Happy Valley is just east of Fairhaven and also backs up against the WWU campus. In the 1960’s the northern area increased the number of apartments directed toward student housing which infilled amongst the single-family homes in the area. Much of the southern section of this neighborhood is zoned and developed for single-family residences and is within walking distance to downtown Fairhaven. Connelly Creek Trail is also a nice spot for a light hike and backs up to Joe’s where you can get local produce and veggie starts. Happy Valley Park has benches and a playground for the littles.

When you are done taking a stroll through the neighborhood, head over to Tony’s in downtown Fairhaven for one of the best cups of coffee in town. A little history about Fairhaven….

It was founded in 1883 by Daniel J. Harris. We now know him as “Dirty Dan” and they hold a festival celebrating this eccentric, dirty weirdo that went from rags to riches mostly from dealings in real estate and some occasional smuggling. Fairhaven is a very picturesque Victorian town with lots of shopping and restaurant options. There are so many places to visit that are fantastic so I will keep my list to a just a few…Village Books and Paper Dreams, Rocket Donuts where everything is 1950s, 60’s alien theme, and Colophon Café where you must get the peanut butter pie! Fairhaven also puts on quite a few festivals throughout the year. For a list of shops and restaurants and to check out the happenings visit Fairhaven.com There’s even a festival in the doldrums of winter around the holidays called Winterfest that has some fun activities for everyone in the family.

Just outside of Fairhaven is the neighborhood of Edgemoor. This area has large lots, exquisite landscaping and a quiet residential feel. Residents here have some of the best views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. There is a great spot called Clarks Point at the edge of the neighborhood with beautiful views of the train tracks and bay. Here you will find beautiful trees near the edge of the cliff which is perfect to hang up your hammock for some nap time.