Usually my wife and I seek out more distant locations for our getaways from the Seattle area, but for this trip we decided to minimize travel time and hassle (i.e., no ferries, no lengthy freeway drives). We've also wanted to explore the Bellingham area for some time, and after reading Trip Advisor reviews, we decided to stay in the historic Fairhaven district at the Fairhaven Village Inn for two mid-week nights. It was a great choice. Our 3rd floor bay-view room was the quietest hotel room I've stayed in for years, a particularly impressive achievement given that every room in the inn was occupied during our stay. Our room was spacious, light, airy, clean, and included a very comfortable bed, gas fireplace, desk, and sitting area. The view of Bellingham bay was lovely, if a bit distant, the price to be paid for good separation from the noisy train tracks that follow the water's edge in this part of Washington.
The inn's location right on the Village Green was ideal. We were able to leave the car parked and walk to a wide variety of restaurants and interesting shops within two or three blocks of the inn. Fairhaven is only about 15 minutes away from The Oyster Creek Inn on Chuckanut Drive, an absolutely fabulous restaurant in an uncommonly picturesque setting where we enjoyed a lunch and a dinner on this trip.
Rather than taking advantage of the inn’s included breakfast, we chose to indulge in brunch at Magdalena’s Creperie immediately next door to the inn on both mornings we were there. Magdalena’s serves scrumptious and very original crepes as well as great lattes. Dinner at Chat Noir was quite good as well. During our stay we especially enjoyed a three-mile walk along (and over) the waters of Bellingham Bay on the South Bay Trail, a well maintained trail that goes all the way to downtown Bellingham.
The Fairhaven Village Inn turned out to be a wonderful choice of hotels in an ideal location. We drove to and from Fairhaven on Chuckanut Drive, and on the trip home we drove through miles of daffodil fields just starting to bloom in the Mt. Vernon, Washington, area. We’ll certainly repeat this trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairhaven Village Inn, the hotel in heart of the Historic Fairhaven District of Bellingham, is footsteps from fabulous dining, trails on the Bay, live entertainment, an outdoor market and unique shops. The hotel has 22 spacious guest rooms with fireplace and bay side options. The Inn’s porch, library and Village Green Park makes this an excellent spot for a getaway or families. Enjoy free parking, high-speed Internet access, continental breakfasts and sunsets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairhaven Village Hotel Bellingham
- Fairhaven Village Bellingham