We follow the Chukanut Drive to Bellingham. This is described as a scenic drive with waterfalls and great ocean views. We do find the ocean views (with a plaque that explains oyster reproduction) , but the waterfalls elude us. Mostly we see a lot of big trees.
Fairhaven was a booming port city in the late 1800s. Today’s downtown core dates from that period, with many of the historic buildings still in use as tourist shops, galleries, and restaurants. New condo developments crowd the older buildings, but without destroying the relaxed ambience of the commercial core.
We spend a few hours walking down to the waterfront and back, ambling the historic streets, shopping, and eating lunch. It’s a nice break.