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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Hi local partners, 

“You have to taste a culture to understand it.”
— Deborah Cater

Whatcom County sure has a tasty culture! A reminder for those of us who live here to keep patronizing our incredible local restaurants!

Whatcom's culture of farm to table, local, and sustainable is rooted in a community of folks who grow, distribute, create, and serve! Visit Bellingham | Whatcom County is teaming up with Sustainable Connections to host Sustainable's Spring Mixer! The goal of this event is to foster relationships throughout the farm and foodie spectrum, see more info under Member news below.

Let's keep safe and strong: As of yesterday, our hospitalization rates from COVID-19 were above the threshold determined by the state to remain in Phase 3 here in Whatcom County. We are not moving backward in phases right now because of Governor Inslee's current "freeze" on phase movement—but in two weeks' time we need to have our community safe and our numbers down to keep forward motion.

Please, please, on behalf of all of us who want to see reopening: encourage everyone to use safe behaviors, keep masking and socially distancing, and get vaccinated so we can enjoy the power of travel and its economic recovery.

Sales & Special Projects Manager
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Jay Chen – Blu.Ink Real Estate

My approach is simple.

I treat my clients exactly how I'd like to be treated. It really is that simple. I don't like to be pressured, so I never pressure my clients. I like to be treated kindly, so I always bring a positive attitude. I don't let people down with empty promises, so I do exactly what I say. I appreciate it when people answer the phone, so I answer my phone! It sounds dead simple, but I am amazed at how many people simply don't follow these life's simple rules.

Because I approach real estate service this way, my clients and I form a great team from the get-go, and we get the results we want while enjoying the journey. I call my approach Mindfulness in Real Estate, and I believe being mindful and passionate about my work is what sets me apart and sets my clients up for success time and time again.

Press Releases & Your News to Share

National Travel and Tourism Week 2021:
Visit Bellingham | Whatcom County Celebrates the ‘Power of Travel’

National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the critical role that travel will play in driving economic recovery efforts and building the path forward through the theme Power of Travel. The 38th annual NTTW (May 2-8) arrives at an opportune moment to recognize the importance to the U.S. economy of initiating a post-pandemic travel recovery.

Much love and support to our travel and tourism industry folks! You make Bellingham & #WhatcomCounty visitors feel welcome and share unique Whatcom stories and experiences. You are what makes this one of the best places to visit ❤️

The North Cascades Institute is Open

The North Cascades Institute is happy to announce that they’ve reopened the Environmental Learning Center in the heart of North Cascades National Park. Their socially distanced Base Camp Learning & Lodging program lets visitors enjoy the comforts of their campus on Diablo Lake. Every booking includes comfortable lodging, three delicious, locally-sourced meals and guided learning activities. 

Sustainable Connections' Farm + Food Spring Mixer

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
10 AM – 11:30 AM
Free Event Via Zoom

Make Connections & Get Support

  • Do you have promotions coming up you want to share? Looking for new ways to innovate and cross-promote?
  • Want to know what products restaurants are seeking? Want to know what is seasonal and available for purchase from your local farms and food producers?
  • Bring your voice and needs to the table – as Sustainable Connections and Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism plan strategically to support you as we emerge from the pandemic, we want to hear how we can best be of service.
    • Bring your ideas about what Eat Local Month Could look like this year, and how you’d like to participate
    • Get some time to talk to the Tourism team about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, COVID safety updates, and more opportunities for support and promotion.

Whatcom Community College Virtual Events for College Month

High school students, parents, family members, and those interested in pursuing higher education are invited to learn more about Whatcom Community College at Whatcom V.E.I.W. (Virtual Interactive Experience Week) Monday, May 17 – Friday, May 21. Students who attend a session will be entered into a raffle to win one of several $500 WCC scholarships.

Downtown Bellingham Partnership Announces “First Fridays”

The Downtown Bellingham Partnership has announced details for First Fridays, an expansion of the well-established monthly Art Walk program. As the name suggests, event celebrations occur on the first Friday of every month at participating venues in Downtown Bellingham. The new event format provides opportunities for all businesses to participate, regardless of whether they’re hosting a featured artist or not. Participating businesses will be highlighted as an Art Walk Venue or under broader categories like “Shop Local,” dining, one-time events, and more.  

Columbia Hospitality
Adds Fairhaven Village Inn to its Growing Portfolio

Northwest-based hospitality management and consulting company, Columbia Hospitality Inc., announced today its new management and operating agreement with the Fairhaven Village Inn. Located in the heart of the Fairhaven Historical District, the hotel blends the charm and personality of yesterday with the comforts of today for a relaxing guest experience. Featuring 22 spacious guestrooms (including one suite) with views of Fairhaven Village Green or the harbor and bay, the property offers modern amenities and thoughtful touches for every traveler.

Eight Western Washington University
Student-Athletes Earn GNAC Weekly Awards

It was a busy week of competition for the Western Washington University Vikings, and it was also successful with eight student-athletes earning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week recognition. The eight Vikings that were selected as GNAC Athletes of the Week are the following, with volleyball, men’s soccer and men’s track & field sweeping their respective weekly awards. In total, WWU won eight of 12 possible GNAC weekly awards for competition held April 26-May 2. 

Hampton Inn Opening near Bellingham Airport on May 7

If you can successfully build and open a hotel during a pandemic, all future challenges tend to look doable. That’s the viewpoint of management for the Hampton Inn by Hilton Bellingham Airport, a 98-room property that is opening Friday, May 7 at 1055 W. Bakerview Road, behind the Bakerview Starbucks cafe in Bellingham.

Old Dominion to Headline Northwest Washington Fair

Three-time ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year OLD DOMINION, presented by Manna Insurance Group, will take the stage as part of the Bank of the Pacific Grandstand Entertainment Series Friday, August 20, 2021. The Grammy-nominated group rounds out the Northwest Washington Fair’s 2021 concert announcements, delivering hits “One Man Band,” “Written in the Sand,” and “Snapback.” With eight Number 1 singles at country radio, over one billion on-demand streams, and several Platinum and Gold single certifications, the band promise to deliver a world-class performance.

Live Outdoor Music Series Kick-Off
Friday May 7 at Thousand Acre Cider House

Thousand Acre Cider House in downtown Bellingham will host local bands performing live music every weekend through Summer ’21 beginning Friday, May 7th. Lefty and the Right Hand Band, a Bellingham-based Rock & Blues band, perform this Friday. The venue created a covered patio for customer seating and a stage area for bands to safely distance from each other during performances to follow the Governor’s Phase 3 restrictions during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Important: Maximize Your Membership!

1. Keep us stoked! Oh, I meant stocked:

Our Visitor's Center at 904 Potter St. is open Thursday - Saturday 10a.m. - 3 p.m. currently—we welcome your flyers. The Cruise Terminal and Airport kiosks are also currently in use. Ask for info (or come say hi to Cheryl)!

2. Give us the scoop so we can dish:

Solidifying your events? Don't forget to utilize the Visit Bellingham Whatcom County Event Calendar! It only takes a few minutes and is a great place for any and every activity; We even make it easy to add reoccurring events. 

Once you submit to the calendar, we use these events for our newsletters, blogs, and other marketing. Check out our blog page too, to help us stay current. 

Please write to with your updates including hours, COVID-19 policies, and curbside versus in-person options so we can support you and stay current. 

3. Tag we're it!

Please let us help you share your social media campaigns by using #BellinghamExperience & tagging @BellinghamExperience when you post.

You can also follow Bellingham Experience on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for our content to share, too! Questions?

Visit Bellingham Whatcom County Photo Contest

We are kicking off the spring Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Photo Contest! Visitors (and locals) can now submit their photos to win big. Win local prizes like a Camber gift card or a sweet treat from Edaleen Dairy. Check out our site for more! 

See a shot you want to share? Here’s some text to help you reshare your favorites: “We love seeing shots from locals and travelers exploring Whatcom County. Check out Bellingham Experience's latest photo contest album and vote for your favorite! The top three photos with the most likes / shares / comments will win a gift card to Camber Coffee or Edaleen Dairy📸"

Attend Awesome Things!

May 6 - June 13, 2021    

Seeds of Culture

Noon - 5pm
Lightcatcher Building
Hosted by Whatcom Museum

May 7, 2021 

21st Annual Children's Art Walk

Downtown Bellingham
Hosted by Allied Arts

May 7 - May 29 2021  

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (May 7)
Jurassic Park (May 8)
The Blues Brothers (May 14)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (May 15)
Men in Black (May 28)
Jaws (May 29)

Times Vary
Hosted by Mount Baker Theatre

May 7 - December 18, 2021 

The Bellingham Farmers Market

10am - 2pm, Saturdays
Depot Market Square
Hosted by Bellingham Farmers Market

May 7 - October 30, 2021    

Blaine's Market by the Sea

10am - 3pm, Saturdays
G Street Plaza, Downtown Blaine
Hosted by Blaine Chamber

May 7- May 16, 2021 

Drive Thru Zoo

Northwest Washington Fair Grounds
Hosted by NWWAFair

May 8, 2021    

Cross Country Scramble

Loomis Trail Golf Course
Hosted by Loomis Trail

May 11- May 22, 2021    

Origins and Evolutions exhibition at Gallery Syre

11am-4pm, Tues, Wed & Thurs
Hosted by Gallery Syre

May 11 - May 25, 2021    

Beer with the Brewers!

Noon-9pm, Tues 
Hosted by Stones Throw Brewery

May 11 - August 4, 2021    

Intro to PNW Native Flora & Sustainable Foraging

10am-Noon & 6pm-8pm | Tues & Wed
Larrabee State Park
Hosted by Earth Elements

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