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12 Calendar Annual events from around the North Sound for Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties.
18 Afternoon Light An in-depth look at the Lightcatcher of the Whatcom Museum.
22 Sea to Storefront The best sources for catching, buying, and eating fresh local seafood.
32 Tulip Festival A close look into the annual Skagit Tulip Festival.
San Juan Islands
Get an inside look at the San Juan Islands National Monument.
Take a sneak peak at this year's fashion shoot held at Lakedale Resort in Friday Harbor. Then, discover the plethora of boutiques, specialty shops, and galleries we have featured.
Eat & Drink
Experience the four seasons of picturesque Mount Baker, Whatcom County's most prominent feature.
See & Do
44 Our suggestions for making the most out of your visit to the North Sound, from whale watching to the best golf courses.
Dining is always high priority when traveling. We are fortunate to live in an area where there are an abundance of amazing restaurants for you to choose from.
ON THE COVER: Pierside restaurant at semiahmoo resort. photo by diane padys.
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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, oceanviews on the other, not to mention the surrounding lakes, trails and beautiful greenery. Within 30 minutes we can be snowboarding on Mt. 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 who inhabit 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 held 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-renown 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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January Whatcom Polar Bear Plunge at Birch Bay; Lake Padden Resolution Run and Polar Bear Plunge
February Whatcom Bellingham Human Rights Festival
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San Juan Orcas Island 25k; Camano Island Crab Festival
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March Whatcom Whatcom County Home and Garden Show; St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Wings Over Water: Northwest Washington Birding Festival Skagit La Conner Daffodil Festival SAn Juan Lopez Island Festival of One-Act Plays
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May Whatcom Procession of the Species Parade; Welding Rodeo; Ski to Sea; Mount Baker Marathon; Mother’s Day at Big Rock Skagit Mother’s Day Tea in Burlington san juan Opening Day Boat Parade
June Whatcom Deming Log Show; Bellingham Scottish Highland Games; Lummi Stommish Water Festival Skagit Anacortes Waterfront Festival; Bite of Skagit san juan San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour; Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival; Lopez Island Garden Tour
Whatcom Haggen Family Fourth of July; Blaineâ€™s Old Fashioned 4th Festival; Birch Bay Sandcastle Building Contest; Lynden Raspberry Festival
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Afternoon of Light
LIGHTCATCHER written by Frances Badgett
hether you’re planning a morning playdate at the Family Interactive Gallery (FIG) or an afternoon of viewing great local and regional art, the Lightcatcher is a worthy destination. Part of the Whatcom Museum complex, the 42,000-square-foot building incorporates galleries, meeting spaces, educational spaces, and children’s play area. The signature curved glass wall invites a soft light, just right for installations and sculptures, but not so bright as to fade prints. The interior is broken into two levels of gallery space, giving the museum both a sense of gravity and intimacy. The Lightcatcher is the spunky modern upstart to the more staid Whatcom Museum in the Old City Hall and the historic displays of the Syre Center. Designed by Jim Olson of Olson and Kundig Architects, the building is created from materials native to the Pacific Northwest. Olson and Kundig have also designed some of the most distinctive pieces of architecture in the Northwest, including the Washington State University Visitor Center, the visitor center for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art in Denver, and the Haub Gallery at the Tacoma Museum of Art. With an eye toward excellence in environmental stewardship, the Lightcatcher is the first LEED Silver museum in the state of Washington — its green roof serves both as a filter for runoff and an educational focal point; the building’s rain water is captured for reuse; the building uses natural ventilation; and the courtyard contains a rain garden for managing stormwater. The founders were interested in not only bringing great art to Whatcom, but in also reflecting the values of our community through sustainable practices. Upon its opening, Grace Jackson writing for the Cascadia Weekly (The Lightcatcher: A New Vision for the Whatcom Museum) wrote, “The museum is replete with architectural details that use nature as a mentor.” Indeed, the marriage of art and nature can be felt everywhere in the building. The museum showcases artists of local, regional, and national talent. In recent years, their conceptual show Vanishing Ice addressed global climate change with community-wide events. The museum has also shown the work of photographer Edwin Curtis, decorative arts of the Northwest from the Arts and Crafts movement, art created as part of the Works Progress Administration
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of the 1930s, historic photographs from the early years of Whatcom County, among many more. The inaugural installation, Bloom by John Grade, was an inspired and celebrated art event in our area. A sitespecific project, Bloom was created to be dissolved at the end of its run, speaking to both the temporality and delicacy of life, and to renewal. The show was a kind of mission statement, setting the museum on a course of bold endeavors. The $12.8 million project was funded by nonprofits and public money, including the Public Facilities District, the Campaign for the Arts, the Whatcom Community Foundation, and individual donors. The museum opened in November of 2009. The opening included a strong presence from local elected officials, Lummi and Nooksack tribal leaders, the leaders of the nonprofits that had raised money for the project, and the general public. A story pole created by local carver Rand Jack graces the entrance to the FIG, highlighting the museum’s commitment to embracing all cultures and identities in our region.
The Lightcatcher manages to balance modern design with approachability and a lack of pretention. The courtyard is a great place to bring a little picnic lunch and stretch out in the sun after a morning of playing or touring. The FIG, designed separately by Larry Ackerly of LACAB, is full of beautifully crafted play structures, costumes, music, and imaginative art from some of the best local artists, including a beautiful magnetic city board created by noted folk artist Fishboy. The FIG has ample art space for little ones to create their own masterpieces, free popcorn, and a friendly staff to help with setup and cleanup. The museum gift shop has many items of local and regional flavor, including Lummi carvings, handcrafted jewelry, and lush catalogues on each of the museum’s shows. The Lightcatcher is a major architectural and cultural focal point in downtown Bellingham, and well worth a visit.
Store front Written by Frances Badgett Photographed by Kristoffer Arestol
Grill it, smoke it, eat it raw — fish is one of the great delicacies, and preparing and eating fresh-caught wild fish is a whole new order of seafood dining. If you enjoy the outdoors, the water, and the connection of nature to your plate, here are some great ways to harvest one of the healthiest entrees around.
Angling for Salmon The two main questions most people heading out to fish for the first time ask: when and where? The Department of Fish and Wildlife takes samples of salmon from Squalicum Marina in Whatcom County and Washington Park launch ramp in Skagit. From these samples, the DFW issues a report that indicates how many salmon are running at any given time. This information is most useful for predicting the best time to catch salmon if viewed over a two- or three-year trend (and all those records are available), rather than up-to-theminute reporting. Some of the reports are more than a week old, which means you may miss the peak if you’re getting old information. The sampling areas aren’t the recommended areas for angling. The DFW offers maps, up-to-date information about regulations, areas that may be closed to fishing, and licensing. The DFW also has maps and information about areas that may be closed for management purposes or for the season.
Chartering a Boat
Searching for the right spot to fish on the right day in the right weather can be a challenge. An experienced captain with a good boat can take you to favorite spots, and he will know the best times to go. Whether you are learning how to fish, determining your level of commitment to the sea, or an expert without a boat, grab some friends and spend an afternoon or a weekend reeling in the sea’s bounty. Four charters — R&R Charters, Highliner Charters, Jolly Mon, and Catchmore Charters — run out of Anacortes. On Orcas Island, Marty Mead runs North Shore Charters, with overnight packages, additional activities, and more.
Our nearshore waters are often closed for shellfish harvesting in the summer, but not always. Birch Bay, Chuckanut Bay, Semiahmoo, Drayton Harbor, Larrabee State Park, Point Roberts, and South Birch Point are all public oyster and clam beaches. There will be big signs warning you if the beaches are closed. You’ll see the buoys for crab pots scattered around Fairhaven in Bellingham, down south in Skagit, and up in Semiahmoo and Birch Bay. Birch Bay State Park’s clam band is a great place to dig. From the gravel to the low dirt line, you can harvest littleneck and Manila clams. In the sandy upper intertidal, you can find butter clams, cockles, and horse clams. Oysters can be harvested on the north end of the beach as well. Patos Island has clam-digging and oyster harvesting year-round.
If getting out on the water and tossing around lines and nets is too much like work for you, crab might be more your speed. No, not the scary crabbing of Deadliest Catch; we’re talking about an afternoon of baiting traps, setting pots, and waiting. Go out at high tide, cut your motor, bait the trap (turkey leg seems to be de riguer for crabbers) and drop the pot. Have a beer, go for a swim, read a few chapters of a good book, and your dinner comes to you. Just be aware that crab can strip that bait (typically a turkey leg) very quickly, so don’t leave it out too long. Bear in mind that you have to measure your crab and not overfish, which is true about almost every form of fishing.
• thesanjuans.com, randrfishingcharters. com, highlinercharters.com, jollymonanacortes.com, catchmorecharters.com
As of printing, the Whatcom County Health Department issued the following statement:
Unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin have been detected in molluscan shellfish on beaches in Drayton Harbor. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed recreational harvest for all species of molluscan shellfish on beaches from Birch Point north to the Canadian border. Molluscun are defined as oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops.
Perhaps youâ€™re less of a harvest-yourown type, but you like to keep a short distance between your food and your dinner plate. Perhaps you want the freshest, highest quality seafood from a reliable local source. Maybe you just like shopping from a pre-selected display with lots of variety or you like giving amazing gifts like whole salmon to lucky friends and family. These shops and purveyors will fill your plate, gift basket, or shopping cart with plenty of delicious options.
Taylor Shellfish Farm The largest producer of farmed shellfish in the U.S., the Taylors have built their business to nearly 500 employees and 11,000 acres of tidelands. They offer clams, geoduck, mussels, and several varieties of oysters. Their farm store is beautifully situated along Chuckanut Drive, and they welcome visitors. For generations this family has provided our area (and now the world) with fresh shellfish. • 2182 Chuckanut Dr., Bellingham, taylorsamish.com
Black Rock Seafood in Anacortes Fish and Anacortes are practically synonymous, as Anacortes is the gateway to the San Juans. With fishing boats galore, it’s great that there’s a place to buy some of that bounty. Black Rock gets high marks for its crab, but don’t overlook their other offerings. Even prepared fish like the pickled herring are highly prized by locals. • 8991 Stevenson Rd., Anacortes
and through the stewardship of his descendants, it is still going strong. Though most of their products are for wholesale distribution, they have a robust online presence featuring premium canned albacore and salmon. Bornstein Seafoods works closely with the Marine Stewardship Council to ensure their sources are sustainable. • 1001 Hilton Ave., Bellingham, bornstein.com
Skagit’s Own Fish Market Owned and operated by Tana and Eric Skaugrud, the Skagit Fish Market is a great place to explore new kinds of fish or pick up favorite standbys. Clean, comfortable, and well-stocked, the shopping experience at the market is unparalleled. They specialize in crab, but offer all kinds of fish. They can identify the finest products and offer lots of advice on preparation. A great place to dive into seafood if you’re at all hesitant.
Desire Fish Company in Bellingham
Specializing in the hardy and tender Pacific Oyster, Blau Oyster grows all their stock from seed and harvests onsite. Blau also offers crab, clams, and mussels in addition to oysters. When oysters reach maturity, Blau processes them for distributors, stores, and restaurants, keeping some of their stock live for raw consumption and barbecuing. By the pint or pound, half-dozen or full, the oysters at Blau are delicious and carefully harvested.
If you’ve driven down Holly Street in Bellingham, you’ve seen the signs for salmon. Desire Fish Company sells their wild caught salmon and halibut right at the dock, offering the freshest and most exciting retail experience in town. Because they are coming right off the ocean, their quantities and species vary, but they always seem to keep salmon in stock. For those who like to shorten the distance between the source and their dinner plates, Desire Fish is a great option. Fish are typically sold to processors and distributors, and go through many changes of hands before landing on your plate. Not so at Desire, where you get it right off the boat. Bob Gudmundson and Melinda Sweet have made Desire a family affair, and work hard to provide the freshest fish they can.
Bornstein Seafoods in Bellingham Myer Bornstein started this little seafood company in Bellingham in 1934,
• 18042 WA 20, Burlington, skagitfish. com
Blau Oyster Company on Samish Bay
• 11321 Blue Heron Rd., Bow, blauoyster.com
• Squalicum Harbor Gate 7, desirefish.com
Fishing History: Reef Net Fishing
Barlean’s Fishery in Ferndale Specializing in a traditional fishing style called reef net fishing, Barlean’s has been in operation in Bellingham since 1972. They offer all fish preparation services. Their salmon is their most popular item, but they also have other varieties of fish as well. • Ferndale, barleansfishery.com
Vis Seafoods in Bellingham Nestled among cottages along James Street is one of the best seafood stores in the area. The Wright family operates their own fleet, and it shows in the freshness of their offerings. Salmon is king here at Vis, but they also keep halibut, prawns, lingcod, live crab, and much more on regular rotation. The family is so knowledgeable that you can walk in off the street, pick out some fish, and they can offer tips for preparation and recipes. They stand by their seafood with a money-back guarantee. • 2208 James St., Bellingham, visseafood.com
Matt’s Fresh Fish Gillnetter Matt Marinkovich fishes the San Juan islands and provides locals with sockeye, pink, chum, Chinook and Coho salmon. Matt is a local, making his fish available within hours of being caught. Join his fish list and get updates on what he’s catching and what’s out there. • Friday Harbor, mattsfreshfish.com
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm Oyster farmers Toni Knudson and Mark Sawyer have been running Buck Bay since the 1940s. Come and grab some oysters and kick back at Toni’s Shuck Shack for an afternoon of good eating. They also offer clams and Dungeness crab in addition to oysters. A charming and beautifully situated place, Buck Bay is a nice stop on an Orcas tour. • Olga, Orcas Island, buckbayshellfishfarm.com
Beyond the shore, there on the sparkling waters of Legoe Bay, you can see the nets, webbed and glinting in the sun like spider webs spun between boats. If you look closely, among the aluminum-hulled vessels you can find a few traditional wooden canoes. Today, only the materials of reef netting have changed slightly — otherwise, the historic practice has returned to our waters unchanged from its centuries-old roots. Reef netting is unique to our area, and a very special component of tribal identity.
At the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, the tribes who signed were granted “The right of taking fish at usual and accustomed grounds and stations is further secured to said Indians in common with all citizens of the Territory.” The Lummi Nation, signatories to the treaty, have held those treaty rights ever since. They were affirmed by the 1974 Bolt Decision. Reef netting was halted in the Puget Sound for several years. In recent years, reef-netting has returned, and with it a return to Lummi roots.
The benefits of reef net fishing are many. For one, the fish (and typically salmon) haven’t entered the rivers yet, making it exceptionally tender. The reef net allows for a high level of selection, as fish aren’t bound together in a bundle. And third, it is easiest on aquatic ecology, as the nets don’t drag on the ocean floor, but float along in the current. For fishermen, it is an efficient tool — according to the Whatcom Land Trust, an 1881 newspaper reported that three reef nets caught 10,000 salmon in six hours.
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An area with this much available seafood can’t help but have great seafood restaurants. From individual dishes to whole restaurants with a seafood emphasis, we’ll guide you through the maze of inferior and farmed fish to get you to the best places for fresh and wild seafood.
The Oyster Bar Set along the dizzying cliffs of Chuckanut Bay, The Oyster Bar is an unassuming wooden building that would be easy to overlook. But what lies inside is not only a beautiful restaurant with a cleverly tiered interior, but expansive views of Chuckanut Bay. The dishes are fresh and beautifully prepared, and the oysters are absolutely divine. • 2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow, theoysterbar.net
Rock-n-Rye Oyster House The newcomer in the seafood scene here in Bellingham, Rock-n-Rye specializes in oysters. They have a full menu, but oysters are their focus. The oyster stew, oyster tacos, and raw shooters are all very well prepared and delicious. The exposed brick and dark varnished wood add to the cozy oyster house ambiance. • 1145 N. State St., Bellingham rockrye.com
Packers Oyster Bar and Pierside Kitchen With Drayton Harbor Oyster Farm just over the railing, you really can’t go wrong with the oysters at Packers and the fish dishes next door at Pierside. Fresh halibut, salmon, ahi, and more are served delicately seared to perfection with sauces that complement but don’t overwhelm. With all of that sparkling water surrounding Semiahmoo, it’s a perfect place for an ocean-inspired dinner.
• 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, semiahmoo.com
Secret Cove in Anacortes With a brand-new patio overlooking the water, this seaside retreat is pure pleasure. They offer fresh shellfish (oyster, crab, mussels) in an elegant, yet casual dining room. They are perfectly located on the water for the absolute utmost in freshness. • 209 T Ave., Anacortes, secretcoveanacortes.com
Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor The Oyster Bar
Though seafood isn’t their only menu offering, it certainly is the focus of this Northwest gem. Located in a Craftsman bungalow a few blocks from the ferry terminal, Coho is a cozy, welcoming spot. Mussels, octopus, trout, halibut, and more grace their menu, all prepared with a Mediterranean influence. The owners are committed to offering locally sourced ingredients, and the art on the walls is all local as well. Westcott Bay Seafood supplies Coho with fresh fish, ensuring Coho’s commitment to fresh, local, and sustainable seafood.
• 120 Nichols St., Friday Harbor, cohorestaurant.com
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival written By Dawn-Marie Hanrahan photos By kirostoffer Arestol
he Skagit Valley, located in northwest Washington, offers daffodil, iris, and tulip growers the perfect, fertile environment for bulb farming. Agriculture is the number one industry in Skagit County, and along with a vast variety of food crops grown throughout the season, thousands upon thousands of stunning flowers are harvested each year, heralding spring. Framed by the white-peaked Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a stunning tour with 500 to 700 acres of scenic landscapes brilliant with vivid color. The spring event draws an estimated 400,000 visitors annually. The festival is scheduled for the entire month of April to allow for the range in schedule of the blooms. If you plan on attending, be sure to check in with the website before booking. In 2010, Mount Vernon, Washington — headquarters for the annual tulip festival — was host to the three-day World Tulip Summit. This was the first time the summit took place in the United States. Growth of the Tulip Industry
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, inaugurated in 1984 by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, has grown into one of Washington state’s most popular and picturesque attractions. Over the years, as the numbers of annual visitors to the fields increased, the Chamber of Commerce elected to add special events and festivities throughout the blooming season to enhance the visitor’s experience. By 1994, the Tulip Festival had grown into an entity of its own and separated from the Chamber of Commerce. Currently it is headed by a 25-member board of directors. Historic records attribute the business of bulb growing in Skagit Valley to Mrs. Mary Brown Stewart when, in 1906, she first planted a few bulbs she had acquired from
Did You Know? •Contrary to popular belief, tulips are not originally from Holland. They are native to Persia and were first cultivated in 1000 AD. • The word tulip originated from the Turkish word for turban: tülbend and from Persian dulband. After introduction to Europe in the late 1500s, the Dutch form became tulpe; in Italian tulipano and Spanish tulipan. English dropped the –an, which was often mistaken as a suffix. • Ancient Turks used tulips to brew a love potion and many cultures today still consider the tulip to be the symbol of perfect love. • Originally the frilly edges and elaborate flames of certain tulip varieties were a symptom of a tulip infection caused by a virus once found on peaches and potatoes. While today’s hybrids look similar in flair and fancy, they are no longer the result of disease. • Tulips are kin to the onion and are edible. The petals can be tossed into salads or pressed into wine, while the bulbs can be sliced, fried and used like onions. • Tulips are the only fresh cut flowers that will continue to grow in the vase. • During Tulipmania in 1633, bulbs were being traded for up to £400 — the equivalent of £4 million today. • The elegant and exquisite “Black Tulip” isn’t black at all. It’s a very deep purple. • During the reign of Louis XIV, the French grew quite obsessed with the tulip when women began tucking the decorative flowers into their undergarments. • A bill of sale recorded from the early 17th century noted the following payment for one single tulip bulb: 2 loads of wheat, 4 loads of rye, 4 fat oxen, 8 fat swine, 12 fat sheep, 2 hogsheads of wine, 4 barrels of beer , 2 barrels of butter, 1,000 pounds of cheese, a marriage bed with linens, and a sizeable wagon to haul it all away.
Holland. With her expanding gardens and the support and assistance of Dr. David Griffiths of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Experimental Station in Bellingham, Washington, Mrs. Stewart capitalized on an idea to establish a mail-order bulb business. Her bulbs quickly sold to garden clubs as far away as New England. Eventually, Mary’s son, Sam Stewart, opened and maintained the Tulip Grange Bulb Farm located in Skagit Valley. A federal embargo placed on bulb imports in 1926 forced many growers in Holland to establish bulb farms in the United States. Hearing of the successful experiments with Washington-grown bulbs, many Dutch growers traveled to America, settling primarily in Lynden, Washington, about 45 miles north of Mt. Vernon. However, it did not take long for the newcomers to determine the frigid Lynden winters were not conducive to successful bulb growing and they quickly made their way south to the Skagit Valley region. When the embargo of 1926 was lifted, competition for the U.S. growers increased. Japan joined Holland and England as being among the finest bulbgrowing centers in the world. Sadly, the increased competition forced several smaller farms in the Skagit Valley region to close. Yet, bulb-growing continued to thrive in the fertile Skagit Valley. From its humble beginnings, the Tulip Festival has branched out to include a grand parade, several art shows, the Anacortes Quilt Show, Downtown Mt. Vernon Street Fair, gala celebrations, and musical concerts. There are juried arts and crafts fairs, street entertainment, and a variety of local wines and festival foods available throughout the month. In addition to the colorful fields, display gardens, and greenhouses, there are spectacular views of the valley, the Cascade Mountains and Skagit Bay. One uniquely Northwest highlight of the annual event is the Kiwanis Salmon Barbecue, which is open daily. Blooms and Bulbs While the blooming tulip fields are the attraction for tourists, the tulip industry is primarily concerned with the bulbs.
Bulbs used for planting generally come from previous harvests with the largest of the bulbs being marketed. All bulbs are machine graded and separated. Planting season usually falls between September and October. Harvest times vary at the Skagit Valley tulip fields due to weather conditions but first flowers are generally picked in late March. The bulbs remain in the soil until the summer months when digging and cleaning begins. Manual labor is used most often for cutting the flowers while the digging, sorting, and cleaning of the bulbs is largely accomplished by mechanical means. Depending on the farm’s size, the number of field workers can range from 120 to 800 employees. In addition to the vast and vivid farmlands in bloom, local growers have expanded into greenhouse operations for cut flowers. Tulip fans will be happy to know Washington Bulb Co, Inc., parent company of tulips.com and Roozengaarde, has a large-scale greenhouse operation that produces fresh cut flowers 365 days per year. A haven for photographers and gardening enthusiasts, the fields, gardens and greenhouses provide an abundance of fun, interesting and educational opportunities for every age. Fresh-cut bouquets or potted bulbs for planting can be purchased or ordered on site at both Roozengaarde and Tulip Town. Various roadside stands are also available for fresh cuts directly from the fields. Getting there Skagit Valley is located 60 miles north of Seattle, Washington, and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. I-5 exits 221 to 236 will get you to the attractions where the blooming fields and festival events cover a 15-mile radius of the county. Pick up the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival brochure, which includes information regarding daily events, lodging, restaurants, and maps. Free at local businesses or online (and downloadable) at www.tulipfestival.org.
SAN JUAN ISLANDS
A national monument written By Miles Oliveira
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n March 25, 2013, President Obama signed a proclamation to permanently protect the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in the San Juan islands, designating 970 acres as a national monument. The proclamation is a culmination of years of grassroots efforts by community members and elected officials to protect these lands. Monument status means the BLM will work closely with the local community on a management plan and prevents p otential development or exploitation of these lands. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, who advocated for the designation along with Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, issued the following statement, “From the bluffs on Stuart Island to Watmough Bay, the San Juan islands are home to some of our nation’s most beautiful and important natural resources.” The idea that the untouched land managed by the federal government should be preserved and protected is not a new one. Anyone who has visited these islands knows that they deserve designation as national monument lands to ensure that future generations can explore the trails and beaches, breathe in the salty air, and learn to love the calm and the beauty they offer at every turn. The affected lands include historical sites like ancient fishing areas, natural habitats that provide breeding grounds for birds and safe refuges for harbor seal pups and rare plants, and popular recreation destinations. Deer, lingcod, porpoise, salmon, orca, otter, crab, sea star, anemone, harbor seal, and osprey are abundant on San Juan Island. Barbara Marrett, communications manager at the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, said of the national monument proclamation, “It preserves places people love.”
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“We’d like to thank the travelers who made this win possible, simply by sharing their love of the sparkling waters, abundant wildlife, outdoor recreation and vibrant arts scene.”
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The day after President Obama established the San Juan Islands National Monument, TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice Island Awards acknowledged San Juan Island as the top island in the U.S., and as a top four world pick. The awards honor top islands from around the world and are based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. “We’d like to thank the travelers who made this win possible,” said Deborah Hopkins, executive director for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. “Simply by sharing their love of the sparkling waters, abundant wildlife, outdoor recreation and vibrant arts scene that San Juan Island offers on TripAdvisor.” In addition to the recent attention the islands have received, Lonely Planet editors voted the San Juan Islands third on their “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013” list, emphasizing the “farm-to-fork” movement. The islands also ranked third in 2012 in Travel and Leisure’s “Top 10 Islands Continental U.S. & Canada,” and second in the New York Times’ world list “41 Places to Go in 2011.” Describing the diversity of the awards, Marrett said, “It’s great that it isn’t just one thing about the islands that gets recognized — everything does. That doesn’t happen for a lot of places.”
The honors mirror the majestic quality of the islands. The San Juan Islands are worthy of this praise on the merit of their natural beauty alone, but because their value as natural habitat coupled with the rich culture of the islands is unique. The islands cover roughly 1,000 acres of land, are comprised of an archipelago of 450 islands, and include not only the history of the native people who lived here many generations ago, but also the history of pirates and privateers, of adventurers and settlers. A resting place for those traversing the coast to Canada and Alaska, the islands have an amazing patchwork of history and culture for such tiny dots on a map. Federal designation will bring protection to the most sensitive ecological areas and for the species living on the islands. The San Juan Islands force you to live in a constant state of awe. In the face of all the beauty, it’d be impossible to feel anything but the greatness of the islands' majesty. Undoubtedly, the designation of the islands as a national monument will bring all who love them peace of mind, knowing that this remarkable land will be preserved and protected.
The Four Seasons written by Marilyn Napier
riginally named Komo Kulshan by the Lummi Indians, Mount Baker is a landmark you canâ€™t miss. On clear days, Mount Baker is visible from hundreds of miles away. The snow-capped volcano has 20 miles of active glaciers and rises to 10,781 feet above sea level. The mountain is important to the region, holding a record of one of the snowiest places in the world and the second most active volcano in the Cascade Range. Every season of Mount Baker offers something different and new to experience, making it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
Fall Mount Baker becomes a picturesque representation of fall in the Northwest with leaves transitioning to a golden color and big leaf maples and cottonwoods trailing the lower North Fork Nooksack River valley. Blueberries and huckleberries are abundant this time of the year, making Mount Baker the perfect place for berry-picking. Fall is also the last opportunity to enjoy the hiking conditions of summer before the first snow begins in late October and November. For the advanced hikers, Hannegan Peak will reward you with waterfalls along the way and a 360-degree view of Cascade peaks on top. This trailâ€™s best season is late August to October, making it a refreshing hike for fall. For an activity a little less intense, there is nothing like a waterfall in the months of vibrant colors and lush greenery. After a quick drive off of Mt. Baker Highway, take a short hike to Nooksack Falls. This time of year offers a rich array of colored leaves surrounding the rushing water, which is a result of glacial melt from Mount Shuksan. Winter With the most snow in North America, this mountain becomes one of the go-to spots for winter sports and activities in Western Washington. The slopes at Mt. Baker Ski Area usually open around mid-December, offering downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For downhill skiers and snowboarders, Baker offers lessons, rentals and day lodges. For cross-country skiers, the Salmon Ridge Sno-Park features up to 15 miles of trail and is located between mileposts 46/47 on Mt. Baker Highway, right outside the town of Glacier. Snowshoeing is also a popular activity in the area. Most trails are off Mt. Baker Highway and throughout the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. With waterfalls, old-growth forests and views of surrounding mountain peaks and rivers, these snow-packed trails become a winter wonderland. A couple of trails include Bagley Lakes, located west of Mt. Baker Ski Area, as well as Silver Fir Campground located along the Nooksack River. For snowmobiling, check out Canyon Creek and Glacier Road trails located off of Mt. Baker Highway. Bring the whole family for sledding. One of the most popular places to sled is at Highwood Lake next to Mt. Baker Ski Area.
Spring Spring is a time of transition, especially for Northwest Washington. As the snow begins to lessen, more of the Mount Baker area becomes accessible while still showing views of snow-covered mountaintops. Originally built in the late 1800s as an access road for logging, Mt. Baker Highway is a scenic drive from Bellingham to Mount Baker filled with evergreens and stunning views of surrounding mountains and bodies of water. The route goes through the small towns of Nugent’s Corner, Deming, Kendall, Maple Falls and Glacier. After Glacier, the road follows the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, designated as a National Forest Scenic Byway. With the Nooksack River peaking through along the way, the highway climbs to more than 5,000 feet above sea level and ends at milepost 58 if there is no snow, and at milepost 55 if there is snow. The highway is a great way to experience the views and natural beauty of the Mount Baker area. Summer Summer at Mount Baker welcomes the season of hiking and camping. As the snow melts, this season offers the opportune time to see the mountain in a way not seen at any other time of the year. Located at the end of Mt. Baker Highway, Artist Point is a popular destination for visitors in summer. Artist Point typically opens between June and July and closes when the first snowfall hits the area, usually around late September. Offering 360-degree views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, this destination is at more than 5,000 feet above sea level. Once at Artist Point, there is the option to explore Artist Ridge Trail. The trail is easily accessible with paved paths leading to an overlook with benches and interpretive panels explaining natural and cultural history. The trail is located at the end of the Mt. Baker Scenic Byway in the Heather Mount Baker is a hiker’s heaven with more than 100 miles of maintained trails. From beginner to advanced, there is a hike for just about everyone. In late summer, Table Mountain is one of the best rewards for the effort. Only three miles round trip, the top of Table Mountain will reveal Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan on either side. For more experienced hikers, Yellow Aster Butte is a must. With wildflowers blooming in August, this trail is seven and a half miles round trip with a gain of 2,550 feet. The trail is filled with views of Mount Baker as well as seeing as far out as the Canadian border and snow-capped mountains all around at the top. One can also enjoy backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, climbing and sightseeing around the area. When it comes to camping, there are many options on and around the mountain. Baker Lake is a popular camping area that offers recreation for everyone in the family. The lake is an ideal place to get the full camping experience including fishing for sockeye salmon, boating, picnicking and hiking. The Baker Lake Trail stretches across the eastern shoreline and crosses Baker River at the north end of the lake. The trail is a laid-back hike fit for children and adults. Douglas Fir and Silver Fir campgrounds located along the North Fork Nooksack River offer more classic camping experiences. Situated in the forest and secluded from the highway, these campgrounds offer picnic tables, fire rings and access to the river. Mount Baker is Mother Nature’s playground during every season of the year. A quick drive from the city will land you in this scenic area with an abundance of natural beauty around every turn. Mount Baker is a place that will not disappoint, no matter what time of year it is.
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Whale-Watching Tours Three different tour companies in Whatcom County offer whale-watching tours through the Salish Sea. Grab your binoculars and head out to see some marine life up close!
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, pelindabalavender.com
FAIRHAVEN HISTORICAL DISTRICT This 9-acre neighborhood on the south side of Bellingham offers a quaint visit with a lot of character. Founded in the 19th century, the district’s six square blocks now contain art galleries, antique shops, and some some great inde-
Bellingham Cruise Terminal • 355 Harris Avenue #104, Bellingham
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Deluxe Whale Watching Adventure Cruise
Deluxe whale watching cruise from Bellingham through the San Juan Islands, including a free Northwest wild salmon and chicken lunch, and a 2-hour visit in Friday Harbor.
Cracked Crab Dinner Cruise Bellingham’s premier waterfront dining experience. Cruise Chuckanut Bay while enjoying Dungeness Crab and other delicacies.
Sucia Island Picnic Cruise
Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise
Cruise north to this state park island, one of the true gems of the San Juans, for an afternoon picnic on the beach and nature walk.
Wednesday evening beer tasting cruises. Each cruise includes 9 craft beers from 3 local breweries and snacks.
unWINEd on the Bay A glass of wine, the gentle sway of the boat, a beautiful sunset - a truly unique wine tasting experience.
LaConner Deception Pass Depart Bellingham for a scenic cruise to La Conner through Deception Pass, including an on-board lunch.
HIKE OYSTER DOME Distance: 6.5 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 1900 ft. Highest Point: 2025 ft. Hiking Season: Year-round, but best on a clear day
Oyster Dome is one of the most popular hikes in Whatcom — and for good reason, too — the reward at the top is unparalleled, a breathtaking view of the San Juan Islands, Samish Bay, and even the Olympic Mountains. Often, bald eagles can be spotted circling above. This view is made all the more satisfying by the mainly uphill hike that precedes it — certainly not the easiest three miles. Want more hikes? Go to northsoundlife.com.
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. 10381 Bayview Edison Rd., Mount Vernon
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, zipsanjuan.com
Boulevard park Located on a beautiful stretch of Bellingham Bay, Boulevard Park boasts fantastic views and amenities, including a beach, overwater boardwalk, and a state-of-the-art playground. 470 Bayview Dr., Bellingham, 360.778.7100, cob.org
Anacortes serves as an anchor point for San Juan Island visitors as four islands — Shaw, Lopez, San Juan and Orcas — are all accessible by the Washington State Ferries from the Anacortes ferry terminal. With the San Juans so readily available, it is easy to overlook how beautiful the city of Anacortes really is. The best way to find it: a pair of walking shoes and a large water bottle.
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Whatcom County 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, mountbakertheatre.com 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, sparkmuseum.org The Upfront Theatre
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Conquer your bucket list and make memories you will treasure for a lifetime. Explore the unique history and anatomy of these gentle giants. Get up-close and personal to pet, feed and photograph our camels, including our adorable babies. Tour our certified organic farm atop an off-road capable Segway. Experience it all with the spectacular backdrop of Mt. Baker and its foothills.
5435 Sand Road, Bellingham, WA Take exit 255 Sunset/Mt. Baker Hwy
Founded by world-renowned improviser Ryan Stiles, the Upfront showcases live improvised comedy every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Sometimes Stiles himself will even make an appearance. 1208 Bay St., Bellingham 360.733.8855, theupfront.com
The Northwest ‘s Destination Distillery
Bellingham Farmers Market Every Saturday, local farmers and artisans come together to sell their products at one of the largest farmers markets in Washington state. 1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.647.2060, bellinghamfarmers.org camel safari Hop on a camel or take a Segway tour of the farm, which has beautiful views of the Mount Baker foothills. A fun and educational way to get up close and personal with some pretty exotic critters. 5435 Sand Rd., Bellingham 800.836.4036, camelsafari.com
Vodka • Gin • Brandy • Liqueurs BelleWood makes world class spirits from apples grown on our farm. We are one of the few traditional artisan distillers in North America. Visit our stills, taste our exceptional spirits, eat at our country cafe! 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264 360-318-7720 | www.bellewooddistilling.com
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Glen Echo Garden Pick a nice day to wander through this 7-acre, multi-themed botanical garden. Colorful blooms stand out against a natural, wooded setting. 4390 Y Rd., Bellingham 360.592.5380, glenechogarden.com
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa. For those who prefer dining and spa treatments, the resort is home to the excellent Tom Hull Silver Reef Steak House, and has excellent spa facilities. 4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 360.383.0777, silverreefcasino.com
birch bay waterslides 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 West Holly, Bellingham 360.305.3172, thebureaubellingham.com 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, ferndaleheritagesociety.com silver reef hotel casino spa Feeling lucky? Try your hand at the many gaming offerings at
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, birchbaywaterslides.net
Skagit County Museum of Northwest Art 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, monamuseum.org
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, skagitcounty.net/museum Deception Pass Jet Boat Tours
Hobbs. Look for sculptural works in the atrium and paintings in interior galleries. 540 Spring St., Friday Harbor 360.370.5050, sjima.org San Juan Classic Day Sailing San Juan Classic Day Sailing offers an excursion for everyone, from whale and nature sails to private sunset sails.
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.
Friday Harbor 360.378.6700, sanjuanclassicdaysailing.com
5596 SR 20, Anacortes 888.909.8687, deceptionpasstours.com
Come see the oldest pottery in the Pacific Northwest on Orcas Island, take pictures, and then enjoy a quiet picnic on the surrounding grounds.
Lang’s Horse and Pony Farm 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, comeride.com
Orcas Island Pottery
338 Old Pottery Rd., Eastsound 360.376.2813, orcasislandpottery.com the Whale Museum
Bay View State Park
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.
This 25-acre park is ripe with beautiful views of Padilla Bay and the San Juan Islands. The park is open year-round for camping.
62 1st St., Friday Harbor 360.378.4710, whalemuseum.org
10901 Bayview Edison Rd., Mount Vernon 360.757.0227, parks.wa.gov
Cattle Point Lighthouse roozengaarde display garden 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, tulips.com
Cattle Point is filled with history and stories dating back to the mid19th century. Today, hikers can enjoy spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Cattle Point Road, Friday Harbor lighthousefriends.com San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
heritage Flight museum 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. 15053 Crosswind Dr., Burlington 360.424.5151, heritageflight.org
Take in 20 acres of outdoor art with more than 150 unique sculptures by world-renowned sculptors. Kids and dogs are always welcome. 9083 Roche Harbor Rd., Friday Harbor sjisculpturepark.com Lime Kiln Point State Park
San Juan Islands
Considered one of the best places in the world to catch a sighting of a wild orca whale, Lime Kiln Point State Park offers 36 acres of beautiful land on the Western shore of San Juan Island.
San Juan island musem of art
1567 West Side Rd., Friday Harbor 360.378.2044, parks.wa.gov
A recently opened visual arts museum in a beautifully designed building of modern glass and steel designed by architect Richard
Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club 8720 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine 360.371.7015 | semiahmoogolf.com
Two hotels blending space and style.
7,005 | par 72 | slope 138
Avalon Golf links 19345 Kelleher Road, Burlington 360.757.1900 |avalonlinks.com
Stylish Suites Chuckanut Lobby Bar
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Complimentary hot and healthy breakfast buffet
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North Bellingham Golf Course
SpringHill Suites by Marriott | 4040 Northwest Ave. | Bellingham 360.714.9600 | springhillbellingham.com
205 West Smith Road, Bellingham 360.398.8300 | northbellinghamgolf.com 8,616 | par 72 | slope 136
Lake Padden Golf Course 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham 360.738.7400 | lakepaddengolf.com 6,575 | par 72 | slope 127
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eaglemont Golf Course 4800 Eaglemont Dr., Mt Vernon 360.424.0800 | eaglemontgolf.com
Outdoor patio and BBQ area TownePlace Suites by Marriott | 4050 Northwest Ave. | Bellingham 360.714.9700 | towneplacebellingham.com
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Sudden Valley Golf Course
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4 Clubhouse Circle, Bellingham 360.734.6435 | suddenvalleygolfcourse.com 6,553 | par 72 | slope 130
Shuksan Golf Club 1500 East Axton Road, Bellingham 360.398.8888 | shuksangolf.com 6,737 | par 72 | slope 136
Loomis Trail Golf Club 4342 Loomis Trail Road, Bellingham 360.332.8138 | semiahmoogolf.com/loomis_trail 7,131 | par 72 | slope 142
San Juan Golf & Tennis Club 806 Golf Course Rd., Friday Harbor (360) 378-2254| www.sjgolfclub.com 6694 | par 72 | slope 127
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Cardigan Macyâ€™s, Tommy Hilfiger, $77.70 Shirt Betty Be Good, Naked Zebra, $39.50 Jeans Cheeks, Kimmie by 7 For All Mankind; $189; Cuff Cheeks, Grace Designs, $24.00; Boots Mi Shoes, Frye, $398
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Shopping Destinations Whatcom When shopping in whatcom county, every desire can be met.
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 wellestablished 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.
Skagit When shopping in skagit county, there are an array of options to satisfy any shopper's Wish list.
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 Cascade Mall, a traditional mall and houses all stores under one roof. There's also The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington, which is a name-brand outlet row. Downtown Mt. Vernon has an eight-block area where retail shops are sprinkled. Shoppers can find anything 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.
San Juan If island hopping and shopping is preferred then the San Juan Islands will Be to your liking.
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.
Top Glamorous Belted Trench Coat Nordstrom $108; Astar Dress Nordstrom $58, Ello Moss Tunic Gary’s $228; Brochu Walker Skirt Gary’s $289
bottom Olive & Pique Hat Sojourn $32; BB Dakota Sweater (Jack) Cheeks; Carlson Pants Nordstrom $59
home furnishings Modern Classics Furniture Visit the showroom of Bellingham-based online retailer Modern Classics Furniture to experience first-hand the company's carefully crafted mid-century modern furniture reproductions. We suggest previewing the extensive product line at modernclassics. com prior to visiting the store. In-store discounts and factory seconds selection available at this location. Showroom hours are Wed.-Sat. noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment. 1418 N State St., Bellingham 360.733.6400, modernclassics.com
REal deals on home decor Fabulous home décor at true warehouse pricing! Clocks, mirrors, lamps, fine art, metal wall art, garden decor, spring and seasonal decor, candles, kitchen and bath decor and so much more. You won’t find a better value or selection anywhere in Bellingham! 4073 Hannegan Road, Suite C, Bellingham 360.306.5414, realdeals.net/bellingham
Re-Feather Your Nest
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. 104 South First St., La Conner 360.466.1013, sempreitaliano.com
Specialty Shops OTION: THE SOAP BAR Otion: The Soap Bar offers in-store crafting for people of all ages. Their Crafter’s Corner is fun & easy to use. Create your own custom soap, lip balm, bath bombs, or nail polish. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. 301 W. Holly Street, Bellingham 360.676.1030, otionsoap.com
Everybody's Store Everybody's Store, Whatcom County's turn-of-the-century general store in the Mt. Baker foothills, on Hwy 9 in Van Zandt, just three minutes south of Deming, is famous for its fresh organic garden, local bounty of cheeses, fine wines, fresh organic produce and satisfying deli sandwiches. Go discover "where upscale meets downhome!"
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.
5465 Potter Road, Deming 360.592.2297, everybodys.com
121-A Freeway Dr., Mount Vernon | 623 Morris St., La Conner 360.755.3126, 360.399.1057 re-featheryournest.com
Penny Lane Antique Mall
"Voted best antique store in the Northwest," Penny Lane Antique Mall is a more than 10,000-square-foot antique mall located in the heart of Old Town, Bellingham, filled with great one-of-a-kind treasures! Brother and sister owners, Matt and Lyndsey, grew up in the antique buisness and always shared a love for antiques.
Gretchen’s is more than just a kitchen store — though it is an excellent one. It is a culinary hub in Mount Vernon, hosting cooking classes, tastings, and more. Passion for cooking drives Gretchen’s to carry the finest in cookware, with brands like Henckels, Le Creuset, Emile Henry, OXO, and many more.
427 W. Holly St., Bellingham 360.671.3301, pennylaneantiquemall.com
509 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.8747, gretchenskitchen.com
Whether you’re in the market for glass, woodwork, leather goods, fine art, or ceramics, Earthenworks is your first stop for beautiful gallery-quality products. Owners Don and Cynthia nurture the careers of more than 100 local and regional artists. Stop in and enjoy the beautiful handcrafted items.
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, grandiflorahomeandgarden.com
713 1st St., La Conner 360.466.4422, earthenworksgallery.com
Nasty Jack’s Antiques Founded in 1972 by partners “Nasty” Jack Wilkins and “Diamond” Jim Rey, Nasty Jack’s is a required stop for antique hounds and
collectors. Chock full of old Life magazines, furniture, collectables, and more, Nasty Jack’s is a fun treasure chest of great finds. 103 Morris St., La Conner 360.466.3209, nastyjacksantiques.com
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, thecshop.com
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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. 1302 12th St., Bellingham 360.734.7803, bluehorizonclothing.com
labels For more than ten years, Labels has offered premium consignment clothing. Now, with two convenient locations, the friendly staff make it easy to consign or buy. 3927 Northwest Ave. | 2332 James St., Bellingham 360.738.1210, labelsconsignment.com
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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.
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. 221 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.3373, embellish.bigcartel.com
1100 Harris Ave., Bellingham 360.756.1047, threefrenchhens.net
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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!
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Upstage Boutique and Men’s Store 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, upstageboutique.com
Mi Shoes Be prepared to swoon over a stunning collection of boots, shoes, heels, and sandals by Frye, Bed Stu, Seychelles, Blowfish, and more, on display in a dreamy, chandelier-lit showroom. Complete your look with any number of incredible accessories, including purses, sunglasses, and jewelry. 1315 Railroad Ave., Bellingham 360.715.2046, mymishoes.com
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, expressionsfineartgallery.com
Doug Bison’s Blackfish Gallery Blackfish was the name the Native Americans gave to the orca whale. Orcas remain an important part of Indian culture in the Northwest, and this gallery is a tribute to tribal art and culture. Full of hand-carved wooden items, bronzes, paintings, and more, Blackfish showcases established contemporary Northwest artists. 101 N. 1st St., La Conner 360.399.1042, bisonblackfishgallery.com
Sharon kingston gallery 1 paperboat The store where enjoyable Home Goods, Gifts & Clothing come together in a fun, relaxed & comfortable place to shop. We've sailed in with favorites, Brighton and Glassybaby along with specialty gifts for the beach & nautical fan. Located in the historic Fairhaven district, we invite you to drop anchor for a visit soon! 1134 - 10th Street., Bellingham 360.656.6588
Bellingham-based artist Sharon Kingston is recognized for her atmospheric, luminous and poetic landscape and abstract paintings. Her downtown studio shares a space with Modern Classics Furniture and you're invited to experience her works paired with midcentury modern furnishings. Studio & storefront open Wed-Sat noon-5pm. 1418 N State St., Bellingham 360-739-2474, sharonkingston.com Friday Harbor Gallery
be chic boutique Offering summer dresses, designer denim, handcrafted jewelry and more, you’ll love the designer style with island flair at Be Chic Boutique. Find familiar brands like Toms, Miss Me and Rock Revival alongside Seattle-based jewelry designers. 285 Spring St., Friday Harbor 360.378.6454, bechicboutique.com
Art galleries 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. 321 Front Street, Lynden 360.354.3600, jansenartcenter.org Expressions Fine Art Gallery
Specializing in glass art, jewelry, paintings, bronze sculpture, pottery, lighting, woodcraft, and more, Expressions is a distinctive collection
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, northwestislandsartgifts.com 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, artwoodgallery.com scott milo gallery
Located in Downtown Anacortes, Scott Milo Gallery has been brining exceptional art, knowledge and service to the area for 20 years. Featuring regional artists and rotating exhibits throughout the year. 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes 360.293.6938,scottmilo.com
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Wasabee Sushi WasaBee Sushi creates artful and beautiful sushi with the absolute freshest fish available. Jewel-like and delicious, this sushi is well worth a visit.
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Wineries & Tastings Coach House Cellars With their focus on small lot production and special attention to detail, Coach House creates some of the finest wines in our region. Enjoy these small lot wines at their tasting room in Fairhaven. 1318 11th St., Bellingham (tasting room) 360.389.0884, coachhousecellars.com
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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, tulipvalley.net
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A small, family-owned local winery with winemaking roots going back generations. Specializing in 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, dynastycellarswine.com
Mount baker vineyards Located along the scenic Mount Baker Highway, the Mount Baker Vineyards are pastoral and lovely. The tasting room is unpretentious and welcoming. 4298 Mount Baker Highway, Everson 360.592.2300, mountbakervineyards.com
Masquerade winery Offering an excellent selection of red and white wines, Masquerade operates a friendly tasting room and very fine wines. 2001 Iowa St., Bellingham 360.220.7072, masqueradewines.com
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Slo Pitch Sports Grill & casino American
House & Seafood
7 Bellwether Way Bellingham, WA 360.527.3473, anthonys.com 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.
Packers Oyster Bar American Gastro Pub & Sports Bar
9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA 360.318.2090, semiahmoo.com A sports bar/ gastro pub where you can meet with friends to watch your favorite team or just enjoy the serene view of Semiahmoo Bay while sipping on seasonal, hand-crafted cocktails, local brew and enjoying shareable pub favorites.
Anthony's at Squalicum Harbor Seafood
25 Bellwether Way Bellingham, WA 360.647.5588, anthonys.com Anthony's at Squalicum Harbor is located just
2020 Humboldt St., Bellingham 360.703.7272, avenuebread.com Avenue Bread is the neighborhood café and bakery that creates community around authentic eats for the people of Bellingham and its visitors who want an elevated experience for the mind, body and soul in an era of increasingly conscious consumption.
3720 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 360.733.2255, slopitchcasino.com The Slo Pitch Sports Grill and Casino is conveniently located off exit 256. Featuring great burgers, chicken wings a variety of salads, sandwiches and more in a family-friendly setting. With 20 HDTVs, Poker Room, Pit Games, Huge Pull Tab Bar, Pool Table, Trivia, there is so much to do.
Pierside Kitchen American & French Regional Cuisine
Anthony's Hearthfire Grill Steak
Avenue Bread Bakery & Café
9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, 360.318.2090, semiahmoo.com Regionally inspired cuisine that is healthy, creative, and seasonal, utilizing Washington's unique and beautiful coast. Stimulation of the senses, creative innovation, ritual of the table and the alliance between the chefs and the farmers...look forward to all this and more.
great blue heron grill Classic American Country Club
8720 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine 360.371.7005, semiahmoo.com A decidedly delicious 19th Hole. Serving farm fresh and traditional country club fare. Enjoy seasonal patio dining overlooking the 18th fairway or choose indoor seating by the big picture windows. We are open to the public everyday.
Keenan's at the pier Northwest, American & Seafood
804 10th St., Bellingham 360.392.5510, thechrysalisinn.com Casual yet elegant. Keenan's at the Pier, located inside the Chrysalis Inn & Spa in Fairhaven, features fresh, local cuisine and a full bar. Executive Chef Mica Christensen and his culinary staff, highlight the beauty and style of the Pacific Northwest with fresh ingredients that are seasonal and regionally sourced. Enjoy Bellingham Bay views from every table, where breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner are served daily. Brunch on Sundays. Reservations are highly recommended.
The Cantina at silver reef Mexican
4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 866.383.0777 (exit 7246), silverreefcasino.com Take your tastes South of the border at the Cantina. Choose from a delectable array of Mexican food, then wash it down with a signature cocktail made from more than 75 brands of tequila.
Red river cafe American
4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 866.383.0777 (exit 7123), silverreefcasino.com A truly outstanding experience. Serving a variety of delicious cuisine from a diverse menu.
Chuckanut Lobby Bar American Bistro
4040 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham 360.714.9600, springhillbellingham.com Located off exit 257 on Northwest Avenue and inside the SpringHill Suites Hotel, The Chuckanut Lobby Bar is open seven days a week, offering nightly dining options as well as a range of local wines and beers on tap. Daily Happy Hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
The Steak house at silver reef Seafood Fine Dining Steak House
4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 866.383.0777 (exit 7178), silverreefcasino.com Enjoy elegant dining in an intimate atmosphere. Our multiple award-winning steak house/wine room offers specially selected, naturally aged prime steaks for maximum tenderness and flavor.
Panasia at silver reef Asian
4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 866.383.0777 (exit 7175), silverreefcasino.com Contemporary cuisine from the Far East serving all your favorites such as honey walnut prawns, General Tso's Chicken and more!
BELLEWOOD acres: distillery, cafe & farm American
6410 Guide Meridian, Lynden 360.318.7720, bellewoodfarms.com, bellewooddistilling.com
Fireside Martini Bar Far from the crowd, yet...close in. Relax in a cozy, intimate atmosphere and savor a crafted cocktail, a lovely wine or a local brew. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are lively and attentive. Live music on weekends features local talent. Food offerings include small plates to share, grilled sandwiches, wraps, salads and flatbreads. Patio when weather allows. Easy parking. 416 W Bakerview Rd 360-738-1000 firesidemartini.com Mon-Thurs 11:30a.m.-10p.m. Fri-Sat 11:30a.m.-11p.m.+
Your visit to Bellewood Acres is the total destination experience. Join us to sip award-winning spirits distilled from our own specialty apples. Enjoy incredible country cooking, unique rustic giftables and specialty u-pick apples every fall while gazing upon the intrigue of magnificent Mt. Baker. Bellewood... it's on your bucket list! Y'all come visit now.
Pizzanini at silver reef Pizza, Italian
4876 Haxton Way, Ferndale 866.383.0777 (ext. 7197,) silverreefcasino.com Your home for delicious woodstone pizza and great sandwiches!
Bayou On Bay Cajun/Creole
1300 Bay St., Bellingham 360.752.2968, bayouonbay.com Bayou On Bay serves a wide variety of classic Cajun/Creole dishes, such as gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boy sandwiches and hush puppies, to name a few. A house-made remoulade, which accompanies many of the dishes, is worth the trip alone. The bar offers an extensive list of drink options. Bayou on Bay is a must for foodies as well as people just looking for a satisfying meal. Brandywine kitchen Regional NW
Jake's Western grill Come see us in Lynden--just a 15 minute scenic drive north of Bellingham. We serve heaping portions with a southern flair! In-house smoked BBQ , ribs, steak, burgers, chicken, salads and more. Dine-in or take-out. ½ price appetizers and drink specials Monday – Friday from 3-6 p.m. 8114 Guide Meridian, Lynden 360.354.5588 jakeswesterngrill.com Open everyday 11 a.m.– Close
1317 Commercial St., Bellingham 360.734.1071, brandywinekitchen.com Named for the decadent heirloom tomatoes grown on their farm, the owners source much of their ingredients locally and hold the “from seed to plate” philosophy. The menu offers vegetarian and gluten-free options (like rice-Panko Fish and Chips), and includes beer from both Boundary Bay and Chuckanut breweries. Try the Quinoa-Salmon Cakes with red pepper aioli or a BLT with Hempler’s bacon and maple-tomato relish. Don’t miss the Hibiscus Iced Tea for a refreshing sip or treat yourself to a Raspberry Champagne Cocktail.
Zen Sushi & Bar Discover your Zen when you experience the art and freshness of hand crafted sushi selections offer right to you on conveyor belt. Made to order specialties & full service cocktails cater to every taste imagined. Price per plate, Sushi of the day, Happy Hour drinks, and friendly service assure your experience is a memorable one.
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 with Al Tramonto, our three course dinner for $20 daily from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Open Daily 11:30am – 10pm Happy Hour 3pm-6pm, Early Dining Specials 3pm-6pm
3001 Cinema Pl. 360.734.7888 zensushibellingham.com Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm Fri- Sat 11am-11pm
21 Bellwether Way, Bellingham Marina 360.714.8412 GiuseppesItalian.com
chinuk “flavors of the northwest” is a ‘farm to table’ themed restaurant that offers incredible fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed casual environment. With several variety’s of omelet and pancakes, to multiple dinner seafood entrées to choose from and savory steak dishes, your experience at Chinuk will not disappoint. With a well designed kids menu; children will have much to choose from. Fresh cobbler’s and pastry’s made daily will appeal to any ‘sweet tooth’! 714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham 360.671.1011 bellingham-hotel.com/dining.html
Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse
1211 11th St., Bellingham 360.676.1087, dirtydanharris.com The “dirt” on Dirty Dan Harris? In a word: excellent. The steakhouse provides warm, friendly waitstaff, quaint historic surroundings and superb food. Perhaps the best reflection on the restaurant is owner Kathy Papadakis’ waitstaff. Most have worked here for years — and it shows in their enthusiasm for your dining experience. The filet mignon is Dirty Dan’s signature entree. You won’t be disappointed. Leave room for dessert, however, because the selections are dangerously good. The Fork at Agate Bay Eclectic
2530 N. Shore Rd., Bellingham 360.733.1126, theforkatagatebay.com
of Bellingham’s best restaurants, emerging as a favorite for food connoisseurs. From a simple yet elegant egg breakfast to wild-mushroom-stuffed chicken, the menu is a delightful and modern take on the classics. D’Anna’s Cafe Italiano Italian
1317 N. State St., Bellingham 360.714.0188, dannascafeitaliano.com If you’re looking for good Italian food without having to resort to a national chain, D’Anna’s may be the place for you. The emphasis here is on the food, not the frills. The restaurant stands out in many ways, but D’Anna’s delicious, homemade pasta is what really makes it special.
As unassuming as they come, The Fork at Agate Bay is a quiet retreat of fine food and wine only a short drive down the east side of Lake Whatcom. Be careful not to be fooled by its quaint exterior; inside you’ll discover a surprisingly upscale atmosphere warmed by a welcoming and rustic charm. Opened in June 2009, it has gained recognition as one
Magdalenas Crêperie, European
1200 10th St., Ste. 103, Bellingham 360.483.8569, magdalenascreperie.com Paris, London, New York, Vancouver and Bellingham have them. Little shops where the aromas of sweet and savory crêpes, custom sandwiches and
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 the deck since 1992. 2615 S. Harbor Loop Dr. Bellingham 360.332.2505 nickisbellamarina.com
hot soup du jour fill the air. With a formidable selection of crêpes, it’ll take more than one trip to decide which is better, sweet or savory. But at this eatery, it is criminal to pass up the sweet little numbers filled with velvety smooth vanilla-flavored cream cheese, white chocolate and your choice of fresh fruit. A crêpe option for every crêpe crave. WasaBee Sushi Japanese/Sushi
105 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham 360.223.9165, wasabeesushi.com WasaBee Sushi is a dining experience not soon to be forgotten. Deliciously fresh and succulent slices of fish resting atop carefully handsculpted pillows of rice are a sushi lover’s dream come true. Delicately sweet Hamachi, beautifully barbecued Unagi, and bright and glistening Ikura arrive on little porcelain plates garnished with freshly made wasabi and paper-thin slices of white pickled ginger. It’s a refreshing break from the pink-dyed variety so often found in many sushi bars. Ambiance, incomparable quality and prices that cannot be beat make WasaBee Sushi a darn fine place to eat.
Skagit Anthony's at Cap Sante Marina Seafood
1207 Q Ave., Anacortes 360.588.0333, anthonys.com 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.
Trumpeter Public House Casual, Fine Dining
416 Myrtle St., Mt Vernon 360-588-4515, trumpeterpublichouse.com The Trumpeter is an ideal combination of high-end, fine dining, and English pub fare. Try traditional pub selections like shepherd's pie, fish and chips, or more unique choices like pork tenderloin complimented with an
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apricot-honey glaze or crab mac & cheese with a creamy Gruyere sauce and wild-caught crab. Additionally, the Trumpeter looks to accommodate all tastes with our gluten free dishes, and option to make any dish gluten free. Of course, a gastro pub isn't complete without beer and Trumpeter completes the dinig experience with 18 taps of local and European brews. There's also a fine selection of wines and other drink choices.
Located within the casino, situated on the waterfront offering an elegant lodge atmosphere. The chef's hands-on approach offers hand-picked fresh seafood from the region. Alder wood flavored meats and the freshest flavors of the northwest. Open daily from 4 p.m.
Nell Thorn Seafood
205 Washington St., La Conner 360.466.4261, nellthorn.com
Secret cove Waterfront Seafood
209 T Ave., Anacortes 360-982-2008, firstname.lastname@example.org
This small-town gem located in the heart of La Conner brings in tourists and locals alike. They boast well-prepared and locally sourced fresh seafood as well as an extensive wine and beer list. The charming and cozy pub atmosphere, homemade soups and generous portions make for a great special occasion or romantic evening. Try the polenta cakes with cured black olive and roasted garlic tomato sauce – you won’t be disappointed.
Waterfront restaurant with large selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, steaks and seafood! Great happy hour seven days a week with outdoor seating. Familyfriendly outside patio over looking Guemes Channel. Open daily at 11:30 a.m.
13 moons at Swinomish Casino & Lodge Seafood/Steak
12885 Casino Dr., Anacortes
the majestic Inn 5th Street Bistro Enjoy delicious food and drink while perched atop the tallest building in Anacortes. The views of the San Juan Islands and surrounding water are magnificent from the Rooftop Lounge. Open seasonally. Also, feast on seasonally fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, northwest wines and local micro brews in our 5th Street Bistro. Open daily. 419 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221 360.299.1400 majesticinnandspa.com
Seed’s Bistro Regional NW
623 Morris St., La Conner 360.466.3280, seedsbistro.com Seed's Bistro in La Conner offers simple dishes that highlight the fresh, exciting ingredients found throughout the Pacific Northwest. The menu features local selections rotated with the seasons. The whole family can enjoy Seed's offerings—comfort foods satisfy children’s desires while more intricate food items appease fastidious palates.
La Triviata La Traviata embodies the rich and colorful culture of Italy. The foods they serve will surely encompass the flavors that made Italian dishes truly stand out. Join us for daily Happy Hour from 2-5 pm - Glass of Wine $5.00, Well drinks $4.00, Bottled Beer $3.00 and Food from $5.95
201 E. Morris St, La Conner 360.466.0555 latraviataitaliano.com Happy Hour 2-5
The Oyster Bar Seafood
2578 Chuckanut Dr., Bow 360.766.6185, theoysterbar.net The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is perched among towering conifers above the oyster beds. Chef Justin Gordon, has an abundance of knowledge about oysters — both local and imported — and reveals a passion for working with this native shellfish. 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.
Railroad market Coffee shop
122 S. Spruce St., Burlington 360.982.2133
Fridas Frida’s cuisine blends classical Mexican dishes with new regional favorites. The result is authenticity and flavor found in chef-owned restaurants throughout Mexico. Our family welcomes you to Frida’s. Join us for our daily Happy Hour from 2-5 pm, Margaritas from $5.00, Well drinks $4.00, Bottled Beer $3.00 and Food from $3.95
Quick, convenient and local: whether you're looking for a cup of fresh roasted coffee, homemade pastry or grabbing a sandwich on the run, Railroad Market has you covered. Find hundreds of specialty beers you can enjoy in a family-friendly environment or take it to go for a special occasion.
Il GranAio Italian 416 Commercial Ave, Anacortes 360.299.2120 fridasgourmet.com Happy Hour 2-5
morning to make the day’s pastas by hand, sculpting basic ingredients into the building blocks for lavish, rich Italian dishes served throughout the day. Il Granaio is a practice in the intricacies of cuisine, displaying the best flavors Italian food has to offer. With more than 30 items on the entrée menu. The wine menu is expansive, and the beer menu features several local craft brews. Their grappa selection does the Italian cordial the justice it deserves.
100 E. Montgomery St., Ste. 110, Mount Vernon 360.419.0674, granaio.com Chef Alberto Candivi arrives at Il Granaio in downtown every
Train wreck bar & grill American
427 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington 360.755.0582, trainwreckbar.com Looking for something different? Date night or a place to hang out with friends? Enjoy local food, local beer and tasty cocktails at Train Wreck Bar & Grill. With everything made in house, you'll be sure to enjoy a delicious meal that you won't forget!
517 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon 360.336.5566, callelove.com Calle has generated quite the attention with a write up in Sunset magazine. Known for their take on Street Tacos — with six meat fillings to choose from and handmade corn tortillas — but that’s certainly not the only mouthwatering option. Try the Carne Asada, Posole or Tortas to name just a few menu options. The Spicy Mango Margarita, made with fresh mango and jalepeno, is fast becoming a customer favorite. With 60+ tequilas and mescals to sample, there’s always another reason to visit again.
san Juan Duck Soup Inn American
50 Duck Soup Ln., Friday Harbor 360.378.4878, ducksoupinn.com Duck Soup Inn is one of the most delightful dining experiences you’ll likely experience. Located almost midway between Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, the restaurant offers tables for dinner as well as a couple of couches for pre-dinner drinks. The meals here match the atmosphere: fresh and natural outside; sophisticated country kitchen feel inside.
Doe bay cafe American/Seafood
107 Doe Bay Rd., Orcas Island 360.376.8059, doebay.com/cafe/cafe.html Located on the waterfront and set in the Doe Bay garden, Executive Chef Jon Chappelle creates a selection of the finest seed to table dining in the region. Every dish is prepared fresh and sourced locally on Orcas Island providing the diner with a unique experience they won't soon forget. Opperating on seasonal schedules call for current hours.
The following craft beer selections have made it past our taste test and into our top seven. Step out and give them a try; you won’t be disappointed.
Prima Bistro French
201 1/2 First St., Langley 360.221.4060, primabistro.com A quintessential South Whidbey dining experience in the heart of Langley, Prima Bistro marries gourmet French cuisine and classic Northwest ingredients. For fabulous food, elegant ambience and world-class views. Be sure to visit the Prima on your next visit to Whidbey Island.
165 W. St., Friday Harbor 360.378.1934 vinnysfridayharbor.com Owner Becky Day welcomes diners to Vinny’s Ristorante in Friday Harbor, mirroring the feel of this warm Italian restaurant. Dishes change monthly and reflect the desire of Chef Daniel Van Hamsersfeld to serve simple, everyday fare. Vinny’s offers 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. Stop by and taste the warmth of Italy.
The Uncommon at Bellingham's upstart Wander Brewing is a standout California Common with a slight biscuit flavor and a beautiful amber color. wanderbrewing.com
Try the Sculler's IPA at the tried-and-true Skagit River Brewery in Mount Vernon. Pair it with classic pub fare, like a delicious Reuben. skagitbrew.com
We keep returning to sip the flagship Pilsner at Bellingham's Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen. chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com
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Kulshan Brewing Company's Americanstyle IPA, the Bastard Kat IPA, is crisp and citrusy. There's much to love about its patio and rotating food truck vendors. kulshanbrewery.com We're loyal fans of Orcas Island's Soccer Mom Saison at the Island Hoppin' Brewery. islandhoppinbrewery. com With more than just a stunning downtown Bellingham location, Aslan Brewing Co. pours a fantastic Ginger Rye Ale. While you're at it, we recommend the poutine. aslanbrewing.com It's impossible to pick just one favorite Bellingham's Boundary Bay Brewery. This beer hall is bustling. bbaybrewery.com Guestbook 201579
Deception Pass Bridge at sunset
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