Located fewer than twenty-miles from the Canadian border, and only about ninety-minutes from downtown Vancouver, the community of Bellingham is busy preparing for the 2010 Winter Olympics that will be held all over Southern British Columbia. From new roads being built to hotels in Bellingham getting remodeled, the area expects up to 200,000 visitors before and after the games in February of 2010. And the area will not just be a place people will be passing through on the way to the different events in Canada; as hotels and short-term housing fill up in BC many travelers will find affordable accommodations in one of the many Bellingham Motels available.

As we begin our review of some of the best Bellingham Hotels available, we will head to the locally-popular Fairhaven District and the Fairhaven Village Inn. Located nearby this hotel is the summer run ferries to and from Victoria BC and ports in Alaska, as well as local Farmer's Markets and plenty of dining options. It has been said that the Fairhaven Village Inn is where someone should stay who is considering moving to the area. It is truly unique and provides an excellent example of the Bellingham experience. This hotel is locally owned by a husband and wife team who make it their personal jobs to see that each guest is treated like royalty. Please note there are only twenty-rooms in this hotel so make sure you call ahead and make reservations!

Another great Bellingham Hotel is known locally as just "the Chrysalis" and is located a few moments from Interstate 5 off of exit 250. This luxury property is also home to a spa and sits right on the saltwater Bellingham Bay with amazing views in many rooms. The designers at Chrysalis have really done out of their way to make it feel more like home than your average chain hotel, with window seats, gas fireplaces and 2-person baths in each room. Also on site is the Fino Wine Bar which offers classic European cuisine from Noon to 9:00 PM daily for hotel guests.

If business is on your agenda during your stay, there are several downtown Bellingham hotels that can cater to your professional needs. Hotel Bellwether is also in a prime waterfront location, and is truly more of a resort than a standard business hotel. However there is plenty of meeting space and rooms include dual port phones and high-speed internet access. The hotel also can reserve small meeting rooms for your needs and prides itself on allowing area businesspeople to hold meetings in their facilities with ease.

Bellingham is also home to a medium sized airport that offers service to Seattle and several other northwest cities. You may not be able to get a direct flight to Hawaii from Bellingham, but you can still catch a connector to just about anywhere! And while there are not as many Bellingham airport hotels as you would see in other major metropolitan areas, you can still find a comfortable room nearby with airport shuttle options. If you are traveling to Bellingham and need a room by the airport we suggest using the Hampton Inn located on Bennett Drive. Reservations can be made through the corporate Hampton Inn website.

Exploring and visiting the Bellingham, Washington area can be an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend a few days. And with some quick research on various websites you can probably find some deals and packages to help you pay less for your trip. You can also find other great vacation connections in the area including several annual "cruises to nowhere" that depart from the Bellingham port. And much like Oregon Coast vacation rentals, there are plenty of rural homes in the Bellingham area that can be rented on a nightly or weekly basis.