I promise I won’t go all in on the moving mopes, but I am going to swoon over Bellingham for a bit. Here are my favorite things about it:
11. Woods Coffee – Please take over the world. You’re so much better than Starbucks.
10. Artwood – Always a humbling place for any manner of artist. The creations people make out of wood is beyond amazing., and quintessentially Bellingham
9. . GreenHouse & Ideal – Two great shops, full of wonderful and unique things. I can meander and drool for hours.
8. The Archer Ale House – Underground pub. What;s not to love? Great beer, scotch and amazing food. There are other boozy establishments on this list, but were you to visit, I would tell you to this one.
7. Kulshan Brewery – Kulshan opened shortly after my last move, from literally across the street, but damn if it hasn’t established itself as one of the better up-and-coming breweries around. Awesome folk music on Sundays only helps.
6. BelleWood Acres – So, so many memories here. Apples, of course, are in order, but their peanut butter, gin, vodka and brandy make it beyond amazing (gin+blue cheese = OMG). The new building, with live music and food is a great destination. Seriously, order the peanut butter.
5 Boundary Bay – The original and the best, or at least very close to it. The food alone is amazing, and their beer is world class.
4. Elizabeth Station – The fact that this place isn’t #1 on the list says how many great places this town has. I’ve been there since it opened, when it was a small store with five taps and the same dudes working the bar, to 20 taps, over 1,000 beers and a bunch of people I don’t recognize. But still – it’s the watering hole.
3. Rocket Doughnuts – They have a ray gun collection and the best doughnuts on the west coast. That is all.
2. Village Books – Home, sweet home.
And number one… well, that one’s mine.