WANDERING BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON: FIRST STAY AT THE CHRYSALIS INN & SPA

This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com.

For my second day wandering Bellingham, Washington I discovered the Historic Fairhaven District with its charming 19th-century architecture and took a stroll on Taylor Boardwalk. I also stayed at another luxury waterfront hotel—The Chrysalis Inn & Spa—which travel journalist Patricia Schultz included in her book 1,000 Places To See Before You Die in the United States & Canada.

Bellingham is a two-hour drive from Seattle, and a 1.5-hour drive from Vancouver, BC., and is the county’s biggest town.

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A Hidden Gem While Wandering Bellingham

Someone not familiar with the area might think The Chrysalis Inn & Spa is a magnificent waterfront home for it’s in between a residential neighborhood, a park, and Bellingham Bay. From the street, the 43-room boutique Craftsman-style inn blends in with its surroundings. Inside is an inviting space of wood and warmth and water views.

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The staircase is a favorite spot for wedding photos. Photo courtesy The Chrysalis Inn & Spa

The first feature that caught my attention was the curved wooden stairway that wound its way up to the third floor through wooden beams.

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Winter or summer, the Living Room provides plenty of warmth and water views. Photo by Lara Dunning
Next, the open Living Room with plenty of plush seating, a stone fireplace, and views of Taylor Boardwalk hovering over the water. Beyond the Living Room, an outdoor patio, which I later discovered opens during the warmer months.
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The inn has a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Photo courtesy The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
Before heading up to my room, I walked along a portion of the boardwalk, and the railroad tracks came into view, as well as a train! Since I grew up in a house a few blocks from train tracks, I have a fondness for their whistles and chugs. Surprisingly, I didn’t hear the train at all from my room, but I expect that some of the front-facing rooms might.
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The train passes next to the inn. Photo by Lara Dunning

My Stay at Chrysalis Inn While Wandering Bellingham

I stayed in a Side View Deluxe Room, which was very spacious. The room had a plush king bed, a two-person soaking tub, a shower and a fireplace with a large lounging chair. But my favorite feature was a large window nook with views of Bellingham Bay and Taylor Boardwalk.

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