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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.

 Lynden celebrates 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.

Browse The Shops And Galleries Of Lynden's Quaint Downtown Area
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 locals.

One 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.

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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 concept.

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

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 lunch.

Dutch Mothers Restaurant - Lynden WashingtonThere 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.


Lunch At Dutch Mothers - Lynden WashingtonBellingham Cinemas Offer State-O-The-Art Picture And Sound Systems 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 Washington History

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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Pioneer Museum Coaches Lynden WashingtonLynden Washington Pioneer MuseumThe museum 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 car.     

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




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 Geography 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.     

Things To Do In Lynden

Lynden WA PAGE Link To Bl REBrowse 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.

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