Rick Steve's Best Of Bellingham and Whatcom County

Travel “guru” Rick Steves is no stranger to Bellingham, but the world-famous guidebook author and activist’s visits here typically focus on schooling interested parties about the ins and outs of traveling to Europe and other far-flung global locales on a budget, with an aim to connect with local residents wherever you may land.

During a visit to Whatcom County in late May, however, the Seattle-based Steves became a temporary tourist in his own backyard. During a whirlwind two-day trip, he immersed himself in all the area has to offer. From visiting Blaine to suss out Drayton Harbor Oyster Farm’s shellfish situation during low tide, to discussing how apples can be turned into everything from juice to gin at Bellewood Acres in Lynden, to hanging out with brewery owners in downtown Bellingham.

While visiting Bellewood Acres, he learns it’s a no-waste farm that grows 27 different varieties of apples used in everything from pie to chips to fruit-based booze. In Bellingham, he discovers that venues such as Chuckanut Brewery and Aslan Brewing Co. are just as focused on the community as they are on producing high-quality craft beer, and that the 17 breweries in the city support each other and are invested in helping each other succeed. He also explores what the word “pub” means, samples a variety of sips and makes creative connections.

“From the beaches of Birch Bay all the way up the Mt. Baker Highway,” you can have fun drinking like a local,” Steves says. “There are so many wonderful things to discover.”

Steves will delve even more into the area bordering Canada and the Salish Sea. Other featured experiences and places include Blaine by the Sea, Peace Arch State Park, Sustainable Connections’ Eat Local initiatives.

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