Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville describes the city as “a gem of the Northwest,” a statement that’s certainly apropos. Located on the shores of Bellingham Bay, approximately 90 miles north of Seattle and 20 miles south of the Canadian border, Bellingham is everything one could ever want in a small- to mid-sized municipality.
To the west of Bellingham: North Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, which are ideal for fishing, sailing, canoeing and sea kayaking, not to mention bird and whale watching. To the east: the North Cascade mountains and snow-capped Mount Baker (10,781 feet), a picturesque peak that boasts some of the highest annual snowfall totals in the world, which explains why Mt. Baker Ski Area is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders alike. In between is downtown Bellingham, the focus of a diverse, robust economy that earns high marks for its public education system and health-care industry, the latter headlined by PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.