We are here for you! Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism has reformatted our Tourism Talk e-news to provide ongoing information. We have also added  tourism industry  resources  to Bellingham.org for access at anytime. We are here to help all our members navigate these uncertain times. 

U.S. - Canada border restrictions on non-essential travel have been extended until May 21. The Bellingham Herald reported: "During the first two weeks of April the two Blaine crossings saw just over 2,000 passenger vehicle entries into the U.S.; typically there are 155,000 to 160,000 passenger vehicles during the same time frame."

Alaska Ferry sailings to Bellingham have been delayed until at least mid-May.
Bellingham Now - Taking on COVID-19
Impacts on Tourism in Whatcom County
Impacts on Tourism in Whatcom County

U.S. Travel Industry Projected Impact
of COVID-19 as of April 16, 2020
A study by the U.S. Travel Association and research firm Tourism Economics has updated its estimates of the COVID-19 impact on the U.S. travel industry:
Local Scenes of Inspiration
Fairhaven Misses You

On a beautiful spring day, in this time of social distancing, over 35 of Fairhaven's merchants stepped outside their businesses in the village to celebrate the local community. They share messages of hope and care and 'we are still here'. Many of the Fairhaven businesses have found creative and innovative ways to remain 'open'. Together we can!

Dual-citizen family surprises Surrey dad 
with cross-border birthday bash

The family of 13 - separated by a ditch bordering two countries - sang the grandfather a birthday song. In Aldergrove, BC, his son, daughter, and their families, celebrated Sanghera's arrival with cheering and balloons. In Lynden, WA, Aulakh and her family, as well as Hardeep's fiancée, held up a massive "Happy B-Day" sign stretching two car-lengths.

Border Meetup for Birthday Surprise During COVID-19 Lockdown

Normally, you'd be here looking for information before you leave for a trip to Bellingham and Whatcom County. Instead you're at home, probably watching Netflix, wondering when is the next time you'll get to experience Bellingham again. The good news is we are working to bring Bellingham to you! With access to a variety of virtual events, activities and resources you'll quickly feel like you're Bellinghome.   

Local Whatcom County Updates

You might not physically be in your favorite Bellingham spot, but the spirit of travel is still alive and kicking. The next time you log on for a conference call, make it a Bellingham Experience!  Click here for images and instructions.

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism is excited to announce that their events calendar is now able to feature virtual events.  During these times of physical distancing, it is important that our community works to remain socially connected. The events calendar can now serve as a hub for Whatcom County businesses, restaurants, stores and other organizations to share their online activities, events and specials.  For more information on how to submit events check out:  http://www.bellingham.org/event-calendar/new-event/.
The Hotel Bellwether is thankful to announce it was awarded the SBA Paycheck Protection Program and re-opened its doors Wed., April 22, 2020. 
The Hotel Bellwether is now accepting reservations for any guests in need of a safe, relaxing stay. The check-in process has been upgraded to now feature a "no-contact" check-in, designed to keep a social distance, but also providing assistance if needed. After guests check out, rooms will be rested for a minimum of 48 hours, followed by a deep cleaning, ensuring a sanitary environment for each guest. 
Guests are encouraged to nourish the soul while wandering the expansive grounds surrounding the Hotel Bellwether, revel in the stunning water views, and enjoy room service prepared by the talented chef at the Lighthouse Grill.


The Washington Tourism Alliance  (WTA) announced the appointment of David Blandford as its Interim Executive Director, effective May 4, 2020. Blandford will lead the organization's marketing activities in addition to a growing range of initiatives related to COVID-19, including tourism industry recovery and crisis communications.

From the chef of The Willows Inn in Washington, which was named the best restaurant in North America three years in a row by Opinionated About Dining, comes Lummi: Island Cooking.
An alum of Danish restaurant Noma, chef Blaine Wetzel is known for his Pacific Northwest cuisine. In the cookbook, the chef shares recipes for his green figs and leaf cream; sea urchin marinated in tomato seeds; wild beach peas and lovage stems and stew of chanterelle mushrooms.

The Whatcom Literacy Council will be hosting the 24th Annual TRIVIA BEE & Silent Auction 6 p.m. to 9 pm on Friday, November 14th, 2020 at Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall in Campus Center.

Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood announced a number of City-hosted summer events and programs are canceled, as part of county-wide efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
From festivals and triathlons to full-day summer camps and sports leagues, City-hosted events that encourage people to gather are canceled in Bellingham this summer.  Mayor Fleetwood's announcement follows Whatcom County Health Department Director Erika Lautenbach's recommendation last week to cancel summer events throughout Whatcom County.
Singers from a great variety of  Whatcom County choirs will be featured in a virtual performance of "Bright Morning Stars," a stirring Appalachian folk hymn. The film will be posted on YouTube in mid-May, where it can be enjoyed by viewers across the county, the nation and the world.

Northwest Clean Air Agency (NWCAA) awarded  Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) with a  'Partners for Clean Air' Gold Award for 2019In order to qualify for a Gold Award, an agency must demonstrate at least three consecutive years of perfect compliance with air quality regulations. Agencies must also employ additional clean air practices in at least two of four categories. These are: energy efficiency, emissions reductions, air pollution prevention, and transportation.

Modified Calendar
April 25

Depot Market Square
Time:  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
April 27

Time:  8:00 am - Noon
May 1

Time:  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
May 2 & 3

Time:  10 a.m. - 5 pm
Photo Contest

March & April 2020
Our region is full of beauty! Send us your scenic photos from all around the county and enter them in our latest contest for a chance at a prize! Yes, members can enter. Members can also donate prizes. Enter here

Questions? We are happy to answer them for you.
Give us a call at 360-671-3990,  email us or visit our website at  bellingham.org .
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229