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Houston, Texas
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Train to Bellingham"

During a longer trip to Seattle, we'd like to take a 2 day side trip. It was suggested we take the train to Bellingham and stay at the Chrysalis Inn, that the train ride was scenic and walking (no car) would be fine for such a short stay. We do like to explore by foot, easy to moderate hikes, etc. and nice restaurants/bars. Any comments pro or con on this idea would be appreciated.

seattle
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1. Re: Train to Bellingham"

Bellingham is a nice college town but I wouldn'[t think it would be good without a car. Keep going to Vancouver or south to Portland which has a far nicer walkable downtown and way more to see and do.

Vancouver, Canada
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The Chrysalis Inn is in old Fairhaven... a suburb of the small college town of Bellingham. There isn't much at all in Fairhaven...it really is 3 or 4 square blocks. You can see it all in an hour or two....including stopping for lunch. I agree with David...go to Vancouver ( it is 1.75 hours further than Bellingham)

western WA
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3. Re: Train to Bellingham"

The Chrysalis Inn is lovely, but agreed that there isn't much around it. Still, if you just want to chill and enjoy spa services, it has a beautiful view. You could get out to Lummi Island and go to Willows Inn for a really foodie choice. The chef spent a lot of time at the current "Best Restaurant in the World", Noma, located in Copenhagen.

Vancouver, Canada
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4. Re: Train to Bellingham"

Hey ainwa...the Willows Inn is on my shortlist (haven't been yet)...but wouldn't it be a "car mandatory" destination for the OP?

Houston, Texas
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5. Re: Train to Bellingham"

Thanks to all for the information. We will be driving instead of taking the train after all. The goal is to drive around and see the landscape--being totally new to the Northwest--and discovering little off the beaten path spots. La Conner is on the list. A good choice?

western WA
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6. Re: Train to Bellingham"

If you are going to drive, consider the ferry at Mukilteo. Explore Whidbey Island, then go up the Chuckanut drive. Start in the early morning because it gets dark so early now, and there's no point to being on the Chuckanut after dark!

It ends in Fairhaven. The Chrysalis is only a few blocks north.

Washington - the...
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7. Re: Train to Bellingham"

For sure do Chuckanut! Once you get to Fairhaven you can park your car at the Chrysalis and walk to Le Chat or Village Books for a drink and watch the sunset then head to Mambo's (smoked salmon pasta), Skylark's (beef stroganoff) or Archer (lamb shephard's pie) for dinner. The next morning you can meander the boardwalk (bundle in layers since it right on the water) to Boulevard park and get a coffee at Woods. Skylark's also does a good breakfast.

If you want ideas outside of Fairhaven let us know.

Vancouver, Canada
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8. Re: Train to Bellingham"

La Conner is a cool little spot.

Old Fairhaven is a fun little district, but it is quite small and there isn't a lot there...

http://www.fairhaven.com/

Houston, Texas
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9. Re: Train to Bellingham"

Wow, everyone. Exactly the kind of info I was looking for. I'm such a fan of TripAdvisor Forum.

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