Top things to do

Top Choice Gardens in La Conner

Roozengaarde Display Garden

Halfway between La Conner and Mt Vernon, this renowned bulb producer has color-drenched fields of blooms as well as a truly spectacular display garden with an eye-boggling array of bulb varieties blooming in unison.…
Top Choice International in Anacortes

Adrift

Warm service and high-class food will satisfy all levels of taste at the nautical-cozy Adrift, where you can get everything from a delicious hearty soup to a fancy fish meal. The interesting decor features a small l…
Top Choice Modern American in Bellingham

Pepper Sisters

This cheerful, colorful restaurant serves innovative food that is hard to categorize – let's call it Mexican cuisine with a Northwestern twist. Try the grilled eggplant tostada, chipotle-and-pink-peppercorn enchilad…
Top Choice Ice Cream in Bellingham

Mallard

Bellingham's date-night central is a lurid 1950s-style ice-cream parlor with a zillion different flavors – many of them weirdly exotic. Come here before or after a show and sample the all-organic vanilla-and-pepper …
Top Choice American in Lummi Island

Willows Inn

The ultimate in locavore dining with most ingredients hailing from a few miles away or less.
Sports in Bellingham

Ski to Sea Race

A fixture since 1911, this seven-leg team relay from the top of Mt Baker 93.5 miles down to Fairhaven Marine Park on Puget Sound enshrines the eccentric combination of magic and madness that makes this great city ti…
Cultural in La Conner

Skagit County Tulip Festival

La Conner finds its pulse when the annual Skagit County Tulip Festival lights up the surrounding countryside with shades of red, purple, yellow and orange. Events include wine tasting, bike tours and bird's-eye heli…
Italian in Bellingham

D'Anna's Café Italiano

Bellingham does a fine job of transporting you gastronomically to other parts of the world. For D'Anna's read Sicily, meaning fresh homemade pasta, authentic chicken marsala and a Mt Etna–like portion of linguini an…
Cafe in Bellingham

Old Town Cafe

Very popular for its casual, artsy atmosphere, this bohemian breakfast joint cooks up tasty dishes such as custom omelets, egg tortillas and whole-wheat French toast. There's also homemade granola, gluten-free hotca…
Theater in Bellingham

Mt Baker Theatre

With its minaret-like tower and elaborately designed interior, this grand old historic theater, built in 1925, has become one of Bellingham's signature buildings. Showcasing everything from live music to dance to pl…