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Fairhaven Village Inn, Fairhaven, Washington: Simple Elegance

Library at Fairhaven Village Inn

Distant view of Fairhaven Inn Square

The Fairhaven Village Inn is situated right across from the square, the village’s “living room.”

Sometimes you want to be right in the heart of things and the Fairhaven Village Inn in Bellingham’s historic village of Fairhaven is just that.

It’s in the middle of the quaint, walkable core that’s filled with fun shops, bookstores, cafes and restaurants; it overlooks the beautiful Bellingham Bay’s working harbor; and it’s right next store to a trail that connects to marine parks and a large trail system for walking, running, and biking. And, the hotel offers the simple elegance and warmth of a bed and breakfast with the privacy of a fine inn.

Sun Deck at Fairhaven Inn

Guests can use the rooftop deck.

This 22-room property, built in 1989, was built in the style of the historic buildings in the village and has a number of antiques throughout. It offers both spacious bayside and parkside rooms and one large suite.

The bayside rooms feature with balconies with small tables and chairs and gas fireplaces. Two of their rooms are handicap accessible with roll-in showers.

The rooms have either king beds or two queens that are incredibly comfortable.

They’ve recently replaced all of their beds with custom-made ones and they’re incredibly comfortable and fitted with creamy sheets and lightweight ,intricately stitched quilts (no overstuffed, too-warm duvets!).

Guestroom at Fairhaven Inn

Custom beds and luxury linens make sleeping at the Fairhaven Village Inn a delight.

The rooms come with flat screen TVs, an armoire, a writing desk with extra electrical plugs for computers, two overstuffed club chairs, and plenty of lamps for reading.

The one bedroom suite offers a separate bath with jetted tub as well as a tub and bath shower, a living area with couch, loveseat, and entertainment center, a dining area, and fireplace and views of both the village green and the bay.

Fireplace in Guestroom at Fairhaven Inn

Gas fireplaces make Fairhaven Village Inn rooms cozy even on chilly days.

Downstairs there’s a comfortable library area with a fireplace, overstuffed chairs, and a wide range of books guests are encouraged to peruse. The library also offers coffee, tea, and hot chocolate late into the evening. In the afternoon, they serve freshly baked cookies and, from 7-10 am, they offer an expanded continental breakfast (granola, yogurt, fruit, breads, and Belgium waffles that a staff person makes fresh to order) in the simple breakfast room just off the lobby.

The staff at the Fairhaven Village Inn is friendly and professional. The hotel’s supervisor is professional hotlier Cathy Whitcomb, who helped shape the iconic Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island. So next time you’re in Northwest Washington, stop and linger a while in historic Fairhaven and try out the Fairhaven Village Inn. You’ll find yourself not wanting to leave this simply elegant inn.

Outside View of Fairhaven Inn

The Fairhaven Village Inn is built in the same turn-of-the-century style as historic village buildings.

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Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at