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Lynden - Holland in Washington State

A travel journal to Lynden by Re Carroll

Downtown mural Photo, Lynden, Washington More Photos
Quote: If a trip to the Netherlands isn't feasible, spend time in Lynden's historic district with its Dutch architecture, food & shops.

Lynden - Holland in Washington State

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Overview

Downtown mural Photo, Lynden, Washington
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This small town near the US/Canada border takes its Dutch heritage very seriously. The main commercial area is a shopper’s paradise with its collection of antique shops and gift stores featuring Dutch food and gifts. Many of the buildings have false fronts that resemble the canal houses found throughout the Netherlands. Streets boast small ornamental windmills as well as a large replicated one that is actually a hotel. It’s quite impressive at night when the windmill blades are outlined in lights.Like a Norman Rockwell painting, the road into the heart of downtown is lined with well maintained older homes and large, stately maple trees that provide a leafy canopy.Lynden is home to the N...Read More

Dutch Village Inn and Giftwinkel

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Hotel | "Dutch Village Inn"

Dutch Village Inn and Giftwinkel Photo, Lynden, Washington
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This hotel is very easy to spot because it is located in a replicated 72 foot windmill. The blades of the windmill actually turn and are illuminated by hundreds of tiny lights each night. The interior of the hotel resembles a canal house with narrow wooden stairs leading to the guest rooms that are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The main floor, at street level, is a large gift store selling Dutch food, lace and other souvenirs. The reception desk is also located here but it’s easy to miss since it also serves as the sales desk for the store. In fact, the hotel is part of the Dutch Village Mall and has its own entrance into the mall so die hard shoppers won’t get wet on rainy days.Kamer is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 16, 2000

Dutch Village Inn and Giftwinkel
655 Front Street, #7
Lynden, Washington 98264
(360) 354 4440

Dutch Mothers Family Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Dutch Mothers Restaurant"

Dutch Mothers Family Restaurant Photo, Lynden, Washington
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Dutch Mothers has been around for years and is my favorite Lynden restaurant. The décor is meant to resemble a Dutch home and is divided into many small rooms that are furnished with lots of lace and tulips, floral wallpaper and other knic knacs from the Netherlands. The old thick wooden tables have tiled centers with scenes from the Dutch countryside. The waitresses all wear floral dresses covered with bib aprons and are, en masse, some of the friendliest people I have ever met.The menu is extensive with a good selection of American and Dutch favorites. As well as burgers, sandwiches and salads, there is pea soup and croquettes. Dinners include hearty home cooked meat loaf, fried chicken an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2000

Dutch Mothers Family Restaurant
405 Front Street
Lynden, Washington 98264
(360) 354-2174

Dutch Bakery & Tea House

Restaurant | "Dutch Bakery & Tea House"

Dutch Bakery & Tea House Photo, Lynden, Washington
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As well as supplying all the desserts to the Dutch Mothers Restaurant, this bakery offers Dutch meat & cheese subs (extremely filling), soup and yummy desserts in their store front location. It's a cheery place with floral wallpaper and waitresses in floral dresses and lace caps.
The desserts are wonderful - try the giant chocolate eclair or one of their many deep dish pies. A good place to stop for coffee and dessert.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 16, 2000

Dutch Bakery & Tea House
421 Front Street
Lynden, Washington 98264
(360) 354-3911

Dutch Village Mall

Attraction

Dutch Village Mall Photo, Lynden, Washington
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This little mall starts at The Dutch Village Inn and continues for most of a block on the main street. Some of the stores have street front entry as well as a mall entrance and other stores can only be reached from inside the mall. The exterior of the building resembles a row of canal houses in The Netherlands. Inside, a small canal runs through the center of the mall with a couple of tiny wooden bridges so you can access stores on either side. The canal is home to some very large koi who seem to enjoy looking at the shoppers as much as the shoppers like to look at them.The mall theme is definitely Dutch with many stores carrying food or gifts made in The Netherlands. I like Gift Winkel whic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2000

Dutch Village Mall
655 Front Street
Lynden, Washington 98264
(206) 326-1252

Lynden Pioneer Museum Photo, Lynden, Washington
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This museum celebrates the life of the pioneers who founded Lynden in the 1800s. Considering that Lynden is a fairly small town, the museum is quite large and is divided into many sections. The Museum is best known for its transportation exhibit which has been a fixture since it opened in 1976. It is devoted to horse drawn carriages and wagons and is supposedly the largest public collection of its kind west of the MississippiI liked Heritage Hall, a recreated main street from the late 1800s which includes over 20 shops and buildings. Nearby is a life-size replica of a farmhouse from the early 1900s, complete with furnishings. Lynden has always been an agricultural area and this way of li...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 16, 2000

Lynden Pioneer Museum
217 Front Street
Lynden, Washington 98264
(360) 354-3675

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Re Carroll

Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia

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