Welcome to Chuckanut

Rugged beauty and an adventurous ethos characterize this extraordinary Pacific Northwest gem

Located in Whatcom County, south of Bellingham, along Washington State’s radically gorgeous coastline, Chuckanut is largely defined as a remote, exclusive residential enclave that’s adjacent to some of the Pacific Northwest’s most breathtaking natural splendors. Sandstone cliffs, lush forests, splendid vistas of the Salish Sea, and the serpentine drive that curves through Chuckanut have provoked many to refer to it as the Big Sur of Washington. 

Chuckanut’s proximity to the Salish Sea also gives the village a distinctive boating community vibe, while the slew of parks and trails nearby can easily make every day an adventure for those who wish. Home to staggering, high-end properties with wood fireplaces, spacious patios, generous lots, and images of nature for as far as they can see, Chuckanut is a serene and astounding, veritable slice of heaven.

What to Love

  • Proximity to Seattle, downtown Bellingham, and Vancouver
  • An ideal jumping-off point to explore the San Juan Islands
  • An abundance of outstanding outdoor recreational activities
  • Surrounded by exquisite views of the PNW’s signature marvels
  • A handful of intimate, romantic restaurants with superb vistas
  • A laid-back but adventurous spirit 
  • A variety of stunning Chuckanut houses for sale to choose from

Local Lifestyle - Living in Chuckanut

Chuckanut appeals to many but holds a special allure for those who want to be near three magnificent, world-class cities while also being in a rural setting that celebrates Washington’s prodigious jewels. Artists, writers, remote workers, retirees, and families—are all drawn to Chuckanut’s tranquil atmosphere and direct connection with nature. Many of the residents here are often found exploring the great outdoors, whether they’re out and about hiking, biking, or taking a leisurely stroll. 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Chuckanut’s incredible beauty has inspired many, and the hamlet itself is known for its intimate but no less thrilling art scene. This is evidenced at the Chuckanut Bay Gallery & Sculpture Garden, a spectacular gallery located on the famed Chuckanut Drive that abounds with oils, watercolors, blown glass, and handcrafted decor. Its garden overflows with water features, birdhouses, hand-tuned windchimes, and hummingbirds, all of which can be relished over an espresso or mug of hot tea before selecting a piece of art for your home or a one-of-a-kind gift.

Chuckanut residents and Washington locals frequently flock to the charming, sumptuous eateries that fill the village’s shores. At Chuckanut Manor Seafood & Grill, patrons can dip into marvelously-plated, innovative fare such as risotto with Cascadia mushrooms and braised leeks, Rockefeller oysters with a spin, and miso-roasted black cod with carrot-ginger sauce. Over at The Oyster Bar, meanwhile, diners savor an array of fresh seafood (like chilled Dungeness crab and prawns, steamed mussels, and cedar-roasted salmon) while peering at the hypnotizing San Juan Islands from the restaurant’s cliffside perch. And for special celebrations and an unparalleled al fresco dining experience, residents and visitors book a table at Taylor Shellfish Farms, where they can relish oysters, Manila clams, Dungeness crabs, steamed mussels, local fish, wine, and beer in a lively, gorgeous setting.

Things to Do in Chuckanut

A terrific assortment of enjoyable activities awaits in Chuckanut. Whether you have a passion for boating, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, or all of the above, you’re bound to find your pleasure in Chuckanut and its nearby environs. Larrabee State Park presents scenic views and fantastic hiking trails, and idyllic beaches, while the extraordinary Wildcat Cove, located within the park, offers various watersports. Meanwhile, as one of the last pieces of untouched land in Whatcom County, Governor Point stands as a landmark locale noted for its sublime mix of forestry and water.

Indeed, from the hiking and biking oasis that is Interurban Trail to the jagged, compelling coastline at Teddy Bear Cove Park to Dot Island, there are nearly limitless ways to enjoy the outdoors—and life itself—in the village of Chuckanut. 

Schools in Chuckanut

School-aged children in Chuckanut are served under the Bellingham Public School District. A few of the top schools in the area include:

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