The central location of the Fairhaven Village Inn in Bellingham means that your options for exploring the beautiful Northwest are endless. From the front steps of the Inn, convenient and exciting choices exist for plenty of fun in the city, on the water or in the mountains. Bellingham is also located conveniently between two world-class cities, Vancouver, B.C. to the north and Seattle to the south. Below you will find an overview of our guests' most popular activities and destinations. Follow us on Facebook for local recommendations and event updates.
Steps from the front door
Explore Historic Fairhaven with its charming cobblestone streets, red brick buildings, culinary delights and weekly farmer’s market. Fairhaven is known for fine dining and dozens of excellent restaurants and cafes are within walking distance. Each eating establishment in Fairhaven is locally owned and operated, providing you with outstanding service and high quality food. The welcoming character of local shops will ensure that you feel right at home in our unique district. If you are searching for that truly unique gift, Fairhaven is the place to shop.
Western Washington University
The Fairhaven Village Inn is 12 blocks away from WWU, it's a short drive by car or taxi or, if you are feeling sporty, you can walk up through the beautiful South Hill neighborhood and enjoy some spectacular views.
Western Washington University
FAIRHAVEN FARMER'S MARKET
The Fairhaven Farmer’s Market runs every Wednesday between June 3 - September 30 from 12-5 pm. Literally on the doorsteps of the Fairhaven Village Inn this charming market offers fresh local produce, ready prepared foods, gift shops and live music.
Fairhaven Market Website
LOVE THE OUTDOORS?
Fairhaven is the perfect starting point for boating, biking, walking, hiking and whale watching. The South Bay Trail begins at the Inn’s front steps and transports you onto the Bay and to Boulevard Park. The Interurban Trail winds through many acres of wilderness, both trails are perfect for walking, hiking and cycling.
South Bay Trail | Interurban Trail | Fairhaven Bicycle
On the Water
Fairhaven is a popular spot for launching your sailing, kayaking and rowing adventures. The Community Boating Center is within walking distance of the Fairhaven Village Inn and there you'll find everything you need for both beginners and more advanced sea adventurers.
Community Boating Center
Within a Mile
Downtown Bellingham is just down the road and we can suggest all of the sights and sounds to ensure a great stay. Take a stroll along the waterfront, shop downtown and sample the great, local fare at the Saturday Farmer's Market or enjoy great beer and food at one of Bellingham’s famous micro breweries. Make sure to check out Bellingham’s website for a wealth of information about our city and on things to do.
Lake Padden Park is a wonderful year-round stop that offers something for everyone, making it the perfect destination for families: sport courts and fields, hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking, swimming, a playground amongst others. A public golf course is also located along the eastern edge of the park.
Lake Padden Website
4882 Samish Way, Bellingham 98226
Open daily 6am - 10pm
Whatcom Falls Park
This 241-acre park features waterfalls, miles of great trails for walking and bicycling, a fish hatchery, outdoor basketball court, tennis courts, playgrounds and lots of green-space. It is the ideal spot to enjoy nature and is only a 10-minute drive from Fairhaven, ample parking is available in the park.
Whatcom Falls Park Website
1401 Electric Ave, Bellingham 98229
Open daily 6am - 10pm
Love beer? Bellingham has a reputation for excellent craft beers and micro breweries, from Boundary Bay Brewery, Kulshan Brewing Company to Aslan Brewing and many more. Ask our staff for recommendations that will please your beer palette or check out the list below which has some great reviews.
Bellingham Breweries List | Bellingham Beer Week
Bellingham Farmer’s Market
This Saturday farmer’s market is located at the corner of Railroad Avenue and E. Maple St. It is open from April through Christmas from 10am - 3pm. If you are feeling adventurous you can walk there from Fairhaven in about 45 minutes along the South Bay Trail that starts right next to our Inn, or you can rent a bike from Fairhaven Bicycle and get there in about 15 minutes.
Bellingham’s Farmer’s Market | Fairhaven Bicycle
Mt. Baker Theatre
This historic performing arts venue is located in downtown Bellingham. It seats over 1,500 people and hosts professional theatre productions, concerts and many community events. Visit their website to see what’s playing while you’re in town, you won’t be disappointed!
Mount Baker Theatre
104 North Commercial Street
Box Office: (360) 734-6080
Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
This is a great museum that is sure to entertain patrons of all ages. Its interactive displays include a wealth of unique and rare artifacts dating from the earliest days of scientific electrical experiments in the 1600's through the 1940's and the Golden Age of Radio. Who says education can’t be fun?
Spark Museum Website
1312 Bay St, Bellingham 98225
Phone (360) 738-3886
Pickford Film Center
Right next to the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention you will find this charming independent cinema. As the region’s leading venue for independent film, and the only 365 day independent cinema between Seattle and Vancouver B.C., PFC offers an authentic, rich and unique Bellingham “experience” in a casual and friendly environment.
Pickford Film Center
1318 Bay St, Bellingham 98225
Tickets (360) 738-0735
In the car
To the south, only a few blocks from the Fairhaven Village Inn, is Washington’s most famous scenic route: Chuckanut Drive. A winding road above the rugged coastline of Puget Sound yields stunning views of the San Juan Islands with plenty of roadside areas to enjoy a picnic. Explore the tidal pools and watch the sunset from the saltwater shores of Larrabee State Park, it’s just a 10 minute drive from the Inn. Chuckanut Drive is also the most scenic route to take you into the beautiful Skagit Valley where you can enjoy the spectacular Tulip Festival in the spring or visit the artistic communities of Bow-Edison, La Conner and Anacortes.
Ferndale Lavender Farm
Just 40 minutes to the north you will find the delightful Red Barn Lavender Farm. Not only is it a beautiful and fragrant place to visit, you will also get some stunning views of Mount Baker along the way. Best time to visit is May-July.
Red Barn Lavender Farm
Just a little further
Whether you take a ferry to gorgeous Victoria, B.C, or to one of the many beautiful San Juan Islands, you can’t help but fall in love with the natural beauty of the Northwest. Drive just over an hour north and explore Vancouver, B.C. with its stunning views, lots of interesting attractions and world class dining. And don’t miss an opportunity to see equally wonderful Seattle or the famous Puget Sound whether by a chartered fishing boat or whale watching cruise.