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Fairhaven Washington - Bellingham's Historic Waterfront And Historic District

The Fairhaven red brick district of Bellingham Washington has an idealic small seaside village look and feel making it some of the most desirable Real Estate in all of Whatcom County. Fairhaven's waterfront is home to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and the southern terminus of the. Fairhaven was once an independent and thriving logging town with a large cannery. During the 1800's Fairhaven's cannery processed salmon for sale all over the world and even today Fairhaven's waterfront is a thriving seaport offering regular service to Alaska.

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In 1903 Fairhaven Bellingham merged with two other nearby cities on Bellingham bay to form what is now modern day city of Bellingham Washington but Fairhaven seems to have a style and appeal all its own. 

The Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven Bellingham offers seasonal Whale watching excursions and seasonal passenger ferry service to the San Juan Islands and Victoria British Columbia. Fairhaven has a long tradition of shipbuilding, from large wooden vessels to modern fiberglass yachts. Uniflight Yachts were once built in a facility along the Fairhaven waterfront and currently Aluminum Chambered Boats builds state-of-the-art high performance aluminum welded watercraft that are in high demand by both fishermen as well as the U.S. Navy and homeland security. 

Fairhaven and nearby Edgemoor area are considered by many to be some of Bellingham's most sought after neighborhoods and its not hard to see why--Fairhaven  has the look and feel of a small seaside village, yet it has easy freeway access to all the shopping, dining, and employment opportunities Bellingham has to offer. 

The red brick buildings and quaint shops of Fairhaven have been carefully maintained to preserve their old world charm and the effect is remarkable. Electric trolleys once carried passengers through Fairhaven's brick streets and linked up with the City of Whatcom all the way to "White City", an amusement park that was once located at Lake Whatcom.
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Fairhaven Accommodations - Hotels & Establishments
The Fairhaven Village Inn is set in the center of Bellingham's historic Fairhaven district making it the perfect place to stay if you are arriving at the Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry Terminal a day or two early. You can walk to area shops, cafe's and restaurants easily from the Fairhaven Village Inn. You will enjoy their morning expanded continental breakfasts in their breakfast room and you will also enjoy their friendly service. Village Inn (360) 733-1311

You can walk to Fairhaven pizza at 1307 11th street for one of the best pizza's in town: 360 756-7561  -  Visit the Paws Awhile dog/cat themed shop benefiting the Whatcom humane society at 1200 10th St. Ste 105: 360 752-2970
Explore the popular Village Books book store at 1200 11th St:  360 671-2626
Enjoy a juicy steak at Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse 1211 11th St: 360 676-1011
Have a huge sandwich for lunch at the Colophon Cafe 1208 11th St: 360 647-0062

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Many of Fairhaven's single family homes and condominiums enjoy unobstructed views of Bellingham bay and the San Juan Islands. Area homes range from charming turn of the century cottages to elegant waterfront mansions and everything in-between. 

The last few years there has been a number of new upscale condominiums built to take advantage of the sweeping views of Puget Sound, and there are more in the planning stage, some phases of these projects sell out even before their completion. All new buildings are carefully scrutinized and must architecturally blend in with existing buildings to maintain the look and feel of this very special area of Bellingham.   





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Walking Fairhaven

Fairhaven WA is a very pedestrian friendly community with numerous hiking and jogging trails as well as dedicated bike lanes linking local neighborhoods with beautiful parks, tree lined boulevards of Fairhaven's red brick district

Walking through Fairhaven you can stroll through the shops and art galleries up and down Fairhaven's quaint streets,  stop in for a bite to eat at one of several small eateries or street side cafes, or have some fish n chips at Fairhaven's famous double-decker bus. You can also take a walk along the waterfront or take in one of many free events held at the village green like the evening movie on weekends. Fairhaven also hosts a seasonal farmers market where you can purchase fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Fairhaven is a delightful place to live, work, and play earning it a reputation for being one of the best places to live and retire in the United States.

Whale Watching Excursions

The Bellingham Cruise Terminal is home to Whale Watching Excursion operators taking passengers on a scenic cruise through the San Juan Islands in search of Whales. Washington's resident Orca Whale population continually migrate around the local waters so you never know where they may turn up on a day to day basis and seasonal visiting whale pods are occasionally seen as well. Local whale watching tour operators utilize a network of spotters and a whale spotting sea plane to keep track of whale pods to help ensure their passengers see some whales on their outing. Whale Watching operators are always sure to keep a safe distance as to not bother the whales with the objective being to get you in close but not too close. The Orcas may feel like they are being stalked but they don't seem to mind the attention.

Bellingham Chamber of Commerce
119 N. Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
360 734-1330
San Juan Cruises
335 Harris Ave Suite# 104
Bellingham, Wa
360 738-8099

Alaska Ferry System Marine Highway

The Alaska Ferry or "Alaskan Marine Highway System" departs the U.S. Mainland at the Fairhaven Cruise Terminal and leaves Bellingham each Friday at 6 p.m.  The Alaska ferry makes its first landfall in Kettchikan and from there you can continue on to other major Alaskan ports and Islands serviced by the Alaskan Ferry System.  It takes approximately a day and 1/2 to reach Ketchikan and 3 days to Skagway. You have a choice of sleeping in a private cabin, in the public areas or you can even tent up on deck and pass the night hours star gazing.

Alaska Marine Highway Information Line (800) 642-0066    Or  Contact The Ticket Counter At (360) 676-0212

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Along Bellingham's Waterfront

Fairhaven's waterfront is home to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal which is directly adjacent to the Amtrak Station, and Bellingham's Greyhound Bus Station. The Alaskan Marine Highway Ferry System offers weekly service to Alaska, departing each friday afternoon and can accommodate both passengers and their cars, trucks, and RVs.

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Bellingham is known as The City Of Subdued Excitement and Fairhaven itself is perhaps even more subdued. Check a local visitor circular for up local events and fairs and be sure to look for discount coupons for local restaurants and attractions.


The Bellingham Cruise terminal is the starting point for many family vacations but it  also hosts various events throughout the year including a large classic and custom car show---(The Show And Shine may also be held at Boulevard Park or the Silver Reef Casino).  A free event attracting people from all corners of Whatcom County & Northwest Washington. The large glass domed meeting room on the 2nd floor offers panoramic views of Bellingham bay and can be reserved for meetings and special events.

Photo Fairhaven WA Train CarThings To Do And Fairhaven Attractions

Do a self guided walking tour of Fairhaven's historic buildings including the hidden walkways - Pick up a free map in an area business

  • Enjoy lunch or dinner in an area restaurant. Prime Rib, Seafood, Thai, Pizza, Fairhaven has many eateries to choose from.

  • Rent a Kayak and paddle your way along Fairhaven's waterfront.

  • Cycle through Fairhaven and visit the Marine park and Boulevard park overlooking Bellingham Bay.

  • Go on a whale watching excursion to see majestic Orca Whales and other wildlife

  • Walk the South Bay Trail running from Fairhaven to Downtown Bellingham

  • Visit the Bellingham Cruise Terminal Building

  • Browse the shops and galleries along Fairhaven's historic Harris Ave.

  • Venture into Bellingham's Downtown and explore its unique museums and galleries

  • Visit Near By Chuckanut Drive And Larrabee State Park - Washington's First State Park

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