5 Things to do for a fun day in Fairhaven District in Bellingham
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:
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!
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 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.
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.
A Couple of Sites with Detailed Information for Fairhaven
- Fairhaven in the Pacific Northwest
- Fairhaven District, Bellingham WA, An Intimate Guide to Life in Fairhaven District WA
Fairhaven District: This district of Bellingham, WA has a European atmosphere with courtyards, outdoor cafes, art galleries, local artists, quaint shops and restaurants. It also has a port for ferries departing to Alaska, and the San Juan Islands.