cac16Lodging & Travel Information for the Chanticleer Authors Conference 2017: March 31, April 1 & 2, 2017

Conference Location: Hotel Bellwether, with masterclasses held at the nearby Bellingham Yacht Club.

Lodging

Lodging at conference site: The Hotel Bellwether

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Hotel Bellwether – Photo by Elaine Dillon

The luxurious Hotel Bellwether is offering a conference rate starting at approx. $189 per night for non-water views. Conference rates are available on most rooms to CAC17 attendees. Please call the hotel, at 360-392-3172, and ask for the Chanticleer Conference Rate. Elizabeth Crawford, the Director of Sales, is our contact.

The Hotel Bellwether is a luxury waterfront hotel overlooking Bellingham Marina and Bay is close to shops and restaurants. Rooms have gas fireplaces, imported Italian furniture, whirlpool tubs, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, plus private balconies or patios.  There’s a restaurant and bar along with a fitness center, and jogging trails which lead down to the sea. Free underground parking is available.

Other nearby lodging:

The Guest House, a Red Lion Inn on Lakeway, is offering lodging starting at $66 per night. All bookings include a complimentary hot breakfast with eggs, bacon, waffles, bagels, yogurt, muffins, cereal, etc. and juice and coffee/tea. Rooms include: Internet access, Cable TV, Refrigerator, Coffee Maker, and Hair Dryer.  The Guest House is 3.6 miles from the front door of the Bellwether Hotel (less than ten minutes by car – no highway). Complimentary airport shuttle between Bellingham Airport and The Guest House (9 to 5 daily, please confirm time and date with front desk). Free parking.

Please call the hotel directly to make reservations at (360) 671-9600. Ask for the Chanticleer Authors Conference rate and room block.

Guest House

The Guest House, a Red Lion Inn, Lakeway Avenue, Bellingham

     Guest House Room

Other Lodgings available:

Fairhaven Village Inn (Fairhaven) Mention the Chanticleer Authors Conference and then ask for the “Unwind in Fairhaven” special $169 or $149 special. The Inn only has 22 rooms. (parking included)

Sheraton on Lakeway (less than three miles from the Hotel Bellwether.

[Note: We cannot recommend any lodgings that are located on Samish Way. We advise not to book lodging in this area.]

Transportation

UBER: download the Uber app on your smartphone before you leave on your trip. Bellingham is very Uber friendly.

Taxi Services: Yellow Cab 360-733-8294, Your Cab Company 360 746-4943, Blue Cab 360-734-3787

Airporter Shuttle / Bellair Charters:  http://www.airporter.com/  1-866-235-5247

This shuttle service will get you from Seatac to Bellingham and back. Comfortable ride.

Air Travel:
You can fly directly into Bellingham International Airport (BLI) and take a shuttle or rental car to the Hotel Bellwether (a 13 minute drive).
Or, you can fly into Seattle’s SeaTac Airport (SEA), which may cost less, and either:
  • Rent a car and drive up to Bellingham
  • Take the BOLT Bus from Seattle Train Station to Bellingham ($15 ). Use the light rail to go from SeaTac to downtown Seattle Train Station.
  • Take the Airporter Shuttle from SeaTac to Bellingham (close to both hotels)

For more information, please contact us at: info@ChantiReviews.com

Sightseeing

Whale Watching/San Juan Island Touring:  Enjoy a sunny day on the water.

Mount Baker Theatre: Historic Performance Venue.

The SPARK museum of Electrical Invention: See a display of innovations that changed the course of human history.

Downtown Bellingham: Shops and restaurants.

Historic Fairhaven: Home of one of the best indie bookstores in the country Village Books.

Plus countless natural wonders: Mount Baker, Lake Whatcom, Whatcom Falls, Boulevard Park to name a few.

We hope you enjoy your visit and discover a little bit of why Bellingham, WA was ranked as one of the greatest American cities for writers.