Best of the Northwest 2022

It’s that time of year again! After 31 days of voting, 122 local business categories and over Seventy Four Thousand submissions, we are proud to announce your 2022 Best Of The Northwest reader’s choice…

Holiday Cheer Grows on Giving Trees

If you’re looking to start the holiday season in the spirit of giving, get excited for the return of the Giving Trees, a form of gift drive that appears all over our community near the end of every year.  At Village Books and Paper Dreams, the Giving Trees program gets books…

“The Twins and Kitty Pumpkin”: Local Creatives Publish Children’s Books on Human Rights

Q&A with Author Laurie Noelle and Illustrator Sharon Beth

Cozy Winter Restaurants: A Regional Round-Up

When it comes to staving off the PNW winter blues, good food is a great antidote– especially when it’s enjoyed somewhere warm, welcoming, and intimate. Imagine it now: The weather outside is frightful, but you’re…

Wearable Works of Art by Women

Bellingham is full of femme creatives, and many of these artists make wearable works of art that can be shown off every day rather than just hung up in your home.  Marion Bouquet is one of these women who runs her business, Golden Fern Adornments, making and painting wooden earrings inspired by all things wild. They often feature creatures like serpents and moths, plants and fungi, or even scenery like Mount Baker and the night sky above. No…

Orcas Island by the Hour

As the biggest island in the San Juan archipelago, Orcas Island has no shortage of activities to keep you occupied. This 57.3-square-mile oasis offers everything from outdoor recreation to shopping, spas, and delicious farm-to-table food. Best of all, Orcas Island is easily accessible via ferry from Anacortes– so if you haven’t explored the San Juans yet, why wait any longer? 

An Airbnb Escape in Glacier

For years, the Gulit family dreamed of owning a cabin in nearby Glacier – A retreat for short weekend getaways close to home and close to nature. After touring many cabins and even putting in a few offers, they knew they had found THE ONE with this sweet little 840-square-foot saltbox house built in 1978.  

15 Winning Appetizers for Game Day

From updated classics to gluten-free goodies, all of these Super bowl snacks are a touchdown!

Let There Be Light

Purchasing a home in Bellingham or the surrounding counties has been tricky this past year. With inventory low, prices high, and selling time fast, you’ve got to be quick on your feet, make snap decisions, and have a vision!  This home was charming…with the exception of the kitchen, but my clients were able to see past it. The sellers had chosen to leave it in its ‘70s era knowing the new owners would want to put their own stamp on…

The Mixing Tin: Jade Maiden

If you need an antidote to the winter blues, the Jade Maiden is just what the doctor ordered.

Yes In A Dress

Q&A with Ashley Fullenwider, owner of local activewear brand Nuu-Muu

A Haven for Music In Downtown Bellingham

Music lovers of all stripes are sure to feel at home at Black Noise Records. This new addition to downtown Bellingham buys, sells, and trades vinyl– but you don’t have to be a seasoned collector to appreciate what they have to offer.   “If you’re trying to get into record collecting, our store is great because there’s something for everybody,”…

Connect Family Chiropractic

Andrew Murry remembers how normal it was to get adjustments at Christmas and Thanksgiving. By 16, he knew he wanted to be a chiropractor–the eighth chiropractor in his family.  Over a decade ago at Sehome…

Remodel on Deception Pass

Tac Tile Company was started in 2015 as a way to make a mark on my community through art and tile. I create unique handmade tiles that are intended to inspire and reflect the beauty of nature that surrounds us. With each custom project, I meld the client’s ideas with my own personal style, thus creating something original that can be enjoyed for ages.   When I was contacted to envision a fireplace…

A Decade of Festivities at Hotel Bellwether

As Christmas draws closer, Hotel Bellwether is busy preparing its 10th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Event.

Wines to Make Your Holiday Season Even More Memorable

The holiday season means it’s time for special gatherings with family and friends, so why not celebrate with an extra-special bottle (or two) of wine? Variety is the key, and Washington and Oregon wineries have you covered with an incredible range of reds, whites, rosés, and sparkling wines that are perfect for the holidays.

Holiday Inspiration For Your Home

What’s the first thing that jumps to mind when you think of holiday decor? For many of us, the visuals are similar: A red and green color palette, string lights (either multicolored or white), stockings, and of course the classic tree. Though timeless, this formula doesn’t leave much room for personal…

Fighting To Be Found

Missing and murdered Indigenous Women Washington (MMIWW) is a charitable nonprofit that aims to create change and healing for victims, their families, and their communities. They work with government agencies, schools, and law enforcement to ensure that these organizations have the resources to educate and prevent crimes against Indigenous people. They also work to provide support services and resources to help victims and families heal.

Food and Wine from the Land and Sea

Located at the crossroads of Chuckanut Drive and Bow Hill Road stands Cob + Cork, a quaint, small-town restaurant “inspired by the harvest of local soil and water.” After opening its doors in August of this year, Cob + Cork has quickly become a community gem thanks to the work of owners Lisa and Terry Thomson.

Holiday Decorating Hotspots

It’s time to dust off your holiday boxes and pull out all the stops to make this season your best. Every year we take inventory of what we have, check those lights, and dream of new and inventive ways to freshen up the holiday decor.

The Gift of Good Spirits

Infused spirits are the best kind of holiday gift: Simple, homemade, and delicious. You can whip them up in batches for everyone on your Christmas list, but we wouldn’t blame you if you kept a jar (or two) as a present to yourself as well. Best of all, they couldn’t be easier to put together. All you need are Mason jars, ingredients of choice, and a little bit of patience.

Bringing the Farmers Market to Your Doorstep

With our lives becoming busier every day, the relentless question of “what’s for dinner” is, for many of us, a headache. If you’re like me, that question is answered by a trip to the grocery store in search of something quick and easy. But quick and easy…

Fall-to-Winter Fashion

As we begin the transition from autumn to winter, the days might be dreary, but your wardrobe doesn’t have to be! With the help of local boutiques, we’ve picked out some pieces that will help you step into the new season with style.

Holiday Cocktails

When I think of holiday punches, there is a lot to choose from. Traditional Moscow mules are simple and fun, while fruit-based rum and gin punches are also popular. Other options for Thanksgiving and the holiday season include hot ciders (rum, cinnamon schnapps, cider with your choice of spices) as well as mulled wines. One recipe I enjoy for New…

Your Winter Wonderland Bucket List

If your Winter agenda could use some inspiration, you’re in luck—there’s plenty of festive fun to be had in Bellingham and beyond. As the holidays draw closer, here’s a peek at our 2021 to-do list.

A Holiday Haven

The holiday season brings a lot of joy, from cuddly sweaters to festive decorations and one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones. Luckily you can find all of this merriment in one place: The Red Barn Holiday Market.

Baking Your Dreams Come True

If you have ever visited downtown Anacortes, you may have sampled one of the 50+ delicious varieties of Fidalgo Fudge Co. From creamy classics like the choco-late walnut to unique creations such as the dark chocolate ginger or habanero, there’s something for every sweet tooth.

Get Organized, Stress-Free

This holiday season, you can treat yourself to the gift of organization. Whether you have a particularly cluttered room or are looking for a new house-wide system, The Orderly Space is here to help.

The Perfect Martini Bar

He was a real estate agent and she was an accountant. Neither had any intentions to buy a martini bar, but a decade ago, Becky and JD Merris did exactly that.  

A Whimsical Addition to the Arts District

Beloved illustrator Phoebe Wahl has opened a new brick-and-mortar retail shop in the heart of the Bellingham Arts District. Now residing within Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress, the gift shop is home to her collections of prints, home decor, and her own illustrated children’s books.

Dawn Posey Announced as New Concertmaster

The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra’s new concertmaster is Dawn Posey, a violinist who comes from a family of musicians. Posey, who attended her first live concert when she was 10 days old, chose the violin as a child because she thought it looked easy to play. Hindsight, of course, is 20/20.   Throughout her childhood, Posey learned under a teacher who used the Suzuki Method. At 13,…

A One-Stop Vegan Shop

If you’re a vegan or an avid food truck lover in Bellingham, you’re bound to have sampled food from Sage Against the Machine. This beloved food truck features diverse menu items, all of which are two important things: Vegan and delicious. 

Bellingham’s Judged Wine Competition Gives Northwest Wineries Reason To Celebrate

The 2021 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival Judged Competition was one for the record books. It featured a record number of entries, participating wineries, and Gold and Double Gold medalists. It was also capped with a pleasant surprise: the Best in Show award for the top point-receiving wine ended in a tie.  The sixth annual…

Green Build in Historic York District

Bellingham’s downtown neighborhoods might not be the first place you’d look for a new high-performance home. However, this rebuild snuggles right into the existing historic neighborhood perfectly, providing its residents with the comfort of modern style while maintaining easy access to the vibrant downtown scene. 

Handwoven Rugs Made in Bellingham

At Auda Sinda, an artisan design studio in the Pacific Northwest, you can purchase a custom handwoven rug that is both unique and gorgeous. Owner Amy Tyson started her business in 2014 with hopes to create bespoke rugs crafted locally in the United States. 

Recycling Made Easy

Lightbulbs, batteries, plastic foam: All items that are recyclable, but not without a little effort. Given the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to make the time to take these items where they need to go to be given a new life. 

Pumpkin Carving Ideas to Inspire You This Halloween

October is here, which means Halloween is just around the corner– and perhaps it’s time for a trip to the pumpkin patch. No matter your age or skill level, carving pumpkins is a time-honored way to celebrate the spookiest season of the year.  

One Room Challenge: Outdated to Oasis

The spring 2021 “One Room Challenge” is a supportive and enthusiastic event held twice a year, with Better Homes & Gardens as the official media partner. It is not a competition; rather, it’s a celebration of creative and inspiring ideas.  

Style Q&A with Suzanne Smith of Betty Be Good Boutique

Lastly, shoppers can always expect affordable and adorable fashion, footwear, and accessories with everything in our collection still under $60.

Savor the San Juans Returns for Its 14th Year

It could be argued that the best way to experience a region is through its food, and there’s no shortage of local bounty in the San Juan Islands. You’re invited to indulge your senses at the 14th annual Savor the San Juans event, back in full force after going virtual in 2020.  

A Delicious Dream Seven Years in the Making

Sweet As Waffles officially opened to the public at Stemma Brewing Company in June of 2021. For the owners, Nate Brown and Graham Berkwitt, the grand opening was the culmination of a vision several years in the making. 

A Partnership With Nature

From soaps and lotions to aromatherapy and makeup, Karmela Botanica offers a little bit of everything. In fact, when it comes to skin care products, owner Karma Maclachlan says it’s easier to ask what they don’t make.  “We sell everything in our wheelhouse from luxury organic palm-free soaps…

Pumped Bellingham Makes It Easy to Shop Sustainably

Leah Foster knows firsthand that cutting down on waste can be a daunting task. Working in the airline industry made her mindful of our society’s reliance on disposables, and after becoming a mother, she noticed that her own family was going through more of everything. Household necessities such as shampoo, dish soap, and baby products are traditionally sold in plastic. However, finding sustainable alternatives proved challenging.  

Italian, and Mexican, and Chinese, Oh My!

Having worked in the restaurant industry for years, Diego noticed that the three most popular types of cuisine were Italian, Chinese, and Mexican. All the dishes on Infusion Cuisine’s menu fit into one of these categories. 

Madrona Wear

Madrona Wear is a sustainable clothing company born from a passion for sewing and a love for the natural world. It was founded in August of last year by Ruby Spring and Weston Persons, and the couple makes all of their clothing to order using upcycled and recycled materials. 

Mixing Tin: Butterbeer

Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, this rich and boozy take on Hogsmeade’s brew of choice is a must-try for Halloween.

Leading the Return to Normalcy

But challenges often arise– especially for Randhawa, who is in a unique position to make key decisions. The COVID-19 pandemic completely changed the university’s operation, meaning that the past year has required innovation.

Maui Mule

The Maui Mule is a fun, tropical version of the Moscow Mule with a bright and slightly spicy taste thanks to our Ginger and Hawaiian Chili Shrub. The shrub’s flavor is enhanced by adding sparkling water and fresh lime juice, and the raw apple cider vinegar and ginger offer additional health benefits. 

A Creative Spark From Tiny Art

Picture an art gallery. What do you see? Perhaps a large building with pieces carefully and thoughtfully lined up on the walls, each work of art unique. Now picture that same gallery, but one thousand times smaller. 

Saving Rain for a Rainy Day

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are no strangers to rain. Whether or not you’re a fan of the frequent showers, have you ever stopped to think about where that rain ends up? 

Meet the Mushrooms: Fungus 101 with Evan Holmstrom

Have you ever wanted to learn more about mushrooms, or maybe you’d like to be more aware of the nature that surrounds you? Now is your chance to do just that. The North Cascades Institute (NCI) is putting on a workshop titled “Meet the Mushrooms” that allows participants to interact with and learn more about fungi.  

When in Downtown Bellingham, Do as the Italians Do

When considering how best to use an empty space in the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building, restaurateur Jonathan Cicotti took inspiration from the bars he visits with his family in Cento, Italy.

Q&A with author Erica Bauermeister

Read & Share aims to spread the love of reading while connecting the community through ideas, information, and a nonfiction book by a regional author. This year’s book is “House Lessons: Renovating a Life,” by four-time bestselling author Erica Bauermeister.

Summer Cabin on Lake Cavanaugh

“Do no harm” applies to not only physicians, but also to working on projects that evoke such strong memories of working with HKP Architects founder, Henry Klein.  In 1993, a client commissioned HKP Architects (then the Henry Klein Partnership) to design a two-bedroom summer cabin on the shore of Lake Cavanaugh. The site was a ¾ acre peninsula bisected by a stream that overflowed its…

Creative Rebellion on Commercial Street

Artist collective formed in 2020 provides space and community for all

From Brazil to Bellingham

How Aline Prata became the Executive Director of the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center

How Garden Path Fermentation’s Unique Process Exceeds Expectations

Created and operated by Amber Watts and Ron Extract, Garden Path Fermentation (GPF) is located in Burlington near the Skagit Regional Airport.

Fall Fashion Q&A: Bellingham Alive Office Edition

It’s officially Fall! Here’s a look at what our staff here at Bellingham Alive loves about Fall Fashion.

Garlic Shrimp with Paprika and Lemon

Inspired by the popular Spanish tapa called Gambas al Ajillo, this recipe is a breeze to put together and perfect to pair with cocktails.

Imbibing Italian-Style at Bar Cicotti

Visitors can now top off their visit to the Whatcom Museum with an Italian-style beverage at Bar Cicotti.

The Mixing Tin: The Black Mirror

The Black Mirror is a combination of spicy and sweet, an uncommon flavor profile for cocktails, and schezuan ghost pepper simple syrup makes the drink really stand out.

From Hives to Honey With Marie’s Bees

What started as a simple hobby soon blossomed into a full-on business for Marisa Papetti, owner and creator of Marie’s Bees.

Black Fern 

There’s a new coffee shop/wine bar in town. Black Fern is located in the Granary Building, in easy reach of downtown, Waypoint Park, and the new Wednesday Bellingham Farmers Market. 

Are you my Human? Dog Rescue & Lounge

When Devin Parks started Are You My Human? Dog Rescue & Lounge in May of 2021, he expected to have an impact on the lives of rescue dogs. What he didn’t anticipate was the effect his business would have on the lives of his customers.  

SERVING WINES AT YOUR NEXT BARBEQUE IS AS SIMPLE AS RED, WHITE, AND ROSÉ

Find your perfect wine pairing for an end of summer BBQ

Snowater Resort

Want an affordable mountain vacation home? Share it.

Hannah Stone: Connecting Council and Family

For Bellingham City Council President Hannah Stone, finding common ground between herself and others, and recognizing the interconnectedness of work and family are key to seeking peace, togetherness, and growth. 

Get Inspired with Jojotastic

If you’re looking for some home decorating inspiration, local designer and digital influencer Joanna Hawley-McBride is here to help.

The Mixing Tin: Concrete Jungle

Locus   Concrete Jungle   Ingredients: Stout, Irish cream, cold brew, heavy cream   $11  In honor of National Coffee Month — I know, there’s a month for everything, but everyone loves coffee so why not embrace it? — we’re highlighting this creamy coffee concoction from Locus in downtown Bellingham. Locus is known for their…

Julian & Company

There’s a new team on the Bellingham real estate block, and they’re taking the industry by storm. At the helm is Julian Friedman, a lifelong Bellingham resident whose mission is to help homeowners market and sell their homes for the most amount of money in the least amount of time.  “I have a personal relationship with almost everywhere [in Bellingham]. There are few parks I haven’t spent time in,…

Intermittent Fasting: A Formula for Health

Fasting, or intentionally abstaining from food and drink, is often practiced as part of religious rituals, and Benton is performing his own yearly ritual the week before his birthday.  

BONW 2021 VOTING OPEN

Vote now in our annual Best of the Northwest Competition! Voting open through July 31.   Click here.  

Easy Steps to Skin Success

Our largest organ often gets overlooked and taken for granted, but you can start making small changes to your daily routine to see and feel big differences in the health and appearance of your skin.

New Wednesday Bellingham Farmers Market at Historic Waterfront

The Bellingham Farmers Market (BFM) is kicking off the summer with a brand-new market located in the historic waterfront district.

Spice Things Up with Mr. Frank’s Kitchen

Love, legacy, and integrity. These three ingredients may not show up on the nutrition label on Mr. Frank’s Kitchen spices, but they are at the heart of each and every product.  For Lisa…

Bellingham Resident Named WA’s New Poet Laureate

Bellingham resident Rena Priest was recently named the 6th Poet Laureate of Washington State.

Planning and Designing a Productive Vegetable Garden

Whether planning your first, second or tenth vegetable garden, it can be overwhelming. There are so many tasty vegetables and never enough space and time to grow them all. 

Belly Dancing in Bellingham

Rachel Carter took her first belly dancing class while attending Washington State University in Pullman. She loved it so much she continued taking classes when she moved to Bellingham, and hasn’t stopped dancing since.   “I attended all the free…

Q&A with Health & Wellness Expert Sonia Jhas

A leading voice in Canada’s health and wellness scene, Sonia Jhas offers practical, positive, and down-to-earth advice meant to help people live their best life. I asked her a few questions about how to reset health goals after an unusually stressful year.  -Becky Mandelbaum  Many of us have picked up…

At Wit Cellars, “We’re In It Together” Carries a Special Meaning

Wit Cellars’ award-winning wines are flavorful, thoughtfully crafted, and deserve to be on your ‘must-try’ list.

Bellingham Coding + Robotics Club Opens Its Doors

Looking for a safe, educational, and fun activity to get your young ones out and about during the pandemic? Look no further than Bellingham Coding + Robotics Club (BCRC).

Grilled Cheese, Skagit Valley Style

The herbed vache and the brined sweetness of the pickled blueberries come together in a grilled cheese that is light, fresh, and delicious.

A Beginner’s Guide to Going Green at Home

Make your home more sustainable with tips on waste and energy reduction.

The Mixing Tin : Portofino

According to Storia Cucina’s beverage director, Matthew Boudousquie, this drink is like if a gin and tonic got a PhD.

Birch Bay Drive Construction Nears Completion

Residents of Birch Bay can soon look forward to a construction-free drive along Birch Bay Drive. The shoreline that runs parallel to the road has been under construction for the past two years as part of an ongoing project by Whatcom County, but the project should be completed this April, barring any major storms.  According to the project website, the purpose of the project…

The Rustic Fork

The Rustic Fork is an ideal location for comfortable outdoor dining, with a back patio that seats up to 38 people.

The Best Dahlias for a Backyard Cutting Garden

With just a few dahlias, you can enjoy picking your own fresh-cut flowers every day from July through September. 

The Importance of Iodine…and Why You Might Be Deficient

Iodine is an essential trace mineral needed for optimal thyroid function

Clyde. W Ford

A Bellingham local, Ford has been writing books and managing his own software company for the past 30 years.

Charred Salmon with Lemon Herb Israeli Couscous and Fava Beans

This healthy, flavor-packed meal features charred wild salmon served over Israeli couscous with fava beans and sweet corn, all tossed with a bright lemon vinaigrette.

The Mixing Tin: Lavender Fields Forever

Galloway’s Cocktail Bar  Lavender Fields Forever   Ingredients Empress gin Giffard creme de mure house-made lavender syrup organic lemon egg white butterfly pea blossom garnish $13  With spring on the horizon, Galloway’s cocktail menu offers a fresh array of seasonal delights. The warm, floral notes of this gin cocktail are perfect for a late winter night or early spring evening….

Buck Bay Shellfish Farm

Since the early 1940s, Buck Bay Shellfish Farm has been the go-to spot for shellfish on Orcas Island.

Interfaith Coalition: Helping the Community for 40 years

Interfaith, funded almost entirely by local donations, brings together people in need with people who have abundant resources.

7 Spice Café

Mediterranean cafe delivers big flavor at affordable prices

Five Generations of Art in Gallery Syre’s Origins and Evolutions Exhibition

Near Whatcom Community College, the airy 10,000-square-foot gallery presents a new multi-generational exhibition, Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations, set to run through May 22 or later. 

Picture Perfect

A New Studio Offers Opportunities for Bellingham Creatives

Waypoint Park

The 1.5-acre park is home to attractions for the whole family.

Q&A with Gardening Expert Ciscoe Morris

Check out this Q&A for tips on how to make your spring garden flourish.

Tiny Desks, Huge Impact

As 11,907 K-12 students in Bellingham grind away at their studies this school year, some have a harder time than others when it comes to finding a comfortable workplace at home. Shawn Serdahl of A1DesignBuild in Bellingham recognized this issue for his own…

The Mixing Tin: The Bishop

Storia Cucina   Bishop   Ingredients:  mastika mezcal creme de cassis green chartreuse $11  This drink may look fruity, but don’t let the rosy color fool you. The mezcal creates a smoke-forward elixir layered with complex flavors. One such flavor is the mastika, which gets its name from mastic, a piney resin that imbues the liquor…

Undammed

Restoration Project on Nooksack Merges Indigenous and Western Knowledge

Milano’s Comes to Fairhaven

The beloved Italian restaurant now has a new location in downtown Fairhaven, just a few doors down from Village Books, making it Bellingham’s newest destination for fine Italian dining and seafood.

The Year of Unusual

Bellingham Family Partnership Program Helps Kids Learn from Home

20 Local Gifts Under $20

Whether you’re shopping for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day or just want to spread some love to family and friends, these gifts are sure to satisfy without hurting your wallet. Plus, they’re all from retailers in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Counties, so you can keep the love local.

Tony’s Coffee wins 2021 Macro Roaster of the Year

Bellingham’s own Tony’s Coffee has been awarded Macro Roaster of the Year for 2021 by Roast coffee magazine in their November/December issue.  

Massaged Kale Salad with Roasted Maple Almonds

This massaged kale salad is a great way to get in your daily serving of cruciferous greens without the usual digestive side effects.

New Climbing Gym Set to Arrive in 2022

Chalkboard climbing gym plans to open doors in 2022, joining Vital as a space where climbers can train, socialize, and practice their sport. 

The Reach of Red Mountain Extends Well Beyond Its Vineyards

Tucked away on a hillside about 15 miles west of the Tri-Cities, the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) is one of Washington’s most prominent wine grape growing regions. 

Eastern Washington Hideout

Tucked away among a grove of ponderosa pines in Okanogan County, this dreamy treetop hideaway marries imagination and design.

Brews on the Beach

If you’re looking to enjoy a cold one on the beach, head to Blaine’s newest beachfront brewpub, Beach Cat Brewing.

The Mixing Tin: Hot Buttered Rum

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate the season with a warm winter cocktail.

Designing a Dream

Washington Interior Designer, Tanna Edler, receives National Kitchen Designer of the Year Award

Art & Happiness

Bellingham’s newest art store, Art & Happiness, has everything you need to keep the creative juices flowing.  

Answer Creek

La Conner writer pens new novel about the Donner Party

Saving Your Smile During COVID-19

Suffering from a case of “mask mouth?” The stress of 2020 may have taken a toll on your oral hygiene, here’s a guide on how to save your smile during COVID-19.

How to Be a Good Caregiver

New to caregiving? Here are some tips from Bellingham counselor and author Miriam Drake.

Welcome BECU to the Neighborhood

On September 16, Whatcom County celebrated the opening of its first BECU Neighborhood Financial Center (NFC).

Don’t Put a Cork In It

Wine preservers keep your wine fresher, longer; decanters aerate it for better taste

Mixing Tin

This issue’s Mixing Tin is the Bosco Fresco from Storia Cucina. With hints of rosemary, honey, and cranberry, this cocktail is like Thanksgiving in a glass! Keep the holidays with you all year long with this drink.

First Hill Condo Remodel

This project was all about layering neutrals in a soft, subtle, and sculptural way.

HOLIDAYS A-Z

Celebrate the holidays in 26 different ways!

Artivem Mead Co.

Artivem Mead Co., located in the Granary Building on Bellingham’s waterfront, is the newest addition to the North Sound’s beverage scene.

Fun is One Squeak Away

Pip Squeak’s online store offers sensory, organic, gender-neutral children’s clothing

Twin Sisters Creamery Named Number One Cheese Shop in Washington

Ferndale’s own Twin Sisters Creamery has been named the best cheese shop in Washington by Taste of Home magazine.

Carnal

New York chefs bring big flavor to downtown Bellingham

The Future of Eco-Homes

This home makes all its own power from solar panels on the south-facing roof, setting a new cost-effective standard for Pacific Northwest housing.  The owners…

Pamper Your Pet at Pet Place Market Anacortes

Where would we be without our pets during quarantine? Now is the perfect time to give back and pamper your furry friends with nutritious meals, durable toys, and a trip to the spa at Pet Place Market Anacortes.  

Makeup Q & A with Kenna Balvanz

Looking to switch up your beauty routine, with these makeup tips from Kenna Balvanz.

Giving the Gift of Sustainable Energy

Western Solar and Puget Sound Energy Team up to Support Low-Income Organizations

Chocolate Hazelnut Oat Porridge with Fall Fruit

This oatmeal recipe combines cacao powder, cacao nibs, and hazelnuts with delicious fall fruit.

Farmhouse with a Modern Twist

This Featured Home from Highline Construction is a modern day farmhouse with practical and functional designs.

Feel Adored

Adored Boutique opens its doors in downtown Fairhaven

Locus Brings Unique Drinks, Urban Vibe to Downtown Bellingham

Find classic and curious offerings of coffee, wine, beer, and food at Bellingham’s Locus.

Bellingham Alive Goes International

Whatcom Community College is bringing Bellingham Alive across the globe.

Falling For White Pumpkins

Want an elegant twist on fall decor? Try using white pumpkins to bring autumn into your home.

Get Cozy with Pac Nor Westy

Pac Nor Westy, an apparel and home goods store in downtown La Conner, is holding strong despite the setbacks of COVID-19. The store has an appealing, user-friendly online store, making it easy to shop from home as well as in person.  Owner Richard Murphy works in IT consulting by day, but uses Pac Nor Westy as a way to express his creative interests. He designs all the store’s T-shirts and…

Fall Farm Fun

Make the most of your autumn, with fun social-distancing activities at these local farms.

Tips & Tricks for Perfect Homemade Pretzels

Homemade pretzels entered my life when my in-laws gifted me a class at the King Arthur Baking School, at the Bread Lab in Skagit Valley. When it was time to decide which exact class, the choice to enroll in the pretzel making course was a no–brainer. The hands–on experience was fun and informative, but best of all it made me realize that making pretzels at home was not only…

DIY Shoe Rack

How to turn an old closet door into a shoe shelf

Need a safe day trip? Check out the Farm Stand Loop.

Sustainable Connections is inviting the community to explore farm fresh flavors and experiences with the Local Farm Stand Loop. 

Seize the Clay

Bellingham potter Linda Stone captures the PNW in her creations

Bellingham Axe

Bury the hatchet with Bellingham Axe, Bellingham’s newest axe-throwing venue.

Storia Cucina

Bellingham’s newest Italian restaurant weaves European, Lopez Island, and Bay Area connections

Building With Precision: Yeshe Long Temple

A new Buddhist temple lies nestled among the trees at the south end of Whidbey Island, at a dharma center called Yeshe Long.

Birch Point Beach House

This month’s Featured Home is a high-performance beach home with views of Boundary Bay, the BC Coastal Range, and beyond.

7 Days of Social Distancing

Fill up your week with fall fun! We’ve compiled a guide for seven days of social-distancing friendly activities for you and your whole family to enjoy.

The Mixing Tin: Katie’s Killer Mimosa

Skylark’s Hidden Cafe  Katie’s Killer Mimosa  Ingredients:  Fresh muddled orange orange vodka peach schnapps pineapple juice orange juice champagne   $9  This delightful cocktail, named after a former employee, is the perfect addition to a Sunday brunch. While it may just taste like…

Studio Getaway on Camano Island

Tucked away on the east side of Camano Island, you’ll find this stunning 1,100 square foot studio from Designs Northwest Architects. 

Capturing the Beauty of Bellingham’s Great Blue Herons

Local photographer Lou Nicksic captures the beauty of the great blue heron.

Q&A with Robin Haglund, founder and president of Garden Mentors®

Quarantine has given many of us a lot of downtime (perhaps too much). If you chose to take up gardening, here’s a Q&A on how to yield the best results from your plants this summer.

How to Shop Vintage

Fashion Q&A with Sarah Dunbar, vintage buyer and owner of Pretty Penny

Cascadia Jewelry

Cascadia Jewelry offers high-quality jewelry at accessible price points.

A Day in the Life of a Farmstead Cheesemaker

Think there’s nothing betta than feta? Nothing more good than gouda? If you’ve ever wondered about the people behind the cheese, here’s a look at the day-in-the-life of a Farmstead Cheesemaker.

Quality Furniture in Anacortes

Tracys Furniture brings quality craftsmanship and customer service to the homeowners of Anacortes.

An Indoor Hub for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Backcountry Essentials sells gear and clothing from the best outdoor outfitters around.

Blueberry Cantaloupe Panzanella

Put your stale bread to good use with this sweet and savory Italian bread salad recipe.

BONW 2019 Feature: Winner’s Announced!

The results are in. You—readers from Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties—cast more than a total half-million votes in 126…

Say Aloha to a New Urban Village

The Bellingham Housing Authority continues to develop the former site of the Aloha Motel

The Mixing Tin: Aviation

This edition’s Mixing Tin is the Aviation from L&L Libations, an elegant classic cocktail with a floral twist.

Bow Wow & Woofs Launches Pet Pantry for Pets in Need

Bow Wow & Woofs offers a pet pantry for owners struggling to feed their pets during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A Conservation Conversation

If you’ve ever hiked, biked, or otherwise enjoyed Whatcom County’s scenic splendor, it’s likely the Whatcom Land Trust (WLT) had a hand in protecting it. Or more likely, thousands of hands. 

Valley Made Market Goes Virtual

Valley Made Market’s digital platform allows you to continue supporting local, with the same handmade products you know and love.

Leather Bags Built to Last 

Bellingham native Julie Simon creates leather accessories, capturing the DIY spirit and beauty of the Pacific Northwest all in one.

Cabin in the Woods

This issue’s Featured Home is a modern cabin in the woods, with an interior that matches the beauty of the surrounding woods.

Your Health in the Time of COVID-19

Improve your metabolic health during quarantine with this Cajun shrimp recipe and list of helpful tips.

Spring Hair

Beauty salons may be closed, but you can still take care of your hair and get a fresh spring look. Check out this Q&A with Guerrero Hair Salon’s owner and stylist Nick St. Mary.

Build Your Own Greenhouse from Recycled Solar Glass

Looking for your next sustainable DIY project? Try this greenhouse made out of solar glass.

Why I have a love-hate relationship with HGTV

In an era of ease, the network HGTV is reminding generations of homeowners that housework is possible. Renovation shows are inspiring countless trends and reminding us that, “the first step in bringing an idea to life is putting pen to paper.” We love these messages! But as much as we love HGTV… we also sort of hate it. Hear us out: What is their…

Who Knew? 4/20 Edition

Weed lovers: It’s your special day! If you’re celebrating 4/20 today, have you ever wonder how this number got a “higher” meaning?

The Mixing Tin: L’italienne

April’s Mixing Tin is the L’italienne from Gainsbarre, a classy wine-and-champagne-based cocktail that’s both simple and sophisticated.

Preserving Blue-Throated Macaws is the Goal at Dynasty Cellars

What do malbec, merlot, and macaws have in common? They’re all likely to come up in a conversation with Peter and Olga Osvaldik, husband-and-wife owners/winemakers at Bellingham’s Dynasty Cellars. 

Travel Packing 101

Going on vacation and need to pack light? Check out this Travel Fashion Q&A with Seattle-based blogger Autumn Sorelle.

Intergenerational Roots

Through poetry, Wong is dissecting her own fears in comparison to her family history.  

Honey Salon Brings Beauty to the Granary Building

Late afternoon sunlight streams through the windows of the Granary Building in Bellingham, illuminating Honey Salon’s new location. People in various stages of haircuts and blowouts laugh, lounge, and sip on complimentary tea and coffee. Honey Salon occupies the fourth and…

The Goat’s Coat: Slow Fashion for a Fast World

The Goat’s Coat aims to keep clothes out of landfills in a creative way, bringing style and sustainability together.

Redhead Makeup Myths

 Be brave and give yourself permission to experiment. In the end, the only person in charge of telling you what–and what not–to do is yourself.

Galloway’s Emerges Victorious at Bellingham Cocktail Week

Allison Sutherland from Galloway’s Cocktail Bar dominates during Bellingham’s Cocktail Week.

Building a Legacy in Skagit Valley

Have you ever been to the Heritage Flight Museum? Learn more about the history behind it, and what’s on the horizon.

Local Focused

Chef Christy & Shannon Fox use local ingredients, art to make Evolve Chocolate + Cafe truly unique.

At 76, Still Learning the Art of Photography

Meet Tommy Gibson, a 76-year-old photographer from Whatcom County. Hear his story and inspirations in this Q&A.

Terramar Brewing Takes Locally Sourced to a Tasty New Level

Terramar Brewing, which opened in Edison this past summer, is the area’s newest brewery, pizzeria, and soon-to-be distillery.

Meet the Unflappable Custodian Who Battles Glitter, Squeaky Seats, and the Ravages of Time

Meet Glenn Curtright, the head custodian at Mount Baker Theatre. Here’s some of his favorite stories from behind the curtain.

Despite Closings, Area Schools Deliver Lunches

With the continuing spread of COVID-19, we’re living in uncertain times. Restaurants and bars are closed, people are working from home, and notably, schools are closed. Not only does this mean K-12 students in Whatcom County are missing out on classes, but it also means many are missing out on meals. Of the 29.8 million students who receive school lunches each day in the U.S., more than 67 percent, or 20.2 million students, receive lunch for free.

Here’s what local schools are doing to make sure no students go hungry:

Designing a Beautiful Garden for Pollinators

You don’t need a prairie or large lot to attract and support pollinators. A meadow or informal, formal and even container gardens can bring in bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to help pollinate plants. It’s just a matter of selecting the right plants, adjusting your maintenance practices, and skipping the pesticides. 

Singing in Surgery

This month’s Wonder Woman is Kira Iaconetti, a 20-year-old performer who is two years out from her awake craniotomy.

Spring Trends: Fashion Q&A

Spring is coming soon (hopefully). Here’s a look at this season’s trends with Seattle-based blogger Autumn Sorelle.

Hanger Steak with Sorrel Chimichurri and Red Potato Smashers

The Skagit Challenge – how many Skagit Valley growers and producers are making up your meal? This recipe counts three farmers, one rancher, and one brewer.

Live with Intent

Bellingham’s newest hot yoga studio welcomes everyone.

Bringing Access to Art

Whatcom Museum is introducing new accessibility initiatives for people with sensory processing disorders, dementia, and memory loss.

Skincare for your 30s, 40s, and 50s

As your skin changes, so should your skincare routine. Here’s a guide on how it should change through the decades.

The Mixing Tin: Southside Bar

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Irish Coffee from Southside Bar — a delicious take on a classic beverage, perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Worth Every Penny

The next time you find yourself at Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery in Ferndale, prepare for a shiny surprise. In January, the restaurant installed a coin floor made from more than 41,000 pennies.

Embracing the Chaos

Editorial/Marketing Coordinator Anelyse Morris shares her experience growing up as a military child, and how it led her to journalism.

Pacific Rim Winery: Dedicated to Riesling 365 Days a Year

Bring on the Riesling! Pacific Rim Winery offers a variety of choices to meet every taste preference and budget, no matter the wine or the season.

A Centennial Celebration for Women’s Voting Rights

2020 marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing American women the right to vote. Learn a little bit about the amendment’s history as well as how your community is celebrating the centennial.

Where Everybody’s Welcome

CrossRoads Brings BBQ and fun to Barkley Neighborhood. Check out some of their delicious dishes.

Local Leader Shatters Stigmas and Mobilizes Communities

Hear the story behind the founding of Days For Girls International, an organization that aims to increase period education and access to menstrual care for girls around the world.

Dream En Suite

An out-of-date bathroom gets transformed into an elegant and airy en suite.

Have a Happy Gut with Apple Cider Vinegar

As winter winds down and spring approaches, it’s time to seek out energizing food and drink options. That’s where this elixir comes in. Raw apple cider vinegar is a golden gift to the digestive system.

Desert Dreaming

The Seattle Mariners head to spring training to begin the 2020 season.

A Gem of a Jewelry Shop

La Conner’s Trumpeter Gallery showcases handmade jewelry from artists around the world. Learn about how they got started and the beautiful things to be found inside.

The Mixing Tin: Jack’s

This month’s Mixing Tin is The Cablegram from Jack’s. This classic cocktail offers doesn’t pull its punches (flavor or alcohol), and is sure to leave you wanting more.

Valentine’s Day AM to PM

Make the most of your Valentine’s Day with this guide on how to keep the party going from morning till night.

Write Daily as Needed

Local author Kathryn Trueblood discusses her career as an author and her journey while writing “Take Daily as Needed.”

Feeling Chipper

The Chipper Bird’s Whimsical Downtown Space is Sure to Leave You, Well, Chipper.

A Pacific Northwest Retreat

This month’s featured home is an ’80s house turned into a modern retreat, equipped with tigerwood decking and large windows.

Save the Swans

Whatcom Humane Society is gearing up for swan season, read more about their efforts and what you can do to save local swans.

In a Galaxy Not So Far Away

Bellingham Cocktail Week Introduces a new way to Happy Hour — Read more about the competition and which bars to hit.

Red roses are a classic Valentine’s Day gift, but they come at a cost.

Roses are red, violets are blue. But as a Valentine, you may want to try something new.

Shaw Island Timber Frame Home

This month’s featured home is this lovely timber frame home on Shaw Island. Check out the pictures of this stunning abode!

More Than Just Poke

This new poke restaurant downtown appeals to the masses, with colorful bowls and delicious treats.

Baby Cakes Corners the Bellingham Funk Scene

Nobody puts Baby Cakes in a corner! This nonet is taking the Bellingham Funk scene by storm. Read more about the group and how they got started.

Mint to Be

Em’s Herbals uses locally sourced, organic ingredients in their hand-made products. Owner Emily Pacheco discusses her business, favorite products, and plans for the future.

Living with MS: Q&A with Trish Palmer

Trish Palmer discusses her experience living with MS, her life before diagnosis, and her advice for others who have MS or know someone who does.

A Formal Sorority Transformation

This UW sorority gets a modern makeover, bringing contemporary and traditional styles together to create the perfect space for on-the-go college students.

Balance & Bowls

This Deconstructed Spring Roll Bowl is nourishing, full of nutrients and flavor, and is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Western Professor Pens Book on Wise Eating

Western Professor’s book offers recipes and guidance on how to select wholesome, nutritious foods, but it is NOT a traditional dieting book.

Made with Heart

Bellingham Handmade’s new space is a haven for creative energy.

Two Birds, One Stone

From veterans experiencing homelessness to hungry children, Wildbird Charity has led the flock in Whatcom County outreach since 2016. Founded by a group of college friends, Wildbird aims to ease the daily struggles of communities in need, while also raising awareness.

The Mixing Tin: Galloway’s Cocktail Bar

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Winter Cardinal from Galloway’s Cocktail Bar—a fruity and smokey winter twist on a classic summer drink.

Western Shoots for the Stars

Western receives a $302,000 contract to help build new equipment and gain a new understanding of Mars.

Play Hard, Get Fit at Life Force Ninja Gym

No matter your age or experience level, you can channel your inner ninja at Life Force Ninja Gym.

Four-Legged Fitness Hero

Meet the Bellingham cat that has taken the internet by storm, one paw at a time.

Chuckanut Manor: A Historic Culinary Roadhouse Tradition

Originally built as a residence, Chuckanut Manor has welcomed diners for more than 50 years. Visitors savor Pacific Northwest fare as well as views from one of the most scenic drives in Western Washington.

Celebrating the Creative Spirit

Local consignment shop The Lucky Dumpster offers an eclectic mix of handmade goods from more than 200 skilled artisans.

Influenced by Fashion

Bre Sheppard’s unique style is taking the Instagram world by storm. Hear her story and her winter fashion favorites.

For Some Wineries, the Freshest New Releases Are in the Can

CAN you handle this new drink trend? Many of the season’s winning wines are coming in a can! Find your local favorites and see how these beverages stack up.

Green From Green

See the bucks behind the buds! Catch up on how the initiative that legalized marijuana in Washington has financially affected the state.

Bellingham Burger Roundup

Craving a burger? We’ve got you covered. This roundup features six Bellingham burgers that’ll definitely leave you wanting more than a bite.

Lake Whatcom House

This house on Lake Whatcom offers comfort and beauty all year long.

For the Love of All Things Sparkly

Designer jewelry gallery Whimsey brings unique, locally made creations to Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Run Run Rudolph from Swim Club Wet Bar—a warm winter cocktail that will give you all the holiday feels.

Upcycle an Old Picture Frame Into a Cute DIY Jewelry Holder

DIY the perfect holiday gift this season by learning how to make a jewelry holder with minimal materials.

Beautify Yourself and Your Home the Natural Way at handmade. la conner

Explore a variety of one-of-a-kind home and beauty items at handmade. la conner, and learn how it all started from owner Robyn Bradley.

Q&A with Laural Ballew [Ses Yehomia/tsi kuts bat soot], New Tribal Liaison at WWU

Western’s new Tribal Liaison Laural Ballew discusses her background and plans for her position.

Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Comes to Bellingham Waterfront

Lombardi’s founder Diane Symms brings more than 30 years of delicious, authentic Italian cuisine to Bellingham.

Western’s New Multicultural Center Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion on Campus

Western Washington University opens new Multicultural Center to celebrate diversity and inclusion on campus

A Passion for Style

After inquisitive clients kept asking hairstylist Janet Horton where she found her trendy threads, she realized she could combine her passion for hairstyling and fashion in one place. As such, Three Little Birds Salon & Boutique was born. The store features a full-service hair salon and a women’s boutique; something quite unique to the area. Revitalize Your Look…

Calypso Kitchen Brings Caribbean Flavors to Bellingham

Chef Sarah Chan uses her love of cooking to teach others and spread awareness about human trafficking, domestic violence, and food insecurity.

Cutting-Edge Creations

Local artist Lin McJunkin raises climate change awareness through her glasswork creations.

A Master Luthier & His Guitars

Since 1980, luthier Andy Beech has crafted and sold a myriad of handmade instruments through his business D’Haitre’ Guitars.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Perfect Pear Martini from Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse—a fall cocktail reminiscent of the most perfectly ripe Bartlett Pear.

A Unique Leader Transcending Boundaries and Borders

Over the years, Andrea “Andy” Leebron-Clay has touched thousands of lives, healed many hearts, and provided opportunities to those in need.

Lynden’s Home for Home Goods

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Surroundings Home, Gift, and Garden—located at the Fairway Center shopping plaza in Lynden,

Ancore, Per Favore

Chef Giovanni “Gianni” Saffioti and partner Devon Drake opened Scampi Osteria—an Italian restaurant in Birch Bay—in July 2019.

Get Creative in Skagit Valley

For more than 50 years, Tri Dee Arts has been a fixture in downtown Mount Vernon—in 2018, the newest owners unveiled two renovated sections.

A Place to Play

Since 2008, the Bellingham Circus Guild has bolstered the circus arts and performers of Whatcom County—offering one-of-a-kind shows, classes, and events.

Five Faves

For this month’s Five Faves we invite you to explore the work of some of our favorite local fine art painters, from kaleidoscopic landscapes to geometric forms.

Better Beer, More Hands

The Guest Brewer’s Brew Pipeline program—a network that assigns different brands of beer to distributors across the country—means better beer for everyone.

I Think That’s Called Passion

Shelley Versteeg-Smit is the owner and head designer at Fishtrap Creek Interiors in Lynden, bringing more than 30 years of experience into her top-notch retail space.

Giving Thanks More Thought

Nutrition blogger, Cassie Elliott, invites readers to try this easy-to-prepare Pumpkin Custard, which is grain free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar.

Bellingham Four Square

Lisa Staton Interior Design revitalize this classic Bellingham Four Square, built in 1906, while honoring the home’s original architecture and detailing.

Holiday Travel Beer Guide

Nationally-ranked beer judge, Neal Tognazzini, is here to help you prep your holiday wish list—for beer that is—with his guide to the best beers in the U.S.

Early-Warning Earthquake Alert

In late July, the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District installed ShakeAlert, a pilot system for detecting earthquakes before they occur.

Bellingham Rock Star Opens Herb’s Cider

How Bellingham rock star, Tim “Herb” Alexander—the celebrated drummer for the alt-rock band Primus—came to co-own Herb’s Cider with his wife, Shama.

The Benefits of Having a Dog Wash Station in Your Home

Jennifer Ryan talks the benefits of installing a dedicated built-in dog wash station in your home—as shown in this recent bathroom remodel.

A World of Color

Lori Hill is an award-winning artist currently living in Bellingham, who has been featured in galleries and markets across several states.

What Farmers Markets Are Still Open?

Check out these nearby markets open during the month of November, where you can find fresh produce, local goods, and holiday gift items.

Eat, Drink, Read, Repeat with Life Between the Pages

Life Between the Pages—A collaborative book club between Evolve, Village Books, and local bars creates an immersive literary experience.

Bellingham’s Only Happy Meower

Having successfully opened its first location in Captiol Hill, NEKO—a cat cafe—will soon be opening a Bellingham location at 1130 Cornwall Avenue.

Preparing Your Yard for Winter Birds

Current volunteer coordinator for the North Cascades Audubon Society, Pam Borso, shares some tips for how to transform your yard into a haven for birds.

A Simple Philosophy

Mount Baker Care Center & Summit Place Senior Living tailors everything they do around the residents’ needs—from daily dining specials to a senior prom.

A Passion for the Fiber Arts

Wild Fibers in downtown Mount Vernon has been inspiring fiber artists for nearly 15 years—a one-stop destination for everything fiber and fiber-related.

Ripple of Positivity

Local visual artist Kevin Coleman is a philanthropist and champion of the arts in Bellingham—read about his work at WhatcomTalk and with local nonprofits.

A Silver Lining

To learn more about the process of dying gray, we sat down with Katie—a stylist at Bellingham’s Vanity Hair Studio on Dupont Street.

Bay Breeze Restaurant Is Remodeled and Ready

Bay Breeze Restaurant in Birch Bay reopened this past summer, after being severely damaged by a storm surge last December.

Art and Play in the Fountain District

Take a look at this Broadway Park Neighborhood home—a perfect blend of high-performance detailing and traditional, craftsman design.

Five Faves

With the spooky season upon us, we bring you a list of some of our favorite scary movies—get ready to sleep with the lights on!

They Want to Suck Your Blood

Bloodworks Northwest is a local, independent nonprofit that connects donors to lifesaving services—read about their programs here.

From Ice Cream to Fried Chicken

After years of toying with the idea of starting another local business, Ben Scholtz—owner of Bellingham’s beloved Mallard Ice Cream—opened Bantam 46 in May.

Wine Judging Requires Sniffing, Swirling, and Tasting Your Way Through a Lot of Wine

Wine enthusiast Dan Radil shares the importance of tasting, not drinking, when wine judging—sniffing, swirling, and sipping your way to the best wine.

The Good Time Girls

With three main tours—Sin and Gin, Gore and Lore, and Bellingham History—Fairhaven’s Good Time Girls know how to bring history alive.

Big Move for Tiny Homes

Over the summer, HomesNow! Not Later—a nonprofit that provides safe, temporary housing—received a permit allowing them to operate in Fairhaven.

Over 50 Years of Farming in Skagit Valley

Since purchasing their first 80 acres of farmland in 1963, Steve and Susan Schuh have expanded to 250 acres and now manage Schuh Farms with their children.

The Art of Feeling Pretty

For those looking to revamp their look, check out Pretty Penny Clothing and Guerrero Hair Studio—owned by Sarah Dunbar and her husband, Nick St. Mary, respectively.

The Mixing Tin

For this month’s Mixing Tin we indulged in the Hogwarts House Cocktails offered at Rook & Rogue Board Game Pub—Which house are you?

Shaping Clay & Community

Heather Hitts opened Burnish Clay Studio last February on North State Street, joining Bellingham’s vibrant clay community.

The Bounty and Culture of the San Juan Islands

Savor the San Juans—a seven-week event featuring farm tours, wine tastings, wine dinners, a beer festival, and two film festivals.

Where Can I go for Fall-Weather Fun?

Celebrate the season with some classic autumn activities—Take a hayride, sip some cider, or get lost in a corn maze.

A Home Away From Home

Bellingham’s newest coffee shop, Makeworth Market, blends business and aesthetics to create a bright, beautiful space for studying, working, or socializing.

Autumn’s Comforting Bounty

Nutrition blogger and food photographer, Cassie Elliott, utilizes the fresh foods of the season to create this flavorful, gluten-free dish.

Autumn’s Comforting Bounty

Nutrition blogger and food photographer, Cassie Elliott, utilizes the fresh foods of the season to create this flavorful, gluten-free dish.

Big Rock Garden Park

This month’s online exclusive is all about Big Rock Garden Park, an easy, local outing that offers accessible trails and plenty to see.

Stemma Brewing Co. Joins Our Beer Family

Stemma Brewing Company, owned by Jason and Kim Harper, has officially joined the Bellingham brewery scene—opening a taproom at 2039 Moore Street in June.

Five Faves

This month’s Five Faves features some of our local favorites for charcuterie cheese—delectable additions to any fall harvest cheese boards!

Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos

Leo E. Osborne is a multi-award-winning artist and writer whose love of nature led him to the Pacific Northwest, where he continues to explore his craft.

Miracles on the 11th Hour

At 11th Hour Tea & Coffee Bar, owned by Bridget Gallaghur, customers come to relax and enjoy a variety of teas, golden milks, lattes, and espresso items.

No Reservations

Mark Seymour, owner of the booming Drayton Harbor Oyster Company in Blaine, recently re-opened his oyster bar in a bigger space, just next-door.

Set Yourself up for Clear Skin Success

Master esthetician and owner of Crosier Skincare, Lisa Crosier, talks acne tips and the importance of seeing a skin therapist for long-term, clear skin.

Inside Out

Interior designer Jennifer Ryan provides readers with a guide to creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces in the Pacific Northwest.

Cooking with Wine

Wine enthusiast Dan Radil gives readers a delicious alternative to pouring out those half-empty bottles of wine: his single skillet chicken picatta recipe.

Time to Treat Yourself

In July 2018, brother and sister team—Jesse Sturgeon and Angie Skorick—opened Indulge Wine & Dessert Bar in historic downtown Anacortes.

Leader Block Leads in Wine

On July 3, Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery in Ferndale announced some big news: It has received an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Bellingham’s Basement Brewers

North Corner Brewing Supply—opened in 2000 by Robert Arzoo—sells a range of supplies for new brewers and seasoned professionals alike.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Bramble from Swim Club Wet Bar—a rich, spiced cocktail to defend against the early fall chill.

25 Washington Wines You Need Right Now

Shop around for your favorite Washington wine in our list of 25 must-have Washington wines, as part of our September wine issue.

Going Coconuts

Coco Mats ‘N More, founded in 2006 by Deepak Raghavan, uses sustainably sourced coconuts to create 100 percent natural floor mats.

By the Light

Since 2001, Fairhaven has been home to The Silvery Moon jewelry shop—a store full of unique affordable pieces, made from all-natural stones.

Downtime up North

Tomas Aminnie and Chay Tan founded Downtime Taps in Ferndale—a unique pay-by-the-ounce taproom experience—to help beer lovers expand their horizons.

Brewing Pink

Bellingham has launched it’s own chapter of The Pink Boots Society (PBS)—a nonprofit aimed at helping women brewers find a seat at the industry table.

Private School Breakdown

With schools back in session, we took a closer look at private school options in Whatcom, San Juan, and Skagit counties—from Christian and Catholic schools to non-denominational academies.

Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris

Wine enthusiast Dan Radil talks tasty white wines for the warmer summer months, with a wide range of flavors, styles, and sweetness levels.

From Local Grocer to Restaurateur

Brad Haggen—whose grandparents, Dorothy and Ben Haggen, co-founded the Haggen grocery store chain in 1933—purchased Skylark’s Hidden Cafe last fall.

New Beer in Town

Family-run brewery, Stemma Brewing Co., opened its doors in June—a long-time dream for owners Jason Harper and Kimberley Harper.

Is Your Room Keeping You up at Night?

Samantha Kent, a researcher for SleepHelp.org, tells all about the relationship between sleep and interior design.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Summertime Blue from Fireside Martini & Wine Bar—a refresher that changes from sapphire blue to fuchsia in seconds.

Keepin’ It Cool

West Coast Pops, which has been supplying events and parties with sweet treats since 2016, opened a storefront on North State Street in April 2019.

Proudly Local

Every Sunday through October, the Bellingham Handmade Market brings together a variety of local creators—its first season operating on a regular, weekly basis.

Five Faves

This month’s Five Faves explores some of the top local spots for oysters—from raw oysters served with pink grapefruit to jalapeno vodka oyster shooters.

Betty Does Good

A new Betty Be Good location, which sits directly beside Woods Coffee on Front Street, joins the Birch Bay store in aiding the victims of human trafficking.

Pamper Your Pet

In December 2018, Just 4 Paws Pet Boutique opened in La Conner—A space dedicated to furry friends, where all kinds of pet lovers can stock up on pet food and supplies.

Ten Years of Delicious Eats

Bob’s Chowder Bar & BBQ Salmon in Anacortes—treasured for its fresh and local seafood—is approaching it’s 10-year anniversary, with some changes in store.

The Twin Peaks Passivhaus + ADU

This month’s featured home is green—designed and built to minimize the home’s ecological impact in the face of climate change.

A Dynasty of Passion

We take a look at Bellingham local Ryan Sandholm, known around town for his acoustic shows that fuse pop, rock, and country.

Tiny Hands at Work

Tiny Onion Cooking School, founded by Annalee Dunn, offers classes that aim to introduce food and nutrition to children in a fun, engaging way.

I Scream, You Scream

We take a look at three of Fairhaven’s top-notch options for ice cream: Edaleen Dairy, Acme Ice Cream, and Sirena Gelato.

Riding Toward Equality

What started as a guided biking business, became a nonprofit dedicated to connecting female-identifying individuals to the world of outdoor recreation and to one another.

Something Delicious

This month’s online exclusive covers one more traveling eatery—not a food truck, but a mobile food tent serving up some cheesy goodness.

Appearing Soon: Ken and the Raisinettes

In this month’s Final Word, Ken Karlberg pulls his “anti-aging” secret formula off the market.

Five Faves

This month’s Five Faves is all about some of the tastiest local hot dogs—from gourmet to classic, summer wouldn’t be complete without them.

Building Community Through Technology

Mary Elliott, an occupational therapist, opened Bellingham Makerspace in 2014, selling her house to afford the initial equipment.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is the Salish Sea Daiquiri from Saltine—a fruity twist on the original Cuban cocktail recipe.

Not in Vain

Bellingham’s newest hair salon, Vanity Hair Studio opened on May 28 of 2019—the second location of the popular Seattle salon.

A Recipe for Meditation

Nutrition blogger, Cassie Elliott, provides readers with a colorful, nutritious, and delicious dish—easy to make with only four main ingredients.

Grain to Glass in Skagit County

Farmstrong Brewing Co. in Mount Vernon is making use of local grain—All of their beers contain some percentage of barley that was grown and malted locally.

Sqweshenet Tse Schelangen

The four-day event, which starts on July 24, is a celebration between several Native Nations, with special guest tribes traveling from as far as New Zealand, Maui, and Papua New Guinea.

New Spot in Fairhaven

John Enright is the chef and owner of the new Cobalt Grill and Lounge in Fairhaven—serving traditional American fare with an emphasis on local seafood, natural products, and abundant bar selections.

Nurturing the Love of Literature

Owner Laura Norris purchased the Griffin Bay Bookstore, a staple in downtown Friday Harbor since 1979, as a way to preserve literary culture on the island.

Tea and Tour Rolls In

To the east of Sedro-Woolley, amid Skagit Valley Farmlands, sits Willowbrook Manor—an overnight destination fit with Tea Time events and bike tours.

Skagit Bay Waterfront Home

Architects Dan Nelson and Matt Radach of Designs Northwest worked to transform this Skagit Bay cabin into a classic beachfront home.

Summertime Seating

Discover new summertime spots near you with our list of the area’s most outdoor-friendly restaurants.

Kids Take the Stage at Mount Baker Theatre

Mount Baker Theatre welcomes 180 kids aged 7–18 to their stage this month for three separate week-long theater camps hosted by Missoula Children’s Theatre.

The Art of Aging in Place

Designer and certified aging-in-place specialist, Susie Landsem, intersects both design and utility to help aging homeowners make their homes more accessible.

Sweet Treats by the C

Stop by this seaside shop, in Birch Bay, for some homemade candy, ice cream, snow cones, fresh pizza, sandwiches, or any of its other tasty summer treats.

Pro Tips for Highlighting Your Freckles

Bellingham makeup artist, Elizabeth Marie Hayes gives us some of her top pro tips and products to help your freckles shine all year long.

Plays With a Purpose

During four weeks of July, for six days a week, Bellingham TheatreWorks is presenting three productions for Fairhaven’s first Summer Repertory Theater.

Let Freedom Ring

Bellingham community members celebrate this 4th of July with a KidsZone, beer garden, live music, and of course, fireworks—at Zuanich Point Park.

Patriotic Parties

Still wondering where to go for the Fourth? In this month’s online exclusive, we highlight the best places around the Sound to watch the fireworks boom.

Simply Beautiful

In this month’s Final Word, Ken Karlberg honors a mother’s love—sharing admiration for his own mother and the many ways in which she is “simply beautiful.”

A Hidden Sanctuary

Terry and Jackie Lehmann show their appreciation for travel and design with this breathtaking Asian-inspired oasis, located just north of Lake Whatcom.

Geometric Tiles Add Pop to Condo Bathroom Revival

Jennifer Ryan brings new style with this geometric Bellingham bathroom remodel. See the end results of the makeover with Katheryn Moran Photography.

In the Heart of Coast Salish Territory

For more than 24 years, Lee Brooks has been showcasing art from Native artists at his gallery, Arctic Raven Gallery, in downtown Friday Harbor.

Straightforward, Delicious, Fast Food

Step into this Orcas Island restaurant for breakfast or lunch—fit with homestyle cooking, large portions, bottomless coffee, and a friendly atmosphere.

ASB Trail

As part of Bellingham’s waterfront cleanup project, locals can enjoy the ASB Trail and the spectacular views it has to offer.

Five Faves

This month’s Five Faves is an ode to the finest spare ribs in town, this is our summer BBQ edition after all—how could we not!

Blissful New Beginning

Pure Bliss Desserts owner, Andi Vann, has expanded this Cornwall Avenue storefront—with doubled seating and tasty additions to its drink and dessert menus.

Berry Dairy Days

Celebrate Burlington’s history of agricultural and farming communities with the 82nd annual Berry Dairy Days presented by Peoples Bank.

Bringing the Heat

Beauty connoisseur Lindsey Major is here to share—check out her go-to summertime makeup looks and products, along with hydration and protection tips.

Breaking Hearts and Body Parts

The Bellingham Roller Betties, now in their 12th season, use the rink to spark new friendships between community members.

Fairhaven Gets the Scoop

Since they began selling ice cream in 1982 Edaleen Dairy has opened six locations, with its newest location having opened in Fairhaven on February 18, 2019.

Turning 100

The iconic Lime Kiln Lighthouse, located within the Lime Kiln State Park, is celebrating 100 years with a centennial event taking place on June 30.

Polarizing and Popular

Wine enthusiast Dan Radil gives readers the inside scoop on Pinot Noir: common perceptions, best practices, and some budget-friendly recommendations.

Home Decor Galore

What began as a business selling flower bouquets out of a vintage trailer, became a barn storefront full of goodies for outdoor and indoor decorating.

The Almighty Breakfast Salad

Sara Southerland invites readers to try out a nutritional breakfast that’s versatile, full of greens, and topped off with a delicious lemon garlic aioli.

The Almighty Breakfast Salad

Sara Southerland invites readers to try out a nutritional breakfast that’s versatile, full of greens, and topped off with a delicious lemon garlic aioli.

Oh, Deer!

Karen Chapman’s new book helps those looking to plant a beautiful fence-free garden, without attracting hungry, roaming deer.

A Place for All Seasons

For those craving some artisan pizza and local beer, drop by Railroad Pub & Pizza—a cozy and cabin-like restaurant in downtown Burlington.

Rich Appel: Building Bridges Through Conservation

Rich Appel, of Appel Farms, was awarded the Vim Wight “Building Bridges” award for his efforts to improve water quality in the Nooksack River basin.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is Strawberry Fizz from Valley Shine Distillery. The perfect cocktail to leave winter behind and get in that summertime mood.

Bellingham Beginnings

Bellingham Alive provides an extensive three-month internship program for local students looking to break into their prospective industries.

Lime Time

This month’s online exclusive is a sneak peek at our summer barbecue feature — a grilled margarita shrimp recipe that is sure to wow your guests.

Honoring My Buddy

Ken Karlberg honor’s the memory of a cherished friend in this month’s Final Word.

Cutting Waste In Style

Anmly Cafe, opened by Emile Diffley in January of 2019, is a zero waste space that offers lattes, smoothies and meals with sustainability in mind.

Sips and Suds in Sedro

Local 20 Taproom in Sedro-Woolley, owned by Jake Clary, is the first taproom to arrive to the area and will soon be celebrating its two-year anniversary.

Good Read, Good Roast

This Lynden family-owned and operated shop, which has been around since 1947, combines the pleasures of delicious coffee with a well curated bookstore.

Acne and Self-Esteem

Master esthetician and owner of Crosier Skincare, Lisa Crosier, talks acne in this age of social media and the effects it can have on self-esteem.

Chuckanut Crest View Home

Take a look at this Featured Home on Chuckanut Crest in Bellingham. A modern industrial space with a state-of-the-art kitchen and beautiful view of the bay.

Five Faves

Cinco de Mayo or not, it’s never a bad time to order a margarita! This month’s Five Faves is all about the best of the best local margaritas.

Historic Icon, Classic Diner

When Tom and Barb Kilpatrick moved to Bellingham in 2001, a historic café became a classic Bellingham diner. Hilltop Restaurant brings more than just great atmosphere with its longtime Chef, Steven Herzog.

Celebrating 75 Years of Storytelling

Whatcom County Library System is celebrating its 75th anniversary, embarking on a nine-month history preservation project and building a new Bookmobile.

Local Scholarship Foundation Sets Students Up for Success

The Mount Baker Scholarship Foundation endowment has reached $2.8 million, continuing to support graduating seniors of Mount Baker Senior High School.

Smoothie, To Go

Arlené Mantha, professional chef from Los Angeles, shares her favorite green smoothie so you can take a nutritional breakfast on the go.

In Spring, Get Radishes for Pickling

With the coming of Spring, you’ll want to try this recipe for pickling watermelon radishes. They are nutritious and can be preserved for months.

What the Heck is a Drink Called Shrub?

Josh and Tomo Kramer are the founders of Cascade Shrub Farm, bringing you a healthy, refreshing, locally infused cocktail and soda mix.

A Resource for Boaters in the Pacific Northwest

Prepare for your next boating adventure at the Waggoner Guide Bookstore, where they offer expert advice, seminars and an array of nautical books.

IPAS, Hazy and Otherwise

Why are IPAS so popular? Nationally-ranked beer judge, Neal Tognazzini, tells all about the history and variety behind brewing IPAS.

How ‘Bout Them Apples

Cherished local orchard of Bellewood Farms, formerly known as Bellewood Acres, is newly-owned by the Abel family, who live, work and play on the property.

Smoothie, To Go

Arlené Mantha, professional chef from Los Angeles, shares her favorite green smoothie so you can take a nutritional breakfast on the go.

Mother’s Day, When You’re the Boss

This month, Bellingham Alive is celebrating these boss moms from around the North Sound who manage to balance motherhood while also working full-time jobs.

After Store Fire, A New Home

Animals rescued from a fire at Hohl Feed and Seed by the Bellingham Fire Department, now find new homes through the Whatcom Humane Society.

Remodel Brightens Kitchen, Spirits

My client’s husband had recently passed away, and her daughter contacted me as a means to brighten her mother’s mood. The client…

More Than Just a Mountain Man

Leif Whittaker is a climber, ranger, and author. His new book, “My Old Man and the Mountian,” talks about his childhood and journey summiting Mount Everest.

Cinco de Mayo Hot Spots

Celebrate the Mexican army’s win over France at the Battle of Pueblo with the best Mexican dishes around the North Sound this Cinco de Mayo.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is El Beso de Virginia from Northwater. This tequila-based drink is not a margarita, but a delicious way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Orcas Island, To Go 

Orcas Island was listed on the New York Times’ Best Destinations for 2019. Celebrities are taking notice, including Oprah, who owns a house on Orcas Island.

Our Invisible Empire

Ken Karlberg analyzes the history and future of America as a powerful nation in this month’s Final Word, “Our Invisible Empire.”

Build Cabinets, Throw Axes

Mathew Blubaugh is the owner of Northwest Woodslayer, a woodworking business specializing in custom cabinetry. There is also an axethrowing station.

Five Faves

From beer to wine, mead to olive oil and vinegar, this month’s Five Faves takes a look at the best local tasting rooms in Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan.

Woodinville Wine Country Matures

Woodinville Wine Country is being put on the map as a true destination location. Wine lovers will find a large selection of wineries and restaurants to try.

Seasoned Generously with Love

Cassie Elliot remembers cooking with her grandmother, Ella Gutknecht and shares a recipe for Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder, part of her 20-Day Sugar Detox.

Maybe, A Moose

Allegiant Air is now offering direct flights between Bellingham International Airpport and Anchorage, Alaska. Pack your bags and look for moose!

A Celebration of a Pacific Northwest Specialty

SeaBear Wild Salmon sells their Pacific Northwest caught smoked salmon in Anacortes. Tom Savidge is the founder, and Mike Mondello is the president and CEO.

Shaping Whatcom County’s Future

Rand Jack is a local conservationist, attorney, and wood carver. He works closely with the Whatcom Land Trust. He also carves beautiful wooden birds.

Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin features The Temple Vesper from The Temple Bar in Bellingham. Try pairing this cocktail with the “Everything Plate.”

Helping Hands

April is National Volunteer Month, and there are many ways to be involved. Help in your community, celebrate Earth Day, and visit the Volunteer Week Fair.

Seasoned Generously with Love

Cassie Elliot remembers cooking with her grandmother, Ella Gutknecht and shares a recipe for Cauliflower and Bacon Chowder, part of her 20-Day Sugar Detox.

Changing the World Through Food

Sage Against the Machine is a vegan food truck run by Tara and Nate Johnson in Bellingham. The menu has homemade items and locally sourced ingredients.

When One Door Closes…

Allison Potts and Karen Blanquart are the owners of the Bellingham boutique Brazen Shop + Studio. The shop features local art, jewelry, and so much more!

Travel Agent or Internet?

Online trip planning is fast and easy, but there are some things you get with a travel agent you just can’t from the internet. Frank Zurline fills us in.

Easter Eats

We’ve found the best places if you’re planning to take your family out this Easter. Enjoy a brunch, buffet, or dinner menu at these local spots.

Scrub Me Tender

Learn to make your own natural Tea Tree and Lavender Sugar Scrub to exfoliate and remove dry, dead skin after a long winter.

Female Filmmaker Has Ferndale Roots

Sarah Menzies has made her way from Ferndale to Seattle as a filmmaker. Her work will be shown at the Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival.

Farmhouse Kitchen

This beautiful Farmhouse Kitchen remodel was designed by Jennifer Ryan. See the end results of the makeover with Katheryn Moran Photography.

The Bounty of the Sea

Brady Ryan makes a variety of salt products from the Salish Sea waters. San Juan Island Sea Salt sells their salt products at local farmers markets.

A History of Tulips in the Valley

A look at the history behind the beautiful Skagit Valley Tulip Festival shows a vibrant Dutch background. Visit Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde this April!

Travel Destinations

April’s Online Exclusive spotlights two additional Travel Destinations: Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, and Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.

She Said, ‘She Shed’

Loretta W. Clease lets the men in on a little secret about female power: The She Shed. Women have closets, and allow men to have their man caves.

Boys and Girls Clubs Step Toward Future

A generous grant from Phillips 66 oil refinery will allow the Boys and Girls Club to update computers and fund educational STEM programs.

Fork, Yeah!

The Fork at Agate Bay restaurant is under new ownership. David Kas and Paul Lawrence run the restaurant, while Chef Nora Kas oversees the menu.

Five Faves

This month’s Five Faves is a list of five garden centers where you can find everything to make your garden grow beautifully this Spring.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin is a Lemon-Rosemary Champagne Cocktail brought to you by Brandywine Kitchen in downtown Bellingham.

Winter Haven for Homeless

Winter Haven is a tent city behind Bellingham’s City Hall run by HomesNOW! The organization’s president Jim Peterson provides the basics for the residents.

Why the Emerald Isle Makes Black Beer

Neal Tognazzini shares his insights on black beer. Looking for a traditional way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish beer? Try Meance Brewing.

New Home in Bellingham

Ashley HomeStore has a new home at the Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham. Chris Busby and April Barnes are part of a team that helps the store run smoothly.

From Hard Knocks to Helping Hands

Tina Tate is the exeutive director of Frienship House, a clean and sober shelter that provides food, clothes, and recovery to the homeless in Skagit County.

‘Living Coral’ Makes a Splash

“Living Coral” was voted Color of the Year for 2019 by the Pantone Color Institute. You may start seeing a trend of this pinky-orange color as you shop.

‘Water of Life’

In Ireland, whiskey is known as the ‘water of life.’ Here is a list of a few local spots to find a good Irish whiskey and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day right.

In Spring, Get Radishes for Pickling

With the coming of Spring, you’ll want to try this recipe for pickling watermelon radishes. They are nutritious and can be preserved for months.

Chrysalis Inn & Spa Gets Fresh Update

The Chrysalis Inn & Spa is getting an update. Renovations will stay aligned with the original look created by architect Betty Blount of Zena Design Group.

Furnishings Store Has New Owners, New Lease on Life

Greenhouse, a home furnishings store in Bellingham, is under new ownership. BreAnne Green bought the store last year and has kept a strong community focus.

Inside the Notes

WWU professor Erika Block has created a podacst, “Inside the Notes,” focusing on the stories behind classical music. Oboist Joseph Robinson is a guest.

Sips of the Season

Galloway’s Cocktail Bar hosted our Sips of the Season event. Manager Alli Sutherland and talented mixologists taught guests how to make winter cocktails.

Extraordinary Wood Art for Your Home

Mark Carrier is the owner of The Wood Merchant in downtown La Conner. At this gallery, you can find beautiful creations by talented woodworking artists.

Pallets Repurposed

The RE Store in Bellingham shows us how to upcycle old pallets and turn them into a raised garden bed, garden shed, or shelves.

Internment Camp Inspires Music Composition

Whatcom Chorale presents “Heart Mountain Suite,” a musical composition by Sarah Mattox using journals from Japanese internment camp prisoner, Kara Kondo.

The Essentials of Essential Oils

These are the do’s and don’ts when using essential oils. Check out options from Bramble Berry, Target, Living Earth Herbals, and Edens Garden.

Hearts to Soles

PeaceHealth members provided footcare and boots to Jacob Hood and other homeless people in Bellingham during the annual Our Hearts to Your Soles event.

Wholesale Seafood in the North Sound

Our online exclusive this month showcases companies that provide local, fresh wholesale seafood from Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan counties, and Alaska.

Wanted, Dead or Alive

Ken Karlberg has an unwanted visitor digging up his yard: a mole. He has tried many tactics, but hte molehills keep coming. What will he do next?

Historic, Destination Dining on Whidbey Island

Captain Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island is under new ownership and is expected to open in April, with Jeff Towery as general manager and Chef Eric Truglas.

Connecting Community with Sustainable Salmon

Drifters Fish is a community supported fishery (CSF). Michael and Nelly Hand wanted to connect their customers with sustainably harvested salmon.

Student Apartments Coming to Samish Way

New student housing apartments are in the works up Samish Way for Western Washington University students. Samish Station will be another off-campus option.

Five Faves

This month’s Five Faves features Wines Under $20. Take a look at our top picks from local wineries and neighboring vineyards.

Island Cabin to Year-Round Home

This month’s Featured Home is an island cabin near Anacortes. This year-round home has a view of Deception Pass State Park.

Heard Around the Sound

Heard Around the Sound: a recipe for skewered salmon & calamari, facts about dark chocolate, and how you can help nonprofits at the Chrysalis Inn & Spa.

Catch Plenty of Omega 3 With Your Salmon

Barlean’s Fishery Inc. in Ferndale provides fresh seafood for healthy eating. The company also manufactures and distributes Omega 3 supplements.

Fill ‘Er Up! — With Beer, Cider, Etc.

Jim Sullivan and Sandy Petersen run Growlers Keep in Bellingham, where you can fill a growler with any beer, cider, or other beverage they have available.

How We Met

For Valentine’s Day, we bring you the stories of five local couples. They share how they met and fell in love, and what they are doing now in our community.

For Valentine’s Day, Try Something Crisp, Pink or Bubbly

Dan Radil brings you a guide to non-traditional drinks to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Try something bubbly, pink, or cool and crisp for a change.

WECU Gets Fresh Look

Whatcom Educational Credit Union is rebranding their organization to become simply WECU. Jennifer Kutcher is the CEO and Keith Mader is a program manager.

Catch Plenty of Omega 3 With Your Salmon

Barlean’s Fishery Inc. in Ferndale provides fresh seafood for healthy eating. The company also manufactures and distributes Omega 3 supplements.

Skewered Salmon & Calamari

Here’s a recipe from Chef Willie McWatters of Guemes Island for his Skewered Salmon & Calamari, which he makes using locally sourced ingredients.

All Natural, All the Time

Rawganique is a clothing store and cafe in Blaine run by Quo Yong Fu and Qeanu Wallner. The company offers raw and organic items for sustainable living.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin features True Love by Pink, an exotic cocktail using lychee made by Studio B. The perfect romantic drink for Valentine’s Day.

Tenant Lake Park in Ferndale

Adjacent to Hovander Homestead Park, Tenant Lake Park is an easy walking trail in Ferndale.This scenic hike and park are fun for the whole family.

Tourism CEO Helping Whatcom Find Its Way

With professional travel and tourism experience, Sandy Ward, CEO of Bellingham Whatcom County Touris, is working on a way-finding plan for Whatcom County.

Want Healthy Skin? First, Look at What You’re Eating

Tianna Tsitsis of RejuvenationMD shares her favorite foods and bad habits to break to help us achieve radiant, healthy skin.

A Toast to Ferndale’s Past

Robert Pinkley, Brett Wiltse, and Amberleigh Brownson of Leader Block Wine Co. and Eatery brings Ferndale wines and an Italian menu with PNW influence.

A Kitchen with a View

Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs showcases a kitchen remodel in Lake Stevens. Cabinets from Architectual Cabinet brighten and warm the room.

Latitude Kitchen and Bar

Jeff Holmes, owner of the Loft, has a second location on Sunset Drive, The Latitude Kitchen and Bar. Steven Engels is the executive chef.

Nostalgia, Specialty Foods and Kitchenware in La Conner

Roberta and Gregg Westover own the Olive Shoppe and Ginger Grater. at their place in La Conner, you can taste a variety of olives, shop for kitchen necessities, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Deming Family Offers New Sounds

The McHughs is a local family band. Tim McHugh and his three kids are celebrating their new album, “A Day Will Come,” with a CD release party this Spring.

‘Thrill of the Hunt,’ But Also Danger

Kara Nelson describes what it’s like to be married to a commercial fisherman. Her husband, Laeth, is gone for extended periods of time for much of the year.

But for the Grace of PeaceHealth

Ken Karlberg shares a personal account of a family member dealing with an addiction. PeaceHealth is saving lives during this opioid epidemic.

Coffee, Healthy Food, and A Comfy Place to Wait for the Ferry

Andrea Hampton is the owner of Salty Fox Coffee – a Friday Harbor cafe with baked goods, Twisp coffee, art, and a comfy place to wait for the ferry.

Keeping Your Home ‘Healthy’

There are many environmental hazards that can affect our homes. This safety guide lists safety checks for the house to keep you living in a healthy home.

Fave Faves: Bellingham Podcasts

This month we are sharing five of our favorite Bellingham podcasts. With the shows discussing community, science, beer, food, comics, and more!

Sweet Move

Owned by Kevin Buck, Chocolate Necessities changed locations last fall and now has two stores where you can enjoy artisan chocolate, gelato, wine and beer.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin features the G, a cocktail created by managing mixologist Dakota Etley at Miller’s Back Door, next to Rumors Cabaret.

Refusing Single Uses: A Journey to Lessen Waste

Brian Shasserre is part of the Zero Waste Movement. He refuses single use items to create less waste and instead reuses items.

Simplify Your Space in 2019

Professional organizer Monika Kristofferson of Efficient Organization gives you some hints to help simplify your space and clear the clutter this new year.

Responsible Hair Care

Alchemika Salon, with owner and stylist Somer-Barnes, is an eco-conscious salon for responsible hair care. Green Circle provides compostable packaging.

Get Fueled with Fresh Flavor

Big Love Juice has two Bellingham locations, offering cold press juices made from local ingredients in addition to healthy, fresh snacks.

Attack That Closet

The New Year is a time to refresh! Fashion blogger Autumn Sorelle shares her tips on how to clear away the clutter and re-organize your closet.

Fit Plan for Life

Jenn Bachtel shares a few favorite recipes, like cold Asian salad and protein bread, as well as substitutions to keep your meals varied and nutritious.

What the Heck is a Drink Called Shrub?

Josh and Tomo Kramer are the founders of Cascade Shrub Farm, bringing you a healthy, refreshing, locally infused cocktail and soda mix.

Home with a Better View

Jennifer Ryan took on the challenge of a home remodel to open up the kitchen, dining room, and living room, so a view of the lake could be enjoyed.

Beyond Clearing the Clutter

Monika Kristofferson shares tools for change to help you clear away the clutter. Learn how to make decisions to organize your home and feel more empowered.

Winter Comfort

Cassie Elliot shares her recipe for a delicious butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds. It is low carb and fits within her 20 day Sugar Detox.

An All-in-One Fitness Package for 2019

Zac Palmer is a personal trainer, and VP of Fitness Gear and Training. The store sells residential fitness equipment, has a gym and a 30-Minute Fit program.

Mother-son team author ‘Raising Ryan: Living with Autism’

Mother and son duo released their book, “Raising Ryan: Living with Autism” in June of 2018. Sometimes funny, sometimes hear-wrenching, this is their story.

First ‘Knee-versary’

Robin Robertson is experiencing life in a whole new way since her knee replacement surgery a year ago. Her custom knee was designed by Conformis.

Intriguing Insects

Professor Merrill A. Peterson, at Western Washington University, teaches biology and entomology. He recently published a book, “Pacific Northwest Insects.”

Dark Beers for Dark Days

Neal Tognazzini reminds us not to forget about dark beers during these long, dark winter months. Selections from Wander Brewing Co. are among the favorites.

Winter Comfort

Cassie Elliot shares her recipe for a delicious butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds. It is low carb and fits within her 20 day Sugar Detox.

Feeding Families and the Famished

The Bellingham Food Bank provides hunger-relief to many in our community. The non-profit is run by executive director Mike Cohen, staff, and 150 volunteers.

The Mixing Tin

December’s Mixing Tin brings you the toasted bourban mocha from the 13moons restaurant at the Swinomish Casino in Anacortes.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

We have chosen our top five favorite places celebrate New Year’s Eve around Skagit County, Whatcom County, and Island County.

For Goodness Sake

Ken Karlberg gives us a challenge this holiday season in his Final Word: to love thy neighbor and to practice kindness, to open our eyes beyond our bubble.

Big Views, Bigger Portions

Head down to Squalicum Harbor for some classic fish and chips or a burger and fries from Nicki’s Bella Marina, which overlooks Bellingham Bay.

Music, Clothing for a Cause

Suzanne Smith, owner of Betty Be Good, held a fundraiser and raised $10,000 for Engedi, an organization providing support to survivors of human trafficking.

In Winter, Warm-Weather Options

Pandora Grover moved her women’s clothing store, Seasons, to Fairhaven earlier this year. You can find Northwest fashion for every season there year-round.

A Feast for the Senses, Seaside

For a seaside retreat and an exceptional dining experience, try the Whidbey Island Inn at Langley with executive chef Matt Costello and chef Emily Bell.

Swinomish Tribal Leader Affects Change Locally and Nationally

Brian Cladoosby, senior tribal leader of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, is enacting national and local change, improving the lives of his tribe.

Skin Care Goals: A New You for the New Year

Lisa Crosier, owner of Lisa Crosier Skincare and Beauty Boutique, shares her secrets and goals for healthy skin care for a new you in the new year.

At Home on Whidbey Island

These two wine bars on Whidbey Island are ideal for tasting: The Terrace Wine Bar and Bistro in Oak Harbor and Vail Wine Shop & Tasting Room in Coupeville.

From Apollo 8 to Flight Museum

This Christmas Eve marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 astronauts entering lunar orbit. Greg Anders runs the Heritage Flight Museum in Burlington.

Lummi Nation Purchases Loomis Trail Golf Course

The Lummi Nation purchased the Blaine Loomis Trail Golf Course, located on original tribal land. It will be an addition to the Silver Reef Hotel and Casino.

Costco’s Move Brings Big Three To Bellingham

Since Costco’s move, the Cordata Center is now home to Sierra Trading Post, HomeGoods, and Hobby Lobby. All in one place to make your shopping trip easier.

Home for the Holidays

This month, our featured home showcases a home for the holidays, with Christmas trees and seasonal decor to brighten and warm the room.

Clothing, with Style

Lynden native Laura Bouma owns the women’s clothing boutique Cheeks. You can find the shop on Front Street in downtown Lynden.

Tapping into Your Inner Bird Nerd

You can help out your local chapter of the National Audubon Siciety by becoming a citizen scientist and counting birds for the Christmas Bird Count.

Whidbey Island’s Unpretentious Getaway

The Saratoga Inn on Whidbey Island makes a delightful getaway this winter. In the remodel, owner Jim Pensiero gave the inn a refreshing, comfortable look.

Fighting Arthritis With Bells On

The 31st annual Jingle Bell Run starts at Bellingham High School on Dec. 8. This event raises funds for arthritis research and helps spread awareness.

Christmas Morning Present: Blackberries and Biscuits

Arelené Mantha of Twofiftyflora has blackberries and biscuits for a perfect Christmas morning treat. Try her blackberry sauce on buttermilk biscuits recipe!

Nature, Chihuly Shape Glassmaker

Christopher Morrison is Bellingham’s own Dale Chihuly, creating beautiful glass art pieces inspired by nature. You can find his work at Morrison Glass Art.

Oh, Christmas Tree

As you are preparing for the holidays, here is a list of local, U-cut Christmas tree farms around Whatcom and Skagit counties.

The Supreme Court’s Scarlet K, and an Apology

This month’s Final Word is by Ken Karlberg. As someone within the legal system, Ken takes a look at the controversy of the Judge Kavanaugh hearings.

Five Faves

Nothing beats a good Bloody Mary in the morning! Find out who has the best Bloody Marys in town in this month’s Five Faves.

Inspired By Roots

Interior designer Tanna Edler answers her most frequently asked questions about home design including inspirations and tips and tricks.

Slow Down, Eat Food, Give Thanks

Slow Food USA practices slowing down, understanding where food comes from, and enjoying the local bounty in Island and Skagit Counties.

Woodcut Prints, Handmade Crafts In Downtown Mount Vernon

From stickers to mugs to handmade jewelry to screen-printed clothes, it’s all available at elSage Designs in downtown Mount Vernon.

For Thanksgiving, ‘Tis the Saison

How are you going to wash your traditional starch-and-fat lover’s delight of a meal down this Thanksgiving? The answer: Saison.

Gem of an Archivist

Cataloging, recording, and saving priceless pieces of Bellingham’s history is up to the archivist Jeff Jewell at Whatcom Museum.

Fuel for Winter’s Fun

Here is a list of the best dishes on the Mount Baker Highway in Glacier and Deming. Stop in for a bite after a day of fun on Mount Baker this winter!

Getting Back to Our Roots

Sara Southerland shares her great grandmother’s recipe for a fall frittata with a carrot top pesto using fresh veggies from the Bellingham Farmers Market.

Teaching Fifth-Graders About the Many Secrets of Our Salish Sea

Dr. Joseph Gaydos is an advocate for marine life. He works for the Orcas Island-based SeaDoc Society and is the author of “Explore the Salish Sea.”

Modernizing a Friday Harbor Mainstay

When the Leightons took over Sandpebble on Friday Harbor, they changed the name to Pebble and began to slowly and naturally modernize the shop.

Wellness Centers

Continuing with our series of wellness centers, we bring you a unique type of therapy: hypnosis. Kelley Woods of the Woods Hypnosis Center shares her view.

Best of the Northwest 2018 Winners Announced

You voted, and now you can see who is the Best in the Northwest! Here are the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners in all 126 categories.

High-Flying Teas

Scout Urling, owner of Flying Bird Botanicals, makes locally sourced organic tea and drinking chocolate, sold in various locations around Bellingham.

Cleaning and Clearing the Way for Fish

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and Whatcom Land Trust are busy maintaining fish habitats along the Nooksack River and educating the community.

A Half-Century of Everything from Crafts to Cabinets

Julie Coull is the owner of Hamann’s Gallery and Gift in Barkley Village. You can find custom framing, local art, Scandinavian home goods, and so much more!

The Mixing Tin

Cocktail consultant Mike Rothmeyer has developed three versions of the classic Mai Tai for The Union Tavern in Anacortes.

Snohomish Backyard Retreat

Heidi Skievaski and Kryssie Maybay of Sublime Garden Design worked to transform this Snohomish backyard into a relaxing retreat, complete with a waterfall.

In Her Last Call, Ashley Shares Her Finishing Touches

Makeup artist and owner of Love Beauty in Bellingham Ashley Thomasson shares her secrets to can’t-live-without products for her finishing touches.

Homeless Get Comfort from Donated Socks

Carolyn Colwell of Your City Sports has donated thousands of socks to the homeless, working with Rachel Tinnell of the Lighthouse Mission Ministeries.

Fairhaven’s New Orca Building Offers a Splashy Surprise

The Orca Building in Fairhaven is home to the Peter James Photography Gallery as well as a splashy new orca sculpture designed by David Christensen.

Toys ‘R’ Us

Ken Karlberg recalls past pranks at work and with his daughters, and encourages us to be playful and find our inner child.

Getting on Island Time

San Juan Island Brewing Co., run by brothers Tim and Sean Alyward and stepfather Verne Howard, offers tasty brews and wood stone pizzas on Friday Harbor.

Refreshing Historic Buildings, Reviving Downtown

Bob Hall, owner of Daylight Properties, is an integral part of creating the downtown Bellingham we have today with his historical buiding restorations.

Skagit Surprise: Fresh Fish to Eat and Take Home

In Burlington, Tana and Eric Skaugrud are founders of Skagit’s Own Fish Market. They offer fresh, locally caught seafood, seasonings, and a seafood lunch.

Simple Cooking Yields Easy Chili

With just a little bit of planning, prep, and organization, anyone can use this super simple recipe for instant pot chili.

Looking to Bounce Back

Dan Radil gives an inside look into the current downturn of Whatcom County Wineries and which wineries were distinguished at the Northwest Wine Festival.

Transforming a Garage Into a Game Room

Jennifer Ryan transformed this garage into an Archie comic book themed game room for two teens, complete with disco ball and foosball table.

Celebrating 20 Years of Independent Film

The Pickford Film Center is celebrating their 20th anniversary. The movie theater shows independent films and hosts a variety of film festivals every year.

Help with Heavy Lifting, and More

The Opportunity Council is a local nonprofit providing services like housing, building job skills, disability assistance, and so much more.

Home Shopping and Staging, Under One Roof

Urban Collective is a a home decor boutique and staging service created by Solveig Johnson, a Bellingham realtor at The Muljat Group.

Five Faves

It’s October and Halloween is right around the corner! We have a wide variety of costumes for grown-ups: fictional characters, night creatures and more!

Baker Hot Springs

In the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest lie natural geothermal pools. Here are the quick stats that you’ll need to take a hike to the Baker Hot Springs.

Sense of Place, With Plates

Off Chuckanut Drive in Bow lies The Rhododendron Café, run by Lisa Cooney and Jim Kowalski, who use fresh, local Washington ingredients.

Fresh from the Farm — Family Style

Mama’s Garden is a local farm run by three mamas. Located in Deming, they have U-pick blueberries, beef, produce at their farm stand, and more!

Picture-Perfect on Sandy Point

Take a look at this Featured Home on Sandy Point in Ferndale designed by Alexei Ford, built by Ian Hamilton, and photographed by Tim Chandonnet.

Bringing the Outside in

Infuse your home with living plants from Babygreens, flowers from your local greenhouse or for a bit more fun, try temporary floral tattoos from Tattly.

The Mixing Tin

The Mixing Tin this month is showcasing a drink called Charlie, created by Karly Steffen, bar manager at Fairhaven’s Övn.

Skin Care Rehab?

Tianna Tsitsis of RejuvenationMD shows us an advanced, effective natural treatment for cellular rejuvenation throughout the body using blood platelets.

Bellingham Shop Sells Commitment with Its Jewelry

Hayley and Jarod Faws have opened a new jewelry store called APSE. A percentage of their profits goes to ending sexual exploitation.

Frightful Film Festival Rocks Bellingham

Bleedingham, a local horror short-film festival, gives filmmakers a chance to bring their own terrifying stories to the screen, being held Oct. 27-28.

Midterm Elections are Coming Nov. 6

It’s midterm elections again, and Bellingham Alive is here to help with tools for registering, ballot drop-offs, and helpful websites. Vote by Nov. 6!

A’Town Bistro

Take a quick inside look into the A’Town Bistro in Anacortes, plus learn about a few edible garnishes to make your drinks fun and festive.

More Than ‘Mean’ Martinis

Here’s a quick inside look at Bellingham’s Fireside Martini and Wine Bar and a Q & A with Kuma Liqueur owner, Chet Holstein.

Five Faves

We are highlighting five of our favorite hikes to take during the fall season, from the North Cascades to the San Juan Islands.

Homeless Youths Getting a Place of Their Own

Northwest Youth Services is providing a number of services to help homeless teens in Whatcom County, including housing and mental health services.

Showcasing Jewels of Orcas Island

Material Wit on Orcas Island is run by Jessie Morrow. Her shop showcases four jewelry collections, clothes, household items, and art.

A Daily Dose of Trendy Tacos in Bellingham

Goat Mountain Pizza owners opened a new restaurant last fall, this time a bar with tacos called Black Sheep. You can find them in downtown Bellingham.

Chuckanut Bay Distillery is Making a Big Move

Award winning Chuckanut Bay Distillery is opening a new restaurant and event space located in the center of downtown Bellingham.

Beach Drive Remodel

Take a look at the amazing transformation of this beach drive remodel on Camano Island. This article details the renovations made during this home remodel.

The Summit Conqueror Tells All

Dave Mauro has conquered seven summits and shares his stories in his new book, “The Altitude Journals”. He will be speaking at REI stores across the US.

A Younger Glow

Master esthetician Lisa Crosier shares her secrets on anti-aging and the two types of exfoliation to give you a younger glow.

The Ultimate Mood Killer: Bicycle Seats

Loretta shares her insights on how bicycle seats can be a very successful form of birth control while being the designated cyclist during girls’ night out.

Deception Distilling

In this web exclusive, you can take an inside look into the family-run business in Anacortes, Deception Distilling and get the recipe for Lavender and Lace.

The Mixing Tin

This month’s Mixing Tin showcases a cocktail called The Bullfighter, which can be found at The 202 in Downtown Bellingham.

(Electric) Pedal Power

Bellingham Alive writer Melissa McCarthy tries riding an e-bike for the first time. Electric bikes are safer and better for the environment.

Second Hand for New Moms and Kiddos

Flip and Little Bugs, owned by Elyse Brown, are two children and maternity consignment stores in Bellingham where moms can buy second hand clothes and toys.

Shedding Light on the Value of Recreation

Todd Elsworth is the founder of Recreation Northwest, a nonprofit organization educating people on the economic and social benefits of recreation.

Nonprofit Online College Sees Growth, Growing Pains

Western Governors University is a national nonprofit online college. WGU is designed for people with families and careers who need more flexibility.

Swinomish Casino Scores

The Sports Bar & Grill at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge has upgraded their menu. Chef O’Neil is responsible for the new delicious additions.

The Breakdown on Hair Removal

Beauty professional Cheryl Jason gives us the breakdown on three different types of hair removal: waxing, sugaring, and threading.

Indoor Plants Blossom in Bellingham

Babygreens is a new indoor plant shop located in Downtown Bellingham. Owner Nick Meza is a WWU grad and opened the shop earlier this spring.

Therapy: Float Tanks, or Sensory Deprivation Tanks

Epsom salt float tanks help relax muscles, pressure on joints, and alleviate stress.