Ferndale City is a small community (11,500 people) located only 13 miles away from the Canadian border. It was incorporated in 1907, more than a century ago, and named by a teacher after the wild plants that surrounded the city’s first and original school house. Ferndale’s population is a relatively young and vibrant mix of many ethnic and cultural groups. The city’s economy relies principally on agriculture and the service, construction and mining industries. Its pleasant weather and lakes, rivers and woods attract visitors who want to enjoy the outdoors, take part in various land and water sports and attend upbeat celebrations and festivals.
The 627 acre Nooksack River Park extends from the Nooksack River estuary to Tenant Lake. It is undergoing a program for its protection and rehabilitation through a dike, planting of indigenous plants and improving the natural habitat of salmon and waterfowl. Visitors to the park can ski and snowboard in winter as well as fish, play golf in 15 nearby courses, sail, go kayaking and boating. The Pioneer Park is an amazing recreation of a village in the old pioneering days. The eleven structures are real log cabins, more than a century old, complete with their original content. They include a church, general store, a bank, a granary, a jail, a school and a home that originally stood in various areas but were brought to and assembled in Ferndale.
Super 8 is a small motel with the standard facilities and amenities including a pool, free WIFI and a gym. It provides a free breakfast and each room is furnished with refrigerator and a cable TV. Super 8 is near Birch Bay, Mount Baker and Pioneer Park. The luxury Silver Reef Hotel provides more posh accommodations. Each guest room comes with a spacious bathroom, top quality bedding, free WIFI and panoramic views of majestic Mount Baker and San Juan Islands. The Scottish Lodge on the other hand is located near Western Washington University, a golf course, the Bellingham International Airport and Bellingham City’s downtown district. Book your Ferndale Hotels with Reservations.com.
Things to Do
Visit the Red Barn Lavender, a sustainable farm that raises organic plants, distills lavender oil from thousands of fragrant blossoms, and makes lavender honey, soaps and lotion, and the like. You can pick the flowers, watch how the oil is distilled, and buy guaranteed pure lavender products. You can go to Mount Baker to hike, ski, or go mountain climbing and snowboarding. Nearby Baker Beach on the other hand is perfect for swimming and diving.
Chihuahua Family Mexican is probably the most popular restaurant in Ferndale. It receives two thumbs up for its food, always delicious and freshly made. The restaurant is known for its pico de gallo and beans, pollo dela crema and Manadera burrito. Service is very fast and friendly. The Curry House is outstanding for its service and friendly owners who take the time and trouble to serve appropriate food to guests with food allergies. Even people from nearby Bellingham travel to Ferndale to eat at the Curry House, ordering such dishes as Bhindi Masala (okra), lamb vindaloo, and nan.