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map and directory


farmers markets

san juan county. 6.

orcas island


san juan island


lopez island

skagit county. 11.



la conner


mt. vernon and burlington


bow, edison and chuckanut

island county. 14.

whidbey island

whatcom county. 24.



lummi island




birch bay




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CO-PUBLISHERS Pat Grubb and Louise Mugar MANAGING DIRECTOR Kathy McGee ART DIRECTOR Charlie Hagan AD DESIGN Charlie Hagan, Ruth Lauman EDITORIAL Pat Grubb, Shannon Skouras, Carissa Wright ADVERTISING SALES Molly Ernst, Janet McCall, April Miles COVER PHOTO Douglas Peebles | Š 2012 POINT ROBERTS PRESS, INC. Volume XVII OFFICE 225 Marine Drive #200, Blaine, WA 98230 PHONE 360/332-1777 EMAIL WEB Waterside is a special publication of Point Roberts Press, Inc. Point Roberts Press also publishes The Northern Light (Blaine and Birch Bay), All Point Bulletin (Point Roberts), Mount Baker Experience (Northwest Washington and southern B.C.), Pacific Coast Weddings (Northwest Washington and southern B.C.), and regional maps and guides.


welcome. “Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints

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in the sand are gone.” — Anonymous

THINK BACK TO YOUR childhood. Many of your happiest memories are probably days spent at the beach idling the time away looking for shells, wiggling your toes in the sand or feeling the sun and water wash over you. For those of us lucky enough to live in one of the waterside communities, these memories are created day after day. Fortunately for the many people who come from around the world to experience life in the Pacific Northwest, we love to share the beauty that surrounds us. Yet if we sometimes appear a little smug about where we live, let it slide. You would find it tough not to if you lived here too. But Waterside 2012 is not just for folks who have come a long way to visit our shores. It’s also a siren song for locals to get out and explore other communities. There are discoveries to be found and adventures to be had – get out and take a look. What you’ll find are towns perched on the edge of rivers and sloughs, villages known for their arts and crafts, cities famous for their history and culture – the list goes on and on. One thing remains constant, however: all of these communities are surrounded by a natural beauty that can be found nowhere else on earth. Enjoy the summer and enjoy Waterside 2012. It’s a real pleasure to create, but it makes us want to get outside and experience it for ourselves.

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orcas island. WITH A TOTAL AREA of 58 square miles, Orcas is the largest island in the San Juans. Eastsound is the commercial center of the island. Grab a latte and wander around town, pick up a book from Darvill’s Bookstore and head to the beach or enjoy a gourmet meal at Rose’s Bakery & Café. Art is a huge draw for visitors, and the hamlet of Olga is hub for all things artsy. Olga features an artists’ co-op, with more than 45 artists exhibiting an extensive selection of art glass, painting, jewelry, pottery and more. The co-op is housed in a historic strawberry cannery building alongside the popular Café Olga. Orcas has plenty of adventures to choose from. Take a dinner cruise, go sailing or rent a kayak for a paddle in the waters off the island. On land, rent a bike or moped to get around. An absolute must is a trip to the top of Mt. Constitution, the highest peak in the San Juans. The drive takes a good 20 minutes, but if you’re more ambitious, you can bike or hike. Mt. Constitution is just one highlight of the 5,000-acre Moran State Park, the largest park in the San Juans. For those with a fondness for the nautical, look no further than Deer Harbor on the western arm of the Island. Deer Harbor is home to kayak rentals, whale and wildlife viewing tours, sailing excursions, power and sailboat rentals, and the well-known Marina Barge Gift Shop. Deer Harbor also has its own collection of eateries, lodgings and its very own wood sculptor’s studio. W For more info, visit orcasisland



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Check out the panoramic view from the highest point in the San Juan Islands.


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Orcas Island


THINGS TO DO ON THE ISLANDS: SAN JUAN ISLAND: Rent a moped or scootcoupe from Susie’s Mopeds and explore the island. Glide through the trees on a zip lining tour with Zip San Juan. Visit the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor and learn about the resident pod of orcas. ORCAS ISLAND: Hike or drive to the top of Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park for panoramic views from the highest point in the San Juans. Take a self-guided tour of the Moran museum at Rosario Resort, an early-1900s mansion built by shipbuilder Robert Moran. LOPEZ ISLAND: Rent a bike and tour the most bike-friendly of all islands. Rent a kayak and paddle in the protected waters of Fisherman’s Bay. See sea lions at Shark Reef Sanctuary. Camp on the water at Odlin County Park, part of the Cascadia Marine Trail system.

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san juan island. EXPLORING THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. Dramatic and breathtaking, the San Juans were listed as No. 2 in the “41 Places To Go in 2011” by The New York Times. Friday Harbor, where the ferry lands, is a walker’s town. With art galleries, shops, museums and restaurants, there’s plenty to see. B&Bs and other lodgings make it easy to spend a night or two. To get around the island (if you didn’t bring a car or bike), you can either take public transportation or rent a scooter or bike. Roche Harbor has a bay full of yachts as well as the historic Hotel de Haro, which dates to 1886. After a delicious meal, tour the 19-acre San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park. On the west side of the island, visit Lime Kiln Point State Park, a 36-acre park where you can view spectacular sunsets and catch a glimpse of the orcas that summer in Haro Straight. Tours of the lighthouse are offered on Saturdays throughout the summer. W For more info, visit

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December 1

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LOPEZ IS PERHAPS the most serene of the San Juans with rolling hills, pastoral landscapes and sheltered bays. The island is considered to be bike friendly but be forewarned, some of the hills are long and steep. The closest island to Anacortes, Lopez is an easy day trip. Walk on the ferry with your bike, enjoy a ride, some food, and still have time to make the last ferry home. And no, you’re not famous - everyone waves at everyone on Lopez Island. Lopez Village has a farmers market on Saturdays along with a bookstore, several restaurants, galleries and the Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum. Start your day with a world-famous cinnamon roll from Holly B’s Bakery and wander around town. You can rent a bike from Lopez Bicycle Works or a kayak from Lopez Kayak and paddle in the protected waters of Fisherman’s Bay. There is a state park along with a number of county parks. Spencer Spit State Park offers trails, camping (37 campsites) and seashore. The spit juts out toward a nearby island forming a narrow channel that remains in stasis through the interplay of tide, wind and current. It’s a popular spot to moor and to have a picnic. Odlin County Park has 30 campsites, including nine beach access sites – perfect for kayak camping. The entire island is a wildlife viewing zone. Bald eagles and a large variety of water birds inhabit the island. Visit Shark Reef Sanctuary – a primitive trail winds its way to the water, where you’ll see seals, sea lions and sweeping views of San Juan Channel. On a clear day, the Olympic mountains are visible to the southwest. W For more info, visit

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Gentle rolling hills make this the most bike-friendly island in the San Juans.


anacortes. The laid-back, artsy city of Anacortes puts visitors into island mode.

WHILE KNOWN AS THE “gateway to the San Juans,” Anacortes itself has plenty of island-style atmosphere and amenities. It should – it’s situated on Fidalgo Island. Town founder Amos Bowman named Anacortes using his wife’s maiden name, Anna Curtis. John Conner did a similar thing when he came up with the name for La Conner. It makes you wonder what kind of trouble those boys got themselves into that required them to name the towns after their wives. Hope it got them out of their doghouses. Locals describe Anacortes as a city within a park. With a population more than 15,000, Anacortes is surrounded by approximately 3,000 acres of cityowned forestlands and parks and more than 12 miles of saltwater shorelines. Lake Campbell, one of the five freshwater lakes on Fidalgo Island, contains one of the few islands within an island in the world. If you’d like to get the lay of the land, bike or drive to the top of 1,300-foot-tall Mt. Erie for a great view of Lake Campbell and the rest of Anacortes. Less strenuous is a hike up to the scenic Cap Sante lookout, which offers a 360-degree view of the town, harbor and nearby islands. A frequent sight are military jets flying out of the nearby Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Summer means outdoor festivals in the waterside communities, and Anacortes is no exception. The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is held June 2 to 3, and showcases Anacortes’ marine heritage. Some 14,000 people are expected to attend for the music and food. The long-running What the Heck Fest wrapped up in 2011,



GET HIGH: Drive to the top of Mt. Erie for panoramic views or explore the 20 miles of trails within the Anacortes Community Forestlands. GET LOST IN BRIC-A-BRAC: Browse the shelves at Anacortes Marine Supply and Hardware for antiques, curiosities and more. GET SMOKED: Sample smoked salmon at the Seabear Smokehouse. GET OUT ON THE WATER: Take a whale-watching cruise to explore the surrounding waters. Alternatively, rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard.



GET SNAGGED: Visit the W.T. Preston Snagboat Heritage Center to learn about the vessels that kept the area’s waterways clear.

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but 2012 will offer a new festival – the Anacortes Unknown Music Series. The festival will feature more than 40 bands and performers, films, art and literature readings and takes place from July 13 to 15. July 14 is Shipwreck Day in downtown Anacortes. Described as a giant garage sale, the day-long event gives tourists and locals alike the chance to browse a wide variety of treasures and trinkets sold by street-side vendors. Come August 3 to 5, Anacortes comes alive with the 51st Anacortes Arts Festival, which attracts more than 100,000 people each year. Artisans, food vendors, entertainers and more will all set up along Commercial Avenue, and three exhibitions of fine art will be on display at the north end of the festival. The last Sunday in September brings the annual Oyster Run to the streets of Anacortes. The event is touted as the largest motorcycle ride in the Pacific Northwest and attracts bikers from all across the state. This year’s run happens on Sunday, September 23. After hiking or touring the various art galleries in downtown, be sure to visit one of the city’s many highend eateries along Commercial Avenue, such as Cafe Adrift, or sample microbrews at the Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery. Friendly inns and motels abound on the island, so don’t rush to get to other places. W For more info, visit

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whidbey island.


THE BRIDGE LINKING Fidalgo and Whidbey islands is rightly famous. Deception Pass is truly breathtaking, with madrona trees hugging the rocky cliffs, bald eagles soaring overhead and sailboats slicing through the indigo waters below. But the spectacular pass is just one of the gems you’ll discover on Whidbey Island. After the bridge, you’ll come across Deception Pass State Park. The park is more than 4,000 acres with 77,000 feet of frontage on the seashore and 34,000 feet on three lakes. Old-growth forests, 174 varieties of birds and spectacular views exert a magnetic pull on visitors. Move fast – you’ll want a campsite close to the shore if you can grab one. Campsites in the woods can be chilly. Making your way down island from Deception Pass, the road will lead you first to Oak Harbor. Home to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Oak Harbor is the island’s biggest town. One “don’t miss” attraction is the Oak Harbor Waterfront Trail. This treasure is made up of natural and man-made wetlands and is a great place to see native plants, birds and wildlife. From Oak Harbor, the highway winds south past Penn Cove, justly known for some of the best mussels in the Northwest. Located on a bluff overlooking the ocean, nearby Fort Ebey State Park is a great place to surf, camp, mountain bike, horseback ride and hike, as well as explore a piece of our state’s history. Fort Ebey was built during World War II, and the dark tunnels and cannon stations can still be found even though they lie hidden on the bluff by prairie grass and evergreens. The park’s trails wind along the bluff and continue on through

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Stunning Deception Pass is the beginning of your island adventure.

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GRAB A BREW: Mukilteo Coffee Roasters roasts their beans onsite and hosts small concerts and events throughout the year. LEARN SOME HISTORY: The fascinating Island County Historical Museum in Coupeville is open every day year-round. DIVE UNDER: The Keystone Jetty is a primo diving spot close to Fort Casey. Lots of plumose anemones, wolf eels, lingcod and bull kelp. Home to Giant Pacific Octopus and the occasional sea lion. GO FOR A STROLL: Greenbank Farm and Land Trust has 522 acres of farmland and trails, this area is a great place to take your dog for a stroll.



PLAY IN THE SAND: Double Bluff Beach is a great place to kick off your shoes, paddleboard around the bay and have a picnic on a sunny day.

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the woods, connecting with campsites for easy access to the beach, fort and trail system. About 15 minutes south of Oak Harbor you’ll find the picturesque harbor town of Coupeville, one of the oldest settlements in Washington state. Small shops of all kinds line the streets while the smell of freshly made waffle cones fills the air. Sailing and fishing boats dot the harbor, and an old white pier stretches out into the bay. In August, this town is host to the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival, one of the most impressive street fairs in the Northwest. The south end of Whidbey Island is home to the town of Langley. This little burg has a New England feel to it and is full of restaurants, chic art galleries and fun local shops. Langley hosts a long list of exciting events every year including Choochokum Arts and Crafts Festival, Mystery Weekend and DjangoFest Northwest. South Whidbey is a great place for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The Saratoga Park Trails and the Putney Woods are two of the many wooded areas where you can get out and enjoy nature. The south end is also home to some of the state’s most breathtaking beaches. No matter the season or your recreational activity of choice, Whidbey Island has you covered. W For more info, visit


la conner. The rise and fall of the tide is the rhythm of life for this small village nestled on the edge of Swinomish Channel.

THE OLDEST COMMUNITY in Skagit County is also perhaps the most picturesque. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, La Conner is a great place to eat, shop and relax awhile. The former fishing town sits on the banks of the Swinomish Channel (referred to by locals as the “slough”). The town was founded under the name Swinomish in the early 1860s. In 1869, John Conner bought the trading post and added a post office. In 1870, he renamed the town La Conner in honor of his wife, Louise A. Conner. The town is still home to farmers and fishers but the population has grown to include artists, writers and retirees. The area has a thriving local art scene and is considered to be the birthplace of the Northwest style of art. Artists such as Morris Graves, Charles Krafft, Kenneth Callahan, Mark Tobey and Guy Anderson formed a colony of artists on the banks of the slough during the 1940s and 50s. The area, called Fishtown, became a community for artists, writers and poets who wanted to get back to a simple way of living. The town, which borders the Swinomish Indian reservation, still remains a haven for organic farmers, fishers, artists and visitors alike. Art galleries and restaurants line both sides of historic 1st Street. Sculptures and outdoor art are scattered around the town. La Conner boasts a number of inns and B&Bs. You also have plenty of options if you and your crew get hungry. The restaurants on the waterfront side of 1st Street have patios overlooking the channel and feature a wide range of cuisines. Alternatively, check out the La



GET ARTISTIC: La Conner is packed with art galleries and artist’s studios. There are great finds waiting for you ranging from exotic imported jewelry to handcrafted wooden furniture. MUSEUM CRAWL: Visit the Museum of Northwest Art, the Skagit County History Museum or the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum. WATCH FOR BIRDS: Grab your binoculars and look for eagles and other wildlife along the Swinomish Channel. EAT WELL: Visit Snow Goose Produce for in-season produce, locally harvested seafood and all manner of wine, cheese and baked goods from local producers.



RIDE A BIKE: The surrounding farmlands and tulip fields are perfect flatland cycling with minimal traffic to worry about.

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Conner Brewing Company for a great beer and woodfired pizza, or head to the Rexville Grocery just south on Best Road, where you can try the “Writer’s Tuna” sandwich, named after author Tom Robbins and made with albacore tuna and kimchee. Boaters headed to Whidbey Island from Samish Bay often overnight at the La Conner Marina, about two blocks north of the center of town. Depending upon the draft and type of vessel, captains will want to check the tide tables to find out when the slack tide occurs – nothing fouls up a boater’s day more than running aground in the muck. For info, check portofskagit. com/la-conner-marina. Summer is a busy time for residents and visitors. In June, the town comes alive with the Festival of Music and Art, the 20th Annual Cascade Classic Rally and Tour, the annual Father’s Day Boat Show and Swap meet. Set aside time for La Conner’s Fireworks Over the Channel on July 4, while August features the 12th Annual Classic Boat & Auto Show. There is an art gallery tour on the last Friday of each month. Quilting is also a big deal in this town with a number of shows and exhibits at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum. W For more info, visit



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THE SKAGIT VALLEY is home to more than a hundred thousand tulip bulbs, which are rightly its claim to fame. But the county’s biggest cities, Mount Vernon and Burlington, offer much more than colorful springtime blooms. The surrounding farmland produces a spectacularly varied bounty, encompassing more than 90 different crops including blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, pumpkins, potatoes, peas, and yes, tulips and daffodils. Running through the heart of the county, the wide Skagit River offers irrigation, electricity, transportation, fishing and summer fun for locals and visitors alike. Part of the National Trust Main Street Program, downtown Mount Vernon is filled with beautiful old buildings that house a variety of shops, restaurants, galleries and entertainment venues like the historic Lincoln Theatre. Walk down 1st Street and poke your head into the Heritage Gallery to view original fine art and prints, and stop by Ristretto Coffee Lounge and Wine Bar for a superb cappuccino or a glass of wine. For those who love a finely crafted beer, Mount Vernon is something of an unexpected mecca. Three alehouses and one brewery are located within easy walking distance, and each offers a wide selection of craft, local, micro and imported beers on tap. The Trumpeter, Empire, Porterhouse and Skagit River Brewery all also boast excellent food menus to satisfy every appetite. Tiny Rachawadee Thai Cafe is another hidden gem. Look for the red awning.

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The wide Skagit River divides these two towns, each with their own unique charm.

THINGS TO DO IN MT. VERNON / BURLINGTON: TASTE SOME MICROBREWS: Try a selection of micro, craft and local brews at one of four brewpubs – The Trumpeter, Empire, and Porterhouse and Skagit River Brewery – all located within easy walking distance. CREATE A PICNIC: Grab some organic fare and wine at the Skagit Valley Co-op and picnic at Little Mountain Park or at one of the many parks that line the banks of the Skagit River. WATCH A SHOW: Enjoy a play, concert or movie at the historic Lincoln Theatre. SHOP THE SALES: Snag some serious deals at the Cascade Mall and the Outlet Shoppes at Burlington. GET YOUR BARD ON: Experience a performance at the Skagit River Shakespeare Festival, running from July 6 to August 10.

Across the Skagit River in bustling Burlington, get ready to shop ‘til you drop. The crossroads of northwest Washington, Burlington is the gateway to the breathtaking North Cascades National Park, but that’s no reason to leave town quite yet. Browse the Outlet Shoppes at Burlington to find deals at stores including Gap, Lululemon Athletica, Nike, Eddie Bauer, Coach, Nine West and more. Just down the road, the Cascade Mall offers more shopping, great dining options or first-run movies at the Loews Cineplex. While you’re there, check out the Children’s Museum of Skagit County, located inside the mall. Kids can explore the seas on the museum’s 21-foot tug boat, or operate a fully interactive 10foot crane. The museum also offers an art studio and reading area for the more introspective child, along with a wide variety of kids’ camps and special events. Once you’re all shopped out, head toward downtown Burlington to get a taste of the city’s past as the region’s railway hub. Historic Fairhaven Avenue is lined with locally owned shops, restaurants and service businesses. Stop by the Train Wreck Bar for a pint and some yam fries, and cheer with the rest of the patrons when a freight train rumbles by. W For more info, visit or



bow, edison and chuckanut.


NO ONE SHOULD MISS beautiful Chuckanut Drive. The 21-mile stretch of two-lane road between Burlington and Fairhaven takes travelers high above the shoreline with dramatic cliffs and rock faces on either side. The trip is popular both with motorcyclists and road bikers but be forewarned: the road is narrow with no passing room. Keep your eyes on the road until you reach one of the viewpoint pullouts. Stop by the Oyster Bar for some fresh oysters as well as other culinary choices. See where those tasty mollusks come from and visit the Taylor Shellfish Farm, where you’ll find fresh oysters, clams, geoduck, mussels, crab and more. The Chuckanut Mountains are home to some of the finest hiking in the region, ranging from the easy trek to Clayton Beach in Larrabee State Park to the 6.5-mile grind to the top of Oyster Dome – a 2,000-foot gain in elevation. Once you reach the flats of Chuckanut, don’t miss the towns of Edison and Bow. Here, local is the watchword, especially when it comes to culinary pursuits. First up is the Rhododendron Café, with its made from scratch food that is locally sourced. In addition to its regular menu, the Rhody Café explores a new region or country every month, providing patrons with a delightful “ethnic odyssey.” Edison, population 133, is known as the town where journalist Edward R. Murrow graduated from high school. Look for Slough Foods, which offers regional artisan cheeses, meats and wine. Next door, Breadfarm Bakery is known throughout the region for its handson, everything-from-scratch approach.

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Miles of scenic vistas and windy roads, with world-class food along the way.

RIDE A BIKE: Ride along the Interurban Trail, a mostly flat, wide trail that stretches from Fairhaven to Larrabee State Park.




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HIT THE BEACH: Walk down to Clayton Beach or Teddy Bear Cove to explore tidepools, rocky coves and cliffs dotted with madrona trees. SAVOR THE VIEWS: Hike up to Fragrance Lake or Oyster Dome for a more strenuous workout. On the Fragrance Lake trail, branch off at the viewpoint a mile up for stunning views of the San Juans.


Grab a beer and pub fare at the Old Edison Tavern, or head a few blocks south to the Farm to Market Bakery. The bakery was featured in Sunset magazine, and offers an eclectic, everchanging array of pies, pastries, sandwiches, soups and their signature lime-soaked polenta cakes. Head north on Farm to Market Road and stop by Rosabella’s Garden Bakery to have some coffee and a piece of their apple pie outside on a picnic table. W For more info, visit

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TAKE A CULINARY TOUR: Enjoy fresh baked goods at Edison’s Farm to Market or Breadfarm bakeries, grab some artisan meat and cheese from Edison’s Slough Food, bring home a five-pound apple pie from Rosabella’s, stop for fresh seafood at Taylor Shellfish Farm or fresh oysters at the Oyster Bar, and enjoy a locally sourced dinner at the Rhody Café. GET SOME CULTURE: View American art at the Chuckanut Bay Gallery and Sculpture Garden.


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ONCE ITS OWN TOWN founded by Dirty Dan Harris, Bellingham’s Fairhaven district warrants a separate visit. With its historic brick buildings and cobbled streets, Fairhaven is a reminder of days long past. The antique looks belie Fairhaven’s role as a major regional transportation hub. Fairhaven is the southern terminus of the Alaska ferry, a port for cruises to the San Juan islands, and an Amtrak stop on the Vancouver to Portland run, not to mention a Greyhound bus depot. Fairhaven contains many renowned shops and restaurants. The hungry traveler has lots of ethnic food choices such as Mexican or Italian. Thanks to pedestrian friendly streets, walking from shop to shop in Fairhaven is a breeze. After you deal with your appetite, visitors should experience the district’s unique shopping options, including the charming Fairhaven Toy Garden and nationally recognized Village Books, which is one of Washington’s largest independent bookstores and a major stop on the traveling writers’ circuit. Wednesdays in the summer feature the Fairhaven Farmers Market spread out across the Fairhaven Village Green. Vendors from across the county show up to sell fresh produce and locally made arts and crafts. The market also features live music. On Saturday evenings, enjoy outdoor movies and live acts on the Green. For a relaxing stroll, walk south down Harris Avenue and try to find all the historical concrete plaques that line the sidewalk. Engraved on each plaque is a tidbit of information from Fairhaven’s past, though the authenticity of some could be called into question.

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READ ON: Pore over the huge selection of books at Village Books or browse for used books at Eclipse Bookstore. INDULGE YOURSELF: Enjoy a massage or facial at the Chrysalis Inn. CATCH A FLICK: Watch an outdoor movie at the Village Green on Saturday evenings from June through August. GET JAZZED: Watch, listen or join in at a Skylark’s Hidden Café jazz night. HIT THE WATER: Rent a kayak, sailboat or SUP from Community Boating Center and hit the bay.



GET ROMANTIC: Pack a picnic dinner and catch a spectacular sunset from Marine Park.

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Come evening, Fairhaven’s own music scene comes to life and offers a unique twist on the kinds of performances found in Bellingham. For example, Skylark’s Hidden Café features a jazz open mic night on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Although a half-dozen or so regulars typically show up, anyone with their own instrument is invited to join in. Fairhaven is a kayaker’s haven. Put in at the public boat launch, and paddle north through the bay to get a waterside view of Bellingham. Head south to Chuckanut Bay and you’re treated to a phantasmagoric landscape created by the waves and wind that have sculpted sandstone into fascinating formations. The harbor is also the place to find whale watching boats if you want to get a good look at the orcas that cruise the waters of the San Juan islands. The Taylor dock is a quarter-mile boardwalk and restored railway trestle that takes pedestrians and cyclists over the bay from Boulevard Park to Fairhaven. Walk or ride your bike on South Bay Trail, or stop at Boulevard Park for a picnic, toss a Frisbee, or just enjoy the view. On select Saturdays in the summer, stay for an outdoor concert in the park. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy the sunset from Boulevard or Marine Park. W For more info, visit


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in the world worth a plane ride, citing its “obsessive” focus on fresh, local ingredients and Blaine Wetzel, a 29-year-old chef who previously worked at Noma in Copenhagen, the “best restaurant in the world.” Wetzel was just named one of the best new chefs of 2012 by Food and Wine magazine. If you can, stay in one of the inn’s farm suites and wander around Nettles Farm, which supplies most of the produce served at the restaurant. Eighteen miles of country roads beckon bikers and walkers alike. Circumnavigate the island by kayak for a vigorous day trip or camp overnight at the Lummi DNR, a rustic campsite accessible only by water. The Lummi Island Farmers Market takes place Saturday mornings through September within walking distance of the ferry landing, and the Lummi Artists Studio Tour, where the islands artists open their studios to the public, happens three times a year. W For more info, visit


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THE FIRST ISLAND GETAWAY south of the border is Lummi, a far easier island to get to than its more famous cousins. A small county ferry makes the short crossing at least once an hour throughout the day. The crossing is cash only, so plan ahead. A car and driver costs $13. Quiet, tree-lined country lanes traverse the island making biking or walking the obvious recreational activities. Whether to beachcomb, kayak or just plain laze around on the beach will be some of the toughest decisions you’ll make during this interlude. If you’re hungry, you have a number of options. Take the Slater Road exit from I-5 and head west. Rolling farmland makes for a relaxing and peaceful journey. At the Silver Reef Casino, you’ll hang a left, but if you’re feeling lucky, stop and play the slots, catch a show or enjoy a delicious seafood or steak dinner. Once on the island, one essential stop is Willows Inn Restaurant. The New York Times called it one of just 10 restaurants

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WITH BELLINGHAM BAY spread out in its front yard and Mount Baker looming in the background, Bellingham’s attractions run the gamut from mountain to city to ocean. Everywhere you look, people are outdoors – walking, biking, hiking or kayaking – you name it, they’re doing it. Roughly 30 miles of walking and hiking trails spread out over nine trail systems wind across the city. The trails offer everything from gentle inclines to steep, winding switchbacks that will challenge even the most experienced hiker. Whatcom Falls Park offers 240 acres of beautiful greenery, with Whatcom Falls Creek running through it. The falls are spectacular, as are the miles of trails for hiking or biking. For something a bit easier, head to Lake Padden, where you can walk the 2.6 mile loop around the lake, take a freshwater swim, enjoy a picnic lunch and let your dog play in the dog park. Rather be under the water? Stop by a dive shop and ask what trips they’ve got coming up. The waters of the Pacific Northwest contain some of the most stunning marine life in the world. You’ll want a dry suit, though – the water is downright chilly. For action above water, check out the paddleboarding and kite surfing stores in town. Most offer rentals, and it’s a neat way to discover the city’s waterfront. If you want a cerebral experience, Bellingham is also home to theaters, museums and art galleries. The Mt. Baker Theatre, first opened in 1927, is a beautifully restored, old-style theater that hosts orchestral concerts, contemporary shows, and silent movies. Another popular venue is the Pickford Film Center

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FLY A KITE: The winds at Zuanich Point are ideal for kite flying, and you’ll get exquisite views of the bay. ENJOY A PERFORMANCE: Experience a concert or play at Mt. Baker Theatre. SAMPLE A FROZEN TREAT: Try one of many unusual homemade ice cream flavors at Mallard. LISTEN TO MUSIC: Take in an outdoor summer concert at Elizabeth Park or Big Rock Garden Park. GRAZE THE MARKET: Grab some fresh food at the Bellingham Farmers Market every Saturday. VISIT A MUSEUM: Spark, Mindport, Whatcom and Railway Museums are perfect for rainy days.




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(PFC). Housed in a newly restored historic building, the PFC is dedicated to independent cinema. Beginning in May, nine operas will be featured in the Summer Opera Series, held each Sunday until August 8. A visit to Western Washington University is also in order for lovers of public art. Major sculptures are spread throughout the campus. Start with the Bigger Big Chair by David Ireland on the southern end of campus and head north. You can’t miss Bigger Big Chair since it looks like, well, a big chair. For food lovers eating their way through Bellingham, the downtown area hosts many restaurants that offer their own take on a tried-and-true genre of food. Try Case Que Pasa for Mexican with an attitude, La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza for one-of-a-kind offerings and Mallard Ice Cream for truly inspired ice cream flavors. Grab a microbrew at Chuckanut Brewery, Boundary Bay or Kulshan Brewery. Once the sun goes down, Bellingham gets exciting as its numerous downtown bars and dance clubs come to life. Downtown Bellingham has developed a thriving independent music scene with clubs, such as the Wild Buffalo, offering regular music performances, sometimes nightly. W For more info, visit

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ONCE A GRITTY BORDER TOWN with racy movie houses and bookstores, Blaine has spent much time and effort to live up to its setting and potential. As it’s the first stop for travelers coming south or the last stop for those going into Canada, townspeople wanted to recreate a city that would make them proud to call home. One visit to the Peace Arch city will show it’s been time well spent. Peace Portal Drive is one of the main thoroughfares and overlooks the harbor and Semiahmoo Bay. Trees and flower baskets bring life and color to what was once the start of the old U.S. 99 that took travelers from Washington to California. Two waterside plazas have been constructed, one of which features a bronze sculpture of two women and a boy looking out to sea waiting for their fishermen to return home. The other plaza is used for public events, such as open-air movie nights or as a venue for performances during the annual jazz festival. American flags wave gaily from lampposts, signifying the beginning of America to friends from up north. Marking the border is Peace Arch Provincial Park and Peace Arch State Park. Park employees from either side appear to engage in friendly competition to see which side is the most beautiful and well kept. Flowerbeds, lawns and picnic areas create a pleasant stopping point for cross-border travelers. Look for sculputures throughout the park as part of the annual International Sculpture Exhibit, open until October 1. Of course, the biggest landmark is the Peace Arch monument itself, planted on the border between Canada and the U.S. Standing 67 feet high, the arch is marked by the words, “Brethren Dwell-

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GET WALKING: Grab a brochure from the visitor’s center and take a walking tour of Salishan neighborhood. CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE: Enjoy a small town traditional 4th of July parade and be sure to stay for the fireworks. FOSTER INTERNATIONAL GOODWILL: Watch as thousands of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from Canada and the U.S. get together for Hands Across the Border on June 10. WATCH THE SUN SET: Head to Marine Park with a picnic dinner and a blanket for two and watch the sun set over Semiahmoo Bay.



DOUBLE-DARE YOU: Jump off the Marine Drive pier at low tide.

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ing Together in Unity” on the Canadian side and “Children of A Common Mother” on the American side. Blaine Marine Park, immediately to the west of the state park and across the street from Blaine Harbor, is the go-to place for visiting bird watchers. The warm waters act as a magnet for migrating birds. A path winds its way to the pier at the foot of Marine Drive, which sees many a daredevil child making a death-defying plunge into the harbor in summer. Once crab season opens, you’ll see hungry fishers throwing their traps over the side, hoping for a meal of Dungeness crab. Beginning the Friday of the Memorial Day weekend and running every weekend until Labor Day, the historic Plover ferry runs from Blaine Harbor to the world-famous Semiahmoo Resort, the site of former salmon canneries. The Plover was a workhorse that used to carry cannery workers back and forth to work. Rides are by donation. Once you arrive on the Semiahmoo side, enjoy a lovely walk along the spit from the Semiahmoo Resort, with its four-star inn, restaurants, bars and championship golf courses, to a small museum that illuminates the area’s fishing history. On the Drayton Harbor side, warm waters and sandy beaches make for a pleasant swim in the afternoon. W For more info, visit

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crossing the border. TRAVELING BETWEEN Canada and the United States is easy, as long as you have the proper documents. Travelers must present a passport or other approved secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the U.S.

To cross, you will need one of the following documents: To enter Canada: If you are a citizen

of the U.S., you do not need a passport to enter Canada. However, you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your permanent resident card with you.

To enter the U.S.: Canadian citizens should carry a Canadian passport, a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS or SENTRI), or an enhanced driver’s license (EDL). U.S. citizens should carry a U.S. passport, a valid trusted traveler program card (FAST, NEXUS or SENTRI), or an enhanced driver’s license (EDL), a military ID with official travel orders, a U.S. Merchant Mariner document, an enhanced tribal card or American Indian card. Children: U.S. and Canadian children

under the age of 16 will need to present a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship. Be prepared to prove that you have written parental consent for any minor children traveling with you. If you have legal custody or if you share custody, have copies of relevant legal documents, such as custody rights. If you are not the custodial parent or not the parent or legal guardian, carry a letter of permission authorizing you to have custody when entering Canada or the U.S. A letter would also facilitate entry if only one parent is travelling with their offspring. The letter should contain contact telephone numbers for the parent or legal guardian. If you are travelling as part of a group of vehicles, be sure that your family is in the same vehicle when you arrive at the border.

at a duty free shop. • Have receipts for all purchases readily available. • Always declare when you are transporting more than $10,000 in or out of the U.S. or Canada. • Medication should be in its original container.

Questions to expect:

required for dogs and it is recommended for cats.

When you’re crossing the border, be prepared to answer the following questions for each person in the car: • Where are you from? • Where are you going? • How long are you staying? • What do you do for work? • What is the value of goods with you? • Do you have any weapons? (None allowed) • Do you have any fruit or vegetables? (None allowed) • Are you leaving anything in the country?

Declarations and exemptions:

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• Review what is allowable to take into the U.S. or Canada before you reach the border. The list changes frequently and can catch the unwary traveler by surprise. Surprises are the last thing anyone needs when going through a border. • Declare everything you’re bringing into the country, even if you bought it

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summer events. From arts festivals to sandcastle contests, waterside community events are a great place to get a feel for the local  avor.

may. May 26-27: Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour.

May 28: Pioneer Cemetery Tour, Coupeville.


June 2: Kids Fishing Derby, Anacortes. June 2: Appliance Art Revival, Bellingham. June 2-3: Anacortes Waterfront Festival.

June 10: National Geographic Live (Peter Athans, Mr. Everest), Bellingham. June 14-17: Berry Dairy Days, Burlington. June 15: Cruise and Shellfish Soiree, Bellingham.


June 16: Annual Birch Bay Sand Castle Contest.


June 9: Bark in the Park, Anacortes.

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June 2-3: Wild Eats From Land To Sea, San Juan Islands.

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June 1: Bellingham Jazz Youth Band Concert, Birch Bay State Park. www.

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May 27: 101st Annual Ski to Sea Race, Bellingham.

GOOD TO KNOW June 16: Museum of Northwest Art Auction, La Conner.

July 6-8: Whidbey Island Horse Trials, Coupeville. www.whidbeyisland.

June 16-17: Father’s Day Weekend Boat Show.

July 6-21: Bellingham Festival of Music.

June 22: Fairhaven Summer Solstice Walk About.

July 7: Annual Chuckanut Foot Race, Bellingham.

June 23: Annual Rose Festival At Christianson’s Nursery, La Conner.

July 8: North Cascades Concert Band, Birch Bay State Park.

June 23: Chamber Music San Juans, Friday Harbor June 23: Whidbey Island Garden Tour. June 23: Lake Padden Triathlon, Bellingham.

July 8-14: Blaine Art and Jazz Festival. July 13-15: Anacortes Unknown Music Series. July 13-August 10: Shakespeare NW. Mount Vernon.

august. August 3-5: Annual Anacortes Arts Festival. August 3-5: Spirit of the Sea Festival, White Rock. August 3-12: Whidbey Music Festival. August 4: Celtic Roots, Birch Bay State Park. August 4: Birch Bay Music Festival. August 4-5: Lazy Days of Summer Art Festival, La Conner.

July 14: Anacortes Shipwreck Festival.

August 4-5: Point Roberts Arts and Music Festival.

July 14: Celtic Roots, Birch Bay State Park.

August 4- 5: Drayton Harbor Days Festival.

July 14-15: Summer Arts Fair, Friday Harbor.

August 4-6: Tsawwassen Sun Festival.

July 15: Point Roberts Gardens. www.

August 10-12: Coupeville Arts Festival.


July 15-20: Whidbey Island Races.

July 1: Steveston Salmon Festival and Canada Day Celebration.

August 11: La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show.

July 18: Ladner Summer Barbecue.

August 13-18: Northwest Washington Fair, Lynden.

July 18: Taylor Shellfish-Tival, Bellingham.

August 18: Bite of Bellingham. www.

July 20: Golf And Wine Fest, Burlington.

August 24-25: Ferndale Street Festival.

June 23: 14th Annual Summer Solstice Parade and Celebration, Eastsound. June 29: Final Friday Art Walk, La Conner. June 29: Lopez Artist Guild Art Show, Lopez Island.

Almost every waterside community has an Independence (July 4) or Canada (July 1) day celebration. Visit their individual websites for more info.

July 4: Annual 4th of July parade, Point Roberts. July 4: Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Blaine. www.blaine July 4: Fireworks over the Channel, La Conner.

July 20-21: Northwest Raspberry Festival, Lynden. July 21: Friday Harbor Fly-In, San Juan Island. July 21-22: Birch Bay Discovery Days. July 21-22: Loganberry Festival, Whidbey. July 28: Bite of Skagit, Mount Vernon.

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white rock.


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THE SEASIDE TOWN of White Rock is either your first stop coming north or your last stop before the Peace Arch border crossing. Its name comes from the nearly 500-ton boulder sitting on the shore south of the town’s famed pier. The stone was thrown across the Strait of Georgia by a young Indian chief who then chose the spot where it landed as the location for a home with his new wife. Either that or it is a very early urban myth. A visitor’s first stop is often the famous 1,500-foot-long pier that stretches across the tide flats. There are acres of broad sandy beaches for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking or windsurfing. You’ll find families fishing for crab and couples taking romantic sunset walks with ice cream cones from one of the kiosks on Marine Drive. Marine Drive is jammed with shops, nightspots and great restaurants. If fish and chips aren’t your thing, try some fresh Dungeness crab with melted butter. Sidewalk dining and people watching is serious sport here. There is an interesting little museum in the old railway terminal at the foot of the hill next to some convenient parking. The summer is also a busy time for special events and festivals. Tour de White Rock is an exciting bicycle race that runs July 13 to 15 and includes hill climbs and traditional road races. Not just for pros and spectators, there are also amateur events for those who want to try the real thing. If you want to see some world-class softball players, check out Softball City, a huge complex that hosts world championship tournaments throughout the summer. Visit

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FEEL ROMANTIC: Share an ice cream cone and watch the sunset from the White Rock pier.

Spirit of the Sea takes place the first weekend in August along two waterfront kilometers of Semiahmoo Nation territory. The uptown area is where you’ll find shopping centers, more restaurants and services of all kinds. If you like golf, you’ll love White Rock. There are 15 golf courses and five golf ranges within 20 minutes of downtown. Just to the north of town is the pleasant seaside community of Crescent Beach. If you’re coming by boat, Canada Border Services can clear your entry from the U.S. at the pier. Call 24 hours, 604/5317581 or 888/226-7277. W For more info, visit and inwhiterock. com.


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richmond and steveston.


IT S TIME FOR you to head east. Figuratively, that is. Over 60 percent of Richmond’s population is Asian and south Asian in background. Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other regional cuisines and stores abound. From spicy crab rolls to popiah to dim sum, dining on No. 3 Road is an absolute Asian foodfest. Rapidly growing, Richmond is home to 180,000 people and sits between the north and south arms of the mighty Fraser River. To the west lies the Strait of Georgia. This is not the place for aquaphobics. Richmond occupies the larger Lulu and Sea islands as well as 15 smaller islands. Recreation is a priority for residents with more than 90 parks and a well-established trail and dike system. A huge summertime draw is the Richmond Summer Market. Held every weekend Friday through Sunday night, the venue offers entertainment, food and incredible bargains, especially on electronic devices. The market is located on the river at 2631 Vulcan Way ( This year, the man behind the original Richmond Night Market is back at a new location at 8351 River Road. Same nights as the summer market and the competition will be red-hot this season as the two owners continue their grudge match. The historic village of Steveston is located on the southern edge of Richmond on the banks of the south arm of the Fraser River. More than 600 fishing boats, Canada’s largest fishing fleet, ply the river to the ocean returning with catches that visitors can buy right off the dock. Shrimp, halibut and salmon are the main choices offered. Visitors can walk along the board-

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A wide variety of multicultural experiences provide a link from east to west.

THINGS TO DO IN RICHMOND: VISIT A TEMPLE: Stop by one or all of the temples on the Highway to Heaven. RIDE A BIKE: Ride far into the Strait of Georgia on the Iona Causeway at Vancouver airport. EAT FRESH FISH: Buy salmon, shrimp, halibut, crab, octopus and more right off the boats on the Steveston docks. GO CLIMBING: Climb the wall at the Richmond Olympic Oval venue.

walk, check out the shops or stop for fresh seafood at one of many restaurants on the streets lining the river. Steveston is also the jumping off spot for whale watching boats. Tours leave frequently going downriver past sea lions out to the Strait of Georgia where the orcas, seals and eagles are found. W For more info, visit


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ladner and tsawwassen.


THE NEXT TO LAST stops on the northern arc of Waterside communities, Ladner and Tsawwassen, provide visitors with contrasting views of life on the river and beside the ocean. Like Point Roberts, these two towns are right under the “blue hole.” While you may see nothing but clouds to the north, east, west and south, above you are blue skies. Hence, the palm trees. Ladner and Tsawwassen are located in the middle of the Pacific Flyway, and the surrounding fields, wetlands and waterways are stopovers for millions of birds on their annual migration. One of the best places to observe birds is at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. Take River Road West, and turn right to Westham Island. Just before the bridge is a small park where often you’ll have a close-up view of Steller sea lions sunning on the docks. Ladner and the surrounding farmlands will make you want to get out and walk or bike. Traffic is minimal, and the terrain is flat. Downtown you will find historic buildings, hometown merchants and a compelling local museum. Have a drink or bite to eat while you watch boat traffic on the Ladner Slough. More suburban than village, Tsawwassen is more than a way station for visitors en route to Point Roberts. The main drag, 56th Street, is packed with restaurants, boutiques, personal service establishments and supermarkets. Everywhere you look, there are people biking, walking, swimming, playing ball or throwing Frisbees. Get out of the car and join them. Take a hike on the dike at Boundary Bay Regional Park or chill at Centennial Beach, a great place for a swim or a picnic. W For more info, visit

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These cities off er a glimpse of life between the river, the ocean and the farm.

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ENJOY A PICNIC: Pack a picnic and climb down the stairs to the beach overlooking Georgia Strait at Fred Gingell Park.

Watch the eagles soar – enjoy the fabulous sunsets, spectacular views – excellent service and amazing meals. Relax in the inviting restaurant, cozy pub or on the heated patios

RIDE A BIKE: Ride your bike through the farmlands separating Ladner and Tsawwassen.




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Saturday, July 28 at Diefenbaker Park Presented by Randy’s Tirecraft Auto Centre and Tsawwassen Collision

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Join us for a fabulous pre-movie festival starting at 6:30 p.m. with food, music, games, entertainment and popcorn. Movie at dusk.

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Saturday, August 11 at Diefenbaker Park Presented by Vancity

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• 4.5 miles of Trails

Special Night – come at 5:00 p.m. for a special Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration with live stage, Celtic band, highland dancers, the Vancouver Morris Men, juggler, games, British treats, and a visit from the Queen! Movie at dusk.

Saturday, August 25 at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall Presented by Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall

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point roberts.


| photograph this page by louise mugar

FROM THE MOMENT you leave U.S. customs and turn right onto evergreenlined Tyee Drive, you know you’re not here for big city life. You’re not even here for small village life. With a scattering of restaurants, cafes, gift stores and food markets, Point Roberts is an oasis in a sea of commercialism. Slightly less than four square miles, Point Roberts packs an awful lot into a small space. Its name hasn’t always been Point Roberts. A summer fishing settlement for thousands of years, Native Americans called it Chelhtenem, “hang salmon for drying.” Some people believe the first Europeans to set eyes on the Point (as it’s called by residents) were Sir Francis Drake and the crew of the Golden Hind, on a secret mission for Queen Elizabeth I searching for the fabled Northwest Passage. Perhaps so – all records of his journey were considered state secrets and sealed on the orders of the queen. What we do know is that Point Roberts acquired its current name from Captain George Vancouver in honor of his onetime shipmate Henry Roberts during their exploration voyage of the Pacific coastline. Separated from the U.S. mainland by two border crossings and 17 miles of Highway 99 has limited the potential for development. The Point is home to about 1,300 permanent residents but its summer population swells to at least two or three times that as Canadians come down to their summer cabins. For such a small place, the Point is rich in parks and public access to the beaches. Each corner of the Point has a park with unique attractions. The latest addition, Lily Point Marine Park, sits at the southeast corner and was purchased

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GO FISHING: If you’re looking for salmon, the best place to fish is off Lighthouse Marine Park. There’s a ramp, but no dock, at the park or drop your boat in at the marina. You can also cast off the shore if you’re so inclined – some big fish have been hauled in that way. PACK A PICNIC: Stop by Brewster’s or The Pier and pick up a ready-made picnic lunch. Go find a place on the beach where you can wiggle your toes in the sand and watch the boats go by. RIDE A BIKE: Rent a bike and circle the Point. From start to finish, it’s about 10 miles, but you’ll find lots of places you’ll want to stop and take a rest.



TAKE A HIKE: Park at the entrance to Lily Point Park and wander the trails through the woods to the lookout. Hike down the hill to the beach. At low tide, walk the shoreline to Maple Beach or to the marina.

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through the efforts of the Whatcom Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy and Whatcom County. Much of the Point’s history is concentrated here: the Indians used to camp here while fishing for salmon and collecting clams, crabs and other creatures of the sea. Around the turn of the 20th century, elaborate weirs and traps were constructed each season to capture and can millions upon millions of soon-to-spawn salmon on their way to the Fraser River. The traps were outlawed in 1934 as the salmon stock declined and the buildings and machinery were taken away or left to rust away. Now, even during the height of the summer it is a quiet refuge where the eagles soar in the sky and Great Blue Herons wade in the shallows feeding on small fish attempting to hide in the eelgrass. Trails in the uplands wind through the trees taking walkers from shaded glens to dramatic lookouts over the Salish Sea, Lummi and the San Juan islands. To the southeast stands the magnificent glacier-shrouded Mt. Baker, named for another of Vancouver’s officers. On the southwest corner, there is Lighthouse Marine Park. The bracing waters of Georgia Strait rush against the shore bringing salmon and resident pods of orcas looking for fresh salmon sushi. They usually show up in mid- to late afternoon but have been known to come by in the morning on their way to other happy hunt-

ing grounds. Check with Ben, the always genial and informative park manager, or any other park ranger to see if they are still visiting at the time of your trip – you will be surprised at how close they come to shore especially if they feel like seal for dinner. During salmon season, you’ll find fishers casting from shore. Some big fish have been hauled in that way. It is also possible to launch your boat at the park. Don’t think of the park as just a day stop – sleep under the stars in the park’s campground, and enjoy the orca interpretive center, a boardwalk, barbeques and trails. There are group as well as individual campsites available. They can be reserved ahead by calling the park at 360/945-4911. On the northwest corner of the Point is Monument Park. Here stands the first of many markers that line the U.S. and Canadian border between Canada and the U.S. from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans. There is a trail down to the beach; it’s a nice walk to Gulf Road where you can have a cold drink at Kiniski’s Reef Tavern while watching the sunset from the patio. You will rarely find other people on the beach – it makes for a quiet retreat from the world. On the northeast corner, there is Maple Beach Park. Sand flats extend a half-mile off-shore and when the tide comes in at the end of a warm summer day, the water temperature can get up to the mid-80s. Here you can go clamming or catch crabs in the shallow waters between the sand bars. The bay’s typically calm surface provides the perfect spot for wake boarding, kite surfing and skim boarding. W For more info, visit

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Northwest Skyferry Flights to San Juan Islands, Pt. Roberts, Canada and other NW destinations. See ad on page 31. 4167 Mitchell Way Bellingham, WA 98226 369/676-9999


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Masquerade Wine Company Winery, tasting room and wine bar. Awardwinning red, white, sparkling wines. See ad on page 32. 2001 Iowa St., Suite F Bellingham, WA 98225 360/220-7072


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GLM Wine Company Winery and tasting room, open Saturdays and Sundays. Winemaking tradition meets innovation. See ad on page 47. 1678 Boblett St. Blaine, WA 98230 360/332-2097



Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen National awardwinning brewery with lagers, ales and local cuisine. All ages. See ad on page 32. 601 West Holly St. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/752-3377 chuckanutbreweryand Dakota Creek Winery Complimentary wine tasting and cellar tours. Thursday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. See ad on page 47. 3575 Haynie Rd. Blaine, WA 98230 360/820-4752 dakotacreekwinery. com

CamPinG Birch Bay Resort RV camping and year round living. New homes for sale or rent. See ad on page 41. 8080 Harborview Rd. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-7822 or 604/757-1845 Thousand Trails Birch Bay Resort Enjoy RV and tent camping, resort-style amenities and family fun activities. See ad on page 61. 8418 Harborview Rd. Birch Bay, WA 98230 888/602-7070


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Thousand Trails Cultus Lake Resort RV and tent camping, cabin rentals, resortstyle amenities and family activities. See ad on page 61. 1855 Columbia Valley Hwy., Lindell Beach, BC V2R 0E1 888/602-7070 Thousand Trails La Conner Resort RV and tent camping, cabin rentals, resortstyle amenities and family activities. See ad on page 61. 16362 Snee Oosh Rd. La Conner, WA 98257 888/602-7070 Thousand Trails Mt. Vernon Resort RV and tent camping, cabin rentals, resortstyle amenities and family activities. See ad on page 61. 5409 N. Darrk Ln. Bow, WA 98232 888/602-7070

Chambers Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Come play at the bay! Great food, lodging and activities on the beach! See ad on page 35 and 38. 7900 Birch Bay Dr. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-5004 Blaine Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Providing free dining/ lodging/recreation information for Whatcom county and the Pacific Northwest. See ad on pages 43/46. 728 Peace Portal Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 360/332-4544 Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce Explore Coupeville and experience central Whidbey located in Ebey’s national historical reserve! See ad on page 15. 905 NW Alexander St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360/678-5434 centralwhidbey La Conner Chamber of Commerce Experience the simple pleasures... in La Conner. Northwest’s finest art, history, water, earth. See ad on page 19. 511-C Morris St. La Conner, WA 98257 360/466-4778 Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce We seek to provide our members with a resource network for

business and community development. See ad on page 38. 7509 Mt. Baker Hwy. Maple Falls, WA 98266 360/599-1518 San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Local visitor information center and chamber of commerce. See ad on page 9. 135 Spring St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360/378-5240

Farm Lavender Wind Farm Two sweet-scented spots in the summer, and a year-round shop. See ad on page 15. 2530 Darst Rd. Coupeville, WA 98239 377/242-7716 Rosabella’s Garden Bakery Bakery, wine, gifts; located on apple farm, famous for rustic fruit pies. See ad on page 23. 8933 Farm to Market Rd. Bow, WA 98232 360/766-6360 Taylor Shellfish Farms

Fresh shellfish! Oysters, clams, mussels, geoduck, crab, prawns, salmon and scallops. See ad on page 23. 2182 Chuckanut Dr. Bow, WA 98232 360/766-6002

Food/Drink The Big Fat Fish Company Great steaks! Great seafood! Great cocktails! Join us for great casual dining and drinks in our warm atmosphere! See ad on page 25. 1304 12th Street Fairhaven, WA 98226 360/733-2284 Birch Bay Teriyaki Café Chinese food plus great fish ‘n chips. Outdoor patio with spectacular water view! See ad on page 41. 8036 Birch Bay Drive Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-7499 Blaine Pizza Factory “We toss ’em, they’re awesome.” You tried the rest, now try the best. See ad on page 45. 738 Peace Portal Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 360/332-3636 blaine.pizzafactory. com

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Bob’s Burgers and Brew Birch Bay Family-friendly dining. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Fun, fast, delicious. See ad on page 39. 8120 Birch Bay Square St. Blaine, WA, 98230 360/366-3199 bobsburgersandbrew. com Brewsters Fresh organic produce, meats, seafood, cheeses. Wine and beer shop. Serving lunch and dinner. See add on page 57. 1379 Gulf Road Point Roberts, WA 98281 360/945-4545 brewstersfinefoods. com C Shop Summertime Candy & Cafe Homemade candy, fresh baked bread and goodies, brick oven pizza, espresso, ice cream. See ad on page 37. 4825 Alderson Rd. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-2070 Chada Thai Restaurant Excellent Thai food with a beautiful water view. See ad on page 45. 825 Peace Portal Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 360/332-3267 Dee’s Country Diner Open every day for homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad on page 37. 4823 Alderson Rd. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/393-4055 Five Columns Restaurant Family owned and operated Greek steakhouse. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad on

page 32. 1301 East Maple St. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/676-9900 Giuseppe’s Al-Porto Restaurante Italiano Waterfront dining. Two large outside patios. Fresh, local, Sicilian-inspired, family owned. See ad on page 29. 21 Bellwether Way Bellingham, WA 98225 360/714-8412 Lighthouse Bar and Grill Innovative and creative Northwest cuisine served in Bellingham’s unmatched waterside location. See ad on page 29. One Bellwether Way Bellingham, WA 98225 360/392-3200 lighthousebarandgrill restaurant Lummi Gateway Center Business Center, Seafood Market, Native Arts and Crafts, and Cafe. See ad on page 27. 4920 Rural Ave. Ferndale, WA 98248 360/306-8554 lummigatewaycenter. com Majestic Inn and Spa Elegant, charming hotel and spa featuring fresh inspired northwest cuisine daily. See ad on page 13. 419 Commercial Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221 360/299-1400 majesticinnandspa. com Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive A true destination restaurant with the best seafood, view and wine cellar. See ad on page 23. 2578 Chuckanut Dr. Bow, WA 98232 360/766-6185


Paso del Norte Experience the real flavor of Mexico! Open every day for lunch and dinner. Patio too. See ad on page 45. 758 Peace Portal Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 360/332-4045 Pier Restaurant at the Marina Waterfront dining, classical casual cuisine, wood-fired pizza, fresh seafood and specialty cocktails. See ad on page 59. 715 Simundson Dr. Point Roberts, WA 98281 360/945-PIER

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River House Fresh, West Coast cuisine with fabulous river and mountain views and sunsets. See ad on page 55. 5825 60th Ave. Delta, BC 604/946-7545 Seaside Bakery Café We serve homemade goodness at great prices with our friendly, small-town touch. See ad on page 45. 477 Peace Portal Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 360/332-YUMM Semiahmoo Resort-Golf-Spa Waterfront AAA four-diamond resort, two golf courses, full service spa and restaurants. See ad on page 67. 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Blaine, WA 98230 800/770-7992 Shores Restaurant Delicious dishes from classic fish ‘n chips to premium prime rib. See ad on page 41. 7848 Birch Bay Dr. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-3464

Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa I-5, exit 260, 4 minutes west. See ad on page 2. 4876 Haxton Way Ferndale, WA 98248 866/388-0777 Skylark’s Hidden Cafe Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night meals served every day. Live jazz. See ad on page 25. 1308 11th St. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/715-3642 skylarkshiddencafe. com South Beach House Beachfront restaurant, welcome fresh seafood lovers. See ad on page 57. 725 South Beach Rd. Point Roberts, WA 98281 360/945-0717 877/670-4052

southbeachhouse Uli’s Restaurant Vibrant atmosphere, stunning water views, refreshingly simple food, extensive beer and wine list. See ad on page 51. 15021 Marine Drive White Rock, BC 604/538-9373 Vinny’s Ristorante Italian specialties, steak and seafood. See ad on page 8. 165 West St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360/378-1934 vinnysfridayharbor. com Washington Avenue Grill Pacific Northwest cuisine, awarding winning wine list, live music and delicious martinis. See ad on

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FUn/Games Birch Bay Waterslides Family fun for all ages, slides and amenities for everyone to enjoy! See ad on page 35. 4874 Birch BayLynden Rd. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-7500 birchbaywaterslides. net Miniature World Family Fun Center Single and double go karts, outdoor miniature golf, miniature train rides and snack bar. See ad on page 35. 4620 Birch Bay Lynden Rd.


Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-7700 Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa I-5, exit 260, 4 minutes west. See ad on page 2. 4876 Haxton Way Ferndale, WA 98248 866/388-0777 Tsawwassen Outdoor Movie Nights Free community premovie festivals (food and entertainment) and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. See ad on page 55. 119-1315 56th St. Delta, B.C. V4L 2A6 604/200-7651

LodGinG The Chrysalis Inn and Spa Beautiful waterfront hotel, spa and restaurant overlooking the San Juan Islands. See ad on page 25. 804 10th St. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/756-1005 Fairhaven Village Inn Charming, spacious rooms, waterfront trails, in the heart of historic Fairhaven. See ad on page 25. 1200 10th St. Fairhaven, WA 98225 360/733-1311 fairhavenvillageinn. com Fort Casey Inn & Cottages Two bedroom houses, kitchens, views of water/mountains, swimming pool in summer. See ad on page 15. 1276 Engle Rd. Coupeville, WA 98239 866/661-6604 Hotel Bellwether The most scenic location in Bellingham,

Hotel Bellwether provides stunning waterfront views for a stay to remember. See ad on page 29. One Bellwether Way Bellingham, WA 98225 360/392-3172 The Island Inn at 123 West Go with the slow at Friday Harbor’s newest hotel. Offering Euros, suites and penthouses. See ad on page 9. 123 West St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 877/512-9262 La Conner Channel Lodge and Country Inn Stay in the heart of La Conner – quaint and charming accommodations! See ad on page 19. 205 North First St. 107 S. Second St. La Conner, WA 98257 360/466-1500 Majestic Inn and Spa Elegant, charming hotel and spa featuring fresh inspired Northwest cuisine daily. See ad on page 13. 419 Commercial Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221 360/299-1400 majesticinnandspa. com The Marina Inn Consistently rated #1 on Trip Advisor: Excellent service, upto-date, fresh-baked cookies. See ad on page 13. 3300 Commercial Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221 360/293-1100 or 800/231-5198 Ocean Promenade Hotel Oceanfront “all suite” hotel. Experience spectacular sunsets, pristine beaches, gourmet restaurants, family activities. See

ad on page 51. 15611 Marine Drive White Rock, BC 888/976-2326 oceanpromenade The Orca Inn Clean, comfortable and affordable – basic accommodations for the budget conscious traveler. See ad on page 9. 770 Mullis St. Friday Harbor, WA 98221 360/378-2724 or 877/541-ORCA Sandcastle at Birch Bay Hotel, resort, banquet facilities. Nightly and weekly rentals. Fully equipped condo units. See ad on page 41. 7854 Birch Bay Dr. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-4900 sandcastleatbirchbay. com Saratoga Inn Sixteen-room inn. Walk to restaurants, shops, theaters – seaside town of Langley. See ad on page 15. 201 Cascade Ave. Langley, WA 98260 360/221-5801 saratogainnwhidbey Semiahmoo Resort · Golf · Spa Waterfront AAA four-diamond resort, two golf courses, full service spa and restaurants. See ad on page 67. 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Blaine, WA 98230 800/770-7992 Silver Reef Hotel · Casino · Spa I-5, exit 260, 4 minutes west. See ad on page 2. 4876 Haxton Way Ferndale, WA 98248 866/388-0777

Tide Catcher Parker Newman Grove Beachfront cabins with bay views and a beach for your enjoyment. See ad on page 41. 8076 Birch Bay Dr. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/223-2510

marinas Blaine Harbor Port of Bellingham 629-slip marina in downtown Blaine, visitor moorage, boat launch, conference room. See ad on page 43. 235 Marine Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 360/647-6176 La Conner Marina Port of Skagit A full-service facility. 2,400 lineal feet of overnight guest moorage space. See ad on page 19. 613 North 2nd St. La Conner, WA 98257 360/466-3118 la-conner-marina/ Point Roberts Marina Permanent and guest moorage for vessels up to 100 feet. See ad on page 59. 713 Simundson Drive Point Roberts, WA 98281 360/945-2255

mUseUms/ GaLLeries Allied Arts of Whatcom County Experience the arts: gallery, art supply thrift store, culture maps and events. See ad on page 33. 1418 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/676-8548 The Bellingham Railway Museum Where the rich heritage of Whatcom County’s railroad history and operations come alive. See ad on page 33. 1320 Commercial St. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/393-7540 bellinghamrailway Chuckanut Bay Gallery & Sculpture Garden Representing more than 500 artists and craftspeople in the U.S. and Canada. See ad on page 23. 700 Chuckanut Dr. N. Fairhaven, WA 98229 360/734-4885 chuckanutbaygallery. com Gallery West A gallery of contemporary art and fine craft located in historic Fairhaven. See ad on page 25. 1300 12th St. Fairhaven, WA 98225 360/734-8414

Island County Museum 120,000 years of Island County history. Museum store. Open daily, year round. See ad on page 15. 908 NW Alexander St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360/678-3310 Mindport Experience reality. Spark awareness and stimulate thinking! Art and interactive exhibits for exploration, observation, creativity, play and fun! See ad on page 33. 210 W. Holly St. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/647-5614 Pacific NorthWest Art School Join us for exceptional visual arts education on beautiful Whidbey Island. See ad on page 15. 15 NW Birch St. Coupeville, WA 98239 360/678-3396 or 866/678-3369 pacificnorthwest Spark Museum of Electrical Invention Compelling, interactive exhibits spanning four centuries of scientific achievement and cultural heritage. See ad on page 33. 1312 Bay Street Bellingham, WA 98225 360/738-3886

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reaL esTaTe Birch Bay Village Realty Ron Kulman Live, play, retire in Birch Bay. Let us show you around. See ad on page 41. 8440 Birch Bay Dr. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-7844 birchbayvillage Birch Bay Resort RV camping and year round living. New homes for sale or rent. See ad on page 41. 8080 Harborview Rd. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-7922 or 604/757-1845 Windermere Dawn Durand Five-star success rate selling Whatcom County real estate for 20 years. See ad on page 32. 515 Bakerview Rd. Bellingham, WA 98226 360/739-3380 Windermere Linda Kiens Semiahmoo Resort waterfront real estate specialist! Elegant homes, townhomes, paired homes, condos, intriguing homesites, boat berths and rentals. See ad on page 67. 8105 Birch Bay Square St. #101 Blaine, WA 98230 360/815-6640

Windermere Whatcom Home Team 72 years of real estate experience. Ask us, we know Whatcom County! See ad on page 38. 8105 Birch Bay Square St. #101 Blaine, WA 98230 360/371-5100 whatcomhometeam. com Windermere Orcas Island We have been helping buyers and sellers on Orcas Island since 1979. See ad on page 7. 18 Haven Rd. Eastsound, WA 98245 360/376-8000 Whidbey View Homes Specializing in waterfront and view property island wide. Live the island dream! See ad on page 15. 11 NW Coveland, Ste. A Coupeville, WA 98239 360/678-2095 or 866/WHIDBEY whidbeyviewhomes. com

reCreaTion Birch Bay Waterslides Family fun for all ages, slides and amenities for everyone to enjoy! See ad on page 35. 4874 Birch Bay Lynden Rd. Blaine, WA 98230 360/371-7500 birchbaywaterslides. net


Discovery Sea Kayaks Kayak the San Juan Islands with the “best outfitter on earth.” See ad on page 9. 185 First St. South Friday Harbor, WA 98250 866/461-2559 discoveryseakayak. com everybodyBIKE Summer Rides Summer Rides are easy social outings, with different fun themes for everyone. See ad on page 32. 314 East Champion St. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/671-BIKE Friday Harbor Boats and RV Choose our rentals to enhance visiting San Juan Island and surrounding waters. See ad on page 8. 854 Mullis St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360/378-8382 fridayharborboats Gato Verde Adventure Sailing Sunset, day and overnight cruises aboard our stable and comfortable sailing catamaran. See ad on page 25. 355 Harris Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/220-3215

Grandview Golf Course 18-hole course open to the public 7 days a week. See ad on page 39. 7738 Portal Way Custer, WA 98240 360/366-3947 Mystic Sea Charters Whale watching at its finest! Five star rated 100’ vessel 11 a.m. departures. See ad on page 13. 710 Seafarers Way, Dock A Anacortes, WA 98221 800/308-9387 mysticseacharters. com Outer Island Expeditions - Lopez Islander Resort Guaranteed whale watching tours, fishing charters, and private excursions. See ad on page 7. Lopez Islander Resort Fisherman’s Village Lopez, WA 98261 360/376-3711 Outer Island Expeditions Lummi Island Guaranteed whale watching tours, fishing charters, and private excursions. See ad on page 63. Willows Inn 2579 West Shore Dr. Lummi Island, WA 98262 360/376-3711

Outer Island Expeditions Orcas Island Guaranteed whale watching tours, fishing charters, and private excursions. See ad on page 7. Smuggler’s Villa Resort 54 Hunt Rd. Eastsound, WA 98245 360/376-3711 Outer Island Expeditions San Juan Island Guaranteed whale watching tours, fishing charters, and private excursions. See ad on page 63. Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360/376-3711 Outer Island Expeditions Semiahmoo Resort Guaranteed whale watching tours, fishing charters, and private excursions. See ad on page 45. Semiahmoo Resort Blaine, WA 98230 360/376-3711 Paddle and Pedal Adventures Mini golf, art gallery, gift shop, kayak and bike rentals. See ad on page 35. 7878 Birch Bay Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 360/224-0602 or 360/224-0707

paddleandpedal Point Roberts Golf & Country Club Big city golf, small town attitude. Ranked 6th in U.S. for unique golf courses. See ad on page 57. 1350 Pelican Place Point Roberts, WA 98281 360/945-4653 pointrobertsgolf Reifel Bird Sanctuary Seven kilometers of trails winding through wetlands along low dikes. Open daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. See ad on page 55. 5191 Robertson Rd. Delta, B.C. V4K 3N2 604/946-6980 reifelbirdsanctuary. com San Juan Cruises Whale watching in the San Juan Islands, dinner cruises, private charters and more. See ad on page 31. 355 Harris Ave. #104 Bellingham, WA 98225 360/738-8099 or 800/443-4552 San Juan Sailing Sailboat, motoryacht and trawler charters (barefoot or skippered), instruction and brokerage. See ad on page 31. 2615 South Harbor Loop, #1 Bellingham, WA 98225

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Whatcom Museum Quality programs and exhibitions celebrating art, nature and history. Plus store and cafe! See ad on page 33. 250 Flora St. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/778-8930



Windermere Mike Kent Top producing realtor specializing in the Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo area. See ad on page 68. 8105 Birch Bay Square Blaine, WA 98230 360/527-8901

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360/671-4300 Semiahmoo ResortGolf-Spa Waterfront AAA four-diamond resort, two golf courses, full service spa and restaurants. See ad on page 67. 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Blaine, WA 98230 800/770-7992 SkyDive Abbotsford Skydiving for first timers and for the more advanced, with experienced instructors. Gift certificates available! See ad on page 53. 5112 Gladwin Rd. Abbotsford, B.C. 888/738-5867 Splashdown Park Water Slides 13 slides, hot pools, grassy picnic area. Great family fun! See ad on page 53. 4799 Nu Lelum Way Tsawassen, BC V4M 4G2 604/943-2251 Watermania Wave pool, water play features, water slides, 50-meter pool, fitness center & more. See ad on page 53. 14300 Entertainment Blvd. Richmond, BC V6W 1K3 604/448-5353 watermania

reTaiL 260 Tobacco and Fine Spirits Tobacco and fine spirits. Tribal tobacco and liquor store. Great selection great prices! See ad on page 27. 4940 Rural Ave. Ferndale, WA 98248 360/778-3029

12th Street Shoes Women’s only shoe boutique specializing in comfortable yet stylish shoes and accessories. See ad on page 25. 1204 Harris Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/733-2066 Bay Center Market Everything from groceries to fishing licenses in the heart of Birch Bay. See ad on page 41. 8050 Harborview Rd. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-7233 Beach Basket Yarns & Gifts Yarns, needles, books, crotchet, skim boards, kites, wooden puzzles, etc. See ad on page 37. 7620 Birch Bay Dr. Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-0332 Bellwether Arts Market Handmade arts and crafts from region’s most talented artists. See ad on page 33. One Bellwether Way Bellingham, WA 98225 360/676-8548 Birch Bay Gallery Art gallery, gift shop, souvenirs and lots more! See ad on page 37. 7878 Birch Bay Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 360/224-0707 360/224-0602 Cascade Mall A classic shopping experience with great stores, restaurants, movies and more. See ad on page 21. 201 Cascade Mall Dr. Burlington, WA 98233 360/757-2072 Horseshoe Coins & Antiques Cash paid for coins, silver, gold, postcards,

bottles, currency, antiques, historical items. See ad on page 45. 810 Peace Portal Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 360/332-1870 LFS Marine & Outdoor Stylish outdoor clothing, Pacific Northwest gifts, kayak sales and rental, Merrell and TEVA shoes. See ad on page 31. 851 Coho Way Bellingham, WA 98225 360/734-3336 Lummi Gateway Center Business Center, Seafood Market, Native Arts and Crafts, and Cafe. See ad on page 27. 4920 Rural Ave. Ferndale, WA 98248 360/306-8554 lummigatewaycenter. com Maine Supply & Hardware Co. The oldest marine supplier on the West Coast. Fishing and boating supplies, hardware, tools and much more! See ad on page 13. 202 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA 98221 360/293-3014 marinesupply

Whimsy Custom and oneof-a-kind jewelry, glassware and wall art. Classes. See ad on page 39. 2911 Main St. Custer, WA 98240 360/510-3256 Wonderland Herbs, Teas and Spices Stocking over 100 bulk teas and herbs, teapots, lotions, local soaps, jewelry. See ad on page 32. 1305 Railroad Ave. Bellingham, WA 98225 360/733-0517 wonderlandteanspice. com

serViCes Blaine Visitor Information Center Tourist information available for Washington and Canada. Open 7 days a week. See ad on page 43.

728 Peace Portal Dr. Blaine, WA 98230 800/624-3555 Psychic Readings by Kate Palm and Tarot Card readings. Restore broken relationships, stop divorce, end separation. See ad on page 31. 4509 Meridian St. Bellingham, WA 98226 360/303-1464

sPa The Chrysalis Inn and Spa Beautiful waterfront hotel, spa and restaurant overlooking the San Juan Islands. See ad on page 25. 804 10th St. Fairhaven, WA 98225 360/756-1005 Essence Salon & Spa Hair, skin, nails, body.

Expertly trained professionals. Aveda, Dermalogica, Opi Gel products. See ad on page 37. 4819 Alderson Rd., #101 Birch Bay, WA 98230 360/371-5160 The Lodge Retreat Spa Services The ultimate spa treatment destination to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate! See ad on page 19. 205 North First St. La Conner, WA 98257 360/466-1501 Majestic Inn and Spa Elegant, charming hotel and spa featuring fresh inspired northwest cuisine daily. See ad on page 13. 419 Commercial Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221 360/299-1400 majesticinnandspa. com

NautiGirl A refreshing new brand of apparel and accessories for the boating enthusiast. See ad on page 29. 8 Bellwether Way Bellingham, WA 98225 360/671-6427 Van Wingerden Huge selection of home décor and gifts plus beautiful flowers and plants. See ad on page 39. 8210 Portal Way Blaine, WA 98230 360/366-3906



farmers markets. Bring home the bounty of summer ‒ just ďŹ nd the closest farmers market.


Anacortes Saturday market, May 12 - October 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday market, June 20 - September 5, 4 to 7 p.m.

Mount Vernon Saturdays, until October 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bayview Saturdays, until

September 27, 4 to 7 p.m.

Bellingham Saturdays, until

December 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

September 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Point Roberts Saturdays,

Blaine Saturdays, June 2 - October 6,

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Specific dates only: June 2, 16 & 30, July 14 & 28, August 11 & 25

Birch Bay Fridays, until September 14,

San Juan Island Saturdays, until October 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4 to 7 p.m. 360/371-2070

Bow Thursdays, June 28 - October 4, 1 to 6 p.m.


Coupeville Saturdays, until

Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Specific dates only: June 10 & 24, July 8 & 22, August 12 & 26, September 9

October 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., No market on August 11

Fairhaven Wednesdays, June 6 September 26, 12 to 5 p.m.

Lopez Island Saturdays, until September 15, 10 a.m. to 21 p.m. Lummi Island Saturdays, until


Orcas Island Saturdays, until

September 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ladner Village Market

Steveston Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specific dates only: May 20, June 3 & 17, July 15 & 29, August 5 & 19, September 2, 16 & 30 White Rock Sundays, May 27- Oct 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

photograph by Janet mCCall

October 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oak Harbor Thursdays, until

Island Living without a Ferry

Linda Kiens Real Estate Broker 360-815-6640

Vacation every day at Semiahmoo • Two 18-hole golf courses • 200 room hotel • Spa by the Sea HealthClub • 300 berth marina • Community swimming pool, tennis club • Miles of trails • Tranquil beaches • Abundant wildlife • 1-hour to Vancouver • 2-hours to Seattle

Schedule your Real Estate Exploration with

Linda Kiens

Discover the affordable quality of Semiahmoo Resort! Unwind in our oceanfront hotel. Enjoy a round or two of golf at our award-winning courses, or pamper yourself at our full-service spa. With several great restaurants, plus a multitude of activities, Semiahmoo is a resort destination like no other.

Waterfront, City Views $1.2m

AAA Four-Diamond Resort 198 Guest Rooms Including 28 Suites

Full-Service Spa

Featuring the Northwest’s Most Extensive Array of Spa Services

Award-Winning Golf Courses

Semiahmoo Golf & Country Cluband Loomis Trail Golf Club

Rex Park Lake Rambler $719k

Several Restaurants

Experience Delectable Northwest Cuisine


Friday Night BBQ & Beach Parties!

Homes, Villas, Moorage and fully serviced homesites await your discovery in one of the most beautiful gated, master-planned communities on the West Coast.

Enjoy our barbecues with live music every Friday night! Now through Labor Day.


Voted “Best Northwest Destination Wedding Site”

Homes from $300k. Ask Linda about special hotel & golf rates.

Your Local Getaway!

Fairway Townhome $399k

– Seattle Bride Magazine, 2011

Hotel, Golf & Spa Packages Available! Reservations 1-800-770-7992 or Windermere Real Estate, Whatcom, Inc. 8105 Birch Bay Square Street • Blaine, WA

Blaine, WA • I-5 Exit 270 & 276 WATERSIDE 2012 67

BIRCH BAY VILLAGE A Matchless Combination of Beauty, Charm & Fun The Pac Northwes ific t’s m popular g ost ated waterfron t communit y!

Jutting into the warm waters of Birch Bay and surrounded by the San Juan Islands and the snow-capped mountains of the Cascade and Canadian Coastal Range, Birch Bay Village offers a breathtaking environment and an exclusive list of community amenities and activities. Residents here enjoy:



24-Hour Gated Security 250-Slip Saltwater Marina 9-Hole Executive Golf Course Community Clubhouse Tennis & Basketball Courts Pool with Fenced Children’s Area Lakefront Parks & Picnic Areas Breathtaking Sunsets & Sunrises Miles of Sandy Beaches

Yacht Club Children’s Club Art Club Bridge Golf Club Swim Lessons Dancercise Water Aerobics Social Club Functions

Go to and click on “Featured Communities” or call Mike today to arrange a tour — 360.527.8901

8105 Birch Bay Square Street Birch Bay, WA 98230

Proud member of the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce •

Mike Kent

360.527.8901 • 360.815.3898 • •

Waterside 2012  

Coastal Community Summer Guide from Whidbey Island, WA to Steveston, BC