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Best Breakfasts


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From omelets to pancakes to frittatas to granola, you cannot sleep through this most-important meal of the day, especially here where the farm can be practically next door.




Annual events, listed by month, from around the North Sound — Whatcom, San Juan, and Skagit counties.


Renewed History in Store for Lynden

Once a department store that was the city’s business and social center, the new Waples Mercantile Building has sparked a downtown renaissance in this Whatcom County farm community.

See & Do




Our state has gained a big-time reputation for wine, and the North Sound is no exception. We pick five favorites for your wine tasting and touring.

Outside or in, on water or land, there’s plenty to take in here in the North Sound. From whale-watching to hiking to a rainy day at the museum, it’s all there for you.



Dining Guide

Golf Courses

Visitors will find a wide range of cuisine, from just-caught seafood and freshwater fish to a variety of prime cuts of meat, to pizza and burgers. Even the pickiest of palates will find something here.

Here in the Evergreen State, our golf courses are scenic, challenging, and numerous. We show you our top nine.

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Three North Sound based women share their passion for fishing both on shore and off shore.

Winter weather can be dark and gloomy, but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be. We offer suggestions on how to look stylish from head to toe, all while keeping winter’s chill at bay, in a fashion session at Anacortes’s Majestic Inn & Spa.

Beer expert Neal Tognazzini selects 8 North Sound pints he knows you’ll love from Bellingham (recently “awarded” the national title of snobbiest beer town) and beyond.

Alaskan Odysseys


Farmers Markets

We deliver a bounty of information on markets in Whatcom, Skagit, and the San Juan Islands — including what each farmers market is known for, who to see and musthaves, and what’s in season.


Best Breakfasts From omelets to pancakes to frittatas to granola, you cannot sleep through this mostimportant meal of the day, especially here where the farm can be practically next door.


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Shopping Destinations Looking for clothing, or that special gift that conveys the Pacific Northwest’s allure? We can point you in the right direction, from malls to specialty to local and big-box stores.

Eat & Drink


From farm to sea, we’ve got some of the freshest and most innovative food choices around. And when it comes to beer, wine, and spirits (don’t forget about our local hard cider!), there’s a great variety to choose from.

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Where we call home



elcome to the North Sound, where we call home! As you’re out and about exploring our beautiful area, look around and see what we see — mountains on one side, ocean views on the other, not to mention the surrounding lakes, trails, and beautiful greenery. Within an hour we can be snowboarding on Mount Baker or out on a sailboat exploring the San Juan Islands…it is no wonder we love to call this place home. While you are here, there are a few things you won’t want to miss. Are you a beer drinker? The Bellingham metro area was ranked the snobbiest place in the country when it comes to beer by Priceonomics in June 2015. We have multiple award-winning craft breweries within miles of each other — my favorites are Kulshan Brewing Company, Boundary Bay Brewery, and Chuckanut Brewery. The village of Fairhaven, with its art galleries, quaint shops, and great dining, offers a unique urban shopping experience that you won’t want to miss. Do you like the seaside? Head to Birch Bay, where we’ve got a large public beach, water slides, clam digging, great restaurants, and paddle boarding. All of these make for a wonderful experience. Whatever you do, don’t forget whale watching — we are surrounded by the immense beauty of the San Juan Islands and the orcas, otters, seals and other marine life that inhabits our shores and waters. An orca sighting is an experience that will last a lifetime. If you’re looking for antiques and art galleries, there are quite a few options. La Conner is one of my favorites spots, a quaint town located along the Swinomish Channel in Skagit Valley. It is a great destination, with wonderful dining and shopping opportunities. Around the corner from La Conner is Anacortes, the gateway to the San Juan Islands. Take a leisurely stroll through the city core, which houses many boutiques, gift shops, restaurants, and galleries. There are also many large regional events throughout the year, like the Anacortes Arts Festival in August, which draws hundreds of artisans and thousands of visitors. Catch the ferry and check out the islands — each has its own flavor and style. One last note…if you’re here in April, be sure to check out the annual world-renowned Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. As you can see, the adventures our area offers are numerous…just get out and explore! The friendliness of the people will astonish you — it’s why so many people from around the globe come to visit, and end up staying. Whether for a few nights or a decade, welcome home to the North Sound.

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CONTRIBUTORS Zacchoreli FrescobaldiGrimaldi Zacchoreli grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and has lived in Bellingham with his partner of 17 years and their two zany dogs. He is a Cordon Bleu Chef, has a master’s degree in English Studies from Western Washington University, and is a grant writer for a nonprofit organization. He and his partner enjoy wine, traveling, and anything that has to do with the culinary arts.  p. 32

Pat McDonnell Pat is a freelance documentary photographer, filmmaker, and recent Bellingham transplant from Asheville, N.C. The past 20 years, his work has allowed him to immerse himself in various projects, from rural health camps in Nepal to shooting low-budget indie feature films in the Southeast. His free time often centers around biking and camping trips with his girlfriend and her son, street photography, and watching live music.  p. 32

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July 4: Blaine’s Old Fashioned 4th Festival & Street Fair

August 1: Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise

September 15: Bellingham Traverse


August 26: Chuckanut Classic

July 4: Roche Harbor Old-Fashioned July Fourth


July 21–22: San Juan Island Lavender Festival

SKAGIT July 13–15: Stanwood Camano Arts Festival



August 10–12: Orcas Island Artists’ Studio Tour August 26: Concours d’Elegance of the San Juan Islands

SKAGIT August 8–11: Skagit County Fair

September 30: Bellingham Bay Marathon

SAN JUAN September 1–2: Lopez Island Artists’ Studio Tour

SKAGIT September 21–22: 26th Annual Fall Garage Sale


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November 16–December 24: Holiday Festival of the Arts

December 31: Ring Of Fire And Hope


December 1: Island Lights Festival

October 13: Salish to Salish 10K

SAN JUAN October 4–8: Orcas Island Film Festival

SKAGIT October 20: Brew on the Slough

November 10: Hops on the Rock: Orcas Island Beer Fest May 27: Orcas Island Pet Parade

SKAGIT November 22: Turkey Trot



SAN JUAN SKAGIT December 8: La Conner Lighted Boat Parade







January 1: Polar Bear Plunge

Feb. 23: Recreation Northwest EXPO

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17: Runnin’ O’ the Green



January 28: Orcas Island 25K Race

February 2: Orcas Island 50K Race



All month long: Skagit Eagle Festival

February 23: Annual La Conner Smelt Run & Smelt Derby Festival

SAN JUAN March 16: TEDx San Juan Island

SKAGIT All month long: La Conner Daffodil festival March 2: Mardi Gras, Concrete

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April 21: Dirty Dan Harris Festival

May 26: Ski to Sea and Fairhaven Festival

June 1: Lynden Farmers Day Parade


June–August: Outdoor Cinema

April 27: April Brews Day


May 5: Opening Day Boat Parade

April 27: Tour de Lopez



May 4: Opening Day of Boating Season and Parade

All month long: Tulip festival, La Conner area

SAN JUAN June 15–16: Three Lakes Triathlon & San Juan Island Marathon

SKAGIT June 1–2: The Anacortes Waterfront Festival

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Renewed History In Store For Lynden Inn at Lynden WRITTEN BY MERI-JO BORZILLERI


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owntown Lynden’s renaissance began with a fire. The 2008 blaze, sparked by two teenagers, gutted the historic Lynden Department Store building, the two-story, century-old centerpiece of Front Street, and the city itself. Nine years later, Lynden’s downtown, with the LDS building as anchor, appears reborn. On a day in late August, the newly christened Waples Mercentile Building, on the corner of Front and Fifth streets, is buzzing with guests in its new hotel, The Inn at Lynden. Outside, every patio table of the building’s ground-floor restaurant, Avenue Bread, is occupied. People are shopping at Drizzle, the olive oil and vinegar tasting room, and Village Books. Around the corner, craft beer house Overflow Taps is getting ready for afternoon customers, and the Bellingham Baby Company’s doors are open for business. “When this building burned, you could feel the whole town deflate,” said Gaye Davis, between helping customers at Village Books, one of several Bellingham businesses to expand to Lynden. Now, “it’s woken up. It’s alive. It’s so exciting to be here.” Residents are beaming because a piece of their personal history has new life. Former Bellingham department store clerk Billy Waples went on to become one of Lynden’s founding fathers and favorite figures. He started the Lynden Department Store, moving into the new building in 1914, where the business remained through Waples’ retirement in 1960. The store eventually closed, and while the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011, subsequent tenants never did as well. The department store was where people bought their groceries, clothes, school supplies, cattle feed, farm equipment and bridles for horses, among hundreds of other things. Waples made the famed department store the town’s social hub. Waples

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Corner of Front and Fifth streets, Lynden 360.746.8597 |


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would also hold huge community suppers at the store to get folks together. Davis, a Lynden native, has a little-kid memory of a floor grate that blew hot air into the store. On cold days, she’d beg her mom to take her to stand on the grate to get warm. Grown women would visit for Marilyn-Monroe moments, then run away screaming and giggling. In more innocent (and less medically-informed) days, the shoe store had an X-ray machine imbedded in the floor, said inn co-owner Deb McClure, for the novelty of seeing a skeleton of your feet. “They just all get a glint in their eye when they talk about it,” said McClure of residents. “I felt like we got to know the building vicariously from them.” After the fire, in 2008, McClure and her developer husband, Jeff, of Bellingham’s RMC Architects, and others bought the building. The McClures currently co-own it with Ferndale’s Teri and Matt Treat. When touring the burned-out shell, Jeff McClure saw “this incredible structure, the healthy timber structure that was so prevalent in this building in its day, the early 1900s,” along with its heavyweight concrete walls, said Jeff. Plus, “we also knew how much this building meant to the history of Lynden…If we had torn the structure down, a lot of that history, at least the tangible (remains) of that history, would be lost.” The remodel was finished in 2015. Inside, you can run your hands — and feet — over history. Salvaged original 2×6 fir floorboards, set on edge, comprise much of the retail and hotel flooring. Bygone-era columns and massive beams of oldgrowth Douglas fir provide the framework for the $6 million remodeling project. The ground floor’s open design links shops with the inn’s lobby. Customers can order a sandwich, roam through the bookstore, buy infused olive oil and check into the hotel without ever opening a door. The inn is warm, bright, and modern, with 35 rooms of distinct sizes and layouts. Nearly every room features century-old beams or a wall with original brick or concrete. Thoughtful touches are everywhere: hallway ice is available in bags rather than noisy buckets, furniture and bedding are locally sourced, a rotating exhibit of art from the city’s new Jansen Art Center adorns the walls. The lobby hosts a row of new cruiser bicycles you can borrow. Harder-core cyclists will find secure storage for their bikes. Locals treat the building as an area attraction, bringing their out-of-town guests to take a look. “They all know the history and the story,” said Deb. “It’s not, ‘Look what they’ve done.’ It’s ‘Look at what we’ve got.’ It just kind of makes you smile.” 

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Alaskan Odysseys Women in Fishing Find Their Passions, Help Others WRITTEN BY NICK JENNER


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almon is king in many North Sound restaurants. But fishing for it in Alaska waters means enduring harsh weather, long hours and hazardous working conditions. That hasn’t stopped these North Sound-based women from making it their livelihood. We profiled a few of them so you can see, and appreciate, these women’s grit, skill, and toughness — and some of the big fish they’ve hauled in.

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Comprising a small group in a large and unforgiving industry that is Alaskan fishing, women persevere through extreme conditions, long hours, little sleep and little to no contact with the outside world. But they keep returning, summer after summer, to catch what can’t be found on the mainland, something that’s a little different depending on who you’re asking. Three North Sound-based women who fish for a living tell about their passions on shore and off.

Elma Burnham, Bellingham

When women approach Alaskan fisherman Elma Burnham and ask what it takes, she usually checks their mental aptitude. Can you work long hours with little sleep? Can you handle doing the same thing over and over again? But another important question exists: Can you find a safe boat? Burnham’s organization, Strength of the Tides, aims to form community between women in maritime industries while simultaneously educating them on how to enter the industry safely. The organization’s “pledge” certifies a captain’s support for women in fishing and promises work free of harassment. This way, women new to fishing can easily identify a trustworthy boat. Strength of the Tides also shows young women the possibility of fishing. “If a young girl can’t see older women working alongside men or running her own boat or captaining a boat, she might not understand that that’s available to her,” said Burnham.

Tele Aadsen, Bellingham

Tele Aadsen sold her first catch for the price of an ice cream. She’d fish off the dock in Sitka, Alaska, with many other “boat kids.” She knew then that fishing would remain a constant in her life. But life inevitably changed. Her parents split, the family boat was sold and she began noticing signs of casual sexism and bigotry in fishing. When she was 20 she left the fleet. It would be years before she returned. But when she did, Aadsen had something many women entering the industry did not: know how. “I knew what boats I wanted to work on and who I wanted to work with,” Aadsen said. She joined up on a boat with some childhood friends. People she could trust. Today, she fishes with her husband and cat with 33 seasons behind her, recognizing just how lucky she was to know who to fish with safely.


Nelly Hand, Guemes Island Nelly Hand has never spent a year in one place. A fisherman since 16, Hand’s home has changed with the seasons. Traveling to and from Alaska’s Bristol Bay with her family, Hand worked long days, slept scarcely and grew accustomed to life as an Alaskan fisherman (the preferred term, rather than “fisherwoman.”). “It’s become very ingrained in me, this two-fold life,” Hand said. Hand currently runs a boat with her husband, fishing five species of salmon over a six-month period. Their company, Drifter’s Fish, delivers fresh-caught, sustainably-captured salmon to various local communities. With a life centered around Alaskan fisheries, Hand has a passion for salmon preservation. So, she and her husband fish only what they need, leaving the rest to swim upriver. Fisherman aren’t known for their political power. But to independent fisherman like Hand, the communities they feed show that there are people beyond fisherman that care about salmon. For these women, Alaskan summers are sketched through the hardships they held, the communities they fostered and the fish caught and fed to far reaches. Fiercely independent, they do have something in common: They spread the values of fresh, sustainably-caught salmon by connecting fisherman to the plates they fill, be it through co-ops, restaurants or local markets. 

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Farmers Markets

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ne of the most wonderful aspects of living in this corner of the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of farms and the delicious fruits and veggies they give us every season. Best of all, you don’t have to make a trip to the farm to take advantage of local produce. All it takes is a day spent browsing at your local farmers market. From the San Juan Islands all the way up to Lynden, farmers markets operate spring through late fall, with some even open during winter months. A day at the farmers market can be more than just a quick grocery run. These


markets also offer live music, artisan crafts, and instructions about how to prepare dinner tonight. To make it simple, we’ve created a helpful guide telling you everything you need to know about the popular markets in Skagit, San Juan, and Whatcom counties. Grab your handy reusable bags and your favorite market companion and start shopping — locally. Editor’s note: Some products or vendors listed might not be available. Check website for updates.

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San Juan Islands Skagit

Island County Markets

Skagit County Markets

Whatcom County Markets

1. Orcas Island Farmers Market

4. Anacortes Farmers Market

8. Bellingham Downtown Market

3. San Juan Island Farmers Market

6. Mount Vernon Farmers Market

10. Ferndale Market

2. Lopez Farmers Market

9. Fairhaven Wednesday Market

5. Bow Little Market

11. Lynden Farmers Market

7. Sedro-Wolley Farmers Market

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t’s no surprise Orcas Island Farmers Market, like the Lopez Island and San Juan Island farmers markets, values locality. All the food and products are grown and made on Orcas Island. Being on a small island, the market is a big event for locals, offering an opportunity to shop, mingle, and take in the warm summer days. It’s akin to a community party every weekend!


Everyone’s invited to the market! Many visitors report feeling part of the community when shopping at the market. Shoppers get a chance to chat with the artisans, developing connections that might not be possible at a bustling, mainland market.


Not only do most goods have that special island touch, but the market runs in all weather. Hardy Northwesters don’t let rain, heat, wind, or sleet stop their adventures, and neither do the Orcas Island Farmers Market vendors and shoppers.


Stock up on natural soap, lotion, and essential oils at Island Thyme. Making small-batch skin and body care products since 1996, the company is well versed in aromatherapy and the healing properties of plants. Be sure to ask the owners, Chris and Eliza Morris, about remedies for your specific ailments. ( Chat with Christina from Red Rabbit Farm about the farm’s cooking classes and farm-to-table meals. The farm specializes in creating dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. (


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ounded in 1987 by a group of island farmers who wanted a venue to sell their goods directly to the public, the mission of the San Juan Island Farmers Market has remained unchanged for 30 years: “Provide an outlet for agricultural products that are grown, harvested, or processed in San Juan County.” Today, vendors offer an array of locally produced, high-quality goods. Visitors are also entertained by live, local music and can view unique art by local artists.


A sense of close community ties. This is the event to attend on Saturdays in Friday Harbor. It’s due to the high-quality products, friendly and knowledgeable vendors, and welcoming atmosphere.


The Brickworks Building was originally built in 1921 as the Friday Harbor Brick and Tile Company. The building company left its mark on many Friday Harbor buildings during the transition from wooden structures to more fire-resistant and durable brick. In 2013, the San Juan Island Agriculture Guild remodeled the building with a vision of creating a community venue for events and meetings.


Sweet Earth Farm has been vending at the market for two generations. The family-run farm strongly believes in a sense of harmony with nature and sustainable farming practices. (


Snack on some fresh sushi rolls from Rolling Sushi. They source their ingredients from local, organic farms, and family fishermen who follow sustainable practices. For a one-stop shop, pick up sea salt, honey, and fresh flowers from the San Juan Island Sea Salt stand. Brady Ryan, who makes sea salt from filtered seawater and sunshine, also cultivates honey for San Juan Island Honey. His girlfriend, Leah Wymer runs Bloom San Juan, gathering and selling beautiful bunches of local flowers. Take home a bag of fresh pasta from the San Juan Pasta Company. Made in small batches using farm-fresh eggs, purified water, and non-GMO durum semolina, these pastas and raviolis will make any meal better. (

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he Lopez Island Farmers Market prides itself as being as local as possible. They adhere to a hierarchy of homegrowing when picking vendors: first priority goes to Lopez Island-produced food and products, second to the San Juan Islands, then the state of Washington. This ensures a truly local feel to the market and a dedication to boosting the community’s economy.


Plenty of art and artisan goods, meaning you’ll secure the perfect gift for a loved one (or yourself).


Between the handmade artisan goods and the local feel, you’ll know you’re in the Northwest by vendors’ materials and ingredients. Many of the artisans are inspired by the local surroundings: native wood, natural fibers, items inspired by the sea. Even one of the bakers, Renee Koplan of Dessert Pedaler Cakery, is planning a Lopez Island-inspired cake made completely with island-sourced ingredients. She plans to name it the Zandie Cake after her dog. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with!


Ask S&S Homestead Farm about their biodynamic growing process. The family-run Lopez Island Farm is built on a closed system of self-sustainability among the plants, animals, and humans. This ensures the farm is not only self-sufficient, but economically and ecologically responsible. ( Flip through Slow Art Studio and Bindery’s hand-bound books. Artisan Brenna Jael does some incredible things with recycled paper and hard covers such as a book bound with an old Monopoly game board, and unique greeting cards. (


Enjoy a sweet treat from the Dessert Pedaler Cakery. Owner Renee Koplan, the aforementioned Zandie Cake creator, is known for her moist confections, especially her pleasantly tart Lemon Cake, rich Berries ‘n Cream Cake, and unique Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Shortbread cookies. By request, Renee makes delicious gluten-free and dairy-free options. ( Pick up farm-fresh eggs and Lopez lamb from Flint Beach Ohana. The USDA-inspected lamb makes for a fresh and tender roast.

VISITOR TIPS • Cash is king, and small bills help vendors.

Some vendors will accept credit or debit cards, but Square Credit Card Readers need reliable WiFi, and farmers markets don’t always have it. Bigger markets like the downtown Bellingham market have ATM access, but don’t always count on that.

• Many of the markets don’t allow dogs

within the boundaries of the markets. Either be prepared to leave the pooch in the car, or leave your furry friends at home.

• All markets are stroller- and wheelchair-friendly

• Check the weather report. Many markets close due to poor weather conditions and lack of shelter for the vendors.

• Be sure to carry a reusable bag or basket for all your new goodies. Vendors are unlikely to supply bags.

• If you plan to make an entire day of it, wear comfortable and outdoor-friendly shoes. Many of the markets, like the Fairhaven Wednesday market, take place on grass. If it rained the day before your visit, you certainly don’t want to get stuck in the mud. • Plan your parking. If you’re aiming to visit the Depot Market Square in Bellingham, parking can be a fierce competition. It is a good idea to get there early. For the Saturday market they’ll be no need to pay for parking. If you arrive at the Thursday night market before 5 p.m., you’ll need to pay for an hour.

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Farmers Market

he Anacortes Farmers Market has been operating at the Depot since 1989. The market’s goal then holds true today: provide locally produced food and promote healthy eating within the community. Today, between 70 and 75 vendors draw about 3,000 visitors every summer Saturday, and for good reason — live music, plenty of food, and the occasional face painter or balloon artist to keep children entertained. The market is dog-friendly. They accept credit cards, debit cards, and EBT cards, as well as cash. If paying with a card, you’ll purchase wooden tokens in $5 increments.


Being an event with a palpable energy. With the food vendors parked around a gathering of picnic tables, live music, and an expansive lawn for children to run around, you can get your shopping done without feeling like you’re at a grocery store. Check for the annual fall Pie Festival.


Its practical location for the no-fuss folks. The centrally located Depot is a couple of blocks from downtown and just around the corner from the marina. There’s ample parking on adjacent streets and two parking lots.


Stop by to say hi to Dottie Thomas of Dot’s Stuff. She knits customized socks for patrons. Simply choose your favorite yarn and let her know your shoe size. Women’s socks take two days, while men’s take three days.


Check out the organic produce from Frog’s Song Farm. Owned by Nate O’Neil and run by him, his wife, and their daughter, the Fir Island farm brings a variety of seasonal produce to market. Their newest items are antioxidant-rich yacons (similar to jicama) that add a fresh element to any salad. Get a snack from Vivi’s Kitchen. They serve authentic Mexican cuisine, holding true to their claim with hand-made corn tortillas, fresh pico de gallo, and traditional ingredients. That incredible smell? It’s Vivi’s charcoal fire. She adds some onion directly into the charcoal to flavor the smoke that envelopes the slowroasting meat.


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Farmers Market

ake a mid-week break at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market. The pint-sized market is ideal for mid-week stocking-up on local ingredients and for an hour or two of relaxing. Their goal to revitalize the community by offering customers locally produced food and artisan products is being realized with an array of products offered by local vendors.


The music. Every week features a new artist who keeps the atmosphere festive and prompts visitors to break out into spontaneous dancing.


This market takes hospitality to the next level. They regularly host customer appreciation initiatives in the form of giveaways, contests, and potluck dinners — just another way of welcoming customers with open arms.


Check out the cool concrete planters from cc Juls. The hand poured vessels are great for growing succulents or as sturdy candle holders. Visit the Baldham Farm stand to ask about their heritage pigs, Dexter cattle, and Barred Rock chickens. Then bring some of their pork, beef, and fresh eggs home. ( Those with a green thumb need to stop by Shady Pond Tree Farm. Owner Greg Smith brings lush landscape plants to the market. Beautify your garden with one of their Japanese maples or ornamental plants.


Grab a carton of sun-kissed organic berries from Hayton Farms. The fifth-generation farm on Fir Island began in 1876 by Thomas and Sarah Hayton, who sold grain. Today it’s run by Angelica and Robert Hayton and sells berries exclusively. (haytonfarmsberries. com) Munch on a bag of fresh kettle popcorn from Ma & Pa Kettle Corn. The family-owned and operated business travels around western Washington, so you might catch them at other events. Bring home a box of fruit from Martin Family Orchards. The eastern Washington farm grows the juiciest peaches, nectarines, and apples. A bowl full of their Bing or Rainier cherries is perfect on a lazy afternoon, too. (

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he Bow Little Market launched in July 2010 with the motto, “Where the little guy is a big deal.” Held in the Belfast Feed Store, the market caters to smaller farmers and producers trying to get their businesses started, which means new and unusual finds for consumers. They have about 30 vendors to shop from, meaning less congestion when compared to larger markets, perfect for people who want the farmers-market experience without the crowds.


Specifically made items and small-batch-produced food sold in a community-minded environment. Because of its small scale and focus on smaller vendors, you’ll get topnotch service, even months after you made a purchase.


Up-cycling and handmade at its best. You’ll find decor made from repurposed fabric, recycled wood items, and repurposed denim turned into bags and aprons. There’s a value on handmade goods right down to the hand-lettered advertising signs.


A Man and His Hoe for homemade, fresh, firm tofu, and eggs from arguably the most cared-for chickens in the PNW. The tofu is made from water, organic soybeans, and nigari. The eggs are laid by very happy, free-roaming chickens. They will have the egg-laid date written on the shell and sometimes even the name of the hen that laid them. Check out the Spoon Guy’s hand-carved utensils. Allen Berry hand-carves spoons and other utensils from local wood. The result is beautiful, quality serving tools that you’ll be hesitant to cover in marinara sauce.


Berries from Bow Hill Blueberries. If it’s not the season for the sweet nibbles, pick up some of their organic blueberry jam, sauce, and even chocolate-covered berries to snack on. The latest: cold-pressed heirloom blueberry juice. Enjoy a cup of coffee from Mae-B-Market. Owners Bill, Gilda, and Deborah Gorr roast organic beans that arguably make the best cup of coffee in the area. In Washington, that’s saying something. Beautify your space with a house plant from A-n-A Farm, or pick up one of their dog-paw stepping stones.

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Farmers Market


hen two Western Washington University students came together in the 1990s, they had no idea that their small concept of a market would sprout into one of the biggest farmers markets in the state. With the help of community member Del Lowry, the group worked together to bring vendors and farmers in. Opening day in June 1993 drew almost 50 vendors, and since then the market has only grown, now operating nearly yearround in Depot Square. The market goes weekly starting in early spring, kicking off with the traditional, if inexplicable, Opening Day cabbage toss, delivered by a city official to a longtime vendor.


Every second Saturday of the month, the market offers “Demo Days,” helping familiarize customers with seasonal produce and easy-to-prepare recipes.


The enthusiastic, engaged, and caring customer base. The Bellingham community truly cares about the health of their home and environment. Supporting the farmers market is just one way to be committed to Northwest values.


Raven Breads: Owner Sophie Williams has a background in farming ecology that leads her to interesting and innovative recipes. Each week, visitors will find a different selection of goods based on season and Williams’ mood. Rabbit Fields Farm: Situated in the Skagit Valley, Roslyn McNicholl’s Rabbit Fields Farm produce is a favorite for marketgoers. Her selection of fresh produce is vast, no matter the season.


A slice of pizza from Gusto Wood Fired Pizza. This family-run business is all about sharing their love for wood-fired pizza with Whatcom County. Owner Russ Kendall brings his custom-made mobile wood-fired pizza oven to events all over the greater Bellingham area and beyond.



Farmers Market

he Lynden market was originally founded in 2011 with the goal of supporting local artisans and farmers. It usually hosts around 20 vendors, but since vendors are not required to commit to an entire season, the market shifts each week. The market was founded by the non-profit Christian-based conservation group, A Rocha USA, and is run as part of the group’s Five Loaves Farm community garden project. The Five Loaves Farm community garden in Lynden works to distribute food to those in need, and to reconnect consumers with the source of their food.


Being helpful to vendors themselves by keeping fees low and rules and regulations from being too restrictive for its artisans and farmers. It is truly a vendor-friendly market.


As part of the nonprofit, the Lynden Farmers Market mission embodies Northwest values. With the support of the community, small-businesses thrive, the environment is better taken care of, and people stay educated about their connection to food.


While the market does not have set vendors, if you’re lucky you’ll get to see The Little Things and Heaven Kinder Creations. Both vendors specialize in handmade crafts. The Little Things provides soaps, lotions, scrubs, and lovely shampoos and conditioners. Heaven Kinder Creations uses recycled materials, like light bulbs and tea cups, to make fun home goods. Slanted Sun Farms: Located in Everson, this farm’s mission is to provide healthy and sustainably grown produce for those in need. These farmers strongly believe that access to a nutritious diet is a right, not a privilege.


While the market features vendors on a rotating basis, visitors should look out for non-edible goods. Handmade soaps and artisan honey are popular among regular marker-goers.

A sample of honey from Mountain View Honey. The table usually has a few jars open for visitors to try before purchasing. Whether or not you decide to make a purchase, you’ll be glad for the sweet treat.


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he Ferndale Market began in 2007 and has since grown into a market of more than 30 vendors. Each vendor hand-selects their products, whether it’s produce or artisan crafts, to sell to community members. The market also offers an opportunity for youth vendors. On the second Friday of each month, vendors under 18 are allowed to vend for free. The goal is to promote the importance of local, nutrient-rich, produce and supporting the community among young people.




Wednesday Market

he Fairhaven market was created just a few years after the downtown Bellingham market and was soon brought under the same management umbrella. Now, visitors can find many of the same vendors found at the downtown market in the intimate atmosphere of the Village Green. Purposely timed for the Wednesday lunch break, stop in for a well-earned lunch and a grassy seat in the sun. The market also hosts a summer concert series featuring free, local talent.


Having a similar selection to the Bellingham market, but without the crowds and parking headaches. Fewer people means more space for kids to play and more elbow room for shopping.

The fresh bucks program. Visitors can use their EBT and SNAP benefits for healthy, local produce. Both the Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham markets participate in the program.



The location makes the market. Located along the riverwalk, the environment is a destination within itself.


Misty Mountain Farm: The farmers at Misty Mountain are committed to being stewards of sustainability. The farmers do not use chemical fertilizers, pesticides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Plus, each week farmers Arial and Matthew Buza provide weekly recipe cards and cooking advice for customers. Bees Choice Honey: Choose from wildflower, raspberry, or fireweed honey at their market stand. In addition to making delicious natural honey, Bees Choice Honey provides pollination services to community members.


Flowers from Wildrye Farm for that special someone. Wildrye Farm grows more than 60 varieties of flowers and foliage with a commitment to avoid synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or synthetic pesticides. They have a flower for just about every taste.

Whatcom County’s identifying produce, raspberries, can be found at numerous farmers’ stands including Hopewell Farms and Sumas River Farm. Look for the freshest berries in early summer.


Mount Bakery: This Bellingham favorite has locations at both the Fairhaven and Bellingham markets, making it an easy, and essential, stop during your market visits. The from-scratch pastries, including the marionberry scones, are a perfect way to finish off your market lunch. Cascadia Mushrooms: Alex Winstead, owner and founder of Cascadia Mushrooms, has had a love for all things fungi since he was a child. He has since put his fascination to work, and, with the help of a degree in mycology, he began Cascadia Mushrooms in 2005. Terra Verde Garden: Amy Skuter and Rudy-Nicholas Fontaine grew Terra Verde from a shared plot in Bellingham’s 32nd St. community garden to a 10-acre farm in Everson.


A henna tattoo from Two Birds Henna. This body art is beautiful, delicate, and best of all, temporary. A stop at the henna stand is a fun activity for all ages.

Carrots from Hopewell Farms are sweet and crisp. While Hopewell Farms carries an array of other fruits and vegetables, the carrots truly can’t be missed.

A snack made by NW Gourmet Harvest producers. The Pacific Northwest company is dedicated to creating delicious products, like salad dressings and sauces, without artificial additives.

The Samish Bay Cheese stand is always crowded. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. Owners Suzanne and Roger Wechsler are known for their generous tasters. A juicy peach from Martin Family Orchards. The summer months bring peaches, nectarines, and apricots to the family farm, all are worth a try.

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ll of us do it. Some before dawn cracks a new day, while others prefer to wait until mid-morning. There are even those who do it almost at lunch time. Doesn’t matter what time you do it, breakfast is traditionally the first meal of the day. Croissants in France, Poha in Southern India, Ngwaci in Kenya, Shashukah in Saudi Arabia, Bangers and Mash in England, Medialunas in Argentina, or oatmeal in America: it’s all breakfast food. For some folks, breakfast is the best meal of the day, and some restaurants are happy to serve it all day. Essentially, if we can sauté, grill, fry, boil, steam, bake, or broil it, we’ll find a way to make it breakfast.


Acme Diner 2045 Valley Hwy., Acme Tues. – Sat. 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. 360.595.0150

Acme Diner is a little country diner where the eggs are always fresh, the coffee is deep, dark and strong, and breakfast is served all day. Bacon is good, but bone-in pork chops ($14) are too good to pass up: two hefty pork chops grilled to caramel goodness and garnished with applesauce and a side of eggs.

Old Town Café


Over Easy

Diamond Jim’s

316 W. Holly St., Bellingham Mon. – Sat. 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 360.671.4431

521 Kentucky St., Bellingham Tues. – Sat. 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 360.676.6218

2430 James St., Bellingham Mon. – Sun. 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 360.656.6585

2400 Meridian St. #1, Bellingham Daily 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. 360.734.8687

Old Town Café has long been a Bellingham breakfast mainstay, working hard to keep the people happy. From the menu order #10.5 you won’t be disappointed. Four gluten and dairy free hot cakes ($9)  —  spend a little extra for fresh fruit or real maple syrup! House-made fresh granola ($6.50): nuts, honey, real vanilla, butter, currants, cinnamon and organic milk. Is it dessert or breakfast? Fresh fruit garnish and milk options are available.

A benefit of breakfasting out is feasting on dishes we’d never attempt at home. Homeskillet’s The Barnyard ($13.95), is one of those culinary gems. Chicken-fried steak is the foundation for layers of ham, bacon, a fried egg with taters and your choice of gravy. Homeskillet Poutine ($10), is the breakfast that cures all morning-after ills: home fries buried under housemade gravy and topped with a fried egg and cheese.

Over Easy is the perfect name for this breakfast-all-day restaurant. It offers four types of eggs benedict, each delicious and worthy of attention. Give The Traditional ($11) a try and you won’t hesitate to try the others. The scratchmade hollandaise sauce and perfectly poached eggs make all the difference! The hollandaise sauce has a subtle citrus flavor, is thick and creamysmooth and won’t break down over the hot eggs and ham. Served with a hefty portion of home fries.

A perennial Bellingham favorite, Diamond Jim’s Nova Smoked Sockeye Salmon Eggs Benedict ($15.49) will convert most traditional Bennie hardliners. Liberally dressed with creamy hollandaise sauce, two exquisitely poached eggs rest atop smoked salmon, fresh spinach, Havarti cheese and tomato slices on an English muffin. Served with a side of cheddar grits.

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The Daisy Café

Harris Avenue Café

114 W. Magnolia St., Bellingham Daily 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 360.733.8996

The Daisy Café opens early and serves breakfast all day! The Trattoria Frittata ($12.50) is fun to say, delicious to eat. An Italian-style baked omelet is stuffed with Italian sausage, green peppers, fennel seeds and garnished with chopped tomatoes, and both feta and mozzarella cheese. Served with your choice of toast and potatoes.

The Birch Door Café

1101 Harris Ave., Bellingham Daily 8 a.m – 2 p.m. 360.738.0802

Harris Avenue Café, in Fairhaven’s historic Terminal Building, enjoys a culturally diverse following. Regulars tuck into innovative dishes such as Polenta Rancheros, with house-made chorizo ($13). House-made cheesy polenta cakes are pan-fried to a caramelized golden brown, nestled among black beans and two poached eggs. This dish is garnished with house-made chipotle ranchero sauce, sour cream and fresh avocado.

4192 Meridian St., Bellingham Tue. – Sun. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. 360.306.8598

The Birch Door Café is a family-focused, breakfast-all-day restaurant. The Eastern European style made-to-order Fresh Fruit Blintzes ($13.75) are a refreshing breakfast, or afternoon snack. Three lightas-a-feather, tender and delicious blintzes filled with sweet ricotta and either fresh strawberries or blueberries. And who can resist a good flapjack? The 49er Flapjacks ($12.50) are three plate-size, impossibly creamy, crepe-style pancakes dressed with butter and maple syrup. Cooked in clarified butter, which butter fans will appreciate, the color on these flapjacks is an unbelievable golden brown.

Catkin Cafe 11 Point Lawrence Rd., Olga Wed. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 360.376.3242

At Catkin Café, stew is a gluten-free breakfast feast! Baked Eggs in Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomato stew is served with a cheese-accented polenta.


Cosmos Bistro

AB Crepes

1151 N. State St., Bellingham Hours vary 360.255.0244

1311 Railroad Ave., Bellingham Hours vary 360.325.1311

Cosmos Bistro’s weekend brunch menu is well worth crawling out of bed before noon. The Very Very Vegi ($13) is a mind-boggling mélange of fresh mushrooms, caramelized onions, garlic, sweet peppers, kale, basil blended with seasoned home fries, and topped with two eggs and chèvre cheese. For those craving meat, order The Bacon-Nation ($14). Seasoned home-fries tossed with a hefty amount of tasty bacon, caramelized onions, sweet peppers, two eggs, and garnished with smoked cheddar.

AB Crepes’ delicious paperthin crepes may seem like delicate little pastries, but don’t be fooled. These sturdy pancakes hold their own, so you can start your day off right! Begin the week with the Monday Morning ($7.36) crepe. A scrambled egg, cheese, avocado, and jalapeño peppers wrapped in a hot, delicious crepe fresh off the grill.

Keenan’s at the Pier 804 10th St., Bellingham Mon. – Sat. 7 – 11 a.m., Sun. brunch 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 360.392.5510

Northwater 4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham Daily 6:30 – 11 a.m. 360.398.6191

Northwater, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, has a breakfast menu tailored to those on the go. Take the Breakfast Trio Slider ($10) — a heap of scrambled egg, smoked cheddar, thick sliced bacon, sausage, and ham on a warm brioche bun. This breakfast sandwich is meant to satiate your hunger and keep your engine running all day long. Vegans, and others, will gravitate to the gluten-free, turmeric-scented Energizing Juice ($6), a smooth blend of avocado, ginger root, leafy greens, citrus, apple, and mineral water.

Little Cheerful 133 E. Holly St., Bellingham Daily 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. 360.738.8824

Little Cheerful Café’s Crab Cake Omelet ($10.95), is crab lover’s nirvana. This omelet is a bounty of house-made crab cake, generously garnished with Jack cheese, fresh avocado, Hermila’s pico de gallo salsa, and a choice of hash browns or fresh fruit.

Keenan’s at the Pier has dessert for breakfast! Bread Pudding French Toast ($13): Who could have imagined it? Avenue White Chocolate Bread pudding is pan-fried in butter and garnished with pumpkin mousse, syrupy blackberry coulis, and roasted walnuts. Bread pudding and a mimosa ($9) will start anybody’s day right. For those who like to celebrate breakfast differently, there is the Dungeness Crab Omelet ($16), a large three-egg omelet garnished with Dungeness crab, wilted peppery arugula, maasdammer cheese, a ladle of house-made hollandaise, and potatoes with onions on the side.

Fork at Agate Bay

Café Burlington

2530 N. Shore Rd., Bellingham Sat. – Sun. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 360.733.1126

331 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington Hours vary 360.755.0016

The drive to The Fork at Agate Bay is well worth the effort, especially if you have a hankering for Croque Madame ($13)! The house sourdough bread is the perfect foundation for this French sandwich. A sunny-side egg rests atop shaved smoked ham, fontina cheese, chipotle aioli and is dressed with scratch-made Mornay sauce. The top is broiled until brown and served with fries.

Café Burlington’s scramble ain’t cho’ mama’s rubbery old eggs. Joe’s Scramble ($14.99), is a plateful of tender and creamy scrambled eggs, tossed with organic hamburger; sautéed onions and mushrooms; spinach; Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano cheese blend, and topped with sour cream and onion. Round out breakfast with your choice of hash or veggie browns, garlic roasted potatoes, or sliced tomatoes and home-made apple-nut or pumpkin bread.

Mr. T’s Family Café 503 W. Fir St., Mt. Vernon Mon. – Sat. 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 360.428.8808

At Mr. T’s Family Café, the line is always out the door and around the corner for a reason — the food is awesome, and Mr. T’s notion of tiny is subjective! Go for the Mini Belly Buster Breakfast ($6.95). One egg cooked to order, choice of sausage or bacon and a giant fluffy pancake. Have a food allergy? Not a problem, Mr. T’s is happy to suggest substitutions!

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Dad’s Diner 908 Commercial Ave., Anacortes Daily, hours vary 360.899.5269

Hometown Café 818 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley Mon. – Sat 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sun 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. 360.855.5012

Dad’s Diner’s variation of Pain Perdu is a hip original. Try the Franco Mexican Toast ($13.50): thick-sliced French bread, grilled with savory herbs and spices and garnished with a beefwrapped, stuffed jalapeno pepper, drizzled with crema and served with two eggs. Unique, delicious and a great way to start the day!

Every small town needs a breakfast spot like Hometown Café: Good food at affordable prices. Go for the Belgian Waffle ($7.99), a fluffy waffle that is crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Served with a cooked-to-order egg and choice of bacon or sausage; add fresh berries and whipped cream for $2.99.

The Train Wreck Bar & Grill 427 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington Daily 8 – 11 a.m. 360.755.0582

Iron Skillet

Edison Café

The Bean Cafe

132 W. State St., Sedro-Woolley Daily Hours vary 360.855.0080

5797 Main St., Bow Hours vary 360.766.6960

150 1st St., Friday Harbor Daily 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 360.370.5858

Iron Skillet’s chicken fried steak ($13.95) will stick with you well past lunch time! It’s an 8-ounce steak, coated with fried chicken herbs and spices, cooked to order and drenched in gravy. Served with hash browns and toast, but go for the biscuits covered in gravy. If you’re going to breakfast there, go all the way!

A trip through Bow always requires a quick stop at the Edison Café for Samish Spuds ($9.50). They’re spice- and fresh-herb-seasoned spuds grilled with mushrooms, onions, spinach and diced tomatoes, garnished with crumbled bacon and melted cheese. Add two eggs cooked to order and toast, then sit back and relax.

Breakfast on a budget is an indulgence at The Bean Café. Start with stick-to-your-ribs oatmeal ($4.99), slow-cooked until the starches become smooth and creamy, served with berries and honeyroasted walnuts. Add fresh juice ($1.99) and a double Americano ($2.25) and you’re ready for the day’s adventures.


There are those mornings when you just don’t want to hear the kids hollering. For those of us who are like-minded, Try The Train Wreck Bar & Grill’s famous morning-after breakfasts. Pair The Train Wreck’s trademark Bloody Mary ($7.99), garnished with asparagus and olives, with the Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato Hash ($10.99) — grilled yams mixed with apple wood smoked pork, peppers, onion, and topped with a cooked-toorder egg. For those desiring less adventure, pair the reliable Train Wreck Toddy ($7) — Woodinville Bourbon, ginger liqueur, and lemon simple syrup — with the chicken and waffle ($14.99). Linger over a made-fromscratch buttermilk waffle topped with boneless fried chicken and sausage gravy, a cooked-to-order egg with real maple syrup on the side.

Calico Cupboard Mt. Vernon, La Conner, Anacortes Daily, hours vary 360.336.3107

Cynthia’s Bistro 65 Nichols St., Friday Harbor Daily 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 360.298.8130

Cynthia’s Bistro is a breakfast foodie’s gastronomic dream come true. Vegetarians will enjoy Hanna’s Tofu Scramble ($10.95), a hearty dish of marinated tofu and sautéed vegetables. This delectable dish is accompanied with your choice of sides: roasted potato mash, fresh fruit, or a breakfast salad. For the omnivores in your group, there is the Dutch baby ($10.95), a deep-dish cast-iron-skillet-baked pancake filled with herbs, cheese, and crumbled bacon.

Calico Cupboard has satisfied breakfast cravings since 1981. The Roasted Butternut Squash Hash ($12.99) is a delicious vegetarian breakfast option. On a hefty foundation of country-style red potatoes is a colorful mound of fresh butternut squash, tender baby spinach, roasted red peppers, red onion and garnished with crumbled bleu cheese.

9 Restaurant 205 W. Smith Rd., Bellingham Daily sunrise to 11 a.m. 360.398.8300 ext. 2

The best breakfast restaurants pop up in the most peculiar places. At 9 Restaurant, don’t pass up the opportunity to feast on the house made sausage ($2.50). The culinary team cold-blends ground pork, herbs and spices to create a phenomenal breakfast sausage. Pair the sausage with the house potatoes, ($2.95) a spicy mélange of chunky caramelized potatoes, roasted red peppers, garden herbs, garlic, roasted pablano and jalapeño peppers. The classic eggs benedict ($9.50) is breakfast perfection personified. The made-to-order hollandaise sauce is silky smooth, seasoned with white pepper, tabasco, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce, with just enough lemon to pucker. One of the unusual characteristics of this breakfast place is the two large flat-screen televisions in the dining room. Watch sports television whilst enjoying your breakfast feast.


The Willows Inn 2579 W. Shore Dr., Lummi Island For hours, check 360.758.2620

4965 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming Daily 7 – 11 a.m. 360.366.8023

A 15-minute ferry ride and a scenic drive ends at The Willows Restaurant on Lummi Island. Famous for their multi-course wine dinners, this elegant little restaurant serves a prefix gourmet breakfast ($30). Breakfast is served from 8:30–10:30 a.m. only on those mornings following their famous multicourse wine dinners. The prefix breakfast ($30) menu includes farm-fresh local eggs, a variety of cured meats and cheeses and fruits and vegetables. Of course, no breakfast would be complete without Frenchpressed coffee and juice. Reservations are not required, though the staff appreciates a telephone call for parties of five or more.

The Road House Bar and Grille may seem a bit out of the way, but do not let that deter your visit. Granted, a bar is an unusual restaurant venue; however, the terrific breakfast menu, large portions and modest prices are worth it! Biscuits and gravy ($9.99) is a delicious and satisfying way to start the morning. Have it with a breakfast Bloody Mary and you’re set until lunch time. The French toast ($6.29), a side of crispy bacon ($3.69) and a piping hot cup of coffee is a safe choice for breakfast traditionalists.

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See Skagit Valley Painted Yellow La Conner Daffodil Festival WRITTEN BY CATHERINE TORRES PHOTOGRAPHED BY PAM HEADRIDGE


id you know there are more daffodils than tulips in Skagit Valley? The Roozengaarde fields alone feature 450 acres of daffodils and 350 acres of tulips. These yellow beauties are a sight to see against a backdrop of deep green-blue rolling hills. In celebration of the flower, equally stunning but less famous than its later-blooming cousin, the tulip, La Conner hosts a Daffodil Festival to welcome the year’s first blooms, allowing visitors to enjoy the sights and partake in daffodilcentric activities. The festival kicks off in late February with the 53rd Annual Smelt Derby. Held by the Rotary Club, it’s a day full of activities for both adults and children with a long history. Locals refer to the event as “almost” annual since in the 1950s it may have gotten a bit too rowdy, prompting the police chief to resign on the spot. The mayor at the time, Mayor Fred Martin, shut down the festival and refused to hold it the following year. It’s been back in full swing every since, and if you missed it, make sure to mark your calendars for next year. The first daffodil blooms usually appear in March. You can check out the official Daffodil Bloom map, updated daily, to see which fields are blossoming. Avid photographers should try venturing out in early morning to catch the sunrise over the fields and beat the crowds. Then submit your photos to the La Conner Daffodil Festival Photo Contest. Simply upload your photos via Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #laconnerdaffodils. The committee will choose their top 10 photos and let the public vote for the winner. In addition to a cash prize, the winner’s photo will be used as the official photo for the La Conner Daffodil Festival. Check out some of the previous winners’ work on the La Conner website. It’s breathtaking. Finally, if you’re a cyclist who enjoys the simpler days of yesteryear, sign up for The Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride. Dress up in tweed and brushed leather riding garb. Or not. Either way, you’ll embark on a leisurely bicycle ride with others alongside brilliant daffodil fields, stopping for an afternoon picnic complete with scones and croquet. The event kicks off on a Friday with early check-in that has, in the past, included a glass of wine. The actual ride (not a race) is on Saturday morning. The route is completely flat and the vibe is relaxed, with the focus on enjoying scenery and company. If you choose to attend all the Daffodil Festival events or just take a few pictures on your own, consider stopping by La Conner for a meal and to purchase bulbs for your garden. The La Conner Visitor’s Center can point you in the right direction.  La Conner Visitor’s Center 413 Morris St., La Conner 360.466.4778 |

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SEE & DO In a magical place where water meets snowcapped peaks and fertile valleys, there’s much to see and do. Watch orcas frolic and daffodils in full-field bloom, both equally breathtaking. Savor wine from grapes grown right here. Get your heart beating with a hike to a stunning viewpoint. Get out to take it all in.

TAKE A FERRY You are visiting the home of the San Juan Islands National Monument. Take a day or two, jump on a ferry and explore all the beautiful ports and harbor towns. You can leave your car behind, walk on and off, eat, drink and explore.

Valley Shine Distillery Š Catherine Torres

WINERY TOURS AND DISTILLERIES Take a winery tour without driving to central Washington. Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties all have great vineyards. Consider organizing a group of friends for a vineyard tour. If you're more into spirits, visit local distilleries, like Valley Shine Distillery in Mt. Vernon or BelleWood Acres in Bellingham. Bring a bottle home and try your hand at making a cocktail.

LA CONNER Take a day and head over to this quaint seaside town that offers antiques, art galleries, boutiques and both waterfront-casual and fine dining.


PADILLA BAY INTERPRETIVE CENTER Padilla Bay is reserved for research and education, and its interpretive center offers the whole family a fun way to learn about the environment. Be sure to check out the aquarium featuring sea creatures from the Puget Sound. 10441 Bayview Edison Rd., Mount Vernon

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WHALE-WATCHING TOURS The Pacific Northwest is well known for its abundance of wildlife. Take the opportunity to see these magnificant animals up close and personal with many of the whale watching tour companies in the area.


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WHATCOM LIGHTCATCHER MUSEUM The focal point of the museum is the 37-foot-tall and 180-foot-long wall, designed by Jim Olson, which captures sunlight. Beyond the wall, the museum offers rotating exhibits and an interactive gallery. 250 Flora St., Bellingham 360.778.8930,

TAYLOR SHELLFISH FARMS Buy oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms off Chuckanut Drive. The entrance is a little hidden on Chuckanut, but a well-worth stop — especially in the spring or summertime. Visitors can even get a shucking lesson and have a picnic right on the shore. Can’t get fresher than that.

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2182 Chuckanut Dr. Bow 360.766.6002,

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ARTIST POINT The drive from downtown Bellingham to the end of Hwy. 542 takes about 90 minutes and the views are so spectacular it almost feels like cheating. The drive follows the glacially fed Nooksack River, and if you get up top on a clear day, you can be rewarded with striking views of Mt. Shuksan, the Cascades and Canadian Rockies.

PELINDABA LAVENDER FARM As a premier grower of lavender plants, distiller of lavender essential oils, and handcrafter of lavender products, the Pelindaba Lavender Farm is a must-visit sea of purple beauty. 45 Hawthorne Ln., Friday Harbor 360.378.4248,




BIRCH BAY WATERSLIDES Family fun! Offering nine waterslides, a pool, hot tub and kiddie pool area. Heated water makes it comfortable on cloudy days and the ability to bring in your own food and drinks make it a perfect family friendly option. Open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. 4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd., Blaine 360.371.7500, COMMUNITY BOATING CENTER Discover the magic of Bellingham Bay by kayak or sailboat. The Community Boating Center, a local nonprofit, offers allages fun with sailing and paddling rentals, guided trips, youth camps, and lessons on Bellingham Bay. Open seven days a week during the summer. The CBC is your place for boating adventures. 555 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.714.8891, GLEN ECHO GARDEN Located 6 miles east of Bellingham, in the heart of an evergreen forest, is Glen Echo Garden. Open to the public, it offers 7 acres of multi-themed gardens. Come experience the peaceful atmosphere as you meander down walkways, past fountains, through arches, and along flowerbeds filled with unique shrubs and trees. Our garden is also available for glamping, weddings and other gatherings.

All at the Whatcom Museum! Visit our campus in downtown Bellingham Old City Hall | 121 Prospect St. Lightcatcher building | 250 Flora St. 360.778.8930 |

March 1–August 31 Open Monday–Saturday 10 a.m to 6 p.m. 4390 Y Road, Bellingham 360.592.5380, GOOD TIME GIRLS Offering both a Holly Street Tour and a Sin & Gin Tour, the Good Time Girls, headquartered at the Bureau of Historical Investigation, can take you on a walking tour of Bellingham’s less savory past. 217 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.305.3172, MOUNT BAKER THEATRE This national historic landmark has been staging some of the best live performances in the North Puget Sound region since 1927. 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.6080,

Fine Northwest Art for Home and Garden, Unique Gifts, Jewelry and Custom Framing 700 Chuckanut Drive N., Bellingham, WA


Open Monday – Saturday 10-5:30, Sunday 11-5:30

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More than movies! Pickford Film Center is Downtown Bellingham’s only non-profit independent cinema, open 365 days a year, and always playing the best indie, foreign, documentary films, world class performing arts in HD, and year round special events, film festivals, and unique, diverse film series.

Founded by Apollo 8 astronaut Maj. General William Anders, the Heritage Flight Museum contains an excellent collection of memorabilia, artifacts, and aircraft from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

1318 Bay St., Bellingham 360.738.0735,

15053 Crosswind Dr., Burlington 360.424.5151, LANG'S HORSE AND PONY FARM

PIONEER PARK CABINS Established as a home for the Ferndale Pioneer Days Festival in 1901, the Pioneer Park Cabins are a trip back in time to the early days of Ferndale's history. 2004 Cherry St., Ferndale 360.384.6461,

Enjoy a relaxed family outing atop a horse in Mount Vernon. Lang’s also offers classes and other events in addition to trails rides by appointment. 21463 Little Mountain Rd., Mount Vernon 360.424.7630, MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART

SILVER REEF HOTEL CASINO SPA Feeling lucky? Try your hand at the many gaming offerings at Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa. For those who prefer dining and spa treatments, the resort is home to the Silver Reef Steak House, and has relaxing spa facilities. 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 360.383.0777,

Explore the art of the Northwest at MoNA, a museum which collects and exhibits art from around the Northwest in an effort to connect people with diverse cultures and environments. 121 1st St., La Conner 360.466.4446, ROOZENGAARDE DISPLAY GARDEN

UPTOWN ART Uptown Art is your premiere paint studio. The studio provides hands-on art instruction, paint supplies, canvases, aprons — everything you need to have a great time and create your masterpiece. Meet, drink, and paint happy at Uptown Art! 23 Bellwether Way, Ste. 101, Bellingham 360.733.1471, WHATCOM MUSEUM Whatcom Museum showcases local, regional, and national artists. Located in the Old City Hall, the historical displays and Pacific Northwest design are a worthy day trip. Old City Hall: 121 Prospect St.., Bellingham 360.778.8930, Lightcatcher: 250 Flora St., Bellingham 360.778.8930,

The spring tulip season is definitely the time to visit Roozengaarde, but their flowers and floral arrangements are available for purchase every day of the year. 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd., Mount Vernon 360.424.8531, SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Take a tour of Skagit Valley’s vibrant past at the Skagit County Historical Museum. Rotating exhibits and events keep history interesting for all ages. 501 S. 4th St., La Conner 360.466.3365,



A recently opened visual arts museum in a beautifully designed building of modern glass and steel designed by architect Richard Hobbs. Look for sculptural works in the atrium and paintings in interior galleries.


540 Spring St., Friday Harbor 360.370.5050,

Deception Pass is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in Washington. Learn about Deception Pass, the bridge, and surrounding area on this amazing tour aboard the “Island Whaler.” Enjoy the thrill of the fast jet boat through Deception Pass with a knowledgeable interpreter. 5596 SR 20, Anacortes 888.909.8687,

THE WHALE MUSEUM When it opened in 1979, the Whale Museum became the first museum in the country devoted to a specific species living in the wild. You can help the museum’s mission to support the whales by becoming a member, adopting one of your own, or making a donation. 62 1st St., Friday Harbor 360.378.4710,


SPARK MUSEUM OF ELECTRICAL INVENTION With interactive exhibits featuring the most important and innovative electrical inventions spanning four centuries, the SPARK museum is an educational experience for the whole family. 1312 Bay St., Bellingham 360.738.3886,

ZIP SAN JUAN Take a different sort of tour through the San Juan Islands — from the vantage point of birds. Zip San Juan features eight family-friendly zip lines through the islands, suitable for beginners and experts. 1959 Egg Lake Rd., Friday Harbor 360.317.8434,

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SEMIAHMOO GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 8720 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine 360.371.7015, 7,005 | par 72 | slope 138

AVALON GOLF LINKS (NORTH/WEST COURSE) 19345 Kelleher Rd., Burlington 360.757.1900, 6,670 | par 72 | slope 132

NORTH BELLINGHAM GOLF COURSE 205 W. Smith Rd., Bellingham 360.398.8300, 6,816 | par 72 | slope 136

LAKE PADDEN GOLF COURSE 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham 360.738.7400, 6,575 | par 72 | slope 127

EAGLEMONT GOLF COURSE 4800 Eaglemont Dr., Mt Vernon 360.424.0800, 7,006 | par 72 | slope 149

SUDDEN VALLEY GOLF COURSE 4 Clubhouse Cir., Bellingham 360.734.6435, 6,553 | par 72 | slope 130

SHUKSAN GOLF CLUB 1500 East Axton Rd., Bellingham 360.398.8888,


6,742 | par 72 | slope 136

LOOMIS TRAIL GOLF CLUB 4342 Loomis Trail Rd., Blaine 360.332.1725,


7,137 | par 72 | slope 142




806 Golf Course Rd., Friday Harbor 360.378.2254,

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SHOP LOCAL Stroll shopping districts dotted with turnof-the-century buildings or ones that are brand new. You’ll find fashion in many forms: mainstream, local, eclectic. Artists abound, creating handcrafted specialties you’ll want to bring home.

Multi sweater by Prana $99, Embellish Black leggings by Lysse $78, 1 Paper Boat Stone drop earrings by Feral Felt $40, Fringe Fur hooded jacket by Coalition $89.90, Betty Be Good Cook boots by Born $240, 12th Street Shoes

Photography: Katheryn Moran Photography Location: Majestic Inn & Spa, Anacortes Model: Brooklyn Matthysse Hair: Alisé Buckner, VAIN Makeup: Makeup By Elizabeth Marie Styling: Lisa Karlberg


$56, House of Style


$59.99, Sojourn


$170, Ryann Michele & Co.


$250, Hiltonʼs Shoes


$69, Statement Apparel


$15, Statement Apparel


$68–$70, Embellish



$64, Fringe


$168, Blue Horizon


$110, 12th Street Shoes


$329, Three French Hens


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$69.90, Betty Be Good


$40, Ryann Michele & Co.


$24.90, Betty Be Good


$56, House of Style


$120, Hiltonʼs Shoes


$19, Statement Apparel


$15, Statement Apparel



$96, Three French Hens


$65, 1 Paper Boat


$49, Three French Hens


$29, Three French Hens


$13, 1 Paper Boat


$44.90, Betty Be Good


$40, Fringe


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$29, Apricot Lane


$17, Apricot Lane


$20, Apricot Lane


$79.95, 12th Street Shoes


$31, Statement Apparel


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Birch Bay Square, conveniently located near the U.S.-Canadian border, is one of the newest malls in Whatcom County and features well-known outlets such as G.H. Bass & Co. shoes, Van Heusen and Vitamin World, among others. If you work up an appetite while shopping, you’ll find dining options like Bob’s Burgers and Brew, and Woods Coffee. If you seek a traditional mall, then visit Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham, where you can find a collection of brand name stores all under one roof. Downtown Bellingham is an urban dweller’s oasis and is home to several well-established shops that have been around for decades, but new shops open often and keep downtown fresh and current. Fairhaven has that old-town ambience and a sophisticated charm where you can find upper-scale boutiques and one-of-a-kind items. Lynden is Dutch in feel and home to various strip malls and little hidden gems. Barkley Village is an up-and-coming area about 10 minutes from downtown Bellingham. Try on a few outfits at Statement Apparel before crossing the street to enjoy a movie at Regal Cinemas. Finish off the night with a brew at Overflow Taps, and you’ll want to come back and do it all over again the next day.


Whether unique specialty stores, name-brand stores, or the local mom-and-pop shop, you can find it in Skagit County. Burlington will be where shoppers can find name brands, either at the traditional Cascade Mall, or popular outlets, many of which can be found at The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington, a haven for bargain-seekers. Downtown Mount Vernon has an eight-block area sprinkled with retail shops. Shoppers can find items from jewelry to books, and everything in between. La Conner has a beautiful and newly updated boardwalk where you can find exceptional items such as fine art, clothing, jewelry, and home décor. In Anacortes, shoppers come for the antiques. There are more than 50 antique dealers in one massive 25,000 square-foot space. There are also other delightfully charming shops that sell books, clothes, and other goods.


There are clothing shops on the islands, but the main offerings are handcrafted items, art, and keepsakes. Friday Harbor on San Juan Island has great galleries, specialty stores, and gift shops, where shoppers can find a rare piece of jewelry or a unique memento. Lopez Island has a little village filled with a mixture of shops, galleries, and eateries where shoppers can purchase local wine, locally made ice cream, and find a rare piece of art. Orcas Island offers lots of art-oriented shops and galleries where pottery, sculptures, paintings, and blown glass can be found.


$54.90, Betty Be Good


$65, Statement Apparel


$235, Statement Apparel


$13, 1 Paper Boat


$219.95, 12th Street Shoes

HOME FURNISHINGS GRANDIFLORA HOME & GARDEN Trisha Brink and La Von Vander Werff, the sisters also known as the Grandiflora Girls, own and operate Grandiflora along with their mother, Jan Stremler. Grandiflora carries the best seasonal décor around and offers visitors abundant inspiration for home and garden projects. 719 Grover St., Lynden 360.318.8854,

ORCAS WORKSHOP Orcas Workshop specializes in handcrafted, live-edge wooden tables, chairs, benches, and more. Working with salvaged and sustainable woods, they create beautiful artisan products that are designed, harvested, and crafted right on Orcas Island. 226 North Beach Rd., Eastsound (Orcas) 360.376.9700,

RE-FEATHER YOUR NEST When you enter Re-Feather Your Nest, you might not even realize it’s a consignment shop. Loaded with classic, upscale home décor, contemporary art, and fine accessories, it’s a fine boutique that is reminiscent of a Paris apartment.

not familiar with the pop-culture surrounding the mid-century, then stepping into The Atomic Kitten is like stepping into a time machine. 1305 Commercial St., Bellingham 360.738.8819 BOW WOW & WOOFS Bow Wow & Woofs…pawsitively for Dogs! Your 1 Stop shop for Raw Pet Food, Healthy Treats, Premium Dry Food Orijen & Acana and so much more! Proud supporter of Puppy Rescue Mission, Soldiers saving Puppies…Puppies saving Soldiers. 8115 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 111, Blaine 360.332.3647, THE C SHOP The C Shop is a must-see candy store, bakery, café, and pizzeria for summertime visits to picturesque Birch Bay. Housed in a charming yellow storefront, The C Shop is the stuff of beachside family memories, specializing in goods that start with “C” or rhyme with “sea.” 4825 Alderson Rd., Blaine 360.371.2070, FARMERS INSURANCE We help you identify the insurance coverage that best fits your needs. Have the knowledge and experience to help you better understand your coverage options--whether that’s auto, home, renters, business insurance and more.

121-A Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon, 360.755.3126 909 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, 360.899.4327

8115 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 138, Blaine 360.318.7575,



With a name that translates to “always Italian,” you can expect to find authentic Italian ceramics in this bright, colorful store, including exquisite hand-painted serving dishes and pottery.

We believe that great food is for everyone! With that in mind, The Market at Birch Bay has the mission to provide our customers with fresh, flavorful and local foods. Great food is for everyone!

104 South First St., La Conner 360.466.1013,

8135 Birch Bay Square St., Blaine 360.3660330,



ANYTIME FITNESS Anytime Fitness Blaine is a supportive, welcoming fitness center with 24/7 access. Our goal is to help our community get to a healthier place. Every member is offered a free, personalized Get Started Plan when they join, and we also offer personal training and fitness programs. Come check us out! 8115 Birch Bay Square St., Blaine 360.393.3330,

ATOMIC KITTEN Atomic Kitten stands out on Commercial Street, its painted blue bricks contrasting sharply against the surrounding dull red buildings. If you’re


McClary, Swift & Co. – Blaine, Inc. are Customs Brokers. Locally owned for over 30 years, we process the clearance of merchandise being imported into the U.S. by our clients. We have a special team dedicated to providing advice and assistance with the clearance of powerboats and sailboats. 8105 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 201, Blaine 360.332.4552, MIKE’S DOLLAR PLUS For all your party supplies, stylish jewelry, household products, cosmetics, school supplies, hardware and cell phone accessories. The one stop shop for every need. 8115 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 116, Blaine 360.656.5201

THE MYSTICAL MERMAID This gift shop has the things you wouldn’t be able to find at home, but also what locals can’t buy online. About 50 percent of the goods come from on-island artists, like Joan Mann, the Woodwizard. 270 Spring St., Friday Harbor 360.378.2617 NAIL MASTERS Nail Masters is a full-service beauty salon with great customer service. Nail Masters does anything you are looking for and more, and has plenty of beauty products as well. Come in today! 8115 Birch Bay Square St., Blaine 360.366.5626

Featuring Brighton, Glassybaby and more!

NORTHWEST VETERINARY CLINIC We use a team approach to provide a full-service hospital for your pets while striving for exceptional customer service through our friendly and caring staff. 8115 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 135, Blaine 360.366.5434,

1134 - 10th Street, Bellingham | 360.656.6588 Located next to Fairhaven Village Inn

SEE’S CANDIES Since 1921, See’s Candies has been making high-quality chocolates the good old-fashioned way. Sold by the piece or by the box, a trip to See’s can be for a small treat or a special gift for that special occasion. 1825 Marketplace Dr., Burlington 360.757.3137 THE OUTLET SHOPPES AT BURLINGTON Offering incredible savings at well known brands such as Lululemon Athletica, Coach, Helly Hanson, Christopher & Banks, Pendleton, Nike, Kitchen Collection and so much more.

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448 Fashion Way, Burlington, WA 360) 757-3548,

Vitamin World is the place for vitamins, supplements and nutrition from the source — we are health and wellness enthusiasts. Discover the best nutrition the world has to offer, here, at Vitamin World. 8115 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 105, Blaine 360.366.5083, WINDERMERE Windermere is a residential real estate company that has the best people using the best tools to create thriving communities. The local Blaine office serves North Whatcom County. 8105 Birch Bay Square St., Blaine 360.961.2407,



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Voted BEST consignment store in Whatcom County by Bellingham Alive readers A fun and friendly store with excellent prices. Clothing, accessories and home decor items!


3927 Northwest Ave



2332 James St. (by Trader Joe’s)

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CANNABIS DANCING GYPSIES GLASS & GRASS A funky, locally-owned & operated, “Mom & Pop” weed shop offering a distinct selection of local farms & placing value on sharing strain and product information with our guests, building relationships and sharing a laugh or two before seeing you on your way. Visit our shop and you’ll see we’re a little different than the others. * 794 Kentucky St., Bellingham 360.788.4220, HIGH SOCIETY High Society Bellingham is open Monday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. We purchase our products from top-notch producers that have mastered cannabis horticulture, all while keeping our prices affordable. We have two convenient locations to serve you in Bellingham and Anacortes. * 5309 Guide Meridian Suite A, Bellingham 8630 S. March Point Rd., Anacortes 360.306.3257, PREMIER RECREATIONAL CANNABIS PRC Premier Recreational Cannabis is Skagit County’s premier cannabis destination! PRC Cannabis always has the finest selection at the lowest prices! Open seven days a week, with two convenient locations in Mount Vernon and Arlington. Order online at* 18729 Fir Island Rd., Mount Vernon 360.445.6221 5200 172nd St. NE, Ste. 101, Arlington 360.550.9333, SMOKING CROW At Smoking Crow, we believe in the power found amongst community. Our purpose is simple: we work together, as a passionate team, to consistently supply the highest quality products in an atmosphere that feels like home. We focus on education and quality, making a positive impact that starts at the local level. We are here to do what we love and share it with our neighbors, so we may all find freedom at new heights. * 4264 Pacific Hwy, Bellingham, WA 360-922-0709, TROVE CANNABIS

*CANNABIS DISCLAIMER Marijuana products may be purchased or possessed only by persons 21 years of age or older. This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. For use only by adults 21 and older. Keep out of reach of children.

We offer a casual shopping style, allowing you to wander in and peruse our collection at your own pace. Our selection of cannabis is carefully curated to help make your shopping experience easy, fun and affordable. With new products and vendors every month, we’re sure to have something you’re looking for. Come check out our expanded edible selection! Open every day 8 a.m.–11:45 p.m. * 218 N. Samish Way, Bellingham 360.393.3459,

WEST COAST WELLNESS East of Bellingham, WCW is the friendliest marijuana resource delivering great value and fantastic selection of products. From our unique Joint Bar to medical marijuana expertise, we offer a comfortable environment where you can indulge in an exploration of cannabis. Shop where the industry shops! * 3708 Mt. Baker Hwy., Everson 360.392.8309,












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*CANNABIS DISCLAIMER Marijuana products may be purchased or possessed only by persons 21 years of age or older. This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. For use only by adults twentyone and older. Keep out of reach of children.

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Marijuana products may be purchased or possessed only by persons 21 years of age or older. This product has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.

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EMBELLISH If you’re in the market for jewelry, artisanal bath products, fine casual clothing, handbags, accessories, and more, Embellish is the place for you. An elegant boutique for women right in the heart of Mount Vernon, Embellish is a great place to gather gifts for others or a little treat for yourself.

The store where enjoyable home goods, gift, and clothing come together in a fun, relaxed, and comfortable place to shop. We’ve sailed in with favorites, Brighton and Glassybaby along with specialty gifts for the beach and nautical fan. Located in the historic Fairhaven district, we invite you to drop anchor for a visit soon!

221 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.3373,

1134 10th St., Bellingham 360.656.6588,


AFTER FIVE FASHION We are an upscale boutique specializing in women’s formal wear. Come get fancy with us! 8115 Birch Bay Sq., Blaine 360.746.8591, BASS G.H.Bass & Co., was born in Maine in 1876, the brainchild of George Henry Bass — a man on a simple mission to “make the very best shoe.” We stand as proof positive that a true original is always in demand. 8125 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 207, Blaine 360.366.1428,

HanesBrands is a socially responsible manufacturer and marketer of leading everyday basic apparel under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands. This includes L’eggs, Hanes, Bali, and Playtex at Birch Bay Square. 8125 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 204, Blaine 360.366.2202, HOUSE OF STYLE A style sanctuary for the modern woman. There’s curated beautiful and unique clothing, premium denim, accessories, gifts and beauty boutique, coupled with a full service hair salon, to complete your look and serve all of your styling needs. 510 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.419.9672,



Betty Be Good offers handpicked, boutique styles for the frugal fashionista. Everything in the curated collection is under $60 excluding outerwear, so we know you’ll find a whole new wardrobe or just one special style without breaking the bank! Two locations including Birch Bay Square & Bellingham at Bakerview Rd. (exit 258).

The fresh decor acts as the perfect backdrop for the beautiful clothing, jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Visitors will find both men’s and women’s clothing, women’s shoes, scarves, bags, and jewelry, all with a modern contemporary feel.

8125 Birch Bay Square St., Ste. 201, Blaine 360.441.7691,

128 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.671.2000


Three French Hens is one of Fairhaven’s favorite boutiques. Our unique gifts, home decor for your home, and hand picked distinctive apparel create an original shopping experience with a French flair.

Bellingham’s finest venue for women’s fashion and formal wear. Blue Horizon has been based in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham,Washington since1995.We strive to bring together an eclectic collection of fashionable, functional,and elegant clothing for modern women. Sizes 0–18.

1100 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.756.1047,

1302 12th St., Bellingham 360.734.7803,


COTTON, COTTON, COTTON Cotton, Cotton, Cotton’s inventory underscores the Schnee’s goal to promote sustainable, eco-friendly products. Eco-friendly fashion is the mantra, but there’s more than just clothes at Cotton. They feature local artists, jewelry makers and other specialty items. 260 Spring St., Ste. 9, Friday Harbor 360.378.3531


Clothing retailers often focus on women, and Upstage does include women in their shop. But they also have fine men’s clothing and furnishings — a combination that is becoming increasingly rare for a boutique. They carry brands like Columbia, Woolrich, Life is Good, and more. 520 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.283.9888,

ART GALLERIES ARTWOOD GALLERY Located in the heart of downtown Fairhaven, Artwood Gallery showcases a rotating, juried collection of work from a cooperative comprising more than 90 local fine woodworkers. Here, you’ll find beautiful hand-crafted furniture and one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art. 1000 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.647.1628,


CHIMERA GALLERY The Chimera is a cooperative of artists of various media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and pottery. The museum is a lovely encapsulation of the creative spirit of Lopez, whose artists draw on the natural beauty around them for inspiration. It’s the perfect place to pick up a memento of your island adventures. 214 Lopez Rd., Lopez Island 360.486.3265,

Stroll the open-air mall & enjoy top brand retail stores


EXPRESSIONS FINE ART GALLERY Specializing in glass art, jewelry, paintings, bronze sculpture, pottery, lighting, woodcraft, and more, Expressions is a distinctive collection of fine Northwest art. Established in 2014 by Shannon and Stan O’Neil, Expressions grew out of Stan’s own interest in glass blowing. He created a community of artists who now call Expressions their home. 705 1st St., La Conner 360.466.1911, FRIDAY HARBOR GALLERY


Grab a coffee • Pick up a beach picnic • Enjoy breakfast, lunch & dinner

Formerly known as Gallery 9, Friday Harbor Gallery opened in April 2015 to offer island art, framing, and collectibles. The gallery represents Northwest Islands Artists from Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, and Whidbey islands. 60 First St., Friday Harbor 360.378.9193, JANSEN ART CENTER Located in Downtown Lynden, the Jansen Art Center houses six art studios, gallery spaces, the Firehall Café, and the Gallery Shop. Visitors are invited to explore the exhibits, take an art class or workshop, and enjoy music in the Piano Lounge.

Check out our visitors kiosk & specialty merchants

321 Front St., Lynden 360.354.3600,



• 15 mins from Semiahmoo Resort

Scott Milo Gallery serves a wide range of price points, selling artwork by regional artists mostly within a 60-mile radius. Customers will find smaller items perfect for gifts like coasters, or can invest in a statement art purchase

• 15 mins from Bellingham

420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.293.6938

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EAT & DRINK Sea, lakes, farmland. We are lucky to live in an area where local food and seafood is harvested so close you can practically taste it in the air. Our region’s wine, beer and spirits have been nationally recognized, and we have enough variety that even the pickiest eater will find something — and it’ll be good.

INFUSION CUISINE Photo by Diane Padys

Featuring fine Mexican, Italian and Asian cuisine in a family style atmosphere. All are expertly prepared and incredibly delicious. 6912 Hannegan Rd, Lynden 360.778.1726,

WINERIES & TASTINGS SAMSON ESTATES WINERY Samson Estates Winery, a romantic location for special celebrations, offers breathtaking scenery and affordable, award-winning wines. We invite you to taste our artisan wines and enjoy our relaxing destination venue. Memorial Day–Labor Day: Open Tuesday–Sunday 11–6 Remainder of Year Open Friday–Sunday 11–5 1861 Van Dyk Road, Everson 360.966.7787, TULIP VALLEY VINEYARD & ORCHARD Located in the Skagit Valley, come taste the best ciders and wines in the region and take a stroll through the vineyard’s art gallery. 16163 State Route 536, Mount Vernon 360.428.6894, DYNASTY CELLARS A small, family-owned local winery with winemaking roots going back generations. Specializing in award winning big bold red wines; great now, good for aging. White, rosé and dessert wines also available. Friendly atmosphere, centrally located in town. Parties and special events are welcome. 2169 E. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.220.4111, BELLEWOOD ACRES DISTILLERY We are Washington’s first true “Farm to Glass” distillery. We are proud to be growers, with the historical knowledge and tradition of creating fine spirits from our fruit. We offer you a unique old world tasting experience. Come in today to enjoy a taste and join us on a tour! While on the tour we will share how we grow, harvest, ferment, distill and ENJOY our premium spirits. 6410 Guide Meridian Rd., Lynden 360.318.7720, MASQUERADE WINERY Offering an excellent selection of award winning red and white wines, Masquerade owners Bill and Jennifer operates a friendly tasting room, wine club and hold special events. 3950 Hammer Dr., Ste. 101, Bellingham 360.220.7072, 70

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Sports Bar, Taproom, Pizzeria

7829 Birch Bay Dr., Blaine 360.922.7902,

4156 Meridian St., Bellingham 360.647.7066,

Come and enjoy the priceless views at Bay Breeze Restaurant in Birch Bay. We proudly serve exceptional Pacific Northwest fare at reasonable prices. Play in the warmest coastal waters north or San Diego, then lounge on our upper deck with a refreshing cocktail and the best fish and chips around.

Extremes Sports Grill & Pizzeria is an exciting place to meet friends and family for our gourmet pizzas, award-winning barbeque, mouthwatering appetizers, half-pound chuck burgers and our overstuffed sandwiches. We have 25 craft beers and ciders on tap. There are 16 flat screens and three giant screens with 12 satellite feeds to watch your favorite team! Delivery by

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THE BLACK CAT French American Fusion

_____________Outdoor Seating

1200 Harris, Suite 310, Bellingham 360.733.6136,

____________Reservations   ____________Happy Hour


25 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.647.5588,

8120 Birch Bay Square St., Blaine 360.366.3199

Anthony’s at Squalicum Harbor is located just off the I-5 corridor on Squalicum Harbor in Bellwether on the Bay and offers an impressive view of the sunset year round. Anthony’s at Squalicum Harbor is also located near Zuanich Park, a bayside park near many pleasure yachts and fishing vessels.

Bob’s Burgers & Brew is locally owned and always serves fresh burgers and so much more. When you join us at Bob’s, you get a wonderful dining experience with fast, friendly service and a warm welcoming atmosphere.


7 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.527.3473, Located on Squalicum Harbor in Bellwether on the Bay, Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill ~ Squalicum Harbor offers guests spectacular views of the San Juan Islands. Offering guests premier Northwest designer beef and fresh Northwest seafood, this high-energy restaurant specializes in hearthfire cooking.

414 W. Bakerview Rd., Ste. 112, Bellingham 360.366.8752,

Get all your late-night cravings satisfied in one spot. Enjoy our mouthwatering burgers made of 100% Angus beef on a toasted brioche bun, our delicious deep fried desserts, or one of our classic late night munchie foods like cheese fries or mozzarella sticks. Our iconic Fat Sandwiches are what keep customers coming back time and again. Jam-packed with your favorite late-night food, these sandwiches are a craving you won’t be able to resist.


FAT SHACK American

Enjoy great food and drinks seven days a week while taking in the best views of Fairhaven and Bellingham Bay. The Black Cat offers a cozy gastropub experience with 11 beer taps, a full selection of top quality liquors and wine along with an amazing happy hour. Located on the 3rd floor in the historic Sycamore Building.



21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.714.8412, Giuseppe’s Al Porto Ristorante provides an enhanced dining experience to its customers, including outside seating that provides diners with the joy of eating by the water and taking in the sights of beautiful Bellingham Bay. The classic Italian dining that earned Giuseppe’s the reputation as the finest Italian restaurant in Bellingham is still going strong. Whether you try the chicken marsala, happy hour specials or three-course, early-dinner specials, your mouth will water. Daily specials and the full menu include meat specialties, fresh seafood, and authentic Italian pastas.


221 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.656.5343, This eye-catching restaurant is both refined and welcoming. Their rotating happy hour, lunch and dinner menus include favorites such as the lamb burger, goat cheese fondue, charcuterie, and deeply-satisfying salads. Their brunch menu features a spicy Spanish hash, fried chicken and waffles, and baked eggs pomodoro. They roast their own award-winning coffee, and have exceptional local beer and wine.

IHOP American

420 W. Bakerview Rd., Bellingham 360.255.2048,

Big bold omelettes & world-famous pancakes. Decisions are hard, so don’t make one. Our

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omelettes are bigger and bolder than ever and they come with pancakes. So, you can’t go wrong. Not feeling like an omelette? Try some delicious crepes or one of our signature creations like a Create Your Own Melt or Homestyle Corned Beef Hash. Local family owned and operated.   LIGHTHOUSE GRILL & SUNSET LOUNGE Seafood & Steak

1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.392.3200, One of Bellingham’s most popular waterfront seafood & steak restaurants, the Lighthouse Grill & Sunset Lounge is an area leader in serving the finest Northwest cuisine, specializing in locally sourced seafood, meats, produce and beverages. Our menus not only reflect the passions and histories of our chefs, but also our respect for food allergies and sensitivities of our guests, all the while maintaining the high standards our guests deserve. With high quality menu items, gorgeous waterfront views, happy hour daily, and “possibly the most elegant ambiance of any restaurant in town” (John Stark, The Bellingham Herald), the Lighthouse Grill & Sunset Lounge will make your evening a night to remember.  –


3004 Cinema Place, Bellingham 360.306.8676, Founded in 2014, Luna’s Bistro is a unique restaurant nestled across from Regal Cinemas in Barkley Village. The menu ranges from pizza and burgers, to steak and halibut and chips. A full bar is accompanied by eight local beers on tap and complemented with an extensive wine selection. A list of daily specials includes prime rib on Thursday nights. –


1303 12th St., Bellingham 360.734.7677, In March of 2001, Mambo Italiano Café opened its doors to Bellingham. Since the beginning, consistent quality food and service has been the business. Creating a quality dining experience for our guests is something we continually strive for. We believe in housemade, handcrafted meals from scratch, with only the best quality ingredients possible. We take pride in our work and to us, Mambo is


much more than a restaurant. From our family to yours, welcome to Mambo. –


2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Bellingham 360.332.2505, Nicki’s Bella Marina offers up some of Bellingham’s best fish and chips, legendary gourmet burgers and outstanding local micro brews. The fish is hand cut up to three times a day, covered in tempura batter and cooked to order, making it a favorite among local fisherman. The burgers are pure comfort food made with 100% USD ground chuck steak and cooked to perfection. Nicki’s has been serving hungry customers and pleasing crowds with sweeping bay views from deck since 1992. –


1424 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 360.739.1612, Enjoy from-scratch, delectable desserts in our cozy, sophisticated, family & date-friendly dessert shop. We satisfy any dessert craving: cakes & cheesecakes by the slice, cupcakes, chocolate torte, mousse, gourmet dessert wedges, cookies & more. Our beverages complement the broad dessert menu with organic & fair-trade espresso, pour-over coffee, locally-blended tea, draft beer, wine, cider, champagne & more. –


3720 Meridian St., Bellingham 360.733.2255, The Slo Pitch is conveniently located right off 1-5 just 10 minutes from anywhere in Bellingham or Ferndale. With over 20 HD TVs, full bar, local brews, poker room, huge pull tab bar, live trivia, pool table and casino games. The Slo Pitch has so much to do.

SUBWAY Sandwich 8115 Birch Bay Square St., Unit 209, Blaine 360.392.8890, Discover better-for-you sub sandwiches at SUBWAY®. View our menu of sub sandwiches, see nutritional info, find restaurants, buy a franchise, apply for jobs, order catering and give us feedback on our sub sandwiches.


306 W. Champion St.,Bellingham, 360.676.8660, Continually recognized for their craft cocktails and small plates, Temple Bar aims to please. Begin with the classic Temple Bar cheese plate, a collection of three rotating cheeses varying in texture and flavor. They are often paired with fruit, honey, toasted nuts, and bread. Next, dive into a piping hot gratin, which varies based on what is in season. In between bites of a salad made with locally sourced ingredients, sip on a unique cocktail with house made infusions and bitters. Finally nibble on the chocolate chili muffins: the perfect end to a charming experience.   THE VAULT Bistro

277 G St., Blaine 360.392.0955, This is the type of exceptional restaurant that Julia Child would arrive for late lunch and stay through dinner, and then remain for a night cap. Incredibly fresh ingredients make this wine-centric restaurant, located in a former bank building, a treat for the senses. Teller cages and desks have been replaced with a sleek marble bar top and custom-made tables. Sinfully delicious is the Washington Mac & Cheese. Béchamel bourbon cheese sauce that includes local cheeses from Gothberg, Ferndale Farmstead and Twin Sisters, is topped with bourbon and truffle oil. The Seafood Chowder, made with bay shrimp and fresh Dungeness crab, is a sensually smooth and creamy rich soup that arouses one’s desire for more. A talented kitchen also produces flatbread style pizza that is served on thick, hand-crafted wooden trays, which helps keep the pie hot.   WESTSIDE PIZZA Pizza

4260 Cordata Pkwy., Ste. 107 Bellingham 360.756.5055, At Westside Pizza, we show our love for pizza in so many ways. We have everything from Tropical Heat, Death by Pizza and Meat Mania. We also have spicy chicken wings, salads and desserts! Gluten-free crust is available. Locations in Bellingham, Everson and Lynden. At Westside Pizza, we’re all about the pizza! –


Enjoy great food and drinks 7 days a week while taking in the best views of Fairhaven and Bellingham Bay. The Black Cat offers a cozy gastropub experience with 11 beer taps, a full selection of top quality liquors and wine along with an amazing happy hour. Located on the 3rd floor in the historic Sycamore Building.

The Black Cat 1200 Harris Ave., Ste. 310 Bellingham, WA 98225 360.733.6136


In March of 2001, Mambo Italiano CafĂŠ opened its doors to Bellingham. Since the beginning, consistent quality food and service has been the business. Creating a quality dining experience for our guests is something we continually strive for. We believe in house-made, handcrafted meals from scratch, with only the best quality ingredients possible. We take pride in our work and to us, Mambo is much more than a restaurant. From our family to yours, welcome to Mambo. Mambo Italiano 1303 12th St. Bellingham Wa 98225 360.734.7677

WOODS COFFEE Coffee Shop Muliple Locations 360.393.4761, Established in 2002, Woods Coffee is a local, family owned coffee company that strives to serve others, make a difference in the community and have fun. Muliple Locations 360.393.4761,




Big bold omelettes & world-famous pancakes. Decisions are hard, so don’t make one. Our omelettes are bigger and bolder than ever and they come with pancakes. So, you can’t go wrong. Not feeling like an omelette, try some delicious crepes or one of our Signature Creations like a Create Your Own Melt or Homestyle Corned Beef Hash. Local Family Owned and Operated. Sun–Thurs: 6 am–10 pm Fri–Sat: 6 pm–Midnight 420 W Bakerview Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226 360.255.2048 |

12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes 360.588.3800, Located within the casino, 13moons is sure to catch your attention. Situated on the waterfront, 13moons has a warm and inviting lodge atmosphere. The menu offers a wide variety including first plates, entree salads, seafood, and steaks. We started our meal with generous pours of wine, then moved on to the filet mignon, which was cooked to perfection and mouth-watering. The same could be said for their Marsala Mushroom Pork Chop. The Kobe Burger, made with Wagyu beef, brioche, Cambozola cheese and double-smoked bacon, is impressive. This is a great choice for an evening out. You will walk away satisfied, and you’ll understand why it is the go-to place for locals and visitors alike.   ANELIA’S KITCHEN Polish

513 South 1st St., La Conner 360.399.1805, A welcoming atmosphere, local food prepared with care, and great music make Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage a must-visit. The more than 25 house-infused Polish vodkas and myriad of local beers on tap will make you wonder why you didn’t visit sooner. Na zdrowie!   ANTHONY’S AT CAP SANTE MARINA Seafood


1207 Q Ave., Anacortes 360.588.0333,

Get all your late night cravings in one spot. Enjoy our mouthwatering burgers made of 100% Angus beef on a toasted brioche bun, our delicious deep fried desserts, or one of our classic late night munchie foods like cheese fries or mozzarella sticks. Our Iconic Fat Sandwiches are what keep customers coming back time and again. Jam-packed with your favorite late-night food, these sandwiches are a craving you won’t be able to resist.

Anthony’s at Cap Sante is located in the heart of downtown Anacortes at the Port of Anacortes Cap Sante Marina. The restaurant has a scenic waterfront setting ideal for viewing the activities of the commercial fishing fleet as well as recreational boating. It has two outside decks; one of which is covered, has a fireplace, and is ideal for year-round outdoor dining.

Sun–Thur 11am–1am Fri & Sat: 11am–3am 414 W Bakerview Rd. Suite 112 Bellingham,WA 98226 | 360.366.8752



418 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.899.4001, A’Town Bistro’s careful sourcing of ingredients, creative approach to food and drinks, and comfortable atmosphere is why it’s about to become your new go-to restaurant. Try the made-to-order clam


One of Bellingham’s most popular waterfront seafood & steak restaurants, the Lighthouse Grill & Sunset Lounge is an area leader in serving the finest Northwest cuisine, specializing in locally sourced seafood, meats, produce and beverages. With high quality menu items, gorgeous waterfront views, and happy hour daily, the Lighthouse Grill & Sunset Lounge will make your evening a night to remember. Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Lunch: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lounge: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

EXTREMES SPORTS GRILL & PIZZERIA Extremes Sports Grill & Pizzeria is an exciting place to meet friends and family for our gourmet pizza’s, award winning Barbeque, mouth watering appetizers, half pound chuck burgers and our overstuffed sandwiches. We have 25 craft beers and ciders on tap. There are 16 flat screens and three giant screens with 12 satellite feeds to watch your favorite team! Delivery by: Extremes Sports Grill & Pizzeria 4156 Meridian Street Bellingham, WA 98226 360.647.7066

1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham 360.392.3200

• Happy Hour Every Day 3:30-5:30 pm • Outdoor Dining Year Round • 1/2 Price Wine on Wednesday 1801 Roeder Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360.306.5668

1065 E Sunset Drive Bellingham WA 98226 360.707.7400

chowder, which features fresh clams served in a house made fume (fish stock), house-smoked bacon, and crusty bread. Pair your meal with something off the seasonally changing cocktail menu. Bitters, shrubs, and syrup are made in house and the creative cocktails are composed by staff or sourced from a collection of vintage bartending books. –


901 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, 360.293.7315 720 S. 1st St., La Conner, 360.466.4451 121-B Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon, 360.336.3107, Since 1981, Calico Cupboard has been serving the purest, most heart-healthy, and high-quality ingredients. Made with freshly milled, organically-grown, whole grain and unbleached flour, the cafe aims to promote its local farmers and gratify your body in the process. Sit down for breakfast or lunch, or just order from the bakery and grab an espresso to go. From cream puffs to eclairs to gluten-free berry crisp to cinnamon rolls — the bakery more than satisfies your sweet tooth. On weekend mornings, there may be a wait. However, the food is worth it — with options ranging from omelets to hashes to focaccia sandwiches to burgers. Calico Cupboard will leave you full, but feeling homey, healthy, and happy.   DAD’S DINER A-GO-GO American

908 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.899.5269 Anything off the menu is sure to please, but Dad’s Diner’s Texas Philly is a spicy, flavorful take on the classic Philly cheesesteak. What makes Dad’s spins on classic dishes so enticing is owners Fletcher McLean and Neil Stuchal essentially took one-note classics, like the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, and layered in more flavors. Bite into the thick Texas toast sandwich and you’ll taste the well-seasoned roast beef, a hint of spiciness from jalapeño, creamy melted cheese (go with the Jarlsberg), and rich umami from a touch of brown gravy mixed in at the end. Sautéed bits of onions and green peppers make an appearance as well, adding hints of sweetness. It’s anything but one-note, making it a step up from the classic dish.



116 1st St., La Conner 360.466.4261, Nell Thorn is seafood-heavy, so trying one of their seafood dishes is a must. Usually their daily specials take into account the freshest catches, but on the menu you’ll usually find some kind of seafood pasta, filet topped salad, and oysters. If you can’t settle on a starter, choose the crispy polenta cakes. The quiche is executed well with fluffy eggs and a flaky, light crust, while the no-fuss Nell Burger has simple toppings that don’t overburden the perfectly cooked, juicy meat patty.   OYSTER & THISTLE RESTAURANT AND PUB Seafood/Steak

205 E. Washington St., La Conner 360.766.6179, Oyster & Thistle Restaurant and Pub takes the time to prepare food with care. Their pastas are handmade and hand-cranked using semolina flour and an egg-rich dough. The zesty Caesar salad dressing is made with raw egg, the way it’s supposed to be. Their paella also contains a surprising ingredient, escargot. You’ll also find plenty of fresh, expertly shucked oysters, and perfectly seared sea scallops.   THE OYSTER BAR Seafood

2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6185, The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. The cozy restaurant is housed in a structure dating from the 1920s that has survived many incarnations. The restaurant owes its reputation to its remote, quintessentially Pacific Northwest setting. But people don’t dine at The Oyster Bar for its location alone. While oysters are the signature offering, The Oyster Bar offers a variety of other fine-dining choices and is known in the Pacific Northwest for its extensive wine cellar.   SEEDS BISTRO AND BAR American

623 Morris St., La Conner 360.466.3280, From soups to sandwiches, salads or “weeds” as they call them, and bigger entree options, Seeds Bistro and Bar has something for everyone. There’s a carefully curated meat and

cheese plate ($21) highlighting cheeses from places like Mt. Townsend Creamery and Acme Farms Cheese. The regularly rotated selections are garnished with candied nuts, crackers, and pickled blueberries from Bow Hill Blueberries. Try one of the seasonal pasta dishes made with fresh pasta, or an order of shucked oysters ($18) topped with a clean, cold horseradish “ice cream.”   SKAGIT RIVER BREWERY American

404 S. 3rd St., Mount Vernon 360.336.2884, Inspiration bred from English and German brews and made with Yakima Valley hops and Northwest barley and wheat, Skagit River Brewery produces the finest beers with distinguishable tastes. If you prefer heavy beer, go for the Steelie Brown, a rich, malty brew that is light on bitterness and hops. Try Sculler’s IPA or Gospel IPA if you want a combination of crisp and refreshing flavors of citrus and grapefruit with varying degrees of hoppiness. Seasonal beers also appear on the menu for locals to try something new. For those under 21 or those preferring non-alcoholic options, check out Skagit River Brewery’s homemade root beer and even have the root beer float for dessert. To complement the beers and non-alcoholic drinks, the brewery also prides itself on its selection of foods from wood-fired pizza to Chelan cherry wood-smoked ribs to clams simmered in a lemon sauce. Beer brings people together. At least it’s proven so in the Pacific Northwest. So, if you’re an avid beer drinker or know people who are, come to Skagit River Brewery to enjoy the ales and agers brewed in town.   THE UNION TAVERN — LOCAL 902 American

902 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.873.8245, Patrons can get the perfect-size dish in a flavor profile to satisfy any craving. Nibble on warm pretzel bites dipped in IPA beer cheese dip. Split a warm Caprese flatbread made with sliced Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with sweet balsamic reduction. The Union’s hot dog and sandwich menus fill bigger appetites like the fan-favorite smoked albacore melt sandwich. Don’t forget to try a couple of Union Oyster Shooters! With 18 beers on rotation, there’s the basics — four IPAs, light and dark options, a cider, two nitros — plus a surprise or two, perhaps a sour, cranberry-style Gose. Cocktails

Great Steaks, Great Price! Filet Mignon


3004 Cinema Pl. Bellingham, WA 360.306.8676

Brunch Every Prime Rib Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm

NY Strip

“Next to Regal Cinemas!”

NICKI'S BELLA MARINA Nicki’s Bella Marina offers up some of Bellingham’s best fish and chips, legendary gourmet burgers and outstanding local micro brews. The fish is hand cut up to three times a day, covered in tempura batter and cooked to order, making it a favorite among local fisherman. The burgers are pure comfort food made with 100% USD ground chuck steak and cooked to perfection. Nicki’s has been serving hungry customers and pleasing crowds with sweeping bay views from deck since 1992.

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2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Bellingham 360.332.2505 |

are another highlight. You won’t find Red Bull vodkas here or overly sweetened Mai Tais. The staff uses fresh juice, quality spirits, and housemade sours and grenadine. Staffers are encouraged to create their own cocktails, and the tastiest concoctions get a place on the menu.


11 Point Lawrence Rd., Olga 360.376.3242,

THE OYSTER BAR Offering the Pacific Northwest’s premier dining experience. The intimate, multitiered dining rooms offer stunning views of the San Juan Islands from every seat. The seasonally inspired menu features a variety of fresh seafood, steak, and vegetarian dishes with locally sourced produce and an award-winning wine list to pair. Lunch Daily 11:30am–4pm | Dinner Daily 4–10pm 2578 Chuckanut Dr. Bow, WA 98232 360.766.6185

The menu of this Orcas Island eatery may be small, but it is mighty. Breakfast and lunch are served until 3 p.m. Their menu features meat and produce grown on the island, incorporated into dishes such as Baked Eggs in Eggplant, Zucchini in Tomato Stew. Don’t forget about their bakery before heading out — all sweets and baked goods are made in-house.   CYNTHIA’S BISTRO American

65 Nichols St., Friday Harbor 360.298.8130, Located in a renovated 1920s home, this local San Juan Island staple is known for their innovative menu selections, like Seared Ahi Steak with Wasabi Cream and Hanna’s Tofu Scramble. You can enjoy lunch, or even an extended breakfast, until 2 p.m. daily in spring and summer. They are famous for their brunch, but you might try stopping by later in the evening for dinner, served only Friday to Monday, for a special treat.   DOE BAY CAFÉ American

107 Doe Bay Rd., Orcas Island 360.376.2291,

WESTSIDE PIZZA At Westside Pizza, we show our love for pizza in so many ways. We have everything from Tropical Heat, Death by Pizza and Meat Mania. We also have spicy chicken wings, salads and desserts! Gluten free crust is available. Locations in Bellingham, Everson and Lynden. At Westside Pizza, we’re all about the pizza! 4260 Cordata Parkway #107 Bellingham, WA 98226 360.756.5055 Everson: 360-922-7395 Lynden: 360-354-1555


Whether you’re heading toward the San Juan Islands or don’t mind taking a trip for an unbelievable meal, be sure to make reservations at the ever-popular Doe Bay Café. Owners Joe and Maureen Brotherton have stuck to their philosophy of taking good care of their visitors by providing world-class seafood and vegetarian dishes. Choose from breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections such as Huevos Rancheros with free range, organic over-easy eggs with black beans on griddled corn tortillas, Goat Cheese French Toast, or the Pan Roasted Troller Point King Salmon.   FRIDAY HARBOR HOUSE Regional NW

130 West St., Friday Harbor 360.378.8455, It’s hard to beat the view of the ferry landing, marina and San Juan Channel from Friday Harbor House, the hotel and restaurant elevated over the water to provide a sweeping panorama of water and sky. The restaurant’s new “Brunch on the Bluff” allows you to linger over the view while experiencing island dining at a high level. If you like, you can also have a drink — San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor House is one of the few island restaurants to offer a full bar at brunch every day of the week. New menu offerings include eggs benedict and Belgian waffles, along

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PURE BLISS DESSERTS Enjoy from-scratch, delectable desserts in our cozy, sophisticated, family & date-friendly dessert shop. We satisfy any dessert craving: cakes & cheesecakes by the slice, cupcakes, chocolate torte, mousse, gourmet dessert wedges, cookies & more. Our beverages compliment the broad dessert menu with organic & fair trade espresso, pour-over coffee, locally-blended tea, draft beer, wine, cider, champagne & more. Monday: 11am to 6pm Tuesday–Thursday: 11am–10pm Friday & Saturday: 11am–10:30pm Sunday: CLOSED


GIUSEPPE’S AL PORTO Step into the charm of Italy and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine with spectacular views of Squalicum Marina at Bellingham Bay. Dine inside or outside on our waterfront patio. Open 7 days | Lunch: 11:30 – 3pm Mon through Sat Happy Hour & Al Tramanto Early Dinner: 3 – 6pm Dinner: 5pm – 9:30pm daily | Open Sunday 3 – 8pm

1424 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 | 360.739.1612

21 Bellwether Way Bellingham Marina 360.714.8412

Providing a Truly Northwest Dining Experience is Our Pleasure

R E S T A U R A N T S At Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham 25 Bellwether Way • 360-647-5588 At Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes 1207 Q Avenue • 360-588-0333

On the Bellingham and Anacortes Waterfronts.

At Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham 7 Bellwether Way • 360-527-3473

with pork belly egg fried rice. Tried-and-true favorites include Smashed Avocado Toast and Benton’s Benedict.   PRIMA BISTRO French

201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060, A quintessential South Whidbey dining ­experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. Fried Spanish Marcona Almonds arrive steaming hot, glisteningly crisp and in a glory of flavor — and just in time a glass of Pinot Grigio. The selection of reds and whites offer options for connoisseurs of every stripe, along with a full bar. The Burgundy Snails in Herb Butter taste delightfully creamy, with an uncharacteristically soft, yet enjoyable texture. The Bistro Burger is a juicily grilled patty of Oregon beef, topped with a deliciously thick slice of melted white Cheddar; a burger made in heaven! For fabulous food, elegant ambience, and worldclass views, be sure to visit the Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island.




The following craft beer selections have made it past our taste test and into our top eight. Step out and give them a try; you won’t be disappointed.


VINNY’S Seafood

165 W. St., Friday Harbor 360.378.1934 Ciao! Vinny’s welcomes diners to their Friday Harbor Ristorante, mirroring the feel of this warm Italian restaurant. Dishes change monthly and reflect the desire to serve simple, gourmet Pacific Northwest seafood, and modern comfort Italian. Appetizers of Fior de Latte — a caprese salad — and mushroom medley (mushrooms with a Marsala demiglace and cambozola cheese) are perfect for sharing and leave space for a summery Capellini Mediterranea (prawns and clams in a light white wine and olive oil sauce). As well as a good selection of pastas, Vinny’s has seafood and meat entrées, many of them traditional favorites like Veal Marsala and Chicken Picatta. The cocktail list includes old favorites and some fun offerings like the Crantini and a rhubarb margarita. Top off a meal with crème brûlée — a light, room-temperature custard topped with a layer of burnt sugar.


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The Correspondent Foreign Extra Stout at Bellingham’s Wander Brewing won a gold medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival, and with its rich roasty flavors, it’s easy to see why. Island Hoppin’ on Orcas Island keeps it laid back, and serves up a nice mix of malt and hops (with a bit of booze to boot) in their Old Madrona Imperial Red. You don’t fully understand lagers unless you’ve had one at Chuckanut Brewery (locations in Bellingham and Burlington). We recommend their Dunkel, which tastes of deep brown bread crusts. chuckanutbrewery Discover the similarities between lions and hops at Aslan, right in downtown Bellingham, and get a 20 oz. pour of their flagship Batch 15 IPA while you’re at it. Check out their 21+ beer lounge on State St. before you call it a night.

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A Mount Vernon favorite, North Sound Brewing’s Hopsolute is the definition of what modern-day hops can do to a beer when added in large quantities. Intense in the best possible way. After browsing at Bellingham’s Village Books, walk to Fairhaven Stones Throw for their Raincountry Liquid Sunshine Lager. Sit in their backyard garden and bask in the real sunshine, if you can catch it. Atwood Ales brews on a farm in Blaine, but they are at the Bellingham Farmers Market every Saturday. Try whatever is new, but we recommend Mo’s Saison. Brewed with estate-grown hops, it’s an effervescent concoction that will lift the palate. At Menace Brewing in Bellingham’s Fountain District, you’ll feel like a local. Order a pint of their easy-drinking and flavorful Best Bitter. On Fridays, pair it with pan-fried dumplings from food truck Big Trouble. — Neal Tognazzini

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