August 6, 2020
We are here for you!
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism provides this Tourism Talk e-news to provide ongoing information to our local businesses. We have also added tourism industry resources to for access anytime.
We are here to help all our members navigate these uncertain times.
Do you have masks for sale?
Thank you to all our great tourism businesses for doing a great job to keep everyone safe! We are now compiling a list of all the places where the public can buy masks in Whatcom County. If you have masks for sale, please contact us at, to let us know where they can be purchased and for what price.

Also - Keep sending us your mask images! We are utilizing these throughout our website, social media and email channels to let locals and travelers know your business is committed to safety.
Village Books
Springhill Suites
Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Allied Arts
Bellewood Farms
Bellewood Farms
Save the Date:
Cultural Heritage Tourism Meeting Aug. 18
Please add to your calendar our quarterly Cultural Heritage Tourism Stakeholders Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 18, 3 - 5 p.m. Specific details will be sent in a separate email. If you would like more information, please contact Annette Bagley, 
In a grassroots effort to keep our local arts organizations alive, We heART commUNITY is a new collective fundraiser asking individuals to choose 5 Whatcom County arts organizations and donate $50 to each for a total donation of $250. The first 100 donations of $250 will receive a We heART commUNITY tote bag.

The first week of the campaign had great success with the following results:
  • Over $12,000 raised so far
  • About 50% of tote bags claimed 
  • All 14 of the original organizations received donations
  • 11 folks donated over the $250 minimum, several of whom gave to all 14 listed organizations

Great job Whatcom County! Keep spreading the love and supporting our commUNITY!
The Employer Support Task Force (ESTF) was formed by the Public Health Advisory Board in mid-May to help businesses and organizations share best practices for operating safely in the face of COVID-19. Join the ESTF on August 13 at noon for a presentation, culmination, and celebration of all the ESTF has accomplished over the past three months. Sign up for this forum here.
Whatcom County Health Department, in partnership with Whatcom Unified Command and researchers at Western Washington University, has released an online survey regarding practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Local COVID-19 response partners are seeking community member engagement in the survey in order to better understand people’s choices to adopt personal prevention practices such as limiting social gatherings or wearing masks in public or social settings.
This article recently appeared in AAA Journey by Harriet Baskas
Sculpture Northwest recently opened the David Marshall Sculpture Gallery in Bellingham’s Big Rock Garden Park. The permanent outdoor exhibit has nearly 40 works by local and international artists. It is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Western Gallery at Western Washington University in Bellingham is temporarily closed because of COVID-19, but the outdoor sculpture collection spread across the 205-acre campus is accessible all the time. Look for work by Richard Serra, Isamu Noguchi and more than 30 other artists.
A new Eat Local First Washington Directory helps to connect Washington State residents with local farms and farmers markets in one place. The Eat Local First WA Directory is a project of the Eat Local First Collaborative, a group of food system organizations from around the state working together to merge various online farm finder tools into a single easy-to-use platform; the Eat Local First WA Directory is the first step in that process to find local farms and food.
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen celebrates Eat Local Month in August this year. Using 50% local products in many of the items at the Kitchen, in 2020 Chuckanut is highlighting local Cairnspring Mills flour in the pizzas and calzones on the menu. Bellingham Pasta will be highlighted as well in various options on the specials menu too.
by Lauren
As the weather warms up, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a great cone of ice cream. Somehow, nothing says “Summer!” like ice cream, a treat we love watching our kids enjoy and one that never gets boring or old. Whatcom County is home to some spectacular ice cream and gelato makers who are coming up with innovative new flavors each season. If you need a feel-good treat for your day, something cool, sweet, colorful and unique, here’s where to get it!
During these times of physical distancing, it is important that our community works to remain socially connected. The events calendar serves as a hub for Whatcom County businesses, restaurants, stores and other organizations to share their events and online activities.

August 7 & 8
August 10, 15 & 18
August 12, 19 & 26

Time: 11 am - 4 pm
August 15
August 15, 22 & 29

Time: 10 am - 2 pm
August 19

Time: 6 pm - 7 pm
August & September 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 Whatcom County Tourism
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229