All About Fairhaven
(South Bellingham, WA)
Located on the outskirts of Bellingham, halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, Fairhaven calls itself the "Center of the Northwest." The town has made grand claims as an ideal waterfront destination from its earliest beginnings. In the 1890s Fairhaven had hopes of being one of the biggest bustling hubs in the Northwest. Anticipating the commerce brought with a railroad, it expanded with busy wharves surrounded by beautiful brick buildings. When Seattle was chosen instead to be the next importer in 1892, the growth of Fairhaven was stalled, but eventually the community rallied and developed into the charming bayside town visitors enjoy today. Evidence of its auspicious beginnings can still be appreciated in its architecture, ancient by Northwest standards. The buildings, set on streets of cobblestone lit with antique lamps, give Fairhaven a European ambiance, making the nearby destination a true getaway.