How to Spend One Day in Bellingham

Looking to make the most of a short visit? Read on for inspiration.

10 a.m. Rise and shine by stretching your legs at Sehome Hill Arboretum, a 180-acre forest preserve next to Western Washington University, or by wandering the boardwalk that connects Boulevard Park to Fairhaven.

Noon: Dig in at La Fiamma, where a 550-degree wood-fired oven churns out artisan-style pizzas. From April through December, sample local goods at the adjacent Farmers Market.

2 p.m. After lunch, stop into one of the museums in downtown. The Whatcom Museum‘s campus includes the historic Old City Hall building and the modern Lightcatcher building, where a 180-foot curved glass wall bathes the interior in natural light.

4 p.m. Next, head over to explore one of the city’s best-kept secrets, WWU’s Outdoor Sculpture Collection, which features installations from internationally renowned artists including Isamu Noguchi and Anthony Caro.

6 p.m. Stroll the boutique-and gallery-packed streets of the Fairhaven District before grabbing dinner at one of the neighborhood restaurants, which serve up everything from Mexican fare to steaks.

8 p.m. End the night back in downtown at one of Bellingham’s many local craft breweries. In the warmer months, Gruff Brewing’s expansive dog-friendly outdoor area is a great option for catching the sunset with a cold brew in hand.