Posted by Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip
My first time to Bellingham, Washington and I’ve landed in the charming Fairhaven Village Inn. I’m here on a culinary and agri-tour with Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. It’s about 75 degrees on a sunny day in the historic downtown area. I also count myself lucky in that I arrived on a Wednesday in July so I could take advantage of the Fairhaven Outdoor Farmers Market running from 12 noon to 5 p.m. just across the street on the Village Green. Saturday evenings from June 20 – August 29 there is jazz or folk music at 8:30 p.m. on the Village Green. As night falls, an outdoor movie is projected on the wall. The Inn will even give you a blanket to sit on the grass and watch the evening entertainment.
If you are looking for a leisurely spot to stroll or jog, the trail to Boulevard Park begins just 20 feet north of the hotel’s lobby. The path will lead you along Taylor Dock and out over the Bellingham Bay.
Fairhaven Village Inn – The Sweet Spot
Owners Gene and Connie Shannon consider their location the sweet spot, situated between bustling Seattle and scenic Vancouver, British Columbia. “I consider this a comfortable place to be,” notes Connie. “Not a B&B.”
The Fairhaven Inn was built eleven years ago and has 22 rooms. My room, #211, is a bayside queen with a fireplace and partial view of the bay and rents for $189 on a weekday. Check the website for special packages and best rates. As I type this post, I listen to the seagulls calling to one another in the distance. I also appreciate that the Inn offers complimentary internet access and continential breakfast. I was too busy checking out the local dining scene to lounge around in the robe that was hanging in the closet.
Light sleepers take note; the train rumbles by at 12:22 a.m. Pack your earplugs. The Fairhaven Village Inn offers AAA discounts and is a member of Unique Inns.
Fairhaven Village Inn 1 (360) 733-1311
1200 10th Street, Bellingham, WA
Photos by Nancy D. Brown