Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bellingham Washington Shopping: Bellis Fair Stores, Bellingham Hotels

Bellis Fair Mall is about 20 minutes south of the border crossing at Blaine, WA. just off I5 at Meridian. Use the map controls to zoom in or out below:

Bellis Fair has more than 80 stores including major department stores JCPenney, Target, Sears, Kohl's, and Macys.

Other popular stores for Canadians are Abercrombie and Fitch, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Buckle, Famous Footwear, GAP, Old Navy, PacSun and Victoria's Secret.

If you're looking for a hotel in the area, check out the current off-season deals in Bellingham .

Seattle Outlet Shopping: Tulalip Outlet Stores

With the Canadian dollar now at par with the US, Vancouver area residents can save a bundle on designer clothing, shoes, housewares and more by making a short trip across the border to the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip Washington (just north of Everett).

Located next door to the Tulalip Casino, Seattle Premium Outlets has 100 outlet stores including Adidas, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, BCBG, Calvin Klein, Eddie Bauer, Fossil, GAP, Guess, Lucky Brand, NIKE, Pac Sun, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and Tommy Hilfiger.

Canadian residents who have been out of Canada for 24-47 hours can claim $50 in purchases at Canada Customs without duty or taxes; more than 48 hours but less than 7 days, $400 ; and 7 days or more, $750 . If the value of the declaration exceeds the personal exemption, you must pay duty on the remaining value.

If you're looking for a hotel in the area, check out the deals in Everett, Lynnwood or Seattle or use to bid on a hotel room in the general area. You can also find some great hotel deals in the area using the new Entertainment 2008 Vancouver or Seattle Coupon Book.

If you prefer to avoid border lineups, online stores that ship to Canada include JC Penney, Lands End, Altrec and Bare Necessities. You can access their websites from here or here.