Four Hours To Fun

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to appreciate what’s close to home. Lucky for us, northwest Washington offers countless vacation-worthy destinations. From cities that boast world-class cuisine to breathtaking islands filled with beauty and wildlife, our state is rich with wonders both manmade and natural. As inspiration for your next vacation, we’ve taken a look at five destinations within four hours of Bellingham: Kirkland, Friday Harbor, Bainbridge Island, Leavenworth, and Sequim. Each one offers something unique, whether you’re hoping for a relaxing seaside escape, an adventure in the mountains, or a weekend of fine dining, shopping, and spa treatments. Whatever vacation means to you, get out your calendar and start planning.  

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Perfect Pear Martini from Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse—a fall cocktail reminiscent of the most perfectly ripe Bartlett Pear.

A Unique Leader Transcending Boundaries and Borders

Over the years, Andrea “Andy” Leebron-Clay has touched thousands of lives, healed many hearts, and provided opportunities to those in need.

Lynden’s Home for Home Goods

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Surroundings Home, Gift, and Garden—located at the Fairway Center shopping plaza in Lynden,

Ancore, Per Favore

Chef Giovanni “Gianni” Saffioti and partner Devon Drake opened Scampi Osteria—an Italian restaurant in Birch Bay—in July 2019.

Get Creative in Skagit Valley

For more than 50 years, Tri Dee Arts has been a fixture in downtown Mount Vernon—in 2018, the newest owners unveiled two renovated sections.

A Place to Play

Since 2008, the Bellingham Circus Guild has bolstered the circus arts and performers of Whatcom County—offering one-of-a-kind shows, classes, and events.

Five Faves

For this month’s Five Faves we invite you to explore the work of some of our favorite local fine art painters, from kaleidoscopic landscapes to geometric forms.

Better Beer, More Hands

The Guest Brewer’s Brew Pipeline program—a network that assigns different brands of beer to distributors across the country—means better beer for everyone.

I Think That’s Called Passion

Shelley Versteeg-Smit is the owner and head designer at Fishtrap Creek Interiors in Lynden, bringing more than 30 years of experience into her top-notch retail space.

Giving Thanks More Thought

Nutrition blogger, Cassie Elliott, invites readers to try this easy-to-prepare Pumpkin Custard, which is grain free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar.

Bellingham Four Square

Lisa Staton Interior Design revitalize this classic Bellingham Four Square, built in 1906, while honoring the home’s original architecture and detailing.

Holiday Travel Beer Guide

Nationally-ranked beer judge, Neal Tognazzini, is here to help you prep your holiday wish list—for beer that is—with his guide to the best beers in the U.S.

Early-Warning Earthquake Alert

In late July, the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District installed ShakeAlert, a pilot system for detecting earthquakes before they occur.

Bellingham Rock Star Opens Herb’s Cider

How Bellingham rock star, Tim “Herb” Alexander—the celebrated drummer for the alt-rock band Primus—came to co-own Herb’s Cider with his wife, Shama.

The Benefits of Having a Dog Wash Station in Your Home

Jennifer Ryan talks the benefits of installing a dedicated built-in dog wash station in your home—as shown in this recent bathroom remodel.

A World of Color

Lori Hill is an award-winning artist currently living in Bellingham, who has been featured in galleries and markets across several states.

What Farmers Markets Are Still Open?

Check out these nearby markets open during the month of November, where you can find fresh produce, local goods, and holiday gift items.

Eat, Drink, Read, Repeat with Life Between the Pages

Life Between the Pages—A collaborative book club between Evolve, Village Books, and local bars creates an immersive literary experience.

Bellingham’s Only Happy Meower

Having successfully opened its first location in Captiol Hill, NEKO—a cat cafe—will soon be opening a Bellingham location at 1130 Cornwall Avenue.