Accommodation: Fairhaven Village Inn Review

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By Linda Ball

Fairhaven Village Inn

Fairhaven Village Inn

Accommodation: Fairhaven Village Inn

Location: Fairhaven (near Bellingham), Washington, USA

Owners/Managers: Gene and Connie Shannon

Type: Boutique Hotel

Number of Rooms: 22

Accommodation Fairhaven Village Inn Review

The Fairhaven Village Inn is only 15 years old, but in keeping with the historic flavor of Fairhaven, it was built to reflect the charm of olden days.

Fairhaven Village Inn Guestroom with Fireplace

Fairhaven Village Inn Guestroom with Fireplace

My room was air-conditioned, and well-appointed, including a gas fireplace, plenty of space, a very comfortable king-size bed, and a view of the port and water from a private balcony.

Fairhaven Village Inn - A Boutique Hotel

Fairhaven Village Inn – A Boutique Hotel

I was greeted warmly, and given courteous answers to any questions I had.

Things To Do:

Arriving on a Wednesday, the Fairhaven Farmer’s market was underway right across the street from the Inn. Unfortunately I couldn’t buy any of the fresh produce, because it would spoil in my car, but I bought a handmade beaded bracelet for $3 from a local artist, and an organic almond/lavender/butter cookie mix. I love cookies!

After the Farmer’s Market I took the Taylor Dock walk, about a mile round-trip. It’s a trail that starts in Fairhaven, and takes you over the water on a glorious path/dock. It was beautiful out, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

After the walk I freshened up for dinner at Le Chat Noir, or The Black Cat,, in the historic Sycamore Square Building. It may sound fancy, and it is a French cabaret-themed restaurant, but it’s very laid back. I ordered a six-ounce filet and it was perfect. I don’t like my meat bloody, but I don’t want to eat shoe leather either, and sometimes I do get shoe leather, or too much blood. Man, they got it right! I was delighted with the little potatoes and veggies that came with it. After dinner I hung out in the bar awhile and met some of the locals. Bellingham is cool!


If You Go:

Fairhaven Village Inn.

Le Chat Noir.

Linda Ball stayed at Fairhaven Village Inn the night prior to joining Schooner Zodiac for a San Juan Island wine cruise. Click here to read her account of cruising and wining the San Juans.

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