Located near the Canada - United States border, Bellingham, Washington, is popular with Canadian tourists seeking a great deal on gasoline, groceries, and other goods. Bellingham includes north Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker, and the North Cascade Mountains. Because of this international traffic, there are many Bellingham hotels from which to choose; there is everything from large luxury hotels to smaller, budget hotels in Bellingham from which to choose.
The main convention center in Bellingham is found at the Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center. This central property usually hosts local events, using its 11,000 square feet of meeting space.
Seafood is popular in Bellingham, with visitors and locals preferring to eat at high quality locations like the Fork at Agate Bay and Anthony's at Squalicum Harbor.
The Silver Reef Casino is a major drawing point for Bellingham, as it features numerous gambling options, great restaurants, and one of the nicer hotels Bellingham available. The relaxed gaming laws attract many visitors from Canada weekly.
The Bellis Fair Mall is the largest in the city and is home to numerous retailers and restaurants like Bon Marche, Macy's, Target, and Old Country Buffet. Wal-Mart and Costco are a short drive away from the mall and provide additional shopping options.
The Bellingham Bulls, a collegiate baseball team, play at Joe Martin Field. The International Basketball League's Bellingham Slam plays its home games at the Whatcom Pavilion.