Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fairhaven, Washington

Every 3 to 4 months I get my hair cut and highlighted, gotta cover those pesky gray ones, at a salon in Fairhaven.  Yesterday was that day.

Fairhaven was once it's own city.  It has been part of Bellingham, WA for many, many years when multiple cities all merged.  It's a quirky little part of town that has suffered through the ups and downs of development for as long as I can remember.  Back in the 70's, the 1970's, a developer tried to turn an old building into a multi store place to shop and dine .  Most of the project was never finished.  The shops and restaurants seemed to come and go.

The last ten to fifteen years has finally brought growth to Fairhaven.  Most of the new buildings try to emulate the old brick building.  There's flower shops, garden stores, an independent bookstore, pottery stores, gift stores, shoe stores, toy stores, yarn stores and lots and lots of restaurants.  The Alaska Ferry stops at the ferry terminal in Fairhaven bringing tourists to the area regularly.

In the summer there is a public square where there is a weekly farmers market.  The square is also where outdoor movies are shown on warm Friday evenings, byob style, bring your own blanket that is.

There's a new cupcake store, yummy.

This old double decker bus serves up fish and chips.

This is one of my favorite buildings in Fairhaven, an old bank, it now has a gift store... a very expensive store that is.

Fairhaven is the kind of place to go to when you want to find something unusual, not something "cookie cutter" that you find at all of the mall stores.

Plus it was a fabulous fall day.

Enjoy the start to a new week,
Chris at Red Gate Farm


  1. Thanks for the photos - I only get to Fairhaven maybe once a year if I am lucky - and I love it there.

  2. What a nice, quaint town! We have some of those 'destination' villages in Southern Ontario where you can go and spend the day, visiting all the various shops and maybe having a nice lunch! Fairhaven looks very charming ~ have a great day.

  3. Waaa..I want to see the new hair color ! I have been grey for the last eight months and fight coloring every day...don't know how much longer I can hold out! Love the maintance (sp?? free though...Fairhaven looks like Prescott Az..about 50 miles from us..always nice to go visit

  4. What a sweet place to waste away an afternoon. I'd love to stop in at Katie's Cupcakes!

  5. I love is so of my friends took me there last year for the day!
    Happy day!

  6. PS I remember a great little bead store!

  7. What a beautiful town Fairhaven is. You have a lot there. Cupcake stores are so fun--I wish we had one. Thanks for taking us on a walk through your town.

  8. Sounds delightful! Wanted to tell you that I love the fall pictures in your header(I now MUST have a pumpkin for my porch).

  9. What a beautiful town! One more reason to visit your breathtaking neck of the woods someday.


  10. What a charming town. Makes me want to fly up and meet you at Katie's Cupcakes!
    I love your pictures. You know what I love about the picture of the old bank building? The people crossing the street and the little boy
    clowning as he walks between the two people. That's what makes a charming town...charming people.

  11. I just found your blog! I'm enjoying reading through your past posts. I also live in beautiful Northwest Washington, near Fairhaven. Don't forget Dos Padres, Dirty Dan's, Skylark's, Tony's Coffee House & Win's Drive-In. Village Books & Boulevard Park & Boardwalk are some more of my favorites. :)


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