Destination guide

Culture and nature collide in quaint Bellingham

Bellingham is a buzzing city in Whatcom County, Washington, with a bouncing downtown area championing flourishing music, theater, and literary scenes, and a postcard-perfect waterfront area overlooking the dazzling, blue Bellingham Bay. The leafy Western Washington University campus lies south of the city, while the east gives way to dense and lush forestland, snowcapped mountains, and crystalline lakes. There’s sure to be a Bellingham vacation rental to suit your travels – whether you’re after a large townhouse, cozy downtown flat, or a cottage retreat in one of the surrounding nature areas.

Things to do

Captivating heritage and family fun

Bellingham is a city that knows how to celebrate its heritage. Visit the Whatcom Museum, the main building of which is based in the Old City Hall, a late 19th century late-Victorian red-brick architectural masterpiece. Inside, see Victorian-era Washington relics and regional Native American artefacts. After, take the kids to the Bellingham Railway Museum, a quaint indoor attraction full of scale-model replicas of Washington’s railroads. The SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention is another great place to take the kids – here, interactive exhibits allow visitors to get a hands-on understanding of humankind’s greatest electrical inventions.

Activities

Seasonal sports in and around Bellingham

Bellingham is a sports lover’s paradise, with a range of seasonal activities on offer. In summer, kayaking and boating through the wide Bellingham Bay is popular, as is cycling through the city’s wide and tree-lined streets and around its public parks. In winter, Bellingham welcomes pure-white snowfall, which means one thing – winter sports. The nearby Mt. Baker Ski Area is swathed in smooth skiing and snowboarding slopes. But Bellingham’s not all about sports – its downtown area offers plenty of snazzy shopping opportunities too, from independent bookstores to specialty fashion boutiques.

Weather

Sun-kissed summers and snow-blanketed winters

Bellingham experiences all 4 seasons, with mild and sunny summers – which run from June through August – and cold, snow-clad winters, which run from November through February. Rainfall occurs across the year, tailing off in summer and picking up again in fall. Ski-obsessed visitors can book a Bellingham vacation rental in the winter months, while sun-seekers should book in the summer, when the pleasantly mild temperatures create perfect outdoor hiking and biking conditions. In July, Bellingham also hosts its annual Festival of Music – a classical extravaganza featuring orchestral and chamber music.

Natural features

Sumptuous scenery surrounding Bellingham

Seven miles south of downtown Bellingham lies Larrabee State Park, an enormous 2,700 acre stretch of lush, unblemished pine forest cut-through by hiking and biking trails, and speckled with idyllic, secluded campgrounds. A pebble beach, looking out into Samish Bay, forms the park’s western end. Three miles east of Bellingham, there is Whatcom Falls Park, a small paradise crowned by rushing tree-shaded waterfalls, which is a popular swim spot in summer. A little further east lies Lake Whatcom, a freshwater lake full of salmon, trout, and bass. Lake Whatcom’s shores are sprinkled with Bellingham vacation rentals, too.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Bellingham

Fly into Bellingham, WA (BLI-Bellingham Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Abbotsford, BC (YXX-Abbotsford Intl.), which is 19.2 mi (30.9 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, you can make your way to Bellingham Station.

Where to stay around Bellingham?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 319 vacation rentals near Bellingham. From 145 Houses to 41 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bellingham for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bellingham?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bellingham. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Padden Park: 278 vacation rentals
  • Fairhaven Park: 474 vacation rentals
  • Whatcom Falls Park: 328 vacation rentals
  • The Upfront Theatre: 415 vacation rentals
  • Bellis Fair Mall: 371 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bellingham listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bellingham?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 145 Houses in Bellingham. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bellingham include:

  • Cabins: 41 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 74 rentals available
  • Cottages: 41 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bellingham?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 90 vacation rentals with pool available in Bellingham. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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