The 'City of Subdued Excitement' is a vibrant college town with an array of quirky museums, shops, galleries, brewpubs and places to eat located in the downtown core. Whether for the weekend or an extended stay in, we offer a break from the ordinary. With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, charming villages and water adventures like whale watching, Bellingham Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington state.
Past and present Bellingham is a reflection of the spirit of collaboration despite strong, often vocal, differences of opinion. The town was officially incorporated in November 1903, after more than a decade of incremental consolidation of four towns and heated arguments about naming rights. Eventually citizens voted to use Bellingham as the name of the merged city – however the distinct personalities of the pioneer towns of Bellingham (originally centered near Boulevard Park); Whatcom (today’s “Old Town”), Sehome (present day downtown), and Fairhaven (the historic district) lives on.
SUGGESTED NEARBY ROAD TRIPS: