A travel journal
to Bellingham by Re Carroll
Quote: Located 90 miles north of Seattle and 1/2 hour from the Canadian border, Bellingham is the northern gateway to Puget Sound, the Olympic Penninsula and the San Juan Islands.
At Western Washington University, the Outdoor Sculpture Garden consists of a large collection of monumental sculptures spread throughout the stately brick buildings. The campus is a pretty spot for a picnic among the towering evergreen trees.
Mt. Baker Theatre in downtown Bellingham was built in 1927 to offer movies and vaudeville. It now hosts the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, ballet and musical productions. It is topped by a 100 foot lighthouse tower that is visible throughout the city.
Within an hour's drive of Bellingham, majestic Mount Baker is snow topped year round. It has the longest ski season in the state and offers a variety of terrains for all levels of skiers. In summer, the alpine meadows are great for hiking.
Die hard shoppers can get their "fix" at Bellis Fair Mall with over 150 shops or at the Peace Arch Factory Outlet Mall, 10 minutes north of Bellingham.
If you''re lucky, Edward Davidson, the owner will take you on a tour of the rest of this fabulous mansion filled with stained glass, antique furniture and exquisite art.
The B&B is "adult only" and doesn''t accommodate pets since there are a couple of resident cats who have staked out their territory.
The room has a fully stocked kitchenette with microwave and fridge. Breakfast includes fresh fruit, cereals, muffins, coffee and tea.
Prices start at $175.00 per night. You can check out their web site at Castle Gate House
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 29, 2001
1103 15 Street
If you're not a beer drinker, try fruit cider from Britain or Canada or spend $16.00 to experience mead, an ancient British drink made of fermented honey water.
To nibble on with your beverage, they sell their own variety of snack mix, made with cayenne pepper and fair warning - it's very spicey! The menu includes such pub favourites as chicken wings, Caesar salad, potato wedges, soups, salads, sandwiches and great, and deep dish pizza. If you're fortunate enough to be here on the second or last Friday or Saturday of the month, there are also oyster specials.
On our last visit, we had cream of jalapeno soup, served with focaccia bread. The soup was delicious with just the right amount of heat to warm but not burn the taste buds. The vegetarian pizza was covered with artichokes, peppers, onions, mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes and needed a fork and knife to eat.
You place your order at the bar and it is delivered to your table by very friendly and efficient staff. Most menu items are under $7.00.
Unlike many pubs, smoking is not allowed at all, which is nice for us non- smokers.
Open from 3 p.m. Sunday through Friday and from 1 p.m. on Saturday. Closed on most major holidays.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2001
Archer Ale House
1212 Tenth Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
The interior is rustic - wooden tables and white plaster walls covered with colourful wall hangings. The front entrance is plastered with different dollar bills from many countries throughout the world.
The homemade sangria is very potent and the margaritas also pack quite a punch!
If you have any room left, try deep fried ice cream or finish your meal with a Mexican coffee.
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.). The average price for an entree is $9.00.
1111 Harris Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
The "people menu" features coffees, interesting home made soups like African peanut, sandwiches and scrumptious desserts like chocolate fudge cake. Your canine companion can choose from menu items like Scooby Snacks, Best Breath charcoal hearts or Mutt Muffins, to name a few.
There is an extremely large selection of pet products - grooming tools, food, books (specifically on different breeds and even the basic "Dogs for Dummies") as well as fun pet paraphernalia - T shirts, travel gear, mugs, magnets, jewelery, dishes, etc. My cat was very pleased with his Meow Merlot, catnip in a wine bottle. For the dog who has everything, why not a string of dalmatian and hydrant lights to decorate their dog house?
Doggie Diner publishes a quarterly newsletter and you can register your furry friend with D.D.'s birthday list. That way, your pet gets a birthday card to celebrate the day as well as discount coupons on various merchandise.
This is a great store to visit, even if you don't own a pet. If you're looking for a pet gift and can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist.
You can check out their web site at: The Doggie Diner
Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (later on the weekends).
The Doggie Diner
1007 Harris Avenue
The Colophon Cafe at 1208 11th Street has been written up in many travel books. As part of Village Books, it is a book store/cafe that features moderately priced soups, sandwiches, salads and quiches. Check out the very large desserts made for sharing (or not) - cheesecake in a cookie crust or chocolate layer chunk cake, as well as cookies and muffins - yum!!! It's open 7 days a week from 9 am (10 on Sundays) and is a busy place any time of the day.
If you're looking for somewhere casual to eat, try Jacqui's Fish & Chips. Located on the corner of Harris and 11th, you'll spot it easily because of the red double decker bus that is used as the kitchen. The menu consists of either halibut or salmon fish and chips - what else would you find on a British bus? There are wooden picnic tables outside as well as indoor seating in a covered gazebo in case of rain.
Many of the Fairhaven businesses have a free brochure titled "A Historic Walking Tour" that provides a route and information on the buildings in the area.
The southern terminus for the Alaska Marine Highway and the Bellingham Cruise Terminal is located in this area. There are a number of boat trips through the San Juan Islands or to Victoria, Canada.
The surrounding area has many beautiful old houses with stained glass windows and colourful gardens. In order to really stand out, some people have painted their homes in eye catching colours like lavender or pink
In the summer and fall, the Bellingham Farmers' Market operates on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. at 11th and Mill Street. Stalls featuring produce, food, crafts, clothing and even a small petting zoo attract locals and visitors alike.
The main floor houses the Bellingham 2000 Comunity Time Capsule, an interactive exhibit with photos, video clips and items that represent the 20th century. A modern day type of View Master has photos of people and industries in the Bellingham area.
Currently, the main exhibit is "The Art of Oliphant" featuring more than 100 cartoon editorials by Pulitzer Prize winner, Art Oliphant. It contains original drawings and sculptures of each American president from Lyndon Johnson to Bill Clinton with great tongue-in-cheek humour.
The middle floor of the museum has the Permanent Gallery with artwork from the region. The top floor is divided into three sections. One contains toys and dolls from the late 1800s and 1900s. The middle section is a collection of woodworking tools - especially appropriate beacause of all the woodwork in the building. The third section has an impressive collection of clocks and timepieces from the past two centuries. This is the first ever public exhibition on the west coast by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.
There is no charge to enter the museum although donations are gratefully accepted. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. To check on the current exhibits, phone (360) 676 6981.
121 Prospect Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
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