Valentine's Day in Bellingham: 5 Active-Minded Date Ideas

Anthony's Hearthfire Grill is just made for cozying up over cocktails.
Anthony's Hearthfire Grill is just made for cozying up over cocktails. Courtesy of Anthony's Hearthfire Grill
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Valentine's Day happens to fall on a Sunday this year, which means you have the whole weekend to celebrate. And in Bellingham, there's not shortage of fun, active-minded things for you to do. The Interurban Trail allows you to take a scenic bike ride to your destination, and its inspiring waterfront views will melt your heart. Eat all the chocolate you want, or just chill out and enjoy some Billie Holiday in a romantic hidden bar off the bike trail. Whatever you choose, there are plenty of easy options for you to grab your honey and get active.

Here are five of our favorite suggestions for making _this _Valentine's Day one to remember.

Located within Boulevard Park, Woods Coffee is a great fuel-up spot after a hike.
Located within Boulevard Park, Woods Coffee is a great fuel-up spot after a hike. Leah DeAngelis

1. Boulevard Park and The Woods Coffee

Take a sunrise run around beautiful [Boulevard Park]( http://rootsrated.com/bellingham-wa/coastal-paddling/boulevard-park), then sit fireside at The Woods Coffee, situated in the middle of the park. A cozy log cabin atmosphere and a big leather sofa and chairs in front of the large stone fireplace offer a comfortable setting for long chats over lattes. Boulevard Park has some of the best waterfront views in Bellingham, and it’s especially pretty with the colors of the morning sun painted in the sky.

2. Mount Baker and North Fork Beer Shrine and Wedding Chapel

Since Feb. 14 falls on a Sunday this year, ski enthusiasts can enjoy a day on the slopes at Mt. Baker, before stopping at the North Fork Beer Shrine and Wedding Chapel for some microbrews and wood fired pizza. Have enough beers, and you may just decide to tie the knot (though don't read that as an endorsement), as the chapel performs actual wedding ceremonies. Whatever you decide to do, you'll enjoy soaking up the cabin-in-the-woods ambiance and good food après ski.

3. Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill

Located right on the water for maximum enjoyment of sunset and marina action, Anthony's Hearthfire Grill, usually known as the Hearthfire, is a moderately upscale seafood restaurant at Squalicum Harbor. Zuanich Park is right there, so why not combine it with a bike ride or stroll around the boats? Anthony’s is all about serving fresh, sustainable, and seasonal Northwest fish. The ambiance is cozy and warm and views are gorgeous.

Close to a waterfront trailhead, Daphnes neighborhood bar is a romantic hideaway.
Close to a waterfront trailhead, Daphnes neighborhood bar is a romantic hideaway. Leah DeAngelis

5. Daphne's

Known for its craft cocktails using fresh local ingredients, [Daphne's]( https://www.facebook.com/daphnesfairhaven) is a little hole-in-the-wall bar in Fairhaven that transports you straight to Paris. Big art deco hanging lamps and a dim, intimate atmosphere lend a distinctly European vibe that’s irresistible and ideal for Valentine’s Day. Daphne's is right off the Interurban Trail at the Village Green; go for a romantic bike ride along the waterfront, and then settle in for a drink afterward. There’s very little signage, so look for the word 'BAR' in neon.

 

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