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 at conference site: The Hotel Bellwether


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.

Fairhaven Village Inn (Fairhaven) Mention the Chanticleer Authors Conference and then ask for the “Chanticleer Conference Special”  $169 for Water View or $149 (Park View). The Inn only has 22 rooms. (parking included). Fairhaven is located in South Bellingham in the charming Fairhaven District by the waterfront. It is about 3 miles from the Bellwether. A great place for walking, shopping, and hanging out in Village Books and a myriad of coffee shops. (877) 733-1100 or (360) 733-1311.

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

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.]


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:  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)

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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.