Not everyone wants to live out in the middle of nowhere where their only mode of transportation is a car. For those who prefer the hustle and bustle of city life, the Central Business District of Bellingham is mainly retail and light industrial among other things, but it is also the heart of the city where everything is happening! Like most city centers, there are no limits on places to get food or drink and there are lots of things to see and do. For your pup, there is a place to get all their favorites as well, including grooming salons nearby.
Weather is not much of a concern here as Bellingham’s weather is as laid back as its residents. Summers rarely get over 90 degrees and winter snow storms are rare. Cold air out of Fraser Valley can be a problem, however, and residents should expect some cold winds, freezing temperatures, and snow on occasion.
Despite being the 5th largest city in western Washington, Bellingham still has a small town feel in its central district. This can make walking a pleasure with hundreds of small shops lining the streets, large shade trees, and cafes with outside seating. The elevation is fairly level in the north part of town, so casual walkers just out for some fresh air will rejoice. The closer you get to the water, the more hills you will find, but even then, the elevation changes are not extreme.
Most areas do have sidewalks but there is not a lot of green in terms of grass, so your pooch may be a bit disappointed. The South Bay Trail, however, can be picked up off of East Laurel Street and does have a lot of grass, so if you really want to share a bit of greenery with your pup, this might be your best option.
The Central Business District does not have a greenway of its own, but what it does have is a trail that starts out in the southeast corner and heads down the coast to Boulevard Park. It is a bit of a walk, but the trail is nice with lots and trees and grass lining it and Boulevard Park is one of the most popular parks in the area. There is even a concession stand there for you to grab a bite to eat. It is not the closest park, but it makes a great destination down the trail if you are looking for a good workout.
Maritime Heritage Park is at the northernmost tip, just outside the neighborhood. This park has a native plant trail, other walking trails, a place to sit, and a place to get some water and use the restroom. You will also find plenty of grass and shade to keep your outing cool and relaxing.