Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Bellingham

Aslan Depot

This beautiful space, newly opened by one of Bellingham's best breweries in a 1920s Depot building, will make you think you've stepped into an English mansion: all overstuffed chairs and leather couches, reading...

Top ChoiceModern American in Bellingham

Pepper Sisters

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

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Bellingham

Mallard

Bellingham's date-night central is a lurid 1950s-style ice-cream parlor with a zillion different flavors – from super-vanilla to green tea, honey-tahini to black sesame. Come here before or after a show and...

Museum in Bellingham

Whatcom Museum of History & Art

This revamped museum is spread over three buildings: historic Whatcom City Hall (built in 1892), the adjacent Syre Education Center (photo archives, open by appointment) and the innovative Lightcatcher building...

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 combination of magic and madness that makes this great city tick. The...

Park in Bellingham

Whatcom Falls Park

You might feel like you've wandered into the North Cascades when you venture into this enormous wooded park. The wild region bisects Bellingham's eastern suburbs, stretching from Lake Whatcom to Bellingham Bay....

Deli in Bellingham

Community Food Coop

Bellingham's long-standing community food co-op has a deli and hot food bar that sells fresh, organic, fair-trade and guilt-free food. Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly dishes like tofu scrambles, chimichurri yams...

University in Bellingham

Western Washington University

Founded in 1893 as a teacher training institute, WWU was redesignated as a university in 1977. The WWU Visitors Information Center can provide details of a self-guided tour of the campus' two dozen outdoor...

Cafe in Bellingham

Colophon Cafe

Linked with Fairhaven's famous literary haven, Village Books, the Colophon is a multiethnic eatery for people who like to follow their panini with Proust. Renowned for its African peanut soup and chocolate brandy...

Deli in Bellingham

Avenue Bread

A cross between a bakery, a deli and a cafe, this place with two Bellingham locations plus one in Fairhaven serves up a mean grilled ham and Swiss (and many other sandwiches) on deliciously fresh baked bread. Or...

Brewery in Bellingham

Wander Ale House

One of Bellingham's most ambitious brewpubs, this place is in a strange location behind an industrial building that gives it secret-spot appeal. Hang out at brewing-vat-side seating or outside. There's a rotation...

Southern US in Bellingham

Bayou on Bay

A Bellingham favorite, especially when the sun comes out and the dining area spills out onto the sidewalk. Start with breaded okra or hushpuppies (savory deep-fried cornmeal balls), and move on to anything from...

Museum in Bellingham

SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

This museum showcases more than 2000 exhibits relating to the early days of electricity and the golden age of radio. And if you're over 18 and willing to cough up an extra $12, you can climb inside the 'Cage of...

Gallery in Bellingham

Western Gallery

The collection in this Western Washington University gallery includes tapestries by Alexander Calder and several paintings by key nature-focused Northwest painters like Morris Graves and Guy Anderson. There's...

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...

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...

Beer in Bellingham

Bellingham Beer Week

Spend a week exploring the mind-blowing variety of beers crafted in and around Bellingham. There are special events, dinners, parties and limited-beer releases all week. Pick up a Tap Trail Passport at any of the...

Bar in Bellingham

Racket

A great little dive bar with a surprisingly good tap list and a long row of pinball machines upstairs, the Racket is one of Bellingham's best hangouts. It's attached to the Shakedown, a live music venue with a...

Brewery in Bellingham

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Perennially popular Boundary Bay crafts its own ales and serves excellent, hearty Northwest-influenced fare for lunch and dinner. The smoked-salmon chowder hits the spot on a rainy night and the outdoor seating...

Live Music in Bellingham

Wild Buffalo

Bellingham's 'house of music' is hidden in this inviting century-old building. Come here to enjoy local and national acts playing jazz, blues, funk, salsa, rock and roll, and much more. Microbrew beer is served...