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Bellingham, Washington's Hidden Summer Gem

by Kimanh Moreau | Jul 31, 2018
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By: Nancy Abbot - AVP, Branch Manager

While Seattle is a well-known destination for summer visitors, the Emerald City’s neighbor to the north – Bellingham – also offers a tremendous amount of warm weather activities, yet with less crowds and traffic. Nancy Abbot, Columba Bank’s branch manager in Bellingham, and long-time resident says, “Bellingham is such a wonderful place to visit, and I often think of my town as a smaller and quainter version of Seattle. The proximity to the Sound, the view of a spectacular mountain (Rainier for Seattle, Baker for Bellingham) and so many venues to visit in the summer, Bellingham offers everything one could want in a great vacation destination.”

What follows are some of Nancy’s favorite summer locales and venues in and around Bellingham.


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Take to the woods. If summer to you means getting out on the trail or roasting marshmallows around a campfire, then the forests, parks and ridgelines around Bellingham are for you. The Mount Baker, Snoqualmie National Forest, Chuckanut Mountains and Larrabee State Park offer some of the most spectacular hiking, camping and backcountry fishing anywhere in the Northwest. Whether it’s wandering through high mountain meadows, fording icy cold streams or viewing the glaciers on Mt. Baker, these areas just outside Bellingham are not to be missed. Visit Bellingham’s website for more information on the many outdoor adventures available to you.

boatTake a cruise. Are you more of a water person when the temperature rises? This coastal city has a rich and active boating scene; you will have your choices of tour lengths, types of cruise and watercraft.  From whale watching, to wine tasting, to more active kayaking and sailing, if it’s on the water, it’s in Bellingham. Here are several options for you to explore.

Take in a game. For many, summer means baseball, and if your wish is to sit in the stands and watch America’s pastime in the cool summer breeze, Bellingham has a great option for you. The Bellingham Bells of the West Coast League offer a great family entertainment experience at historic Joe Martin Field. The Bells compete against teams throughout the Northwest and Western Canada, providing outstanding baseball action for a fraction of the price of Major League games.

Take a stroll. If a leisurely stroll in a historic shopping and dining neighborhood is more your speed, than the Old Fairhaven district is perfect for you. Whether its visiting a classic bookstore, checking out some great antique shops or dining at one of Bellingham’s best lunch spots, this little corner of town is a must visit during summer. They even have a fun outdoor cinema where you can catch a great movie under the stars.

Take a basket. Finally, Bellingham has one of the best downtown farmers markets in the Northwest.  With hundreds of local farmers offering produce, prepared foods as well as local artisans selling their crafts, the market is a must-visit destination in town.

Bellingham truly holds its own as an excellent summer destination. From the waters of the Sound to the majesty of the mountains, Bellingham offers plenty of activities and events for summer travelers. As Nancy often says, “We are in the top corner of Washington, but we are really our own corner of heaven!”

 

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