All About the Extras
Complimentary fresh-baked cookies are available in the lobby every day, along with tea, coffee and cocoa in the library.
Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the property, as is onsite parking.
Same-day laundry service is available.
The Art of Smart Timing
For many families, summer is the best time to visit, and the long hours of daylight allow for scenic outdoor adventures. Like Seattle, its big-city neighbor, Bellingham receives its sunniest weather from June to September, and the rainiest from October to March. The city's proximity to the water gives it cooler than average temperatures during the summer, rarely exceeding 75 degrees, which spells relief for some visitors. If planning a summer visit, be sure to book early, as this is the high season in town and Fairhaven is a popular place to stay.
As an alternative, consider the off-season to avoid peak hotel rates and busy foot traffic (bear in mind that Bellingham's tourist season will never feel as crowded as a larger city's busiest months). The maritime climate makes the city a mild year-round destination that receives less rain than you think -- around 35 inches -- that tends to come as a mist rather than a downpour (for reference, New York receives 44 inches and Houston receives 50 inches). September and October can be two of the Northwest's most beautiful months, often offering stable, sunny weather. But you never know when rainclouds will roll in, even in the summer, so always pack a rain jacket and fleece.
The holiday season in Fairhaven is particularly festive with twinkly lights and decorated shops. The nearby Bellingham Cruise Terminal hosts an annual gingerbread competition, as well as holiday performances by local dance schools and choirs. Winter can be a nice time to catch up on indoor activities -- take advantage of the gas fireplace in your room and have the walking trails to yourself.
Bellingham International Airport (BLI) completed a major remodel in 2014 to become a Northwest hub serviced by Alaska, Allegiant and Frontier airlines. Located on the north end of town, about 15 minutes from the Fairhaven, the airport has direct flights year-round from a number of western cities, including Honolulu, as well as seasonal flights from San Diego, Denver and Maui. Because Bellingham is just 90 miles north of Seattle on I-5, farther-flung visitors can fly to Sea-Tac and drive north or catch an airport shuttle. Amtrak also services Bellingham with two arrivals daily from Seattle, which debark at the depot in Fairhaven.
For Mom and Dad
Pop down to Daphnes Bar, located at the hotel (directly next door to the lobby). This romantic little spot is open daily from 3 p.m. to midnight and offers low lighting and specialty cocktails in a spacious, yet intimate setting. The bar offers a cheese platter for light noshing but not much else, so it's not the place for a meal. If you like pub food in a lively atmosphere, the Archer Ale House is just a couple of doors down. Descend the stone steps to enter the English-style pub for a pint and a game of darts. The menu includes Northwest specialties, such as oysters and crab, as well as dishes from across the pond, including Irish nachos (oven-baked potatoes smothered in cheddar) and shepherd's pie.