Situated between the Columbia neighborhood and downtown, this was one of the first areas settled by Bellingham pioneers who worked for a sawmill located at the end of Whatcom Creek near Maritime Heritage Park in the late 1800’s early 1900s.

There is an area of homes that have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places called the Cissna Cottages District. These beautiful Queen Anne style homes make for a nice walk on G and H Streets between Girard and Halleck. The homes were built by Charles Cissna between 1899 and 1901. Before your walk through this great area, an awesome place to stop and grab a cup of “liquid life” as I like to call it, is the Lettered Streets Coffee House. Caffeine, and a pastry, YUM!

After you have walked up an appetite through the Lettered Streets you can grab a great sandwich and homemade cup of soup at Sandwich Odyssey across from the Bellingham Highschool. This establishment has been around since 1994 and is a solid choice for some fuel so you can meander through one or all of the four parks the Lettered Streets neighborhood has to offer, Maritime Heritage, Battersby Field, Faut’s Park, and Glen Gossage Plaza. A great endpoint is to stop off at Elizabeth Station and have an ice cold beer, or if beer isn’t your thing Primer Coffee is right next door and can whip you up an iced beverage.