Holland Days Festival
Lynden Washington USA
Lynden Washington is a small farming community and border crossing town 15
miles north of Bellingham in Northwest Washington. Lynden with its unique
architecture and Dutch flair is home to the Northwest Washington State Fair and
livestock show drawing over 216,000 visitors each year and the Lynden Raspberry
Festival which celebrates North America's largest raspberry harvest in mid July.
its Dutch heritage every May with its Holland Days Festival. This event draws thousands of people from all
over Western Washington and British Columbia who come to enjoy authentic Dutch
treats and see the costumed dancers & shop owners.
Unofficial City Slogan "If You Ain't Dutch - You Ain't Much"
A tongue-in-cheek phrase you will often hear come up in conversation with
of the highlights of Lynden's Holland Days festivities is when the little
children dressed in traditional Dutch attire and using little corn brooms, sweep the main street to symbolize their commitment to keeping their community
clean while the Klompen Dancers in
their wooden shoes klip-klopping to their festive music are always a real crowd
pleaser. Diffidently a little strange but it is all part of what makes this
charming little farming community a pleasure to visit.
After all of
the colorful festivities and fun Lynden settles down to the business of
being a thriving farming community. Lynden and the surrounding areas
are the raspberry capitol of the United States and it enjoys a reputation of
being an outstanding place to raise a family. The Lynden school district consistently
scores high marks and is known throughout Washington for its excellence.
Civic Pride / Lawn Nazi Myth
As you drive around Lynden you may notice something different about it but
you can't quite
put your finger on it. Lynden has a reputation for having
exceptionally clean streets and manicured lawns with neatly trimmed trees and
bushes but if you look around you'll you'll no doubt see a house
or two whose residents who aren't aren't on board with the whole neat and manicured lawn
Lynden does have a city ordinance requiring residents maintain
their lawns with grass growing no higher than 7 inches but contrary to
popular belief, there are not Lawn Nazi Police patrolling the city arresting
residents. It is worth noting that Lynden's reputation for strict lawn code enforcement is not
100% unwarranted. The fact is, the city actually has on rare occasion taken it upon
themselves to mow lawns and send the residents a hefty bill for the service
but only in extreme cases.
Dining In Downtown
Lynden's charming Front Street has many buildings with a Dutch flair and it
even has a 72 ft. windmill which anchors an indoor mall with a
canal stocked with colorful fish. After browsing
the unique gift shops and art galleries you can stop for a coffee & pastry
or you can save your appetite for a full authentic Dutch
There are a number of very good restaurants to choose from but one of the most
popular ones is Dutch Mothers Restaurant which keeps its customers coming back again
and again by offering great food and very friendly service. Each
table is served by its very own Dutch Mother dressed in a traditional long dress
and a crisp white Dutch Hat. The Dutch Mother's
split pea soup is the best around and fortunately available with a number of
menu selections or you can have a large bowl of it for lunch or dinner.
If you are a fan of Italian or Greek food try Syros Italian And Greek
Restaurant located east, just a few doors down from Dutch Mothers. The
Lynden Dutch Bakery serves coffee, a wide variety of pastries, pie by
the slice and whole pies to go. If you are just looking for a place to
relax you might want to stop into the local pub for a beer.
Restaurants along Guide Meridian Rd. Include fast food outlets
like Mc Donalds, Jack-In-The-Box & Taco Time, as well as a Bob's
Burger & Brew (The Original). For BBQ try Jake's Western Grill in the
Costcutter shopping center. If beans and rice are your thing then try
El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant also next to Costcutter. You might want
to do a quick online search for discount coupons for area restaurants.
Lynden was first settled in 1858 when miners clammored their way to the
Caribou Gold Rush and then gained its Dutch heritage from Dutch settlers
arriving in the 1900's. The city was given its name by one of
its early settlers that named it after her favorite tree - Linden tree.
One of the best ways to learn more about Lynden's history is to visit the Lynden
Pioneer Museum 217 Front St. The museum is surprisingly
large and loaded with antiques and memorabilia as well as an extensive
collection of horse-drawn carriages, tractors, and antique vehicles, WWII
artifacts and colorful Nazi memorabilia. Just when you think you've seen it all you go downstairs
to find a giant lower level packed with fascinating displays, exhibits,
carriages, and military vehicles.
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is located at the eastern end of Front street. The best way to enjoy downtown
Lynden is to simply park in the free lot across from the giant windmill and
browse your way down one side of the street down to the museum, and then once
you have viewed the museum browse the shops
on the other side of the street as you make your way back to your
Lynden Pioneer Museum Admission: $4 adults - $3
Seniors & Students - Kids 6 and under are free. Hours: 10
am to 4 pm - Monday through Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm Sunday
Of The Lynden Area
Lynden is situated in a relatively flat valley with rich soil making it
excellent for farming but portions of it are also susceptible to periodic flooding during
heavy rains and during the spring snow melt. The downtown area is situated on a
small bluff and the majority of Lynden's businesses and residential areas are
located on higher ground.
To Do In Lynden
Browse the shops along Downtown Lynden's Front Street
Visit the Lynden Pioneer Museum
Enjoy lunch or dinner in one of Lynden's quaint restaurants
Attend a local fair or festival
Pick your own blueberries and raspberries (During seasonal harvest)
Drive around town looking for unkempt lawns
Children are sure to enjoy browsing the specialty toy stores and
doing a round of miniature golf at the Dutch Village Mall. There's
something for everyone in downtown Lynden.
City Of Lynden Washington
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