November 5, 2020
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.
Amy Guerra has been hired by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism as the new Marketing Director, her first day on the job is Monday, November 16. Guerra brings over 30 years of marketing experience with a specific focus on travel and tourism. Past tourism roles include managing cruise and tour product development and group travel for AAA Travel of Oregon/Idaho, and managing marketing and operations for a tour company in Alaska that featured both historic, theatrical tours and cross-border sightseeing and adventure products. Additionally, she worked at sea for over four years as an assistant cruise director/hostess on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships in the Caribbean, Alaskan, Mexican, European, and Far Eastern markets.

“We are so excited to welcome Amy to our team,” said Sandy Ward, President & CEO. “She brings so much relevant experience to Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism and we cannot wait for her to share her leadership and marketing expertise with our organization and the entire tourism industry in Bellingham and Whatcom County.”
The Potter Street Visitor Center located at 904 Potter Street in Bellingham is now open with limited hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10 am-3 pm. Masks required. We also provide information by phone (360-671-3990) or regular mail ( We look forward to assisting you with brochures and things to do in our county.
Thank you to all who attended our latest Educational Series last week. If you or your colleagues missed the webinar, you can view the recording here and the slide deck here.

Online orders have surged for retailers in the pandemic, as curbside pickup helps Americans satisfy their desire to hop in a car and drive to the store. What started as a coronavirus stopgap is likely to have a permanent impact on the way people shop. Online sales are an avenue to success during the pandemic. This webinar showcased the ease with which businesses can add online sales.
Visit Natural Wonders. Check in. Get Rewards.
The Explore Washington’s Backyard Passport is your ticket to explore COVID-smart outdoor destinations across the state, earn prizes and find new places to enjoy.

It’s free and easy to sign up. The more places you visit, the more chances for prizes you earn!
From the Passport landing page at, find Covid-Smart excursions to enjoy with the entire family. Once you’ve reached your destination, checking in is a breeze, and you’re already on your way to collecting check-ins towards prizes!
With cooler temperatures fast approaching, some restaurants may look to utilize street cafes, parklets and tents to extend the outdoor dining season. This webinar will cover the governor’s guidance on tents for outdoor dining, what permits are needed, what you need to know about tents, types, heating options, as well as how to keep employees and guests safe and comfortable.

Katie Doyle from our Government Affairs team will discuss the latest in state guidelines. Phil Heidt, area manager for CORT Party Rental will talk about the resources they have, including tents and heaters. Brought to you by ERNwest.
Deep golden, bready with tropical fruit flavors, Chuckanut’s Brewery & Kitchen new Galaxy Wheat Ale is out of this world and on tap around Northwest Washington and Oregon! Galaxy Wheat Ale is a new beer in the Chuckanut Brewery line-up, just in time for the change in seasons. Galaxy is a beer that offers incredible aromas of citrus, pineapple and passion fruit on a wheaty ale recipe. This bold ale uses a combination of pilsner, wheat and specialty Bohemian malts with a big dose of Saaz and Galaxy hops.
Former Western Washington University All-American and Bellingham native Courtney Olsen has announced that she is turning pro. The former Viking distance runner All-American will be turning pro with sponsorship from shoe company HOKA ONE ONE.
Drawing off a love for IPAs, Kulshan Brewing Company having some fun with a new, energetic Fruited IPA Series. The first of this series, Tropical Odyssey Passionfruit Hazy IPA will be released Friday, October 30th. Always hoppy and balanced, with a refreshing fruity zing, the fruited IPA series promises to be a fun, zesty take on the style. Perfectly timed for the shorter, darker days of winter as well! 
Whatcom County Library System buildings are now open to the public with modified services, limited hours, and entry requirements for in-person visits in accordance with Washington’s Safe Start plan. Library staff encourage community members to plan their visit by calling their local library or visiting for branch-specific service details. Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) buildings have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Throughout the building closures, services continued online and via curbside pickup.
Whatcom County’s Ferry Division will resume monthly punch card sales with a November sale from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current needs-based customers. Payments may be made by check or credit card. No cash accepted.
Song for Five Zones is a collaboration between artists Sasha Petrenko, Cynthia Camlin and their students in the Department of Art and Art History at Western Washington University. Song for Five Zones is an outdoor sound installation consisting of a six-channel recording based on five regional habitat zones including alpine/subalpine, forest/meadows, rivers/estuaries, intertidal and marine/kelp forest.

Broadcast through 9 speakers housed in sculptural cases, suspended from the roof of Mindport Exhibits into an alley way, this public sound art installation with be free and open to the public. 
by Lorin
Although this year will look a little different and many local businesses close for Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26, 2020), the following is a list of restaurants open for Thanksgiving Dinner in Bellingham and Whatcom County. As of November 1, 2020, Whatcom County is in Phase 2 of Washington State’s re-opening plan which allows restaurants to seat at 50% capacity indoors. Call ahead to find out if reservations are needed, and treat yourself to a delicious celebration.
by Brandon
Outdoor recreation is the number one reason that so many adventurous folks choose to live in Whatcom County. Situated between the Salish Sea and the North Cascades, Whatcom is a land of towering peaks, serene forests, countless trails, and endless outdoor opportunities. Whether you’re interested in hiking, exploring public parks, paddling, snow sports, or simply taking a scenic drive, there’s something for everyone here. 

I’ve lived in Whatcom County since 2006 and I’m still discovering new places to explore. Here are a handful of my favorite spots to help you explore Bellingham and Whatcom County like a local. 
by Lorin
Located 25 minutes from Bellingham is Lynden Washington, known for being Washington State’s largest Dutch settlement and the largest producers of raspberries in the nation.  
by Lorin
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people and temporarily shut down restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities throughout the state.We will continually review our weekend events blog and our Events Calendar to provide the most updated information on events as possible.
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.

November 7

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
November 8

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost Varies
November 12

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
November 13-22
November / December 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.
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Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229