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About The Inn at Lynden

Our History

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The Inn at Lynden makes its home in the historic Waples Mercantile Building, formerly the Lynden Department Store. For nearly a century, The Lynden Department Store was the gathering place, and the market place, of the Lynden farming community.

The store was owned and built by Billy Waples, one of the original founding fathers of Lynden. Mr. Waples was instrumental in bringing the railroad, power and light and the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds to Lynden. His contributions to the history of Lynden, along with the significance of this iconic building, have attracted the attention of the National Park Service. They have deemed the building worthy of inclusion onto the National Registry of Historic Places, where it now resides with similar landmark structures across the United States. 

And, now you can reside there, in comfort and style, while enjoying truly historic hospitality.

Our Roommates

In renovating and re-imagining the Waples Mercantile Building we sought to honor the historical tradition of the building as the center for all things commerce and community.

While the Inn at Lynden occupies the mezzanine and 2nd floor, the ground floor and lower level are home to a diverse and exciting mix of shops and merchants, all offering distinctive goods and services. You could spend an entire weekend here and find plenty to occupy yourself without leaving the building. Not that you’d want to, the town of Lynden is overflowing with charm and attraction all its own.

Our Bicycles

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To help you experience all of Lynden's charms, you are welcome to borrow one of our complimentary bikes to tool around town and explore all it has to offer. With its Dutch heritage, diverse shopping, and steady slate of annual community events, Lynden has plenty to do and see. The roads are generous and flat, ideal for biking (or walking!) around town. Or, if you’re more adventurous, bring your own bike and explore the scenic surrounding farmlands. We’d be happy to store your bike overnight – ask us about our Bicycle Valet Service.