In the early 1900’s, the area around Bellingham Bay was settled by 3 small towns: Bellingham, New Whatcom and Fairhaven. In 1903 Fairhaven was incorporated into the city of Bellingham, and now serves as the eclectic cultural hub of Bellingham Washington. Located just north of the Chuckanut Mountains, along the shores of Bellingham Bay, Fairhaven Neighborhood offers some of the finest dining, shopping, residential living, and outdoor activities Bellingham WA has to offer.
Walk the coastline on the South Bay Trail System from downtown Bellingham all the way into the Chuckanut Mountains to the south. Popular stops are Boulevard Park where you can grab a snack at Wood’s Coffee before continuing south on Taylor Dock, where you might see people crabbing and fishing, kids jumping off into the bay, Western Washington University students studying on the grass, or tight-rope aficionados balancing their way across the bay water below. Then another ½ mile south and you are in Fairhaven Neighborhood.
Zoned as an Urban Village, Fairhaven Neighborhood is home to over 700 residents, most of whom live in condos located in brownstone buildings above street level local retail shops and restaurants. You will find long-time local establishments like Dirty Dan’s Steak House, Skylarks Café, Colophon Café, Village Book Store, Fairhaven Barber Shop, Artwood Fine Furniture, Mambo Italiano, Haggen Grocery, all which have been serving residents and travelers for decades.
The “Chef’s Kiss” of the Fairhaven Neighborhood is the centrally located Village Green, where a grassy area surrounded by beautiful historic buildings, offers summer concerts, movie nights, craft fairs, bocci ball, and farmer’s market. During our warm and dry summers when the sun is out until 10pm, hundreds of people will be enjoying the many activities the Fairhaven Village Green has to offer.
Fairhaven Washington is also the southernmost port for the Alaska Marine Highway System, a passenger and vehicle ferry system that departs regularly from Bellingham Washington and heads north to Alaska through the Inside Passage along the western coast of Canada. This ferry system is a vital commercial transportation line between Alaska and the lower 48 states. From the ferry terminal in Fairhaven, travelers can continue from the local Amtrak Train Station or Greyhound Bus Depot, or perhaps catch a small plane charter out to the San Juan Islands on San Juan Airlines.
Fairhaven Neighborhood’s wide array of historic buildings, homes, and landmarks line the narrow tree lined streets, most with westerly views of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, and magnificent sunsets. When travelers visit the Bellingham Washington area, most reflect on the wonderful walks, dinning experiences, and social activities throughout Fairhaven’s quirky hideaways like Finnegan’s Alley and McKenzie Alley just off Harris Ave. Fairhaven Neighborhood is also home to 17 buildings and homes on the National Historic Registry.
Hidden in the southwest corner of Fairhaven Neighborhood, along Bellingham Bay, Marine Park faces the west and is a popular hangout for locals: beautiful sunsets, great picnic spots, easy swimming access, and kayak launching are common activities.
Kids lucky enough to live in Fairhaven Neighborhood attend Lowell Elementary, Fairhaven Middle School, and Sehome High School.
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