WHERE: The Lightcatcher at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, for the exhibit Jim Olson: Art in Architecture (3/10–6/9; 250 Flora St.; 360.778.8930; whatcommuseum.org).
WHY: It’s the first comprehensive exhibit of work by famed Seattle architect Jim Olson, half of Olson Kundig Architects. Fifty years’ worth of sketches, plans, models and photographs of Olson designs—including the Lightcatcher building itself, for which Olson was principal architect—provide insight into his particular gift for crafting artful spaces.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Locals rave about the funky new Elizabeth Station (1400 W Holly St.; 360.733.8982; facebook.com/elizabethstation), a label-defying mini-mart-meets-restaurant with an exhaustive microbrew selection and, yes, a cereal bar.
GETTING THERE: Go north on I-5 for about 85 miles; take exit 253 into Bellingham.