Dangerously Daydreaming

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence

A Day in Bellingham

This last weekend I ended up having a day in lovely Bellingham all to myself, a “staycation” of sorts.  BF was off visiting a friend and I was in need of a day to relax now that moving/packing is all done.  This post is jam-packed with some of favorite places in Bellingham so if you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend checking them out – they’re perfect for a little restfulness and indulgence.

Now to do a good, relaxing day off properly you have to start it out with sleeping in.  And perhaps french pressed coffee…  We drink a LOT of coffee around here.  I think the logic is that it keeps the chill from getting to our bones.  And then there’s the need to feed that caffeine addiction.

In the afternoon I headed off to my favorite trail loop around Lake Padden for a run.  It was a cloudy, gray day – typical of a Pacific Northwest winter.  I used to hate the dreary wetness of our winters, but over the years (and especially after living in Dutch Harbor, Alaska where the rain comes down sideways because of the high winds) I’ve come to appreciate and even enjoy it at times.  The run was great and that lake is absolutely beautiful!

After that I was feeling rather famished and craving some of the best of Bellingham for a late lunch.  Where to go?  My favorite place for a great cup of coffee and lunch is Avenue Bread in the Fairhaven district.  These guys make their bread fresh everyday.  And they even have options for the gluten-resistant among us – joy, rapture!  I ordered up a caramel macchiato (the real-deal macchiato that comes in a little espresso cup) made with Bellingham Bay Coffee Roasters beans and a tasty Baja Turkey sandwich on gluten-free foccatia.  This sandwich is bliss: turkey, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and jalapeño cream cheese deliciousness!  I brought a book along to delve into while I sipped my macchiato.

Next I opted to wander down to Boulevard Park.  This park is right on the bay with a boardwalk that meanders over the water and meets a trail that runs along the shoreline for two miles until you reach downtown Bellingham.  As long you’re not a opposed to a little rain now and then, Bellingham is a great town to walk or bike through.  This particular park is a great place to catch a sunset over the San Juans Islands.  I love being near the sea, I’ve always lived near it and can’t imagine being landlocked at this point.  Boulevard Park a popular spot among locals on sunny days, a great place for a picnic, a game of frisbee, or a romantic walk along the water.  Not to be missed if you’re in Bellingham.  At the park is a cute little café called The Woods.  On a rainy day like when I went out to the park, the coffee shop is great place to grab a hot cup of coffee (mint tea in my case), curl up by the fireplace with a good book, and enjoy the free wifi so I could work on my small business.

After making it halfway through my book and relaxing for a few hours at The Woods, the tummy was rumbling for some dinner.  I wasn’t terribly hungry but wanted to do go somewhere that’s usually not among my price options for a small meal.  The Cliffhouse and its fabulous Whiskey Crab Soup was calling my name.  This restaurant sits on a hillside overlooking Bellingham Bay.  The view is amazing and the food is out of this world.  There’s quite the price tag attached so save this one for a special occasion – or go the budget route like I did and just order a bowl of the Whiskey Crab Soup.  This stuff is legendary around town.  I stayed for an hour or so and read through more of my book until it was closing time.

My next stop was dessert.  And my favorite place for dessert in town has got to be Pure Bliss.  The cakes are made from scratch in-house with local ingredients whenever possible.  There’s a counter with all the beautiful cakes displayed, and the options change everyday.  There are probably 2 dozen different desserts available, again, including some gluten-free options (yay).  The decor in the place is so fun and it makes for a great date spot.  I got myself a coconut macaroon and a glass of champagne, and once again curled up with my book until closing.

My evening was winding down but BF wasn’t ready for me to pick him up yet so I walked through the downtown area to Temple Bar.  This bar has a cozy, bohemian feel, and on the night I was visiting there was a live band playing.  If you’re looking for tasty wines and fantastic cheeses, this is your stop.  I ordered a glass of raspberry mead made by locally by a place called Honey Moon.  And then cracked open my book yet again to enjoy for a few hours before calling it a night.

So there you have it, some great places in Bellingham that are worth checking out if you’re in the area.  It’s the perfect way to enjoy some true B’ham culture.

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14 comments on “A Day in Bellingham

  1. Robyn Burke
    March 5, 2012

    Thank you for allowing us to see the City of Subdued Excitement through your eyes Audrey. Lovely, yes even in the rain. I love walking Taylor Street Dock with a steamy cup of Wood’s coffee in my hand. We are blessed, truly blessed to have such choices around us.. the water, the mountains, the city and it’s many sweet spots for reading, eating and dreaming.

    • Audrey
      March 5, 2012

      It really is such an amazing place. I appreciate it more and more each time I travel for some reason… It seems like you’re able to enjoy the area to its fullest too, Robyn!

  2. edrevets
    March 5, 2012

    The authoritative guide on Bellingham, I’m sure. It looks beautiful though, and sounds more than delicious.

    • Audrey
      March 5, 2012

      Thanks! Straight from a local’s mouth – that’s got to be good for something, right? 🙂 If ever a visit is in your future, don’t hesitate!

  3. ethelthedean
    March 5, 2012

    I love playing tourist! These are lovely photos and great descriptions of the areas and places to see.

    Your day sounds like it was relaxing, rejuvenating, and delicious – the way a weekend should be! Solo days can be so rewarding. I love going to my favorite haunts, hunker down and crack open a good book. SO FAB. Ah, the good life!

    Glad that you had such a lovely time!

    • Audrey
      March 6, 2012

      Thank you! If you come down for a visit anytime soon and want a tour guide, let me know! 🙂

      It was such a good day, much needed and much enjoyed. We live in a truly lovely area, don’t we?

      • ethelthedean
        March 6, 2012

        The most beautiful! The sun is shining like crazy here today – I hope it is for you too!

  4. Transient Mountain Biker
    March 5, 2012

    I can’t wait to be in Bellingham!

    • Audrey
      March 6, 2012

      I’m still keeping an ear out for any job openings. You’re going to love it here! Where are you coming from?

      • Transient Mountain Biker
        March 6, 2012

        Thanks! I’m from Philadelphia. I just want any full time job to be honest. Just to be out there would be wonderful.

      • Audrey
        March 6, 2012

        That’s quite the change! A full time job might be easier to swing. We’re a college town so the students tend to snap up all the part-time jobs.

  5. whatimeant2say
    March 5, 2012

    What fabulous pictures! I yearn to visit Bellingham now!

    • Audrey
      March 6, 2012

      If you can make a visit happen you should hit me up! I’d be happy to play local tour guide… Summer is the best time.

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