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5 Things to do for a fun day in Fairhaven District in Bellingham

Updated on January 7, 2015
Sculpture of Daniel Jefferson Harris, founder of Fairhaven, behind Village Books.
Sculpture of Daniel Jefferson Harris, founder of Fairhaven, behind Village Books. | Source

The historic Fairhaven district in Bellingham, WA is one of my favorite places in the world.

In the 1960s and 70s it was where the hippies got together, then spent some time in the 80s and 90s sort of losing its splendor. However, Fairhaven never completely lost its charm, and in the past 10 - 15 years has enjoyed a revitalization.

Historic buildings have been renovated while keeping the old charm, and many new shops have developed.

The real beauty of Fairhaven is that it never completely changed, and you can really feel the laid-back Bellingham atmosphere that is so loved.

Here are some wonderful places to enjoy in Fairhaven:

Colophon Cafe on the right, Village Books to the left.
Colophon Cafe on the right, Village Books to the left. | Source
Yummy smoked salmon melt and cream of broccoli soup at the Colophon Cafe!!
Yummy smoked salmon melt and cream of broccoli soup at the Colophon Cafe!! | Source

Village Books

Village Books is a community based, independent bookstore. They often have author's readings, including local authors, and other fun events. The store has a comfortable atmosphere, and it is fun just to walk through the aisles of books and sit for a few minutes to browse through the books.

My favorite part of the store, other than the great selection of books they have, is that they sell both used and new books, and put them right next to each other!

Colophon Cafe

The Colophone Cafe is connected to Village Books. The decorations are cow themed, and the food and coffee are excellent. The food and the mood are homey and comfortable and good for you. You can stop by for a soup and sandwich, or a good coffee (as with most places in Northwest Washington, they have the whole slew of espresso drinks), and although I'm not much of a dessert person, I hear the pie is delicious.

Paper Dreams

Paper Dreams is a gift and goodies store also connected to Village Books and the Colophon Cafe. I love this store because you can really find the cutest trinkets to buy for your friends' or family's birthdays.


Tony's Coffee

Tony's Coffee used to be the hangout for the hippies in the 60s, and my mother seems to think they still gather there! Not so true, but the laid back atmosphere of Tony's is the perfect place to chat with friends or read a good book.

Not to mention Tony's also grow their own coffee beans.

Glass coasters and dish we made at CreativiTea.
Glass coasters and dish we made at CreativiTea. | Source


CreativiTea is my newly favorite place in Fairhaven. I used to love paint-your-own-pottery places, but hadn't been to one in years. Then a friend of mine recently visited me, and I decided to try out CreativiTea with her. I was so excited to find that they also do "design your own fused glass." This was a brand new experience for me! We tried this out and had loads of fun.


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    • Meguchan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from US West Coast


      Thank you! I hope you do get the chance to come check out Bellingham. I love it here. Fairhaven is the best place to start!

    • cactusbythesea profile image


      6 years ago from Seattle

      Great post! I have yet to head up north to visit Bellingham, but now I'm inspired to check it out sometime soon! Thanks!


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