Bellingham, Washington: Ye Olde City of Subdued Excitement

Day 44-47 (September 11-14)
Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham, Washington has rightfully earned its nickname: the city of subdued excitement”.

Ye Olde City of Subdued Excitement Mural in Bellingham Washington
Ye Olde City of Subdued Excitement Mural

Bellingham boasts a stunning waterfront location, two attractive historic downtown districts,  hundreds of miles of trails, Western Washington University, a variety of interesting restaurants, cideries, and breweries, two indie film theaters, museums, and other great entertainment options not typically found in a city of 89,000. I won’t even get into all the other things to do within an hour of the city, although we’ll expand on a few in future posts.

I have mentioned before that our favorite activity when visiting a new city is just to walk…and walk…and walk. This post features our photo walks around downtown Bellingham’s central business district, Old Town, residential neighborhoods, and waterfront.

I’ll just let the pictures do the most of the talking…

Cap Hansen's Tavern Bar in downtown Bellingham, Washington
Cap Hansen’s Tavern
Bellingham Herald building in downtown Bellingham, Washington
Bellingham Herald building
Sweet southwestern themed decor at Taco Lobo in Bellingham, Washington
Sweet southwestern themed decor at Taco Lobo
Browsing LP's at Everyday Music - just one of several Bellingham, Washington's record stores
Browsing LP’s at Everyday Music – just one of several Bellingham record stores
Old-school gaming at Ruckus Room Arcade
Old-school gaming at Ruckus Room Arcade
Historic Mt. Baker Theatre performing arts venue in downton Bellingham, Washington
Historic Mt. Baker Theatre performing arts venue
20th Century Bowl bowling alley in downtown Bellingham, Washington
20th Century Bowl bowling alley
Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building in downtown Bellingham, Washington
Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building
Rocket Doughnuts, downtown Bellingham location
Rocket Doughnuts, downtown Bellingham location
Spark Museum of Electrical Invention in Downtown Bellingham Washington
Spark Museum of Electrical Invention
Whatcom Museum - Old City Hall in downtown Bellingham, Washington
Whatcom Museum – Old City Hall
Awesome downtown Bellingham, Washington mural
Downtown Bellingham mural
Squalicum Harbor in downtown Bellingham, Washington
Squalicum Harbor in downtown Bellingham
Colorful historic Bellingham, Washington homes
That tree!
Colorful historic Bellingham homes
Colorful historic Bellingham homes
Colorful historic Bellingham, Washington homes
Another colorful historic Bellingham home
Colorful historic Bellingham, Washington homes
And yet more colorful historic Bellingham homes
Colorful historic Bellingham, Washington church
And of course a colorful historic Bellingham church

My next post will give you a peek inside some fun restaurants and watering holes, share our afternoon in the Fairhaven historic district, and walking the scenic 2-mile South Bay Trail that runs between historic Fairhaven and Bellingham’s central business district.

This is the second in our series of Bellingham posts. If you’d like to read more…

Part 1: Larrabee State Park
Part 3: Walk, Eat, Drink: Fairhaven to Bellingham via the South Bay Trail

To catch up on our Washington travels so far, click here to see our series of Washington posts

 

 

 

 

8 Comments

    1. Thank you Susanne! You are so fortunate to have spent your college years ing Bellingham! This city has my heart. If I could pry my Tennessee-born-and-raised husband out of the South (and maybe if the city were a wee bit more affordable), I would move to Bellingham in a heartbeat! My cousin (who recommended we make a stop there on our long road trip) and I joke that we’re on the five-year plan for relocating there. I’ll have to dream about it for a while longer…

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post, Lisa! Bellingham seems like such a wonderful place to grow up. I felt like a kid getting to explore the city. I’m already dreaming of my next trip! 🙂

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