Historic Fairhaven Getaway

Historic Fairhaven Getaway

Fairhaven is a historic district overlooking Bellingham Bay. Once nicknamed the "Chicago of the Northwest" during a growth boom in the 1890s, today it holds onto the charm of its past while having modern-day appeal. Whether you and your besties want to shop until you drop or you're looking for a fun excursion with the family, Fairhaven is filled with boutiques, eateries and beautiful views.

SHOP

If you miss the days of meandering through a brick and mortar bookstore, you'll love Village Books and Paper Dreams. This independent shop carefully picks its new and used titles with the community in mind. They carry handmade greeting cards, journals, candles and delectable fudge made on site!

For a special piece of jewelry you won't find anywhere else, stop by the aptly named Whimsey. With an array of necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets created by over 20 artisans, it's easy to forget about time when you peruse this airy, colorful shop. 

There is nothing cookie cutter about the carefully curated clothing, gifts and home decor at the Three French Hens Boutique. They carry designer apparel lines like Eileen Fisher and Tribal, elegant bath & beauty products, and stylish home decor - all with a French flair. Tres' Chic!

You probably have been wine tasting but have you ever had an olive oil tasting? At Drizzle Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room, you'll be introduced to their high-quality, delicious olive oils and balsamic vinegars. There IS a difference! Take home a beautiful box of six assorted flavors for a gift or souvenir.

STAY

There is so much to see and do in Fairhaven, you'll want to take your time. The Chrysalis Inn & Spa has everything you need to unwind after a day of shopping. Melt away stress with an on-site spa service, dine on regional cuisine at Keenan's at the Pier, and spend the evening in one of their luxurious guest rooms with bay views.

If you like to be in the heart of the city, the Fairhaven Village Inn is in walking distance of shops and restaurants. You will enjoy a spacious room and receive a complimentary treat at Galloway's Cocktail Bar offering drinks, small bites and desserts.

If you love the homey feel of a B&B, Viewmont Manor Bed & Breakfast pampers lodgers with coffee/tea and scones delivered right to your door! Guests are encouraged to select a book from the Manor library and read in the pretty garden.

EATS & DRINKS

If you have an Italian grandmother, you know the food at Mambo Italiano Cafe is the real deal. Their made-from-scratch pasta, pizza, seafood and desserts are delizioso!

On the third floor of the historic Sycamore Square building, you'll find The Black Cat (Le Chat Noir) restaurant, a fave of both locals and visitors. Their cool, dark and elegant ambiance might just remind you of a chic French bistro. 

Enjoy a glass of wine with Ovn Wood Fired Pizza's signature Fondue appetizer. rosemary, gruyere, brussel sprouts, prosciutto - their artisanal ingredients will make your mouth water (and your tummy happy).

A small-batch brewery that is BIG on adventure! Stop by Stones Throw Brewing Co. for a Raincountry Liquid Sunshine or a Total Eclipse of the Hop on your way back from a hike or before a boat ride around the bay. Their cozy taproom welcomes both kiddoes and doggies. 

Rustic Coffee + Wine Bar is a delightful place to hang out at any time of day. Get your morning started with a Cappuccino and a Rustic Breakfast Wrap or wind down in the evening with a glass of Merlot and a White Cheese Platter.

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