Day Trip: Bellingham's Fairhaven

Fairhaven mixes modern trends with historic beauty

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Fairhaven mixes modern trends with historic beauty

Located in the southern end of Bellingham, Fairhaven is a neighborhood that mixes modern trends with historic architecture. Founded in the late 1880s, this small, quaint community is filled with independently owned boutiques and restaurants, all just a short walk from the glistening waters of Bellingham Bay.


Open since October, Magdalena’s CRÊPerie (1200 10th St., Suite 103 360.483.8569 serves crêpes filled with grilled veggies, smoked salmon, fresh fruit or ice cream.
>> Flavors such as raspberry truffle, snickerdoodle and creamsicle satisfy sweet-tooth cravings at Katie’s Cupcakes (1005 Harris Ave.; 360.393.4632
>> With its rustic atmosphere, Le Chat Noir (1200 Harris Ave., Suite 310 360.733.6136) is perfect for a romantic dinner (share the cheese fondue) or drinks with friends.
>> Take in a weekend wine tasting (Saturday, noon­–6:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4:30 p.m.) with local winemakers, importers and distributors at Purple Smile Wines (1143 11th St. 360.756.0422

With more than 100 rotating cheeses from around the world, Quel Fromage Artisan Cheese & Accoutrements (1200 Old Fairhaven Pkwy., Suite 101; 360.671.0203; lives by its favorite French proverb: “He who does not eat cheese will go mad.”
>> The impossible-to-miss corner shop, A Lot of Flowers (1212 11th St.; 360.647.0728), stocks in-season flora, handmade gifts and garden gnomes.
>> Striking wood furniture and home accessories abound at Artwood (1000 Harris Ave. 360.647.1628
>> A petite space packed with women’s (and some men’s) clothing, 4 Starrs Boutique (960 Harris Ave. 360.647.8953 features big-name brands and locally made Wes J Clothing. >> Fairhaven staple 12th Street Shoes (1204 Harris Ave. 360.733.2066 reminds us that fashion can be pain-free (think Kenneth Cole, Dansko and Indigo by Clarks).
>> Independent Village Books (1200 11th St. 360.671.2626, a local literary hotspot since 1980, overflows with customer recommendations.
>> After a dehydrating winter, rejuvenate at Blessing’s SalonSpa (1201 11th St., Suite 101 360.671.9650, an Aveda salon that offers soothing facials and hydrotherapy treatments.

Originally published in March 2010

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