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Great Escapes: Our guide to Bellingham, WA
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Bellingham’s Boulevard Park is simply a stunner. | Photo by @enjoyfairhaven
Planning a getaway? Check out Bellingham, WA — a quaint, coastal city with two lively city centers and a mountain range less than two hours away.

The little town feels like it’s just waiting to be featured in a Wes Anderson film with its seaside board walks, forested bike paths, quaint gift shops, and tucked-away restaurants.

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Pro tip: This trail gets absolutely covered in wild blueberries in early-mid September.

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Photo by Ruth Grah

Take the scenic route

If you want to take a road trip with a little more flare, then the Amtrak Cascades is for you.

Hop on from the King Street Station at 303 S. Jackson St. and ride the train five stops before getting off at Bellingham’s Fairhaven Station.

All along the two-hour ride, you’ll encounter some of the West Coast’s most stunning views — mountains, waterfronts, forests, and the list goes on.

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Some serious micro-brew magic happens right downstairs from this VRBO rental.

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Photo via VRBO

Why go?

Bellingham showcases the best of the Pacific Northwest’s beauty without the hassle of a major metropolitan scene. Enjoy fresh seafood, island cruises, and quiet walks without the stress of big city traffic.

Rock out to free live concerts downtown every weekend in July, or check out this visitor’s guide and travel blog for more ideas of things to do.

Act like a local

  • Food: Capitalize on the proximity of some of the best oysters in the US at Rock and Rye Oyster House.
  • Outdoors: Take a hike in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Ptarmigan Ridge Trail that features incredible views from the very first step. The first ~one mile is a flat walk that’s navigable for most experience levels before taking on bigger hills that more seasoned hikers or overnight backpackers will enjoy.
  • Explore: Need a day to recover after hiking the mountains? Fairhaven is perfect for a relaxing day of gift shopping, snacking, and enjoying the ocean breeze.
 
 
Events
 
Thursday, June 6
Friday, June 7
  • Camera Obscura | Friday, June 7 | 8 p.m. | The Crocodile, 2505 First Ave., Seattle | $35 | You might know this band from the early 2000s, but their most recent indie pop album pairs beautifully with a sunny day.
  • Twilight Zone Unexpected: Improvised | Fridays + Saturdays, June 7-June 29 | 7:30-8:45 p.m. | Unexpected Productions, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle | $15 | Prepare yourself for a night of mysterious surprises and spooky situations at this comedy performance.
Saturday, June 8
  • Festal: Indigenous People Festival | Saturday, June 8 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle | Free | Celebrate our local Indigenous tribes with art + cultural demonstrations, live music, a drag show, and bites from Off the Rez.
  • The Black Trans Comedy Showcase 2024 | Saturday, June 8 | 6:30-9 p.m. | SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle | $60 | Expect lots of bellyache-inducing laughs, a catered meal, and an opportunity to win raffle prizes at this comedy show benefiting the Lavender Rights Project.
  • Georgetown Carnival | Saturday, June 8 | 12-10 p.m. | Airport Way South between Lucille and Vale streets, Seattle | Free | Enjoy the warm weather with three stages for live music, a JP Patches Memorial Clown Town, arts + food vendors, and tons of other sideshows.
Sunday, June 9
  • Seattle Bakes Back | Sunday, June 9 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Jensen Marina, 1421 NE Boat St., Seattle | $25-$75 | Support a nonprofit by buying baked goods from local favorites like Ben’s Bread Co., General Porpoise Donuts, and Saint Bread.
  • Basement Bazaar: Pride Edition | Sunday, June 9 | 5-10 p.m. | Belltown Yacht Club, 2320 First Ave., Seattle | Free | Shop from local vendors, get a tattoo, jam out to a live DJ, and snack on some yummy bites in the basement Nirvana used to rehearse in.
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Within the operation, 50% of food is locally grown and 60% of seafood is sustainably harvested. | Photo provided by Tidal+; GIF by SEAtoday
What do local and sustainable seafood, craft cocktails, and a stunning setting share? You can find them at Tidal+.

Guests are invited to savor the bounty of the Pacific Ocean paired with delights foraged and harvested nearby on their seasonally changing menu.

From date night to weekend brunch to happy hour (think: $2 oysters, $5 Tidal-tinis), Tidal+ offers Seattleites plenty of opportunities to enjoy fresh, seasonal fare and sips.
 
News Notes
 
Environment
  • Seattle Parks and Rec are warning people and pets to stay out of the water at Green Lake-East, Madison Park Beach, Mount Baker Beach, and Seward Park due to high bacteria levels. Residents can keep track of the safety status on the King County website.
Civic
  • Seattle recently received $3.2 million from the Washington State Department of Commerce for the Home Electrification Appliance Rebates grant program. The funds are meant to help households and businesses transition from fossil fuels to energy-efficient electric appliances. The goal is to eliminate heating oil use by 2030.
Announced
  • The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is seeking artists for two of its public art projects — one for the North Main Terminal nursing suite + two for the same terminal’s restrooms. Application submissions are due by Friday, June 14 at 4 p.m.
Opening
  • Contemporary arts org MadArt is opening a new studio at 325 Westlake Ave. N. tomorrow, June 7. To celebrate, it’s launching with a 50-artist showcase featuring a variety of sculptures, paintings, installations, and more. Join the opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Eat
  • This time of year in Seattle is just the cherry on top — Cherries are back in season and oh-so juicy. And did you know that the popular Rainier cherries were invented right here? Washington State University researchers brainstormed the stone fruit varietal in 1952.
Outdoors
  • Next Saturday, June 15, view over 100 varieties of irises during the Kubota Garden’s Iris Exhibition. Volunteers planted bulbs throughout the gardens last spring, and the fruits of their labor will be free to survey 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with some other bulbs for sale.
Drink Up
  • Own a local beverage business? Offer a drink deal to our readers during Drink Up Week from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26. Whether it’s BOGO smoothies or 20% off wine bottles, drop your deal into this form by Friday, June 28 and let’s get this party poppin’.
Sports
  • With the Coachella Valley Firebirds excelling in the Calder Cup run, the question arises: Will the Kraken retain Driedger, or is he on his way out? Local experts discuss the implications for the Seattle Kraken organization and what it means for other goalies with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    Number
    • 27,000: That’s the number of trees that are cut down each day to make toilet paper. This luxury three-ply bamboo toilet paper is changing that. It feels just like regular high-end TP, but doesn’t harm trees. Use code 6AM30 for 30% off through midnight. Learn more + shop.*
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    • Did you know you can bring all your debt under one roof by borrowing from your home to pay off high-interest loans, bills, and credit cards? Calculate your payment.*
     
     
    Arts
     
    🦭 The record-breaking marine mural
    A long strip of building features blue paint and close ups of several marine animals faces. Over the building's roof, you can see the Waterfront Ferris Wheel in the background and glimpses of Elliott Bay.
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    A new mural on Waterfront Landings condos at 1950 Alaskan Way is now North America’s largest outdoor mural at just slightly smaller than a football field (to put it in perspective).

    Titled “Urban Ecosystem Restoration,” the 42,900-sqft display is part of Street Art for Mankind’s global effort to draw attention to restoration needs for damaged ecosystems.

    Copenhagen-based artist Victor Ash painted the sizable mural on the back of the Waterfront Landings, running parallel to Elliott Way.

    Another smaller — but still impressive — mural was also added to the area on a back wall of Elliott Pointe Apartments at 2226 Elliott Ave.

    Artist Ardy del Rocio from Guadalajara depicts an orca amid a vibrant school of fish in his work named “Ocean Ecosystem Restoration.”
     
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