When you make the trip to the area around Blaine, you'll be surrounded by unparalleled beauty. Ideal for families traveling with children and couples seeking to spend some quality time alone together, this popular destination offers just about everything you can imagine. There are biking and hiking trails galore, two championship golf courses, and Birch Bay for scuba diving and sea kayaking. You can also go skiing in the winter at majestic Mt. Baker.
Birch Bay is the largest tide flat in Washington State, making it prime real estate for digging clams, building sand castles and soaking in the sun. Show off your game at the Sealinks Golf Course and get closer to nature at Birch Bay State Park. Go on a whale-watching cruise or sample local vintages at Dakota Creek Winery. Nooksack Casino and Silver Reef Casino and Spa are a short drive away.
For a spectacular time among glacier-covered peaks, mountain meadows and ancient forests go for a drive along Mount Baker Highway on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains.
Birch Bay Travel Tips
Packing tip- Bring a cooler for beach time and use it later for packing salmon and other freshly caught fish to take home.
Best attraction- The historic MV Plover Foot Passenger Ferry that connects Blaine Marina and Resort Semiahmoo.
Best time to go- Summer is everyone's favorite here but fall colors and spring clam digging are also fun.
Bob's Burgers and Brew Just about any type of burger can be ordered at Bob's, from the Aloha Burger to the Guacamole Burger. Side dishes include French fries and garlic bread. But there's more to Bob's than just burgers, such as Thai chicken and chipotle salad.
Chada Thai Spice up your lunch or dinner by indulging in this exceptional Thai restaurant. Dishes range from chicken satay to red curry vegetables to pad Thai. Good-size portions plus a view of Blaine marina add up to one fine dining Asian experience.
CJ's Beach House A variety of meals are served up daily at CJ's. For starters, there's the clam chowder, which is thick and creamy. Main dishes include fish and chips made with local cod and big burgers. There's also a full bar and outdoor seating with views of the bay.
Little Red Caboose Café Food prepared with fresh ingredients is the hallmark of this intimate café; that's open for breakfast and lunch. Menu items include eggs with chorizo, Monte Cristo sandwich and Caprice Panini. Enjoy excellent coffee drinks and treats like cupcakes and scones.
The Shores Restaurant If you're a fan of fresh seafood, then The Shores is the dining establishment for you. Delight in everything from salmon and shrimp to scallops and sea bass. Choose from a large selection of salads that come with incredible garlic bread. Seating is available on the waterside deck.
Via Birch Bay Café and Bistro This unique restaurant features an eclectic array of meals, reasonable prices and friendly service. There is definitely something for everyone on the extensive menu, including fish and chips, chicken Alfredo, hamburgers, steak and lobster, linguini with salmon and very large salads.
Bellis Fair Mall Classic department stores, like Macy's, Kohl's, and JC Penney, are at the heart of Bellis Fair. In addition, the mall is home to a multitude of retailers that sell housewares, cards and gifts, music and books, bath and beauty supplies, and sports and fitness equipment.
Birch Bay Square Discover nationally known outlets along with local boutiques, friendly cafés, home and garden shops, specialty stores, and restaurants at this unique upscale mall. What's more, Birch Bay Square features banks, fitness centers, a tanning salon, day spas, and a 25,000-square-foot grocery store.
Peace Arch Factory Outlet Name brand stores offer great deals to serious shoppers on a wide range of items for men and women at Peace Arch Factory Outlet. Save big on everything from pants, dresses, and shirts to blouses, shoes, and accessories every day of the week.
The C Shop Primarily a purveyor of sweets, such as caramel corn, cotton candy, chocolate, snow cones, marshmallow sea snakes, and caramel apples, the C Shop is also a café. Stop by for a cup of freshly-brewed coffee and a cookie or cinnamon roll.