Fairhaven Historic District

Fairhaven Historic District

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The Historic Fairhaven Village is a charming community located on the south end of Bellingham, WA. In this turn-of-the-century village you’ll find yourself amongst locally owned and operated boutique shops, fine dining, curated art galleries, hotels, spas and outdoor activities aplenty! Surrounded by bay and wooded trails it’s the perfect launching point for a hike, cycle or kayak on the bay. The Fairhaven Village Green park, much like a town square hosts live music, outdoor movies and annual festivals like Dirty Dan Days, Ski-to-Sea Fairhaven Festival, Winterfest and much more! Just minutes off I-5 it’s easy to arrive by car. There is a transportation hub within the village which houses Amtrak and Greyhound stations, Bellingham city bus, Alaska Marine Highway Ferry and San Juan Cruises. Whether it’s a day trip or a long relaxing weekend there truly is something for everyone in Fairhaven.
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Patrick & Janet (BC)
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
Feb 2020
Despite many visits to the Bellingham Costco/Trader Joe's stores in the past months, we decided to visit the Fairhaven District on a cold and rainy day. What an unexpected and pleasant surprise! The district is full of charming boutiques and restaurants spread on several city blocs as opposed to the commercial strip usually found in villages. We had a very decent lunch and great service at the Cafe in the Village Bookstore which is a must to visit. Also of interest, the nearby Marine Park shown in the picture. We will certainly come back in the spring and summer.
Written March 11, 2020
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Brian E
Santa Rosa, CA400 contributions
Sep 2021
We had breakfast at Harris Avenue Cafe (highly recommended) and then went for a long stroll throughout the Fairhaven district on a drizzly Sunday morning. It was perfect! While not all of the shops were yet open or weren't to open on a Sunday, just staring in their windows evoked memories of a place I've never been. The one best word to describe the experience is "real." There were no chain stores. The stores that were there were so specialized and obviously owned by those who loved what they do. No one hurried. There was no traffic. I guess the best word to describe it would be "meandering," for we were able to move slowly and take in the creative window displays. A great place for a stroll.
Written October 6, 2021
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citytrek
Seattle, WA32 contributions
Aug 2021
We have been visiting Fairhaven for years and we always seem to find something new to visit or to do. The setting of this old port town is stunning. In the past we would stop in on Fairhaven on our trips between Seattle and Vancouver, but this time we stayed over in a lovely boutique historic hotel, the Fairhaven Village Inn, which made the visit much more relaxed and enjoyable. There are many great restaurants, bars and coffee shops to choose from, many that have been around for decades. The waterfront is very picturesque and hilly topography of the town adds to its charm. There are lots of art galleries and small shops that are unique and worth exploring. Tony's Coffee which has been around since the 1970's is one of the best roasters in the Pacific North West.
Written September 15, 2021
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netnrrd
Vancouver Island, Canada135 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My husband and I just returned from our first stay in Fairhaven and we had a wonderful time even though we weathered a huge rain and windstorm! The restaurants and shops are all in such close proximity that it's easy to walk to your destination, even with inclimate weather. We tried Magdalena's Creperie and the food was truly superb! We loved the Cafe in the Village Bookstore for soup & salad, and Dirty Dan's for excellent steaks and grilled veggies. Just a few blocks north, they Keenan's on the Pier for a delectable lunch and fantastic walk on the pier! We had the loveliest room at the Fairhaven Village Inn with a beautiful view of the ocean, lots of games & books in the Library along with a gorgeously warm fireplace and comfy chairs and delicious scones for breakfast in the morning. We also had their wine & cheese plate from Galloway's presented temptingly on a slate plate. Every where we went, the people of Fairhaven were so warm and welcoming. We can't wait to return to explore the area some more!
Written February 2, 2020
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MACIMI
West Kelowna, Canada330 contributions
Apr 2022
It was a beautiful sunny day and this area was a great place to walk around. There are one or two empty shops among the stores but more than enough variety to please the shopper or the looker. Parking is free but remember the walking is up and down hills. Some of the shops were really great such as the book shop and a couple of the craft shops. The building themselves have been well restored and looked after and there are plenty of places to sit and just watch the world go by. If you need something to slake the thirst there are plenty of those places as well.
Written April 6, 2022
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Barb L
Bellingham, WA24 contributions
Jul 2019
What could be more fun that eating fish and chips on and old English Bus. When the weather is warm, not hot,
this is a perfect spot when in the old part of Bellngham. Fairhaven is a fun area to investigate. There are many quaint
shops all around.
Written March 3, 2020
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,956 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
Fairhaven, one of a few cities that make up Bellingham, is very scenic with lots of historic buildings in Red brick. Very lively with great dining and nightlife opportunities as well. The old town hall is now a museum.
Written July 2, 2022
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Rob W
Missoula, MT67 contributions
Jun 2020
When we live here 25 years ago, Fairhaven was more of a place to check out once for the bizarre shops and not go again. Now, Fairhaven has transformed into a destination to shop through the stores and make a day out of it. Tremendous book store, two ice cream places,and a gelato store, and some of the best restaurants in the Bellingham area! Love going to Fairhaven just to hang out.
Written July 3, 2020
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Allisonspring
Sitka, AK784 contributions
Feb 2020 • Business
Enjoyed our walk from Bellingham to Fairhaven. The storefronts are enjoyable and the views to the water are very nice. A pleasant time for some light shopping or to grab a lunch. We came back for dinner later. Great part of Bellingham to see.
Written February 16, 2020
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oldaztravelers
Phoenix, Arizona63 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
By dumb luck we drove through local streets of Bellingham, WA and came upon the surprise of our trip, just appearing in front of us was Fairhaven. We both thought we had arrived in Mayberry USA or Warner Bros. Studio because that's what one sees. Restaurants, stores, great people watching and we even discovered this is one of the main ferry terminals for the Alaska ferries plus local island ferries we think. We were on our way eastward over the Cascades via Washington Pass. But we had to stop, stay and enjoy all Fairhaven had to offer. When in the Bellingham area, you really need to come to Fairhaven and enjoy the food, bars, hotels, people and public areas. It is an exceptional experience, don't miss it! oldaztravelers
Written June 3, 2015
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