According to Wikipedia: Lynden is the second largest town in Whatcom County, Washington, United States. Named and established in 1874 on the site of the Nooksack Indian village Squahalish, the town of Lynden began as a pioneer settlement headed by Holden and Phoebe Judson.
According to the Lynden Chamber of Commerce: YOU DESERVE THE BEST, BUT IT DOESN’T JUST COME TO YOU. YOU MUST SEEK IT OUT. FIND IT. CAPTURE IT. BUT IT IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK
The BEST places to stay, the BEST places to eat, the BEST places to shop, the BEST places to have fun. LYNDEN, simply stated, has the BEST. In the words of baseball legend Dizzy Dean, “It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up.”
We spent a lovely, yet cold, February afternoon in Lynden. Our first stop, the amazing Jansen Fine Art Center. If you haven't been there, this is a "must see" in Lynden. This amazing fine art center isn't your typical art gallery. The 1920 building as been converted into a WORK OF ART. Thanks to the generosity of the Eleanor and Henry Jansen Foundation and others, they created a place "for artists to create, teach, share and engage the community in appreciation of the arts." And appreciate it they do.
After exploring this delectable downtown, it was time for lunch. Another historical and monumental building, Waples Mercantile, has been restored. Its welcoming openness on the street level lets you leisurely wander from shop to shop. One of my favorite bookstores opened up a new location there. Village Books is a great independent bookstore with a strong local following and presence.
With our purchases of books, who can resist, we ventured into Avenue Bread Cafe. This award winning place is a favorite for locals in downtown Bellingham. Their new location in Lynden is well worth the stop for lunch. The atmosphere was a mixture of old and art. The old building, now updated, kept a lot of its "old" charm. With splashes of color in the form of large paintings adorning the walls, you felt right at home as you settled down to enjoy a meal. We enjoyed a delicious bowl of hot soup, (mine was tomato dill and soooo good) and a sandwich made with Avenue A bread. We took our time, enjoyed our meal, and leisured while leafing through the pages of our new books. Soon dessert was calling us. Across the street is the famous Lynden Dutch Bakery. As soon as the door opened you were bombarded with the sweet smells of delicious yumminess, making your mouth water from all the goodness waiting. It was a hard decision but I finally settled for a slice of cheesecake with white chocolate drizzle. It was either that or the best smelling doughnuts.