Hotel at a Glance: Semiahmoo Resort
Semiahmoo Resort is almost a town in itself—it’s home to five eateries, two golf courses, and a spa. The main resort is located at the tip of the Semiahmoo Spit, just across the border from Canada and steps from Semiahmoo Marina. The resort’s restaurants are a big draw: the waterfront Packers Bar & Grill serves seafood, spirits, and water views. Try Pierside Kitchen for upscale local fare such as a Salish Sea Cioppino.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms come with terry-lined bathrobes, plush pillow-top bedding, and Keurig coffeemakers.
- Wellness: The resort offers a heated pool, sauna, steam rooms, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and fitness and yoga classes.
- Sustainability: The resort’s culinary team, helmed by Chef Bruno Feldeisen, sources ingredients from small Pacific Northwest farms, artisans, ranchers, and fishermen.
- Golf: Both the Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club and Loomis Trail Golf Club courses were ranked in Golfweek magazine’s list of the top 10 “Best Courses You Can Play” in Washington from 2011 to 2014. The clubs also offer competitive rates during the offseason.
Blaine, Washington: Small Coastal Town on the US-Canada Border
The small coastal town of Blaine was first settled as a seaport in the mid-1800s and hasn’t changed much since—the harbor is still its big draw. Many travelers like to visit Semiahmoo Spit, home to Semiahmoo Park. Explore the beaches, have a picnic, or hike and bike the scenic trails. Birdwatchers can also get their fix on the tiny spit—it’s ranked as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society for its high numbers of great blue herons, double-crested cormorants, and bald eagles. You might even catch sight of a peregrine falcon.
Blaine also shares a stretch of border with Canada. It’s the shared home of the US-Canadian Peace Arch, which marks the border between the two countries, as well as Peace Arch Provincial Park on the Canadian side and Peace Arch State Park in Blaine.