Have a Seat, Tomas Calderon. Photo provided courtesy of the City of Bellingham.
the Village Green, home to outdoor concerts, movies and a farmers’ market on varying days. If you’re looking for somewhere cozy to stay in this one-of-a-kind area, visit the Fairhaven Village Inn. Within walking distance of everything in Fairhaven, the inn also features views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands, and some rooms may even have a fireplace.
The flourishing shops of downtown Bellingham have a wide range of amenities for consumers, from specialty shops located in the historic Daylight Building on State Street, to the established shopping strip located on Railroad Avenue. These flourishing streets are host to clothing stores, record shops, cafés and more.
Bellingham’s quality of life is among the best in the nation, and continues to draw national recognition. Everyday life in Bellingham is made richer thanks to quality education and cultural benefits that are the envy of most cities Bellingham’s size. Home to Western Washington University, Bellingham enjoys the benefits of university-sponsored cultural events and easy access to stimulating college courses in a host of disciplines.
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Museums and Galleries
A Smithsonian affiliate, the Whatcom Museum boasts two locations in Bellingham’s downtown cultural arts district. The state-of-the-art Lightcatcher Building features a compelling schedule of contemporary art exhibitions, as well as a Family Interactive Gallery, museum store, and popular café. Nearby, the landmark 1892 Old City Hall Building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971, and the Syre Education Center hold vast collections of historical significance, spanning more than century.
Spark Museum of Electrical Invention displays the inventions and innovations that changed the course of human history, spanning four centuries from Issac Newton and Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla. Many are drawn to see the 4-million volt force of the MegaZapper – one of the largest existing Tesla coils in the nation.
Drawn by the beauty of the region, artists of nearly every medium find creative inspiration in Bellingham. Many local galleries are open year round with exhibitions and works for sale. Evening gallery walks take place on First Fridays in downtown Bellingham and on the Summer Solstice and Thanksgiving Weekend in the Fairhaven Historic District. Artists throughout the county open their studios to the public the first two weekends in October for the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour.
Theater and Music