The Victorian Italianate-style Fairhaven Village Inn (1200 10th St., 360/733-1311 or 877/733-1100, www.fairhavenvillageinn.com, $179–219 d) blends well with its historic Fairhaven neighbors. This distinctive boutique hotel is one of the best in Bellingham, with large rooms, luxe furnishings, bathrobes, free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi. The best rooms come equipped with gas fireplaces; the two-room suite ($289) comes with a large dining table and jetted tub. Some rooms are also pet friendly.
A large Craftsman home high on a hill overlooking Lake Whatcom South Bay B&B (4095 S. Bay Dr., 360/595-2086 or 877/595-2086, www.southbaybb.com, $149–245 d) is a quiet retreat featuring five guest rooms with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and private patios; rates include a big gourmet breakfast. This is a great romantic getaway.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition