I've got a special guest post today by Martha Kay from North Left Coast. She's a style blogger based up in Vancouver, Canada. Be sure to check out her blog!
Since Spenser and I are both from the Pacific Northwest we thought we’d share a couple of our favourite places in the region. I have recently discovered a charming area of Bellingham, Washington called Fairhaven. I’ve visited the area a couple times this Spring as I have a cousin who just moved nearby, so I wanted to share some of my photos of this charming destination and a recount of my favourite restaurants and shops.
Fairhaven was originally its own town until it became a part of Bellingham circa 1900. It still has its old charm and when you enter the centermost part of Fairhaven, known as the Historical District, it feels like you’ve gone back in time. In fact, according to one of Bellingham’s Municipal Codes, all newly constructed buildings in the district are required to conform in outward appearance to the community's traditional 19th-century style (via). As you can imagine, it’s a charming place to visit!
Both times I’ve been to Fairhaven, I’ve gone out for lunch with my mom at one of the local restaurants. The first time, we went to the Colophon cafe which was cozy and relaxing. The food reminded me of some of my most comforting homecooked meals. The restaurant is full of tables, booths and even sofas to lounge in. It’s definitely the type of restaurant where you can either eat a quick lunch with your family, or settle in with a book and a hot cappuccino for an hour or two.
We ordered soups and sandwiches which were quite yummy!
On one of our other visits, we went to Harris Avenue Cafe for brunch. I had an omelette which was HUGE but when I asked the server how many eggs were in it she said there were only 3. I think there was just a ton of vegetables and cheese! It was really good and definitely filled me up for the day!
Fairhaven is a really nice area to explore and walk around in. I really enjoyed Boulevard Park which overlooks the water. Within the park there are picnic tables, pocket beaches and great views of the ocean and the boats. It would be great place to go to with ice cream cones in the summer!
Another Fairhaven favourite of mine was Eclipse Bookstore and Fine Art. This shop was incredible! I wish I’d taken a video while I was inside because the photos don’t necessarily do it justice. There are books EVERYWHERE, piled up on every surface (of two floors!) and overflowing out the door. In the hour or two that I was inside I saw a stack of the original yellow Nancy Drew books (I was tempted to buy them all) as well as numerous other hardcover classics.
This is the kind of place a book lover could spend an entire day in. On a weekly basis. I mean, the books are never ending!
I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about Fairhaven, Washington. It's such a cute little area to explore and definitely one of Washington's hidden gems!
Don’t forget to head over to northleftcoastblog.com to see Spenser’s guest post! Thanks for reading,