Fairhaven is a charming historic district located just south of downtown Bellingham, Washington. This well-preserved area, which overlooks the waters of Bellingham Bay, is within walking distance of the bus and train station and the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Most of Fairhaven's shops, galleries, and restaurants occupy a four-block by four-block neighborhood, making it an easy place to explore on foot. You can leave the train station or park your car, relax, and enjoy your visit without worrying about transportation logistics.
Named as a potential railroad terminus, Fairhaven was a boomtown that burst to life in 1889. Within a year, workers came from around the world to build and run dozens of hotels, saloons, and other businesses. The town was referred to as the "Chicago" or the "San Francisco" of the Northwest. When the railroad terminus located elsewhere, the city established itself as a seaport. The businesses have changed, but Fairhaven's turn-of-the-century charm has been preserved.
You won't find any chain stores or fast food restaurants in Fairhaven. Shopoholics will enjoy the opportunity to wander through unique gift shops, bookstores, and boutiques. Art lovers can take in the work of local and regional artists at Fairhaven's many galleries. Everyone will find a restaurant or coffee shop that appeals to his or her taste, from steak and seafood to ethnic to vegetarian fare.
Fairhaven is a friendly place where everyone says hello, where you can strike up conversations in most any shop or restaurant. Visitors, college students, and locals all intermingle in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.