How To Make The Most Of A Scouting Trip To Bellingham
Thinking of moving to Bellingham, WA, but have never even been here? Lots of people want to check out the area to determine if its a place they actually want to live. Here’s a plan to make the most of a short trip to Bellingham.
Before You Get Here
1. Make a list of what’s important to you. Like to hike? Want a hospital close by? Are you a big shopper? Like quality entertainment? Ride horses? Weave or knit? Hunt? Take classes?
It doesn’t matter what it is, but if it’s important to you, it goes on the list. Hobbies and interests give you great opportunities to meet people and get connected in your new community.
2. Make a housing needs list. What kind of environment do you like? Quiet and wooded? Urban and bustling? You’ll want to check out the housing possibilities while you’re in town.
3. Call or email me to schedule a time to meet. Talking to a local is invaluable and will save you tons of time! If you share the above lists with me, I’ll have mega information ready, tailored to your needs.
When You Arrive
1. Get an overview of the area
We’ll get out a good map and circle all the areas and neighborhoods you should drive while in town. Talking with a local will insure that you don’t miss the gems. I’ll fill you in on the best restaurants, shopping and things to do.
2. See the sites.
Drive to Mt. Baker, visit the Farmer’s Market, Fairhaven and the Harbor. If you have the time, take a ferry ride through the San Juan Islands, spend part of a day in Vancouver, BC and/or Seattle. Attend an event at the historic Mt. Baker Theater. Don’t miss our parks – get a list from me.
3. Stop by the Visitor’s Center
Stock up on brochures about the area and activities.
4. Take a house tour
See what you can buy within your budget. You may have sticker shock or it all looks like a bargain – you don’t know if you don’t look. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn in a couple short hours.
Even if you only have time for a long week-end here, you’ll make the most of your trip and be able to determine if Bellingham is the right place for you. Whether your answer is yes or no, what’s important is to have an answer – then you can call the trip a success.