Win a Night’s Stay in Delightful Fairhaven

Oh, here it comes. That looooong stretch between the last spring holidays and summer vacation. Why not plan now for a little getaway – a quick midweek break for a day or two?

Photo Credit: Fairhaven Village Inn

The Fairhaven Village Inn is offering a lucky family a free one-night stay at their deluxe hotel, valid Sunday-Thursday nights, for our Bellingham Midweek Getaway Giveaway.

You may remember that I stayed at the Fairhaven Village Inn a month or so ago, on our trip to Bellingham. I really liked it – cozy in-room fireplaces, a library with board games, free breakfast in the breakfast nook, and a perfect location, right in the heart of Bellingham’s historical Fairhaven district.

If you have elementary-age kids, ask the teacher if it’s OK first, of course. But a midweek getaway makes educational sense if you include the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, the American Museum of Radio and Electricity or the museum-gallery Mindport. And you can always schedule your getaway around an early-release day, if necessary.

Bellingham is about two hours north of Seattle, and about an hour south of Vancouver, BC.

Here’s how to enter:

You can enter a maximum of two times, using each method of entry ONLY once. You must enter via the first option (below). Please do not try to game the contest system in any way – you will be disqualified.

REQUIRED ENTRY: Read this article on Bellingham with kids and this article on Mindport. Next, return here to leave an entry below about what you want to do with your kids in Bellingham, Washington. Your entry must show up on this page. Don’t forget to leave your valid, correct e-mail address.

BONUS ENTRY: Become a fan of the CascadiaKids Facebook page and leave a response that says, “This is my bonus entry” under the post “Win a midweek getaway to Bellingham.”

Contest Rules:

This contest ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on April 6, 2010. On April 8, 2010, the winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries received, using and will be notified by e-mail. Please ensure that you have entered the correct e-mail address in your entry. Your e-mail will not be sold or displayed.

If no response is received within 7 days from first e-mail notification, the first winner will forfeit the prize and another entrant will be selected at random using

Fairhaven Village Inn will provide the prize to the winner. The value of the hotel stay is $169. The prize is valid for a parkside room, on a Sunday through Thursday stay and must be redeemed by June 30, 2010. Please reserve your room as soon as possible, particularly if you plan to go in June. The prize information must be presented when making reservations. There is no cash value. There are no substitutions. The prize is not transferable. Winner is solely responsible for any national, state or city taxes incurred.

General Disclaimer: By participating in the “Midweek Getaway Giveaway,” you release and agree to hold harmless CascadiaKids subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Midweek Getaway Giveaway or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries and losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.

About Lora

Lora Shinn writes about travel for regional and local publications, including AAA Journey, National Geographic Traveler,, Natural Health and Whole Living.


  1. I adore Bellingham and really enjoyed my time there attending Western. If I went to stay there with kids I would definitely walk the boardwalk, go to that bookstore in Fairhaven and the Colophon Cafe. A sunny day stop at Boulevard Park is a must, too. Mallard Ice Cream is unbeatable and that “Mindport” place is amazing!

  2. Beautiful Bellingham — I’ve never been there with my kids and would love to take them. Because they’re 13 and 7, it can be tricky to find activities that our whole family will enjoy … but I think they’ll both be amazed by the beautiful route into Bellingham along Chuckanut Drive, delighted by an afternoon spent exploring the charming shops in Fairhaven, and transported by dessert at Mallard Ice Cream!

  3. who knew? i’ve been to bellingham once or twice, thought it was nice enough, and even considered going back again. now i’m convinced! mindport museum looks like a great time–especially for my boys, who love to tinker around with wooden toys. and the marine park in fairhaven like another wonderful stop; who wouldn’t want to watch the boats and the water for a little while before going to eat some amazing food (i especially want to go to mallard ice cream, which i’m sure will raise no protests). thanks for all of the cool suggestions!

  4. Both my husband and I attended Western Washington University in Bellingham 10+ years ago, and loved our time there. Since then we’ve moved around a lot, and have only been back once with our kids, to see my younger sister graduate from WWU several years ago. At the time, our kids were 3 and 1, and the trip was primarily focused on the graduation ceremony and time with family. Recently we’ve been talking about taking a trip to Bellingham with our now 7 and 4 year olds. I think they are the perfect ages to enjoy all that Bellingham has to offer – and Boulevard Park, the Colophon Cafe, Mallard’s, and Lafeen’s Donuts would all be on our list! I’d also love to take a stroll through campus to show them where Mom and Dad went to college, and I know my son would be delighted to spend some time at the Fairhaven terminal where both ferries and trains come and go! I was unfamiliar with Mindport until reading these articles and it looks like a great stop as well.

  5. Wow. I haven’t been to Bellingham in twenty years! It sure looks like it’s changed a lot, for the good. I’ve changed a lot in twenty years too. It’d be so fun to take the kids up for a fun visit. We have hardly explored the NW north of Seattle. I’d like to teach them all about the history of that area, it’s so interesting.

  6. Embarrassed to admit I’ve never been to Bellingham, despite 35 years in Washington State! I love the idea of a nearby getaway for my family of four. I’ve also been looking for a fun Amtrak experience for my train-loving toddler, and just verified on the map how much we could see and do within walking distance of the station, including exploring Fairhaven and Marine Park. Even appears on the map that we could take a picturesque hike to experience some of Bellingham’s offerings, such as Mindport and the Whatcom Museum. Regardless of the contest, thanks for sharing the info!

  7. We love Bellingham! First we head to casa que pasa for burritos, then to Mallard’s for ice cream. Gluttonous, yes, but so good!
    .-= shannon´s last blog ..Because You are (or You Know) a Mom who Needs a Night Out =-.

  8. In addition to a stop a Trader Joe’s (a must for us Canadians) I would love to visit Mindport and grab some ice cream from Mallards. Cheers!
    .-= Elaina´s last blog ..2010 Winter Olympics – Highlights =-.

  9. Thanks to these two articles I have a new agenda for our next trip to Bellingham: 1) Family Interactive Gallery ad the Whatcom Museum of History and Art 2) Ice Cream at Mallard’s 3) Rock Throwing at Marine Park. And, definitely a stop at Mindport — we’re all about a place where the kids can touch the art! Thanks so much for this information.
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..Sunday Style: Query Letters and Book Jackets =-.

  10. Kristina says

    I haven’t been to Bellingham since b.k. (before kids) so this will be a new experience.
    We will definitely visit the Family Interactive Gallery, Mindport and Marine Park.
    Love the article on Mindport. I wish more museums/galleries would let kids be interactive with the art– not just kid’s museums.

  11. I would take the opportunity to spend some fun alone time with my second child, who is so often just along for the ride with his big brother (and who already has a vacation planned with me later in the summer).

  12. Oooooohhhh, fun, fun, fun! I would think we def check out MIndport. My ice cream loving family would have to go to Mallard Ice Cream and I think we wonder around Fairhaven. If there is time, I would love to go see Marine Park, too. Sounds right up our alley.

  13. Jordan Hay says

    Mallard Ice Cream is sooo good, and I love the small town feel of Fairhaven. My husband and I have treated Bellingham as a retreat for the past decade (we love Chrysalis), but we’ve never shared the small town charm with our son (2 years) and our daughter (5 months). We’d also love for our toddler to see the end of the sea to sky race… what a wonderful local tradition!

  14. We would definitely hit Mallard Ice Cream, and Marine Park sounds like a beautiful place. I hear Bellingham has a great farmer’s market, so that would be a must, too.

  15. To be honest, I never considered Bellingham as a family destination. Your articles and photos have changed that! Mindport looks amazing, as does the Whatcom’s Family Interactive Gallery and Alladin’s Antiques. Love small towns, local indie restaurants and thrifting!
    Sounds like a fun time!

  16. I’d love to show my son my old stomping grounds (WWWU) and def. hit the Whatcom museum and Mindport. We’d also drive out chuckanut. Fun!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Paper Dragons =-.

  17. I’d love to go back & visit Bellingham & take my kiddos around WWU where I went to grad school. I’d love to drive along Chuckanut Drive and also head out to Lake Whatcom. Fun giveaway!

  18. Would I be disqualified for living in Bellingham? Mallards is awesome and boundary bay is the BESTEST ever! I would love to stay at the village inn…have never been there eventhough I have lived here my whole life. Never have been to Super Mario’s either, I always figured it would be really good or very bad. Too nervous to give it a try. LOL
    PS to whomever wins I can give you some more tips on where to go!

  19. Cristy Buczko says

    Wow! We’re a military family and haven’t made it to that city yet. Just form reading the articles, I WANT to go!!!! If we went, I think I’d honestly follow everything that the 1st article suggested. I think it would be fun just to walk around, but the Whatcom Museum and Mindport def caught my attention. I’d LOVE to win!!!!!

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