Bellingham, Washington is a unique mix of human vitality and natural geography, situated between the Cascade Mountains and the Salish Sea. Located between Vancouver, BC and Seattle, we've got the dynamic vibe you'd expect from a city, and also offer world-class cycling, snow and water sports, hiking, and much more within an hour's drive. The Heliotrope is at the center of it all, located less than a mile from Bellingham's downtown core and nearby nature. We offer local knowledge to inform both your urban and outdoor adventures, and provide a haven at the heart of things to settle in after you've gone out.
Hike, ski, snowboard
Just a 75 minute drive from the Heliotrope is Mount Baker, with world-class snow sports and visually stunning hikes for all skill levels. Other adventures big and small can be found nearby in the Chuckanut Mountains and various parts of Whatcom County. Click the links below for more info!
kayak, canoe, paddle board & More
Bellingham is surrounded by the Salish Sea, lakes Whatcom, Samish, and Padden, the Nooksack River, and numerous other waterways. Whether interested in a stream-side stroll, river tubing, kayaking or sailing, or a lakeside trail run, ask our staff for recommendations, and explore the below links.
biking, walking and experiences
While Whatcom County's geography invites adventure, the city inspires curiosity. Many locals thrive on local trails, including mountain biking on world-class trails at Galbraith Mountain. Walking trails thread their way throughout city and county. Bellingham also hosts unique places like The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, the independent Pickford Cinema, Mindport Exhibits, summertime outdoor movies and concerts, and much more of interest to keep the whole family occupied.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Before or after adventure, Bellingham has more than enough restaurants, food trucks, breweries, farmers markets and cafes to keep your appetite preoccupied too. Enjoy any meal in historic Fairhaven, bustling downtown, or pair a beautiful drive with a delicious meal out in the county.
Bellingham Tap Trail (local breweries)
HISToric fairhaven district