May 31, 2009

Bellingham

Several of my family members moved to Bellingham Washington about three years ago and I have had the opportunity to visit them there four times so far. While I normally prefer larger cities, this municipality and the surrounding countryside is very charming and has a warm and friendly community.

From the main downtown area to the quaint area of Fairhaven, there are lots of fun shops and good places to eat. Here are some of my favorite spots:
  • Our family introduced us to the Old Town Cafe for breakfast or brunch and it is fantastic! We try to return for the yummy pancakes, pastries, and eggs every time we are in Bellingham.
  • Village Books in Fairhaven is a great place to browse or have tea, a snack, or lunch in the bookstore cafe.
  • Vartanyan Estates is a small, women owned and operated boutique winery just north of downtown Bellingham that makes good wines. (In addition, Margarita, the owner, is my sister's neighbor.)
Bellingham is a very active community – from kayaking in Boundary Bay to biking to skiing and snowboarding at Mount Baker in the winters – there is plenty to do in the beautiful outdoors. I hope to be able to have time to kayak or ski (depending on the season) on one of my upcoming visits.

The Bellingham is really a beautiful place – the blue pacific comes into Boundary Bay, lush green hills surround the town, further out the countryside is a patchwork of farms, and, in the distance, Mount Baker stands guard over the region.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

Also while we were in Bellingham my sister made us a fabulous brunch and some yummy picnic food too! Thanks Mandy!