Welcome to Fairhaven

Picturesque beauty abounds in this hip, historic heart of Bellingham

Established in 1853 and designated as a historic district in 1977, the charming enclave of Fairhaven has long enjoyed its unique distinction as one of the most coveted regions in Bellingham. From the stunning Fairhaven Hotel—which once catered to the likes of Mark Twain–to the gorgeous, 19th-century brick buildings that line its streets, the former salmon, coal, and lumber hamlet’s rich, immersive past has been gorgeously maintained, giving every visitor and resident a sweet taste of the Pacific Northwest’s storied history. 

While a deep sense of history permeates the village of Fairhaven, it’s also profoundly entrenched in the present and wholly committed to a promising future. Featuring an impressive concentration of irresistible restaurants, excellent bars, wonderful galleries, pristine parks, and unique boutiques, it bridges the past with the here and now with utmost grace. Its amenities are hard to beat, but the ample natural splendors that surround the village—from the views of Bellingham Bay to the lush forests that define Washington State–remind residents they’re fortunate enough to live in one of the most striking natural environments in the country.

What to Love

  • Spectacular vistas of the Salish Sea
  • It boasts 17 remarkable historical buildings
  • Splendid architecture, including beautifully-restored Victorian homes
  • An array of delightful shops, restaurants, and pubs
  • Less than two hours away from downtown Seattle
  • Proximity to Vancouver and the magical San Juan Islands

Local Lifestyle

History buffs take tremendous pride and pleasure in calling Fairhaven home, but its allure certainly doesn’t stop there. As one of the most desirable parts of Bellingham, it’s filled with families, retirees, students who attend Western Washington University, and professionals from a wide range of industries who enjoy Fairhaven’s stellar architecture and focus on preserving the village’s historical appeal. The neighborhood as a whole has an intimate feel and a worldly ethos, thanks in part to its proximity to Vancouver and Seattle.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Named a historic village by the National Register of Historic Places, Fairhaven is as much of a destination as it is an utterly wonderful place to call home. As such, it flourishes with terrific taverns and eateries. Fairhaven locals’ favorite bar, Archer Ale House, is chief among them. This warm, inviting pub features elevated bar bites with a British edge, like Shepherd’s Pie, and a range of artisan brews. Stones Throw Brewery is another beloved Fairhaven haunt. This awesome tavern offers a selection of craft libations, such as Raincountry Liquid Sunshine, and an excellent patio to enjoy camaraderie under the sun or stars. 

For a memorable meal in an enchanting venue that was established nearly half a century ago, residents and visitors book a table at the legendary Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse, where prime cuts are cooked to perfection, and fresh seafood is prepared with artistry. Other venues are ripe for exploring, including Estelle and Mambo Italiano Cafe.

Shopping in Fairhaven is equally delightful. From Eleventh Street Goods, a boutique that specializes in fashions created by both local artists and brands from around the globe, to a three-story bookstore, the enclave brims with wonderful venues.

Things to Do

In addition to its thriving downtown district, Fairhaven hosts a selection of festivals throughout the year. The culmination of the incredibly popular Ski to Sea is celebrated at its finish line in Fairhaven, where thousands of people gather to raise a glass to the athletes who completed the relay race from Mount Baker to Bellingham.

Fairhaven’s assortment of immaculate parks amplifies the neighborhood’s allure. From Marine Park to Fairhaven Park, residents have several resplendent areas to relish time outside. Boulevard Park holds particular appeal. A waterfront boardwalk, a trail connecting Fairhaven to Bellingham, splendid vistas, magnificent trees, a scenic dock, and great spots for a picnic—all are found in spades in this 40-plus-year-old city sanctuary.


Fairhaven is served under the Bellingham School District. A few of the schools nearby include:

Overview for Fairhaven, WA

972 people live in Fairhaven, where the median age is 45 and the average individual income is $51,003. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Fairhaven, WA

Fairhaven has 628 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Fairhaven do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 972 people call Fairhaven home. The population density is 27,746.169 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Fairhaven, WA

There's plenty to do around Fairhaven, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Marie’s Bees, Guud Bowls, and Rain or Shine Riviera Club.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 2.62 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.69 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.25 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.69 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.25 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.62 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
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