kulshan St., Bellingham 360.319.2125 wondertreecare@gmail.com wondertreecarebellingham.com

Wonder Tree Care was born from a love of trees and people. Owners/Operators Ash & Geoff came to Bellingham from Portland, Oregon and saw a need for a tree service that had a deep focus on tree care. From removing large hazard trees for Larrabee State Park to offering shrub pruning instruction to Bellingham homeowners, no job is too big or small, and each job matters. We employ fun, vibrant individuals who leave the ego at the door, and you can trust you will always get a knowledgable and approachable arborist who truly cares about you and your space. At Wonder we wake up every day grateful to be caring for the trees and people of Bellingham.

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Protestant Reformed Church

495 E. Bakerview Rd., 360.734.6820

317 N. Park St., 360.354.0496

Good Shepherd Community Church

Second Christian Reformed Church

2550 Thornton Rd., 360.380.2938

1254 W. Smith Rd., 360.384.5403

710 Front St., 360.354.3961

5719 Church Rd., 360.384.1129

Life Church

Sonlight Community Church

United Church of Ferndale

747 Marine Dr., 360.733.8980

8800 Bender Rd., 360.354.3434

2034 Washington St., 360.384.3302

Living Water Fellowship

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Whatcom New Life Assembly

4767 Guide Meridian Rd., 360.398.9838

205 12th St., 360.354.2334

2290 Main St., 360.384.4101

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Third Christian Reformed Church

3218 Fielding Ave., 360.306.3687

514 Liberty St., 360.354.1448


North Bellingham Church of Christ

Lynden United Methodist Church

Birch Bay Bible Community Church

500 14th St., 360.354.4169

4460 Bay Rd., 360.371.2300

1063 W. Bakerview Rd., 360.389.2234

United Reformed Church of Lynden

Christ Episcopal Church

8650 Benson Rd., 360.318.0429

Freedom Fellowship

North Cascades Christian Fellowship 3800 Dana Rd., 360.734.3837

Northwest Baptist Church


3545 Northwest Ave., 360.733.3620

Church of Christ

Redeemer Church 211 Northshore Dr., 360.201.4581

Spring Creek Bible Church 567 E. Kellogg Rd., 360.734.5228


6300 Portal Way, 360.384.6741

Christ Lutheran Church 5904 Vista Dr., 360.384.1422

Christ the King Community Church, Pioneer Center 5627 3rd Ave., 360.656.6342

Bethel Christian Reformed Church

Cornerstone Community Church

1105 Liberty St., 360.354.2361

Evergreen Community Church

Faith Community Church 586 Birch Bay Lynden Rd., 360.354.0536

Faith Reformed Church 300 7th St., 360.354.3664

First Christian Reformed Church 1010 Front St., 360.354.4560

5732 Olson Rd., 360.384.3661 6899 N. Enterprise Rd., 360.384.6310

Faith Bible Community Church 5702 3rd Ave., 360.393.3761

Ferndale Alliance Church 6100 Church Rd., 360.384.4279

Freedom Church

Ferndale Seventh-Day Adventist Church

405 Front St., 360.325.2015

2488 Main St., 360.384.1526

Grace Baptist Fellowship

First Baptist Church

338 N. Park St., 360.354.2913

5759 Vista Dr., 360.384.3111

Hope Lutheran Church

Good News Fellowship

900 E. Grover St., 360.354.4211

1252 W. Axton Rd., 360.384.1515

Lynden Community Church

Northwest Washington Holiness Association

680 Grover St., 360.354.2226

Netherlands Reformed Church

5942 Portal Way, 360.380.0890

8581 Depot Rd., 360.354.6645

St. Joseph Catholic Church

North County Christ The King

5781 Hendrickson Ave., 360.384.3651

1816 18th St., 360.318.9446



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Triumph Lutheran Church

382 Boblett St., 360.332.4113 508 G St., 360.332.7506

Grace Lutheran Church 702 G St., 360.332.6589

Lighthouse Baptist Church 8373 Harborview Rd., 360.371.7740

Northwood Alliance Church 580 C St., 360.332.8610

St. Anne Catholic Church 604 H St., 360.384.3651

Unitarian Free Church 1218 Harrison Ave., 360.332.4781

United Church of Christ 885 4th St., 360.332.6906

ACME, DEMING, EVERSON, MAPLE FALLS, NOOKSACK Acme Prebyterian Church 2054 Valley Hwy., Deming, 360.595.2898

Bethany Chapel 3744 Mt. Baker Hwy., Everson, 360.592.2221

Christ Fellowship 1208 E. Main St., Everson, 360.966.3223

Iglesia Hispana - Hispanic Church 203 E. Lincoln St., Everson, 360.510.0881

Immanuel Lutheran Church 5782 Lawrence Rd., Everson, 360.592.5876

North County Christ the King 8794 Kendall Rd., Maple Falls, 360.988.2037

Nooksack Valley Reformed Church 602 E. 2nd St., Nooksack, 360.966.7903

Nooksack Advent Christian Church 201 Jackson St., Nooksack, 360.966.4573

Paradise Gospel Church 8629 Kendall Rd., Maple Falls, 360.599.9267

River of Life Community Church 4037 Valley Hwy., Deming, 360.592.2279

Silver Lake Community Church 7836 Silver Lake Rd., Maple Falls, 360.599.2680

St. Innocent Antiochian Orthodox Church 7461 Goodwin Rd., Everson, 360.927.8091

St. Peter Catholic Church 6210 Mt. Baker Hwy., Deming, 360.599.2867

Valley Church 904 Nooksack Rd., Everson, 360.966.7631

Islam Islamic Society of Whatcom County 1244 Nevada St., Bellingham, 360.752.9399

Judaism Congregation Beth Israel 751 San Juan Blvd., Bellingham, 360.733.8890

Rohr Center for Jewish Life 102 Highland Dr., Bellingham, 360.393.3845

Sikhism Gurdwara Guru Nanak Parkash 777 W. Smith Rd., Bellingham, 360.312.1190

Unspecified Unity Spiritual Center 1095 Telegraph Rd., 360.733.2270

Bellingham Shambhala Center 2825 Meridian St., Bellingham, Ste. 201, 360.483.4526

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a dream destination for outdoor adventurers. No matter the season, its location allows for a variety of activities that would be hard to match anywhere else. Residents and visitors have access to three national parks, several state parks, and many county parks within the city’s limits. Mountain bikers from all over the country flock to Bellingham for worldclass trails on Galbraith Mountain. With more than 65 miles of singletrack trails spread throughout 3,000 acres of forest, the mountain offers endless opportunities for adventure, exploration, and fun. Thanks to the county’s proximity to Mount Baker and the North Cascades, runners, hikers, and backpackers have a goldmine of trails to traverse during the summertime. In the winter months, you can ditch those hiking boots for skis or a snowboard and hit the slopes at the Mount Baker Ski Area. Whether it’s July or December, the Chuckanut Mountains are easily accessible from Fairhaven and offer year-round activities such as hiking, camping, biking, fishing, and rock climbing. Lastly, given our abundant lakes, rivers, and the Bellingham Bay, we can’t forget to mention the recreational activities available on the water. You can set sail from Squalicum Harbor, 76

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Sports & Outdoor Recreation


Marine Park

put in a sea kayak from Marine Park, catch fish, or watch the tide roll in at Larrabee State Park. If it’s a clear day, don’t forget to look inland for stunning views of Bellingham’s cityscape and the snow-capped peaks that lie behind it. 

Loomis Trail Golf

Golf Courses

6827 Hannegan Rd., Everson, 360.354.3029

Bald Eagle Golf Club

Sandy Point Golf Course

1350 Pelican Pl., Point Roberts, 866.460.0368

4460 Decatur Dr., Ferndale, 360.384.3921

Bellingham Golf and Country Club 3729 Meridian St., Bellingham, 360.733.3450

Birch Bay Village Golf Course

4342 Loomis Trail Rd., Blaine, 360.332.1725

North Bellingham Golf Course 205 W. Smith Rd., Bellingham, 360.398.8300

Raspberry Ridge Golf Course

Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club 8720 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine, 855.917.3767

Shuksan Golf Club

8169 Cowichan Rd., Blaine, 360.371.2026

1500 E. Axton Rd., Bellingham, 360.398.8888

Dakota Creek Golf Course

Sudden Valley Golf Course

3258 Haynie Rd., Custer, 360.366.3131

4 Clubhouse Cir., Bellingham, 855.506.2219

Grandview Golf Course 7738 Portal Way, Custer, 360.366.3947

Homestead Golf Course 8814 Depot Rd., Lynden, 360.354.1196, Ext. 2

Lake Padden Golf Course 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham, 360.738.7400

Sports Teams Bellingham Bells (Baseball) bellinghambells.com

Bellingham Blazers (Hockey) bellinghamblazers.pointstreaksites.com

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Bellingham Roller Betties (Roller Derby)

Sports & Outdoor Clubs

Larrabee State Park


Bellingham Mountaineers

Whatcom FC Rangers (Soccer)


Mount Baker National Recreation Area

Bellingham Roller Betties (Roller Derby)


Athletic Events Bellingham Bay Marathon bellinghambaymarathon.org

Bellingham Traverse bellinghamtraverse.com

Chuckanut Classic

Greater Bellingham Running Club gbrc.net

Silver Lake Park

Mount Baker Club

Whatcom Falls Park


Biking Areas

Nooksack Nordic Ski Club nooksacknordicskiclub.org

Bay to Baker Trail

Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts

Chuckanut Mountain Park


Civic Field Dirt Jump Track

Hiking & Walking Areas

Galbraith Mountain


Ski to Sea skitosea.com

Special Olympics Washington

Semiahmoo Park

Arroyo Park


Chuckanut Mountain Park

Tour de Whatcom

Galbraith Mountain


Hovander Homestead Park

Interurban Trail Lake Padden Park Railroad Trail Semiahmoo Park Silver Lake Park

Interurban Trail

Whatcom Falls Park

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HATCOM COUNTY IS a haven for pet owners,

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and if your four-legged friends like to explore the great outdoors, they’re sure to fit in fast. Our numerous dog-friendly parks offer stunning scenery and ample space for pups (and their humans) to get some exercise in. If you’re out on the town, know that many of our breweries and bars are happy to accommodate canine companions. Most ask patrons to keep their pets on a leash, but Paws for a Beer allows well-behaved pups with memberships to roam free. The area is also home to a plethora of doggie daycares, trainers, and groomers. Additionally, Whatcom County’s veterinarians can help your pet stay healthy and happy. Some vets are welcoming towards all species, while others, such as the Chuckanut Feline Center, are more specialized. In the market for a furry friend? Our humane societies will help match you with the forever companion that’s right for you and your family. For animal lovers who aren’t looking for commitment, a visit to NEKO Cat Cafe or Are You My Human? Dog Rescue & Lounge might be in order. Be warned, though: Their animals are adoptable, so if you find yourself falling in love, you might not be going home empty-handed. 

Veterinary Hospitals BELLINGHAM

Northshore Veterinary Hospital

Whatcom Veterinary Hospital

Animal Emergency Care

1486 Electric Ave., 360.738.6916

5610 Barrett Rd., 360.384.0212

4176 Meridian St., 360.758.2200

Chuckanut Feline Center

Banfield Pet Hospital

1214 Dupont St., 360.757.3722


4379 Meridian St., 360.734.9459

Village Veterinary Hospital

Lynden Veterinary Hospital

Bellingham Veterinary

236 36th St., 360.647.1980

1919 Front St., 360.354.7988

720 Virginia St., 360.734.0720

Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital

BLAINE Blaine Animal Hospital

Kulshan Veterinary Hospital 8880 Benson Rd., 360.354.5095

4176 Meridian St., 360.982.0166

8892 Blaine Rd., 360.332.6813


Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital

Northwest Veterinary Clinic

Nooksack Animal Hospital

2330 Old Fairhaven Pkwy., 360.671.3903

8115 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 135, 360.366.5434

302 W. Columbia St., 360.966.3207

Fountain Veterinary Hospital 2430 Meridian St., Ste. 2., 360.733.2660

Larrabee Animal Medicine


1110 Larrabee Ave., 360.527.9533

Ferndale Veterinary Hospital

Maplewood Animal Hospital

2069 Main St., 360.389.5989

2869 W. Maplewood Ave., 360.715.1430

Kulshan Veterinary Hospital

Mountain Veterinary Hospital

6220 Portal Way, 360.354.5095

3413 Mt. Baker Hwy., 360.592.5113



Dog-Friendly Parks Arroyo Park 1700 Old Samish Rd., Bellingham

Bender Fields 8770 Bender Rd., Lynden

GRUFF Brewing Company

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Courtesy of Whatcom Humane Society

Whatcom Humane Society

Bloedel Donovan Park

Sunset Pond Park

Stemma Brewing Co.

2114 Electric Ave., Bellingham

3424-3462 James St., Bellingham

2039 Moore St., Bellingham, 360.746.8385

Fairhaven Park

VanderYacht Park

Stones Throw Brewing Co.

107 Chuckanut Dr. N., Bellingham

1945 Washington St., Ferndale

Hovander Homestead Park

Whatcom Falls Park

1009 Larrabee Ave., Bellingham, 360.362.5058

5299 Nielsen Ave., Ferndale

1401 Electric Ave., Bellingham

Lake Padden Dog Park 4882 S. Samish Way, Bellingham

Lincoln Park 1800 H St., Blaine

Little Squalicum Park 640 Marine Dr., Bellingham

Lynden City Park 8460 Depot Rd., Lynden

Sehome Hill Arboretum 600 25th St., Bellingham

Semiahmoo Park 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine

Skallman Park 1190 Yew Ave., Blaine

Squires Lake Park

Dog-Friendly Breweries & Bars

Humane Societies, Shelters, & Wildlife Rescues

Elizabeth Station

Alternative Humane Society

1400 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.733.8982


Goods Local Brews

Are You My Human? Dog Rescue & Lounge

2620 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, 360.671.3085

1307 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, 360.656.6398

GRUFF Brewing Co.

NEKO: A Cat Cafe

104 E. Maple St., Ste. 101, Bellingham

1130 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, 360.656.6217

Kulshan Brewing Co. 2238 James St., Bellingham, 360.389.5348

Sardis Raptor Center

Otherlands Beer

7472 Valley View Rd., Ferndale, 360.366.3863

2510 Nulle Rd., Bellingham

2121 Humboldt St., Bellingham, 360.746.8118

Squalicum Dog Park

Paws for a Beer

1001 Squalicum Way, Bellingham

501 Harris Ave., Bellingham, 360.733.7297

Sudden Valley Dog Park

Schweinhaus Biergarten

22 Marina Dr., Bellingham

1330 N. State St., Bellingham, 360.671.0206

Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) 2172 Division St., Bellingham, 360.733.2080

WHS Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center 3671 Mt. Baker Hwy., Everson, 360.966.8845

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Heart Health for Four-Legged Friends Q&A with Dr. Brita Kiffney of Northshore Veterinary Hospital

Hello Dr. Kiffney! Please share little about you, your background, and your own pets if you have any. I grew up in Seattle and from a young age was fascinated with animal life. I would spend hours at the zoo as a young child, then started volunteering there when I was a teenager. The diversity of animal life is fascinating and kept me motivated to become a veterinarian. I was fortunate to have parents who supported my dream and graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. We have two cats: Kelso, an 8-year-old male, black, fluffy feline; and BamBam, a four-year-old female black cat. BamBam is tripod (her left hind leg was amputated at a young age due to injury). Our dogs consist of a chihuahua (two years old, adopted from Whatcom Humane Society) named Waldo and a poodle mix who is 12 years old, named Luna.

What’s the most common health problem you see in dogs? What about cats? Itchy skin is the most common issue we see in dogs, whether it be due to fleas, allergies, or infections. For cats, urinary problems are a very common reason for being brought to the veterinary office. The primary symptom of this is inappropriate toileting – where your cat is peeing outside of the litter box, often on clothes, carpets, or other soft items.

I understand that “heart disease” is a catch-all term. Speaking more specifically, what are a few of the most common heart conditions that you see in animals on a day-to-day basis? Heart disease in our dogs and cats really consists of a myriad of different issues. In the Pacific Northwest, we are fortunate to not have very much heartworm transmission, a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes and infects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. It is very common in the southeastern United States.

In dogs, there are two very common heart conditions that we see: Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) is the most common cardiac condition seen in dogs. It is mostly, but not exclusively, a disease of smaller breed dogs, and is seen in middle-age or geriatric dogs. MMVD leads to degeneration of the mitral valves (the valves on the left side of the heart between the left atrium and left ventricle). Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is another common heart disease in dogs. The heart muscle becomes weak and loses the ability to contract normally. When the heart can’t pump blood properly, the body retains water to increase blood volume, leading to further enlargement of the heart. This can eventually lead to arrhythmias (abnormal electric impulse in the heart) and heart failure. 80


Does diet play a role? There has been a recent increase in heart disease (cardiomyopathy) in dogs eating grain-free, exoticingredient diets (both home-prepared and commercial). This led the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine to collaborate with researchers to investigate the connection between diet and heart disease in July of 2018. Grain-free food has become increasingly popular due to marketing and unsupported nutritional claims. These diets have been associated with absolute or functional taurine deficiency, which leads to dilated cardiomyopathy.

What about cats? In cats, the most common heart disease is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM causes the heart muscle to become thickened and abnormally stiff, not allowing the normal filling of the heart. This can then lead to fluid buildup in the left atrium and secondary congestive heart failure.

Are there telltale signs that pet owners can watch out for? Clinical signs of heart disease in cats are variable and depend on the severity of the particular animal’s disease. Some cats demonstrate no outward signs of disease, as cats are very good at masking or hiding problems until they become more severe. Often the first time an owner is made aware of their cat’s diagnosis is at an annual exam when their veterinarian hears a murmur or arrhythmia. Early signs of heart disease in cats include an increased resting respiratory rate (the number of breaths per minute).

More severe signs consist of panting, or respiratory distress, and occasionally paralysis secondary to a blood clot. Clinical signs of heart disease in dogs include the increase in resting respiratory rate and decreased appetite but also coughing, much more so than in cats.

exactly like murmurs in a cat with serious heart disease, so radiographs, ECGs, and echocardiograms will be the next diagnostic tools discussed.

Is heart disease more common in certain breeds?

This depends on the severity of their heart disease at the time of diagnosis. Cats with subclinical HCM have a median survival of at least three years, whereas cats presenting with congestive heart failure have a shorter mean survival time. The same holds true of dogs.

Can pets still live a long life after being diagnosed with a heart condition?

Certain breeds of dogs and cats are more prone to heart disease. In dogs, small dogs (less than 20 pounds) are more prone to MMVD, with cavalier King Charles spaniels being the most commonly affected. DCM is seen in several large breed dogs such as the Irish wolfhound, doberman pinscher, boxer, Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Portuguese water dogs, dalmations, and (on the smaller side) cocker spaniels. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is genetically linked in Maine coon and ragdoll cats.

Beyond exercise and a balanced diet, how can pet owners be more proactive when it comes to the health of their four legged friends?

How common is it for a vet to hear a heart murmur during routine exams? Is this always cause for alarm? It is common to auscult a heart murmur in dogs, especially in older small breed dogs, and is not a cause for panic. The veterinarian can quickly assess if your dog is at high/imminent risk of heart failure based on other physical exam findings. The cause of a cat’s murmur cannot usually be determined by listening alone. In many cats, benign murmurs can sound

Finding a veterinarian in your area that you trust is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. There are a myriad of so-called “experts” in dog and cat nutrition (online and at the pet food store) who make recommendations for diets and supplements. If you find a product that you want to use with your pet, ask their veterinarian what they think to ensure it is safe. Regular exams are recommended for your dog and cat, as early signs of disease are often first detected at a well-pet visit. Northshore Veterinary Hospital, 1486 Electric Ave., Bellingham, 360.738.6916, northshore-vet.com 

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HETHER YOU’RE IN the market for hiking boots or a wedding dress, you’re sure to find what you need in Whatcom County. Bellis Fair Mall is the place to go for familiar brand names, but if you’d prefer to shop local, look no further than Downtown Bellingham and Historic Downtown Fairhaven. You’ll find boutiques and shops offering curated selections of everything from clothing to shoes, jewelry, and more. Venturing just outside of Bellingham, Birch Bay Square in Blaine and Downtown Lynden are also must-visit hubs for shopping, dining, and fun. 

ADORED BOUTIQUE 913 Harris Ave. Bellingham shopadoredboutique.com A lovely boutique located in Historic Fairhaven offering women’s clothing, bath and body, unique gifts as well as locally handmade jewelry and handbags. You are sure to find something special for yourself and your loved ones! BELLA BOUTIQUE AND CONSIGNMENT 1887 Main St, Suite 103 Ferndale 360.778.1181, F: @bellaboutiqueferndale Bella Boutique and Consignment is a new boutique and consignment shop in Ferndale. We are a family owned local business that opened up in May of 2021. We offer men and women’s new & consigned clothing as well as fashion accessories and small home décor. Stop by and check us out! THE CLOTHES RACK OC Necklace, Statement Apparel, $69

Parkhurst Hat, Statement Apparel, $49

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CURRENT AND FURBISH 1115 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.733.3224, currentandfurbish.com A colorful, engaging and artistic shop in the historic Fairhaven district with a focus on items produced by small hands-on businesses. From local artists to international artisans, there is something for everyone, Our new ‘consignment basement’ is an everchanging shop of treasures. Always unique, always interesting. FAIRHAVEN TOY GARDEN 909 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.714.8552, fairhaventoygarden.com We offer well-crafted, unique, affordable toys that encourage imaginative play and creativity. By providing a cheerful and welcoming space with many interactive displays, kids of all ages can have an enjoyable and memorable experience. Located right in the heart of historic Fairhaven. We look forward to seeing you in our store! FITNESS GEAR AND TRAINING 1650 N. State St., Bellingham 360.671.5059 Fitness Gear and Training has sold top quality exercise equipment to both home and commercial users for 33 years. We provide sales, delivery and installation as well as after sales service. In addition, we provide private personal training within our retail location in state of the art, private boutique training studios. THE INDIGO DOOR 1201 11th St., Ste. 101, Bellingham IG: @indigo_door_360 The Indigo Door is a gallery of art, spiritual tools, crystals, herbs, pottery, and beads. Enter into a place of harmony and healing and explore your own spiritual path, with our wealth of resources and inspiring art. Enter into a safe haven from the rest of the world where you can learn, heal, grow, and flourish. LIVING PANTRY REFILLERY 2400 Yew St., Bellingham 360.778.2973 684 Peace Portal Dr., Blaine 360.393.4362 Whatcom County’s first Refillery offering over 1000 bulk, Household and Body Care products, many made in the PNW. Bring your own containers! We support small businesses and makers, offering locally made gifts and alternatives to single-use plastic and disposable items.

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Retail SEASONS BOUTIQUE 1201 11th Ave., Ste. 100, Bellingham 360.671.1744 seasons5.wixsite.com/fairhaven “For Everything there is a Season.” A boutique for both locals and visitors, with Quality, Variety and Great Prices. Casual, travel, leisure wear, denims, wearable art, classic office attire, dressy and after-hours styles, all in feel-good fabrics, plus artisan jewelry and accessories, from the USA and around the world. You’ll always find something different at Seasons, for Daughters, Mothers and Grandmothers! SOUL SISTERS UNIQUE BOUTIQUE 436 W Bakerview Rd., Ste. 109 Bellingham 360.746.8056 IG: @soulsistersuniqueboutique Bellingham’s newest, most distinctive boutique — naturally chic and affordable fashion, accessories and gifts for SOUL SISTERS of all flavors. Our store features quality made clothing with soft, luxurious fabrics and on-trend fashions to have you feeling your best and looking fabulous from head to toe. STATEMENT APPAREL 2945 Newmarket St, Bellingham 360.734.9595, statement-apparel.com Voted Best Of The Northwest 2 years in a row, Statement Apparel in Barkley village carries casual, comfortable women’s clothing that fits the Northwest lifestyle. Some the many lines we carry include Tribal, FDJ, Foxcroft, Habitat, Jag, Liverpool and Marjorie Baer jewelry. Our amazing staff prides themselves on giving excellent customer service to make your shopping experience memorable. A percentage of every sale benefits The Whatcom Hospice Foundation. SURROUNDINGS HOME & GIFTS 1758 Front St. #104, Lynden 360.354.3101, surroundingslynden.com



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Surroundings offers a unique collection of home décor and gifts. Refresh yourself in the beauty, faith, joy and fragrance of this wonderful collection for you and your home. We celebrate each season with colorful florals and accent pieces that will inspire you. Located in Lynden’s Fairway Center, across from the fairgrounds.

Located in the heart of Historic Fairhaven, we carry sophisticated, elegant clothing that elevates your everyday style. Many of our brands are made in the USA, and crafted with organic fabrics and leathers that are built to last forever. Some of our major brands include Joseph Ribkoff, Eileen Fisher, AG Jeans, Hobo, Lilla P, Paige, and Nic & Zoe. We love finding the perfect look for your everyday style, or any occasion. Our mission is to provide you with clothing that not only looks spectacular, but also makes you feel spectacular.




BEAUTY SALONS Salon Bellissima Nicci Troupe | Owner 1215 Old Fairhaven Parkway Ste B Bellingham, 360.715.1052 Salonbellissimabellingham.com

Style, comfort, professional, widely educated, and a friendly face behind the chair are a few ways we like to describe ourselves. Our state-of-the-art hair salon has been serving the Bellingham community since 2011 with natural sustainability and keeping our planet green always in the forefront. We pride ourselves in keeping current on trends and techniques while using natural based products like Davines and Olaplex you’ll love. Each guest is important to us and we actually take the time to talk to you and find out what you’re looking for and how to achieve it and recreate it at home, whether that’s on a daily basis or for a special occasion. Nicci, the owner, brings with her 17 years of experience in the beauty industry and her staff has been hand-picked by her, and proven to be some of the best in the Northwest, time and time again. Being able to help our guests feel and look their best, is the exact reason why we love our job.

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Catch Grill it, smoke it, eat it raw — fish is one of the great delicacies, and preparing and eating freshcaught wild fish is a whole new order of seafood dining. If you enjoy the outdoors, the water, and the connection of nature to your plate, here are some great ways to harvest one of the healthiest entrees around.



Harvesting Shellfish Our nearshore waters are often closed for shellfish harvesting in the summer, but not always. There will be big signs warning you if the beaches are closed, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) website also offers information on closures. Teddy Bear Cove Park, Birch Bay, Drayton Harbor, Larrabee State Park, Point Roberts, and South Birch Point are all public oyster and clam beaches. Birch Bay State Park’s clam band is a great place to dig. From the gravel to the low dirt line, you can harvest littleneck and Manila clams. In the sandy upper intertidal, you can find butter clams, cockles, and horse clams. Oysters can be harvested on the north end of the beach as well.

Angling for Salmon The two main questions most people heading out to fish for the first time ask: When and where? The WDFW website offers information about regulations, timing, areas that may be closed to fishing, maps, and licensing. The site also has maps and information about areas that may be closed for management purposes or for the season. For up-to-the-minute info on the go, download the Fish Washington mobile app. wdfw.wa.gov

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Fishing History: Reef Net Fishing

Chartering a Boat


Searching for the right spot to fish on the right day in the right weather can be a challenge. An experienced captain with a good boat can take you to favorite spots, and he will know the best times to go. Whether you are learning how to fish, determining your level of commitment to the sea, or an expert without a boat, grab some friends and spend an afternoon or a weekend reeling in the sea’s bounty. Four charters — R&R Charters, Highliner Charters, Jolly Mon, Stout Fish Charters, and Catchmore Charters — run out of Anacortes. randrfishingcharters.

If getting out on the water and tossing around lines and nets is too much like work for you, crab might be more your speed. No, not the scary crabbing of “Deadliest Catch” — we’re talking about an afternoon of baiting traps, setting pots, and waiting. Go out at high tide, cut your motor, bait the trap (turkey leg seems to be de rigueur for crabbers), and drop the pot. Have a beer, go for a swim, read a few chapters of a good book, and your dinner comes to you. Just be aware that crabs can strip that bait very quickly, so don’t leave it out too long. Bear in mind that you have to measure your crab and not overfish, which is true about almost every form of fishing.

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Beyond the shore, there on the sparkling waters of Legoe Bay, you can see the nets, webbed and glinting in the sun like spider webs spun between boats. If you look closely, among the aluminumhulled vessels you can find a few traditional wooden canoes. Today, only the materials of reef netting have changed slightly—otherwise, the historic practice has returned to our waters unchanged from its centuries-old roots. Reef netting is unique to our area, and a very special component of tribal identity.

At the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the tribes who signed were granted “the right of taking fish at usual and accustomed grounds and stations is further secured to said Indians in common with all citizens of the Territory.” The Lummi Nation, signatories to the treaty, have held those treaty rights ever since. They were affirmed by the 1974 Bolt Decision. Reef netting was halted in the Puget Sound for several years. In recent years, reef-netting has returned, and with it a return to Lummi roots.

The benefits of reef net fishing are many. For one, the fish (and typically salmon) haven’t entered the rivers yet, making it exceptionally tender. The reef net allows for a high level of selection, as fish aren’t bound together in a bundle. And third, it is easiest on aquatic ecology, as the nets don’t drag on the ocean floor, but float along in the current. For fishermen, it is an efficient tool— according to the Whatcom Land Trust, an 1881 newspaper reported that three reef nets caught 10,000 salmon in six hours.

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buy Perhaps you’re less of a harvest-your-own type, but you like to keep a short distance between your food and your dinner plate. Perhaps you want the freshest, highest quality seafood from a reliable local source. If so, these shops and purveyors will fill your plate, gift basket, or shopping cart with plenty of delicious options.

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On market days, head to Squalicum Harbor to buy fresh seafood directly from the folks that catch it — it’s “dock-to-table” service in the truest sense of the term. Product availability depends on conditions, so remember to check the market’s social media the day before. Upcoming market dates are available online. Squalicum Harbor Gates 5 and 7, Bellingham, bellinghamseafeast.org/docksidemarket


Taylor Shellfish Farm The largest producer of farmed shellfish in the U.S., the Taylors have built their business to nearly 500 employees and 11,000 acres of tidelands. Their farm store is beautifully situated along Chuckanut Drive, and they welcome visitors. For generations this family has provided our area (and now the world) with fresh shellfish. 2182 Chuckanut Dr., Bellingham, taylorshellfishfarms.com

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Skagit’s Own Fish Market

For those who like to shorten the distance between the source and their dinner plates, Desire Fish is a great option. Fish are typically sold to processors and distributors, and go through many changes of hands before landing on your plate. Not so at Desire, where you get it right off the boat.

Barlean’s Fishery Inc. Specializing in a traditional fishing style called reef net fishing, Barlean’s has been in operation in Bellingham since 1972. They offer all fish preparation services. Their salmon is their most popular item, but they have other varieties of fish as well. 3660 Slater Rd., Ferndale,

Bornstein Seafoods in Bellingham Myer Bornstein started this little seafood company in Bellingham in 1934, and through the stewardship of his descendants, it is still going strong. Though most of their products are for wholesale distribution, they have a robust online presence featuring premium canned albacore and salmon. 1001 Hilton

360.384.0325, barleansfishery.com

Squalicum Harbor Gate 7, desirefish.com



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Desire Fish Company in Bellingham

Owned and operated by Tana and Eric Skaugrud, the Skagit Fish Market is a great place to explore new kinds of fish or pick up favorite standbys. They can identify the finest products and offer advice on preparation. A great place to dive into seafood if you’re at all hesitant. 18042 WA 20, Burlington,

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An area with this much available seafood can’t help but have great seafood restaurants. From individual dishes to whole restaurants with a seafood emphasis, we’ll guide you through the maze of inferior and farmed fish to get you to the best places for fresh and wild seafood.

Rock and Rye Oyster House As a staple in Belligham’s seafood scene, Rock and Rye specializes in oysters. They have a full menu, but their oyster offerings are second to none. The exposed brick and dark varnished wood add to the cozy oyster house ambiance, making it an excellent pick for date night. 1145 N. State St., Bellingham, rockrye.com

B-Town Kitchen & Raw Bar

Leader Block Wine Co.

B-Town offers a creative fusion of Asian, Mediterranean, and Pacific Northwestern flavors. They specialize in tapas ranging from oysters to ceviche, and best of all, everything on offer is sustainably caught. Diners can enjoy their meal at the raw bar or cozy up in front of a firepit on their covered patio. 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham,

Leader Block serves up a variety of Italian-inspired dishes, but their seafood options always stand out (especially when it comes to pasta). Many of their fish are sourced from local businesses such as Barlean’s in Ferndale and Fall Line Fisheries in Bellingham. Make sure to pair your pasta with something special from Leader Block’s unparalleled wine list. 2026 Main St., Ferndale,

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Lighthouse Bar & Grill Located within the iconic Hotel Bellwether, Lighthouse Bar and Grill offers regionally inspired dishes in a homey yet upscale atmosphere. They offer plenty of choices when it comes to their seafood, but you can taste a little bit of everything by ordering the Northwest Bouillabaisse. It features halibut, prawns, mussels, clams, and even salmon. 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, 360.392.3100, hotelbellwether.com/restaurant

Nikki’s Bella Marina If you’re looking for something a little more indulgent, know that the fish and chips at Nicki’s Bella Marina are some of the best in Bellingham. Everything is fried to order in a house-made tempura batter, and “generous” doesn’t even begin to describe the portion sizes. They also offer charbroiled options for those who’d prefer to skip the fried food. 2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham, 360.332.2505, nickisbellamarina.com

Keenan’s at the Pier Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or meeting friends for a post-work cocktail, it’s impossible to go wrong at Keenan’s.This fine-dining-meets-casual locale also has one of the best waterfront views in Bellingham. Everything is delicious, but whatever you do, don’t sleep on the oysters. 804 10th St., Bellingham, 360.392.5510, keenansatthepier.com

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Packers Oyster Bar With Drayton Harbor Oyster Farm just over the railing, you really can’t go wrong with the oysters at Packers. Fresh halibut, salmon, cod, and more are served delicately seared to perfection with sauces that complement but don’t overwhelm. With all of that sparkling water surrounding Semiahmoo, it’s a perfect place for an ocean-inspired dinner. 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, semiahmoo.com

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Anthony’s at Squalicum Harbor The Anthony’s family of restaurants are well-known for embracing the “hook-tofork” philosophy before it was cool. Their location at Squalicum Harbor is as scenic as it gets, and the menu includes everything from shellfish to clams, oysters, and — of course — the freshest catches of the day. 25 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, 360.647.5588, anthonys.com

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ASIAN 1 4285 Meridian St., #101, Bellingham 360.752.2422 145 Cascade Pl., #112, Burlington 360.707.2422 asian1.net Our food is healthy and tastes good too. It’s like home cooking. Unlike others, we are proud to purchase non-frozen meat and vegetables, hand cut and prepared daily. No added preservatives or MSG, and all the fat is trimmed from the skinless chicken breast, pork, and USDA Prime Beef. We make all of our cooking sauces from scratch. Our food is made fresh to order.   THE BIRCH DOOR CAFE American 4192 Meridian St., Bellingham 360.306.8598, birchdoorcafe.com The Birch Door Cafe does not fall short on charm, variety, or serving size. Brunch enthusiasts will be delighted by the three pages of breakfast options. Dishes include traditional pancake breakfast platters, French-style baked omelets, egg scrambles and Benedicts, and plenty more. Listen for the ringing of the kitchen bell every time one of these massive breakfasts is served.





CHUCKANUT MANOR 3056 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6191, chuckanutmanor.com Along the stunning Chuckanut Drive with breathtaking views of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands, Chuckanut Manor offers an exceptional dining experience in a casual atmosphere. The newly renovated restaurant is renowned for its unique and delicious Pacific-Northwest cuisine featuring seafood, burgers, vegetarian fare, and a curated selection of wines and cocktails.   D’ANNA’S CAFE ITALIANO Italian 1317 N. State St., Bellingham 360.714.0188, dannascafeitaliano.com If you’re looking for good Italian food without having to resort to a national chain, D’Anna’s may be the place for you. The emphasis here is on the food, not the frills. The restaurant stands out in many ways, but D’Anna’s delicious, homemade pasta is what really makes it special.



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DIRTY DAN HARRIS STEAKHOUSE 1211 11th St., Bellingham 360.676.1011, dirtydanharris.com


Premium Steaks, Prime Rib, and Fresh Local Seafood set inside a historic building in the Fairhaven Historic District have set this steakhouse apart for over 40 years. Exceptional service, romantic ambiance, seasonal cocktails, and an extensive wine list create an unforgettable dining experience.   DYNASTY CELLARS WINERY 2169 E. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.758.2958, dynastycellars.com Dynasty Cellars is open year around and our tasting room offers an all season relaxing experience. We are well known for Bordeaux varietals, Syrah, Zinfandel, Tempranillo and other reds. We hope that you will visit us soon to sample our fabulous selection of local wine.   FAT SHACK American 414 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.366.8752, fatshack.com Fat Shack offers a variety of burgers, wings, and their specialty: densely packed sandwiches. The typical “fat” sandwich is some combination of grilled steak and fried chicken, along with cheese and a host of sides, all pressed inside a fresh hoagie roll. It is not for the meek, or for someone looking for a salad bar. Along with its unapologetic embrace of deep-fried food, Fat Shack serves up some surprises. Its hamburgers are hand-pressed, hand-seasoned, and never frozen.


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Chuckanut Manor

Galloway’s Cocktail Bar

Along the stunning Chuckanut Drive with breathtaking views of Samish Bay and the San Juan Islands, Chuckanut Manor offers an exceptional dining experience in a casual atmosphere. The newly renovated restaurant is renowned for its unique and delicious Pacific Northwest cuisine featuring seafood, burgers, vegetarian fare, and a curated selection of wines and spirits.

Nestled in the heart of Historic Fairhaven District, Galloway’s Cocktail Bar features tasty, shareable bites and a craft cocktail menu that reflects our dedication to seasonal, high-quality ingredients. Open seven days a week, offering daily happy hour from 3–6pm. Galloway’s Cocktail Bar has won several awards in Bellingham’s Best ranging from Best Bartender, Best Cocktails, to Best Bar and Lounge, come discover what makes us award-winning.

3056 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6191 chuckanutmanor.com

1200 10th St. #102, Bellingham 360.756.2795 gallowayscocktail.bar

Westside Pizza

Skagit’s Own Fish Market

At Westside Pizza we promise to prepare, bake and serve our delicious hand-crafted pizzas made from our freshly made dough. The sauce is made from plump vine-ripened California tomatoes, savory authentic meats and freshly grated mozzarella. Customers love our pizza! It’s all about the pizza!

Skagit’s Own Fish Market offers the kind of high-quality seafood, coupled with personal and knowledgeable service. We have a range of delicious freshly-prepared dishes including fresh fish tacos, prawn tacos, crab sandwich, lobster roll, oyster hoagie, pan fried oysters, shrimp cocktail, crab cocktail and clam chowder. Come to Skagit’s Own Fish Market, where you’re assured of a warm welcome, and where you’re guaranteed to see the very best local seafood.

1887 Main Street, Ferndale westsidepizza.com, Hours vary Ferndale: 360.778.1167 Lynden: 360.354.1555 Everson: 360.922.7395 Bellingham: 360.756.5055

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18042 WA-20, Burlington 360.707.2722, skagitfish.com


Dining Guide  Taste HOLLY’S MEAT PIES 128 W. Main St., Everson, 360.966.2400 1306 Commercial St., Bellingham, 360.778.1111, hollysmeatpies.com Washington’s Original Pasty Co. honors the tradition of the Cornish Pasty. Our handmade pasties are made from scratch. Working with our local sustainable farming community and food co-op we take pride in using only the best ingredients. Just re-heat and eat! Meat, Veggie and Vegan options. Everson and Bellingham locations.

HOMESKILLET American 521 Kentucky St., Bellingham homeskilletinsunnyland.com Owners Tina and Kirby named their restaurant after one of their favorite lines in the movie Juno, when a store clerk says, “This is one doodle that can’t be undid, homeskillet.” The skillets on their menu came afterward, but are now one of the eatery’s most popular items. A small skillet is filled with perfectly-fried potatoes, eggs, and your choice of toppings. Homeskillet can’t be beat with its friendly service, colorful atmosphere, and ultimate comfort food.   JALAPEÑOS MEXICAN GRILL Mexican 1007 Harris Ave., Bellingham, 360.656.6600 501 W. Holly St., Bellingham, 360.671.3099 2945 Newmarket Pl., Bellingham 360.778.2041, jalapenos-wa.com Jalapeños Mexican Grill lures you in with promises of a cheap lunch special, but after looking at the menu, you won’t stop there. There’s a variety of flavored mojitos and margaritas, and the “Big Mama” alone is proof that Jalapeños doesn’t play around with their drinks. The glasses are huge, and the drinks are good to the last drop.

The Black Cat 35th Anniversary, Raising spirits since 1987. The Black Cat is located on the 3rd floor of the old-world Sycamore Square building. Our social house atmosphere has been an attraction to locals and visitors for decades. It is the perfect place to share an intimate cocktail, or join a group for Happy Hour! 360.733.6136, blackcatbellingham.com Lunch: 11am – 3pm Mon – Sat Sunday Brunch: 10am – 3pm Dinner: 3pm – 10pm every night Happy Hour: 3pm – 6pm Mon – Thur Late Night: 10pm – close nightly

KULSHAN BREWING COMPANY Sunnyland Taproom: 2238 James St., Bellingham Roosevelt Taproom: 1538 Kentucky St., Bellingham 360.389.5348, kulshanbrewing.com We are the Kulshan Brewing Company, a team of hard-working beer lovers dedicated to crafting the highest quality, true-to-style ales and lagers for our northwest communities. Proudly serving Bellingham from two distinct neighborhood taprooms.   LITTLE CHEERFUL American 133 E. Holly St., Bellingham 360.738.8824 Little Cheerful is a bustling breakfast spot, ideal for customers looking to enjoy a mouthwatering meal over conversation or a newspaper. The cafe has maintained its popularity through the growth of breakfast cafes in the area. Their menu includes something for everyone, whether you are gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or an omnivore — and if you are craving eggs benedict, Little Cheerful is definitely for you. Side note: Cash only.   THE MEETING PLACE 5711 Vista Dr., Ferndale, 360.922.6146, themeetingplaceferndale.com The Meeting Place in Ferndale! We have everything from homemade pastries, baked fresh daily from Barb’s Pies along with home-style deli sandwiches, paninis, salads and breakfast. Even our soups are made


Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery is a from-scratch, fine dining restaurant featuring Italian cuisine from seasonal Pacific Northwest ingredients. We have daily specials, over 200 wine selections, an expansive craft cocktail menu using fresh-squeezed juice and the best service in the entire state. We have options for private dining and feature monthly wine dinners. We are here and ready to host your special occasion! We also host monthly wine dinners. Check out our website for details. 2026 Main St., Ferndale 360.306.8998, leaderblock.com

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breakfast wraps and biscuits. Served with a smile!

Steak, Seafood, Local Wine, and Whiskey



655 Front St., Lynden 360.778.2760, themilllynden.com

2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr., Bellingham 360.332.2505, nickisbellamarina.com

The Mill is the type of place where one could spend a full afternoon grazing on cheeses, sipping cocktails, and enjoying a good book. The bistro-like atmosphere gives the restaurant a European vibe without losing the welcoming small-town service of Lynden. The menu is full of bistro plates like fresh salads, paninis, soups, and, of course, meats and cheeses.

Harborside visitors can grab a bite at Nicki’s Bar and Grill or rent out the floor above, Nicki’s Bella Marina, for private events with spectacular views of Bellingham Bay. Once you’ve had a chance to check out the water, take your first glance at the large menu. The burgers are big, juicy (there are even Wet-Naps on the table), and flavorful.


STORIA CUCINA Italian, Pizza

5750 Vista Dr., Ferndale 360.312.9181, mugshotsespresso@gmail.com

109 Grand Ave., Ste. 102, Bellingham, 360.734.1929, storiacucina.com

Serving locally roasted gourmet espresso by Lotus Coffee and fresh daily baked goods from Avellino Coffeehouse. Beverages include, espresso drinks, tea, hot cocoa, milkshakes, Italian and Redbull sodas, energy drinks, and Pepsi products. Food items include, muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, cookies, bagels,


Storia Cucina offers a simple, no-fuss menu meant to reduce decision-fatigue and prioritize quality over quantity. All pasta is made in-house on an imported Italian pasta extruder, and ingredients are as local as possible. The restaurant itself is bright, cheerful, and tastefully decorated, certain to lift your spirits even on a drizzly autumn night.

3438 Stoluckquamish Ln., Arlington 360.474.9740, angelofthewinds.com Enjoy Xceptional steaks and fresh seafood at this upscale casual restaurant. Pair your meal with a locally sourced wine or whiskey from an Xpansive menu. With unparalleled customer service and attention to detail, Whiskey Prime Steakhouse offers a dining Xperience perfect for special occasions or a night out. -

YEAH BABY BOARDS 2015 Main St., Ferndale 360.220.7345 Beautiful and delicious charcuterie boards with a passion for locally sourced ingredients. Each board is packed with a variety of highquality cured meats, hand selected local cheeses, locally crafted sauces, and a variety of fresh produce. We proudly offer options for all dietary restrictions, as well as a selection of beer and wine. -

Dynasty Cellars

Maikham Lao & Thai

Open year around, our tasting room offers a relaxing experience. In the colder months our fireplace seating provides the comfort of home, shared with friends and great wines. Sunny, warm days can be enjoyed sitting on our outdoor patio, surrounded by fountains and flowers. We are well known for Bordeaux varietals, Syrah, Zinfandel, Tempranillo and other reds and whites. Snacks are available with a limited menu.

Maikham (pronounced “maie-khum”) translates to “Golden Silk” which is a reflection of the flavorful Thai and Lao street cuisine that Chef Usanee Klimo experienced growing up in Thailand’s Issarn region. The menu choices are all made from scratch using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible to create the freshest dishes. Special attention is paid to accomodate all dietary needs, making Maikham a perfect spot for delicious, healthy, memorable meals for everyone. Maikham also offers catering for any event!

2169 E Bakerview Rd, Bellingham 360.758.2958, dynastycellars.com

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1125 Finnegan Way, Bellingham 360.746.8098, maikham.com


Barb’s Pies and Pastries

Cosmos Bistro

Barb’s Pies and Pastries has been making quality desserts for 20 years, specializing in handmade scratch recipes like grandma used to make. Crafting our products using locally grown berries, we pay close attention to every detail making every item you purchase a work of art. Perfect for any occasion, give us a call or come visit us today!

Cosmos is an American bistro in the heart of downtown Bellingham specializing in local farm focused comfort food. Have a fun filled brunch with mimosa flights and Moka Joe coffee; handmade burgers with local beers and sodas, or meetup with friends and family and enjoy our variety of small bites, salads and entrees paired with regional wines. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free available.

5679 3rd Ave., Ferndale 360.393.3780 BarbsPiesandPastries.com

Barb’s Pies & Pastries

1151 N. State St., Bellingham 360.255.0244, bellinghamcosmosbistro.com IG @cosmosbistrobham FB cosmosbistrobellingham

Bellingham Cider Company

McKay’s Tap House & Pizzeria

Bellingham Cider Co. is a local craft cider producer and solarpowered restaurant with a full bar overlooking Bellingham Bay and the Waterfront District of downtown Bellingham. Our food is prepped fresh and we source our products from local farms and businesses. We make small-batch ciders from 100% Washington apples with no added sulfites, sugars, or preservatives. Our award-winning lineup of traditional and rotating seasonal ciders reflects the freshest local ingredients. We are committed to being Fiercely Local.

McKay’s has been a family owned, family friendly tap house & pizzeria since 2003. We offer 54 different craft beers and ciders on tap, pizza, hot subs, & wings. We also offer gluten free and vegans options. We host several weekly events and nightly shenanigans. If you’re not able to visit us in the tap house we have our own inhouse drivers that will deliver your order right to your door, including select beers for those 21 and over.

205 Prospect St., Ste. A-105, Bellingham 360.510.8494, bellinghamcider.com

1118 E Maple St., Bellingham 360.647.3600 | McKaysTaphouse.com


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Pros To Know We are pleased to share with you these select building professionals who can assist on your projects, whether you’re planning a small update or a major home construction project. Start your project on a firm foundation.

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The Pros Corwin Electrical Services | p. 107 Molly Maguire Landscape Architecture | p. 109 HomePort Interiors | p. 108 Jennifer Ryan Design | p. 109 Judd & Black Appliance | p. 106 Kimbler Insurance Agency | p. 107 Options Cabinetry | p. 108 Russell’s Window Coverings | p. 110 Topside Roofing & Siding | p. 111 Whatcom Lawns | p. 111

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JUDD & BLACK APPLIANCE 2001 James St. Bellingham 360.733.7722

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Welcome to Whatcom! We’re glad that you are now a part of this amazing community. As a local family-owned business, we at Judd & Black Appliance understand the importance of being a community-minded and sustainably operated company. For over 80 years, we’ve been proud to offer our legacy of quality service and industry experience to local residents like yourself. Located on the five way intersection of State, James, and Iowa Street, our Bellingham showroom has over 30 top name appliance brands on display. We sell, deliver, and install home appliances, and we service everything we sell meaning you get the reliability of quality products as well as the peace of mind that comes with our team of in-house experts. In our business, meeting the needs of our customers is our top priority. That’s one of the many reasons why

Whatcom County has voted us Best Of The Northwest’s #1 Appliance Store for the last four years in a row. It is wonderful that Whatcom County residents are eager to support local independent retailers and we couldn’t be more grateful to be so embraced in this community. With our five stores between Lynnwood and Bellingham, we are dedicated to being Northwest Washington’s trusted source for sales, information, and service in the home appliance industry. Every home has appliances, so knowing who your local appliance experts are could come in handy one day, and that’s why we’re here. Save our phone number. Connect with us on social media. Or come in and chat with one of our appliance specialists. We look forward to meeting you soon and demonstrating first hand why we are the appliance pros you should know.




Corwin Electrical Services is a family owned and operated company started in May of 2016. Our focus is to provide quality, reliable service at a fair price for the long run. When the economy is on an upswing and prices are climbing we maintain our same fair price and great customer service so our customers keep calling us back in the future! We offer many different types of electrical services from Industrial, Commercial, Residential, Generator installations, Private utility locating, Load study monitoring, Parking lot light servicing, and more! Corwin Electrical Services strives to provide high quality, reliable work with great customer service. Our trained and certified electricians go above and beyond to make sure every customer is satisfied.

Steve Corwin 360.920.1893 Corwinelectrical.com


KIMBLER INSURANCE AGENCY Local • Independent • Trustworthy • Auto/Home • Life/Health • Commercial Quotes are free, advice is free, savings are free. Contact us to see if we can help with your insurance needs!

Kimbler Insurance Agency LLC

Alex Kimbler Insurance Agent 360.312.5104 KimblerInsurance.com Alex@KimblerInsurance.com 1313 E Maple St., Ste. 750, Bellingham

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HOMEPORT INTERIORS OPTIONS CABINETRY 4071 Hannegan Rd., Ste. K Bellingham, WA 98226 Homeport: 360.392.8754 Options: 360.746.8759 homeportinteriors.com optionsci.com

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You’ll find everything you need at Bellingham’s one-stop Interior Design Center - Homeport Interiors and Options Cabinetry. We are locally owned and operated with our in-house design team offering a combined experience of over 65 years to assist you. Interior Design, Kitchen and Bath Design, Space Planning, selecting finishes and creating a plan to produce a highly utilized, livable space. We know how difficult it can be to shop around at various locations. To make it easier, we carry everything you need, in one design center. Imagine selecting your flooring, counter tops, cabinets, even furniture and decor, as well as getting personalized attention from our design team without visiting more than one place! Options Cabinetry is focused on creating beautiful, functional cabinetry

for every lifestyle, budget and dream. We provide original custom designs that allow our clients to set themselves apart. Whether it’s your home or business, custom design is our specialty and we can’t wait to help your dream become a reality. Let our designers at HomePort Interiors and Options Cabinetry help you get started today. No project is ever too big or too small; too long or too short. “We put the life back into the heart of your home”. KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN. INTERIOR DESIGN. SPACE PLANNING. FURNITURE DESIGN. CABINETS. CARPET. FURNITURE. KNOBS AND PULLS. HARDWOOD. LUXURY VINYL PLANK. TILE. LAMINATE COUNTER TOPS AND MORE


MOLLY MAGUIRE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MMLA offers comprehensive design and planning for residential, commercial and public gardens. Established in Bellingham in 2012, we help individuals and organizations create memorable, site specific exterior spaces to complement their architecture, lifestyles, and unique needs. We work collaboratively providing landscape design services from initial master plans, through detailing for construction and permitting. We can assist with contractor selection and coordination during construction. We create designs for multiple acre properties, to intimate courtyard spaces. Need help crafting your vision? With 28 years of experience, Molly Maguire listens closely to every client. She carefully evaluates each site, cataloging opportunities and constraints. A design is developed with you, creating a beautiful, functional, maintainable garden reflective of your budget. Contact us to discuss your project needs.

119 North Commercial St., Ste. 1340, Bellingham 360.542.4052, fax: 360.543.5681 mmaguire@mollymaguirela.com


JENNIFER RYAN DESIGN Jennifer Ryan Design is a Bellingham based interior design and remodeling company bringing sophisticated whimsy to your most treasured space. Jennifer has an uncanny ability to combine unexpected patterns, colors and textures making your home reflect your distinct personality. From concept and design to production, Jennifer Ryan Design projects run smoothly and professionally, with a high level of collaboration between clients, and subcontractors. Committed to exceeding expectations, Jennifer understands each clients hopes and dreams. In the wake of Covid-19, Jennifer is taking the utmost care to keep both clients and team members safe. Whether it be a kitchen, bathroom, home gym or office, even your entire home, Jennifer will realize your vision in ways you never imagined. Her hands-on approach assures that all elements are seamlessly executed, and your wishes and goals are met. See for yourself why clients and design professionals alike rave about Jennifer Ryan Design. Jennifer’s impeccable design, attention to detail and easy work style will Design Your Way Home. Jennifer Ryan Design 360.319.7092 jennifer@jenniferryandesign.com JenniferRyanDesign.com

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WINDOW COVERINGS Russell’s Window Coverings Dave Hamstra | Owner 873 Hinotes Court, A-2, Lynden 360.656.6579 RussellsWindowCoverings@gmail.com WindowShadesAndShutters.com

Beauty, energy efficiency and style are all reflected in your home’s window coverings. If you’re ready to update your window treatments, Russell’s offers you a wide array of options with a huge range of color, design and textiles that will meet your individual needs. From timeless plantation shutters, to classic horizontal blinds and motorized shades, you are sure to find the look and design you desire. Specializing in Hunter Douglas, we are known for quality, customization and top notch service. David Hamstra has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry. His expertise will ensure that you will receive the window treatments and service you and your home deserve. Call today to schedule a complimentary consultation and to view our product line in our showroom.

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we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ANNE LAMOTT

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