Bellingham Getaway

May 1, 2010




SLEEP HOTEL BELLWETHER Staying overnight? The rooms overlooking Bellingham Bay at the luxuriously appointed Hotel Bellwether are beautifully comfortable and start at less than $200. 1 Bellwether Way, 360-392-3100. 
DINE LA FIAMMA In an old warehouse space retrofitted with concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, locals line up for gourmet pizzas. Go for curry roasted vegetables and lamb sausage, plus the rosemary lemonade. La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza. 200 E. Chestnut St., 360-647-0060.
 CHILL CHRYSALIS INN Lomi massage? Rose hydrating cocoon wrap? Seafoam mud treatment? The spa at the Chrysalis Inn has a long and varied menu; treatments are conducted in lovely contemporary Pacific Northwest lodge-style rooms. 804 10th St., 360-392-5515.
MUNCH COLOPHONE CAFE Both the peanut butter pie and chocolate chunk cake at the legendary Colophon Café, in cobblestoned Fairhaven, are well worth the caloric hit. 1208 11th St., 360-647-0092.
CHUG BOUNDARY BAY BREWERY Settle in at the Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro for one of their award-winning microbrews (the hoppy Imperial IPA is our choice). The yam alechiladas are tasty, too. Live jazz on Tuesdays. 1107 Railroad Ave., 360-647-5593.
SHOP TRADER JOES Like a pintsize Whole Foods, you'll find great gourmet cheeses, fresh meats, as well as interesting crackers, breads, and other organic groceries, all good quality and inexpensively priced (including the quite decent Trader Joe's-label shampoo, which goes for exactly $3-no typo). 2410 James St., 360-734-5166.

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