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Chuckanut Drive in the Fall

The historic Chuckanut Drive is beautiful no matter what time of year you take your car down its winding path, but in the Fall, the wonder of the scenic highway becomes even more magic.

Chuckanut Drive Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuckanut Drive Fall Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuckanut Drive Fall Bay View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every season, we switch up our menu to use the produce and match feeling of that time of the year. In the Fall, you can order specials like the Mixed Seasonal Greens with baby greens, toasted walnuts, bleu cheese, red onions, gala apples, red grapes, and maple cider vinaigrette. Or the Butternut Squash Ravioli with mushrooms, leeks, swiss chard, green beans in a light lemon sage cream and Manchego cheese. Our chefs do their absolute best to capture the flavor of Fall in our seasonal dishes, and you can enjoy their work while looking out at a stunning Autumn landscape.

 

Chuckanut Drive – A Century Old and Still Looking Good

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The 100th Anniversary of Chuckanut Drive

The incomparable Chuckanut Drive is turning 100 this year! Chuckanut Drive, or State Highway 11 if we’re being official, was completed in the spring of 1916. Since then, it’s been a favorite cruising spot for those looking for a drive with a view—and good food!

The now scenic highway first began as a logging road in the 1890s. The thick forests of Bellingham made transportation and travel extremely difficult for the settlers coming for a new life in the Pacific Northwest. In 1905, city lawmakers approved funds to begin improving the road, but the money soon ran out. The project wouldn’t be completed until Charles Larrabee and Cyrus Gates, two wealthy Bellingham businessmen, gathered the funds to complete the rest of the road. The work began with convict crews, but ended with private companies and state crews.

In the 1920s, just a few short years after the road opened, the groundwork for The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive was laid. A small shack selling fresh oysters to travelers was started by Zenzabaro Maekawa, a plant manager for the Rockpoint Oyster Company. The shack did so well that it soon sprouted four walls and a lunch bar and was named the Rockpoint Oyster Restaurant! One hundred years later, that humble shack is now The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive!

Rockpoint Oyster Chuckanut Drive

Last week, Chuckanut Drive showed her wrinkles with two rock slides experienced back-to-back. To make sure the area is safe, the Department of Transportation has closed that section of the road down for now. But we’re in contact with them every day to see when it will reopen.

Fear not though, The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive is still reachable! The rock slides took place to the North of us, but the road is clear from the South. You can get to us via Colony Rd., Bow Hill Rd., Cook Rd., and Chuckanut Drive exit 231. Make your night perfect with an unrivaled highway view, followed by an unrivaled seafood meal!

Learn more about the history of Chuckanut Drive and watch a great video on it at The Bellingham Herald.

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For Your Favorite Foodies

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Featured Wine: 2012 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Founded in 1979, Quilceda Creek the top, consistently hits the mark as a top Cabernet Sauvignon producer. A world class winery right here in Washington State.

2578 Chuckanut Drive
Bow, WA 98232

info@theoysterbar.com

360.766.6185

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