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Photo Friday: A triple-header near Bellingham, WA

Remember Sophie, the adorable Cavalier puppy featured in a recent post about the Bellevue Sheraton? Jen and Troy, her owners, sent me a clutch of photos to share with you from a day spent romping around the Bellingham area. Bellingham is a pretty town about 90 miles north of Seattle — it’s a fun place to spend an afternoon or a weekend, and its shops and restaurants are reputed to be very dog-friendly. [7/29/11 Don’t miss Jen’s comment, below, full of suggestions for fun things to do with, and without, your dog in Bellingham!]

Larrabee State Park

It turns out that this was Washington’s first state park, created in 1915. Who knew? It’s on the coast, about 6 miles south of Bellingham, and it’s beautiful.

Sophie on the rocks at Larrabee State Park.

Taylor Shellfish Farm

From Larrabee, they drove a few miles down the coast to Taylor Shellfish Farms and bought oysters for dinner (I’m sparing you their mouth-watering picture of the dinner, because you might be reading this between meals). As proof that Taylor welcomes visiting dogs, Jen sent a picture of the farm’s clean-up station.

The view from Taylor Shellfish Farms, of Lummi and Eliza Islands

An addition to the collection

And when they looked closely at the clean-up station, they realized they had a fine new addition to Dog Jaunt’s collection of scoop law signs.

That’s what I call a perfect day — a great place for you and your pup to enjoy together, delicious local food, and a fab new scoop law sign. I’d love to see how you and your dog spent time together this week — please post your pictures on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page, so we can all see them!


  • Hanna at Dog Products

    I have a very close friend living in Seattle, WA and I visit her at least once or twice a year. Although lots of fun, each one of my visits is mixed with trepidations because I always leave my 2 little Shih Tzu boys at home.

    Well, last year I finally decided to take them along and it was the best decision I have ever made regarding the dogs. My friend took us all to Bellingham whose charm is only secondary to its beauty. My friend obviously finally enjoyed meeting my dogs, I loved visiting with her and touring a beautiful little town and my dogs had the times of their lives.

  • I love hearing about trips like yours, Hanna — I’m so glad you took the plunge and had fun with your boys. And thanks for the thumbs-up for Bellingham! A woman I spoke to today, who grew up in Bellingham, tells me that I need to visit the Fairhaven neighborhood and walk across a new bridge to Boulevard Park. I haven’t yet figured out how to do that, on a map, but I’m looking forward to it!

  • Carrie

    I love love love LOVEEE Sophie and Chloe! They’re so heartwarming, haha.

    I’ve always wanted a Chloe of my own and this blog is just positive reinforcement… 🙂

  • Aren’t they gorgeous girls? You need to choose your breeder carefully, and ask a lot of questions, because Cavaliers have been too-casually bred, and are now prone to a couple of nightmarish health problems (heart murmurs and syringomyelia). It’s worth doing whatever research you can to reduce the chances that your Cavalier has them.

  • Jen

    Hi Mary-Alice,

    I love that you posted these photos of our girl and the fun we had. Boulevard Park is INCREDIBLE. It will be a short but gorgeous walk (1 mile round trip at most). There is a great local Woods Coffee in the park with fantastic water views. There is outdoor seating, but I don’t think it would be accessible to dogs. I would also suggest a walk at the North Lake Whatcom Trail Head.It goes 1/4 mile through lush forest, then for 2.75 miles along the water. I usually turn around at the 1.5 mile marker to make it a three mile walk. Right near the marker there is a trail jutting off onto a small peninsula with a lovely quiet bench and great view of the water.

    Dinner at Mambo Italiano on 12th Street in Fairhaven would be a very good choice, with good people watching, or, for the best Italian I’ve ever had (including a month-long honeymoon in Italy), go to D’Annas on State Street (a tad care-worn, but best food in town) downtown and order the Dungeness Crab Linguine in Vodka Cream Sauce. Ask for it “Saucy and Lemony”. Expect a line at D’Anna’s at peak times. We usually get there around 5:30 because otherwise you may have to wait a while, but it’s worth it. There is outdoor seating that allows dogs at both.

    Some of the PNW’s finest beer can be had at Boundary Bay Brewery, a few blocks away. It also has outdoor seating, but I’d check on dog-friendliness there. I recommend their Scotch Ale, IPA or Oatmeal Stout, depending on your taste preference–Scotch is their best seller.

    Please feel free to give us an email if you make it our way–we’d love for Sophie and Chloe to meet. 🙂


  • Jen

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that from D’Anna’s it’s about two blocks to Mallard Ice Cream, where you can’t go wrong. On Saturdays there is one of the best farmers markets anywhere right by Boundary Bay Brewery.


  • Jen! You marvelous, wonderful woman! Thank you so much for laying out what sounds like a perfect day (or weekend, really) — I will faithfully follow every recommendation. Thank you, thank you some more!

  • Katie

    I live in Bellingham with my 1 and a half year old Shihchon, Adama. Boulevard Park is indeed a great place to walk, with great water views and tons of dogs. You do need to leash your dog, as there’s no off leash area. It’s a great place to have a picnic. You can get sandwiches from Avenue Bread in downtown Fairhaven (outdoor seating, but it’s good if you have a partner who can go in to order while you wait outside with your pooch) to go and walk to Boulevard for a picnic.
    La Fiamma Pizza is dog friendly with outdoor seating. We bring Adama there a lot and he sits nicely under the table. He especially enjoys a bit of pizza crust for being a good and patient boy.
    Lake Padden Park has a cute dog park and off leash trails. It’s a great area to walk with lots of cool shade trees.
    A lot of places in Bellingham are dog friendly!

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