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Whatcom County

Bellis Fair Mall

Located: I-5, Exit 256, Bellingham, WA. A regional shopping mall with five major department stores and nearly 150 smaller shops. Features a six-plex theater, a food court with 16 vendors, and an Old Country Buffet. For more information, please call: (360) 671-5654.

Downtown Bellingham

Located at: I-5, Exit 253, 254, Bellingham, WA. A traditional downtown district with cultural flair. Features specialty shops, antiques, galleries, used book stores and an abundance of cafes and restaurants. Enjoy turn-of-the-century architecture including the Whatcom Museum and Mt. Baker Theater. Of special interest are Michael’s Books (used), The Greenhouse (fine housewares), Allied Arts of Whatcom County (local artists) and Harley Davidson. On James Street find VIS Seafood’s (seafood and gifts). The Bellingham Farmers’ Market is on Saturdays April-December.

Meridian Street

Located at: I-5, Exit 256 (Guide Meridian), Bellingham, WA. Running adjacent to Bellis Fair Mall, this major arterial offers local and nationally recognized stores. There are seven motels and many restaurants from which to choose. Also, for the finest hand-crafted chocolate visit Chocolate Necessities located 1 mile north of the mall.

Historic Fairhaven District

Located at: I-5, Exit 250, Bellingham, WA. Tucked into turn-of-the-century buildings with classic brick facades, find upscale galleries, clothing, jewelry, fresh ground coffee, books, gifts and some of Bellingham’s best restaurants. Don’t miss Bead Bazaar; Paper Dreams gifts and cards; Fairhaven Runners; Mud in Your Eye Pottery; Pacific Chef and Village Books with new, used and Literature Live author events. Stroll down to the waterfront where seasonal cruise boats and the Alaska Ferry depart. Inside Passage, located in the beautiful Bellingham Cruise Terminal, sells a nice selection of northwest gifts.

Sunset Square

Located at: I-5, Exit 255, Bellingham, WA. Features K-Mart, a major fabric store, grocery store, drug store, four-plex theater, a Goodwill and several specialty stores. There are a variety of restaurants including The Grace Cafe with bagels, pies, sandwiches and more. Across the street is Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Barkley Village

Located at: I-5, Exit 255 (Barkley & Woburn Streets), Bellingham, WA. A new shopping village which brings “a little bit of old-world charm” through its architectural design. The plaza features specialty shops, a fine grocery store with a food court and wine shop. In addition, there are unique restaurants including Pastazza with fresh pasta dishes and extraordinary desserts. Occasionally, the Village hosts community events.

Downtown Ferndale

Located at: I-5, Exit 262, Ferndale, WA. Ferndale is home to two historic parks, Pioneer Park and Hovander Homestead Park. Murals painted on buildings along Main Street in downtown reflect its history. Two popular businesses are an old fashion pharmacy/gift store and a major furniture store. Red Barn Lavender is located just west of Ferndale, and has more than 3,600 lavender plants. They are open seasonally for picking and buying plants and other products.

Downtown Lynden

Located 10 miles north of Bellingham off Highway 539, Lynden, WA. Front Street in downtown Lynden highlights its Dutch heritage with Dutch-style architecture. The Dutch Village Mall is accentuated by a 72-foot tall working windmill. The interior simulates a Dutch street scene with a flowing canal and 18 shops featuring Dutch foods, wooden shoes, fine lace and other traditional items. Bakeries, restaurants, an exceptional museum and frequent celebrations make a day in Lynden delightful! Just out of town is the Samson Estates Winery featuring fine wines and liqueurs. Lynden Chamber of Commerce, (360) 354-5995.

Duty Free Shopping

Duty free stores sell alcohol, tobacco, perfumes and gift items that are duty free. Restrictions apply, such as, length of time out of the country and total personal declarations. Three locations: Truck crossing (I-5 exit 275), Lynden and Sumas border crossings. For more information, please call: (360) 332-5223.

Chuckanut Drive Merchants

Highway 11 which connects Whatcom and Skagit Counties has more than spectacular scenery. There are several restaurants and specialty shops. At the north end of the drive, Chuckanut Bay Gallery features the art and sculptures of more than 300 Northwest craftspeople. Next to the gallery is the Garden Shop with fine gifts for garden lovers. Pick up a Chuckanut Drive guide at the Visitors Center in Bellingham.

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