Bellingham/Fairhaven

Kai-

Hey everyone, welcome back to another blast from the past. In early December, Zack and I joined my family on a nice weekend get-away to Bellingham and Fairhaven. If you’ve never heard of Fairhaven that would be because it is no longer actually a city. Historic Fairhaven was a small settlement founded in the 1880’s and was actually assimilated into Bellingham in around 1903. It’s still around as “Historic Fairhaven” as a small district within Bellingham.

On the first day, Zack and I went down before my family so we could explore some local beaches and see about doing some bird watching (well Zack could bird watch and I could make fun of him). Well lets just say that didn’t go so well. Using apple maps we got lost on our way to our destination, Locust beach. We never made it there. So instead we made our way to Marine Park which I thought was absolutely lovely.

There were so many wonderful shops to explore and experience. One of the absolute best was Village Books. It is a 3 story book store with sections for everything under the sun. I’m not much of a reader myself and even I found some books I would love to sit down and spend an hour reading then set down and not read for a couple months before I pick it up again. On the top floor was an absolutely adorable little coffee and chocolate shop called Evolve Chocolate + Cafe.

While in Fairhaven we did try some local restaurants. For dinner on our first day, we stopped at Fairhaven Pizza. I thought the shop itself was a neat look my only gripe was that it was very crowded. They packed tables very close together, I really didn’t have any space between my seat and the bar-stool directly behind me. The pizza itself was really good. For lunch on day two we stopped at the filling station, a retro-chic burger joint. The menu has a distinct car theme. All the burgers are named after cars and everything is either a car, a car component, or alcohol. For dinner that night we stopped at Luna’s Bistro. As a beautiful restaurant in the same parking lot as a movie theater I’d normally say its a great spot of a date … Normally. The food at Luna’s bistro was overall disappointing. I ordered the french dip sandwich and it was flavorless. Zack got the fish and chips and his review was “It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful.” Before we hit the road to head home we stopped at Boundary Bay Restaurant and Brewery. The Food was absolutely amazing, the portions were generous, and service was great. I would go back in a heartbeat.

We did see quite a few opportunities to stop at a museum and make this trip a little more informative, but in the end we only stopped at one museum. We stopped at SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention. It isn’t exactly my definition of fun, but I dragged Zack along most of the weekend so it was only fair we did something he enjoyed. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. There were a lot of interactive exhibits that kept my attention, and plenty of informative plaques for curious minds like Zack.

The reason we went to Bellingham/Fairhaven was for two tree lighting ceremonies. We did only make it to one of the two ceremonies, and the ceremony itself was a little disappointing it was still a wonderful night. There were a few stands open selling goods and a number of food trucks. It was small, but that was part of the charm.

On our way home, Zack and I took the Pacific coast highway. It was breathtaking to say the least. We stopped at two parks along the way. There are no words for the beauty we experienced along the way. I would 100% recommend driving it at least once in your life. There are a number of stops along the way that will explain the history of the route. The few photos I have truly don’t do it justice. I was too awestruck with the views to take pictures (well that and I was driving for most of it). These two photos were taken at a park that we saw along the way.

Don’t tell Zack, but I want to plan another vacation that gives us a chance to drive this highway again. It does go all the way from Washington down to California. It does give us a chance to stop at Boundary bay and Spark museum again. If you get the chance I’d recommend a trip to Bellingham/Fairhaven.

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