Fairhaven Village Inn Review

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1200 10th St., Bellingham WA 98225
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Editor’s Review of Fairhaven Village Inn

At first glance, the Fairhaven Village Inn's charming 19th-century style may appear too elegant for families, but don't be fooled. This intimate 22-room, three-story inn welcomes and accommodates kids. What you get when you stay here is old-fashioned hospitality and a spacious room in the heart of Fairhaven, Bellingham's quaint historic district, where families can stroll the red-brick village packed with shops and eateries. The Village Inn offers an urban experience on a kid-sized scale that is great for exploring by foot.

Although styled like its turn-of-the-century neighbor buildings, the Village Inn was built in 1989 and offers modern amenities and comfortable rooms with recent updates in a variety of configurations, complete with views
... more of Bellingham Bay's working harbor. The inn also overlooks the Village Green, a central green space bordered by brickwork and benches. A popular community gathering spot, the Village Green hosts live music concerts throughout the summer and a variety of festivals. Kids will appreciate the accessible grassy area for cartwheels or a game of tag.

The Village Inn staff is friendly and knowledgeable, ready to offer recommendations and insider tips to visitors. Be sure to ask about nearby walking trails, weekend boat rentals, and bicycle rentals, as the inn offers ready access to outdoor adventures and parks just minutes away.

The inviting lobby feels like a parlor, featuring a fireplace, an antique birdcage, and a historic-style desk for check in, where you'll receive a $5 gift certificate to Village Books, Bellingham's independent bookstore on the other side of the Village Green. Double doors open into a cozy library stocked with books, games and comfy reading chairs, as well as a sideboard of self-serve coffee, tea and cocoa available at all hours. The tall, antique chair situated between the bookshelves is sure to intrigue children as it looks a bit like something royalty would occupy. In December, the chair is moved to the lobby during the holiday season for kids to sit on Santa's lap.

On the second floor, an outdoor rooftop patio with garden tables and umbrellas offers views and extra space for bouncy kids. You can have breakfast here, complimentary of the inn, or use it for picnicking if you'd rather not dine out (you're welcome to bring in food). Pick up to-go orders from a local restaurant or grocery items from the nearby Haggen grocery store. On the ground floor, which you'll enter from the small parking lot, find an old-fashioned telephone box with a wall phone that harkens back to days gone by. Around the corner, there's a vending machine with soda.

To stay at the Village Inn is to appreciate the whole Fairhaven experience -- quaint setting, kid-friendly shops and eateries, and playgrounds. You won't find chain hotel amenities here, but the inn's personalized service, old-fashioned library, and easy access to outdoor activities more than make up for them. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Spacious rooms with views
  • Library with kids' books and games
  • Complimentary breakfast
Family Interests
  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
Family Amenities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
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A Bayside room on the third floor offers sunset views of the harbor where the Alaska ferry docks weekly. Bayside rooms contain cozy gas fireplaces and a small balcony with two chairs and a small patio table, accessible via a sliding glass door. The calls of the wheeling seagulls will remind you you're on the salt water. Across the hall, Parkside rooms overlook the Village Green for an equally appealing view and morning light. The Parkside rooms don't include a gas fireplace or balcony, but do include a queen sofa bed.

All rooms are spacious and come in Two Queen or Single King configurations with comfortable beds outfitted in creamy sheets and intricately stitched quilts (or seasonal down comforters). Each room also contains a flat-screen TV with cable, HBO and DVD slot (rent movies at the nearby grocery store), armchairs, a desk, an armoire with bathrobes, a coffee maker and an ironing board. The bathrooms include tubs and updated spacious vanities. Mini-fridges and microwaves on a rollaway cart are available upon request, so be sure to ask for them.

Families can also book connected rooms or the corner Suite (for a little extra money and a lot more space). The luxurious Victorian-style suite features two rooms separated by French doors. The bedroom contains a king bed and an armchair, and the very spacious living room offers a queen-sized sofa bed, armchairs, a fireplace, large dining table for 10 amd two flat-screen TV's with cable and HBO. A jet tub is also available and housed in a separate space.

The inn also offers two ADA-compliant rooms situated near the elevator for convenient access. Rollaway beds are available for $20 and cribs are complimentary upon request. Children 12 and under stay free, but those 13 and older are $30 each. Room rates are based on double occupancy.

Families should be aware that Fairhaven is located not far from the waterfront railway line, and trains travel through town daily, as well as periodically through the night (they seem to be most noticeable around 4 a.m.). If you or your kids are noise-sensitive, we recommend a Parkside room. The front desk staff is also happy to provide earplugs -- just ask -- but you'll probably find the noise no more noticeable than an occasional city siren.


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