Over Labor Day weekend, we took a jaunt up to Bellingham, a small college town about 2.5 hours north of Seattle. Bellingham is the sort of town where you can find a feed store with baby chicks on the main street downtown and community yoga space next to a hot glass studio, down the block from a microbrewery. We stayed at a cheap hotel, visited the farmers market, and ate a lot of ice cream. The weather was HOT for the northwest, and perfect for the “last weekend of summer,” which doesn’t really exist if you are unemployed, haha. As with most places in the PNW, the food is really great, especially at the end of summer with all of the locally grown ingredients coming in. In addition to eating and drinking local beer, we visited the Whatcom Museum, the county’s history/art museum and looked at Victorian clocks and Elizabeth Colburne woodcuts. If we had another day, we would have taken the ferry out of Lummi Island, but instead, we drove out to Ferndale to Boxx Berry Farm and Half Acre Farm and proceeded to pick 20 pounds of the most delicious blueberries and nearly a bushel of green beans. All in all, a great trip!
I really enjoyed running here, out of an urban setting, with lots of trails and beautiful waterfront to keep you entertained. If I decide to do an early fall marathon, the Bellingham Bay marathon looks great with its scenic course and smaller size.
Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro– It seems like the whole town comes to hang out here, with live music, Fish Fry Fridays, and local college students both working and eating here. Pretty tasty beer here, also.
Mallard Ice Cream– My favorite place in town! Super fresh, local, slow churned ice cream in both traditional and interesting flavors. I also had the dairy free coconut ice and it was amazing. Other flavors I wished to try include blueberry lavender, basil, and anything with chocolate.
La Fiamma– Solid, tasty, wood-fired pizza next to the farmers market. Very, very tasty!
The Copper Hog– A gastropub with a kitchen open until 1am! In a small town! This place has a great rotating selection of local taps. I had a Burnside Brewing Oatmeal Pale Ale, a small brewery from Portland, Oregon. This was my favorite beer that I tasted all summer. Oats! in my beer!