Our very first stop of the 3-day Seattle road trip was Fairhaven, a small town on the south side of Bellingham. We crossed the border very early in the morning, so it was a perfect stop to get a latte and wake myself up.
What We Did
I was very excited as this was my first official visit to Washington State after living in Metro Vancouver for more than 11 years. My sister and mother were also with me. It was also the start of Easter long weekend in Canada, so I planned to get to the border early to avoid the long wait. In the end, we waited for about 45 minutes and got through before 8 am. The wait time will definitely be longer if we arrived later in the day.
We bypassed downtown Bellingham and got straight to Fairhaven. It was founded in the late 19th century and is famous for its historic character. The red building in the below picture is a good example and immediately caught my eyes. It isn’t easy to see such a beautiful red brick building in Metro Vancouver.
We hopped in the first coffee shop we encountered, Tony’s Coffee House. It was a cozy coffee place and is connected to Harris Avenue Cafe right next door. Their latte tasted good. It did not taste bitter at all (which is good), but its “coffee taste” was a bit light. Next time, I would like to try the breakfast at Harris Avenue Cafe.
We didn’t get a chance to walk around because of the rain, which started right after I finished my latte. It was still very early so I probably wouldn’t be able to see much. The rain continued so we went back to our car and continue to our next destination, the scenic drive along Chuckanut Drive.
I would not say it was a good start to our trip. It was too early to do or see anything, and the weather was bad. I am pretty sure that this historic village has more to offer, and I have to come back at another time to fully enjoy it!