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Planning Your Retreat

An Artist Retreat is an exciting opportunity to travel and explore inner and outer worlds. Here’s some useful information to help you plan your adventure with us.



NW culture, the great outdoors, and a laid back  lifestyle to delight. 85 miles north of Seattle, and a mere 50 miles south of Vancouver B.C. What’s not to love?

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Stay and Play


From budget to indulgent boutique accommodations, find something for every style, taste, and budget. Be it artisan experience or scenic place, we’ve got you covered.

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Getting Here

Trains, planes and automobiles – plenty of convenient ways to get here! Daily direct and connecting flights into Bellingham International Airport too. What could be easier?

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Local Weather

Daily High (red) and Low (blue) Temperatures for Bellingham, WA

Bellingham has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters – perfect for year round Artist Retreats. Just 17 miles south of the Canadian border, it may surprise you to know that the climate is mild enough with infrequent frosts that a species of palm is hardy here and camellias actually flourish. In spring, urban lawns are covered with daffodils and tulips; summer brings strawberries, blueberries, and cascades of roses; in autumn, apple, pear, and plum trees are weighed down by bushels of fruit. Winter can turn cold, due to long bouts of rain, but lowland snow is rare. And yes: rain is a regular thing, from soft drizzle to hardy downpours.

The warm season lasts from late June to late September, with an average daily high temperature above 66°F. Summer highs average 72°F, with lows around 56°F. The cold season lasts from mid-November to the end of February, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F.

Suggested Pack List

Most Bellingham natives can survive with a good pair of Teva’s, some Carhart’s and a t-shirt, but you may need more. Depending on when you’re coming, you will need to adjust our recommendations below. However we suggest you pack a little of everything as a general rule:

  • Comfortable clothing including long and short pants
  • Sandals or comfortable walking shoes; light-weight hiking shoes if you plan to hike
  • Layered clothing, including hat, gloves, and tights for cold weather months
  • Sun hat, sun glasses, lip balm, and sun block for high intensity sun months
  • Sweater or polar fleece cover-up; warm jacket, windbreaker and/or raincoat for cooler weather
  • A small carry pack
  • Camera

  • We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.–ANAIS NIN

  • Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.–ALAN KEIGHTLEY

  • Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.–RAY BRADBURY

  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.–MARK TWAIN

  • Once every year, go someplace you’ve never been before.–MAHATMA GANDHI

Travel Insurance

Peace of mind is priceless – and you’d like to believe that your trip will go as planned. But if something happens, you want to be prepared. Travel Insurance helps you plan for the unpredictable, and we highly recommend you obtain policy coverage when booking your adventure with us.

Squaremouth is a professional travel insurance brokerage firm, providing competitive quotes among many of the leading travel insurance carriers. They have an excellent reputation in the travel industry, and their site includes helpful comparison tools when choosing a travel insurance policy to fit your needs.

Please refer to our Policies/Limitations page for any questions concerning your workshop adventure booking with us.