Bellingham Whatcom County Getaway

Comments 246 by Rebecca Bollwitt

School is back in session but the summer sun continues to shine on the Pacific Northwest. With a strong Canadian dollar and plenty of places to spend it across the border, more and more locals are checking out our neighbours to the south in Whatcom County.

Hotel Bellwether, Bellingham, WA

Whatcom County consists of Point Roberts, Bellingham, Blaine, Chuckanut Drive, Lummi Island, Birch Bay and more. There’s much more to it than Target and Trader Joe’s. You can go on a wine tour, check out the local farmers market, do a bike tour, visit a cultural food festival… and that’s all just in September.

I recently contacted their tourism organization to come up with a unique giveaway for my readers so that they can explore more in Whatcom County.

Bellingham Prize Pack

John and I had the opportunity to spend at night at the Hotel Bellwether on our way down to Seattle and we wished we could have stayed longer.

Hotel Bellwether, Bellingham, WA

The rooms are comfortable and luxurious, there’s a great seaside pub and restaurant downstairs, the sea wall is perfect for a stroll or jog, and you won’t want to miss the sunset over the water.

Hotel Bellwether Harborside Bistro

Hotel Bellwether, Bellingham, WA

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post about why you would like to explore Bellingham (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I entered to win a Bellingham prize pack from @Whatcom4Locals & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

Fine print: Hotel prize is subject to availability and the say can be booked between October 2011 and October 2012. You must be a resident of BC and a Canadian citizen to enter and win this contest. You must be eligible to enter the United States and return to Canada legally.

Update The winner is Sylvia!

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246 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. ChristineThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 3:32pm PDT

    I love the quaint seaside area in Bellingham! So gorgeous!

  2. ErinThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 3:33pm PDT

    I would love to explore Bellingham because too often, I drive right through!

  3. JasonThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 3:35pm PDT

    Great spot, totally under rated.

  4. donThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 3:36pm PDT

    i would like to explore because it would make my wife very happy!

  5. JeremyThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 3:44pm PDT

    Bellingham is a place that is so close but I haven’t really explored it much! It would be great to have the chance to enjoy a few days there and have the time to see what’s around there!

  6. JenThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 3:45pm PDT

    This hotel looks gorgeous! Normally, when we go to the Bellingham area we aren’t there overnight so it would be nice to enjoy a gorgeous hotel, some good eats and a theatre show 🙂

  7. DarcyThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 3:58pm PDT

    I would like to spend some time at the nearby Larabee State Park.

  8. Lori-Vancouver BCThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:00pm PDT

    I discovered a beautiful quaint little area of Bellingham called Fairhaven.
    I would love to go back there to enjoy & walk around the area, have lunch, smell the flowers and hopefully check out the farmers market while I’m there.

  9. DarrenThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:02pm PDT

    That would be a wonderful date night idea- dinner, theater, overnight stay and a nice drive up along Chukanut and around the bay. With the chaos of back to school, my wife certainly could use a getaway…

  10. KateThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:05pm PDT

    I’d love to take the time to explore Bellingham, rather than stopping at Trader Joe’s then driving right through!

  11. LizzieThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:05pm PDT

    We love to getaway to Bellingham to seek all the special things it has to offer, such as being close to the ocean (Crabbing is at its prime right now!), Trader Joe’s and all the other fun stores we don’t get here in Canada. Wine is cheap, and the food is fab. I love Bellingham!!

  12. Samantha CThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:15pm PDT

    Wow, I didn’t even know such a cute hotel existed!

  13. GraceThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:16pm PDT

    i’d love to explore anything seaside and that hotel looks amazing!

  14. StacyThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:21pm PDT

    I would love to win this getaway as we weren’t able to get away for a summer vacay this year and the hubby and I are desperate for a night away! Bellingham is beautiful and I haven’t spent any time there in years!

  15. heteshThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:21pm PDT

    This hotel looks amazing!

  16. JanetteThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:28pm PDT

    We absolutely love going to Bellingham! Visit Boundary Bay Brewing at least once a month and have ofter wished to stay over night but never have.

  17. Adam WigginsThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:40pm PDT

    My wife and I love cycling and running through all of the great trails and roads of the Bellingham area. Perfect spot for Olympic distance triathlon training!

  18. kelseyThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:45pm PDT

    i never really “explore” bellingham- i only go to bellis fair and costco so this would be nice

  19. CaroleMThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:51pm PDT

    I admit that although I drive through there all the time, I don’t know what Bellingham has to offer. sounds like a great get away!

  20. CaroleMThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 4:55pm PDT

    I tweeted!/carolem/status/111950634508488704

  21. LauraThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:03pm PDT

    Because it is always fun to try something new!!

  22. MelodyThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:05pm PDT

    Wow, less than an hour away and so much to do. And, so different from the Vancouver area. What a great getaway!

  23. alexThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:23pm PDT

    I love the Bellingham area but rarely stop to enjoy – always heading further south! Always wanted to stay at this gorgeous hotel!

  24. oanaThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:26pm PDT

    Sounds like an awesome weekend!

  25. Alex KingstonThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:32pm PDT

    Always a treat to step out of your comfort zone, We need to try new places and things, just when I thought I knew everything about the Bellingham area !

  26. LindsayThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:37pm PDT

    I love Bellingham and would love to see it through visiting eyes instead of my husband living there for a bit (about a year). I’d love to stay at a hotel instead of an apt 😉

    Boundary Bay has the best pulled pork nachos. mmm.

  27. DonnaThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:40pm PDT

    All towns/cities have their own special personality but of most times people just pass through or make a quick pit stop without discovering it’s charm. I’d like to know the side of Bellingham that’s not Bellis Fair or Trader Joes. It has an old downtown area where I’ve stopped for lunch before but I know there’s even more to discover!

  28. KatieThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:52pm PDT

    I would love to check out Bellingham more. I had one of the best Mexican food meals I’ve ever had there and would like to spend more time enjoying the activities it has to offer.

  29. KevinThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:55pm PDT

    I know nothing else about Bellingham other than Bellis Fair, would be good to explore.

  30. JenThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 5:57pm PDT

    I’m not to the West Coast and haven’t had a chance to explore Washington yet! Would love the chance.

  31. LeahThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 6:16pm PDT

    I would love to use Bellingham as a base for exploring Lummi Island.

  32. AmandaThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 6:50pm PDT

    Haven’t been to Bellingham since a high school trip to Bellis Fair in 199something. It would be interesting to explore it as an adult.

  33. Donna LThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 7:24pm PDT

    This hotel looks so cozy! We always rip down the I5 on our way to Seattle. Bellingham sounds like a lovely spot to take a breather. The pictures remind me of some up island communites on Vancouver Island.

  34. belindaThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 7:35pm PDT

    I passed by there so many times on my way to my exams, but have not had time to explore the area.

  35. Michael KwanThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 7:47pm PDT

    I’ve been down to Bellingham several times, but sadly, I’ve never ventured beyond the Bellis Fair area on Meridian. There has to be more to see than just that one street, right? 🙂

  36. ChadThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 7:50pm PDT

    I love downtown Bellingham, and would love to re-explore/continue exploring the area!

  37. AndreaThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 7:53pm PDT

    We would love to visit Bellingham this fall! It would be a beautiful time to visit the parks and many hiking trails in the area.

  38. AmyThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:12pm PDT

    I like to hang out in downtown Bellingham for its pretty small town feel. There’s a good taco truck near the Toyota dealership too.

  39. BrendaThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:16pm PDT

    I’ve been over the border many times but always on the way to a more southern city. It’d be nice to stop and explore Bellingham since I’ve gone by it so many times.

  40. parkerThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:16pm PDT

    I’d love to check out their seaside community! It looks fabulous and relaxed.

  41. CliffThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:16pm PDT

    I’d always wanted to go when I was a kid but never got the chance.

  42. Dave K.Thursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:19pm PDT

    A wonderful opportunity to explore the original business district, and the waterfront area.

  43. Mike MacfarlaneThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:29pm PDT

    I’d love to see more of bellingham. The most I normally do there is shop.

  44. DebraThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:34pm PDT

    Love to visit Bellingham!

  45. ChrisThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:39pm PDT

    I would love a little getaway, not a common happening in my life these days, thanks for the chance!! Love your blog 😉 (really, even if i don’t win!)

  46. VincentThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:40pm PDT

    This place looks gorgeous! Even though i’ve never been there, from the picture this place looks like paradise! XD I would love to go there with my girlfriend!

  47. JoeyThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:40pm PDT

    I’d want to go on a wine tour with my boyfriend!

  48. TrevorThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:43pm PDT

    I’d love to stay at the Bellwether. We’ve spent time at the Chrysalis nearby and it was great too!

  49. GeraldThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 8:51pm PDT

    I love all the old preserved buildings in both downtown Bellingham and in Fairhaven. For me, an added delight is the many second hand bookshops in both locations. And a wonderful new Art Gallery in downtown Bellingham.
    Mmmmm, time for a trip!

  50. lorThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 9:04pm PDT

    Bellingham is so close & cute – always meant to spend more time poking around Fairhaven.

  51. GazzaThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 9:07pm PDT

    Would love to go on a quick get away!

  52. LoraThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 9:07pm PDT

    The Bellwether looks absolutely amazing! I would love to explore Bellingham!

  53. CaitlinThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 9:35pm PDT

    It would make a nice quick getaway during the school year. I always just drive through Bellingham but I would love the chance to explore!

  54. JanetThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 9:48pm PDT

    I would love to explore Bellingham!

  55. BenjaminThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 9:49pm PDT

    I would like to explore Bellingham because it would be a great first anniversary gift for my wife. We’d have an amazing place to stay (yay for us) after going to the Brew Pub (yay for me) before going to the show (yay for her). We both have enjoyed the vibe when I’ve dragged her down for some ice cream @ Mallard’s and to be on the actual coast would make it such an oasis after she worked 7 days straight OT to make up for me not working. Somehow, she keeps me around and by providing her with some away time from what’s going on right now, I’d be able to show her how much I love that she doesn’t give up on me. I apologize for the sappiness but I had to put it out there. I’m so amazed that she said ‘yes’ when I proposed and then she said ‘I do’ again last year (and a few days). So, to return the favour and show her a little slice of Bellingham by the sea would be wonderful.

  56. VanessaThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 10:40pm PDT

    I would love to explore Bellingham because it is the location of Mount Baker

  57. KateThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 10:49pm PDT

    Wow – I would love to explore Bellingham! I haven’t ever spent time there – and it’s so close!

  58. GordonThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 11:26pm PDT

    Bellingham is a nice quaint town and would love to explore it more. Nice getaway from the comparative bustle of Vancouver. 🙂

  59. TracyThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 11:35pm PDT

    I’ve never been there and would love to explore !

  60. DonaldThursday, September 8th, 2011 — 11:57pm PDT

    I like to spend some of my hard earned Cdn$ in the USA!!!

  61. annFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 12:41am PDT

    Have never left BC and would love to go on to Bellingham! Get away from the busy life, relax and enjoy.

  62. SharonFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 12:58am PDT

    I’ve never been to Bellingham, and I just renewed my passport so this would be perfect!

  63. LawrenceFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 1:04am PDT

    i often drive past Bellingham but never really stopped and explored it. this would e the perfect opportunity to experience it.

  64. SylviaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 2:26am PDT

    Ive been through Bellingham a few times but never spent the night! I believe truly knowing a city is staying there at least overnight and experiencing the sights,tours and just plain getting out of your car! Doing an activity makes a trip soo much more enjoyable! Even if its more expensive ! I would love to see the real Bellingham.

  65. RebeccaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 2:54am PDT

    I’d love to go, as it’s been years since I’ve been there.

  66. JennFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 6:50am PDT

    I have never explored Bellingham but have always wanted to pull off the i5 when heading to Seattle and
    This would be the perfect opportunity!

  67. AnneFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 7:51am PDT

    I have heard there are some good trials to walk or bike in this area.

  68. lindaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 7:51am PDT

    We usually pass it on our way to some place else. So it would be nice to stop and explore.

  69. RobinFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 8:16am PDT

    It’s a place I’m always going through and it’d be lovely to actually spend some time there.

  70. mariaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 8:26am PDT

    I have shopped there many times but not done anything else. This would be fun!

  71. SharonFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 8:27am PDT

    I love Bellingham! My husband and I are constantly finding new places to explore there, and it would be great to stay overnight after enjoying some microbrews!

  72. RachelFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 9:28am PDT

    Bellingham is one my my favourite spots to visit. The old district of Fairhaven is beautiful and I would love to explore more of the area!

  73. NatashaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 9:35am PDT

    So I can get the chance to explore an area in Bellingham that isn’t the mall 🙂

  74. HumphreyFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:01am PDT

    I always wanted to spend a little bit more time in Bellingham other than shopping or working. This will be an awesome opportunity!

  75. AlissaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:01am PDT

    I’ve never been down to Bellingham! Would love the opportunity (and the excuse!) to get down there and explore 🙂

  76. JeannetteFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:02am PDT

    I love wandering around the streets of Bellingham! I’d love to walk around more of the lakeshore and go on a hike or two!

  77. TomFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:03am PDT

    There’s more to explore than the malls

  78. MaggieFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:04am PDT

    I drove through Fairhaven last month to get to the train station and that neighbourhood is now on my to-explore areas. It’s just so quaint!

    Thanks for hosting this contest!

  79. VeronicaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:04am PDT

    I have never stayed at Bellingham and would love to visit and explore the city.

  80. Michelle W.Friday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:04am PDT

    I’ve never actually been, but I’ve heard it’s a great town to explore! I love finding new places, near and far, to expand my world!

  81. LBFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:04am PDT

    Discovering great new places close to home is always fantastic – sounds like Bellingham deserves some more attention from us!

  82. VictoriaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:05am PDT

    Would love to explore more of Bellingham – I’m guilty of only going for Target and Trader Joe’s like you said! lol. Plus we’re getting married in less than a month and the stress has been ridiculous. A night away is much needed!

  83. DavidFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:06am PDT

    Normally I visit Belingham to tend to my American mailbox (cheap shipping, ya!) and I’m back in Canada within the hour. I’d love to spend some time there, the hotel looks amazing!

  84. DarylFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:07am PDT

    Never stayed in Bellingham only shopping for the day. It would be nice to stay the night and see what else the city has to offer.

  85. Stella PetersonFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:09am PDT

    It’s the perfect place to reconnect with my hubby!!

  86. Ben GarfinkelFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:10am PDT

    You’re right, I’ve never really thought of Bellingham as anything other than a quick shopping outpost that’s closer than Seattle. Or a rest stop. Past forays into areas of the city off the beaten track have left us curious, but we’ve never really explored it as we felt we should have. It’d be nice to have a reason to skip the same old stuff that keeps us from getting to know the real Bellingham, and maybe get us there more often!

  87. Julia SousaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:10am PDT

    That looks amazing, I would love to go to Bellingham for other reason than shopping!

  88. Art B.Friday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:11am PDT

    I really enjoy Bellingham. We makefrequent day trips there but would welcome an opportunity to explore a little longer.

  89. MarinaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:11am PDT

    Last time I was in downtown Bellingham, it was to see Loreena McKennitt at the local theatre, which was absolutely beautiful!! Very old, I think. We also stumbled across a pub/bar that was serving pizza with homemade vegan cheese. I’d love to have the time to explore the area a little more!

  90. Ryan CousineauFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:16am PDT

    I love avoiding customs brokerage fees by going to a drop-box service on that side of the border.

  91. rachelFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:18am PDT

    i would love to explore bellingham because everytime i go, my trips consist of shopping and eating.

  92. Theresa FrazaoFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:21am PDT

    I would love to take a girlfriend for a weekend of fun as I’ve been neglecting my gf’s – I just got married and my new husband and I also just moved into our new apartment – first time homeowners so that was an ordeal and a half! And with the wedding and honeymoon and family visits, I could really use some girl time!!! This prize pack you’ve put together looks amazing. What a fun weekend that would be. Thanks Miss604!

  93. AdrienneFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:23am PDT

    Exploring Bellingham would be a unique experience. Did you know that Hillary Swank grew up in a trailer park near Lake Samish? Interesting. Would love a chance to check that out.

  94. AngelaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:36am PDT

    I would love to explore bellingham because often I drive right through wondering what’s there.

  95. VickyFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:37am PDT

    What a great give-away idea! I never even stop to shop Bellingham because I’m always on route to somewhere else. What a great opportunity this would be to check out and enjoy what lies just beyond our border!

  96. CarlosFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:46am PDT

    Sometimes the best little getaways are right in our backyard. This is one of them, & definitely like to see more of Bellingham than just Bellis Fair!

  97. lindawwwwFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:47am PDT

    I would love a chance to stay overnight at the Hotel Bellwether. There’s so much to see in Bellingham.

  98. TessaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:48am PDT

    beautiful city and i’d love to do some shopping!

  99. LeanneFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:53am PDT

    I would love a quick getaway with my husband while our 2-year-old son spends some quality time with his grandparents!

  100. EmmaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:56am PDT

    I’ve been meaning to visit the American Museum of Radio & Electricity in Bellingham for ages! This would be a great way to do it.

  101. Graham HFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 11:07am PDT

    I’ve love to get away with my wife to Bellingham. She’s a great wife and a wonderful mom, she deserves a little get away.

  102. BernadetteFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 11:09am PDT

    would love to be able to explore Bellingham, I’ve just recently moved from the east coast and would love an opportunity to explore what our neighbouring state has to offer.

  103. DebbieFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 11:25am PDT

    Normally we just drive straight through Bellingham, or stop at the Mall. It would be really nice to actually stop over night! The Hotel looks awesome, and a mini break would be just the thing before the weather turns rainy again 🙂

  104. SanazFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 11:35am PDT

    Because it’s in our backyard so would be cool to check the city out.

  105. KirstenFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 11:35am PDT

    We’ve been meaning to explore Bellingham beyond Target & Trader Joe’s ever since some friends spent a weekend there and can’t stop raving about it! It was our anniversary this week but we were both too busy to stop and celebrate – so this would be the perfect excuse to raise a glass to 9 years of wedded bliss 😉

  106. HeatherFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 11:47am PDT

    I would love to explore Bellingham because I know there is more than Trader Joe’s and Target, but I never seem to have enough time to see the rest!

  107. AlakittenFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 12:22pm PDT

    for the SHOPPING! and maybe the casino too.

  108. JennFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 12:33pm PDT

    I would love to explore Bellingham in more depth. All I’ve ever done there is go shopping! I’m sure that there is a lot more to see and do.

  109. NancyFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 12:45pm PDT

    I would love to win this!! I haven’t spent nearly enough time in Bellingham… but would definitely love to!!

  110. LynnFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 12:57pm PDT

    Sounds like a great weekend! Lots to discover, such a nice setting right by the water, and not too far away!

  111. AmyFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 1:08pm PDT

    I would love to see explore Bellingham. There must be more there than just Trader Joes and Target.

  112. TiffanyFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 1:25pm PDT

    Bellingham seems so peaceful and quiet, I would love to explore this part of it 🙂

  113. LaurenFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 1:28pm PDT

    Bellingham is so overlooked, since it seems everyone heads straight for Seattle.

  114. Karen RobertsonFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 1:43pm PDT

    I would love to explore Bellingham! I really don’t know much about it except for Bellis Fair and Target.

  115. DilaraFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 2:05pm PDT

    I can’t believe such a gorgeous place exists right in our backyard and we’ve never taken the time to explore it! We usually drive right through it and continue on to the Premium Outlets, Seattle, or even Portland. Would love a chance to explore Whatcom County.

  116. Kate HFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 2:26pm PDT

    I love Bellingham! It’s right next door but when I’m there, it’s like I’m a world away…

  117. Cyndi HunterFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 2:34pm PDT

    I would love to have a roadtrip to Bellingham! My lovely boyfriend is returning next week from Alberta and I would love to whisk him away on an adventure. Looks beautiful!

  118. Grant BowenFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 2:38pm PDT

    I want to win so that I can get away from home

  119. jeanFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 2:39pm PDT

    i have never explored bellingham and would love the opportunity!

  120. CameronFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 3:49pm PDT

    Would love to take my wife up to Bellingham and reminisce about our time at WWU! Love Boundary Bay and all of the great shops and places to eat throughout B’ham and Fairhaven.

  121. IainFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 3:57pm PDT

    There’s my excuse to hit Trader Joe’s.

  122. Dennis SatoFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 4:27pm PDT

    My wife loves

  123. Dennis SatoFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 4:29pm PDT

    My wife loves shopping down there. We would love to spend a more leisurely day exploring.

  124. AimeeFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 4:46pm PDT

    What a nice, quick getaway!

  125. JFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 4:52pm PDT

    It would be great to explore bellingham because it’s so close to home!

  126. JanetteFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 4:53pm PDT

  127. Susan BlackFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 6:05pm PDT

    My girlfriends are coming to visit, and winning this package would allow us to have a “girlfriends getaway” in Bellingham. We could book a second room, and pick up another two tickets to the theatre. We’ll have dinner at Boundary Bay Brewery, and get gelato at Chocolate Necessities. This overnight stay gives us a chance to shop, talk, relax, and really enjoy each other’s company. Thank you for making this opportunity possible! It is much appreciated!

  128. Johnny AFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 6:47pm PDT

    I want to check out Chuckanut Drive!! I hear it’s gorgeous! (That, and my bf and I had our first date at BB Brewing back in 2003)

  129. AllyFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 7:10pm PDT

    It is so close! I’d love to see more!

  130. Tishia MaloneFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 9:27pm PDT

    Bellingham, with all its poetry and balance, the sea, the wonder of an original Boundary Bay IPA, the Bellweather hotel with it’s ambiance and mystery, is all the reason in the world for an idyllic journey, one I would forever embellish and dream of….ever more.

  131. KarenFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:00pm PDT

    Summer was just not long enough. It would be great to have a relaxed weekend down in Bellingham.

  132. TomFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:06pm PDT

    My wife & I have Nexus passes and have visited Bellingham & Boundary Bay Brewpub many times but have never stayed overnight. Would love the chance to hoist a few Old Bounders and see more of what must be the best kept scret in the Northwest

  133. NancyFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 10:23pm PDT

    It looks beautiful….I’d love to check it out!

  134. taniaFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 11:28pm PDT

    I would love to relax in Bellingham.

  135. rinoFriday, September 9th, 2011 — 11:28pm PDT

    Shopping in Bellingham

  136. DennisSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 8:56am PDT

    I’d love to go and explore the sites. Wanna see Mount Baker up close

  137. AndrewSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 8:59am PDT

    One of the best things to explore in Bellingham are all the second hand clothing stores. With Halloween coming up these stores are a gem when trying to put together a costume.

  138. StephSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 9:52am PDT

    I’ve only been to Bellis Fair and the airport so would be great to explore Bellingham.

  139. Heather BSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 10:17am PDT

    I would love to go see bellingham; often driven through never explored. I would love to do some relaxing at the beach, followed by some shopping!

  140. Lisa GilmoreSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 11:31am PDT

    Would love to win this! We love Whatcom County! So many things to do, see, eat and drink there! We don’t usually have much time there as we are quite often passing through! Oh, and we love Boundary Bay Brewing!!!

  141. DoraSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 2:18pm PDT

    I drive to Bellingham very often, having the Nexus Pass allows me to cross faster.
    Best tacos in town are at La Gloria, authentic Mexican, salsas to die for (if u like spicy).
    Last weekend visited the Fairheaven area, beautiful.
    Would love to win and get the chance to stay for a weekend and visit all the other great places around Bellingham!!

  142. OliviaSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 5:12pm PDT

    I haven’t been south of the border in what feels like 20 years (outside of airports) and I’d love a reason to go check it out!

  143. JanetteSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 5:19pm PDT!/imheckifiknow/status/112681581507903488

  144. YvonneSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 5:42pm PDT

    I’d love to experience this package as I haven’t been down to Bellingham in maybe…. 15 years? Now I feel old!

  145. DorothySaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 6:53pm PDT

    Life’s been crazy lately. I need this!

  146. KSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 7:34pm PDT

    never been would love to go!

  147. Gary ThandiSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 8:35pm PDT

    Perfect for a short getaway while the little ones are still nearby with the grandparents!

  148. BrendaSaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 8:56pm PDT

    I’ve never been and would love to check it out!

  149. lucySaturday, September 10th, 2011 — 9:01pm PDT

    would love to spend some time in Bellingham.

  150. CarolSunday, September 11th, 2011 — 7:37am PDT

    There is so much to see and do in Bellingham. It is so close to us it is a nice weekend adventure.

  151. AndreaSunday, September 11th, 2011 — 10:06am PDT

    I’d love to explore the area, try some good local food and try some of their beautiful mountain bike trails.

  152. TeresaSunday, September 11th, 2011 — 10:18am PDT

    I’d love to explore Bellingham because I’d love to check out what it has to offer!

  153. estherSunday, September 11th, 2011 — 3:55pm PDT

    Bellingham is a beautiful town right on the ocean. I would love to stay over night and explore its old and historic places.

  154. JanetteSunday, September 11th, 2011 — 4:58pm PDT

  155. HayleySunday, September 11th, 2011 — 6:09pm PDT

    It’s an interesting place, and has an interesting history thar few know about.

  156. LindseySunday, September 11th, 2011 — 6:13pm PDT

    I would love to explore Bellingham because it looks absolutely beautiful, and it sounds like a fun adventure!

  157. Tiffany KalanjSunday, September 11th, 2011 — 7:16pm PDT

    It has been so long since I’ve been to Bellingham I forget what it’s like. I’d love to find out what is around and explore with my boyfriend. Thanks for the chance!

  158. StephanieSunday, September 11th, 2011 — 8:55pm PDT

    Would love to explore more of the city beyond shopping at Bellis Fair. Seen a glimpse of the downtown so it would be great to see more.

  159. EricaSunday, September 11th, 2011 — 9:12pm PDT

    Looks gorgeous! It would be nice to explore Bellingham!

  160. RobertaSunday, September 11th, 2011 — 10:56pm PDT

    Very nice! I usually drive through Bellingham and have never stayed the night there. It would be fun to stay overnight somewhere new.

  161. KimberlyMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 12:07am PDT

    I would love to explore the buildings around Bellingham ~ they are very interesting to look at and I would love to take pictures of the city and buildings.

  162. SharylinMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 10:01am PDT

    We’re always on a mission when going to Bellingham, sometimes I think my husband likes to see how quickly we can go there and back. Having the opportunity to spending the night and explore would be neighbourly and fun!

  163. SummerMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 10:41am PDT

    I’m planning a trip south, and would love to make this a stop on the journey!

  164. Alice @ LAX TO YVRMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 12:17pm PDT

    I’m a big fan of Bellingham. I normally only go there for day trips. It would be great to stay overnight and explore more of the city.

  165. CeciMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 1:08pm PDT

    Have never really explored Bellingham which we usually just pass by on the way to Seattle or Portland. Would love to actually spend some time exploring the area.

  166. ShannonMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 1:16pm PDT

    Bellingham is so close, but it seems like you just pass through it on the way to somewhere else. It would be fun to explore somewhere that is usually just an afterthought

  167. RachelMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 1:41pm PDT

    I would love to explore Bellingham because I’ve never been!

  168. AliceMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 2:14pm PDT

    This would be a very special and romantic prize for me to spend with my boyfriend for his birthday that’s coming up!

  169. NatalieMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 4:52pm PDT

    I love exploring new places – it would be great to be able to experience Bellingham 🙂

  170. sherMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 7:31pm PDT

    I’ve never toured around Bellingham. I moved out here a few years ago and still haven’t explored all the area yet. Would be a perfect opportunity to spread my wings and check out the beautiful North West

  171. BelindaMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 7:32pm PDT

    I would love to cross the line and get to know our neighbours a bit. A romantic getaway with my boyfriend is long overdue too!

  172. DaphneMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 8:28pm PDT

    I’ve never been to Bellingham and would love to visit.

  173. DanaMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 8:42pm PDT

    I would love to explore more of Bellingham as I’ve heard it has a lot of really nice areas, and though I’ve been to Fairhaven and down the Chuckanut, I haven’t seen much more than that.

  174. JohnMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 10:06pm PDT

    We like to go walking around the marina. Always wondered what that hotel was like.

  175. BonnieMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 10:19pm PDT

    It would be great to visit Bellingham, as it looks like a great place and I haven’t been there in many, many years. Lots of changes since the last time I was there for sure.

  176. ElysiaMonday, September 12th, 2011 — 10:27pm PDT

    I would love an easy weekend gettaway and Bellingham would be perfect.

  177. KimTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 9:13am PDT

    This place looks incredible! I’d love the chance to have some R&R without going to far from home!

  178. fionaTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 10:25am PDT

    Bellingham would be a great place for a weekend getaway. Would love to explore Bellingham and take pictures of the beautiful scenary.

  179. AndrewTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 11:27am PDT

    Great chance to stop and explore rather than drive through to Seattle

  180. lindsay simmonsTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 1:06pm PDT

    I’ve never had a chance to stop in Bellingham – we always go right through & every time I think – next time we’ll have more time & we’ll stop

  181. ScottTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 1:19pm PDT

    Looks like fun!!

  182. JuliaTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 1:27pm PDT

    This hotel and location in Bellingham looks wonderful – would love to enjoy this getaway with my hubby!

  183. janet priceTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 3:40pm PDT

    the bellingham waterfront area is great.. love …love it.

  184. NatTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 7:12pm PDT

    It would be a fantastic getaway – not too far away, but far enough away. I am also intrigued by how different things can be, just by crossing that border!

  185. AC07-NWTuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 8:55pm PDT

    we’re neighbors anyway. .love to win this!

  186. Caroline M.Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 — 9:10pm PDT

    I would love to win because I have never stayed overnight in Bellingham, the hotel looks great and I would love to go shopping there.

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  188. Michaela W.Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 9:43am PDT

    I am a New Zealander new to Vancouver and am loving all the weekend excursion opportunities so close by! I’d love to explore Bellingham for the weekend – it looks so pretty!

  189. francesWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 9:43am PDT

    my best friend constantly raves about how wonderful it is there, but the one time I went- i didn’t see much of anything. I’d love the chance to explore it a little bit better 🙂

  190. NicWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 11:10am PDT

    Bellingham has changed so much since I went there on the way to Birch Bay as a kid. I’d love to be able to spend some time there (rather than hop in for food on the way to Seattle).

  191. JarrahWednesday, September 14th, 2011 — 3:38pm PDT

    I’m sure there’s more to it than just outlet malls. I’d love to explore the real attractions.

  192. KLThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 5:16am PDT

    Here are some gems of Bellingham i’ve been lucky enough to find and would be great for this field trip: make the most of the day and be driving up to the Old Town Cafe in time for breakfast. Wander the Saturday Farmer’s Market, definitely one of the best around. stock up on picnic supplies at the Community Co op (puts Trader Joe’s to shame:)) and head down the beautiful seaside Chuckanut Drive. Take in the view at The Woods Coffee and walk latte in hand along the boardwalk, or while perusing the shelves at the amazing Village Books in Fairhaven. to REALLY indulge, book a massage at the Chysalis Inn on the waterfront; it’s surprising such a stunning place remains somewhat secret. Less picturesque, (in a strip mall:)) but another must-do is the Miang Kum appetizer at On Rice Thai Restaurant. Now i’m craving it and driving down for lunch is under serious consideration:).

  193. NavThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 7:47pm PDT

    I go to Bellingham often but just to shop..I would love to go in the morning, spend the day exploring and stay the night at the hotel bellwether!

  194. Meghan WThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 9:09pm PDT

    I have not been to Bellingham for years and your picture look amazing! I could really do with a stay in a hotel!

  195. RobThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 10:18pm PDT

    Bellingham looks wonderful but I’ve only been through to drive to Seattle. I would love a chance to stop and smell the roses!

  196. BrentThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 10:43pm PDT

    Love B-ham & Old Fairhaven. BB Brewery has always been one of my favourites. We’ve camped at Larabee State Park a few times but it would be wonderful to stay in a hotel! Thanks for the great contest.

  197. LaurelThursday, September 15th, 2011 — 11:53pm PDT

    I love visiting Bellingham! It has so much to offer in not only great shopping deals, but the cozy seaside village appeal of its waterfront. Everytime I’m near the ocean I feel like I’m miles from home and on a mini-cation!

  198. MaeFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 12:17am PDT

    Your entry on your Bellwether stay opened my eyes to even thinking about Bellingham as a stayover destination rather than a along-the-way location.

  199. ChristinaFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 9:21am PDT

    Bellingham has more than Bellis Fair to explore! What a great prize. & so close to home

  200. SumiFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 9:33am PDT

    A close weekend getaway! The seaside looks neat, all i’ve done is gone by bellisfair so it would be fun to explore Bellingham!

  201. TinaFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 9:38am PDT

    Looks and sounds amazing!

  202. EvanFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 10:20am PDT

    Bellingham is a great place to visit so close to home. I would love to check out this quaint property and discover more of Bellingham.

  203. spFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 10:20am PDT

    I’ve only ever driven through Bellingham, would be nice to stay and explore.

  204. JamesFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 10:21am PDT

    My wife and I could use a getaway!!

  205. Greg ShackeltonFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 10:25am PDT

    My girlfriend deserves a vacation.

  206. ZahidaFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 10:39am PDT

    We absolutely love Bellingham but only really discovered how charming it is recently. There’s so much to see and do and we’ve barely scratched the surface. We also LOVE the antique markets there – quite fascinating. And hey, tomorrow is my birthday and our anniversary is next week. A vacation would be lovely!

  207. VinnieFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 10:42am PDT

    A friend of mine lives in Bellingham but I haven’t seen him since March! Reunite us, would you?

  208. HeatherFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 11:01am PDT

    I’ve heard Bellingham is a great place to bike, also my partner lives in Seattle and we don’t see each other nearly enough, something like this would be a fantastic treat for us!

  209. AmyRFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 11:05am PDT

    Bellingham rocks! They have one of the best communities of sustainable business going.

  210. Rory ConroyFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 11:06am PDT

    This is just the kind of quick getaway I could go for right now! We have such lovely communities like Bellingham so near to us, but don’t take advantage of them often enough. Send me!

  211. maryFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 11:17am PDT

    wow, never been to the states befroe. Would be nice

  212. Chrysta ArcherFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 11:19am PDT

    I just went to Bellingham for the first time this summer although it was just a daytrip. I would love to return and stay long this time!!

  213. TimFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 12:25pm PDT

    I just want to take my wife on a sweet date where she can leave the kids and be a grownup for an evening!

  214. WesFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 12:26pm PDT

    I would love to take my wife down for a night away from our lovely kids. We have only had 1 night away from both kids in 3 years. My wife has had to deal with a fair bit in the last year. She had to change jobs. We were scheduled for a two night get-a-way but had to cancel as her mother need open heart surgery. I work mostly nights so she has to deal with the kids, school and sports activities. So think this would be a nice get-a-way for her. I am hoping to win even though it will cost me more money as my wife likes to shop in the states whenever othe odd chance arrives.

  215. Duncan StephenFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 1:43pm PDT

    For the longest time, the only thing that Bellingham brought to mind was outlet stores and malls. Ugh! Then my wife and I stumbled upon Fairhaven, a quaint community full of heritage. There’s a whole lot more to Bellinghmam, and we’d love to explore some more.

  216. Carole CaffreyFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 1:45pm PDT

    I usually drag my husband to Bellingham for shopping. I didn’t know there was a lovely quaint are of Bellingham to see. I think my husband deserves a trip that doesn’t involve shopping. Well maybe a little shopping. How can I resist.

  217. CherrylFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 4:28pm PDT

    I would love to explore Bellingham for it’s beautiful parks, hikes and it’s wonderful beer!

  218. DarrenFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 5:57pm PDT

    I’ve never spent time in Bellingham and would love to check it out! My wife and I could really use the vacation!

  219. LeannaFriday, September 16th, 2011 — 8:37pm PDT

    It’s interesting that Bellingham is being pitched as much more than Target and Trader Joe’s because I only ever visit to shop. It would be great to check out the area apart from the mall.

  220. CarmenSaturday, September 17th, 2011 — 3:59pm PDT

    School is already so intense and I need a night away!

  221. CandiceSaturday, September 17th, 2011 — 10:24pm PDT

    Recently got Nexus … Haven’t been able to try it … Hoping crossing over to Bellingham will be
    painless 🙂

  222. MeghanSunday, September 18th, 2011 — 3:50pm PDT

    I would love to have a short get-away to Bellingham so that we could bring our bikes and check out the local markets. The brewery looks great too!

  223. Steven BarringhamSunday, September 18th, 2011 — 8:29pm PDT

    Great weekend getway!

  224. GlendaSunday, September 18th, 2011 — 9:33pm PDT

    A great little place. Great shopping…would like to discover more of the city.

  225. Grace MMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 10:55am PDT

    I would love to visit bellingham for the shopping of course! muahahaha

  226. StevenMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 10:56am PDT

    I wanna try walking along the beaches and see if its any different from the ones we have here!

  227. IanMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 10:58am PDT

    Never tried fishing there! Pretty sure it’d be sweet!

  228. DevonMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 12:32pm PDT

    I’ve just had surgery on my leg and would love a little getaway to get my mind off things!

  229. BassMstaGeneralMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 12:35pm PDT

    Beautiful area so close to Vancouver that I have wanted to check out more. Would make a wonderful anniversary trip with my wife.

  230. GladysMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 12:42pm PDT

    I always drive THROUGH Bellingham en route to Seattle, but have never had the opportunity to explore the city. This would be a great opportunity to do so!

  231. Kate Carter HickeyMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 12:43pm PDT

    Only ever been there to catch an allegiant flight! This time I’ll go, relax, explore Bellingham and thennnnnnnn head to Sin City!

  232. GlenMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 12:44pm PDT

    Sounds like a perfect short getaway for my wife and I, a weekend away to ourselves to relax, enjoy the markets, the seaside, and do NO SHOPPING.

  233. HilaryMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 12:45pm PDT

    Would love to spend some time in Bellingham, instead of just driving through on my way to somewhere else!

  234. SharonMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 12:54pm PDT

    This would be a great mini vacay!

  235. KendraMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 1:16pm PDT

    I need a vacay so bad!

  236. JaneMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 1:36pm PDT

    i looove exploring new places and travelling. but i’ve never been to bellingham cuz i haven’t found anyone to go with.. 🙁 so i definitely wanna explore the city, the shops, restaurants, and the tourist attractions.

  237. allysonMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 2:21pm PDT

    I would love to take my mom who is coming from the Maritimes for a night away.

  238. JCMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 3:48pm PDT

    This looks amazing! We would love to win!

  239. thesehappydaysMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 6:25pm PDT

    In the past I have overlooked Bellingham and opted to visit Seattle instead. I would love to check out all that Bellingham has to offer.

  240. BonnieMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 7:08pm PDT

    It looks like a great place for a weekend getaway!

  241. GaryMonday, September 19th, 2011 — 10:16pm PDT

    Bellingham is like that neighbour you always see around but for some reason or another never find the time to stop and say ‘hi’ to. For once I’d love to stop in rather than drive by

  242. BrendaTuesday, September 20th, 2011 — 12:00am PDT

    Great place to chillax……not too far from Vancouver and yet close enough to feel you’re living in a small city away from the hustle and bustle…..Bellingham…home away from home….

  243. ashleeTuesday, September 20th, 2011 — 9:19am PDT

    I always just drive through bellingham…would be nice to stop and check it out 🙂

  244. DarrylTuesday, September 20th, 2011 — 9:31am PDT

    I love Bellingham and the surrounding area, great get away!

  245. HeidiTuesday, September 20th, 2011 — 6:37pm PDT

    It’d make a great birthday present for me!

  246. JanTuesday, September 20th, 2011 — 10:13pm PDT

    Would love to explore Bellingham besides the mall!!

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