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Sept. 23, 2014

Top 5 Things todo in Bellingham

5 Things to Do in Bellingham

When you live in Bellingham, there are so many options when it comes to entertainment. Here are just 5 of the many things to do in Bellingham, Washington.

One: Visit the Historic Fairhaven District

On the south side if the City of Bellingham is the Historic Fairhaven District. Fairhaven is famous for its colorful history in the 19th century. With a Chicago vision in mind, Fairhaven excitement was complete with hotels, taverns, an opera house, concert garden, restaurants and brothels. Today, Fairhaven is recognized with its historic buildings covered with red brick, and six blocks are federally designated as a historic district. This small-town feeling downtown area has many unique shops and local restaurants, such as the Abby Garden Tea Room, Creativitea, Village Books, the Black Cat, Archer Ale House, Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse, Mambo Italiano, Harris Ave. Cafe and the Colophon Cafe just to name a few! Between shops and meals, take a minute to look at the gorgeous views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands.

Two:  Spend the day in Downtown Bellingham

The Downtown Bellingham area has something to offer families of all ages! Bellingham is a diverse city when it comes to age. The city is not only a college town, but also one of the top retirement communities in the U.S. The Downtown area has a mixture of everything for everyone to enjoy!  Dance clubs, bars and nightlife for the college and young adult crowd. Kid-friendly restaurants and places like Mallard Ice Cream and the Family Interactive Gallery in the Whatcom Museum for families with young children. Restaurants such as Temple Bar, Hearth Fire, Lighthouse Bar and Grill and Cliff House for a romantic night out with your loved one at any age. Downtown Bellingham also has many events throughout the year, including: Art walks, Farmer’s Markets, parades, Sky to Sea and many others! There are also several brewery’s in Bellingham, as well as delicious local restaurants, unique shops and of course coffee shops!

Three: Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive, or Route 11, is 21.28 miles of gorgeous, relaxing views of the Bellingham, Chuckanut and Samish Bays and beautiful, green wooded areas. Many locals also enjoy a variety of hiking and biking trails into the wooded areas and parks or down to the coast. There are also a few restaurants along the way, including: The Oyster Bar, Oyster Creek Inn and Chuckanut Manor Seafood & Grill. So take a drive, stop at the viewpoints for a hike or a picture and don’t forget to have a delicious meal along the way.

Four: Water Activities

When it comes to water sports, Bellingham has opportunities for all! Lake Whatcom and the Bellingham Bay offer great experiences for boating, kayaking, paddle boarding or swimming! The Boating Center offers several lessons for water sports as well as rentals! After you have a great day exercising on the water, why not relax on the Bay? The Bellingham Cruise Terminal has many themed evening dinner and wine cruises. Enjoy the gorgeous Pacific Northwest in Bellingham!

Five: Breweries

Bellingham and Beer definitely go hand in hand when it comes to the 21 and over community. Bellingham is home to several breweries such as Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, Chuckanut Brewery, Kulshan Brewery and the new Aslan Brewing Company and Wander Brewing. Bellingham has many local restaurants that feature these delicious brews. Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro offers an atmosphere for everyone, in the taphouse, family-friendly bistro, outdoor deck or beer garden! Kulshan Brewery is “all about the beer” and has a tap room, a dartboard and a indoor or outdoor sitting area. Chuckanut Brewery features european style craft beers and locally influenced fresh American cuisine. Aslan Brewing Company and Wander Brewing are new to the Bellingham community and also soaring with popularity at their locations and in other local restaurants in town!

These are just five of the countless activities there is to enjoy! Owning a home or condo in Bellingham means that you have access to everything that Bellingham has to offer, all year long!

Posted in Bellingham
Sept. 11, 2014

Ugliest Houses

Ten of The Ugliest Homes You've Ever Seen

Ugly Homes

I know how about we just move all the windows to the corner of the house.  That sounds like a awesome idea!

Photo Credit: Jason Mullins

Ugliest Homes

Hey Dorthy how about we just make our home look like a Calf Hut like growing up on the farm.

Photo Credit: Kennith Knight

Bill & Terry thought it would be a good idea to make it so you can rock climb on their home.  Are you Jealous??

Photo Credit: Keith Daly

Not sure what happened here??

Photo Credit: Keith Daly

I think the owner of this home watches too much Lord of the Rings perhaps??

Photo Credit: Peter Dutton

"We have a kids room might as well make the outside of the home match as well"

Photo Credit: Chad Miller

"lets just skip the siding and make one big roof for our home"

Photo Credit: Kenneth Knight

"we don't need a contractor lets just build this one ourselves"

Photo Credit: Kaisa

"lets make our neighbors feel like someones watching at all times"

Photo Credit: Kenneth Knight

Posted in News
April 28, 2014

Sehome Arboretum

The Sehome Hill Arboretum features an observation tower, accommodating parking and multiple different trails that are available for exploring. It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is perfect for people who are interested in getting more in touch with the essence of what Bellingham is all about. This luscious green area is located on Bill McDonald Parkway at 25th Street near the south end of Western Washington University (WWU)in the Sehome Neighborhood.

Mission statement - “The Sehome Hill Arboretum is conceived of as a natural area devoted to educational, aesthetic, recreational and research purposes; and all development shall be compatible with this ecological concept.”

To learn more about the Arboretum, click this link to WWU’s site:

Posted in Bellingham
March 25, 2010

Lake Union House Boats

Lake Union Houseboats

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live on top of water, there is no better time than now!
Houseboats have been present in Seattle for over 100 years - since 1905 - and continue to become more plentiful. They provide endless opportunities to enjoy the sparkling water while living in the comfort of your own home. Mainly occupying Lake Union or Portage Bay, houseboats provide breathtaking scenery just by peering out the window or stepping out on the deck.

Fully equipped with bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms, these homes are great for living in year round. Whether wanting to keep it permanently docked so utilities are easily accessible or using a motor to roam about the waterways, houseboats provide a fun and relaxing lifestyle. These home away from home’s are priced across the board and definitely vary in size and style, so go check some out today in hopes of becoming that much closer to finding one that fits your desires and needs.