Fall Happenings In and Around Whatcom County

How Do You Celebrate Fall_

Looking for some fun ways to celebrate fall here in Whatcom County? Here are just a few ideas for events that are offered locally.

– Cloud Mountain Farm Center: Pumpkin Patch and Fruit Tasting: Pick out your pumpkin and taste over 200 different varieties of fruit grown on the farm.

 
– Bellewood Acres U-Pick Orchard and Pumpkin Patch: Take a ride through the you pick orchard or stop by their pumpkin patch.

 
– Lore and Gore: Good Time Girls Historical Tours: Take a tour of historical downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven with a spooky twist.

 
– Lynden FFA Corn Maze: Only offered in September so make sure you stop by this corn maze ASAP.
– Nightmare on Railroad: Boundary Bay Brewery and BAAY: Plan to stop in here for a meal and a trip through the haunted house.

 

– Stoney Ridge Farm is open again this year after a two year break: They are bringing back several of the things that made the farm a popular fall destination spot, including the train ride, corn maze and wagon rides. The pumpkin patch and apple trees will also be open for u-pick.

Have any other ideas or traditions? Let us know your plans!

Halloween Home Saftey Tips

Bellingham HalloweenHalloween is creeping up on us fast and so are some potential dangers to your home as a result of the fun holiday.  Below are some tips to help keep your home and family safe this Halloween:

– Be careful when placing candles in your carved jack-o-lanterns and keep them far away from any furnishings, drapes or Halloween decor that may be flammable and never leave them burning unattended.

– Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or movable decorative objects.

– Be sure and take time to check around our porch or sidewalk for any garden hoses, low lying tree limbs or decorations that might prove to be a tripping hazard for young children trick or treating at your home.

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

Sledding at Mt. Baker. Get out and enjoy the snow.

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Looking for something fun to do this Winter?  You might consider going sledding. Although we have no snow in the lowlands of Whatcom County the Mt. Baker National Forest sure does!

Lots of people head up the Mt. Baker Highway for great sledding just below the ski area.  While there is no specific area in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has been set aside for sledding, and it’s banned inside the Mt. Baker Ski Area there is still lots of places to get in some great sledding!

Unofficially, you can go just  outside the ski area’s boundaries to sled down the hills around the frozen lakes of Highwood Lake and Picture Lake. The area around Bagley Lake also is great area to check out.   That being said be sure and pay attention on warm days or years when there is little snow fall to be sure the lakes are frozen solid and ready for sledding.

Sledding at Mt. Baker

Directions:

Go east on state route 542 until you reach the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Park in the upper parking lot. Look for people carrying sleds or big tire tubes. You will find the lakes on your right hand side over the large snow banks. Little trails will be built in the snow bank to allow children and families to get up and over the banks and into the sledding area.

Be sure to back lots of warm clothes, water and snacks. Restrooms are available a shoMt Baker Sledding Maprt walk back up the hill in the upper lodge.  Also, traction tires are required and it’s advised to carry chains in  your vehicle. Just make sure you and your family are prepared for all weather conditions.

Remember and Honor…

This Memorial Day Johnson Team Real Estate will be taking the time to remember and honor those who sacrificed greatly for our wonderful freedom.
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Lynden Lighted Parade Saturday Dec. 5th at 6pm

Lynden Lighted ParadeCome out to Lynden this Saturday and view one of Whatcom County’s greatest holiday celebrations the annual Lynden Lighted Parade. The parade starts at 6pm. The processional beings at Lynden’s Fairway Center and travels along Front St through downtown Lynden.
The Parade is made up of lighted parade floats, semi trucks, tractors and other farm equipment and is fun for the whole family. This year there will be a new  tradition, the lighting of the city Christmas tree sponsored by PSE. The ceremony will be held at Front & 4th Street immediately at the end of the parade as the last entry reaches 4th street.  In addition, don’t forget to take a tour of unique light displays & decorated storefronts throughout the city during Lynden in Lights  which runs until January!
If you have never been out to Lynden It is obvious to a first time visitor that the early Lynden settlers must have had Dutch roots, because this charming town celebrates its history in everything from its architecture to its festivals. It is also obvious that people take pride in their town and their homes- I don’t believe that I have ever seen an unkempt Lynden yard. Lynden was founded by farmers and farming- particularly berries and dairies- still provide the basis for the town’s economy.Lynden has also become a very popular retirement area as well as a place to live. Part of that can be explained by a golf course community called Homestead, which was well planned and executed across a broad spectrum of price ranges. Additional developments have maintained this quality and typically provided housing at a lower price range than comparable homes in Bellingham. Small wonder that Lynden has been the fastest growing city in Whatcom County since 1980.Home to the Northwest Washington Fair and the Lynden Pioneer Museum, Lynden stays close to its agricultural roots and well as its religious roots. Lynden Christian High School is nearly as large as its public counterpart and the majority of the businesses are closed on Sunday.
For more information on Lynden, housing options in the area or relocation information email Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 today!

Stoney Ridge Farms- A Wonderful Fall Destination.

CIMG0032If you or your family have never visited Stoney Ridge Farms in Everson, this is the year. After 25 years this will be the family farms last Fall season. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October Stoney Ridge Farms has Fall Activities for everyone. They boast the largest pumpkin patch in all of Whatcom County, hay rides, farm animal viewing, corn maze, cafe with fresh apple cider and so much more.

My family has made Stoney Ridge a yearly tradition and we often spend the whole day at the farm. We love to walk in the barn and check out the piglets, goats, horses and donkeys. There is an abundance of animals to see and some that you can even feed. The pies from the cafe are wonderful and I highly recommend the carmel apple pie. We also purchase all our fall decorations from the farm each year including a large variety of small gourds and large pumpkins, they have it all.Stoney Ridge House

Every year we visit the farm we leave with wonderful memories, stomach’s full of fresh baked pie and a whole bunch of pumpkins and gourds to decorate our home.

During the month of December the farm will be open  to the public and is the go to spot to pick out your fresh cut Christmas tree from there large farm.  The barn is also home to a live animal nativity, holiday crafts and baked goods.

If you are interested in heading out to Stoney Ridge Farms they are located at 2902 Van Dyk Rd in Everson. From Bellingham head North of the Guide Meridian, East on the Pole Rd, and then turn left onto the Van Dyk Rd. Stoney Ridge  Farms will be on your right hand side with parking on your left. Opening day is Thursday October 3rd. I will do another post about the farm with more photos after my annual visit this year.

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Walk to Defeat ALS this weekend in Bellingham

Mike and Kim Bredeson have had their family impacted by ALS and are participating in this weekend’s Walk to Defeat ALS. This Saturday, September 26th Mike, Kim and their team “Kiss My ALS” will be participating in the walk to gain awareness and increase funds for ALS research.

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.

This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.

Together we can all make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.

Thank you!

Time to get the kids ready to head back to school!

Back to SchoolIt’s hard to imagine that summer is almost over and the school year is about to begin for Whatcom County School Districts but ,yes it is that time of the year again.

Even though school might not be starting until next week or the week after for some districts in Whatcom County  it’s still a great time to start getting ready.  A good night’s sleep is more important that ever for your young scholars.  It’s a good idea to start getting used to the school sleep schedule now so they are fully rested and awake when they start their first day of class.  Some suggestions for getting a good night’s sleep are to set a scheduled bed time , set clothes out the night before and set the backed pack back by the door. By making the most of your evenings before bed time and organizing your things for your morning getting ready will take less time and allow for more sleep.

It you opt to start changing your sleeping plan early take full advantage of the getting up early and plan some fun end of summer day trips with your family before school starts.  Take a trip to the birch bay water slides, walk the beaches of Semiahmoo Spit or go swimming at Lake Whatcom, as school is just around the corner!

Remember if you are search for homes or our site there is a quick and easy “Schools” button located on every listing detail page to help you learn more about the schools and school districts in a home’s area. Visit www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com to learn more!

Edgemoor Art Exhibit and Open House

We invite you to meander through the rooms and grounds of 281 Briar Rd in Bellingham, while enjoying unique arts and crafts from our area’s talented residents.

The 4 bedroom, 3.75 bath home features an open floor plan, chef’s kitchen and peaceful .58 acre setting with expansive gardens and patio.

To learn more about the home visit our website

Listed for $779,000

Presented by Johnson Team Real Estate and Allied Arts

Works on display include jewelry & paintings by Deb Dole, paintings by Joanne Plucy and Laura Hansen, stained glass by Rene Arbogast, mixed media clocks and sculptures by Karin Mueller, upcycled furniture, sculpture and so much more!

For questions or to learn more call 360.303-2734

or email Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Mount Baker Water Association Issues Boil-Water Advisory

A boil-water advisory has been issued for the Mount Baker Water Association in Whatcom County after E. coli was detected in the water following a routine water quality test.

The Mount Baker Water Association services approximately 220 homes in the area of Smith, Kelly, Sand and Nelson Roads.

If you have questions as to whether or not your home is affected your can contact the Mount Baker Water Association at 360-592-5137