Happy 2013, Wanderboomers!
The schedule of mini-workshops kicks off at noon on Saturday with Carolyn Koehnline’s, “Clearing Clutter for a Creative New Year” (say that three times) and concludes on Sunday with a presentation on “The Many Paths to Publishing: Self, Small, Traditional” with Paul Hanson, Sarah Martinez and Janet Oakley.
While Saturday’s presentations focus on general “Resolutions” topics, like creating a personal vision and setting intentions for the year ahead, Sunday is devoted to aspiring and seasoned writers, covering such topics as journaling, blogging, writing groups, novel writing and publication possibilities.
Village Books is one of my favorite community-based, independent bookstores anywhere! Staffed by helpful, knowledgeable locals who love books, the bookstore is located in Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven district. Owners Chuck and Dee Robinson have created a cozy, inviting atmosphere for bibliophiles of all ages. You’ll want to wander through the store on all three levels, browsing the collections ranging from Book Club picks to bestsellers and everything in between.
As much as true book lovers might want to settle in among the stacks for the night, the owners haven’t yet added a B & B so you will need to leave when the store closes for the day. Not to worry. Bellingham offers outstanding accommodations for the discerning traveler. Here are three of my favorites:
After enjoying the presentations at Village Books, just walk one block west for a stay at Fairhaven Village Inn. With scenic views of the small working harbor close by, the historic 22-room hotel evokes an elegant, bygone era, though built in 1998. You won’t find a more convenient launching pad to the many nearby restaurants, shops and town activities in the Fairhaven district, including the farmer’s market, outdoor movies or even marathons that start and end at The Village Green town square across the street.
Settle in the cozy library off the lobby to read the treasures you no doubt purchased at Village Books, or peruse the many volumes lining the bookshelves at the Inn. Escape to the privacy of your spacious room to relax in a comfortable robe before sinking into luxurious bedding and down comforters for the night. Enjoy your breakfast or a glass of wine in the evening on the flower-filled terrace outdoors.
The Chrysalis Inn & Spa
A word of warning when you make a reservation at the Chrysalis: you won’t want to leave your spacious, tranquil room any time soon. Curl up with a good book
on the sumptuous bay window seat that overlooks Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. Open the shoji screens to take in the spellbinding Northwest seascape from the comfort of your luxurious two-person jetted soaking tub. Or watch Leonard Cohen’s “Live in London” show on PBS, still from the convenience of your soaking tub, as I was fortunate to do during my stay.
Still not enough pampering for you? Then head to the full-service on-site spa for the ultimate relaxation package. When you’re ready to get a little fresh air and exercise, take a leisurely walk along the waterfront on South Bay Trail that extends from The Fairhaven Village Inn to Boulevard Park. And be sure to stop for a latte at The Woods Coffee to complete your outing.
For a unique destination hotel, reserve a room at Hotel Bellwether, a luxurious boutique lodging in the cove of Bellingham Bay overlooking Squalicum Harbor. Book early for the chance to stay in the three-story, 900-square-foot Lighthouse Suite, featuring a private 360-degree observation deck with views of Mount Baker and the San Juan Islands. Complete your retreat experience with a visit to the Zazen Salon Spa for a total mind, body and spirit makeover.
Many thanks to Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism for arranging my stays at Fairhaven Village Inn, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa and Hotel Bellwether.
What weekend getaways are you planning for 2013, Wanderboomers? Please share with us here.