Heather “Anish” Anderson, thru-hiker and endurance adventurer, reveals her insider tips about where to go and what to see and eat in this small city near the Canadian border

Whatcom Falls
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Heather Anderson is a Pacific Crest Trail record holder, National Geographic’s 2019 Adventurer of the Year, and the author of Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home. When she’s not crushing miles, she’s likely spending time at one of her favorite spots in Bellingham. 


One of Anderson’s top picks for a day on the trails is a ramble along Whatcom Creek in Whatcom Falls Park. For those who prefer something a little less sweaty, she suggests a cruise along the jaw-droppingly scenic Chuckanut Drive from Bellingham to Bow. 


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According to Anderson, Railroad Ave is where it’s at, from Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro (“great food and beer”) to the classic hole-in-the-wall Casa Que Pasa (“where you can get potato burritos the size of a football”). If it’s breakfast you want, Anderson suggests the Old Town Cafe


Anderson loves Village Books for a good read, and Labels for vintage deals and treasure hunting. “Saturdays are the Farmers’ Market at Depot Market Square, perfect for picking up some literal local flavor,” she quips. 


Camp at Larrabee State Park Campground, book a luxury stay at the upscale Chrysalis Inn & Spa, or check out the wide mid-range of bed and breakfasts throughout the city. “Viewmont Manor is a quiet retreat with friendly hosts and an incredible breakfast of homemade scones delivered to your door.”