This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com.
I recently stayed at the Inn at Lynden while visiting the little town of Lynden, Washington known for its Dutch heritage. The town experienced an influx of Dutch immigration in the early and mid-1900s.
History is full of tales, and in the Dutch-themed town of Lynden, Washington, the Waples Mercantile Building has become a caretaker of one of these tales. Originally called the Lynden Department Store, the building was built in 1914 by Billy Waples. Since 1897 he’d operated a general store, which kept growing and eventually became one of the most successful department stores in the Northwest.
The Inn at Lynden – Repurposed in Style
In 2015, this iconic landmark debuted a reimagined life as a multi-use building that includes restaurants, shops, a tap room and the boutique lodging The Inn at Lyden. As a guest of the Inn at Lynden, I discovered comfort, style, and history in the heart of downtown Lynden.
From the moment I stepped inside, the building’s distinctive touches stood out, like the original 2 x 6 fir flooring and the massive wooden sliding door that I later learned was part of a large roof beam. In the lobby, heavy timber columns stretched all the way to the ceiling, and both the columns and the fir flooring continued throughout the entire ground level to its neighboring businesses Village Books and Paper Dreams, Avenue Bread, Drizzle Tasting Room and Restaurant, Overflow Taps, and Bellingham Baby Company.
The style, with warm wood tones, high ceilings, and large windows continued through the ground level, making it almost a seamless transition from one shop to the next.
Before checking-in I took a few moments to admire the lobby’s open layout which had plenty of seating and soothing earthy tones, a fireplace to warm up on a chilly day, large paintings, and natural lighting.
Next to the check-in desk, I noticed a row of Dutch-style bicycles and decided I’d have to take one for a spin.