July 2, 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 Bellingham.org for access anytime.
We are here to help all our members navigate these uncertain times.
Whatcom County Updates
This Saturday is the 4th of July. While many look forward to this holiday and its traditions, this year is different. The sponsored fireworks shows in Bellingham and Blaine have been canceled, and large gatherings and parties are not allowed in Phase 2. The Whatcom County Health Department encourages all county residents to celebrate responsibly this year.
Free Webinar - What Travelers Need to Feel Safe
Join Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism for a webinar on Monday, July 6 at 1pm presented by US Travel Association featuring a discussion on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic several weeks into the reopening process, what travelers need from companies to restore their confidence and important conversations around why health and safety during travel is a shared, social responsibility. Hear details on TripAdvisor’s new Travel Safe Initiative which aims to aid in restoring traveler confidence.

Please click this URL to join. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89811382040

Or join by phone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 898 1138 204
Wear a Mask - And Send Us A Photo!
Governor Inslee has  mandated all individuals in Washington State wear a face covering  in public spaces beginning Friday, June 26. Our Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism businesses are doing their part and are ready to serve, so visitors can travel confidently when the time is right.

So many of you have sent us awesome mask photos!

If you haven't done so yet, please send us an image of you and/or your staff wearing masks in your place of business with a thumbs up that we can share on our website (Bellingham.org) and on social media (Bellingham Experience). We also encourage you to post the images on your own social media, please tag us @belllinghamexperience so we can share, You can send images to media@bellingham.org . Also tell us your creative solutions to keep guests safe. Thank you!

Click  here  to download our "Please Wear a Mask in Public Spaces" sign for your place of business. 
Boundary Bay Brewing Co.
Semiahmoo Resort
Camber Coffee
Inn at Lynden
Holiday Inn Express
Colophon Cafe
Fairhaven Village Inn
Anthony's at Squalicum Harbor
Horseshoe Cafe
Marriott Springhill Suites
Spark Museum
Casa Que Pasa
As communities across Washington state experience spikes in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, former U.S. Defense Secretary, Gen. (R) James Mattis is urging Washingtonians to follow physical distancing recommendations and wear face coverings to help slow the spread. “The good news is we’re making progress,” Mattis says in a public service announcement. “And that is good news but we’re not at the end of the road. Make sure we’re wearing the face masks and we keep the social distancing. And let’s not go out more than we have to.”
Allegiant Travel Company has announced that, beginning July 2, customers will be required to wear face masks during all phases of travel, including at the ticket counter, in the gate area, during boarding, on the aircraft and during the flight. This policy update builds on Allegiant’s  comprehensive health and safety program  by bringing an extra layer of protection to customers, crew and team members at Allegiant airports.
July 4th 2020, 4pm-10pm,  StandSpeakListen(SSL)  will host a black-led, community organized, public display of civil unrest starting at Bellingham’s City Hall. Through the arts, SSL invites the community to come together to hear and celebrate voices of color this Independence Day. We invite you to stand with us. We invite you to speak with us. We invite you to listen with us. Please be advised that if you are to come with a conscious mind, it must be a sober one. By standing with us as we promote community dialogue and action in response to racial and social injustices in  Whatcom,  Skagit, and beyond, YOU are agreeing to become part of the solution.
Every July,  Sustainable Connections  joins together with local alliances, organizations, and partners to celebrate Independents Month, a month-long celebration of independent businesses in  Whatcom County  and the value, economic growth, and spirit they bring to our community. Local businesses are one of the biggest generators of wealth in the community — each dollar spent at an independent business returns three times more money to the local economy compared to one spent at a chain. For the second year, Independents Month will include a  Think Local First Rock Hunt  with prizes starting Wednesday, July 1. An abundance of red, navy, and light blue rocks have been hidden at parks throughout Whatcom County. Attached to each rock are simple instructions for winning a $20 gift card to a local business — just post a photo of the found rock on social media with the hashtag #thinklocalrocks.
Although this year’s Blues Brews and BBQ has been cancelled for the season due to Covid-19, Hotel Bellwether has created a new summer music series that meets all Phase 2 guidelines to keep staff and guests safe and healthy. The new series will run on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. from July through August, and will be called Al’Fresco Dining on the Waterfront Terrace.
Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures
 is Re-Opening for the 2020 Season
OPEN: Friday through Monday
JULY 3rd - Labor Day Weekend
Moondance Kayak Adventures 2020 season will be Friday - Monday, July 3 - Labor Day Weekend. Due to the impacts we've experienced from COVID-19 shutdown and the Global pandemic, we are operating with less availability than our previous summer seasons. We encourage you to book early to guarantee a spot and apologize in advance if we are unable to meet your scheduling needs. Our trip calendar is being added to daily, so be sure to check back often, or get in touch with us if you don't see something you are looking for.

Questions about scheduling or availability? Email them at  info@moondancekayak.com
Bellingham Symphony Announcement
The Bellingham Symphony Orchestra would like to wish Grant Donnellan, who has served as Concertmaster for many years, the very best of futures as he focuses on family at this time. 

"I have known Grant for many years and had the chance to work with him as a soloist, concertmaster, and in violin and guitar duets. I have always admired his virtuosity and deep musicianship. An orchestra is an entity that is always full of transitions, and I sincerely wish him much success in his post-BSO life. Thank you Grant for many years of service!" says Yaniv Attar, Music Director of the BSO.

Musicians, staff, and the Board of Directors all join in best wishes for Mr. Donnellan in his next chapters and are very grateful for his years of service as well as the tradition of fine musicianship from the entire Donnellan family.
When Covid closed all brewery restaurants and taprooms on St. Patty’s Day 2020 Chuckanut Brewery’s Kitchen and Tap Room went to opening five days a week instead of seven to cut their losses and keep some staff on board. As Covid raged across our nation Chuckanut reverted to selling beer to go in bottles, kegs and growlers to keep the doors open and fans supplied with their award-winning beers!

When Phase 2 was reached, Chuckanut Brewery opened its North Nut Kitchen in Bellingham with food and beverages and also South Nut in Burlington for beer and beverages. With rules in place (wearing masks to enter and when not seated as well as maintaining 6’ distancing) Chuckanut Brewery’s North and South Nuts have now decided to open 7 days per week starting July 1. The hours for Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen (North Nut in Bellingham) will be 12:30-8 p.m. every day of the week. Chuckanut Brewery’s South Nut Tap Room in Burlington will be open 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
Remember the feeling of pride after winning a ribbon at the Fair? The feeling that your hard work in raising animals, making quilts or baking pies had been recognized for excellence?

Despite the postponement of this summer’s Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Fair is encouraging widespread participation among all ages with a virtual competitive exhibits event. Divisions are listed in the 2020 Premium Book online at the fair’s website, nwwafair.com, and entries are open July 1-25.
by Lauren
It’s a surreal time in the world, a period where we’re being told to hunker down and recreate only in wide-open spaces where our contact with other people will be socially distant and as safe as possible. As the weather glides from spring to summer the temptation to be in Whatcom County’s great outdoors is almost irresistible, particularly when the sun peeks out from the clouds.
by Lorin
Bellingham, Washington and Whatcom County are looking forward to welcoming visitors again when we reach Phase 3 of Washington State’s Safe Start Re-opening plan. As we continue to maneuver through this global pandemic, the health and safety of our residents and visitors are our highest priorities. We ask all visitors to do your part to help make our tourism industry restart successful and your visit safe and fun. #WhatcomStrong
July - August


Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Free
July - August


Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Thursdays
Free
July 2 - 5
July 4 - 5
July 6

Time: 8 am - Noon
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July 6

Time: Posted 4:30 pm Mondays, watch anytime from home
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July & August 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
360-671-3990|  bellingham.org