This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com.


The Hotel Bellwether.
Courtesy of the Hotel Bellwether.

The small city of Bellingham hugs the Washington coastline and nestles up to the craggy, snow-capped Cascade Range.  This bustling college town is only a two-hour drive from Seattle, and a 1.5-hour drive from Vancouver, BC. When the opportunity to have a hosted two-day stay presented itself, I packed up my bags and headed north to the lands Captain George Vancouver explored 225 years ago.

Two luxurious hotels—the Hotel Bellwether and The Chrysalis Inn & Spa—hosted my stay. The Hotel Bellwether earned the #1 spot on Evening Magazine’s “Best of the Northwest” and its proximity to downtown Bellingham allowed me to discover its art, flavors, and history with ease.

The Hotel Bellwether.
The Hotel Bellwether is a five-minute drive to downtown Bellingham. Photo courtesy Hotel Bellwether

Luxury Awaits at the Hotel Bellwether

As I drove to the Hotel Bellwether, I felt like Captain Vancouver sailing into the bay all those years ago. The 66-room boutique hotel overlooks the waterfront with westward views of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, and British Columbia.

The view of the marina and the San Juan Islands from the Hotel Bellwether.
Staff told me that Bella, the hotel’s Canine Concierge, likes to go for walks along Squalicum Promenade. Photo courtesy Hotel Bellwether and Amy Parsons Photography.

After a quick check-in, I took some time to admire the charming sitting room with a grandfather clock, a carved wood mantel, and the nearby sleeping Canine Concierge Bella. The ambiance felt more like a high-end country estate, not a hotel.

Hotel Bellwether's sitting room with a fireplace.
The sitting room at Hotel Bellwether. Photo by Lara Dunning.

The hotel offers a range of room and suite styles, like Studios, Island Suites, and the Bellwether Suite, all adorned with luxurious linens and stately furniture. Many have water views and private balconies, and almost all have air-jetted tubs as well as gas fireplaces. If you feel peckish, their snack baskets are Northwest-inspired.

Bedroom at the Hotel Bellwether.
My spacious room also included a private balcony. Photo by Lara Dunning.

I stayed in a third floor Premier Suite, which included a spacious bathroom with high-tech soaking tub (and yes, I did indulge in an evening soak). I also had an open bedroom that included a  sitting area with a fireplace, and a private balcony.

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