Submitted by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

Visit Bellingham | Whatcom County announces three new video segments, hosted by Rick Steves, featuring his explorations of Whatcom County, Washington. Steves spent two days in the region, visiting farms, craft beverage brewers and distillers, port cities, Peace Arch State Park at the Canadian border, and many arts and culture attractions. Produced and distributed by Seattle Times Content Studio, the first of the three episodes is now live at https://www.seattletimes.com/sponsored/rick-steves-samples-farm-to-bottle-fare-in-whatcom-county/, and also at https://www.Bellingham.org/ricksteves. Episode one features Rick tasting Whatcom County’s farm-to-bottle offerings and enjoying meeting the local beverage makers. Subsequent episodes will be released in September and October.

“European travel was not possible in 2020 or early 2021, and we were delighted that Steves chose to explore the rich experiences in his own backyard instead,” says Amy Guerra of Visit Bellingham | Whatcom County. As an example of what is in these segments, Steves visits a working oyster farm right next to the Canadian border (Drayton Harbor Oyster Farm), learns about turning Washington apples into alcohol (Bellewood Farms), and actually plays an original 1927 movie palace Wurlitzer pipe organ (Mount Baker Theatre). Steves’ fans can find the videos at Bellingham.org/RickSteves, or be alerted about the next release by following #BellinghamExperience on social media.

Whatcom County is in the top northwest corner of the state of Washington, bordering both Canada and the Salish Sea. Some experiences and places featured in these videos include the bayside Bellwether Hotel, Blaine by the Sea, Aslan Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery, Sustainable Connections’ Eat Local Initiatives, Downtown Bellingham Arts District, Fairhaven District, Lynden farmlands, the Schooner Zodiac, Whatcom Museum, and a poem read by Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. Priest, a member of Lummi Nation, is Washington’s first indigenous state Poet Laureate.

The videos were filmed, directed, and produced by All is Well Studios out of Seattle, under the creative direction of Seattle Times Content Studio, Rick Steves, and Visit Bellingham | Whatcom County.

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