PRESS: Taking the road less traveled to Bellingham — spots to check out along the way

As the saying goes, the journey is just as important as the destination. The same goes for a good road trip. In this case, our adventure took us north from Seattle to Bellingham. Instead of taking I-5, we took Chuckanut Drive. Locals will tell you that while this 20-mile drive is a bit off the beaten path, it’s totally worth it.

This iconic Washington State scenic route was completed back in 1896, as a way to connect the southern parts of Puget Sound with Whatcom County. Before that, the only way to get up north was by train or boat!

You’ll find Chuckanut Drive off I-5, at exit 231 in Burlington. Starting in Skagit Valley, through rolling hills and farm land, expanding into majestic mountain tops, then winds its way into the tall, secluded forests of Whatcom county, and the coastline of Samish Bay.

If you’re looking for a great escape, without heading too far from home, Bellingham via Chuckanut Drive is definitely a trip worth taking. Check out the video for more on part one of our journey!

If you’re not pressed for time, make a point to make some stops on the way, not only to enjoy the scenic views of Samish Bay, but also for a delicious bite to eat! (And who doesn’t love a stop on a road trip for amazing food?!)

Our rumbling tummies were grateful to find The Farm to Market Bakery, in Bow, Washington. You’ll find something for everyone at this small, sweet-smelling bakery. Cinnamon rolls and lime-soaked polenta cakes are some of the featured delights, but there are cookies, biscuits and even savory sandwiches on fresh bread.

“We are sourcing as much local food as possible,” said Jim Kowalski, who owns the bakery, and The Rhododendron Café next door, with his wife, Lisa Cooney. “We are growing as much food as possible, We have two orchards and a half-acre farm at our house.”

And it was definitely worth the stop. Watch part 2 of our road trip series to see how good everything looks!

Once you’ve taken your last bite of cinnamon roll, get back on the road and stop at Larabee State Park, Washington State’s very first state park. It’s just a few miles outside of Bellingham, and perfect for camping, relaxing or hiking. The park even opens up to over 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay.

Once you leave Larabee Park, you’re mere minutes to Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven District, which has really maintained a quaint, Victorian feel, in a friendly, welcoming neighborhood. It’s perfect for a bit of local shopping or a relaxing bite to eat. This is where your road trip to Bellingham ends, but your exploration of this beautiful city is just beginning!


Mother’s Day at The Rhody – Sunday May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day! Celebrate@ the Rhody Cafe!

We will be serving food & drinks & celebrating Mom’s all day.

Call us @ 360-766-6667 for Reservations.

More info coming soon…

Valentine’s Day Dinner 2018

Valentine’s Day Dinner @ Rhody Cafe / Wednesday, February 14 2018

Cost: $120 per couple

This will be a PRIX FIX menu – Shared Appetizer, Two Entrees, Shared Dessert

+ 10% off Bottles of Wine

Call The Rhody to make a reservation: 360-766-6667




Local Potato Gnocchi ~ Shiitake & Blue Oyster Broth

Arugula ~ Shaved Parmesan


Sea Scallops ~ Prosciutto Wrapped ~ Basil Pesto


Caesar Salad


House Garden Salad


Wild Sockeye Salmon

Winter Herb Compound Butter ~ Herbed Risotto


Filet Mignon

Wild Mushrooms ~ Potato Rosette


Chicken Saltimbocca

Sage ~ Prosciutto ~ Provolone ~ Marsala Wine Sauce ~ Risotto


Chocolate Torte ~ Bittersweet Chocolate

Blueberry Coulis


Raspberry Créme Brülée


Mixed Berry Cobbler ~ Ice Cream ~ Fresh Whip Cream

$120 per couple

does not include beverages or gratuity

**vegetarian option available**

Reservations Recommended

Cinnamon Rolls – Take & Bake At Home

Farm to Market Bakery Cinnamon Roll Baking instructions

  • Pull Cinnamon Roll out of freezer and put into fridge the evening before baking
  • Pull Cinnamon Roll out of fridge 2 hrs before baking to proof
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Place the Cinnamon Roll on the counter until proofed (fill the pan)
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until desired doneness
  • Cool for 5 min
  • 6 for $20 include cream cheese frosting
  • ENJOY!


New Year’s Eve Dinner 2017 > 2018

Local Cheese ~ House Crackers

Prosciutto Wrapped Sea Scallop
Frangelico Crème ~ Arugula
Duck Confit ~ Butternut Squash Risotto

Caesar Salad
Parmesan ~ Romine ~ Croutons ~ Lemon Wedge
House Salad
Greens ~ Balsamic Dressing ~ Carrots
Tomato ~ Red Onion ~ Croutons

Lobster Tail
Béarnaise Sauce ~ Grilled Asparagus
Skagit Potato Rosette
Hand Cut Filet Mignon ~
Butternut Squash Risotto

Chocolate Torte ~ Bittersweet Chocolate
Montana Huckleberry Coulis
House Made Ice Cream

$75 per person
does not include beverages and gratuity
Reservations Required Seating at 5pm and 7:30pm
10% off all bottled wines
Vegetarian options available

Book The Rhody Cafe NOW for a Holiday Party this winter season!

Book The Rhody Cafe NOW for a Holiday Party this winter season! We’ve still got dates available for your holiday party, family gathering, or corporate event. We can offer you highly customizable event packages for the venue & food/drinks to accommodate as many people as your party needs. We are available for all kinds of occasions. Call us at 360-766-6667 to make a reservation.

Friday, October 13th – Closed @ 3PM for Private Event Best of Skagit 2017 – BEST DESSERT: Rhody Cafe

It should come as no surprise that the same folks who took home this year’s Best Bakery honors would clean up in this category as well. Right next door to the Farm to Market Bakery is a Chuckanut Drive mainstay, the Rhody Cafe, which has had a longstanding commitment to hyperlocal ingredients, seasonal menu planning and small-town charm. The desserts rotate along with the menu, and when you want to end your meal with the best sweet treats of the season, this is where you go.

Where: 5521 Chuckanut Drive, Bow

You can view the entire BEST OF SKAGIT article here:

Easter @ The Rhody

Celebrate Easter at the Rhododendron Cafe! We will be serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.


Rhody Eggs Benedict 3 ways
House Made English Muffin ~ Two Local Eggs
Hollandaise Sauce ~ Wallace Farms Potatoes ~
Local Hempler’s Natural Ham -or- Wild Kodiak Island Sockeye
-or- Shitake Mushrooms Fresh Spinach

Steak and Eggs
Grilled Steak ~ Two Eggs Any Style ~ Hollandaise Sauce
Wallace Farms Potatoes ~ House Made Honey Wheat Toast ~ Fruit

Montana Huckleberry Waffles
House Made Huckleberry Coulis ~ Vermont Maple Syrup ~ Bacon or Sausage

Rhody Scramble
Shitake Mushrooms ~ Bacon ~ Fresh Spinach ~ Pepper Jack Cheese
Wallace Farms Potatoes ~ House Made Honey Wheat Toast

Kids Waffles
Plain -or- Huckleberry -or- Chocolate Chip ~ Vermont Maple Syrup ~ Bacon or Sausage
Kids breakfast
Egg ~ Wallace Farms Potatoes ~ House Made Honey Wheat Toast ~ Bacon or Sausage
Farm Fresh Eggs any Style $1.50
Bacon, Ham, or Sausage Links $3.75
House Made Honey Wheat, English Muffin, or Buttermilk Biscuit $2.75
Local Roasted Potatoes $2.25
Assorted Fresh Fruit $3.00

Bloody Mary or Ceaser ~ Oola Vodka (Seattle, WA) ~ House Mix $11
House Mimosa ~ Sparkling Wine with Organic Orange Juice $6.50
Coffee or Tea $2.75
Hot Chocolate or Hot Apple Cider $2.25
Organic Juice ~ Orange ~ Apple ~ Lemonade $2.75
Craft Sodas ~ Huckleberry ~ Root Beer~ Orange ~ Ginger Ale $2.75
Coke ~ Diet Coke ~ Sprite $2.00


Taylor Shellfish Oysters
Hand Breaded ~ Tarter or Cocktail Sauce ~ or Shooter
$2.50/ea or $22 for 10 oysters

Spring Risotto
Oregon Bay Shrimp ~ WA Asparagus~ Lemon Zest ~ Parmesan ~ Chives

Senegalese Peanut Soup
Fresh Roasted Chicken ~ Basmati Rice ~ Cilantro ~ Breadfarm Bread
Cup $5.75/ Small Bowl $7.75/ Large Bowl $10.75

Thai Curry Coconut Soup
Oregon Bay Shrimp ~ Basmati Rice ~ Cilantro ~ Breadfarm Bread
Cup $6.75/ Small Bowl $8.75/ Large Bowl $11.75
Penn Cove Mussels
Fresh Steamed Local Mussels ~White Wine ~ Butter ~ Garlic
Fresh Herbs ~Tomato ~ Grilled Garlic Bread

East Edison Burger
Local Grass Feed Beef ~ White Cheddar ~ L.T.O. ~ House Made Bun ~ Aioli
Side Salad
add Bacon or Gorgonzola or Ham or Fried Egg or Caramelized Onions or Mushrooms

Kodiak Island Sockeye Salmon Salad
Cajun Grilled or Grilled ~ Organic Mixed Greens ~ Carrots ~Tomato ~ Red Onion
Croutons ~ House Made Dressing ~ Cheese

New Year’s Eve Dinner 2016 > 2017


Celebrate the New Year at The Rhody!
There will be two seatings – 5PM + 7:30PM
$75 per person
10% OFF Bottles of Wine all evening + we have COCKTAILS this year too! Menu Details COMING SOON!
for more information, go to
or call 360-766-6667 for reservations.
Must be 21+ to drink alcohol!

Kir Royale
Crème de Cassis topped with Champagne

Pan Seared Sea Scallop ~ Shitake Broth ~ Risotto
Seared Duck Breast ~ Fresh Cider Thyme Reduction
Butter Nut Squash Risotto

Caesar Salad
Shaved Parmesan ~ Croutons ~ Lemon Wedge
Green Salad ~ Balsamic Dressing ~ Carrots
Tomato ~ Red Onion ~ Croutons

Lobster Tail
Béarnaise Sauce ~ Grilled Asparagus
Morgan Family Farms Potato Rosette
Hand Cut NY Strip Steak ~ Black Truffle Butter
Spaghetti Squash ~ Bacon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Chocolate Torte ~ Bittersweet Chocolate
Montana Huckleberry Coulis
Maple Pine Nut Créme Brülée
House Made Salted Caramel Ice Cream