Quality Inn Baron Suites Bellingham

100 E Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, Washington, 98226, United States
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Bellingham=sleep and rural

by moonkissw

Would it be wrong to label Bellingham as having a sleepy and rural atmosphere? I was going to visit Bellingham this fall and Northern Seattle/Ballard, but unfortunately my travel plans fell through at the last minute. I was going to check out the Ballard neighborhood as a place to relocate but wanted to see if it might be too congested and suburban in nature...(not what I am going for!) and also I was going to check out Bellingham to see if the city had a sleepy/rural (more country than nature) mood to it...(also not what I am looking for). Nature, culture, an active environment minus the fast pace and stress, a neighborhood with character, diversity in activities, child friendly, near water, bookstores, coffee, music, gourmet food...really I'm looking for an area that is well balanced in all of these aspects! Bellingham sounds great but I can't shake the impression that it may feel too slow paced for my liking. I don't want the crowds and congestion just a good mix of activity. I will visit the city in the near future but until then want to have an idea of what it is like. What words come to mind when Bellingham comes to mind for someone who has been there? Does sleepy fit the bill?

RE: Bellingham=sleep and rural

by YVRDave

I wouldn't say sleepy.
The first things that come to my mind are Taco Time, Bellis Fair Mall and Sudden Valley. That is because I had my first taco in Bellingham, on a trip to Sudden Valley (a resort community outside Bellingham).
Bellis Fair is a mecca for Canadian Shoppers

RE: Bellingham=sleep and rural

by bocmaxima

Bellingham (at least the Downtown area) has a bit of a hippie and college town vibe. Certainly plenty of coffee shops, full character and very child-friendly. I don't know about "gourmet" food, but there are certainly some excellent restaurants.
It isn't really sleepy though. The city and surrounding area has over 75,000 people living there. And the college keeps somewhat of a nightlife going.
The sprawl stuff is really limited to the mall area. They've done a good job at keeping most of the chains out of the Downtown area and in the suburbs.
Although technically part of the city, Fairhaven is much more sleepy than Bellingham and not too far away. It's very touristy, but a gorgeous little town.
Also, if you head east of Bellingham into the dairy farm country it gets much more sleepy.

RE: Bellingham=sleep and rural

by barney1974

I'd have to agree with Boxcw's view of bellingham. Almost relocated up there myself last year but the job wasn't worth it. It's a good town for the balance though, especially for what you are looking for in terms of activities. just a word of warning that i found was that the home prices were a lot more than i thought they would be.

RE: Bellingham=sleep and rural

by moonkissw

Thanks for the input! :D

Re: Bellingham=sleep and rural

by MikeAR

Big Town small town feel.

Travel Tips for Bellingham

Things to do in a day, downtown

by artgrad

Here is a walking tour of several blocks of downtown Bellingham. First go to Old Town Cafe on Holly for breakfast. When you're done, step outside and peruse the aisles of assorted vintage items at nearby Antique shops. Then head to Mindport, also on Holly, for a fun gallery experience. Other shops on Holly that you can wander to are Blue Moon - vintage clothing, Paris Texas - a small unique boutique, Hemp Emporium - yup, hemp products. Further up there's Green House, an upscale home decor shop with furniture, kitchen items, and more. For lunch, go to Mallard's and get some tasty affordable soup,, and then a scoop of delicious ice cream. Now head down Railroad to visit some of the interesting shops. Buy some tasty handmade chocolates at the cosy little Sweetart candy shop. Turn down Magnolia Street. There are a few shops here as well, including Zephyr for hippyish gifts, Downtown Emporium for imported clothes and gifts, and a little shop across the street that also sells imported items. Keep going until you hit Bay Street, and there you'll find the American Museum of Radio and Electricity. After learning about Tesla and other geniuses, head down Prospect Street and visit the Whatcom Museum, lots to look at there, as well as at their ARCO Exhibits Building, Syre Education Center, and Children's Museum. Once you've had your fill of learning, take a walk through Maritime Heritage Park, and you'll most likely wind up back at your car. For dinner, walk or drive over to La Fiamma on Railroad for some wood fired pizza and rosemary sweetened lemonade. If you still want more activity, try Mount Baker Theater, Pickford Cinema, Idiom Theater, or Upfront Theater for local entertainment. And for a classy end to it, go to Nimbus in Bellingham Tower for dessert and a panoramic view of the city. Remember this is just one small area of town you've just explored, there are many more things to do on other days if you've got the time.

Disc Golf, yay!

by artgrad

Bellingham has a disc golf course at Cornwall Park on Guide Meridian. Lots of trees and shade. I believe there are 9 holes. Tee Type is Brick. PDGA describes it as "short but challenging, through thick forest." You can purchase golf discs locally at several places, including Frank's Pawn Shop on Railroad downtown, Cosmic Comics on Cornwall, and BC Surf Sport in Bellis Fair Mall.

A great hike to do with kids

by RavPadfoot

If you're looking for an easy hike to do with kids, I suggest Connelly Creek Nature Area. This hike takes about 1/2 hour, is flat and has diverse terrain. It's gorgeous and right in the heart of Happy Valley. One can enter from Douglas Avenue, west of Joe's farm.

Maybe you shouldn't go here....

by Faustinah

If you go to the end of Harris Ave. from Fairhaven, you will find the Greyhound, Amtrak, Alaska Ferry Station. If you go left and walk down the railroad tracks(or hop on the back of a slow-moving train)you will find many private beaches and wooded plots to hang out on. AND GET DRUNK! Oh, be careful here. Trains comin'....

If you travel with dogs....

by artgrad

Here is a list of Bellingham's parks offering off-leash areas for dogs.
Arroyo Park, Lake Padden Park, Sunset Pond and Bug Lake, Whatcom Falls Park, Post Point Treatment Area, Sehome Hill Arboretum, Little Squalicum Park, and Bloedel Donovan Park. The link below gives more detail on specific off-leash areas at these parks. My favorite is Marine Park at Port of Bellingham near the Bellingham Transportation Center in Fairhaven. There's a main grassy area and then a separate area of dirt and shoreline. The dogs love to chase balls into the water and swim around, so be prepared for a happy muddy pup.


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Address: 100 E Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, Washington, 98226, United States