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Hotel Bellwether is open year-round, but guests should plan their visit based on what they hope to see in the area. If you’re after snow-bound adventures like skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding, you’ll luck out with a long snow season; Mount Baker Ski Area typically stays open from October to April. If you’re planning to come this way for hiking, mountain biking and whitewater rafting, you should schedule your visit for late July to early September — the months when mountain trails are largely free of snow. Visits to the nearby San Juan Islands, Canada and to Bellingham itself are ideal any time of year; numerous activities at each destination are enjoyable despite the weather.