Fairhaven is â€˜historic Bellinghamâ€™; charming, quaint and reminiscent of a centuries-old American town.
In the summers, on our monthly shopping trips into Bellingham, weâ€™d usually take a detour and explore the assortment of lovely local shops, galleries and restaurants in Fairhaven.
Part of Bellingham since 1903, Fairhaven has retained its old city charm with beautiful brick-lined streets of well-kept, restored and newly designed historical architecture.
The Village Green, a park where events like the outdoor cinemas and farmersâ€™ market are held is the life of downtown Fairhaven, and we normally start our afternoons in Bellingham here, before we wander around.
Thereâ€™s the adorable boutique in the historic bank building, they have luxurious-feeling clothes made of bamboo. And then thereâ€™s Village Books, Bellinghamâ€™s version of Powellâ€™s â€“ itâ€™s a bookloverâ€™s haven!
Then weâ€™d pop into Paper Dreams for unique cards and gifts, knick-knacks and kitschy stuff and steal views of the goingsâ€“on on the Village Green.
I never leave without stopping at the olive oil and vinegar tasting place or a peek into the cookware store, or the double-decker bus converted into a fish and chips joint.
Fairhaven is also where the scenic and spectacular Chuckanut Drive starts (or ends…).