Retire in Bellingham

Activities and Culture

Learn about Bellingham's' popular activities and culture.

Activities

Thanks to Bellingham's temperate climate, hiking is a "hallmark" of Bellingham as its visitor site quickly notes. Perhaps that hiking will even be on Mount Baker, where you can also enjoy skiing right in town. Or take a short trip to Clayton Beach, also right in town. With plenty of golf and other activities in the area, we're quite sure no matter who you are you'll find something of interest in Bellingham.

At a glance

Bowling Alleys:

3

Movie Theaters:

4

Casinos:

2

Public Libraries:

7

Malls:

2

Shooting Ranges:

1

Sports Teams within 60 Miles:

1

Closest Beach:

Clayton Beach (0 miles away)

Closest Skiing:

Mt. Baker (0 miles away)

Golf courses and country clubs:

8

Universities:

2

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Food

Food Summary

Bellingham has a good amount of inexpensive and mid range dining options. Salmon aficionados will be in good hands, as the fish found in the Pacific Northwest cannot be beat. Area restaurants do an excellent job of sourcing and presenting fresh, local ingredients in a creative fashion.

  • Restaurants

    406
  • Bars

    28
  • Local Specialty

    Wild salmon and oysters

Culture

Culture Summary

Bellingham is another city which is known for its surrounding natural beauty, but that doesn't mean it has to lack in the cultural department. The city has a rich theatre culture, with the Bellingham Theatre Guild, Historic Mount Baker Theatre and the Northwest Ballet among the favorites. The Upfront Theatre is an improv comedy venue which draws fun, lively crowds for those who are looking for a laugh. Those who are looking for a stroll around town can visit the Fairhaven Historic District, which boasts a variety of quaint shops and restaurants.

  • Total performing arts companies

    6
  • Museums

    6
  • Historical Sites

    0
  • Zoos and Botanical Gardens

    1
  • Vineyards

    5

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